Widespread condemnation of attack on Galway mosque

There has been widespread criticism of the mindless attack on a Galway mosque by a small group of stone throwers on Monday night.

A Garda spokesman said the incident was being investigated as a case of criminal damage and urged anyone with information to contact them.

It is hoped CCTV in the area will give them useful information.

One window in the Masjid Maryam mosque in Galway was smashed as about 100 people gathered for prayers for Ramadan at 11pm on Monday night.

Widespread condemnation of attack on Galway mosque

Two males, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, were seen running from the Mosque following the stone throwing.

In the wake of the incident Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan, who was born in Waterford, raised Catholic and converted to Islam 26 years ago, said he is considering asking some women and children to stay away from the mosque for a few days for safety reasons.

"Everyone was quite shaken, including myself, and quite upset that it happened while we were praying, especially the ladies and children," he said.

"It's a kind of realisation - we all linked this to what happened in London."

Imam Noonan also called for all imams to be vetted by authorities, including background checks and for potential links to extremism and said there is an onus on imams to be more proactive in checking members of their congregations for extremist leanings.

"I'm committed to rooting out extremism in Ireland. I'm committed to it. This is my country. I'm not going to allow these people to get seeded into this country." Mr Ahmad Noonan said.

A Garda spokesman said the incident was being investigated as a case of criminal damage.

More on this topic

London Bridge terror victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest toldLondon Bridge terror victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest told

Protesters swarm Pakistan newspaper offices over London Bridge reportProtesters swarm Pakistan newspaper offices over London Bridge report

Inquests to be opened for London Bridge terror victimsInquests to be opened for London Bridge terror victims

Jack Merritt: Girlfriend’s tribute to ‘phenomenal’ London Bridge attack victimJack Merritt: Girlfriend’s tribute to ‘phenomenal’ London Bridge attack victim


More in this Section

Two men charged in relation to loaded firearm seizureTwo men charged in relation to loaded firearm seizure

CervicalCheck refuses to show staff turnoverCervicalCheck refuses to show staff turnover

Eight migrants found on ship in Waterford deported from IrelandEight migrants found on ship in Waterford deported from Ireland

Parents fear social media causing anxiety in childrenParents fear social media causing anxiety in children


Lifestyle

Sating the festive appetite is what Christmas is all about, here Joe McNamee takes us through the best culinary delights that are produced right here on our doorstep.Want to give local this Christmas? Joe McNamee rounds up the the country's very best food produce

Architect and artist Harry Wallace tells Eve Kelliher how his style has evolved.How a lifetime as an architect has inspired Cork artist Harry Wallace

Don’t let present stress ruin your run-up to Christmas. Pat Fitzpatrick has done all the hard work with this tongue-in-cheek gift guide for every budget, so you can tick everyone off your list and get down to enjoying yourself for the festive season.Gift stressbuster: We sort out who gets what and why

It’s not what you have that makes you happy, it’s what you do. And what better time to be proactive than during the season of goodwill, says Margaret Jennings.Joy to the world: Strategies to increase your happiness during the season of goodwill

More From The Irish Examiner