The greatest privilege that could come the way of any sportsman is surely that of representing his or her country; that of putting on one’s National colours and playing on the International stage and to date this Club has seen eight of its members go on to achieve the distinction of pulling on the green jersey
They are Brendan Murphy, Lynn Winters, Tim Clancy, Paul Rispin, Derek Donohoe, Amanda McQuillan with Dominic Peppard and Cian Lee the two latest graduates. Tim and Derek actually played together on the same Irish International team in January 2002 in France while Dominic and Cian have played together on the international stage numerous times.
Cian Lee is the latest former Celtic player to achieve International recognition when he was selected in Colin O’Brien’s Under 15 team against Scotland in Kerry in January 15. Cian started out at Trim Celtic and played alongside Dominic Peppard in the Hoops before moving to play with Belvedere in the DDSL, a side he currently captains.
He has represented the DDSL in the Kennedy Cup also with Dominic. During the summer of 2014 he went on trial to Aston Villa.
Dominic Peppard gained International recognition when he was selected in Colin O’Brien’s Under 15 squad to play a double header in Poland in November 14. Dominic played for Trim Town and Trim Celtic before moving to play with Belvedere in the DDSL. He represented the DDSL in the Kennedy Cup and scored a free-kick in the final where they beat Waterford. During the summer of 2014 he went on trial to several clubs in England including Liverpool, Everton and Norwich City.
Amanda McQuillan is currently part of both the Under 17 and Under 19 international squads. She was a squad member of the Under 19s that had an amazing run to the Semi-Finals of the 2014 European Championships in Norway and played in all three group games as the Under 17s topped their group to qualify for the elite phase of the 2015 European Championships. Amanda currently plays with Shelbourne.
Derek Donohoe played for the Republic in January 2002 in a game that saw two boys from Trim out for their country –Tim Clancy was the other. Derek enjoyed a most successful Schoolboy career wearing the colours of Trim Celtic. He earned the reputation of a top class goal scorer and he has continued this ever since. Derek won a number of trophies with the Club as a schoolboy and lined out in the 2001 MDL Challenge Cup Final as a 16 year old, when Trim defeated Albion Rovers to lift the cup. He played U21 football in the National league with Shelbourne and has also played Senior football in the Irish League with Newry Town. As a schoolboy he represented the NECSL on many occasions, including tournaments in London and Scotland along with Tim Clancy. Derek also played on the St. Michael’s B.N.S. team that won the All Ireland Schools title in 1996. Derek is currently the club captain.
Paul Rispin was selected by Paddy Hilliard to the Republic’s U15 Development Squad in 2000 after his talents were spotted when he was on duty for the NECSL in the Kennedy Cup. Paul’s exceptional talents as a left sided player won him many admirers over the years playing in Celtic’s colours and he won trophies at a number of age levels in local Schoolboy football in the NECSL. He enjoyed outings with the National squad in Wales and in Dublin against Scotland. Paul also had trials with Peterborough Utd., Leeds Utd. and Derby County. Paul was recipient of the Dempsey Cup in 2000 for overall Player of the Year in the Club. He has also played Senior football for the Club in the MDL.
Tim Clancy was first selected to the Republic of Ireland U15 Development Squad in the summer of 1999 by manager Paddy Hilliard and made his debut in an Irish shirt in Belfast against Northern Ireland. In January 2002 he was selected by Brian Kerr to the U18 squad for an away game against France and he went on to appear a further 12 times for the Republic between then and April 2003, when he played in the U19 European Championship qualifying tournament in Dublin. Playing mainly at the back, Tim won a number of trophies with the Club in the NECSL and was voted Player of the Year in the NECSL for the 1998/99 season. He represented the League on a number of occasions and was captain of the St. Michael’s B.N.S. team that won the All Ireland Primary Schools title in 1996. Tim won a Foyle Cup medal with Grimsby Town in 2001 and played in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup for the Republic in 2002. He had a spell with Millwall from 2002 to 2004 without making a first team appearance. He played Non-League for two seasons after leaving Millwall and had successfull spells in Scotland with Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Hibernian and St. Johnstone. Tim’s first professional goal was scored for Hibernian in Celtic Park against his boyhood club, while his second goal was also against Celtic, this time in the St. Johnstone colours at McDiarmuid Park.
Lynn Winters made the breakthrough to the National U16 Girls team when still playing with Celtic in the (now defunct) Meath Ladies League back in 1994. Lynn was a strong defender who caught the eye of the National selectors at trials and lined out twice in the green shirt of her Country. She won a number of trophies in local competition in Celtic’s colours. She has now retired from the game.
Brendan Murphy was the first Celtic player to achieve International recognition when he was selected as goal-keeper to the Irish U16 team in 1992 by then manager Joe McGrath and he went on to appear many times for the Republic at U16 (including the European Championships) and later at U21 level. He was selected once to the Irish Senior Team bench but did not play. Brendan played professionally in England for a number of years with a number of clubs including Bradford City and Wimbledon. He returned to Ireland to play with Dundalk in the National League and went back to the UK to line out Kidderminster for a season. Before he went to England Brendan had a long career with Trim Celtic winning numerous trophies in local NECSL competitions and he also lined out in the Leinster Senior League as a 16 year old for the Club’s Senior team. Brendan is the holder of an All Ireland Minor Football medal and has lined out for the Meath Senior Football team.
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