Turks in Ireland

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Turks in Ireland
İrlanda Türkleri
Total population
(Several thousand[1]
est. 2,000-3,000[2])
Regions with significant populations
Dublin, Limerick
Turkish, English
Islam, Other
A Turkish food market in Capel Street, Dublin.
A Turkish barber shop in Cork.

Turks in Ireland (Turkish: İrlanda Türkleri, Irish: Turcaigh in Éirinn) are Turkish people who live in Ireland having been born elsewhere, or are Irish-born, but have Turkish roots. By Turkish roots, this could mean roots linking back to Turkey, the island of Cyprus or the communities of the Turkish diaspora.


According to the 2011 Irish census, there are 1,029 Turkish nationals living in Ireland.[3] During the time of a 2005 strike against the GAMA Turkish Construction Company, socialist news websites reported that they alone employed 900[4][5][6] to 2,000[7] Turkish workers. The Turkish embassy may have an investment in down-playing the number of Turks in Ireland given the negative reception of Turks in other European countries, such as German Turks, Dutch-Turks and French-Turks.[2] Thus, overall the number of Turkish descendants living in Ireland is estimated at 2,000-3,000.[2]

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  1. ^ Remarks by President McAleese at Irish Community Reception, Istanbul, Turkey, 25th March 2010, Office of the President of Ireland, retrieved 2010-09-06 
  2. ^ a b c Lacey 2007, 154.
  3. ^ "Migration and Diversity" (PDF), Census 2011, Central Statistics Office, retrieved 2013-04-15 
  4. ^ Barry 2006, 2.
  5. ^ sovietpop (2005-05-11), "Turkish builders strike in Ireland", Anarkismo, retrieved 2009-01-31 
  6. ^ Dewhurst 2009, 2.
  7. ^ Boyd, Steven (April 2005), GAMA Scandal: Workers fight slave wages, Socialist Party, retrieved 2010-09-05 
  8. ^ About us, Irish Turkish Business Association, retrieved 2010-09-06 
  9. ^ About us, Turkish Association of Ireland, retrieved 2010-09-06 
  10. ^ About us, Turkish Irish Educational and Cultural Society, retrieved 2009-01-31 
  11. ^ Oisin Gallery. "Paul Güven". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  12. ^ Last FM. "Abs Breen". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  13. ^ Herald Scotland. "Genclerbirligi sign St Mirren's Billy Mehmet and hope Hearts’ Michael Stewart will follow". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  14. ^ The Economist (2010-10-27). "Family memoir The Q&A: Joseph O'Neill". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  15. ^ Kibris Gazetesi. "Sesimizi dünyaya duyuran genç bir yetenek: ANGEL-I". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 


Further reading[edit]

  • Lacey, Jonathan (2009), "The Gülen Movement in Ireland: Civil Society Engagements of a Turkish Religio-cultural Movement", Turkish Studies, 10 (2): 295–315, doi:10.1080/14683840902864051 

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