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. Don’t know why but before big games and cup finals I get a bit sentimental.


    Tonight I have that same feeling.



    Maybe it’s because I remember my first cup final in 1976, aged 7 . I went with my Dad and we lost 2-1 to Aberdeen. Maybe it’s the memory of the 85 SCF v Dundee UTD, the first time I was really drunk ( won 2-1) or the centenary double , or wee Joe’s winner in 89 against Oldco ?


    Maybe it’s because of the people I went with , some now passed away?


    Maybe it’s the great players I’ve seen, some now passed away? Maybe it’s just being a supporter of this crazy club we all love?



    Whatever it is I wouldn’t swap the feeling for all the tea in China.



    Hail Hail folks and Hampden here we go!!

  2. Or maybe it’s because Roy Croppie posts all these pictures that bring a lump to my throat ?



    Thanks for the memories Roy

  3. Gerryfaethebrig on




    18:49 on 14 March, 2015



    Not being cheeky but maybe just because we are CeltIc fans and don’t “deserve” to win, I share optimism & scepticism both with equal measures….. The league cup means heehaw to me but Ronny will get slaughtered if he doesn’t win it, Lenny got slaughtered for Morton but nobody remembers we had a chance the following weekend to make the last 16 of the CL, tomorrow I will wake up and CeltIc fan and on Monday I will wake up a CeltIc fan, on Monday I might be a happier/sadder CeltIc fan but hey ho….the big wheel turns



    In response to your post, am crapping myself as well !

  4. Hope we have a proper pre match discussion tomorrow. We are all a bit too confident to my mind. Jackie Mac will have a plan , his team will be fired up and we can expect Brown anfd Johansen to be targeted by opponents and Bobby Madman. I am taking nothing for granted, the weakness in me is not helped by a seat in the North Stand. Last time I sat there a fanny called Konterman ruined my day…..hopefully history will not repeat on me?

  5. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    Citeh, all that money and can’t score a goal. Maybe they should go out on the bevvy and visit a titty bar then go for a kebab. Taking wages, and big wages at that, under false pretences.

  6. Like no other on

    roy croppie



    19:13 on 14 March, 2015





    Hot House Flowers







    What a tune, RC!! Just what I needed to hear. Been in bed with the flu all week and ten minutes ago, finally waved the white flag and admitted that I’m not going to get tomorrow. Ticket handed over to ecstatic niece.


    So Celtic, looks like the only way I’m going to see you lift a trophy this season (barring the plague), is if we hammer these Arabs on Wednesday.


    Hopefully I’ll make it to CP for that game!!


    Good luck to everyone going tomorrow and have a great day.



    Wishitwasme CSC




  7. Re CQN get together in Dublin next year.



    I can’t committ to anything yet as I’ve already pencilled in arrangements around Easter time, but if I am around I’d be more than happy to help facilitate events/people. Easter 1916 will be massive with the Government and Sinn Féin organising many events. Trade Unions will probably organise events to commemmorate the role of the Citizan Army in the Easter Rising. A visit to where Lizzie laid a wreath to the Boys of the Old Brigade would be a must!



    Coinnígí an creideamh (KTF)

  8. ExSlaemuirBhoy



    17:49 on 14 March, 2015



    £22 to get intae ipox today , wow. Am in the wrong business









    22 quid for the monkeys to watch monkeys.