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. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    Me and ma Bhoy going to our first cup final tomorrow (together). Soo looking forward to it, he is 22 yo. I’d have run a mile if my dad asked me to go with him when I was 22.


    Hope the songs are belting out for the full 90.


    Oh Ronny Ronny

  2. Thanks Almore,



    I’m just reading through again the story of James Connolly. Wouldn’t it be great to bring the bhoys over to remember those who gave their lives for us.



    What a weekend.

  3. Roy Croppie


    couple of good programmes on irish


    music on Bbc4 last night,worth trying to get on catch up

  4. It was £22 to get into Ibrox today and £25 to get out.



    1 -1 Oh dear. Even a dead cat bounces at least once.

  5. frantic07



    14:27 on 14 March, 2015


    Still suffering from last night! First alcoholic drink in many moons (and it showed). To all at table 15, thank you for a great night. Got a few photos from the table last night, forgot to get addresses to send them on!


    Hope the two lurkers get typing soon, I would love to hear the stories from Lisbon & Milan.


    To all the organisers of CQN 11 I salute you.






    Fellow table 15 sufferer, ma heids still sore and i didn’t have as many whiskies as you :)


    Thank you and your good lady for sharing your many Celtic experiences with me and a thank you to all the other tims at the table Tom, Gerry and Brian and partners you all helped to make the night special.



    It was a great night in paradise for a worthy cause, thanks to Paul and all the Celtic family for making all this possible, it makes you feel very fortunate and proud to be part of this great club.



    Onwards to Hampden and lets hope Broony is lifting the cup aloft at 5 pm tomorrow.


    As someone else pointed out if Carsberg did weekends……



    Hail Hail,

  6. glendalystonsils



    19:29 on 14 March, 2015






    Don’t tell them………………Embra zoo’s only a tenner!







    The monkeys in Edinburgh Zoo will be appalled at their under-valuation.



    Banner outside the monkey house tomorrow: ‘We deserve Better’.

  7. Roy C. – Brilliant all day from you :-)



    6 painkillers later and my heeds still thumpin fae last night ( and I’m T-Total)



    For tomorrow, now if big Nir is oot, Ronny, just replace him directly with young Liam



    Hail Hail

  8. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    .We must not under rate Utd. tomorrow but neither should we give them to much respect.We must start the game at a high tempo and maintain it for the full match also it is important to take our chances.I also hope we respect the minutes silence and party like mad when we have won the trophy.H.H.

  9. oh dear that team fae ipox will be lucky to make the playoffs-such a shame-not;; any ideas of team tomorrow-whoz injured or suspended?

  10. Joe Filippis Haircut..


    Yea.. lookin forward to tmorra, can lay a marker down for the run in!!


    What the minutes silence you refer to Joe??

  11. What a delightful joy it has been to read cqn today, just love it when you are all in such a good mood


    Joe Filippis Haircut



    Is it not applause in the third minute to highlight the refusal of care funding for early Dementia sufferers ?

  13. Tickets safely in the wallet ready for tomorrow.






    HH jamesgang

  14. Joe Filippis Haircut..


    Didn’t know!! Cant see a problem with that.. we’ve never had any real truck wi United. Cheers Joe.


    Rest in Peace Frank…..

  15. Gordon


    Adam, Jason, VVD, Izzy


    Broonie, Nir


    Jamsie, Joe, Kris





    Just writing out loud like.



    Still got Scepovic, Guidetti, Liam, Anto, Efe, Chas? Mikael? in reserve so pretty happy going into tomorrow.




  16. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    BIG-CUP-WINNERS. As I said I thought it was for Frank Koppel but I wouldnt argue about it what ever it is I hope it gets the respect it deserves youve got me wondering about it now.H.H.

  17. glendalystonsils on

    Joe and Big Cup



    Thanks. He is a big player for us. Could be a match winner tomorrow. Win that one and we can worry about the SC later.

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