Islam in Ireland: Finding a Home in Traditionally Catholic Country

Dublin Mosque The Atlantic ran a story this week on Muslim immigration and integration in Ireland, particularly in the city of Dublin. The premise of the article is that the Irish accept the Muslim population based in part on the earliest Muslim immigrants, who were university students, and on the emigrant history of the Irish themselves, many who were forced to move abroad during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Read the full story here.


Muslims first arrived in Ireland in the 1950s as medical students, notes the article. While some returned home after their studies, others remained in Ireland and started careers and families. It is believed that for the most part Ireland does not have a negative view of Muslim immigrants because those early immigrants integrated so easily. There is still disparity for Muslims in Irish society, explains the article, but on the whole the Irish are more accepting of Muslims than other countries in Europe because the Irish themselves understand the immigrant story.

In 2011, there were over 49,000 Muslims recorded in Ireland, according to census figures given in the story. Pray for the church in Ireland, that believers will engage their Muslim neighbors with the gospel of Jesus. If the level of acceptance and integration of Muslims is rising as this article implies, then the church should be taking steps to build relationships with the Muslim community.

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