Buy ar­mour: it’s le­gal

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

It has been a good week for Ir­ish Jews with an in­ter­est in mil­i­tary his­tory and/or joust­ing.

A an­cient law which makes it un­law­ful for Jewish peo­ple to buy suits of ar­mour in the Repub­lic is, af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion, to be abol­ished.

A host of an­cient and an­tique laws is to be swept away be­fore the next Ir­ish elec­tion, ac­cord­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ber­tie Ah­erne. While it is nice that Jews are con­sid­ered trust­wor­thy enough to pur­chase ar­mour now, per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing thing would be to delve into just why Jews and ar­mour were thought to be such a dan­ger­ous com­bi­na­tion in the first place.

Mean­while, talk­ing of things Jewish, Ir­ish and mil­i­tary, Chelsea owner Ro­man Abramovich is poised to take own­er­ship of the largest private yacht in the world, to add to his al­ready con­sid­er­able ar­mada.

So big is his fleet in fact that, ac­cord­ing to The Sun­day Times, if it was mea­sured by the ves­sels’ com­bined length, it would be nearly as big as the en­tire Ir­ish Navy.

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