Galway, Ireland: Muslims “left terrified” After Rocks Thrown Through Mosque Windows During Prayers

Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan Tweeted pictures of broken windows at the Galway mosque. Photograph: Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan/Twitter

Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan of the Masjid Maryam mosque in Galway told The Irish Times that up to 100 members of the Galway mosque were left “terrified” when rocks smashed through the windows during the attack on Monday evening.

He said the the attack in Galway took place at approximately 11.20 pm on Monday evening. “Last night, during the time of prayer and actually as we prayed, rocks smashed through the windows”.

“I was leading the prayers when we heard an extremely loud bang and obviously we were in the middle of the prayers so continued on but there were one or two people who left the prayers to see what the bang was”.



Soldiers of Odin now active in four cities across Ireland


The Soldiers of Odin, an anti-Islamic group who have started street patrols in several Irish towns in recent weeks say they are not thugs, but will defend themselves if necessary.

Soldiers of Odin (SoO)was formed in Finland last October, carrying out street patrols which they said were to protect people, particularly women, from attacks from immigrants.

Their founder, Mika Ranta, is a self-confessed neo-Nazi with a conviction for a racially-motivated assault.

An Irish branch of the group was set up this year and is led by a Portuguese man living in Carlow. They have posted pictures of themselves carrying out patrols in places including Dublin, Wexford, Laois and Kilkenny.

A spokesman for Soldiers of Odin Ireland told the Sunday World the aim of the group was to “highlight the evils of Islam and to start the debate on how followers of Islam demand that we respect and conform to their ways”.

He said the group was non-violent, but added: “We will defend ourselves if necessary.”

He also said they are “ready to rumble” with anti-white groups.

He said the group was made up of many different nationalities and religions, but confirmed there were no black members. It is understood several are White immigrants to Ireland.

Asked what the purpose of the patrols was, he said: “Patrols are carried out if we are told of problems in particular areas.”