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In Pictures: Eid Prayers Held At Croke Park For Second Year

In Pictures: Eid Prayers Held At Croke Park For Second Year

For the second consecutive year, the festival of Eid al-Adha was held at Croke Park. This year, 500 members of Ireland's Muslim community gathered to celebrate one of the most important events in their calendar.

The prayers were first held at GAA headquarters last year due to social distancing requirements.

"It will always be very important," Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, who led the Eid prayers, told RTÉ, "but especially when it's being celebrated at the most historic and iconic venue in Ireland, which is close to the heart of all Irish people. It makes it extra special.

"For us today, like last year, Eid has been very, very special. We are so delighted to be here once again in Croke Park. We hope that we will be able to do this every year."

Sportsfile's Ray McManus was at the stadium on Tuesday.

Eid prayers held at Croke Park

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10-year-old Ali Khan, from Clonsilla in Dublin, waves a Tricolour on the pitch during the celebration of Eid Al-Adha at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eid Al-Adha Prayer 2021 croke park

The Musa family of Zainab, left, Abdullahi, Fatima and dad Masoud. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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A general view of Croke Park during the celebration of Eid Al-Adha at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eid Al-Adha Prayer 2021 croke park

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Abrar, aged nine, and Youseef Nawz, aged two, from Clondalkin, Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eid Al-Adha Prayer 2021 croke park

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri from Blanchardstown mosque, who led the Eid prayers, during the celebration of Eid Al-Adha at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eid Al-Adha Prayer 2021 croke park

GAA president Larry McCarthy, with Mary Lou McDonald, TD, to his left, during the celebration of Eid Al-Adha at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eid Al-Adha Prayer 2021 croke park

Five-year-old Milhaan and dad Saad Ahmed take a picture on a smartphone on the pitch. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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