by Pat Mulvihill


Next Sunday afternoon in Clounreask the curtain comes down on the Athea Utd soccer season when our A’s will be biding to win their second cup of the season when they contest the Division 1 League Cup Final against Ballingarry. This will be a tough challenge for us against a side who have already won the league in impressive fashion and will be fancied to do the double. On our way to the decider we won one nil away to Kildimo Utd while in the semi final we scraped a narrow two one win away to Abbeyfeale Utd B. On the evidence of the league table Ballingarry will start as firm favourites but in our league meetings there was very little to choose between the sides, Ballingarry winning at home two one while at The Vales a fortunate goal from a corner saw the league champions prevail one nil. So far this season the club have contested three finals, deservedly winning two and very unlucky not to have won the other. By late Sunday evening we will hopefully have added a third cup for the trophy cabinet.

Kick off on Sunday is at 12.30pm and we are looking forward to big support for Athea next Sunday afternoon in Clounreask.



Wednesday May 25th

U/8 Bs away to Kilcolman at 7pm. (last U/8 B game of the league)

Sunday May 29th

Division 1 League Cup Final v Ballingarry in Clounreask at 12.30pm.

NB: Please note kick off time of  for next Sundays final.



Luke Gleeson who was a joint winner of the Desmond Schoolboys League U-8 Div 1 Player of the Year and he is seen being presented receiving his award from David Naughton, Chairman of The Limerick Desmond Schoolboys League at The Gables last Saturday

Kevin Murphy who won the Desmond Schoolboys League U-16 Div 1 Player of the Year and he is seen being presented receiving his award from Donie O'Gorman, Desmond League Referee at The Gables last Saturday















Last Saturday night at The Gables The Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League held its Annual Awards Night and here we were, like last year doubly represented with two award winners namely Luke Gleeson and Kevin Murphy. Luke was a joint winner in U/8 Division 1 and he was presented with his award by League Chairman David Naughton with Kevin Murphy winning the U/16 Division 1 award and he was presented with his award by Donie O’Gorman, Desmond League Referee.

Also on the night the Limerick Desmond U/11 Academy Squad that recently won the Quadrangular Inter League Tournament with wins over Limerick County and Cork were presented with their winners medals, here again we were doubly represented with Timothy Tierney and Sean Ryan members of this successful squad getting their winners medals. So another good season for Athea Utd players with the Limerick Desmond Schoolboys League and well done to all.



The time has come again to make plans for the 2011 Summer Soccer Schools which ill again be sponsored by An Post and will be known as An Post Summer Soccer Schools 2011. This years programme will run nationwide from July 4th to August 25th at venues the length and breath of the Republic of Ireland.

The Athea Utd camp will again be held at The Vales and will run from Monday July 25th to Friday July 29th

To book your place log on to or call 1890 653 653. The co-ordinator for the Athea Utd camp again is Pat Mulvihill and he can be contacted on (087)7934417 and Pat will be only be too happy to give you any information or advice on the summer soccer school programme.



The results of our lottery draw for Monday, May 23rd at JP’s are as follows –

Jackpot was €7400. Numbers drawn were 9, 16, 20, 23.

No Jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips:

Clodagh Histon, Hillside Drive. Mary Cusack, Cratloe East. Molly O c/o Rose. Michael & Grainne, Hillside Drive. Ted Halpin, Duagh.

Sellers: Ita McMahon, Paudie Reidy.

New Jackpot will be €7500 on Monday, May 30th at The Top of the Town.


Athea Coiste na nÓg



Wednesday 18th of May:
Athea 4-8  Ballybrown 2-3.
The Athea Under 13’s travelled to Clarina to take on Ballybrown in the second round of the U-13 league. In the first half both sides were evenly matched even though Athea were playing with the wind. JJ Sheehy got our first goal of the night followed by a point from Sean Ryan. William Sexton added a further two points as Ballybrown lead by two points at half time. In the second half it was a different story as Athea dominated in all areas playing very well into a strong breeze. Brian Sheahan got our first goal of the half closely followed by a goal from Alan Kelly. William Sexton was on target yet again as he scored two more great points and James Ryan also getting on the score board with a couple of points. Athea were then awarded a penalty and Ronan Hayes slotted it home to put the result beyond doubt. Just before the final whistle William Sexton scored our last point. Once again this was a fantastic team performance and they deserved their win on the night.

Team: Timothy Tierney, Conor Fitzgerald, Padraig O’ Sullivan, Donnacha McEnery, William Sexton, James Ryan, T.J Doherty, JJ Sheehy, Mark McAuliffe, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Michéal Ambrose, Jamie O’ Brien, Cillian Liston, Alan Kelly, William McEnery, Brian Sheahan, Shane Ambrose, Danial McEldowney & Jack Gleeson.



U-6’s & U-10’s: Training continues for the U-6’s & U-10’s this Friday evening 27th of May from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

U-14’s: Training for the U-14’s continues next Tuesday evening the 31th of May at 7pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:50pm.

U-16’s: Training for the U-16’s will be on this Friday night 27th of May @ 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 7:20pm.



Friday 27th of May:

U-8’s: Athea U-8’s have a Blitz in Foynes on Friday evening the 27th of May. Time to be confirmed.

Thursday 2nd of June:

U-12’s: Athea U-12’s are away to St. Kierans on Thursday 2nd of June @ 6:45pm. Cars will leave the village at 6pm.


GAA Vhi Cúl Camp:

Once again this year the Cúl Camp will be taking place in Páirc na nGael from Monday 11th of July to Friday 15th of July. Cúl Camps provide boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 13 with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays. More details to follow in the next few weeks.


Club Jackets:
Orders are now being taken for Athea Coiste na nÓg club jackets for both adults and children. The jackets are maroon and navy with the newly designed club crest on them. They adult jacket cost €27 each. If you would like to order one please contact Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091 for more details.


Athea GAA Club Draw:

8 Draws in Total €11,200 prize money
Tickets €80 or €10 per draw
Prize Money:
1st prize €400
2nd prize €250
3rd prize €150
4th prize €150
5th prize €150
6th prize €150
There is a special prize for fully paid up members of €800. Promoter prize €50 each month. Club Members are calling door to door selling the tickets. You support would be greatly appreciated.



West Intermediate Final

Athea v Castlemahon in Rathkeale, Thursday, May 26 at 7 30.


West Intermediate Semi-final

Athea 0 08 Glin 0 07.

This was a tough tight encounter with rarely a kick of a ball between the sides. The wining score came in injury time from the boot of Brian McKenna. Denis Greaney made his debut at corner back and acquitted himself very well. Others to impress were Tom Collins, Martin Chawke, Padraig Reidy, Ger Collins, Gerard and Pa Ahern.

Team: Timmy Enright, Denis Greaney, Tom Collins, Matthew Tierney, Mike Reidy, Martin Chawke, Padraig Reidy, Ger Collins, Conor Mullane, Tomas Mullane, Gerard Ahern, Sean Ahern, Kevin O`Keeffe, Pa Ahern, Brian Ahern. Subs: Mark O`Connor, Brian McKenna, Mike Ahern, Sean McGrath.

County League

Athea 0 13 Claughan 1 07

Team: T Enright, M Ahern, T Collins, D Greaney, M Reidy, M Chawke, P Reidy, G Collins, C Mullane, T Mullane, S Ahern, G Ahern, K O`Keeffe, P Ahern, B Ahern. Subs: B McKenna, J Quille, P Kiely.

Club Draw

Promoters are currently calling to households selling tickets for this year’s draw. As in previous years your generosity will be greatly appreciated.


Athea Fishing Club

It’s that time of year again for our first competition of the year for the children. This will take place at Ballyhass Lake on this Saturday, May 28th with a bus leaving The Gables at 10.30 a.m. All children must have fishing permits.

For more information contact Ann Sheehan on 087-1415487