Northern Ireland

Newry GAA club condemns assault on player after match

Police are investigating after player was assaulted by group of youths ‘with no links to the GAA’

Jack Mackin Park in Newry.
Jack Mackin Park in Newry.

A Newry GAA club has condemned an attack on one of its members that happened in front of players and parents.

The assault took place close to St John Bosco GAC’s pitches at Jack Mackin Park in Newry on May 9, following an All-County U16 football match against Annalong-based club Longstone GAC.

In a short statement posted to social media, a spokesperson for the St John Bosco club committee said it “condemns unreservedly the violent incident that took place...after a club game”.

“A group of youths with no association to either club or any links with the GAA attacked one of the Bosco players as he left the pitch. The police had to be called to the incident,” the spokesperson said.

“We apologise to the players, team mentors and parents of both Bosco and Longstone that they had to witness such an unsavoury scene.”

They added: “The club will be putting in place measures to ensure that there is no repeat of such incidents.”

The club declined to comment further on the incident when approached by The Irish News.

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed police had received a report on an assault in the vicinity of Cecil Street, close to the club’s pitches.

“Enquires in relation to this report remain ongoing at this time,” they said.