November 2017

Alan Shatter at the museum

Alan Shatter, the former TD, Minster for Justice and Minister for Defence, spoke on Sunday 15th Oct. at the Irish Jewish Museum, as part of a launch for his new memoir, Life is a Funny Business.

The former politician reflected on both his public and private life to an audience of nearly 50. He talked about how the book came into being, his writing process and significant memories from his childhood. As part of the presentation, Alan read poignant passages from his book and entertained the audience with marvellous personal stories from his time in office. Life is a Funny Business gives a fascinating and rare insight into the coming of age of the man behind the public figure.

Signed copies of his book are for sale at the Irish Jewish Museum for €16.99.

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Ray Rivlin

The Irish Jewish Museum was very saddened to learn of the recent death in London of Ray Rivlin, Writer and noted Historian of the Irish Jewish community, author of Shalom Ireland (later Jewish Ireland ) and a founder member of the Irish Jewish Museum. For more on Ray’s life see attached tribute by Marilyn Taylor published in Nachlath Magazine September 2015.

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New Article by Dr. Colum Kenny

Our museum friends may be interested in a recently published article by Dr. Colum Kenny of Dublin City University in the Journal of Irish Economic and Social History on “James Larkin and the Jew’s Shilling: Irish Workers, Activists and Anti-Semitism Before Independence”. Dr. Kenny delivered a talk on the subject last year in the museum.The article is available through SAGE, an online academic forum.