The pogrom of limerick in 1904 was small by international standards from 1880 to 1920 throughout tsarist russia hundreds of thousands of jews were butchered, dispossessed and left impoverished, and western europe and the united states experienc~d an enormous influx of jewish refugees. I should think a better candidate for limerick’s dark episode would be the anti-semitic pogrom of 1904, the last such incident in the british isles “the incident began when a priest used the pulpit to attack jews. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the only anti-jewish pogrom to take place on irish soil—that which occurred in limerick in the early months of 1904 the outrage divided public opinion, but only two people of national standing spoke out in condemnation—michael davitt, the hero of the land war of twenty years earlier, and john redmond, leader of the irish parliamentary party.
We should begin with a careful and dispassionate analysis of the incidents which comprised what became known as the “limerick pogrom’ on january 11 1904 father john creagh, a redemptorist priest and director of the arch-confraternity of limerick, addressed his congregation on what he viewed as a new and pressing problem. 1904: anti-semitic priest ignites 'limerick pogrom' father john creagh's libels led to little physical violence, but the ensuing boycott drove some jews from the irish city.
However, overshadowed by the bloody anti-jewish carnage in russia and ukraine, another lesser-known “pogrom” of sorts erupted in 1904 in a country 1,700 miles west of moscow with very little jewish presence – ireland.
The history of limerick, in 1904 a young catholic priest, father john creagh, of the redemptorist order, delivered a fiery sermon castigating jews for their rejection of christ, the limerick pogrom was the economic boycott waged against the small jewish community for over two years. Many details about limerick's jewish families are recorded in the 1901 census that shows most were peddlers, though a few were described as drapery dealers and grocers events in 1904 father john creagh, a redemptorist, gave a sermon attacking jews. The limerick pogrom, sometimes known as the limerick boycott, was an economic boycott waged against the small jewish community in limerick, ireland, for over two years in the first decade of the twentieth century it was accompanied by violence, and caused many jews to leave the city.