Celtic Club rebellion leads to libel battle

Former Celtic Club president Brian Shanahan is suing for libel.

The lengthy post, reproduced in court documents, opened by stating that Mr Shanahan was a “failing advisor” who had been overlooked for other jobs in his career due to alcoholism and overspending.

The post also claimed Mr Shanahan had no interest or connection with Ireland, giving him a quote that “the Irish are not able to run a club, they just want to get drunk”.

“In 2015, he made his way to the presidential chair using his political connections to threaten and intimidate anyone who got in his way,” the post said, according to court documents.

“Since then, anyone who questioned his decisions has been kicked out of the club. Sounds like a dictator, right? But the Celtic club [sic] is a democratic club, so how was it not eliminated?

The post claimed that Mr Shanahan had “invited associates” from the Labor Party to join the club and that there were shadow members across the country who still voted for him in the elections.

He also said he manipulated a “series of unwitting accountants and treasurers” to sell the Queen Street property, allowing him to control the proceeds.

The Celtic Club in 2016 before its sale and redevelopment.

The Celtic Club in 2016 before its sale and refurbishment.Credit:Vince caligiuri

“The current bank balance has gone from $ 25 million to $ 17 million. In less than four years, ”the post said. “At this rate, there will be no club in the very near future.”

The post also alleges that Mr Shanahan blocked 200 potential Irish members from joining the club.

“Every Irishman ends up seeing right through Brian and washes their hands of it,” the post said.

“Are you ready to call the Irish Ambassador in Canberra and let him know your feelings about Brian?” “

The former Celtic Club site on Queen Street.

The former Celtic Club site on Queen Street. Credit:Scott McNaughton

Mr Shanahan says the post portrays him as not being a fit and suitable person to be Celtic Club president.

Other defamatory charges included in the brief are that Mr Shanahan is a failed Australian city councilor, an alcoholic and unfit to lead the Celtic Club because he has no ties to Ireland.


In his brief, Mr. Shanahan claims that Dr. Allen is the “owner and operator” of the Facebook page, as well as the registered owner of the Continuity Celtic Club website.

As part of his offer of aggravated damages, Mr Shanahan claimed that Dr Allen did not respond to a note of concern sent in April of this year.

She also failed to apologize or withdraw the message, according to the brief.

Patrick McGorry, executive director of the Orygen Youth Mental Health Institute, replaced Shanahan as president in February this year.

Mr. Shanahan and Dr. Allen have been contacted for comment.

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