Video: Tricolour Display

Celtic Football Club was founded by a number of Irish immigrants, and the children of Irish immigrants (apart from one founding father), primarily for the Glasgow Irish community who made up the vast majority of parishioners within the missions of St Mary’s (Calton), St Michael’s (Parkhead) and Sacred Heart (Bridgeton).

That the club is proud of those roots and continues to draw support from Scotland’s multi generational Irish community, the global Irish diaspora and many within Ireland itself is something which upsets a lot of people in sections of Scottish society.

But just like the Green Brigade said in reference to their position on the use of pyrotechnics, Scotland’s Irish communities and the expression of their culture ‘isn’t going away you know’.

This video shows a celebration of those roots and many supporter’s identity. While it obviously goes without saying that this is not an exclusivist expression as the club also draws support from a variety of people.

What a great scene to walk out to at Tynecastle – as Jota and Johnston themselves have referenced on their respective Instagram pages!


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About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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