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During the Covid19 lockdown the Belfast Celtic Society, in association with the Roddy McCorley Society, hosted a series of lectures over four Friday evenings in June and early July. The themes covered recreate the history of the Grand Old Team from its early days until the demise of the club in the late 1940s.

The lectures were both enlightening and entertaining, attracting an amazing 225,000 people over the four weeks. Questions asked and answered are included in the comments section for each talk. All four videos are still accessible via our main Facebook page or you can click on the indvidual links below. If you would like to become a member and support our work you can do so here. New members are always welcome.
The History of Belfast Celtic
presented by
Pádraig Coyle
My Granda, Dan McCann
presented by
Frank Hennessey
The Final Tour: the Celts
Stuff the Sco
presented by Pádraig Coyle

The Belfast Celtic Society

The now legendary Belfast Celtic Football Club was the leading light in Irish football from 1891 to 1949. Despite being twice forced to withdraw from competition due to the political uppheavals of the time, the Celtic team won numerous trophies and gained the admiration of the sporting community in Ireland and further afield before withdrawing from League competition for good in 1949.

The formation in 2003 of the Belfast Celtic Society is living proof that the Grand Old Team has never been forgotten. The aims of the Society are to "encourage an appreciation, knowledge and awareness among the general public of the historical and cultural heritage of Belfast Celtic Football and Athletic Club". We are a membership based organisation organising open lectures and public meetings and maintain a travelling photographic exhibition. We have established a permanent collection of Belfast Celtic memorabilia in the Belfast Celtic Museum in the Park Centre in Belfast and most recently we arranged a series of well attended online lectures during the lockdown.


We hope that these pages will be a forum for those interested in the history of Belfast Celtic and its magnificent legacy. In the words of the late Bill McKavanagh: "When we had nothing, we had Belfast Celtic. Then we had everything." The invaluable information on the history pages is available only on this website and has been reproduced from original pamphlets which were preserved through the years by the late Enda Fanning without whom there would be no webpage.

The Society would like to further expand this history and indeed, add to the memorabilia on show at the Museum. If you have any pamphlets, articles or items relating to the Grand Old Team which you would be willing to share, albeit temporarily on a loan basis, please contact us via the website or on social media. We would particularly like to hear from anyone with their own personal memories of the Grand Old Team some of which have already been published on our Memory Lane pages.

We would encourage visitors to these pages, which focus primarily on documenting the history of the club and ensuring that it is available for future generations, to also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on Society activities. You can read more about the Society in this brochure which is available for download. New members are more than welcome and if you have any tips or would like to contribute to the website or the Society please get in touch.