Discover the fascinating history of Jews in Dublin
Jews have lived in Ireland for longer than most people realise with the earliest written reference to them in Ireland as early as 1079. Though small in population numbers, the community has always played an active and honourable part in Ireland's history, being well represented politically in recent years.
Probably the best known Irish Jew is Leopold Bloom - the central character in James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses. Our tour will aim to give an insight into the cultural, economic, religious and social life of the Jewish people in Ireland, particularly in the early part of the twentieth century.
Our itinerary will depend on the date of the tour and what is open on the day and will be outlined and agreed between us beforehand.
The itinerary will be agreed between the Guide and the Client before the tour starts. A typical itinerary will include:
Walking Tour of the main cultural and political buildings in the city centre, linking into the involvement of the tiny Jewish population in the government of this country. Occasionally, with notice, I have organised a tour of our Parliament Building or Dublin's Mansion House.
A walk through St Stephen's Green brings us to the lively Wexford Street/Camden Street area and into the Portobello area, the main location for the Jewish population in times past and formerly known as "Little Jerusalem"
A tour of the Jewish Museum is a must - this is in Portobello and will give an insight into the history of the Jewish population, and the part they continue to play in the social history of Ireland.
We will view the former home of Chaim Hertzog, former Israeli President who grew up in the area.
While we are in the area, we should have a coffee stop in the Bretzel Bakery & Cafe, here since 1870
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: As this is listed a shore excursion, I will pick you up at the port at a time to be agreed between us.
I can also pick you up at your hotel or a city centre location agreed between us.
End location: I can leave you back to the Port, or your hotel, or another requested location, within reason.
Duration: 5 hours
The tour itinerary will depend on the date and which of the suggested locations are open. We will agree this beforehand. As a Driver/Guide, I will have to take account of parking availability on the day but will endeavour to park as close to the agreed attractions as I can get!
This is a mixture of a walking tour and a driven tour. Transport will be provided in a fully licensed limousine driven by myself and the maximum number of passengers I can take is four.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
70 Euro - There is a charge of €70 for opening the Museum on days other than Tuesdays and Thursdays. On these days a rate of €7 per person applies. As the museum is run by volunteers, opening days for this year need to be confirmed in advance and I will do this for any booking.
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Dairine gave an excellent Dublin tour that was a mix of walking and going about in her car. She met us early at our hotel. She was well-organized. It would have taken us three days by ourselves to see what she showed us in one day. She has a good fund of knowledge. Our tour ran more than the time advertised and she did not look at her watch. We were lucky to be with her. We learned and saw a great deal.