CQN 11 Knocking it out the park


Where to start on last night’s CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner?  We knocked it out the park.  Hundreds came, thousands of pounds were raised, enough to help Mary’s Meals build a kitchen for a thousand more school kids in Malawi, and a £5,000 donation to Lisa Hague’s 30k Challenge for Marie Curie Challenge for Cancer Care.

My sincere thanks to everyone who came along and made the night so special, especially those who stepped forward and helped Mary’s Meals and Lisa’s Challenge.  The night could not have happened without Phil Agnew’s experience, work and charm.  He is a credit to everything good about the Celtic support.

Special thanks to Tom Boyd, John Hughes, Joe Miller and Tommy Coyne, who added range to the night at the Q&A session.  Thanks to Stuart Armstrong, who dropped in to spend an hour with us, and share some of his undisguised joy at being a Celtic player.

Archie Macpherson spoke about the world Jock Stein blew apart when he arrived at Celtic 50 years ago this week.  Archie’s range on Scottish football is peerless.  He became a friend and confidant of Jock, and gave us an insight into the extraordinary man.

No St Patrick’s Night would be complete without great music and for that our thanks to Patricia Ferns and Liam McGrandles, and a special mention those who put their shoulder to the wheel on the night, especially Geo from Biglens and the great hospitality staff at Celtic.

I’ve many people to catch up with but I’m planning to sleep for the next several days.  Cup Final apart.

If all weekends were like this weekend………
If all gatherings were like Celtic gatherings……….

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  1. roy croppie


    17:39 on


    14 March, 2015





    Greatest ever Celt






    Sorry Roy.


    If you subscribe to the idea that you can ever define the greatest ever Celt, which I don’t, Jinky whom I admired immensely, could not hold a candle to Big Billy who turned it in week in, week out for eighteen years.


    I prefer to think that in their own ways, once the pulled on a Celtic jersey.and gave a hundred per cent, they were all the best.

  2. Scunnered for Ireland today. A win that got away.



    Scotland beating England 13-10 at half time despite deciding to have no tackling in the midfield when England have the ball.



    We should be 30 points down.



    HH jamesgang

  3. Clogher Celt



    Get that arranged, I’ll gladly come over for it :-)



    Hail Hail

  4. If Hearts win on Tuesday and Saturday they will be champions. The most competitive league in the world (copyright SMSM) could be over by the third weekend in March with 7 games left.

  5. Hey big J



    The GhIRLS were saying on way home, they missed fitting you into the boot :-)

  6. ExSlaemuirBhoy on






    17:50 on



    14 March, 2015








    How much to get out?





    I asked around there, seems to be a secret

  7. McCall with the club blazer and tie combo looks like an old drunk from the local bowling club.

  8. cowiebhoy



    17:53 on 14 March, 2015


    Hey big J



    The GhIRLS were saying on way home, they missed fitting you into the boot :-)






    Oh my life! What an offe!


    I’m in now if they want to pop over?



    I love seeing you with your family. Like a young Bob de Niro!



    HH jamesgang

  9. clogher celt,



    If the organisers are up for it I would make it…do have the room in your house for me…first shout :))

  10. gary67



    17:54 on 14 March, 2015



    McCall with the club blazer and tie combo looks like an old drunk from the local bowling club.




    Was just gonna say the same. Looks like a bust Ikea couch

  11. Beginning to look like this play off caper might not be such a good idea.



    Better just to declare a by invitation only sixteen team top league.

  12. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    It’s cup final weekend so nae nonsense on here the


    night, let’s keep it positive,I was born in 1960, part


    of the generation of success,only saw 3 Celtic trebles,


    another awaits with God’s grace.

  13. Lads,



    Re next year in Dublin. I would gladly show you all around the sights of importance in respect of 1916.



    Maybe Cheltenham would be on at the same time.



    It would be great if it was a CQN event, if anyone knows Paul maybe ask him what he thinks.

  14. Loving this from Twitter :



    frank walsh ‏@walsh2509



    .. Sevco FC Scrabble : – L L L W D D D D = S#!TE



    LOL :-))

  15. cowiebhoy



    18:07 on 14 March, 2015





    Their on the way with a mini :-)








    I’m not wearing a mini. Not even for them!



    HH jamesgang

  16. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    clogher celt



    17:36 on 14 March, 2015


    Great to hear that last night went so well.



    It would be great to meet you all this time next year in Dublin!



    How about a CQN night in Dublin, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising?



    Only a thought but I am sure it would be some event.






    THAT would be a wonderful idea …. I, for one, would certainly be there

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