Dublin Jewish Community

Dublin, Republic of Ireland




Page created: 25 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 29 July 2016

City of Dublin

Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath) is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland and the largest city of Ireland, located nearly half way down the island’s east coast, at the mouth of the river Liffey. Although geographically part of County Dublin, the City of Dublin has had a separate administration for several centuries.  Although the City of Dublin has a population of about half a million, there are well over one million people in the Greater Dublin area.

The Dublin Jewish Community

The Dublin Jewish Community would appear to have been established shortly following the readmission of the Jews in the 1660's, and is thus the second oldest community in the British Isles.  The first community was of Spanish and Portuguese (Sephardi) origin, but these element died out and were later replaced primarily by Ashkenazi Jews.

The Jewish Congregations

The following congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Dublin Community:

*  Denotes active congregation, open to public

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The following are former, alternative or unofficial names for some of the above congregations:



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The records in the database associated with Dublin include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Dublin during the 1810s (6 records); 1820s (8 records), 1830s (62 records), 1840s (117 records), 1850s (124 records), 1860s (82 records), 1870s (403 records), 1880s (7 records) and 1890s (1 record).

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Other Dublin Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900)*

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew School (founded 1893)

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Philanthropic Society (founded by 1874).

  • Ladies' Benevolent Society (founded in 1888, although there was a Ladies' Society in existance by 1874), for relief of poor lying-in women.

  • Jewish Board of Guardians (founded by 1882), for relief of poor, by loans or otherwise.

  • Hakhnosas Orkhim (founded 1888), for relief of strangers and to give them shelter.

  • Medical Relief Society (founded 1888), for relief of poor during Shiva, and medical attendance.

  • Chevra Kadisha (founded by 1896), for relief of poor in case of death and for inexpensive burials.

  • Young Men's Reading Rooms (founded 1895), to foster taste for English and Hebrew literature.

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Book 1896


Dublin Jewish Cemeteries Information

Dublin has the following Jewish cemeteries:

  • Dolphin Barn Jewish Cemetery, Aughavanagh Road, Dublin D8. This cemetery, opened in 1898, is the cemetery currently in use by the Dublin Orthodox Jewish community:

  • Ballybough (Old) Jewish Cemetery, 67 Fairview Strand, Fairfields, Dublin D3. This is the oldest Jewish site in Ireland and dates from 1718 (the date of the original lease). The cemetery is no longer is use, having been superceded by the Dolphin Barn Cemetery. It contains some 150 marked graves and many more unmarked:

  • Woodtown Progressive Jewish Cemetery, Oldcourt Road, Woodtown, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. It was opened in 1952.

(for additional information, see also IAJGS - International Jewish Cemetery Project - Dublin)


Dublin Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1896/97)



(The Jewish Year Book 1910)



(The Jewish Year Book 1916)



(The Jewish Year Book 1945)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1976)



(The Jewish Year Book 1986)



(The Jewish Year Book 1996)



(The Jewish Year Book 2006)

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