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Irish Jewish Museum, Dublin

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The Irish Jewish Museum is a small museum located in the once highly Jewish populated area of Portobello, around the South Circular Road, Dublin 8, dedicated to the history of the Irish Jewish community.The museum was opened in June 1985 by Chaim Herzog who was then president of Israel and was born in Ireland. The museum is in a former Synagogue built in 1917 in two adjoining terraced house on Walworth Road, off the South Circular Road. The surrounding area, known as Portobello, was previously a Jewish area, however, the large scale emigration that affected Ireland in the 1950s had a particularly strong effect on the Jewish population; there was also a migration to the suburbs and Dublin's main synagogue is now in Terenure. The synagogue is preserved, there are also artifacts on display and the museum houses genealogical records.Contents and displaysThe Museum contains a substantial collection of memorabilia relating to the Irish Jewish communities and their various associations and contributions to present day Ireland. The material relates to the last 150 years and is associated with the communities of Belfast, Cork, Derry, Drogheda, Dublin, Limerick and Waterford.
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  • A highlight of our trip - the museum is clearly a labour of love, and we were lucky enough to have a guided tour which really gave us a deeper understanding of the story of this community. The synagog...  more »
  • I only had a few free hours on Sunday and wanted to choose an meaningfull activity. Thankfully, my intellectual and emotional side won over a search for more entertainment. The ground floor exhibition...  more »
  • The museum gives a good overview of the history of Jews in Ireland and the docent was very helpful. Although there are many artifacts on display, it was difficult to read some of the old newspaper cli...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed our visit here. It's good to read about the museum first-at it's website. It's also a bit sad, as there is very little in tends of Jewish-Irish community. Surprisingly, I found a picture of my father hanging in the museum. He was a renown professor of Jewish folklore and must have visited the community and lecture there (I guess sometimes in the 1980s).
  • A true hidden gem. The IJM houses the history of the Jewish people's relationship and history within the Island of Ireland. Loads of artifacts and a full period synagogue. Highly worth a visit
  • small place of interested history in Dublin about jewish people in Ireland. Must go and different museum
  • Must see. The Irish Jewish Museum is a small museum located in the once highly Jewish populated area of Portobello, around the South Circular Road, dedicated to the history of the small Irish Jewish communit
  • I had no idea that the Jewish community in Ireland has such a rich history. The museum is small, but there is plenty to learn. The guides are very friendly and knowledgeable.