Fears that dome and minaret tower would be obtrusive
Plans to develop a mosque and Muslim cultural centre to the rear of a semi-detached house in Ballybrit, have met with local opposition.
Dr Mamoon Rashid and Dr Anwar Malik of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland in Wellpark Grove have sought permission to develop the mosque and cultural centre to the rear of the house at The Cottages in Ballybrit.
The development will comprise a single storey mosque building with a dome and minaret (two-storey height) to accommodate a prayer hall, circulation areas, toilets and two office rooms.
There are also proposed alterations to the house, including a rear extension and an additional first floor bedroom, which will serve as accommodation for the current Imam, Ibrahim Noonan.
“Due to the growing Muslim population in Galway, [the Ahmadiyya Association] have spent the last number of years looking for a designated place of worship in the Galway area rather than continue to hold service in residential accommodation in the city, which are unsuited in terms of function and the growing number of worshippers involved.