Al-Mustafa Islamic Educational & Cultural Centre Dublin prayers

Random shots from inside the Al-Mustafa Islamic Educational & Cultural Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin before and during this afternoon’s address (followed by prayers) by Imam and Islamic theologian, Dr Umar
Al-Qadri.

During his address, he condemned the recent murders in Paris and called for calm reflection at a time of heightened tensions.

He also drew comparisons between how some might perceive the wider Muslim community on Ireland to the way the Irish in Britain were perceived in the 1970s and 80s during the IRA’s bombing campaign.

Red Bull Crashed Ice qualifiers Dublin and Belfast

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This weekend saw the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Series qualifiers in Blanchardstown and Belfast.

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They were part of Red Bull’s search to find athletes from across the country to participate in a world series in the winter extreme sporting event of ice cross downhill.

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It is a four man full-contact, high-speed, downhill ice skating race along a 440 metre track, with steep turns and vertical drops, reaching speeds of up to 60 km/h in a timed battle, where the first to the bottom wins.

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Over 140 competitors will take part in the race on a assault course that has been specifically designed for Ireland.

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The track will be positioned in front of Stormont Parliament Buildings, Belfast and enjoyed by 40,000 spectators over two days in February.

Crashed Ice contestants after the Dublin qualifiers in Blanchardstown.
Crashed Ice contestants after the Dublin qualifiers in Blanchardstown.

These are a few random shots from this weekend’s two qualifiers.

Crashed Ice contestants after the Belfast qualifiers.
Crashed Ice contestants after the Belfast qualifiers.