Archive for October, 2012

October 18, 2012

Islam now the third largest religion in Ireland

Source: BBC

The Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO) highlighted the religious change in the Republic of Ireland as it released its latest analysis of the data collected in the 2011 census.

The CSO said there had been a “sharp rise” in the Muslim population over the past five years.

There were 49,204 Muslims in the Republic of Ireland in April 2011.

It means that Islam is now the third largest religion in the state.

October 13, 2012

Opinion: Which road will Irish Muslims take?

Source: The Egyptian Gazzette

What direction are the Muslims of Ireland going to take? Are they going to become totally assimilated into Irish society or will they be seen more and more as something foreign to the Irish way of life? Will they fit so well into Irish society that they are not seen as different to anyone else? Will their faith act as a leaven within their society? Or will they just become yet another religious voice, like so many others in Ireland, that is no longer of any relevance in a world that has grown sufficient on its own, without the need of religions or religious leaders?  Continued reading
October 13, 2012

Video of the project ‘Islam in Ireland: Past, Present and Future’

Source: UCCIreland

The research project was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Department of An Taoiseach and based in the Study of Religions Department at UCC. The research project was led by Dr Oliver Scharbrodt who collaborated with three researchers. Dr Adil Hussain Khan investigated various mosques and other Muslim organisations in Dublin. Dr Vivian Ibrahim, a trained historian, traced the Muslim presence in Ireland before World War II. Dr Yafa Shanneik investigated the activities of various Muslim women groups in Ireland.

October 5, 2012

Plan to build massive new Islamic Centre in Dublin

Source: Irish Central

According to reports in the Irish Times, “a Dublin-based Muslim group with support from many parts of the world has agreed purchase terms for the six-acre site located close to the Gannon-funded Dart station.”

Previous reports in the Irish Times stated that the new development, “could put Ireland in a very favorable position in the Muslim world and lead to significant inward investment.”

The development will include the mosque and support facilities, including a 34-classroom school, conference centre, assembly hall, playground and swimming pool. It has been designed by Paula Gill of architects Conroy Crowe Kelly.