World Hijab Day: Irish woman who became Muslim shares story

Event in Waterford institute includes talks and a display of hijabs which can be tried on

University students talk about growing up Muslim in Ireland, Islamophobia and choosing to wear the hijab. Video: Kathleen Harris

Brigid Aylward from Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny became a Muslim in 2008 but it wasn’t until she started wearing the hijab two years later that she felt like a full member of her new community.

“Everybody is on their own journey. If a [Muslim] woman decides they can’t cover or doesn’t want to cover, nobody will say anything to them. It can’t be forced,” she says.

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