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History of Islam in Ireland

There are 63,400 practising Muslims living in Ireland and approximately 50 mosques and prayer centres within the State, with five Muslim clergymen or qualified imams. There is more than one mosque or prayer centre in each province. According to Census … Continue reading

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121,100 immigrants granted citizenship from 2005 to 2015

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS that the number of people who were granted Irish citizenship in 2015 was almost half that of the peak in 2012. Some 121,100 people became Irish citizens through naturalisation between 2005 and the end of 2015 according … Continue reading

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Syrian refugee to give free Arabic classes in Limerick to help integration

  A SYRIAN refugee whose family has been resettled in Portlaoise is extending his free Arabic language classes to the public in Limerick to promote integration with the Irish community and foster greater understanding of his culture. Radwan Abouhajar, a … Continue reading

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Study finds Travellers ‘genetically different’ from settled Irish

Study finds Travellers emerged as distinct group up to 200 years before Great Famine. The emergence of Irish Travellers as a distinct group occurred long before the Great Famine, a genetic analysis shows. The DNA study also indicates that while … Continue reading

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History of Islam in Ireland

The Muslim community in Ireland is young. Its oldest organisation, the Islamic Foundation of Ireland, was formed in 1959 by young Muslims who were, in the main, students at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, in Dublin. The first … Continue reading

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More than 2,000 people become Irish citizens

More than 2,000 people gathered at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Friday to become the State’s newest citizens. Since the citizenship ceremonies began five years ago, 95,000 people from 170 countries have made their way to the building on … Continue reading

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National Party leader espouses creation of ‘Catholic republic’

A former activist with the militant anti-abortion group Youth Defence,  Justin Barrett is best remembered for his role in the defeat of the Nice Treaty referendum in 2001. He is described as the president of the National Party, whose nine … Continue reading

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