Our iconic national stadium once again hosted the Eid at Croke Park celebrations on 9 July 2022 as the Irish Muslim community celebrated “three-in-a-row” for Eid al-Adha celebrations at the headquarters of the GAA.
The lifting of public health restrictions meant that a greater number of guests and worshippers were able to join us than in previous years, and hundreds of Muslims and non-Muslims alike joined us for a unique celebration of diversity and equality.
As well as the Eid prayers, the gathering was addressed by the Chairperson of the Irish Muslim Council, Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, who reflected that “History pays witness to the ability of humans to cause destruction, devastation and violence on earth. But it also pays witness to the ability of humans to be the very best, to be changemakers, to build a better world for us to share.”
Exhorting those in attendance to choose hope over hatred and to be those changemakers, he quoted the legendary Cork hurler Christy Ring, who said that hurling is “like carrying a hundred bricks before you put up one,” he said that the work of delivering social change is hard, but worthwhile, and those who had delivered social change such as universal suffrage, an end to Apartheid in South Africa.
“Let us work to see a Free Palestine, a United Ireland, solutions to the climate emergency, and an end to racism, misogyny, bigotry and otherisation in all its forms in our time.”— Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri (Chairperson, IMC/CMÉ)
This was followed by addresses from invited politicians from across the political spectrum and performances from spoken-word artist Bilal Mu’azzam and the Islamic Centre of Ireland Children’s Choir.
Acoustic issues meant that the Islamic Centre of Ireland Children’s Choir and piper @OisinOSiochain didn’t finish our anthem at exactly the same time. But Eid is about family, love and joy, so I hope you enjoy listening as much as our children enjoyed singing Amhrán na bhFiann. pic.twitter.com/ZPru5l2JU0— Irish Muslim Council (@IrishMuslimCoun) July 11, 2022
All of us at the Irish Muslim Council would like to thank everyone who attended and made this possible, in particular, the entire team at the GAA and Croke Park. This event would not have been possible without the particular support of Róisín Ní Ríoc at Croke Park, Garda Hayden McGurk who joined the event team as part of his community placement with the Irish Muslim Council, and the talented Oisín Ó Síocháin of Ógra Shinn Féin who attended the event with his Uilleann pipes to accompany the flag procession and national anthem.
Special thanks must also go to our guest speakers Larry McCarthy (President of the GAA), Minister Jack Chambers (Fianna Fáil), Patricia MacBride (Ireland’s Future), Deputy Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin), Rosemarie Maughan (Irish Traveller Movement), Senator Marie Sherlock (Labour), Superintendent Micheal Corbett (An Garda Síochána) and Deputy Neasa Hourigan (Independent). Also in attendance were good friends of the Irish Muslim Council Deputy Paul Donnelly (Sinn Féin), Caoimhín McCann (Ógra Shinn Féin), James Kearney (Labour Youth), Sargeant Dermot Delaney (An Garda Síochána) and many more besides.
The Irish Muslim Council would like to extend its sincerest apologies to Garda Intern Fahmeda Naheed and Archbishop Micheal Jackson (Church of Ireland) who were unable to deliver their carefully prepared remarks, and Rosemarie Maughan, who was unable to deliver her remarks in full, due to scheduling issues on the day. Where provided, you can access their full remarks in written form on our website by clicking their name.