‘An Attack Based On What Happened In London And Manchester’


A window broken at the Masjid Maryam mosque in Galway

Last night.

Windows were broken at the Masjid Maryam mosque in Galway.

Further to this…

Imam Ibrahim Noonan, of the mosque, spoke to Áine Lawlor on RTÉ’s News at One.

During the interview, Mr Noonan said:

“It was [a really frightening event] because when the incident took place, we were actually in the middle of the prayers. I was leading the prayers, so we were actually engrossed within the prayers then suddenly we heard a massive loud bang and I continued to pray, I didn’t stop the prayers but you can imagine everybody, including myself, were probably having anxiety, about what was going on.

“So when we completed the prayer, we noticed our windows were being smashed, double-glazed windows so the stones went through those windows, and some of our young men ran outside, we told the ladies and others to remain within. And we found out, there were men, young men, about 20, running away from the mosque.

“And then we realised that they were attacking the mosque. And the sad thing is, they attacked the mosque knowing that we were praying. That was the sad thing about it, they knew that, they’re obviously watching us and whilst they were in the prayer, they decided to attack the mosque with stones.

“We’ve had incidents in the past where youths would come along and vandalise and be naughty as such. But this is definitely, in my opinion, an attack based upon what happened in Manchester and London.”

Listen back in full here

Muslims ‘terrified’ after Galway mosque attacked during prayers (The Irish Times)

Pic: Imam Ibrahim Noonan

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21 thoughts on “‘An Attack Based On What Happened In London And Manchester’

        1. anne

          I made a joke about them continuing the praying & allah being there when they got back but it’s probably a bit offensive..

  1. Sheik Yahbouti

    Thanks Millie, for recognizing how much I and any reasonable person would loath this type of behaviour.

  2. Anomanomanom

    In all seriousness, its a bit mad the prayer was more important than actually stopping a crime.

      1. anne

        Like in all seriousness, that sh*t is insane.. what chance have you of catching any criminal if you happened to be in the middle of prayers and you continue on?

        Is that some sort of superstitious nonsense going on? Allah will punish if you don’t finish.

        BS I would equally take the p&ss out of Catholicism..no offence like..but it’s horse sh*t

  3. Zuppy International

    This man is only speculating as to why his mosque was allegedly attacked. Unless he tracked down the vandals and spoke to them then he will never really know.

    Broadsheet, desperate for click bait, turns this speculation into the headline. Bad form.

    Depsite what Bodger thinks, it seems that Leo’s phony was on phony terrorism is embedded in the DNA at Broadsheet towers.

    The fake news agenda has gone into overdrive these last few weeks.

    1. Kenny U-Vox Plank

      Breaking. Case of mistaken identity. The attackers thought it was a Sisters of Mercy convent.

      1. Salmon of Nollaig

        Come on Zuppy, timing of the attack a bit coincidental, no?

        Unless there’s already a history of concerned attacks on the mosque (as opposed to the random incident referred to), then I don’t think it’s an inference too far to speculate it’s related to London and Manchester.

        Are all inferences prohibited now as ‘fake news’? Or just the ones you disagree with? The ‘fake news’/’clickbait’ monotonous intoning of people who really would be much happier elsewhere getting more than a bit tedious…

        1. Zuppy International

          So you’re allowing hearsay to stand as proof now are you?

          Consider how this fake terrorism operates with one particular community both as victims and perpetrators and tell me you still believe the “news-media” is innocently reporting just the facts and not deliberately creating/portraying events to supply diversion, division and scapegoats.

  4. Kenny U-Vox Plank

    Any chance a few rocks might be thrown at the Masjid Maryam O’Callaghan mosque in Donnybrook. Some real fundamentalists in there.

  5. Spaghetti Hoop

    If the attacks were continuing before the recent British news, then it’s a general sequenced attack on the Muslim Prayer Centre. Doesn’t make it acceptable though. The Irish in Britain experienced the same in the 1970s. It sours neighborhood community events and adjusts a child’s thinking. Despite May’s frantic pleas and white-washing, terrorism and war, if you read about it, will affect your view on the world, no matter what your age.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Excellent comment Hoop. Really well put, and very thoughtful.

      But sure, I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

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