Croke Park to host Eid Al Adha on 20 July

July 12, 2021

Muslim celebration of Eid Al Adha returns to Croke Park.

The GAA has announced that Croke Park will host Eid Al Adha on Tuesday, 20 July.

The Muslim celebration is set to take place outdoors at GAA headquarters for the second successive year later this month.

"Following the success of last year’s event and with Covid restrictions governing religious ceremonies still in place, the Association’s headquarters will once again welcome members of the Muslim community for their celebration," a GAA statement reads.

In welcoming the news, GAA President Larry McCarthy said: "With Croke Park out of commission for games for long periods last year, it was wonderful to be able to host the celebration of Eid Al Adha in our stadium.

"We are all delighted to have our games back with some supporters in attendance, and we are also very pleased to be able to host the 2021 Eid celebration. 

"The event was a huge success and symbolised our ongoing efforts to foster inclusion and diversity throughout the community.

"We extend a warm welcome to those who will be in attendance and look forward to working with Dr Umar Al-Qadri and his colleagues in the planning of the event."

The Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council (IMPIC) Chairperson, Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, added: "I am delighted that the Gaelic Athletic Association and the team at Croke Park have once again provided us with the opportunity to gather as a community in Croke Park to celebrate the occasion of Eid Al Adha. 

"The media coverage of last year's event was well received around the globe, generating huge goodwill for the GAA and Irish society wherever it reached.  

"This year's event will build on that, strengthening the relations between the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council and the GAA as we remember that we are stronger together, and we must all emulate the GAA's example in providing spaces and places ‘Where We All Belong’."

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