Permission sought for Tralee mosque
KERRY's growing Muslin community is seeking permission to build a mosque in Tralee.
In the last month the Kerry Islamic Cultural Centre, a group which provides support and assistance to the county's 1,500 strong Islamic community, have applied for permission to build a new mosque and Islamic community centre at Killerisk close to Manor West in Tralee.
The application, which seeks permission to demolish a number of existing sheds and replace them with a mosque that would incorporate a community centre, was submitted to Tralee Town Council on December 9 by Altaf Memon on behalf of the Islamic Cultural Centre.
According to the 2011 Census there are currently 1,510 Muslim's living in Kerry with 833 living in Tralee town. Islam is now Tralee's second religion with members of the local Muslim community outnumbering the local Church of Ireland community, which numbers 480, by almost two to one.
A previous, ultimately successful, application to build an Islamic prayer house on the same site in Killerisk was strongly opposed by residents in the area. After Tralee Town Council granted permission a group of 50 local residents lodged appeals against the decision with An Bord Pleanala, claiming the development would would devalue their homes, lead to over development and add to already extremely heavy traffic.