Valerie Lapin Ganley's Blog – August 2013 Archive (3)

'The Greatest' Irish Boxer Muhammad Ali

I just saw a great film about "The Greatest," another person of Irish descent, titled The Trials of Muhammad Ali.  The documentary doesn't delve into Ali's Irish roots.  It focuses mainly on his conversion to Islam and his resistance to the draft during the Vietnam War.  It's a fascinating story, and the film…

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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on August 20, 2013 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Irish Jewish population today

During our chat yesterday, Jennifer Willis asked how many Jews are living in Ireland today.  As I mentioned, my numbers were a little dated. The 2002 Irish Census found that there were 1,790 Jewish people living in Ireland then. After our chat, I went to look up the 2011/12 census, I learned that there was no box for Jewish people to check off.  Instead, they had to check "Other" and write in their religion.

The form is found here:…

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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on August 6, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle

The other night, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screened the documentary film Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle.  Not being very familiar with Winehouse's music, I was drawn more by the setting of the film -- since Dingle is one of my favorite places in Ireland -- than the musician. However, after reading some write-ups , I…

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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on August 2, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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