Wednesday, May 03, 2006


His first care was to inform his countrymen of this circumstance, and to engage them to remain where they are until the asylum intended shall be ready for their reception.

Freeman's Journal, Saturday, August 16th - Tuesday, August 19th, 1783

...a gentleman of considerable property in the counties of Dublin and Kidare, on reading in one of the papers that a Mr. Chalons, arrived last week at Waterford, posesses the secret of dying the Genevan, or as it is commonly called, the true FrenchBlack, solemly declared, that if Mr. Chalons could by such specimens, as persons competant to judge thereof should allow to perfect dyes, prove his skill, he should immediately devote £10,000 to establish that manufacture near Lucan, and allow Mr. Chalons one half of the neat profits, without requiring any capital from him, but his attention and knowledge.

Freeman's Journal, 16 -19 August 1783

The warm and friendly reception which the few Genevese families already arrived in Waterford, have received from all degrees of inhabitants in that city and neighbourhood, have induced them, it is said, to write the most praising letters to numerous other families of Geneva, to make Ireland the first place of their residence. xxxxxxx
ingenious people, if properly introduced, and dispersed through the kingdon, may in no small degree contribute, in process of time, to add considerable credit and advantage to the manufactures and internal trade of Ireland.

Freeman's Journal, Saturday, August 23rd - Tuesday, August 26th, 1783

How it all began.

George III the King of England provided £30,000 for the establishment of a colony in Ireland for Genevans fleeing religious opression in their own country.