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30 July 2010

Jewish residents of Dublin.

The history of the Jewish people in Dublin is actually a long history. In the mid 17th century, the first synagogue was established, opposite Dublin Castle. In the early 1700's the earliest Jewish Cemetery was established. From this early start the population eventually fell to just a few dozen. In the 1820's, Dublin once again saw the beginning of immigartion of families. In the case of the Jews, most came from Germany and Poland. By 1900, the Jewish population of Dublin had increased to over 3000 people.

The history of Dublin, and indeed all of Ireland's Jews, has been beautifully documented at The Jewish Museum in Dublin. The museum is located in the arear of Dublin, near Portebello College, home to a large portion of the Jewish community of the early 1900's.

The growth of the Jewish community came at a very valuable time for family researchers. The 1901 and 1911 censuses of Ireland were able to document these families. Since the census takers recorded the religion of every resident we are able to get a good picture of the Jewish Community. The records can be viewed free of charge at This resource is just to incredible for any Irish researcher to pass up.
The records of the Irish Jews can be found in the Jews of the British Isles.

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