Athea Utd.

by Pat Mulvihill


We held our Annual Awards Night at The Top of the Town last Friday night for the social highlight of the year. The 2010/11 season from a schoolboy perspective wasn’t as successful as the previous season while our success on the pitch was confined to the U/17s who won the Desmond Cup and the Junior A’s who won the Reidy Cup. This year at our Awards Night we introduced an award for the ‘Supporter of the Year’ and the first recipient of this is Penny Woulfe who has been a regular at our soccer games for as long as I can remember. In all kinds of weather she is there cheering on Athea Utd whether it be supporting her grand children in their games, all the other underage teams as well as supporting both our junior sides. Penny was presented with a beautiful crystal vase and flowers by the club and I dare say come the start of next season we will see Penny at our very first game. Congrats again Penny, never was there a more deserving supporter of the year and long may we see you at The Vales for many, many years to come.

The following are the Athea Utd players of the year for 2009/10 –
U/10s Michael Dalton.
U/11s Cillian Liston.
U/12s James Ryan.
U/13 Pa O’Connor.
U/14 Padraic Walsh.
U/15 Dylan Griffin.
U/16 Kevin Murphy.
U/17 Jamie Sheehan.
Junior As Tom Collins.
Junior Bs Tom Greaney.

The U/8 As & Bs were all presented with a medal as this was for the most of them their first time playing soccer and we look forward to these fine bunch of players developing in the coming years.

The club would like to thank all those who attended on the night, especially the players parents and families who made it another great success. Well done to all our players who played with pride in the jersey throughout the past season.
Thanks to Desmond League Referees Colm Dalton and Pat King for attending on the night and making the presentations.
Thanks also to Betty, Johnny and staff at The Top of the Town for hosting our awards night, for the fantastic food as well as the entertainment.
Congrats to all our award winners on the night but for those who didn’t remember next season is only around the corner and it could well be you this time next year.
Roll on 2012.

The time has come again to make plans for the 2011 Summer Soccer Schools which will 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. The cost to go on the camp is €89 but for those who attended the camp at The Vales in 2010 their will be a €5 reduction thus making the cost €84.
Early Bookings: All parents/guardians please note that there is an early booking system in effect and what this means is that if you book before June 15th the cost per participant is €89 but bookings after June 15th will be €99 per participant. Personalisation of playing kits will be
€10 extra irrespective of when bookings are made. So the advice is to book your placeon the camp before June 15th if possible.
Family Discount: For parents wishing to book one or more of their children on the same mainstream camp the following discounts will apply – For the first child you pay the full amount, for a second brother or sister you get €10 off and for any other siblings attending the same camp you get €20 off for each additional sibling(s) attending the same camp.
Jersey Personalisation: Personalisation costs an extra €10. Please note all personalisation requests must be received at least two weeks in advance of attending your designated Summer Soccer School.
Important Notice: For child protection and welfare reasons the personalised jersey name cannot be the child’s first name or any name inferring or hinting towards the child’s first name. Nicknames are also not permitted under any circumstances. If first names or nick names are submitted the child’s surname will be used.
What You Get: On the first day of each camp all participants receive their Umbro FAI gear, football & backpack unique to An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools.
Footnote: Just a reminder for players that were registered and played with the club in the past season 2010/11, the club will be refunding €30 to parents/guardians. The refund will be paid a couple of weeks after the camp has finished.

The An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools are one of the most enjoyable and safest places for your child to be. We endeavour to ensure the highest standards of safety, security and child welfare and we draw parents/guardians attention to the following points-

1. All coaches are Garda-vetted
2. All coaches are background reference checked
3. All Head Coaches receive First Aid training
4. First Aid kits available on site at every camp
5. Participants supervised at all times
6. Top quality coaching
7. All coaches on every An Post FAI Summer Soccer School are qualified & FAI accredited
8. All coaching overseen by a Head Coach experienced and qualified up to UEFA A level
9. High ratio of coaches to participants
10. Innovative coaching techniques, drills & activities in line with UEFA guidelines
11. Suitable for children of all levels, beginners & more experienced players

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.


Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 25th in The Memorial Hall at 8.15pm and all are welcome. The club would like to hear from any persons out there who would like to get involved with the club as new members are always welcome. In relation to managers for the 2011/12 season the club would like to hear from anybody who wishes to be a manager or indeed help out with any of our teams.
We will have a managers meeting on Thursday, June 23rd at the clubhouse at 8pm and anybody interested in managing teams for the 2011/12 season are asked to give their names to Club Secretary Pat Mulvihill prior to the aforementioned managers meeting.

The results of our lottery draw for Monday, June 13th at White’s Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €7700. Numbers drawn were 3, 20, 28, 31.

No Jackpot winner.
Lucky Dips to Pat Kennelly, Knockanure. Julie Young, Newcastle West. Johnny Loughnane, Askeaton. Killian & Katelyn O’Connor, Lower Athea. Seamus O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill.
Sellers Agatha, Batts Bar.
New Jackpot will be €7800 on Monday, June 20th at Brown Joe’s.







Coiste na nÓg


Saturday 11th of June

U-10 Blitz:

Athea U-10’s travelled to Newcastle West on Saturday morning last to take on the locals and St. Kierans in their second blitz of the season. We had 15 players togged out in the maroon and white and we played three games in total. The boys and girls put on a great display for all the parents who had travelled to support them and they all have shown great improvement in all aspects of the game including catching, kicking, hand passing and marking since their first blitz a few weeks ago in Dromcollogher. There is no doubt that the U10’s are going from strength to strength and will continue to impress as the season progresses. We would like to thank Newcastle West for hosting the blitz. Team:  Colin Broderick, Aidan Curry, Eoin Sheahan, Jack O’ Connor, David O’ Connor, Sarah O’ Connor, Rhys Kiely, Nicola Scanlon, Ciara O’ Shea, John Sexton, Thomas McEnery, Luke Gleeson, Jack Hunt, Katie Flaherty & Jason Dillon.


U-6’s, U-8’s & 10’s:
Training continues for the U-6’s,U-8’s & U10’s this Friday evening 17th of June from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

U-12’s: There is no training for the U-12’s this Wednesday evening 15th of June. Training will resume again on Wednesday evening 22nd of June at 7pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:50pm.

U-14’s: Training for the U-14’s continues Tuesday evening the 21st of June at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.



Wednesday 15th of June:

U-12’s: Athea U-12’s are away to Askeaton/Ballysteen tonight Wednesday the 15th of June at 7pm. Car will be leaving the village at 6pm.

Friday 24th of June:

U-8’s: Athea U-8’s have a home blitz on Friday evening 24th of June at 6:30pm. Players are asked to be a the field for 6:15pm.

Monday 27th of June:

U-14’s: Athea U-14’s are at home to Dromcollogher/Broadford on Monday night 27th of June at 7:30pm. Players are asked to be at the field for 7:10pm.


GAA Vhi Cúl Camp:

Vhi GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.The Cúl Camps will run from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm. The cost of the camp is €55 for the first child, €45 of the second child and €35 for third and forth child. You can now book on line at or contact Jacqueline for more information


Club Gear:

This is the last week for anyone who wants to order the new Athea Coiste na nÓg club jackets or togs and socks. If you would like to order any of these please contact Jacqueline O’ Connor by Friday 17th of June on 086-0670091.


Coiste na nÓg on line:

You can now view all our notes, fixtures, results and pictures of Athea Coiste na nÓg on the Athea GAA website. Just go and click on the ” Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information on the Club.

Athea Coiste na nÓg U10’s who took part in a blitz in Newcastle West last Saturday morning. Team: Colin Broderick, Luke Gleeson, Thomas McEnery, David O’ Connor, Sarah O’ Connor, Jack Hunt, Ciara O’ Shea, John Sexton, Katie Flaherty, Jason Dillon, Nicola Scanlon, Jack O’ Connor, Aidan Curry, Eoin Sheahan & Rhys Keily. Also in the picture are their coaches Paul Curry, David O’ Connor & Mike Sheahan.

Athea GAA

The Draw took place at the Top of the Town On Saturday 11/06/2011.

1st Prize  €400.00- Dan Enright, Upper Athea
2nd Prize €250.00- Sean O Connor, Knocknasna
3rd Prize €150.00- Catherine Hunt, Coole West
4th Prize €150.00- Donie Broderick, Upper Athea
5th Prize €150.00- Bridie Ann Shine, Gortnagross
6th Prize €150.00- Mike O Connor, Markievicz Park


Fully Paid up Winner of €800.00 was Dinny Scanlon, Dirreen
Promoters Prize went to Sean Ahern
Thank you to all the promoters for their hard work & to Betty & John Cotter for the use of the Top of the Town.


Athea Fishing Club

A meeting will be held at the Top of the Town on this Friday night June 17th at 9.30 p.m.


The Club would like to send best wishes to one fishing friend, Jerry Sheehan, who is at present recovering in Limerick Regional Hospital, where he has undergone major surgery. All within the club wish Jerry a very speedy recovery and hope to see him angling on the banks of his beloved River Galey in the very near future.

More news next week of competitions etc.

Pat McSweeney


Bike Races

Calling all interested in Road Safety


I am writing to inform you of an exciting opportunity to increase you family’s awareness of road safety issues. As you will be aware each year Athea Road Races Ltd hold a two day competitive motorcycle road race around the Slí na Sláinte.


In the past this event has attracted its fair share of motorcyclists but is rather exclusive!


This year is going to be different, as well as the road race activity on Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July the event is staging a Road Safety awareness campaign.


The Following events are planned

Tuesday evening 19th July 19.30 – 21.00 presentation by Dr Kieran Murphy on Road Traffic Collision and medical scene management. All Community responders are expected to attend and any member of the community families friends and children. Venue: Con Colbert Hall.


Wednedsay 20th July 19.30 – 21.30 www.Bikesafe presentation Great Rides DVD, combined with introduction of www.FBoS awareness. Hosted by Rodge Byrne Bikesafe and FBoS qualified. All Motorcyclists welcome and CFR’s any other interested parties: Venue: Gables Function room.


Thursday 21st July 19.30 -20.45 Garda Traffic Corps presentation from “Crashed Lives”, series. Hosted by Garda Tony Miniter. Venue: Con Colbert Hall, all members of the community welcome.


Friday 22nd July from 12.00 the Road Safety Authority of Ireland will be in attendance with the www.RSA/Shuttle vehicle in the Main Street Athea. The shuttle will be open throughout the road races. An absolute must see-do visit for all ages. Lots of interactive learning about Safety. Some Hi Viz vests for Adults & Children available. In addition the RSA Audi A4 rollover simulator recently featured by Eileen Magner on the RTE 6-1 News, whilst the shuttle was attending a safety campaign in schools in Co Mayo. A Must visit. Open to all members of the community.


Friday evening Local musical Hero’s recently of the All–Ireland talent contest “ Mad for Road”, live on the outdoor stage in Main Street, Athea, 8pm onwards.


Saturday – Sunday: Road races as planned and advertised locally or Look up www.Athearoadraces


Rodge Byrne

Road safety – Bike safe campaign coordinator

068 44957 – 086 3103233