Mickey Hamill: An Irishman at the White House

Mickey  at The White House (standing outside the West Wing, no less) in 1925, where he  was brought to meet US President Calvin Coolidge, with his colleagues in the Boston Soccer Club

One of the greats of Irish soccer history, who was once the guest of the U.S. President, will be remembered at a special event in Belfast on Sunday, June 30. Former Ireland captain Mickey Hamill, a Belfast Celtic, Glasgow Celtic, Manchester United and Manchester City star, will be remembered at his graveside at Hannahstown Churchyard, where a special plaque will be unveiled by his family at noon.

Organised by the Belfast Celtic Society, the event has attracted huge interest in the football fraternity and one of the top Directors  at Celtic FC, Brian Wilson, will jet in to represent the Glasgow giants, who  are celebrating their 125th year in football. A former Labour MP for Glasgow, Wilson also wrote the  official history of Celtic Football Club, A  Century with Honour, as part of the club’s centenary celebrations of 1988.

For the first time, the Belfast Celtic Society will  also team up with the Celtic Graves Society to host the joint event, as Hamill was a league winner with both clubs. For the past five years, the Celtic Graves Society  have marked the resting places of many of the Glasgow club’s most famous players, in Scotland, England and the USA and a delegation will travel from Scotland to be at the event.

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