By Howard Crane
Published July 18, 2018
Filed under Ireland Politics Society & Culture
The face of Ireland has changed rapidly in the last 16 years, so much so to be unrecognisable in urban areas to visitors from abroad. In 2018 this changed has brought a new challenge to the island: the question of mosques. Allow me to give you a rundown on the latest developments.
Unofficial Mosque Causing Stir
A mosque had been in operation in a Galway suburb for roughly a decade (drawing on personal memory). Probably due to a swelling Muslim population, the residential building being used as a mosque has only become an issue in 2017. Locals complained – not out of racism or “Islamophobia” but – because of the amount of traffic on an under-developed and otherwise quiet road. To give you a mental image, the area is right on the edge where suburb meets wilderness. Houses are a few yards apart and the road servicing the area is quite narrow. Residents also pointed out that several people attend and (naturally) make noise as they attend prayer services, other religious functions, and privately meet with the Imam (Islamic clergyman) who lives there. On top of these concerns, the local council also cites the inevitable over-use of the sewage system as it’s not fit for the amount of people who would (naturally) use the crapper there.
The local council has pointed out that the area is zoned as residential and not fit for a religious building. The local Islamic community has entered an appeal for retroactive permission to retain the mosque.
Racist Kilkenny Locals Don’t Want Mosque
The Islamic community intends to build a full-on mosque in Kilkenny, resulting in average residents opposing the proposal. This has resulted in the Chattering Classes insulting the people of Kilkenny as ignorant, racist, “Islamophobic”, and as “Irish Rednecks.” Clearly, a political/cultural agenda is driving these people as the very legitimate concerns of the locals are completely ignored, save by one or two media outlets. On the whole, though, the issue is ignored by the media. On the top of the list of concerns are (most importantly) that the site for the mosque is potentially an Irish “Famine” Grave Site, the traffic will be too dense for the area, and the noise pollution of the frequent daily call-to-prayer. I’d also like to point out the old Christian tradition (now lost and ignored) dictating that the local church’s steeple should be the highest structure.
A Quick Word on the “Famine”
First of all it should be recognised that what is known as “The Irish Famine” (1845 – 1952) was not a famine at all, which is why I put the word in inverted commas along with the word “Islamophobia.” A famine is the result of failing crops due to climate problems, crop disease, or a lack of manpower to farm the land. Ireland suffered none of these things – we were growing abundant amounts of food. What caused the starvation was the country-wide exporting of our crops and livestock by gun-point. Enough food to feed England four times over. We in Ireland are taught that “the famine” happened because of the potato blight, with the insinuation being that the only crop we grew were potatoes (thus the 150-year old Ethnically-Racist association of Irish people with potatoes). The blight occurred because it was more profitable for the Irish at the time to grow potatoes as they became a form of currency (to pay rent to Absentee Landlords, for example). Naturally, we prioritised the potato crop each season, and due to this the blight was spread (in the same way disease spreads amoung livestock in factory farms). SOME Irish were “lucky” as they were paid with a daily meal if they attended a local manufactory (see: slave labour), but most many starved to death and SOME secretly resorted to cannibalism of neighbours who had died of starvation.
As-of April of the year of this print, planning permission is under consideration of the planning board. A public meeting earlier that month was largely filled with agitated local citizens. The mainstream media took the more incendiary comments and used them as headlines to shame the local community. For example: “The is Kilkenny, not Mecca.”
Two local Sinn Fein (an MI6-created “Republican” party originating in Northern Ireland) Councillors took the opportunity to support the Muslim Community by meeting with them and pledging their support.
While I’m on this subject, I present to you Daniel Bostock with a parody of “Park Life” by The Blurr.
Planned Mosque in Dublin 15
A Dublin-based neurosurgeon who has received planning permission to build one of the largest mosques in the State has acknowledged there was a lack of public consultation about the project ahead of an appeal by local residents.
Dublin 15 (the Fingal postal code) is due for Ireland’s biggest mosque yet, proposed by Beaumont Hospital’s neurosurgeon, Taufiq al-Sattar. On a Human level this is touching as it’s dedicated to his wife and sons who were victims of an arson attack in England, but on many other levels it is reprehensible. A spokesman for the local community, Darragh Kelehan, said:
“We had many a public meeting, and we invited the doctor [Taufiq al-Sattar] and anybody to do with the Shuhada Foundation to come down to talk to us and they never did. We will be appealing. We can’t just sit down and accept it.”
As you could imagine, the locals have concerns over the usual issues such as traffic and the obnoxious call-to-prayer that will inevitably happen many times per day, but the plan will also involve the felling of 25 mature trees on the property . As of this writing the plan for the mosque is being contested by the local community. If you live in Ireland, please sign the petition to contest the plan.
Literally moments after publishing this article I received Islamic prayer centre in Swords gets the go-head – Irish Times.
The inspector said the prayer centre would increase traffic congestion in the secluded area where it was to be located. The report said the amount of people using the centre was likely to grow with the increasing Muslim population in Ireland, and concluded that the proposal would have a “potential negative impact” on the existing residential area.
However, the board voted by a two-thirds majority against their inspector’s recommendation, and approved the plans.
The article’s main thrust is that “everyone will be welcome in the centre”, but we know by the course of history that this isn’t how things go and eventually Westerners won’t be allowed there at all. Watch the following British documentary from Dispatches for context on what potentially happens in Muslim institutions.
Ireland is on the cusp of what many call “Islamization.” The establishment of medium-and-sized mosques is the beginning. This isn’t racism of “Islamophobia” speaking, it’s a purely cultural observation. When enough people migrate and join a limited population, the nature of that population changes. Today, London has an ethnically-Muslim mayor who shares Muslim-centric views – as demonstrated by his own orders to clamp down on the July 2018 Pro-Trump rallies while allowing free reign to Anti-Trump rallies. Muslims, frankly speaking, are simply superior in this regard to Europeans in terms of their proclivity to work together for their cultural pursuits, while Europeans are busy arguing over regional and political differences. It’s purely a question of sociology. Europe, Britain, and Ireland, may someday become Islamic – not so much because they’ll be majority-Muslim, but because Muslims will be the most unified demographic.
The mosques being proposed in Ireland shouldn’t be challenged simply because they’re mosques – they should be challenged because of the civic issues they violate. They should also be taken by the Irish as a signal that their cultural makeup is being altered radically and should trigger a new national conversation. The only prominent people I see broaching these issues today are Councillor Brian Murphey and, Presidential-hopeful, Kevin Sharkey. I suggest we give them and the local leaders as much support at we can muster.
In closing, the following song by Leonard Chohen (The Future) has never made as much sense to me as it has in the past 2 months.