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Celtic fans hitting the road to highlight club's Sligo connection

LEO GRAY

Published 06/11/2012 | 17:57

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SIX FANANTICAL Glasgow Celtic fans are turning to pedal power to highight the famous club's links with Sligo.

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They will set off from Ballymote on a gruelling 240 mile cycle to Scotland, arriving in time for Celtic's home game with St. Johnstone on Sunday.

The fans, four from Scotland and two from Northern Ireland, have organised the event as part of Celtic's 125th anniversary celebrations.

They will arrive in Sligo tomorrow before beginning the return trek to Glasgow on Thursday.

Celtic was formed by Ballymote born Bro. Walfrid and it's this link with the past which has encouraged the fans to organise a special event in the South Sligo town.

The cyclists will be sent on their way from Bro. Walfrid Park in Ballymote by Frances Healy, a great, great grandneice of Bro. Walfrid.

They will take with a them a special Celtic Cross, carved from a stone from the ancestral home of Bro. Walfrid in Ballymote, donated by the Kerins family, descendants of Bro. Walfrid.

The Cross will be presented to Celtic officials during the half- time interval at Sunday's game.

It's all part of Celtic's fund raising initiative to mark their anniversary year.

Money raised through the venture will be donated to families in Scotland and Ireland.

Event organiser, Mark Cameron, explained that the Celtic fans were anxious to play their part in raising funds for charity in this special year.

And he said they were particularly anxious to acknowledge the important part played by Bro. Walfrid in the club's history.

It was for this reason that they had decided to cycle from Ballymote to Glasgow.

"We're all cycling enthusiasts but we've had to put in a lot of extra training for this project.

"It's a tough challenge but we're looking forward to it", he pointed out.

Celtic Cheif Executive, Peter Lawwell, congratulated the cyclists on their initiative.

He said: "It is very poignant that these supporters will make the same journey as Bro. Walfrid did, with the same aim of achieving such positive results."

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