Posts tagged ‘Religion 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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November 11, 2012

Controversy over video of Qur’an burning in Galway

Source: Irish Sun

A top Muslim has appealed for calm after a vile hate video was posted online by bigots in Galway.

Now gardai are probing the six-minute clip of racists burning the Qur’an.

The “nationalist” nuts are anti-Muslim, anti-Jew, anti-gay and want to end all immigration into Ireland.

The book-burning has so far amassed just a few hundred hits on YouTube.

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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.