Belfast Celtic 1891 - 1949

The McKavanaghs

Keepers of Celtic History Return to Paradise

It was an emotional return to Paradise for two important keepers of Belfast Celtic’s history recently, as Davy and Patrick McKavanagh paid a visit to the new Park Centre museum. Relatives of the late Bill McKavanagh, whose magical slideshow illustrated the history of the Grand Old Team, the pair had the opportunity to get up close to the exhibits in the new exhibition space.

DavDavy McKavanagh (left) and his nephew Patrick, with the Irish Cup in the Belfast Celtic museum at the Park Centre
the Belfast Celtic museum at the Park Centre

Davy McKavanagh, brother of Bill, is a mine of information on Belfast Celtic and was able to provide remarkable details for many pictures and items on display in the museum, helping unravel some of the mysteries of the club, now 61 years out of existence. Bill’s nephew Patrick, an active member of the Northern Ireland Football Programme Collectors Club, is the keeper of the enchanting slide show presentation, which was willed to him by his historian uncle on his untimely death.

On a separate visit, another McKavanagh brother, Danny and his wife also visited the museum and were very impressed by the memorabilia on display, taking the opportunity to get a photograph with the Irish Cup, which Celtic won 8 times.

Many of the McKavanagh family grew up in the shadow of Celtic Park and it is the intention of the Society that the museum can provide a place for them and people like them to keep alive the memory of Belfast Celtic.