A critical review of Kieran Flynn’s article “understanding Islam in Ireland”
This article describes the growth of the Muslim presence in Ireland and the rapid development of Islamic institutions and communities both Sunni and She’ite over the past fifteen years. It traces the stages in the development of schools and mosques and of the Muslim community in Irish public life.
The article begins with an opening passage describing the arrival of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ to the shores of Ireland, bringing with it prosperity and employment and before long the country had become one of the wealthiest in the world. With this saw Ireland’s annual population growth grow to the highest in Europe, and that one in ten people living in the state is now a foreigner. Almost 170 nationalities are now living in the state bringing with it new cultures and religions to our society. The article looks particularly at the Muslim community and how it has begun to develop in this country. The number of Muslims in Ireland has jumped from 6,000 in 1996 to 26,000 at present and the Islamic religion is now quickly moving to join Catholicism as one of the major religions in the country today.
In Kieran Flynn’s article, he gives us some information on the early history of the Muslim community in Ireland. It tells us how the earliest Muslims that arrived in the country was in the early 1950’s and that their main reason for coming was for education and in particular to study medicine at the royal college of surgeons. In 1959 the small Muslim community gathered together and voted to set up a Muslim organisation and became known as the Dublin Islamic Society. By 1969 the number of Muslim students had risen which prompted a fundraising campaign targeting countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and also from large Islamic centres in the U.K. With all of the donations received, a bank account was opened and the money went towards acquiring a permanent mosque in Dublin. “In 1976 the society announced the...