Donegal Celtic Supporters’ Club in Ramelton
The people of Ramelton were joined by members of the Donegal Celtic Supporters’ Club in Ramelton on Monday morning to visit the homeplace of club legend Patsy Gallagher where they will lay two wreaths in his memory. Unfortunately Brendan Rodgers had to return to Glasgow and was unable to attend but there was John Clark one of the famous Lisbon Lions along with the Scottish Cup. The crowds assembled at the local Gallagher Memorial Park where the MC Anthony McCahill welcomed everyone and asked Senator Padraig MacLochlainn to speak. Padraig said that the fact that Brendan Rodgers had visited Donegal last night is a testament to the deep relationship between Donegal and Celtic. He said we must never be allowed to forget those who were forced to emigrate to Glasgow and who worked hard and enjoyed their visits to Celtic Park.
John Clark said he was delighted to represent the Lisbon Lions in paying tribute to Patsy Gallagher and he will tell the remaining players when he goes back home of the great welcome they received.
He then laid a wreath and everyone led by piper Christy Murray moved up the street towards the Square to the home of Patsy Gallagher where John laid another wreath which he received from young Mathew Mooney and he received a presentation from Sonny Gallagher, Church Street a life long Celtic supporter.
Frank McGuire from the Celtic Graves Society said that Patsy Gallagher summed up everything that was great about Celtic with his attacking flair and never say die attitude and his ability to come up with the unexpected. Everything he did on the pitch was positive moving forward and never backwards.
Patsy Gallagher was born on the 16th March 1891 in Ramelton. At 3 years old, his family moved to Glasgow, Scotland where he played for the school’s team at Redeemer Primary School. Patsy held the position of captain for the team and tended to most of its organisation as all teachers at the school did not have much of an interest in the sport. Having played for a few juvenile league teams, Patsy moved to Cyldebank Juniors where he began to attract the attention of scouts from senior clubs. He received trial offers from Clyde F.C. and Celtic.
Producing an impressive performance at his trial for Celtic he soon signed for the club and was swiftly promoted to its first team. Within six months he secured his first winner’s medal scoring in the 2–0 victory over Clyde in the 1912 Scottish Cup final. His Parkhead career would last 15 years in which time the Hoops won six league titles, four Scottish Cups, four Glasgow cups and eleven Glasgow charity cups. In total, Patsy Gallagher played 464 times for Celtic and scored 192 goals. He also won international caps for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. He became the highest paid international player at the time, and over 50,000 fans turned up at Windsor Park to see him in his debut.
He is commonly regarded as one of the most gifted footballers to ever wear the famous green and white Hoops jersey. Patsy Gallagher died on the 17th June 1953 aged 62. He is buried in Arkleston Cemetery on the outskirts of Paisley. Many footballers at the time of his death commented on the impact that Patsy had on the game.
The night before the Celtic FC Foundation hosted a fundraising dinner attended by over six hundred people in the Silver Tassie Hotel where the special guest was the club’s first team manager, Brendan Rodgers.
The main beneficiary of the Donegal Dinner will be their award winning Ability Counts project and, in particular, its development in Ireland. Operating since 2011, Ability Counts was the first of its kind in Scotland and since then it has gone from strength to strength. They provide - Weekly football and dance sessions for children and young people with Down’s Syndrome to develop motor skills and team-working in a fun but challenging environment;
The Celtic Foundation is currently working in partnership with Down’s Syndrome Ireland to take the project to the Emerald Isle and it’s delivery officially kicked-off at the New Year.
Anthony McCahill thanked everyone for coming and Cllr. Ian McGarvey for sponsoring the presentations to Mr. Clark and he invited everyone to join them for tea and sandwiches in Durkan’s Bar.
Ramelton Community Playgroup are enrolling for September 2018. There is limited spaces available, if your child was born between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2015 they can avail of the free ECCE scheme. Further information please contact 0838107559.
Swilly Rovers FC Notes
Upcoming Club fixtures.
Seniors v LK Rovers home Good Friday 5.30pm
Seniors v Finn Harps home Easter Monday 12 noon
U16s v Kilmac home Thursday 11.30pm
U14s v Ballyraine away Saturday 11.45am
U12As v Illistrin home Saturday 10.30am
U12Bs v Letterkenny Utd Away on Sunday
Lotto results 26th March 2018
Numbers drawn: 13, 15, 16 & 23 No Jackpot winner. One 3-number winner - Ferdie & Bridget Toland. Next week’s jackpot will be €1400.
Ballyare Clean Up
The Ballyare community will hold a road side clean on the roads between Illistrin and Milford on Good Friday starting at 10a.m. After the success of last years event it is hoped once again for a good turn out. In you would like to get involved contact Brendan on 086 3439183 and all welcome and please wear gloves and Hi-Vis vest.
Care of Aged Outing
Ramelton Care of the Aged are organising a two night trip to County Cavan from Wednesday 25th and to Friday 27th April. Staying in the Cavan Crystal 4 Star Hotel with B&B and dinner on both nights and entertainment on both nights. The group will visit local attractions during the day. Bus leaving at 11am on Wednesday 25th April. Please book early to avoid disappointment as organisers need to secure rooms in Hotel. Price €160 sharing or €190 Single room.
Contact Chris 91 51799 or 086 0580467 or Anthony on 086 0822426 or any committee member.
Irish Conversation Group continues this week in Durkan’s Bar on Thursday 29th March at 9.00p.m. Cainte, Craic is Comhlúdar.
We will be in Ramelton Town Hall this Saturday from 11am - 12.30pm as usual with a our wonderful homemade produce. Orders can be made by ringing or texting 0879699715 before 10am on Saturday morning. Alternatively check out our Facebook page and message us before 9am on the Saturday morning. Due to recent events eg snow and St. Patrick’s day we had many calls about whether or not market was going ahead as normal.
Please follow us on Facebook for updates on all markets so you can be sure to keep up to date. Anyone who sells vegetables and would like to join our market, call in and chat to us any Saturday or contact us on above number.
Loyalty cards also available at checkout so make sure to get yours.
Ramelton Community Centre Sports Hall available Monday evenings €20 per hr. We have Two Weekend Birthday Packages With Large Obstacle Bouncy Castle. New To Ramelton Bricks4Kidz. We also have Drama Classes, Hip Hop, Rinka, Ju Jitsu, Exercise Classes, and much much more check out our face book page Ramelton Community Centre which is full of Local Information.
At Ramelton Community Centre we have Jiving Classes, Fat Burning Classes, Boot Camp, Baby Sensory, Rinka, Art Attack, Hip Hop, YOGA, Adult Music Lessons Any Music Any Style, Baking Drop In, Ju Jitsu and more check out our Facebook page Ramelton Community Centre.