Contents of the ‘Ireland’ category in chronological order.

Irish Times Interview, Alison Healy, ‘Jubilee for an imam among equals’ (Maynooth, Ireland) ·· incomplete

He is interested in the current debate on whether the hijab, the Muslim headscarf, should be worn in Irish schools and cautions against the issue being used to create division. “My own sense is that if an individual wishes to associate publicly with a faith, that’s the right of that individual to do that, whether he’s a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim. That is, to me, something which is important.” But he says that people should not be forced to wear the hijab. “To go from there to an imposed process by forces in society, to me is unacceptable. It’s got to be the choice of the individual who wishes to associate with his faith or her faith. I have great respect for any individual who wants in the right way to be associated with his own faith. I accept that totally and I would never challenge it.”

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Alamshar’s Irish Derby and Ascot Victories (United Kingdom)

I am very pleased indeed! Alamshar and Dalakhani both had logical reasons to run in the Irish Derby and before that race I did say that I was aiming Alamshar at this race. Dalakhani is having an autumn campaign. The two horses had a programme that was going to clash in the Irish Derby but probably not after that but who knows…. Good horse’s programmes need to be developed race by race and that is what I am trying to do. It does bring back memories of Shergar’s victory in this race. What is exciting is the continuation of the breeding stock which is able to produce horses and of course this horse goes back to Mumtaz Mahal.

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