"IF STONES COVLD SPEAKE
THEN LONDON’S PRAYSE
SHOVLD SOUND WHO
BVILT THIS CHVRCH AND
CITTIE FROM THE GROVNDE"
The porch wall of St Columb's Cathedral in Londonderry bears the above inscription.
Like the Cathedral itself, and the adjacent City Walls, the inscription dates from the establishment in the early 17th century of The Honourable The Irish Society under a Royal Charter by King James I.
And 400 years on The Irish Society is still going strong. The history of The Irish Society is both long and fascinating.