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Ray Byrne Steps Down

Next season at The Showgrounds won’t be the same without one of the men who was instrumental in the club’s resurrection as Ray Byrne steps down from his Assistant Management role. However, he was much more than that, the same unflappable attitude whether things were going well or not so good, a kind word for everyone he met and still a mean footballer on the training field his influence went right through the club. Thankfully Ray has assured us that he will not be a stranger to The Showgrounds this season.

Ray Byrne “After 8 years of coaching I have decided to step down from my role as assistant manager. Thank you to the staff, volunteers and fans for their great support over the years. To all the players throughout the years, you have played a major part in the history of the club and I wish you all well with your careers.
To Darren and all the coaching staff throughout the club, a massive thank you. It has been a fantastic 8 years. Best of luck for this season I will be down supporting NCAFC.”

Newry Manager Darren Mullen commented “I’ve known for a while now that Ramy was considering stepping down so although it’s not a complete shock it’s still news that I didn’t want to hear. I’ve been mates with Byrnesy for nearly 35 years and we have come through a lot together at the club. We were defensive partners for the youth and reserve teams so it’s fair to say we know each other pretty well. He has played a huge part in our success of recent years and he will be missed not only by the other coaching staff but also the players. We haven’t always agreed on decisions but that’s the sign not only of a good assistant manager but also of a good friend. I understand his work commitments take precedence but he knows our changing room door is always open for him and I’m sure he will still be a regular visitor to The Showgrounds.”

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WIN £4000 worth of sporting equipment for NCAFC!

1 in 4 local young people struggle with their mental health in Northern Ireland*, a very worrying statistic for any parent or guardian to hear. Taking part in sport has been shown to have both physical and mental benefits for children. Participating in sports and playing in teams provides children with a life-long support system of friends and mentors and can improve their social skills, self-esteem, body confidence, and ability to deal with peer pressure.

That’s why Lidl have launched the Lidl Community Works Sport For Good programme. Their mission is to encourage young people to make the most of the physical and mental benefits of taking part in sports so they can have a healthy body and mind.

Lidl Community Works Sport for Good is giving away £4000 worth of sports equipment to youth sports clubs across Northern Ireland! To find out how you can nominate your club to win visit

Lidl Community Works So Far

Lidl Community Works was first launched in 2014 and committed to providing support and resources to local communities in Northern Ireland. Since then, Lidl Community Works has engaged with over 750 community groups and has donated well over hundreds of thousands of pounds to local Northern Irish community groups. Lidl have done everything from working with local communities to organise bake sales, paint walls and fundraise, to donating £228,000 to 115 local groups in 2017.

*Source: Mental Health Foundation’s Fundamental Facts for Northern Ireland, October 2018.

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Larne FC v NCAFC Irish Cup

Newry City AFC have been advised that there will be segregation in place for supporters on match day – Newry supporters should enter Inver Park by the Church side entrance into the ground. Newry supporters should also be aware that the allocated area is terrace only and is not covered.

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Karl Moody signs at the Showgrounds

Newry City manager Darren Mullen has bolstered his attacking options with the acquisition of striker Karl Moody from Malahide United.

The 25-year-old, who arrives at the Showgrounds after a seven year spell with the Leinster Senior League side, has signed until the end of the season and will add much needed fire-power to the Newry forward line.

“I’ve always said we would look to add to our attacking options in this window and Karl fits the bill in terms of what we are looking for,” said Darren Mullen.

“He has been training with us for the past month and has shown enough in that period to impress myself and the other coaching staff. He’s a player who is lively in the box and shoots on sight which is something we haven’t been doing much of this season. It will take a while for Karl to get used to us and visa versa but I’ve no doubt he will do well for us.

“I’d like to thank Ger Coughlan from Malahide Utd for his understanding in dealing with this transfer,” added Mullen.

Karl Moody said: “I am delighted and very excited to have signed for Newry City AFC. I’ve had a brilliant seven years at my previous club Malahide United but I’m ready for a new challenge ahead. The Newry lads have welcomed me with open arms over the past month and I can’t wait to get the head down in the new year and hopefully I can help my new teammates and staff to a successful 2019.

“A special thanks to Darren Mullen and Newry City AFC for giving me the chance to showcase my football at Premiership level at such a big club.”

Photograph courtesy of Brendan Monaghan Photography. 

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NCAFC Visit to Daisy Hill Children’s Ward

Newry City AFC paid their annual visit to the children’s ward of Daisy Hill hospital along with Santa recently.



They were delighted to be able to bring some Christmas cheer to children and their parents in the ward along with entertaining the nursing staff.





On behalf of the club we would like to wish all the children and all the patients a speedy recovery and we are sure Santa won’t forget them on Christmas Day.



Photographs Courtesy of Sean Donegan Photography.


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