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I spoke to one of the volunteers after the Celtic FC Foundation bucket collection two weeks ago, the first time she had been at Celtic Park, who said, “There’s a positive vibe about this place.  Lots of good people.”

That was despite all 50-something-thousand of us being wet to the core and shivering.  It’s good for someone to point out what we have grown overly familiar with.  At least four generations turn up at Celtic Park and the oldest of those attended as kids, when the very first Celtic fans were still around.

The football team is enjoying a generation of domination that is likely to become the longest in our history, but that is nothing more than an historical oddity.  The spirit of the Celtic Movement is far more significant and has seldom been in better fettle.

The Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal raised a record £240k this year.  As a result, 466 families in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ireland received a significant Christmas gift.  50 vulnerable pensioners in Glasgow received a voucher to help them through the period.

The Simon Community were able to provide 120 homeless with a dinner at Celtic Park.  £10,000 was given to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital to assist those in over the festive period.

The Scottish Refuge Council and Refuweegee were supported in their work with welcome packs for every refugee who arrives in the city.  Gift and outings were provided for families supported by Glasgow East Women’s Aid.

A dinner was provided for the 120 aided by Glasgow City Mission, who assist homeless and socially isolated members of our community.  Support was also give to Loaves & Fishes, The Invisibles and The Wayside Club, both of who also assist the homeless.

Glasgow Night Shelter, who aid homeless men who cannot access conventional homeless services due to their immigration status benefited, as did the Elpis Centre, who provide similar assistance to young women.

The list goes on and includes similar organisations in Edinburgh, Fife, London, across Ireland and in Canada.

God help anyone who needed assistance from Celtic FC Foundation this Christmas.  Their struggles with be significant and there will be few joys in their lives, but whether it’s a welcome pack, a meal, clothing, shelter or a toy, you reached out to them.  And that’s more important than any treble.

Well done.  It is great to be part of such a community.

Have a great Christmas.

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  1. Misheard (and other) Celtic Lyrics

     

     

    ♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫♬♪♫

     

     

    “nothing matters Mary when you’re 3″,

     

     

    “ And the leader was a Limerick man, John South from Garryowen .”

     

     

    “ And the leader was a leprechaun, Sean South of Garryowen “

     

     

    “ Take it down from the massed Irish trailers ”

     

     

    “ One morning in July, I was walking through the prairie “

     

     

    “ Will you stand with the band, like a true Irish fan “

     

     

    “ It can never belong to crusaders, you have brought on it nothing but shame “

     

     

    “ A lorryload of fallen tears, approached a border town “

     

     

    “ For he fell beneath a northern sky, with a handgun by his side “

     

     

    “ There’s a unicorn that’s hanging in, what’s known as Father’s Room “

     

     

    “ When he reached me mother’s homestead on the rum “

     

     

    “ Oh Aye, The Fields of Athenry ”

     

     

    “ Where we once watched small wee birds fly “

     

     

    “ As I was walking, by the shallow waters “

     

     

    “ From the hills of Kerry, to the seas of East Derry .”

     

     

    “ No more our ancient sireland, shall shelter, the deaths of Orange slaves “

     

     

    “ Tommy Woods, aged seventeen died in Chernobyl “

     

     

    “ Alicante was the cry around the hillside “

     

     

    “ Bob Hilliard was a Church of Ireland b@stard “

     

     

    “ Oh, I am a merry cowboy “

     

     

    “ Through Elizabethan times, and weddings, war and fury “

     

     

    “ Take me up to Paradise, I want a pie and Bovril “

     

     

    “ Take me to your Auntie’s house, I want to see your Uncle “

     

     

    “ From Annan and Tyrone “

     

     

    “ We’ve won the league again, ‘flash the fags’ ‘flash the fags’ “

     

     

    “ Let the Beatles sing their stories and their songs their lullaby’s and butterflies and songs

     

    of open joy “

     

     

    “now you must raise your child with Big Marie”

     

     

    “now you must raise our child with Cha Du Ri”

     

     

    “where once we watched the small beavers fly (Oh baby let the beavers fly)!

     

     

    thanks to Jobo Baldie and Teuchtar ar La

     

     

    *This is not an exhaustive list* CSC

  2. bigrailroadblues if I lived nearer id be with you, next time im up home ill treat you and garry to a few rounds??

  3. bigrailroadblues on

    BP1 I’ll hold you to that mate. Aye G, Friday is fine. Send instructions that combust before the missus finds them. ?

  4. Timothy Weah

     

     

    …so, to shore up…and lets not be deluded….our striking deficiency….we’re getting a project….who is gonna be here short term….ffs

     

     

    CongertonCSC

     

     

    KTF

  5. BSR

     

     

    miss-heard & sung lyrics….lol

     

     

    I’m embarressed to say…I’ve been there….with peeps lookin at me sideways ;-))

     

     

    YNSA

  6. BRRB

     

    Friday 3pm Dumbarton Harp CSC High Street Dumbarton. 5 minutes walk fae Dumbarton train station. Old Kirk with a huge Irish Tricolour flying outside it.

     

    YNWA

  7. Good morning CQN from a half canned Garngad

     

     

    Canny wait to see the bhoys at 2pm.

     

     

    Right shower, bookies, then pub for some grub and ale.

     

     

    Have a nice St Stephens day y’all

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D. :) ????????? – – – Loading ???

  8. If KT returns this afternoon will he take up where he left off as Scotland’s most fouled professional footballer?

     

     

    Kick his ankles, rake his shin, dislocated his jaw off the ball and the very worst you’ll get is a Yellow – and only then after 10 previous offences.

     

     

    It’s open season every season as far as KT is concerned.

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