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Celtic fans urged to join sleep-out for Creeslough

A number of Celtic supporters from the Rosses have already signed up for the sleep-out, including, from left: Patrick Gallagher, Joe Sharkey, Jimmy Boyle, Kate Gillespie, Josie Boyle, John Rodgers, Ciaran Gallagher, and George Hynes. Picture by Eoin McGarvey
Seamus McKinney

Celtic fans in County Donegal are being urged to join a 'sleep-out' at a GAA ground to raise money for the Creeslough disaster fund.

Ten people, including two teenagers and a little girl, lost their lives when an explosion collapsed an Applegreen complex in Creeslough last month. Since the tragedy, there has been a huge outpouring of support for the victims and their families.

In the days after the disaster, Celtic FC's charity branch donated £10,000 to a fund set up to help the people of Creeslough. Now, the organisation is asking Celtic's fans to join the sleep-out at Naomh Muire GAA ground at Mullagh Dearg overnight on Saturday December 3.

Each year, the Foundation stages sleep-outs in Glasgow, London and at a venue in Ireland. The Glasgow event, which took place last Saturday night, was dubbed the 'Celtic Sleep Out in Paradise'. The Foundation selected the Rosses in west Donegal – home to Celtic legend, Packie Bonner – as the venue for this year's Irish sleep-out.

Rosses' Celtic Supporters' spokesman, Jimmy Boyle said the area holds a special significance for the club as it provided the first sod to be laid at the new Celtic Park in 1995. Mr Boyle called on Celtic supporters to join the fund-raising event. He also confirmed that Donegal All Ireland winning manager and former Celtic coach, Jim McGuinness would take part in a Q and A session about his time at the Glasgow club at the start of the evening.

“The primary focus for monies raised through this Donegal event will be to provide support directly in Ireland, including to those within the Creeslough community,” Mr Boyle said.

A “Just Giving” page has also been set up at to raise funds for the sleep-out appeal.

Further details and registration for the west Donegal event is available at:

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