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Young muslim women arranging prayer mats at home

Last Updated on August 17, 2021

According to the 2016 Irish census, 63,400 Muslims live in the Republic of Ireland, which is a 29 percent increase over the 2011 census figures. Muslims represent a small group, but it is growing rapidly due to immigration.

Total population: 4.7 million
Muslim population ( 2016): 63,400

Young muslim women arranging prayer mats at home
Young muslim women arranging prayer mats at home

The first Muslims to immigrate to Ireland arrived in the early 1950s.

They initially traveled for the purpose of studying, especially medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. This group included Muslims from South Africa, Pakistan, Malaysia and the Gulf states. In the 1970s, a
number of aeronautical engineering trainees arrived in Ireland from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia .

Muslims are concentrated in Dublin and the cities of Cork, Merrick and Galway. There are several organisations representing Muslims in the country, notably the Islamic Cultural Center in Ireland, the Islamic Center of Ireland and the Muslim League in Ireland.

The presence of Muslims in Ireland has not been politicized the Way it has been in many other European countries. Perhaps due to several reasons. Until recently, the Muslim community in Ireland was limited in number and belonged to the middle class; additionally, Ireland did not mind showing religious symbols in public places compared to other Western countries.

In April 2019, Irish police decided to allow Muslim women in their forces to wear headscarves while working.