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Kehoe Kars unveiled as Newry U19 sponsor

logokehoeNewry City AFC is delighted to announce that Kehoe Kars Ltd have agreed to sponsor the club’s U19 team for the upcoming season.

Commenting on the deal, Newry City AFC U19 Manager Denis McGuinness said, “I am thrilled that John Kehoe and Kehoe Kars Newry have decided to come on board and sponsor my U19 side for the forthcoming season. Sponsors for any club is vital and we are extremely grateful to Kehoes for their sponsorship.”

To find out more about Kehoe Kars you can visit their website at

Newry City AFC Golf Classic a huge success

Newry City AFC hosted what proved to be a hugely successful golf classic in association with the Eamonn Morgan Trust at Warrenpoint Golf Club last week.

Over 35 teams took part in the four-man scramble event with the sun coming out to make for an enjoyable day on the course for all who played.

With two events running on the day for both GUI members and Non-GUI golfers, competition was fierce throughout with some top-class prizes for those on offer.

The top prize in the GUI competition, won by the fourball of Michael Carr, Ruairi Carr, Micheal Rice and Adrian Farrell was a fourball at the world-famous Portmarnock Links plus an overnight stay.
They just pipped the group of Gerry McGuigan, Pat Taylor, Brian McGuigan and Paddy Digby, who won a fourball at The K Club (Smurfit Course), while a round at Greenore Golf Club was the prize for the third-place team of Garrett Hughes, Paul Greenan, Gary Sands and Fergal McConville.

In the Non-GUI event, City first team player Ian Curran, Colm Heaney and Linfield pair Mark Haughey and Ross Gaynor took victory and with it the prize of a fourball and food at Mannan Castle Golf Club.
They beat the team of Neil McCullough, Paul McCullough, Kieran Donnelly and Gareth McCullough into second place, who picked up a fourball at host club Warrenpoint for their efforts.

As well as being part of the third-placed team in the GUI competition, Paul Greenan took the longest drive at the 4th hole, while Neil Wilson, from the B Wilson and Sons group was closest to the pin at the 14th. Both won £50 vouchers for the Warrenpoint Golf Club Pro Shop.
Ballyholland Harps GFC player Robbie White was the winner of the putting competition, earning himself a £25 voucher for the pro shop.

The club and organisers would like to thank the main sponsor for the classic, Peadar McCoy and Peak Electric for their contribution to what was a great day.
We would also like to thank associate sponsors NW Kehoe and Sons, B Wilson and Sons and Noreast Beers Ltd, along with everyone who sponsored a hole at the event for their contribution.

Newry City AFC and the Eamonn Morgan Trust would like to thank main organisers Gary Wilson and Gareth McCullough, along with those who provided assistance on the day, Kevin Lyons, Neil McCullough, Jimmy Irwin, Roger McCullough and Denis McGuinness.

Roll on next year…!


GUI Competition
1st: Michael Carr, Ruairi Carr, Micheal Rice and Adrian Farrell – 61 Gross/52.875 Nett
2nd: Gerry McGuigan, Pat Taylor, Brian McGuigan and Paddy Digby – 60 Gross/53.375 Nett
3rd: Garrett Hughes, Paul Greenan, Gary Sands and Fergal McConville – 63 Gross/55.2 Nett

Non-GUI Competition
1st: Ian Curran, Mark Haughey, Colm Heaney and Ross Gaynor – 64 Gross/54 Nett
2nd: Neil McCullough, Paul McCullough, Kieran Donnelly and Gareth McCullough – 64 Gross/56.25 Nett

Longest Drive (4th hole)
Paul Greenan

Nearest The Pin (14th hole)
Neil Wilson

Putting Competition
Robbie White



Newry City U19 2 – 3 Glentoran U19

By Denis Maguinness, Newry U19 Manager 

It’s a funny old game as they say and on Wesnesday night certainly that phrase was on the money.

This was our first proper pre-season game. We had 9 new faces in the starting 11 tonight – all recently signed in preparation for upcoming commencement of the Lisburn u19 league.

Newry certainly started the better team and honestly dominated from the first whistle, but somehow went 2-0 behind. The lads responded positively and kept plugging away. Eventually we got the breakthrough when outstanding centre back Cathail Byrne went up for a corner and scored his first ever goal for Newry. The half time break followed shortly after this and although trailing 2-1, I couldn’t have asked for any more from my side.

Newry deservedly levelled the match early in the second half at 2-2 when super striker Abdul-Azeez Ogunfowora was awarded a penalty for a rash challenge on him inside the box. But he had the composure to dust himself off and slot home the spot kick – his 4th goal in 3 matches.

Newry looked for the winner and totally dominated the play creating chance after chance, but in doing so we were caught on the break and alas conceded a late goal.

Congratulations to all the lads tonight for a great overall team performance.  Paul Carvill, James Smyth, Amara Manuel Ibeh, Cathail Byrne and Azeez were all superb but my man of the Man of the Match went to Gavin Markey who was simply outstanding.

RIP Gerry Mulholland

Everybody at Newry City AFC was deeply saddened to hear that Gerry Mulholland had passed away last Monday.

Gerry, always a true gentleman, was a loyal and dedicated supporter of Newry Town/City/ City AFC for more than seventy of his 89 years and had been a club season ticket holder for each and every season since 1945.

Gerry Mulholland and his son Paul (centre) are pictured here with the Premier Cup some months back, alongside Newry players Chris McMahon and Sean McMullan
Gerry and his son Paul (centre) are pictured here with the Premier Cup some months back. Also in the picture is Newry players Chris McMahon and Sean McMullan.

He played a major role, in company with his late Brother Danny, in helping to re launch Newry Town FC in 1945, after the club had been dormant during the years of World War 2.

His help and guidance was also of vital importance when “The Town” lost it’s original spacious senior league ground at The Marshes and the club was forced to construct and develop a new stadium at the nearby Showgrounds, during the 1946-47 period.

During the late fifties , Gerry became a founding member of Newry United FC and helped guide United to a magnificent Irish Junior Cup triumph in the 1961-62 season.

An outstanding member of that superb Newry United team was a teenage goalkeeper Pat Jennings. Pat was showing tremendous form and potential as that 1961-62 season came to a close and he became a magnet for a host of Irish Senior League clubs, both North and South.

Despite fierce competition from some of those clubs, Newry Town FC as a B Division team managed to get the brilliant young local custodian to sign on the dotted line during June 1962. There is little doubt that Gerry Mulholland played a massive role with his enormous influence and persuasive powers in that significant signing for The Town.

After that, on numerous occasions, down through the years the club sought guidance and advice from Gerry and he never failed to respond, offering all the help he could particularly at the Annual General Meetings.

He was at his happiest when Newry Town/City/City AFC was doing well and making progress and was very pleased that his son Paul was also a massive supporter and sponsor of the club.

Gerry’s commitment and loyalty to the club was total and everybody at The Showgrounds will miss his friendship and jovial personality.

Everyone associated with Newry City AFC would like to send our sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire Mulholland family.

Rest in peace Gerry.