Celtic Club Move
At a Special General Meeting of the membership of the Celtic Club on the 16th September 2016, the motion to sell the current premises of the Club at 316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000 was carried with a definitive majority.
A decisive majority had not been reached on previous offers to the Club but the latest offer by the developer, Beulah International, which gives the Club the opportunity to buy back several floors of the completed development in about three years time proved to be an acceptable offer.
The sale of the Club premises comes after a long and often bitter debate about the advisability of such a move. The Club will now have to find interim premises for the duration of the building of the Beulah International development – 401 Collins St has been suggested as a suitable alternative with the move to take place at the end of March 2017.
The iconic facade of the Queen St building, which is Heritage listed, will be retained but the rest of the building will be gutted.
The President, Brian Shanahan is confident that these differences can now be set aside and a new revitalised Club be established. He said:
It is now time to focus on the opportunities we have to rebuild our Club. It will be a Club, which can support and promote our Irish and Irish Australian culture and traditions in Melbourne and Victoria.
Your feedback, ideas and avid support are needed and welcome as we move to the next stage of the project.
The Committee of Management looks forward to working with you.
We are energised by the trust you have shown in our capacity to achieve great things for the Celtic Club and its members.
Details of the Beulah International offer can be found here.
See also: Celtic Club Votes
Elizabeth McKenzie for the Tinteán Editorial Team