Celtic will pay tribute to An Gorta Mór, The Great Hunger, when the team face Motherwell this afternoon. Ange Postecoglou’s side will pick up the Premiership trophy after an excellent season but this small gesture is in recognition of the club’s foundation and the mass suffering that occurred during this period in Ireland.
The club confirmed last night that to recognise the tragedy of The Great Hunger, Celtic will wear its own National Famine Memorial crest on their shirts when the players take to the field today in the final game of the Premiership season against Motherwell.
🇮🇪 To once again recognise the tragedy of The Great Hunger, Celtic will wear its own National Famine Memorial crest on the club jersey when the players take to the field tomorrow (May 14) for our match against Motherwell at Celtic Park.https://t.co/AnuoFMfN5P
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 13, 2022
An Gorta Mór, was a transforming event in Ireland, which changed the demographic and cultural landscape forever. The Great Hunger created a sharp rise in emigration across the globe as people were forced to flee hunger. This coincided with cultural loss and the decline of the Irish language. Celtic Football Club were founded in the aftermath of the Great Famine and it is hugely important that the club and supporters mark this annual memorial. Celtic was established to help people whose families had previously escaped the devastation of the Great Famine.