Celebrating our links

Large crowd attends Islamic community's Brandon open day

Simon Brouder

There was a great turnout at the Brandon Conference Centre on Saturday as the Kerry Islamic Outreach Society (KIOS) held its annual Islamic Cultural Exhibition.

This was the sixth year the society has held an open day in Tralee and from small beginnings it has grown steadily every year.

This year over 200 people from the wider Islamic Community in Kerry attended the event with over 350 guests from Tralee and farther afield visiting the Brandon to learn more about Islamic life and culture.

Months of hard work went into organising the event where, among many other things, visitors could sample henna tattoo work and face painting or try their hand at Arabic Calligraphy.

The organisers said the exhibition had been the busiest yet.

"It's now our habit to say that its been the busiest exhibition so far. But honestly this is a reality that every passing year we are receiving more community friends coming to this exhibition," said the KIOS.

"We are wrecked but relieved and delighted that more than eight weeks of hard work had shown its fruits in the form of bringing smiles to the faces of our friends in the community and their children".

"Once again the ladies and girls did an amazing job in helping the whole event. Once again they proved to be the backbone of KIOS as they always take the lead in every single project and motivate the whole organisation."