Sleep out to help those impacted by Creeslough tragedy this Christmas

A SLEEP out is being held this December to help raise funds for those impacted by the Creeslough tragedy over the Christmas period.

The fundraiser is being organised by Celtic Football Club Foundation and will be held in Naomh Muire Íochtar Na Rosann.

The event is being held as part of the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal, from which a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to assisting those affected by the tragedy.


The Celtic Sleep Out will take place on Saturday, December 3 at Na Méilte (The Banks) in Mullach Dearg.

Participants will spend from 10pm to 6am battling the elements outdoors, all for a special cause. Each participant is tasked with raising a minimum of £135/€150 (after the entry fee) to support this year’s Christmas Appeal.

“Due to anticipated severe weather conditions, this event will be exceptionally challenging, both mentally and physically. Therefore, participants must be aged 18+ and be in an appropriate physical condition to take part,” said a spokesperson.

“Celtic FC Foundation will provide a ground mat and foil sheet/blanket but participants are required to bring the appropriate equipment and wear relevant clothing and footwear.

“The Rosses area holds special historical significance to Celtic Football Club, having provided the first sod of turf to be laid at the new Celtic Park in April 1995.

“The gift of this sod of turf was in keeping with the very strong Donegal and Irish connection with the Club and a number of the CSC’s members presented the sod to Fergus McCann and Packie Bonner who, of course, is a native of the Rosses area.

“The ceremony mirrored the 1892 donation of turf by Celtic Patron, Michael Davitt for the original Celtic Park, with the sod widely believed to have been from Donegal,” the spokesperson said. 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.”


Registration for the event is now open. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The non-refundable registration fee is £30/€35 per person.

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