Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill



This coming Friday night, June 10th we will our annual Awards Night at The Top of the Town. This is the social highlight of the year and is always a night to remember for the many teams and players who wore the blue and white with pride during the past season.

Proceedings get under way at 9.30pm and we look forward to seeing everybody at The Top of the Town this Friday night.



Athea Utd would like to wish Padraic Walsh the very best of luck when he and the Limerick Desmond Schoolboys take to the field in UL next Monday evening in the 2011 Kennedy Cup. It is a great achievement for Padraic to be involved with his league in this prestigious competition and we would encourage all soccer people and supporters if they can to go to UL next week and support Padraic and his team mates. Best of luck again Padraic.



Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, July 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 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 place on 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 nicknames 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.





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.



The results of our lottery draw for Monday, June 6th at

Donie’s are as follows –

Jackpot was €7600. Numbers drawn were 9, 20, 23, 25.

No Jackpot winner.


Lucky Dips to Tom Galvin, Ardagh. Kitty Ahern c/o Doreen. Joe O’Brien, Newcastle West. Tom Quinn c/o The Gables. Jim Hayes, Old Mill.


Sellers Agatha, Brouder’s Shop.

New jackpot will be €7700 on Monday, June 13th at White’s Bar.


Coiste na nOg


Wednesday 1st of June


Athea U-12’s travelled to Ardagh on Wednesday night last to take on St. Kieran’s. In an exciting game Athea lead by a goal at half time 2-2 to St. Kieran’s 1-2. In the second half the home team came more into it but at the final whistle the sides were level on a score line of Athea 3-5 St. Kieran’s 3-5. Athea scorers on the night were Sean Ryan, Jack Vaughan, Alan Kelly and Brian SheahanA.

Team: Cathal O’ Brien, Liam McAuliffe, Michéal Ambrose, Mark McAuliffe, Cillian Liston, Michéal Dalton, Jamie O’ Brien, Sean Ryan, Alan Kelly, Timothy Tierney, Jack Vaughan, David Sheahan, Grace Ryan, Brian Sheahan, John Sexton, Seamus Leahy, Joseph Dalton, Donnacha Clancy, Jack Gleeson & David O’ Sullivan.


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

U-14’s: Training for the U-14’s continues Tuesday evening the 7th of June at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.


Saturday 11th of June:
U-10’s: Athea U-10’s have a Blitz in Newcastle West on Saturday morning the 11th of June. Time to be confirmed.

Sunday 12th of June:
U-10’s: Athea U-10’s are invited to The Abbeyfeale Parish Féte on Sunday afternoon at 2pm to take part in a Blitz. Players are asked to be at the GAA field in Abbeyfeale for 1:50pm.

Monday 13th of June:
U-13’s: Athea U-13’s are away to Cappagh on Monday the 13th of June at 7:30pm. Cars will be leaving the village at 6:45pm.

Thursday 16th of June:

U-12’s: Athea U-12’s are away to Askeaton/Ballysteen on Thursday 16th of June at 6:45pm. Car will be leaving 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. You can now book on line at or contact Jacqueline for more information.


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.


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 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.


Community Games

U-12’s Boys Soccer:
Athea U-12’s community games soccer team have been busy over the last couple of weeks playing matches in their group. In their first match we played Foynes at the Vales. We played very impressively all through the game dominating in all areas of the pitch as we lead 4-1 at half time. In the second half a superb save from a penalty by Cathal O’ Brien in goals sparked Athea into life and eventually running out winners on a scoreline of Athea 9- 1 Foynes.
In our second match away to Askeaton/Ballysteen we started slowly, but after a while we got going and lead 4-0 at half time. In the second half our backs were put under pressure but they stood up to it well and did not concede any goal, as Athea ran out 7-0 winners on the night.
In our final match in the group we travelled to Kildimo to take on Pallaskenry/Kildimo in what turned out to be one of the most exciting games of the year. We started brightly with Shane Dalton scoring a great goal to put us into the lead. Soon afterwards the home team took control and we conceded 3 goals in a 15 minute period. Our defence tightened up at the back and our midfield started to take control and thanks to 2 more goals form Shane Dalton we were level at half time 3-3. In the second half we went ahead after another fine goal from Shane Dalton put us 4-3 up. The home team levelled shortly afterwards. Once again we went ahead after a goal mouth scramble lead to Shane scoring his 5th goal of the night. With 5 minutes to go the referee was very harsh on Athea when awarding a penalty to Pallakenry/Kildimo which they converted to level matters once again. Then, as time ran out, the home team took the lead with a goal in the last minute. Athea desperately tried to get an equaliser but it was not to be and the final score was Pallaskenry/Kildimo 6 – 5 Athea.
These have been three outstanding performances from all the boys on this team and they deserve great credit for their effort and the discipline they have shown throughout. We now wish them the very best of luck as they play Knocklong/Glenbrohane in the County semi-final on Tuesday evening the 14th of June at 7pm. Venue to be confirmed.

Team: Cathal O’ Brien, David O’ Connor, Shane Ambrose, Michéal Dalton, Joseph Dalton, Shane Dalton, Cillian Liston, John Sexton, David O’ Sullivan, Jack O’ Connor, Jason Dillon & Andy Ahern.



Club Draw:


The first draw of 2011 will take place in The Top of the Town next Saturday night.