Robert Briscoe Dead at 74, Was Dublin’s First and Only Jewish Mayor

Robert Briscoe, one of seven children of a Lithuanian Jew who came to Ireland to escape persecution and who became Dublin’s first and only Jewish Mayor, died May 29 at 74. His 1956 election as Lord Mayor of heavily Catholic Dublin made him an international figure. An Orthodox Jew, he observed the dietary laws and all the groups he addressed during a U.S. tour were informed accordingly.

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