What a club, what a support. Just incredible.


In time we will forget, but for much of Celtic’s 0-9 win at Tannadice earlier this season, Dundee United held their own and forced the champions off their game.  An early Kyogo goal provoked United into action.  It was Kyogo’s second, on the 40th minute, that did the damage.  Before the break it was 0-4.

That game was Jack Ross’ seventh and final game in charge and eclipsed their 0-7 reversal in Alkmaar two weeks earlier.  In the vernacular, United ‘chucked it’.  We could expect a change in attitude when, after the players got their way, they arrived at Celtic Park in November.  The visitors levelled on 87 minutes, only to be denied a point by the team that never, ever, chucks it.

Since the World Cup break, United have lost only once in six outings, a home defeat to Newco.  That run took them off the bottom of the table; they are now tied on 20 points with Kilmarnock and Motherwell, three above Ross County.

Fully rested and in great form, I expect no problems for Celtic on Sunday.  United can look back on their early season woes and comfort themselves with the fact that at least their 7-1 aggregate hammering came to the team currently second in the Dutch league, whereas another Scottish club had the same outcome over two games against the fifth-place Eredivisie side.

Paradise Pit Stop

Every now and then the Celtic FC Foundation, YOUR Foundation, does something that stops me in my tracks.  With the cost-of-living crisis having such an effect, from next week they will open the doors to Celtic Park lounges on Monday and Thursday evenings, when volunteers from the club and Foundation will serve food, provide warm shelter and facilities for kids to play and study.

Celtic cannot solve the problems of poverty, but opening their doors twice a week to provide warm food and shelter to the needy is an incredible act which reflects our founding principles.  If you are involved in this, well done.  If you can only contribute monetarily, your efforts are invaluable.

What a club, what a support.  Just incredible.


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  1. CONEYBHOY on 27TH JANUARY 2023 3:08 PM


    St Stivs






    Is the masons big in dublin ?



    when i was in athlone i was astounded to see a lodge in one of the streets, nice building , well maintained, i crosse dthe road to have a peak and found a plaque on the wall.

  2. bigrailroadblues on

    Hot Smoked 3.01




    Big Jimmy


    Will do mate. I battered Paddy Power for a great wee lift yesterday. Helped recover some of the money blown in Dublin fair city. 🙄

  3. `The ambitious and determined 21-year-old international hitman admitted: “I want to give a good impression on my debut and make it a match that nobody will forget.” `



    That is a wee bit different from the image created by some that Oh was claiming that he WOULD make it a debut that no one would forget.





    The last sentence I find hard to believe. 🤣




    probably a politician!!

  5. Scroll on bye. Its mazonic stone-cutters chat.


    And a previous famine that is long forgotten







    Welcome to Shamrock Lodge No. 101 Athlone.



    Lodge 101 was warranted in 1739, so the Lodge will shortly be celebrating its 275 anniversary.



    So what was it like in 1739?


    Athlone at the time was an important military station and because of its importance as a crossing point over the River Shannon, it had always held an important strategic position and had played its part in every major invasion of Ireland.



    So the town was garrisoned by an ever changing population of English soldiers from the regiments of the time. But it was also a thriving market town, with many successful businesses including, 2 flour mills, 2 distilleries, 2 breweries and tanneries, soap, candle and cotton mills.



    Locally in Ireland, a poor summer ( 1739 ) was followed by a shockingly cold winter, and it is reported that a hurling match was held on the frozen River Shannon. In the spring of 1740 the potato, on which the local population had become increasingly dependant as the main part of their diet froze in the fields, this led to unprecedented hardship. Followed by the death from starvation and related diseases to some 400,000 people within Ireland, or 10% of the population.


    So lodge 101 was warranted into a difficult time where its membership was probably drawn from the local land owners, businessmen and of course from the regiments stationed in the town.



    Lodge 101 was one of the original members of the Provincial Grand lodge of South Connaught when it was formed in 1868. And remains a stalwart supporter to this date.



    For the last 100 years the Lodge has met at the Masonic Hall, 9 Northgate Street, Athlone on the:



    3rd Tuesday in January, 1st Tuesday in April, 1st Tuesday in October and 1st Tuesday in November at 8.00 pm..



    The other two Lodges – Sussex Lodge No. 137 and Roscommon Lodge No. 248 meet on the first Tuesdays of the other months with the exception of June, July and August.



    There is also a Royal Arch Chapter – Athlone No. 101 attached to the Lodge and a High Knight Templars Preceptory who both meet at the Masonic Hall in Athlone.

  6. St Stivs



    I was about to say I saw one in Athlone recently!! I don’t know how many members there are in the 26 counties but the place in Dublin is really plush and prime location (Six By Nico just down the road!)



    I don’t think they have a big influence on business but happy to be proved wrong. The biggest ‘hand up’ I’ve seen here is if you went to certain private schools or Trinity College (although there is now positive discrimination in the Law world to balance the latter out).


    WITS will probably know more

  7. St Stivs



    Really interesting. had a quick google and there are quite a few scattered around and a bit of a link to barracks or port towns. Makes sense

  8. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    WTF are AC/DC thinking about?



    Jeezo, I’m away to burn my records.

  9. St Stivs



    I meant WITS knows a fair bit on the law business!!!



    But yeah, probably a Mason too. If he denies it, that means he is being secretive 😎

  10. There is a FreeMason’s Hall in the Grand Parade Cork. Three of us put Graffiti on their wall in our very early teens, it probably was Up the Ra but I honestly can’t remember.


    That was over 60 years ago, they are still there, the Graffiti has been removed.

  11. St Stivs



    Thanks for the info on Athlone.always interesting.The town to me meant irish radio and trying to tune into it for the old dear as it hissed away


    I believe goodcelt Madrarua(excuse my spelling) hales from Athlone.




  12. bournesouprecipe on

    Team for Tannadice






    Johnston CCV 셀틱에 Taylor



    오신것 MacGregor 환영합니다



    을 환영…….셀환영것………..Jota



    Hot Smoked 3.01










    Big Jimmy





    Will do mate. I battered Paddy Power for a great wee lift yesterday. Helped recover some of the money blown in Dublin fair city.




    Thats what I like to read….or hear.


    Well done.


    HH Mate.

  14. itscalledthemalvinas on

    I see AC/DC have came out of the closet and joined up with Sevco for some two bob marketing deal.


    Was Highway to Hell not one of their “hits” ?


    Not hot enough for them.

  15. Weebobbycollins on

    “Malcolm Young’s funeral was at St Marys RC Cathedral in Sydney”


    What? That’s it! I’m returning my bobble hat.




    Nice one. Almost choked on my morning coffee there.

  17. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    1.30 Alcudia time😀



    Anyone know a Celtic bar there i.e. only Celtic fans/no Huns.

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