It is rather fitting that 176 years on since the birth of Celtic founder Brother Walfrid we bring you the story of another charity event from the supporters in Donegal.
Celtic who were founded in 1888 by county Sligo man Walfrid were set up for one purpose and that was to help raise funds for the poor and deprived in the east end of Glasgow. Since these days the club has remained true to their charitable nature and continue to support a number of great causes.
This September a group of Celtic supporters aim to keep the charity work going but from here in Donegal. As we all know Ireland, in particular Donegal have a great history and connection with Celtic. To celebrate this great connection there is a two day event planned called the Huddle Up Errigal 2016 to raise funds for three very special charities.
We spoke with Huddle Up Errigal Committee member John Joe McGinley who told us why they have planned the two day event and what exactly to expect;
“We have got a whole weekend of events planned, we have a band called Shenanigans on the welcome night. We have a whole range of pubs around here who want to be involved all Celtic pubs. We are the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht, if you don’t want to sit in the pub you can go and see some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. Our ambition is to reignite the passion for Celtic in the Donegal Gaeltacht and to have an event for Celtic supporters and raise as much money as we can for our three charities”
John Joe also told us about the charities they hope to raise funds for over the two days and why they are so important;
“We have three charities, we have the Scoil Chonaill Bunbeg Autism Unit, Donegal hospice, because everybody has been affected by the blight of cancer and the third one is the Celtic Foundation and they are on board. They are endorsing and supporting these two days. We have set a target of about €5,000 for these three charities, our local councillor has supported us, it’s a real community effort. Its about music, its about Celtic and the environment and we have got something for everybody. You can walk up Errigal, you can play seven a side football and you can have the craic”.
So what are the dates to keep free in your diary? The two day festival will be taking place in the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gweedore 3rd and 4th September.
The Schedule for Huddle up Errigal
- Friday 2nd September welcome event Teac Jacks
- Saturday 3rd September 12pm Huddle up Errigal
- Saturday 3rd September 4pm till 6pm Cultural event
- Saturday 3rd September 8pm Celtic Dance Teac Jacks
- Sunday 4th September 12pm till 4pm; 7 a side soccer tournament Gweedore United
- Sunday 4th September 6pm Q & A with Author of Down fall of Rangers Phil Mac Giolla Bháin
- Sunday 4th September 8pm Farewell Ceili Teac Jacks with Pat Gallagher the front man of Goats Don’t Shave will be singing in the bar.
For more information on this festival check out their website www.huddleuperrigal or their Facebook page – Huddleuperrigal. They also have a Twitter account for you to keep up to date on everything @huddleuperrigal. A festival taking place in one of the most beautiful places in the world, it is certainly not one to miss for all you Celtic supporters out there!