Irish Republican Jews

Announcement Date: October 28, 2014


In this first part of two, presenter Yacky Fachler pays tribute to Robert Briscoe, who not only helped to import arms for the rebels, he went on to become a founder member of Fianna Fáil. He was a close confidante of Eamonn De Valera and was a long serving member of the Irish parliament. He was elected as Lord Mayor of Dublin, a post also held by his son Benjamin.

As the centenary of the 1916 Uprising approaches, plans are afoot to pay tribute to this Irish historical milestone and the personalities associated with the event.

Smile as you hear how Michael Collins escaped capture by the British disguised as an Orthodox Jew.

He introduces the audience to Estella Solomons who was an active member of Cumann na mBan (the womens’ IRA), before becoming a renowned artist in her own right.

We also hear of Gerald Goldberg, a solicitor who was highly regarded in Republican circles for his robust, and often successful defences of accused prisoners. He became the first Jewish lord mayor of Cork, and one of the early pioneers of Progressive Democrats party.

The little known role of Jacob Elyan during the 1913 Dublin lock out is heard by many for the first time. Others will be surprised to learn of the closeness of respected lawyer Michael Noyek to Arthur Griffith, who was notorious for his previous antisemitic statements, particularly during the Dreyfus affair.

Part 1


Part 2