The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has announced that its headquarters will host the religious ceremony and celebration of Eid-ul-Adha by Muslims in Ireland at Croke Park outdoors on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, for the second year in a row.
Croke Park Stadium is home to Ireland’s largest sporting and cultural organization, the GAA. Croke Park has played host to iconic moments in Irish sport & history and significant cultural and international events.
“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.”
GAA President Larry McCarthy appreciated the announcement by saying,
“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-ul-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.”
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“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.”
Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council (IMPIC) Chairperson added on behalf of the organizers:
“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-ul-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’.”