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International Jewish Cemetery Project - Ireland

"Jews have lived in Ireland for centuries. The earliest reference is in the Annals of Innisfallen which records the arrival of five Jews 'from over the sea,' who probably came as merchants from Rouen in France. There is a record of a Synagogue in Ireland dating from 1660, the oldest Jewish cemetery dates from the early 1700s. Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, there was some Jewish immigration from Central Europe, but the main influx came between 1880 and 1910 when approximately 2,000 Jews came from Eastern Europe to settle in Irish cities. They participated fully in all walks of life, in the professsions, trades and manufacturing. The Jewish population in Ireland peaked at approximately 5,500 in the late 1940s, but has now declined to around 1,500." from the Royal Caribbean Cruise shore excursions website description of the tour of Jewish Dublin. [July 2001]