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In pictures: Newry City celebrate Premiership return as Mullen enjoys 'dream job'

Newry City boss Darren Mullen may well be the happiest man in the country today.

Judging by his smiling face during post-match interviews, it will take some time for the buzz to wear off after he led his hometown club back to the top tier of Northern Irish football. Have a look at our gallery above to see just what it meant to the County Down club.

Newry City folded in 2012, reforming as Newry City AFC in 2013. Beginning again in Mid-Ulster Intermediate B division, the club have earned four promotions in five seasons to get back to the Premiership, completing the road with a 6-3 aggregate victory over Carrick Rangers in the promotion / relegation play-off.

"We were hoping and praying we would get this opportunity," Mullen told the Newry Reporter.

"It's something I dreamed about when I took over at the club. People might have thought it's a pipedream and when you think about it, four promotions in five seasons is some achievement.

"I'm a Newry man and this is my dream job - managing Newry. To be standing now being interviewed after getting promoted to the Premiership, it's a bit surreal.

"I'm delighted for the lads and for the fans. The fans were absolutely brilliant and we've put a lot of pride back into football in Newry. People have come down in their numbers and they've bought into what we're doing at the club.

"They've worked their backsides off and this is some reward."

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