Keadue native gets married at Celtic FC’s birthplace in Glasgow

Alan Foley


Alan Foley

Keadue native gets married at Celtic FC’s birthplace in Glasgow
A Keadue native and his new wife celebrated their wedding day last week in Glasgow at the birthplace of Celtic FC.

A Keadue native and his new wife celebrated their wedding day last week in Glasgow at the birthplace of Celtic FC.

Aidan Gallagher exchanged his vows with Tracy, who is from Holborn Street in Sligo, at St Mary’s Church in the Calton in the East End of Glasgow last Friday.

Aidan and Tracy met in Letterkenny before moving to Glasgow in 2005, where they lived for four years.

They regularly attended Celtic fixtures at Celtic Park, the ground famously known as ‘Paradise.’

Since 2012, the couple have lived in Perth, Western Australia, where Aidan works in the IT sector and Tracy manages a beauty salon.

Having got engaged last year, there was only one logical place to go for their wedding photographs - back to Celtic Park.

“Today is our first day of marriage but it’s also our 10th anniversary of being together,” Aidan told last week.

“When we were looking into where to get married we thought to ourselves, where else better to get married than St Mary’s Church in the Calton, especially with Tracy being from Sligo, where Brother Walfrid is from.”

Brother Walfrid was an Irish Marist Brother from Ballymote, Co Sligo, and the founder of Celtic Football Club back in 1888.

“We knew we wanted to get married in Glasgow and bring all our Irish friends over here because that’s where the formative years of our relationship took place,” Tracy added.

“Aidan used to walk by the chapel every day and as soon as I suggested getting married in Glasgow, Aidan suggested St Mary’s. Straight away we thought ‘yes’.

“There are still remains of Brother Walfrid’s house in Ballymote in Sligo and my dad managed to get a piece of stone from there to give to St Mary’s.

“The priest said they’re getting a bit of work done at the church and if they can, they will get the stone incorporated into the cross for the church.”

The wedding guests were treated to a walk up the Celtic Way and then the newly married couple posed for photographs alongside the pitch.

“Something we didn’t quite realise as we were planning the wedding was that it was 100 years this year since Brother Walfrid’s death and with Tracy from Sligo and me from Donegal it has all been this amazing coincidence,” Aidan added.

“We phoned the priest in January last year and asked if we could come and discuss our marriage.

“We came in, sat down and told him the story and he was absolutely delighted to host us.

“We had just come from St Mary’s that morning and then went on the tour at Celtic Park and Maura, our tour guide, was asking about where we were from and she’s been fantastic.”

The couple have had a whirlwind few weeks, having visited Croke Park to see Donegal’s Allianz League Division One semi-final with Cork having arrived home initially from Australia.

They also got to visit Tannadice as Celtic defeated Dundee United last month 3-0, a result that put Celtic on the cusp of winning the Scottish Premiership crown.

On best man duty was Martin McGonagle, who was a teammate of Aidan’s at Keadue Rovers in “their glory days of the early noughties.”

On Saturday, the after-party took place in Malone’s in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow’s city centre.

The Amadans were providing the music with John Jo O’Gallachoir from Glasgow - the son of Mullaghderg’s Patrick May Gallagher - the lead singer.

Good news filtered though - firstly Keadue Rovers reserves had defeated Tullyvinney Rovers 4-1 to win the Donegal League’s Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two and then Dundee United beat Aberdeen 1-0 - a result that confirmed the title for Celtic for the fourth year in succession.

“Keadue and Celtic winning the league on the one day,” Aidan added.

“You couldn’t make it up!”