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    Irish Nuns in Nantes 1650-1659.

    Ó Ciosáin, Eamon (2004) Irish Nuns in Nantes 1650-1659. Archivium Hibernicum, 58. pp. 167-173.

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    References by various authors to a small group of Franciscan Nuns of the Third Order Regular who fled from Ireland to Brittany at the end of 1649 or very early in 1650 have been based on hitherto scant sources, principally Travers' history of Nantes (1841)1. The location of their convent of origin in Ireland remains to be ascertained. The following details are drawn from Travers and have been cited by the authors in question: the date of arrival of the nuns in the Loire estuary is 'some six or seven months' previous to the report drawn up for the municipal authorities in Nantes on 17th July 1650; they were eight in number, and were assisted by an Irish orphan girl, Catherine Roche, who had arrived in Nantes circa 1646 and served as their interpreter2, their confessor, an Irish Franciscan priest whose identity remains to be ascertained, and a maidservant (presumably local). They lived a cloistered life in La Bignolière house in Richebourg, a suburb of the city. According to the municipal enquiry, they had requested permission from the bishop of Nantes to have mass said in the house in order to observe their intention to remain enclosed, and this permission would appear to have been granted.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Irish Nuns in Nantes
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 371
    Depositing User: Eamon O'Ciosain
    Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2006
    Journal or Publication Title: Archivium Hibernicum
    Publisher: National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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