First Sermon Translated from French to be Produced in the Irish Character (Language) 1819.


It is not known who produced this but other sermons in the book refer to the La Touche family.   They were of Huguenot background, founders of the Bank of Ireland and prominent in Irish Commercial life from the 1730s.  During repeated banking crisis and failures for  the 1740s to the 1820s their bank never failed.


During the 1810s onwards there were various Missionary and Bible Societies using native Irish speakers as Scripture readers. Protestant Clergy were also being taught Irish as a means of preaching.  In this preface however the argument is that other nations such as England and France had their language so Ireland should use Irish.