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    Hello

    I've heard it said that the Mullens were Jewish at one point when they were based in Scotland, then they came over to Ireland and they weren't Jewish any more, which I think used to happen a lot.

    --- I suppose "used to happen a lot" means that quite often they pretended to be either Jewish or someone else???

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    Re: used to happen ...

    . . . then they came over to Ireland and they weren't Jewish any more, which I think used to happen a lot.

    Since being Jewish in Ireland could be difficult, it was easier just to stop practicing that faith. This may have happened to many Jewish families coming to Ireland.

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    Re: used to happen ...

    Hi

    One more question. After these words the speaker says: I don't know if that is true, but I'd like it if it were.

    --- Does it mean that he would like it to be true, the fact that people were coming to Ireland and changed their faith. He seems to be saying that he liked when people behaved in that way.

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    Re: used to happen ...

    Perhaps he was hoping the Jews would be "converted" to another religion. He was happy about that idea.

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