Celtic links with Ireland explored and celebrated in new book edition
DR Joe Bradley is senior lecturer in Sports Studies at the University of Sterling. For a number of years he had been researching supporters of numerous clubs in Scottish football.
Many supporters had various opinions on a multitude of things which touched on their passion for the game - history, culture, nationalism and political influences throughout football and wider society. He found that Celtic supporters were a particular case in point.
If people would have “walked a million miles,” if people got so much from watching and participating as part of Celtic’s life, then there was a vast gap missing in the literature available.
He found there was little mention of ethnic Irish and Catholic origins and roots of Celtic.
He invited a number of people to write an essay on what they perceived to make them link with Celtic
‘Celtic Minded’, edited by Joe Bradley, was published in 2004. Leading historian Professor Tom Devine was asked to write a foreword. “Celtic Minded is a football book with a difference,” he wrote. “The book’s value lies in addressing the subject of football as an important social and cultural force in modern Scottish society.
"It is a highly readable account of the Catholic Irish community which gave birth to the club. The reader will find impressive accounts of the relationship between Celtic FC and such varied and controversial identies, modern Scottish culture, Irish diaspora, racism, bigotry and sectarianism.”
The book sold out and had to be quickly reprinted. Celtic Minded 2 followed (2006) and Celtic Minded 3 (2009). Now Celtic Minded 4 is available and selling well.
Already Celtic Minded 5 is under way and should be published in the Autumn.