Celtic youngster Barry Coffey joins Colin Healy's Cork City on loan

By Euan Davidson

July 28, 2021

Two generations of Celtic Academy graduates are set to work together, with Barry Coffey joining Cork City, managed by Colin Healy, on loan.

The Irish club announced the signing today on their website. Healy, an assistant manager since 2018, took the manager’s job full-time on Christmas Eve, last year. His side are currently 9th in the league.

Many fans will remember Colin Healy, who came through the Celtic Youth Academy. He made his debut through Dr Jozef Venglos in 1999 [Celtic Wiki], before making 30 total Celtic appearances.

Healy also played for Sunderland, Livingston and Barnsley, making 13 senior Ireland appearances. Coffey, himself a product of the Celtic Academy, will be looking to build on a fruitful spell at Cliftonville.

Coffey said [Cork City FC]:

“I am very excited to be here. I know Colin [Healy] well from the Irish set-up and that played a big part in me wanting to come to Cork City. It’s a massive club and I know myself where this club belongs, so I want to play my part in trying to get the club back to where it should be.”

“Coming here to get first team football and gain experience will help my career, and I hope I can play well and help Cork City as well while I am here. I like to get on the ball, get into attacking positions and get goals and assists, so I will give everything I can and hope I can help the team.”

Colin Healy delighted to add Celtic Academy talent Barry Coffey

Colin Healy added [Cork City FC]:

“I am very pleased to have Barry joining us for the rest of the season. He’s a player I know well from the international set-up and I believe he will add quality to our group.

“We have been working hard over the last few weeks to identify players that we feel can add to the lads who are already here and I think Barry fits that bill.”

Photo by Mark Thompson /Allsport

Coffey impressed plenty at Cliftonville. The creative midfielder scored goals, made assists and generally improved his game at the Belfast club. Cork represents a different challenge, but one he is no less qualified for.

Having appeared briefly in pre-season, he’s no doubt a part of Celtic’s future plans. Working under someone who’s cracked the jump from youngster to first-team player can only help.

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