BACK in the late 1960s, Clondalkin was just a small village, a mere shadow of what it is today.
With a current population of over 45,000, much has changed since then. Back in the ’60s – and as is still the case in 2016 – the Round Towers GAA club was the most popular choice for those with an appetite for sporting activity.
But at a time when football was growing in popularity in Ireland, the sport’s enthusiasts of the south west Dublin suburb had no place to turn.
To put that matter right, a group of men got together in 1969 to form a club that would adopt on the name of ‘Celtic’, based on the Glasgow Celtic who had lifted the European Cup two years earlier.
Due to the club’s Sligo-born founding-father Brother Walfrid providing Irish diaspora communities with hope and a way of life in Scotland, Celtic FC and Ireland have walked hand-in-hand since 1888.
Glaswegians will always be attracted to the club as it’s their hometown team, but down through the years the Irish – both those abroad and those who have never emigrated – have ensured the relationship remains as strong as ever.
The story of Clondalkin Celtic and their formation in 1969 is perhaps a lesser known demonstration of just how appreciative Celtic FC have always been towards their Irish supporters.
A committee formed of around five to six men formed and included Willie Lynch, Kevin Dongohue and Bob Dillon – three men who already had a wealth of experience in football behind them.