This December, a sleepout will be staged to help collect money for those affected by the Creeslough tragedy over the holiday season. The Celtic Football Club Foundation is organizing the fundraiser, which will take place in Naomh Muire ochtar Na Rosann. A percentage of the money raised from the event, which is a component of the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal, will be given to helping individuals who have been affected by the tragedy.
On December 3, the Celtic Sleep Out will be held at Mullach Dearg’s Na Méilte (The Banks). Participants will battle the weather outside from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., all for a worthwhile cause. The minimum fundraising need for each participant to support this year’s Christmas Appeal is £135/€150 (after the admission fee).
“Due to the predicted bad weather, this event will be very difficult on both a mental and physical level. Therefore, to participate, participants must be at least 18 years old and in good physical health, according to a spokeswoman. The Celtic FC Foundation will supply a ground mat and a foil sheet or blanket, but participants must carry the necessary gear and wear the appropriate attire and footwear.
The first sod of turf to be installed at the new Celtic Park was in the Rosses region, which has significant historical significance for Celtic Football Club. This took place in April 1995. “A number of CSC members delivered the sod to Fergus McCann and Packie Bonner, who is obviously a native of the Rosses region, in keeping with the club’s extremely strong Donegal and Irish ties.
According to the spokesperson, “the event mimicked the 1892 donation of grass by Celtic Patron, Michael Davitt, for the original Celtic Park, with the sod generally thought to have been from Donegal.” Money donated from this Donegal event will be used primarily to benefit people in Ireland, notably those living in the Creeslough neighborhood.
The event’s registration is currently open. There are a limited number of spots available, which will be distributed based on arrival order. The registration price is £30 (or €35) per person and is not refundable.