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Hibs Legend Lawrie Reilly Dies Aged 84

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The last remaining member of the Hibs forward line of the early 1950’s known as the Famous Five has died in hospital aged 84.

Lawrie Reilly signed for Hibs in 1944 and made his first team debut in a 4-3 away victory against Kilmarnock in October 1945 at inside right to Gordon Smith. Continue reading

Hibernian’s Irish Roots Part 3

Michael-Whelahan-1876-150x150In terms of the founding of Hibernian Football Club, Father Hannan was one half of the partnership that was to bring this about. The second half was one Michael Whelahan, aged twenty‑one years old and who, like most young men in Little Ireland at that time, was a member of St. Patrick’s CYMS. Continue reading

Hibernian’s Irish Roots Part 2 – Canon Hannan

Canon Edward Joseph Hannan was born in Ballingarry, County Limerick in Ireland on the 21st June 1836. He was ordained as a priest on the 13th May 1860 and initially continued his studies, being appointed as a Professor of Classics until, while on holiday in Scotland, he was persuaded by the Bishop responsible for the Church in the East of Scotland to move to Edinburgh. After arriving on the 17th April 1861, he began what would be a 30 year service at St Patrick’s Church in Edinburgh’s Cowgate. Continue reading

Hibernian’s Irish Roots (Part 1)

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Since 1875, Hibernian Football Club has been more than just a football team; it has been the cornerstone of a community. The origins of this great institution is a story of people who were persecuted and driven out of their homeland, and who found a home and belonging in Edinburgh.

This is a story of the people of Ireland, a story of their hopes and aspirations, a story of their successful integration into a wider community through the vision of two men from their homeland. Continue reading