Big-hearted Govan group raise funds to bring Belfast kids to Glasgow to watch their heroes


40 young people from the Ardoyne district of Belfast are eagerly awaiting a trip to Glasgow, thanks to the efforts of the Govan Emerald.

Fundraising has been going on frantically as the group work hard to put the funds in place to bring the children – most of whom will be making their first journey across the Irish Sea – for a weekend of a lifetime in Scotland’s biggest city.

Working with the Celtic Foundation, but relying on the generosity of their own members and friends, and the wider Irish community in Glasgow, the group hope to give the Belfast youngsters a trip they won’t forget, and strengthen the warm relationship between the two areas.

One of the main fundraising events will be a concert held in the Tall Cranes pub on January 27, with live music from Conor Kelly and Mick Scanlan.

Already donations have been pouring in to meet the cost of the visit, and with donations on the door of the concert and a special raffle on the night it is hoped that vital funds will be secured to support the on-going sponsorship scheme, through which individuals or groups are able to sponsor a child for their trip.

Through the Celtic Foundation the group will also be welcomed to Celtic Park, where they will attend a match and be given a full stadium tour and breakfast on the morning of the game.

The Govan Emerald are welcoming all who wish to support the trip to attend the fundraising concert, and if you wish to support their effort by sponsoring a child or making a donation you can contact them via Twitter at @GovanEmerald

The fundraising concert on January 27 will begin at 6pm with music from Conor Kelly until 8pm, and Mick Scanlan from 8pm-11pm