The Bishop of Galway Brendan Kelly has expressed his shock and dismay at the vandalism of Maryam Mosque in Galway last night. In a statement released this evening Bishop Kelly said, “Together with so many of my fellow Galwegians, I am dismayed and shocked at the wilful and malicious assault made last night on the Maryam Mosque in our city.  I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the perpetrators.”

The mosque, which is located on the Monivea Road on the outskirts of Galway city, was “badly and severely vandalised” late on Sunday night, according to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland.

Bishop Kelly said he has visited his “good friend” Iman Ibrahim Noonanto to assure him of his personal support and prayers and to convey to him the very deep sense of outrage felt across our community.

The bishop continued, “An attack on a place of worship is an assault on God and an assault on all people of faith. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbours.  With them, we reject violence, we reject division and we reject hate.

Bishop Kelly is asking all people of good will “to keep Galway Muslims in their hearts and prayers” and to continue showing Galway city in its best possible light.”

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