Tolerance and understanding differences is a key way to combat prejudice, fear, bigotry, and racism, and this idea will form the key theme at a major conference in the city this weekend.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland will host its Annual Peace Conference this Saturday at The g Hotel from 5pm to 7pm.
The theme of the event will be Establishing Societal Peace Through Tolerance and it will be discussed and debated by representatives of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religions in Galway. The Minister for Social Protection Éamon Ó Cuív will also be addressing the conference.
The keynote speaker will be Imam Ibrahim Noonan of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association. Imam Noonan was born in Waterford and converted to Islam 20 years ago and is now based in Galway.
A 20 minute documentary on the Ahmadiyya community, entitled One Community – One Leader, will be shown. There will also be an exhibition and book stall. The plans for the Galway community’s recently approved mosque will also be on display.
The conference will be attended by TDs, senators, local councillors, and members of An Garda Síochána. The public is also invited to attend.