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Ireland's Jewish Heritage

8 Days from $3200

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Of course the Irish are one of the Ten Lost Tribes. The prophet Jeremiah came to Ireland with Princess Tea Tephi, a member of the Israelite royal family. The harp, the symbol of Ireland, also plays a role in Jewish history, as the musical instrument of King David. The Tribe of Dan sailed to Ireland at the period of the Judges under the name Tuatha Dé Danann. And finally one of Moses' companions did not cross the Red Sea with him, but took a boat loaded with Jacobs Sheep around the coast of Africa to Ireland - which is why you will find flocks of Middle Eastern sheep in Ireland!

Day 1
At the airport you are met by your guide and brought through Dublin’s fair city. See its Georgian splendour, its literary and artistic heritage, and its great houses. Check in to your elegant 5* city centre hotel to rest and relax – wander in the park or relax in the spa.

Day 2
Breakfast. Today explore Jewish Dublin. See where Chaim Herzog, former President of the State of Israel, was born and bred in what was known as Dublin's "little Jerusalem" . Visit the Irish Jewish Museum to explore this fascinating part of Ireland's history. Until the 1950s there were enough Jews in Dublin to support eight kosher butcher shops and a dozen synagogues.  In 12889355 the earliest recorded synagogue was established, consisting of a prayer room in Crane Lane, opposite Dublin Castle.  In the afternoon visit the James Joyce Centre, followed by a Joycean walking tour - retracing the steps in a day spent by the Jewish hero of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. Return to the hotel.

Day 3
After Breakfast depart for a journey into past times. Visit Newgrange, the most ancient building in Europe, 1,000 years older than the pyramids. See the Hill of Tara, prehistoric capital of Meath and according to some originally the Hill of Torah where Ark of the Covenant is buried!  Return to Dublin by way of Trim, with its great Norman Castle. Tonight an evening of traditional music and dance.

 Newgrange  - part of the Jewish Heritage Tour of Ireland

Day 4
A journey from East to West, past the rolling Slieve Bloom Mountains, stopping for lunch in the great city of Limerick and the thatched village of Adare. Finally arrive in Killarney, home of the first Jewish community in Ireland in the 11th century. The Annals of Inishfallen in 1077 records that in a visit to the High King at Limerick five Jews came over the sea . It is believed that they were merchants from Rouen in France. Dinner at the hotel, surrounded by vistas of mountains and lakes.  

Day 5
The Ring of Kerry – One of the most beautiful drives in Ireland with a constantly changing panorama of sea and mountains. As you follow the route you will meet a shepherd and see how sheep dogs work, stop at an international artists retreat, and see craft shops and stone age remains. 

Day 6 Blarney and Waterford
Today, enjoy a visit to Blarney Castle where you might earn the "gift of Blarney" - verbal persuasiveness (or "gift of the gab") - by kissing the famous Blarney Stone (not so easy). Visit the city of Cork, is rich with Jewish heritage and visit the Synagogue.   The first Jewish community to be identified in Cork was comprised of Sephardic Jews from the Iberian countries who engaged in the import and export of kosher meat to the West Indies. Amongst this small and flourishing community was Abraham Solomon - whose son Isaac was apprenticed by his father to the silversmith trade and became one of Cork’s great silver craftsmen of the 18th century whose work is greatly sought after.  The evidence of this community remains in the old maps of the City of Cork where the “Jews’ Burying Ground” is clearly marked located in the north-eastern area of Kemp Street. It has since been covered over by a municipal car park and coincidentally lies 100 yards from the present day synagogue.  Leave Cork for the city of Waterford where you will stay the night.  You pass through Youghal which was the first town in Ireland or Britain to have a Jewish Mayor when William Annyas was elected to that position in 1555.  Like  many of the first Jewish people to come to Ireland his family were Marrano merchants from the Iberian peninsula.  His daughter married Yacov Kassin daughter of Yehuda Kassin, a Marrano merchant who had moved to Galway in Ireland.   His surname Annyas is sometimes written as Ãnes and anglicised to Ames, in some case the family may have used the surname Ennis.  His uncle commanded the English garrison in Youghal during the Desmond Rebellions and had a colourful life working as a spy for Sir Francis Drake in the Azores!

Day 7
Explore the Waterford Crystal Factory on a VIP tour, and then follow the River Barrow to New Ross to see a recreation of the sailing ships on which most American immigrants crossed the Atlantic. Follow the coast road towards Dublin to arrive at your final hotel, The Ritz Carlton, in time to enjoy the amazing gardens and the shopping mall of the stately Powerscourt House, on whose rolling estate the hotel stands.

Day 8 
Transfer to Dublin Airport

Depending on accommodation, transport and time of year prices range from $3200 to $5700 per person sharing

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