Dublin City Council wants to renovate Ireland’s oldest Jewish cemetery

The Ballybough Cemetery was founded in 1718 but has been closed since 1978.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
July 16, 2019 04:44
THE IRISH flag atop the historic post office in Dublin.

THE IRISH flag atop the historic post office in Dublin. . (photo credit: REUTERS)



The Dublin City Council hopes to renovate and reopen Ireland’s oldest Jewish burial ground.

The Ballybough Cemetery was founded in 1718 but has been closed since 1978. The council acquired it from the Dublin Jewish Board of Guardians in 2017, The Irish Times reported.



The site could become a target of vandalism if it is not taken care of, according to a council proposal.



“Of particular concern, given international experience, is the risk of anti-Semitic vandalism leading to the defilement of this sacred space [if it is not renovated],” the plan says, according to The Times.



The City Council will vote on the plan when it returns from its summer recess.


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