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O’Brien Re-signs at The Showgrounds

Newry City AFC are delighted to announce that Alex O’Brien has signed a new contract to remain at the club.


The highly-rated 19-year-old joined the club from League of Ireland side Bohemians at the end of the January transfer window, impressing in his 10 appearances in total during the second half of the 2023-2024 season.


First Team Manager Barry Gray is pleased to have brought O’Brien – who play both in defence and midfield – back to The Showgrounds.

“It’s great to have Alex commit to another season with us. He’s a very talented young player that we saw plenty of at the tail end of last season,” he said.

“Alex is a versatile player that can operate in a number of positions, which is always important when you’re building your squad. We know Alex in detail and he now knows us, so we’re really looking forward to getting him in and working again.”


O’Brien added: “I’m delighted to be back for another year with Newry. I really enjoyed my time with the lads here last season.

“My main focus this year is to help the team challenge for the league and win promotion back to the Premiership. I can’t wait to be back in and to get going for the season ahead.”


Alex will wear the number 8 shirt for the forthcoming season, with Adam Carroll, who wore number 8 in the last campaign, now wearing number 10.

NCAFC Manager Barry Gray with new First Team Coach Mark Griffin

Gray welcomes new First Team Coach

Newry City AFC are pleased to announce that Mark Griffin has joined the club as First Team Coach.


The 33-year-old arrives from his hometown club Dundalk, where he was most recently the League of Ireland side’s Under-20s Manager.


As a player, Mark enjoyed spells in the League of Ireland with Dundalk, Derry City, Bohemians and Drogheda United, before playing in the Irish League with both Glenavon and Warrenpoint Town.


First Team Manager Barry Gray said: “’I’m very excited to have Mark on board as First Team Coach.

“He’s a young dynamic coach with great passion and energy and a history of working with young players, which is vital to us this year in particular. Mark was an excellent player and knows the Irish league and I’ve no doubt he’ll be a great asset to us in our bid for promotion.”


Mark Griffin said: “I like Barry’s model of thinking. He’s extremely organised and extremely intelligent in how he sets his teams up, so I’m just looking to add to that to get us back up to the Premiership, which is where Newry deserves to be. 

 “The first week has been great and the boys have been really receptive on the pitch so we’re really looking forward to getting our first pre-season game under our belt next Tuesday night.”


Dermot McVeigh has moved on and the club would like to thank him for his contribution during his time at The Showgrounds and wish him well in his future endeavours. 

Barry Gray with Jamie O'Flaherty. Brendan Monaghan Photography

O’Flaherty Signs at The Showgrounds

Newry City AFC First Team Manager is delighted to welcome his sixth signing of the Summer Transfer Window in defender Jamie O’Flaherty.


Gray commented “Fla is a brilliant addition to us as a team. A young local lad that I’ve experience working with last season. He’s a high energy player that likes to attack and contribute in many areas on the pitch which is exactly what we need. It’ll be great to get working with him Again and see him on the pitch asap.”

New Signing Jamie O'Flaherty. Brendan Monaghan Photography
New Signing Jamie O’Flaherty. Brendan Monaghan Photography


Jamie O’Flaherty commented “I am delighted to have signed for Newry and to be playing under Barry again. The team already had quality players and hopefully with the new signings we pull together and get back up to the Premiership.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans, hopefully we can repay their great support this year with good performances and get results.”

NCAFC Manager Barry Gray with new signing Gavin Smith

Smith Signs at The Showgrounds

Newry City AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Gavin Smith.


The 24-year-old from Dundalk, who can operate at the back and in midfield, arrives at The Showgrounds following a successful spell with Glebe North in the Leinster Senior League, culminating in winning the FAI Intermediate Cup in April of this year.

He also had spells at Warrenpoint Town and Dundalk earlier in his career.


“It’s fantastic to get Gavin over the line. He’s a central defender I have experience working with before, albeit briefly,” said First Team Manager Barry Gray

“Gavin will bring presence and defensive strength to the panel. He spent the last season playing every week in a very competitive league and was a standout player. He’s driven and can’t wait to kick the season off soon.”


“I’m delighted to sign for Newry,” adds Gavin.

“I want to cement my place in the team firstly and hopefully be able to contribute to getting us back to up to where Newry deserve to be – in the Premiership.

“I’ve played with a few of the boys, either at Warrenpoint or other clubs, so it makes it easier to come in to the changing room. I’m looking forward to getting out onto the pitch, getting to know the rest of the lads and kick on from there.


Gavin will wear the number 5 jersey this season.