Posts tagged ‘Muslims in Ireland’

April 19, 2013

Muslims find a welcoming home in famously Catholic Ireland

By Megan O’Neil for The Atlantic

Perhaps because of its strong religious background, the nation has been more accepting of Islam than many of its European neighbors.

A new 60,000-square-foot development is likely to generate friction in any urban setting, much less a mosque in the capital of a historically Catholic country.

And yet a proposal to construct a multi-use Islamic center — including a three-story domed mosque, school, and fitness facility — in the north Dublin neighborhood of Clongriffin has triggered little of the anti-Muslim blowback surrounding similar projects in other parts of Europe and in the United States.

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March 10, 2013

Ireland’s largest mosque in Clongriffin set for construction

Mosque development will cost in the region of €40m Source: RTÉ news

Mosque development will cost in the region of €40m Source: RTÉ news

Source: RTÉ news

Plans for Ireland’s biggest mosque have been given the go-ahead by Dublin City Council for a site in the north of the city.

The six-acre site in Clongriffin will be able to cater for up to 3,000 Muslims during festivals.

One condition of the planning permission is that there is no call to prayer audible outside the complex.

The development will consist of a three-storey domed mosque with minarets, a conference centre, primary and secondary schools and fitness centre with swimming pool.

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Mosque for 3,000 gets go-ahead in capital

Source: Irish Independent

The development, to be built in Clongriffin, north Dublin, will become Ireland’s largest Muslim Cultural Centre catering to the 40,000-strong community living in the capital.

The application to Dublin City Council was submitted by an organisation called the Dublin Welfare Society.

It was approved by planners and will cost a staggering €40m, which is believed to be coming from a backer in the United Arab Emirates.

Clongriffin is a new town on the northern fringe of Dublin city.

It was slated for widescale development at the end of the Celtic Tiger era and while many homes and apartments were built in the area, there are large stretches of wasteland and some ghost estates.

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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.