In the close season of 2019 The Shamrock started a walking tour of places of Celtic interest in the East End of Glasgow. On occasional weeknights and weekend days, small bands of Celtic supporters joined us as we made our way through the three parishes which the club was founded to support: Sacred Heart in Bridgeton, St Mary’s in the Calton and St Michael’s in Parkhead. Although the club was founded over 125 years ago, many of the places that were key to its foundation are still visible today although many have been forgotten.
We visited the quiet streets of Glengarry and saw the ground where the first charity matches held in support of the Poor Children’s Dinner Table were held – and where Celtic won its first silverware. We saw the school which Brother Walfrid was the first headmaster of, the site of the first kitchen for the Poor Children Dinners Tables, the place where the meeting at which Celtic FC was established took place, where Celtic’s founding fathers lived, the original Celtic Park (scene of Neilly McCallum’s famous goal against Rangers in our first ever game which we won 5-2) – and much, much more.
The walking tours will start again next summer in the close season. They are free and limited to groups of 10 walkers at a time. The tours last, on average, between 3 and 4 hours. All are welcome. Please dress appropriately for the unpredictable Glasgow weather!
If you are interested in joining the tour in the summer of 2020 please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you posted.
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