“Up the Celts!
Up the Celts!”

“What in the name of Jeepers has being a ‘Republican’ to do with following a Scottish football team, or indeed any team?”

“By the way, who did most of the infamous Black Watch regiment (Belfast early 70s) support would you say?”

“Black Watch in those early days were in large part Glascow Tims who supported, yes, the Celts! Probably the only Celtic supporters in Belfast in those days…….”

“I dont need any tickets thanks……”

“Theres about 7 of us from the area will be making it our business to get to this – sounds like the makings of a good night……”

“It was the massive migration from Ireland throughout the 19th century of thousands of Protestants and Catholics in search of work — particularly after the Famine — that coloured the soccer clubs in some major British industrial cities.”

“I am always amazed at the Irish obsession of a foreign game played by foreigners in a foreign country.”

“This emotional attachment Irish people have for these teams is a bit odd. Glasgow people do not follow Bohs or Rovers, or Linfield and Cliftonville for that matter!”

“Liverpool were and possibly still are the Protestant soccer side in that city. Can any Liverpool fan prove otherwise?”

“I would prefer it if Irish citizens supported and promoted their local Irish soccer clubs, particularly, at this time, as they are in dire need of financial support. There is something incredibly unpatriotic about promoting and supporting a wealthy Scottish club…..”

“How’d you make out Celtic FC to be sectarian ? You wouldn’t be mixing them up with a certain club that wouldn’t sign a Catholic until 1989 would you?”

An unexpected ‘result’ . Of sorts! The above quotes are taken from a thread we started on this site, to help friends of ours promote a function they have organised (see below) : if you have an opinion , feel free to join in . If you want a good night out , then read on….

‘Mad Kevin’ and the lads and lassies that he hangs around with are fantastic supporters of Republicanism and have , on more than one occasion, gone out of their way to attend gigs organised by the Republican Movement in Dublin : so now it’s pay-back time!
As stated on the above-pictured ticket , a ballad session featuring Allan and Padráig Mór from Shebeen will be held on Saturday 21st February 2009 in The Village Inn, Finglas, Dublin. A raffle will be held on the night and ‘halftime’ entertainment has been organised. Doors open at 9pm and admission is €10 per person.
Kevin and that particular ‘Celtic Crew’ are a lively bunch, to put it mildly (!) so a good night is guaranteed. This blog will be represented on the night , even if we do have to pay full price at the door 😉 … !
If you’re in Dublin yourself on February 21st next , see you there!
(One of the Organisers for this Celtic ballad night , Kevin , has asked that a contact mobile-phone number be made available for those wishing to inquire re ticket availability etc .
That number is :
( Post Script : my own knowledge of those type of sports is limited to being aware that rugby is a game played by men with odd-shaped balls…. 😉 )

About 11sixtynine

A mother of three (and a Granny!) and a political activist , living in Dublin , Ireland.
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4 Responses to MEN WITH ODD-SHAPED…..

  1. Tom says:

    although not a big football fan myself it might be worth noting the reason for the irish connection to the celtic football team.
    Celtic were formally founded at a meeting in St. Mary’s Church Hall on East Rose Street (now Forbes Street), Calton, Glasgow, by Brother Walfrid, an Irish Marist brother, on 6 November 1887.

    Walfrid’s move to establish the club as a means of fund raising for his charity, The Poor Children’s Dinner Table, was largely inspired by the example of Hibernian who were formed out of the immigrant Irish population thirteen years earlier in Edinburgh. Walfrid’s own suggestion of the name ‘Celtic’ (pronounced keltik), was intended to reflect the club’s Irish roots, and was adopted at the same meeting.

    On 28 May 1888, Celtic played their first official match against Glasgow Rangers and won 5–2 in what was described as a “friendly encounter”.

  2. Hi Tom !
    Thank You for dropping by and taking the time to leave a comment – appreciated !
    I may yet venture on to the Indymedia thread ( with this information and try and bluff my way towards helping Kevin and the lads to sell extra tickets . Although I could end up costing them the ‘Match’ in the long run!
    Thanks again !

  3. nice bit of history and their was a couple of stories in their I did not no, interesting.

  4. Hi Gavin !
    Thanks for visiting and for the favourable comment – much appreciated ! Glad you found something of interest to you , and we hope you’ll call back whenever you get the chance ,
    Thanks again!

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