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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Ireland. The vast majority of Muslims in Ireland are Sunnis; in 2007 the Shi'i Muslim community in Ireland was estimated to number approximately 5,000. While Muslims are found in every county in Ireland, more than half of them live in Dublin county and city, with Cork home to Ireland's second largest Muslim community. Ireland is an independent republic based on representative democracy. The first Islamic organisation in Ireland, the Dublin Islamic Society, was established in 1959. Ireland currently has three purpose-built mosques, the first of which, the Ballyhaunis Mosque in Co. Mayo was built in 1986 by a local Muslim businessman. An important interreligious organisation is the Three Faiths Forum of Ireland which was launched in 1999 and aims to increase dialogue and break down prejudices between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Keywords: Ireland; Islamic organisation; mosque; Muslim community



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