Patsy Gallagher - Celtic

Patsy Gallagher – Celtic Legend

Patsy Gallagher – Celtic Legend – was born in Ramelton in 1891. His homestead is just 50 metres from the Lennon Lodge.

Patsy  was born into desperate poverty, emigrating to Clydebank, Glasgow, with his family at the age of eight. Despite his thin, frail appearance, he quickly gained a reputation as a skilled footballer, making his debut for Celtic at Parkhead in 1911. Earning the nickname “The Mighty Atom”, he scored 192 goals in 569 appearances with the club, to earn sixth place in Celtic’s all-time scoring records.

In 2007 eight former members of the famous ‘Lisbon Lions’ Celtic team, the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967, led by captain Billy McNeill, joined members of the Gallagher family in Ramelton along with hundreds of local people to remember the Celtic forward.

Celtic chairman Brian Quinn said that Patsy Gallagher had captured the essence of the Celtic team.”He had excellence and style and the ability to do something unexpected and unusual.”He was a beacon for Celtic players to come and I want to thank the town of Ramelton for giving him to us,” he said.

Patsy played for the local Swilly Rovers team during summer holidays in Ramelton.  Swilly Rovers are still going strong and are sponsored by the Lennon Lodge