Buy armour: it’s legal
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.