Lord Mayors and Traders:
The Jews of

Ireland

October 19 — 28, 2022

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Trip Leader and Guide

Conor Ellard has guided several prior Jewish Museum trips to Ireland. Steeped in the land’s history, politics and people, Conor has worked with Dr. Maidenbaum for many years, guiding and helping organize many programs to Ireland. Conor is a delight to travel with and, if asked, might agree to sing a ballad or two with his beautiful baritone voice.

Program Overview

Ireland, blessed with a magnificent landscape, is a country rich in spirit and history. It encompasses legends, Celtic myth and music, and layer upon layer of different cultures. Jewish settlers in Ireland are known to date back to the 12th century, though it was not until 1660 that the first synagogue was founded—a small prayer room opposite Dublin Castle. Bolstered by immigration from Eastern Europe (especially Lithuania) since the end of the 19th century, Jews have played important roles in Irish society, from Lord Mayors in Belfast, Dublin, and Cor, to members of Parliament, the diplomatic service, and the world of commerce and trade.

The 2022 Museum of Jewish Heritage tour of Ireland will bring to life the culture and tradition of the Jews of Ireland and explore the origins and nature of their unique experience. In our travels, we will meet Ireland’s warm and friendly people and enjoy discussions with leading Jewish figures in the local Jewish communities. Along the way, we will experience Ireland’s breathtaking landscape, with its verdant countryside, abundant with wildflowers and magnificent vistas, as well as a day trip, by train, to Belfast, where we will meet members of the Jewish community and tour the extraordinary Titanic Museum.

We invite you to join us on this unique and fascinating experience!

Dingle Peninsula

 

Tentative Daily Itinerary*

Wednesday, October 19 | Dublin

Arrive in Dublin, check in to our hotel, the Davenport, centrally located just steps from Trinity College (housing the legendary 9th-century illuminated manuscript Book of Kells) and a short walk to Merrion Square, the National Gallery of Ireland (containing a superb collection of Irish and European art) and Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping area. Rest and relax before orientation and opening dinner.

Evening: Dinner (included).

Thursday, October 20 | Dublin

Morning: Visit to Mansion House Dublin and meeting with Lord Mayor of Dublin, and/or Ben Briscoe, former Lord Mayor of Dublin, one of Ireland’s most famous Jewish politicians. Following lunch on our own, visit the Dublin Jewish Museum, dating back to 1917, once a synagogue, where we will learn about the Jewish community of Ireland. The museum was opened in 1985 by Irish-born Chaim Herzog, who was then president of Israel.

Evening: Free; dinner on our own.

Friday, October 21 | Dublin

Today we will enjoy a walking tour of central Dublin and its Georgian architecture. Along the way, we will visit Trinity College to view the old library and the Book of Kells, a historic illuminated manuscript dating to 800 ce. Lunch on our own and afternoon free to explore Dublin, and/or shop on Grafton Street.

Evening: Attend services at Dublin’s main synagogue, followed by dinner (included) at the synagogue with the rabbi and members of the Jewish community.

Saturday, October 22 | Dublin

Morning: Free to attend services or explore places of personal interest in Dublin on our own.

Afternoon: Walking tour, including a guided tour of the National Gallery, home to a renowned collection of Irish paintings, including works by Jack B. Yeats, and where every major European school of painting is represented.

Evening: Presentation by Steven Jaffe on Jewish Belfast. Steven, who was born and raised in Belfast, works with the two main representative bodies of Jewish people in the U.K.: the Board of Deputies of British Jews; and the Jewish Leadership Council, where he also represents the small Jewish community of Northern Ireland.

Dinner on our own.

Sunday, October 23 | Belfast | Dublin

Day trip to Belfast, via a picturesque train ride. Our day there will begin with a visit to the Belfast synagogue, where we will meet with members of this dwindling Jewish community and partake in light refreshments and lunch (included) before an afternoon visit to the Titanic Museum. Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and explores the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Shedding light on the maritime heritage of the Harland & Wolff shipyard, where the RMS Titanic was built, the displays provide a unique insight into the Belfast and Ireland of the period. Following our visit to the museum, return to Dublin in time for late dinner.

Evening: Free; dinner on our own.

Monday, October 24 | Limerick | Adare | Killarney

Depart Dublin for Killarney, stopping en route in Limerick for a meeting with representatives of the Limerick Civic Trust, where we will hear a presentation about the Limerick Boycott, a sad chapter in Irish Jewish history. Before leaving Limerick, we will visit the Jewish cemetery for a tree-planting ceremony in honor of the late Denis Leonard, who was responsible for the restoration of the Jewish cemetery following a century of neglect. Thanks to him, one of the earliest projects of the Civic Trust included restoration of the Jewish cemetery as an act of reconciliation to help heal the wounds of the Boycott of 1904, which compelled Jewish business owners to leave the city.

Following our visit in Limerick, lunch on our own in Adare, with time to walk about this charming village before reaching Killarney. A favorite destination of Sir Walter Scott and Queen Victoria, Killarney is surrounded by a beautiful, unspoiled verdant landscape of lakes, forests, and mountains, including Killarney National Park, with its 25,000 acres of forest and trails. In Killarney, we will check in to the Park Hotel in time for dinner.

Evening: Dinner in Killarney (included).

Tuesday, October 25 | Killarney

This morning, we will enjoy traveling by jaunting cart to Muckross House and Gardens, which sit on one of the famous lakes of Killarney. The Muckross estate dates back to the 17th century, when the first member of the Herbert family, who were originally from Wales, settled in Killarney. Built in a Tudor style, with 65 rooms, the house was completely renovated for Queen Victoria and her scheduled visit to Killarney in 1861.The estate, comprising about 13,000 acres, was presented to the Irish Free State in 1932 and became the Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park.

Following lunch on our own at Muckross House, we will visit Ross Castle, a 15th-century tower house on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park.

Evening: Free; dinner on our own.

Wednesday, October 26 | Dingle Peninsula | Killarney

Depart our hotel for a day on the Dingle Peninsula. From Killarney, we will travel along the north side of Dingle Bay via Inch Beach, with its three-mile stretch of golden sand made famous in the film Ryan’s Daughter; visit Dingle Town, a lovely quaint fishing town, where today many craftspeople (including those who work with crystal and gold as well as weavers and potters) have established businesses. Along the way, we will enjoy Slea Head Drive, the most western part of Ireland and Europe, with its spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline (including views of the Skelligs), along with several of the area’s famous landmarks: Ventry Beach, prehistoric Dun Beg Fort, Beehive Huts, and the Dingle Famine Cottages.

During the course of our full day on the Peninsula, we will also visit the Blasket Islands Visitor Centre, where we will learn about the people of the Blasket Islands, which were inhabited until 1953. We return to Killarney in time for dinner.

Evening: Free; dinner on our own.

Thursday, October 27 | Killarney

Morning walking tour to Killarney House to hear a lecture about Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who was known as the “Vatican Pimpernel” and the Oscar Schindler of Ireland. Made famous through a film starring Gregory Peck, The Scarlet and the Black, Monsignor O’Flaherty, based in the Vatican during WWII, is credited with saving thousands of Allied soldiers and hundreds of Jews from the death camps. The site’s flora and fauna, heritage, architecture, and a collection enable the story of the landscape and its people to be told.

Afternoon: Free to meander about Killarney on our own, and an opportunity for last-minute shopping.

Evening: Closing dinner (included).

Friday, October 28

Depart Killarney for Dublin airport, OR, for those who would like to remain in Ireland, transportation will be provided to Dublin.

*Please Note: Daily schedule may be modified subject to weather or unanticipated changes.

Accommodations

Dublin: Davenport Hotel

Located right in the heart of Georgian Dublin, The Davenport is within walking distance of all of Dublin’s top landmarks, cultural attractions and business districts. The Davenport seamlessly blends history with the needs of today’s hotel guest, offering every modern amenity needed during your stay.

 
Killarney: The Park Hotel

The Killarney Park is a family-owned, 5-star deluxe hotel. With each spacious room overlooking the hotel gardens, the historic town of Killarney, or the mountains beyond, it is superbly located at the edge of town and within easy walking distance of the town center, as well as Killarney National Park. Amenities at the Killarney Park Hotel include outstanding cuisine, complimentary Internet access, an indoor swimming pool, and a luxurious spa. It is considered one of the finest hotels in County Kerry.

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Accommodations

Travel in comfort. We stay at deluxe hotels with fine amenities. Accommodations for this trip listed below.

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Program Details

Program Cost: $5,950* (plus $54 Museum of Jewish Heritage fee for nonmembers)

Includes:

  • 9 nights’ accommodations at deluxe hotels*
  • Full breakfast daily; one lunch; four dinners
  • Entrance fees to all museums and sites on itinerary
  • All group transportation via deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • Round-trip transportation by train from Dublin to Belfast

*Per person, double occupancy; single supplement ($1,500) and gratuities ($165) additional.

To reserve your place, please complete the registration form and submit with a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 per person (payable to Jewish Heritage Travel). Balance in full is due 120 days prior to departure.

Please note: If Covid restrictions cause us to postpone this trip, your deposit will be credited toward your choice of any 2022 or 2023 Jewish Heritage Travel program.

Participation

We require that all participants provide proof of Covid vaccination to participate in any Jewish Heritage Travel program.

Limited to 26 participants, the program will entail considerable walking, including uneven terrain. Participants need to be in active, good health, able to keep up with the group, ready to travel and experience group and cultural differences with grace. If you have any questions, or need help with your travel plans, please call the Jewish Heritage Travel office at 845-256-0197.

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