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Limerick Jewish Community

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Limerick, Ireland

 

 

   
 

Page created: 12 June 2006
Latest revision or update: 2 June 2016

City of Limerick

The city of Limerick (Irish: Luimneach), in southwest of Ireland, lies on the river Shannon.  Although geographically part of County Limerick, the city of Limerick has a separate administration and was officially referred to as a “County Borough” until 2001, when the term was formally replace by “City”.  Although the city officially has a population of about 50,000, there are well approximately 90,000 living in Limerick and its immediate suburbs.

Limerick Jewish Community

Jews began to settle in Limerick in about 1881, and for a period in the 1890's there were two rival congregations. Members of the Jewish Community initially lived in harmony with their neighbours. However, on 11 January 1904, Father Creagh, of the Redemptorist Order, delivered a violent sermon against the Jews, accusing them of ritual murder, of blaspheming Jesus, and of robbing the people of Limerick. The next day there was a riot in which the Jews were attacked by mobs, and this was followed by a general boycott. It would appear that the principal ground for complaint against the Jews related to the "weekly-instalment plan" by which they frequently sold their goods. The boycott caused serious suffering and hardship among the Jews of Limerick.

Congregation Data

Name:

Limerick Synagogue

Address:

Wolfe Tone Street, Limerick (formerly known as 63 Callooney Street, Limerick until 1920's)

Former Address of Rabbi:

18 Callooney Street, Limerick

Date Founded:

1889 (previously services held in ale house)

Current Status:

Closed. The Synagogue was sold in 1953.

Ritual:

Ashkenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

 

1895 - 25 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/7)
1897 - 27 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1898/9)
1919 - 23 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1920)

 

On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Limerick Jewish Community

on JCR-UK

on third parties' websites

  • Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Limerick by Joseph Jacobs and Isidore Harris, c-1906.

 

Jewish Population Data

1905

73 (23 Families)

(The Jewish Year Book 1906)

1915

150

(The Jewish Year Book 1916)

1946

5 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1947)

 

Limerick Jewish Cemeteries Information

Limerick's small Jewish cemetery, opened in 1902, is situated in the western part of the city in the vicinity of Kilmurry, close to the suburbs of Newcastle and Castletroy (and is variouly described by reference to any of such locations). It is located just to the south of the Dublin Road, almost opposite "The Hurler" public house. The cemetery, which was neglected and fell fell derelict, was restored in 1990 and is now maintained by Limerick Civic Trust and the Limerick City Council as a small public green space. There are 11 graves, nine marked and two reading "Unknown Jewish Soul, buried by Limerick council". The last burial was in 2012 of a Jewish professor at Limerick University. Prior thereto, the latest burial was in 1944 (of the last rabbi of Limerick).

(For additional information, see IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Limerick)


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