McGeady donates Irish shirt to centre

Celtic museum in seventh heaven

Aiden McGeady’s father John (right) and his uncle Pat donate Aiden’s Ireland jersey to the museum Aiden McGeady’s father John (right) and his uncle Pat donate Aiden’s Ireland jersey to the museum
By Staff Reporter

Word is spreading about the Belfast Celtic Museum at the Park Centre and some special visitors made the trip all the way from Bonnie Scotland to visit on Friday, February 8.

Relations of former Celtic star Aiden McGeady stopped off at the museum, spending time checking out the 250 exhibits and soaking up the history of Belfast’s Grand Old Team.

In town on a family trip, the McGeadys made the museum their first port of call and brought with them some gifts, including an Ireland international jersey signed by Aiden himself!

Aiden’s ‘geansai’ was handed over by his dad John and uncle Pat, who also brought another gift, a handwritten letter by Belfast Celt Jimmy McAlinden, detailing his career, along with his portrait, taken while at Belfast Celtic.

Both of these will soon be on display at the museum in the Park Centre, the former home of Belfast Celtic Park.

Speaking after the visit, Belfast Celtic Society Chairman Pádraig Coyle said: “It was a real treat to welcome the McGeady family to our museum and even more thrilling when they presented us with Aiden’s jersey.

“It was a total surprise and the message inscribed on it is personal to the museum, giving us best wishes – we can’t wait to get it on display.

“The McGeadys are, of course, regular visitors to Ireland and have strong Donegal links, hence Aiden’s choice to play his international football in Dublin.

“Our guide was very surprised at the amount of information the whole family already knew about Belfast Celtic and it was great to be able to detail the many links between the two Celtics.

“Aiden is now at Spartak Moscow, but we feel his jersey is another little connection between the two clubs as, like us all, he remains a Celtic fan!

“John McGeady, Aidan’s dad, is an accomplished footballer himself, who played for Sheffield United, where his teammate was Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone, and he started his career at Third Lanark in Glasgow, another club to slip into history as they left football in 1967.

“But their story doesn’t stop there as Aiden’s uncle Pat has helped revive the Third Lanark name as a junior team in Scotland, so the family really are steeped in football.

“On behalf of all the members of the Belfast Celtic Society, I’d like to thank the McGeadys for visiting the Belfast Celtic Museum and for the wonderful gift from Aiden himself!”

To find out more about Belfast Celtic, or to check the opening times for the museum at the Park Centre (which opens once a week, alternate Thursdays and weekends), go online at www.belfastceltic.org .If Belfast Celtic was your first love you’ll be happy to hear that the Belfast Celtic Museum is open tonight, Valentine’s night, February 14, in the Park Centre, Belfast between 6-9pm.

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