AIT Celebrates Eid al-Fitr Festival With Staff and Students

Athlone Institute of Technology's (AIT) international community gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a festival which marks the end of Ramadan - a month when many Muslims fast, virtually yesterday evening. Eid al-Fitr is one of two major festivals celebrated by Muslims around the world annually.

Staff from AIT's International Office and Fr Shay Casey, the chaplain of AIT, joined in as students and researchers from countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia shared their Eid traditions via Zoom. 

Traditionally, sweet dishes are prepared and shared with relatives and friends; however, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, AIT's international community were unable to visit home. 

Instead, international students and researchers will cook their favourite dishes over weekend and take a photo to enter a competition judged by AIT culinary arts lecturers Margaret O’ Loghlen and John Killeen. Prizes will be awarded to entries explaining ingredients and how dish was prepared.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a research-led third-level institute with an applied, industry-focused offering, world-class research and development capabilities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Winner of The Sunday Times Institute of the Year 2020 and 2018, AIT is Ireland’s top-ranked institute of technology and is on track to open its doors as the country’s third technological university in September 2021. AIT tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research in 2018 and 2019. For information relating to the institute’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, visit

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