I Want to Go to Ireland

I have a very strong interest in Ireland. I have never been there but would very much like to go there to visit. Not to mention that I have family there that no one has seen in quite some time.
How many Jews can there be in Ireland, I suspect that there should be some good stories to be had.

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10 Comments

  1. Christine September 23, 2005 at 11:02 pm

    I went to Ireland by myself this past year for my 40th birthday. It was a wonderful trip with wonderful friendly people. I can’t wait to go back. Go Go Go!!

  2. Stacey September 23, 2005 at 1:52 pm

    No way. Your next trip needs to be to a place you’ve never visited, yet hold so dear. Cleveland!

  3. Lil Bit September 23, 2005 at 11:28 am

    I think Ireland should be your next vacation. Do it! =)

  4. Jack's Shack September 23, 2005 at 2:43 am

    Ralphie,

    Stranger things have happened. 😉

    Stacey,

    Shmata, shmata, Shmata,

    McAryeh,

    Australia is another destination on my list of places to see.

    HV,

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed it anyway.

  5. heebnvegan September 23, 2005 at 2:19 am

    oh yeah, fantastic trip! the music and culture in particular were spectacular! still highly highly recommended, even if I never got a shamrock dreidel 🙂

    all I was saying that there wasn’t much Jewish about my experiences.

  6. MC Aryeh September 23, 2005 at 1:45 am

    As of 2002, there are supposedly 1,000 Jews, give or take, living in Ireland. Would love to go…and to India, but top on my list is the Australia…

  7. Stacey September 23, 2005 at 12:02 am

    I want to go to India.

  8. Ralphie September 22, 2005 at 11:34 pm

    A Jewish mayor of Dublin? Whadayaknow… only in America!

  9. Jack's Shack September 22, 2005 at 10:26 pm

    I am related to one of those mayors through my grandmother. It still sounds like you had a nice trip.

  10. heebnvegan September 22, 2005 at 10:20 pm

    I went to Ireland for the first time in May-June. There are Jewish companies that run Jewish tours of Ireland (for about double the price of other private tours) and Dublin has actually had Jewish mayors. The country used to have thousands of Jews, and the main character in James Joyce’s Ulysses is actually the son of a Hungarian Jew, I believe.

    However, the times they are a changing. I believe Dublin is down to 2 synagogues (they used to have 5). The National Jewish Museum is only open a few hours a day a few days a week and we weren’t able to get there at all. When we arrived in Dublin, we finally got in touch with a local rabbi and asked what Jewish sites we could see that’d be open in the time we’d be there. The Jewish cemetary was the only thing he recommended. How symbolic for Ireland’s Jewish community.

    It seems many have intermarried or moved to Israel or the U.S. I spent the entire trip looking for a dreidel with a shamrock on it, and I never found one anywhere.

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