Turks in Ireland
İrlanda Türkleri
Total population
Several thousand[1]
est. 2,000-3,000 (2007 estimate)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Cork, Dublin, Limerick
Turkish, English
Predominantly Sunni Islam
Minority Alevism, Other religions, or Irreligious
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 2016 Irish census, there are 1,043 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 downplaying 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]

According to information from the Turkish Foreign Ministry on 06/02/2019, there are 4,500 Turkish citizens living in the Republic of Ireland.[8]

Organisations and associations

Notable people

See also


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  4. ^ Barry 2006, 2.
  5. ^ sovietpop (11 May 2005), "Turkish builders strike in Ireland", Anarkismo, retrieved 31 January 2009
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  7. ^ Boyd, Steven (April 2005), GAMA Scandal: Workers fight slave wages, Socialist Party, archived from the original on 13 June 2011, retrieved 5 September 2010
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  11. ^ About us, Turkish Irish Educational and Cultural Society, archived from the original on 10 October 2010, retrieved 31 January 2009
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  13. ^ McGuinness, Katy (2021), Ahmet Dede bags his second Michelin star with less formal dining by the sea, Irish Independent, retrieved 6 March 2021
  14. ^ Last FM, Abs Breen, retrieved 18 March 2011
  15. ^ Herald Scotland. "Genclerbirligi sign St Mirren's Billy Mehmet and hope Hearts' Michael Stewart will follow". Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  16. ^ Conroy, Catherine (2018), Joseph O'Neill on the culture wars: 'Everyone wants to be the accuser', Irish Times, retrieved 6 March 2021
  17. ^ The Economist (27 October 2010). "Family memoir The Q&A: Joseph O'Neill". Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  18. ^ Kibris Gazetesi. "Sesimizi dünyaya duyuran genç bir yetenek: ANGEL-I". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011.


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