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Jewish Faith in Ireland

Synagogues in Rathfarnham and Rathgar

The earliest reference to the Jews in Ireland was in the year 1079. The Annals of Inisfallen record “Five Jews came from over sea with gifts to Tairdelbach [king of Munster], and they were sent back again over sea.” They were probably merchants from Normandy. Today the Jewish population of Ireland reaches to about 1,000. During the years of economic growth new employment oportunities were created with the associated inward immigration that this has brought, the Jewish Communities have also benefited, with new families arriving and settling down.