“The Bhoys will wear our National Famine Memorial crest on the club jersey tomorrow,” Celtic confirm

“The Bhoys will wear our National Famine Memorial crest on the club jersey tomorrow to once again recognise the tragedy of The Great Hunger,” Celtic have announced this afternoon. There’s more details on this on the club’s official website, as outlined below.

It’s a timely reminder from our custodians that Celtic is not just a football club and our identity – who we are, where we came from and what we represent – is as important to the Celtic support as any win, draw or defeat on the field of play. Events from earlier this week illustrate that it is the custodians themselves and NOT the support who needs a wee reminder about this.

Last weekend we carried an article about who Celtic are and it’s certainly well worth a read, the link is below this…

READ IT HERE…Celtic FC – Born of Famine and Oppression

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 this Saturday (12 May) for our match against Hibernian at Easter Road stadium.

Unquestionably, the Great Hunger, An Gorta Mor, was a transforming event in Ireland, which changed the demographic and cultural landscape forever. Indeed, there is nothing else in the history of the Irish people that can be likened to the Great Hunger, either for its immediate impact, or its legacy of emigration, cultural loss and decline of the Irish language.

This year’s National Famine Commemoration, which will be led by President Michael D. Higgins, will take place in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin at 12pm on Sunday 16th May and will include a wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of all those who suffered or perished during the Famine.

The origins of Celtic Football Club will forever be connected to the Great Famine and it is hugely important that we once again mark this annual memorial.

Celtic was established to help people whose families had previously escaped the devastation of the Great Famine. It is important that we always remember the devastating and lasting effect which the Famine had on the lives of so many millions of people and we are pleased again to play our part in this year’s commemoration.

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