Irish Muslims invited to celebrate a religious holiday in Croke Park

Muslims across Ireland are invited to celebrate an upcoming religious holiday at Croke Park.

This is the third time that Eid Al Adha celebrations have taken place at the National Stadium, with the space being used in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 9.

GAA Chairman Larry McCarthy said: “Once again we extend a warm welcome to members of the Irish Muslim community on what is an important date in the Muslim calendar.

“While Covid challenges initially led to the celebrations taking place at Croke Park for the first time, this will be the third time the GAA has hosted the event and the first since the lifting of tougher pandemic restrictions.

“Our games and activities are for everyone and I think the cooperation between the GAA and the Irish Muslim Council underlines our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Chairman of the Irish Muslim Council, Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri thanked the GAA for their generosity and continued support, saying: “Eid in Croke Park began in the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic. when indoor worship was restricted.

“But the international coverage and resulting goodwill for the GAA and the wider Irish nation is a model of international best practice in diversity, equality and inclusion.

“As we leave the pandemic behind us and look towards a brighter future, it is a great joy for us, the Irish Muslim Council and the wider Irish Muslim community, to know that this iconic event can remain a must, and reminds us that the GAA is truly a place where we all belong.”

Croke Park will also host the Tailteann Cup final meeting of Cavan and Westmeath at 3pm on the same day, before Derry and Galway meet in the semi-finals of the GAA All-Ireland Football Semi-Final at 5.30pm.

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