Planning permission has been granted for a full mosque with a Muslim Community Centre in Tralee.
However planners have stipulated “there shall be no calling to prayer” from a public address system – anywhere on the site.
A decision on permission for a full mosque in Tralee had been stalled pending confirmation if a call to prayer public address system was to be installed in the 23 metre high minaret attached to the mosque. Clarification was also sought on screening, parking and the provision of balconies in a residential part of the proposal. The Muslim Community Centre in a separate building on the site is to have ten bedrooms.
The application, which is the second in recent years, was lodged with Kerry County Council on behalf of the Kerry Islamic Cultural Centre in April. The proposal concerns a 2.24 acre site in a business park at Killerisk. The mosque will have an 18 metre high dome, 23.6 metre high minaret, parapets and assembly hall. A previous application, last year, was refused primarily on the grounds of traffic concerns.
A full traffic study has now been included with this application and it says daily prayers begin at 4.30 am and end at 10 pm.