Keeping Kosher in Ireland
Keeping kosher in Ireland is not impossible, but will require a small amount of reorienting along the way. Europe in general differs from the USA and Israel in that many products do not carry a hechsher (kosher symbol) on the packaging, and you need to use a kosher list instead. The most useful and updated one is www.isitkosher.uk. As many products sold in Ireland are sourced from the UK this is very helpful .
Sources of Kosher lists include:
• The Irish Kosher Lookup (Online Kosher Directory) tinyurl.com/the-irish-kosher-lookup
• The Really Kosher Food Guide (online at www.kosher.org.uk/ or from the Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom)
• Star-K website : www.star-k.org - good for additional kashrut information about what needs a hechsher & what doesn’t.
The only kosher food shop in (the Republic of) Ireland is An Siopa Kosher. Check out their website at ansiopakosher.ie.
The Bretzel Bakery, 1a Lennox Street in Portobello, Dublin 8 also make bread onsite under supervision. Only the bread is currently approved as kosher. Check list in store for kosher items.
When travelling outside of Dublin, it is possible to find kosher foods at the following chain supermarkets:
• Dunnes carry the Gosh! range of kosher vegan falafel and patties. They also carry Burren Smokehouse smoked fish. Many items, such as cereals, are under British supervision. Check individual items using isitkosher.uk
• Nourish or other health food shops often carry the Vbites/Tivall range of kosher soy meat substitute and various soy cheeses. Many also carry vegan ice-cream with a kosher symbol.
• Tesco/Super Valu and other supermarkets carry a wide range of kosher products under British supervision, as well as Irish Pride breads. Check individual items using isitkosher.uk
• Aldi and Lidl sell the GOSH! vegan range of food
Currently, there are no kosher restaurants in Ireland. However, it doesn’t mean you have to go hungry.
There is only one kosher supervised caterer in Ireland, Melanie Stein, who can be contacted preferably by phone on +353 86 608 2774 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Melanie can usually deliver to hotels or arrange catered meals for large groups in the DHC shul hall. (Please specify if you are looking for mehadrin meals / chalav yisrael / pat yisrael / glatt etc)
NOTE TO TOUR / CONFERENCE ORGANISERS
Please confirm with your clients before ordering from local caterers, as many will only want food supervised and certified as kosher. Currently only Melanie Stein is under kosher certification.
Alternatively, you can order airplane style meals that are microwaveable, shipped express overnight from UK/EU to your hotel. Please make all appropriate arrangements with the manager of your hotel for storage and heating.
Kosher4U (based in Brussels) : www.kosher4u.eu (search for Hoffy's Meals, Hermolis meals, Stogel meals)
Hermolis (Based in the UK) : www.hermolis.com