By: midnightmurphy https://midnightmurphy.wordpress.com/author/midnightmurphy/
After the strenuous Christmas festivities, I decided to have a cultural day before heading back to the Big Smog. My plan was simple – to visit the Jewish Cemetery of Limerick. I had heard about this place’s existence. I knew that it was located close to the University of Limerick. The precise location was a mystery to me. During my ill spent university days, I had never sought it out. Now, almost quarter of a century later it was time.
When it comes to Jewish people, my hometown has a shameful past. In the 1871 census the Jewish population of Limerick had doubled from the previous 1861 census. It now comprised of two people. Over the following thirty years the population expanded as some Jewish folk from Lithuania fleeing persecution came to Limerick. By 1900 the population was almost 200 people. Then in 1904 some catholic bishop declared that they were unwelcome in Limerick as they were doing the devil’s work.
Their businesses were boycotted, and their properties vandalised. The boycott may have lasted only a few years, but by 1930 the Jewish population had reduced. After World War 2 the Jewish population of Ireland (approximately 5000 people) left Ireland in large numbers for Israel. They’d not suffered in Ireland as they had on the mainland during the horrors of World War 2, but I guess they wanted a home with their own people. The Jewish Graveyard in Limerick fell into dereliction. Until 1990 when Limerick Civic Trust restored the cemetery.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
One Maynooth person has resolved not to visit the Boiler House gay sauna in 2019
One Maynooth person has resolved to remove the Daddyhunt app from his mobile.
One Maynooth person has promised not to send any other seminarian’s Grindr profile to the president.
One Maynooth person has resolved not to visit his mistress in the West of Ireland during 2019.
One young priest has resolved not to again invite Chris Derwin, Georgeous, Horney Andy, Mark Moriarty and Rory Coyle to his parties.
One Maynooth person has decided to sell his villa in the nude resort of Cap di Agde and give the money to Brother Kevin for the homeless.
One Maynooth person has resolved to come clean about rape.
One Maynooth person has resolved not to return to the Sauna Babylonia in 2019.
One Maynooth person has resolved to end their relationship with a music student.
One Maynooth person has resolved to give up altar sex.
One Maynooth person has resolved not to visit Paris every month in 2019.