Three-in-a-row for Eid celebrations at Croke Park this weekend

July 06, 2022

The Muslim celebration of Eid Al Adha takes place at Croke Park. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

The GAA and Croke Park are once again pleased to confirm that they will host the Muslim celebration of Eid Al Adha on Saturday morning next July 9, 2022. 

Following the success of the event in both 2020 and 2021 during pandemic restrictions, this will be the third time that the Association’s headquarters will welcome the event to Dublin 3. 

GAA President Larry McCarthy said:

“Once again, we extend a warm welcome to members of the Irish Muslim Community on what is an important date in the Muslim calendar.

“While the challenges of Covid originally led to the celebrations taking place at Croke Park for the first time, this will be the third occasion the GAA has hosted the event and the first since the more severe restrictions of the pandemic lifted.

“Our games and activities are for all and I believe the co-operation between the GAA and the Irish Muslim Council underlines our commitment to diversity and inclusion.” 

The chairperson of the Irish Muslim Council, Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri thanked the GAA for their generosity and ongoing support, saying:

"Eid at Croke Park began in the darkest days of the COVID-19 Pandemic when indoor worship was restricted. But the international coverage and subsequent goodwill for the GAA and wider Irish nation stands as a model of international best practice in diversity, equality and inclusion.

“As we leave the Pandemic behind us and look to a brighter future, it is a matter of great joy for us at the Irish Muslim Council and the wider Irish Muslim community to know that this iconic event can remain a fixture, and reminds us that the GAA truly is a place Where We All Belong”.

Later, on the same day, Croke Park will host the Tailteann Cup final meeting of Cavan and Westmeath at 3.0pm before Derry and Galway meet in the semi-final of the GAA Football All-Ireland semi-final at 5.30pm. 

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