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Sports – 27/7/11

Athea Utd.

by Pat Mulvihill

The 2011 Soccer Camp got underway last Monday morning at The Vales with 60 participants learning the skills of the games under the guidance of head coach Conor Nestor and his coaching staff. Weather wise Monday wasn’t the best but the remainder of the week is given to improve so all are looking forward to that. More details next week.

There will be a committee meeting this Friday night, July 29th at the clubhouse. Time 8pm. All committee members are asked to attend.
NOTE 1: We are still looking for a manager for our Junior A side so if anybody is interested in managing the A’s they can give their to the club secretary on (087)7934417 before this coming Friday, July 29th.
NOTE 2: Any person wishing to play junior soccer with the club next season can give their name to Bobby Barrett on (087)7731017.

U/8s on Saturdays at 11am.
U/10s on Wednesdays 6 to 7pm
U/12s on Thursdays 6 to 7 pm.
U/14s on Monday 6 to 7pm.
U/16s on Thursdays at 7 to 8.30pm.
Youths on Mondays and Wednesdays 7 to 8.30pm.
Junior As on Tuesdays at 8pm and Fridays at 7pm.
Junior Bs Tuesdays at 7pm and Fridays at 8pm.

Again for the coming season there will be a charge for training on the Astroturf and this will be for all teams. For all underage teams it will be €1 while for all Junior A and Junior B players there is the option of a once off payment of €50 payable before the first training session. Alternatively a €25 payment before the first training session and a second payment of €25 to be paid by December 1st

U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
Youths €35 per player.
Junior As and Bs €50 per player.
For example a family with an U/8 player and an U/10 player the membership will be €30 while a family with an U/12 player and an U/16 the membership will be €40.
UNDERAGE FAMILY DISCOUNT – There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – In line with club policy no player(s) will be allowed play for Athea Utd in the schoolboy league or junior league until they have their insurance paid. All managers are to collect the respective insurance and to implement this club policy.

The Athea Utd managers for the forthcoming 2011/12 season are as follows –
U/8s Steven McEnery, Mike Buckley & Padraig Horgan. U/10s Tim O’Riordan, Sean O’Shea & John Wallace. U/12s Mike O’Connell, David O’Connor & Roger Ryan. U/14s Tom O’Connor & Cillian O’Connor. U/16s Pa Walsh & TJ Reidy. Youths Cillian O’Connor &
Tom O’Connor. Junior Bs Bobby Barrett & Paudie Lynch. Junior As manager yet to be appointed.

The results of our lottery draw for Monday, July 25th at Donies Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €8300. Numbers drawn were 10, 13, 14, 25.

No Jackpot winner.
Lucky Dips to Hazel Ahern, Athea. Sean Fitz c/o Batt’s Bar. Michael Mullane, Lower Athea. Gary & Jack Vaughan, Athea. Sharon Murphy, Ballylongford.
Sellers Agatha & White’s Bar.
New jackpot will be €8400 on Monday, August 1st at White’s Bar.

Coiste ne nÓg

by Jacqueline O’Connor

Athea Cul Camp boys and girls await the arrival of Seamus O' Carroll

Limerick senior footballer John O' Riordan giving advice during the Cul Camp







Athea boys and girls enjoying themselves during the Cul Camp








U-6’s, U-8’s & U-10’s:

Training for the U6’s, U8’s & U10’s resumes this Friday evening 29th of July at 6:30 in Páirc na nGael.


Training for the U-12’s continues this Wednesday evening 27th of July at 7pm. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:50pm.


Training for the U-14’s continues Tuesday evening the 2nd of August at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.


Training for the U-16’s continues Thursday evening 28th of July at 8pm. Players are asked to be at the field for 7:50pm.



Monday 1st of August:


Athea U16’s are away to Granagh/Ballingarry on Monday evening 1st of August at 7:30pm. A bus will leave the village at 6:30pm.

Wednesday 3rd of August:


U-14 Playoff. Opposition, Venue and Time to be confirmed.

Fitzgerald Stadium:

On a misty Tuesday morning beneath the Kerry mountains in Killarney our U-12’s travelled to Fitzgerald stadium to part in the Munster activity days. At 11 o’ clock, they took to the field to play 3 matches against Currow, Macroom & Castlegregory. Shortly after the matches finished all the boys and girls got a guided tour of the new facilities from Kerry footballer Mark O’ Shea. This was a great experience for our U12’s one which they really enjoyed. The club would like to thank Denis Greaney for being our referee for the day.

GAA Super Camps:
This year the GAA will be holding Super camps for 13 – 15 year old Boys and Girls. These camps will run for three days, from 10.00am to 2:30pm. The Super camp will take place in Mick Neville Park on Tuesday 16th of August to Thursday 18th of August. The cost of the camp is €35 euro. Each participant will receive a camp jersey. The camps will involve all codes, Football, Ladies Football, Hurling, Camogie, Handball and Rounders. Application forms are available from Jacqueline.

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 to and click on the ” Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information on the Club.



Limerick Senior Footballers qualified for the All Ireland quarter finals for the first time after defeating Wexford in a thrilling match by 1 point in Portlaoise on Saturday evening last on a scoreline of 1-18 to 1-17. It was great to see a number of supporters from Athea travel to O’ Moore park to cheer them on. They will now play Kerry in Croke Park next Sunday 31st of July at 2pm.


Athea G.A.A.

Club Draw:

Our next draw takes place this Friday night 29th July in Collins’ Bar.



Minors (Feale Rangers) will play Shannon Gaels on Friday next, July 29th at 7 p.m. in Glin.


Athea Road Race Press Release


“Grand Final Race In Athea deemed as Race of the Season !”

Grand Final Race 1. William Dunlop 2. Michael Dunlop 3. John Burrows

Last Weekend saw the Welcome Return of a spectacular Athea Road Race Event. Top riders gave locals, visitors & supporters a heart stopping experience with their adrenaline fuelled machines going through their paces at record breaking speeds.

William Dunlop was in top form as he was crowned Man of the Meeting along with taking the podium for wins in the 250cc, 125cc and The Grand Final.

Huge crowds were in attendance all along the West Limerick Circuit, which was formally opened by Minister Jimmy Deenihan on Sunday morning.

Live music entertained the crowds on the streets of the village along with demonstrations from the RSA with their Audi A4 roll over simulator. Local bands such as “Mad for Road” and “The Four Stones” played to major crowds.

The Hosting of this event showcased Athea village locally, nationally and internationally.

All in all it was a breathtaking experience.

Amusements, trading and merchandising stalls dotted the village and surrounding areas for the event.

The Spinies from Spin South West were a very popular feature in the village on Saturday night.

Prize giving was held in The Gables on Sunday evening to a packed audience and was presented by commentator James Carroll. The Grand Final trophies were sponsored by Estuary Print and Trophies and The Loughnane family sponsored the Man of the Meeting cup.

The club would like to thank all the people who made this event possible in any way, along with all the people living on the circuit for their support during the road closures.

The Club would also like to thank each and every one of the riders, too many to mention, along with our sponsors West Limerick Resources, Shannon Development, Paul Greaney, Clinton Enterprises and many others for their dedication and commitment to this major event.

During the event it was noted by many that a record number of visitors travelled great distances with their families to the event on bikes, in motorhomes etc and this had a positive knock-on effect to the local economy in these challenging times.

Health and Safety of the event was taken care of by Pat Bourke and members of the Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue helped out with crowd control.

Plans are currently being put in place for next years event !!!!!!!!!!!!!




125cc Championship Race

1. William Dunlop  2. Sam Dunlop   3.  Jeff Shaw

650cc Super Twins

1. John Burrows   2. Andy Farrell   3. Derek Costello

201-400 Support Championship

1. Ciaran O Callaghan  2. Ronan Pentony  3.  Reuben McPhee

600cc Championship Race

1. Michael Dunlop   2. William Dunlop  3. John Burrows.

Classic 500cc Championship

1. Freddie Stewart  2. Sean Henry

Classic 1000cc Championship

1. Mark Morgan  2. John Scott

Classic 250cc Championship

1. Philip Shaw  2. Jeff Ward   3. Alex McVicker

Classic 350cc Championship

1. Keith Costello  2. Denis Gallagher  3. Mark McGaw

Junior 250cc Championship

1. William Dunlop  2. Ian Morrell  3. Ciaran Donnelly

400cc Championship

1. Andy Farrell  2. Jeff Ward  3. Paul Maguire

Open Championship Race

1. Michael Dunlop  2. John Burrows  3. William Dunlop

Senior Support Irish Championship Race

1. Derek McGee  2. Ronan Pentony  3. Gary Miller

Senior Support Non Championship  Race

1. Derek McGee  2. Noel Brennan 3. Reuben McPhee

Grand Final Race

1. William Dunlop  2. Michael Dunlop  3. John Burrows



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News – 20/7/11

Patsy O’Sullivan Toureendonnell who celebrated his 80th birthday at home with his family on Sunday last

Welcome Back

To Athea Road Races 2011

This weekend we welcome the return of the Motorcycle Road Races having missed out last year due to lack of sponsorship.

The village and the racing circuit are all geared up for a buzzing weekend and it looks like the weather is going to settle, for a while at least.

We welcome especially the riders who will be competing over the weekend and wish them all a safe and successful weekend.

Lots of events will be taking place in the village with amusements, stalls and street entertainment with ’Mad for Road’ taking to the stage for an open air concert on Friday evening.

A Road Safety Awareness campaign is also taking place during the week with different events which you can read about in Rodge Byrne’s piece on page 11.

The Roads will be closed on

Saturday 23rd July From 10am – 6pm

Sunday 24th July From 10am – 6pm
and people who live along the racing circuit are asked to take particular care with animals and pets and to make sure that they cannot get onto the road.
Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will officiate at the  opening of the Racing Weekend.
Congratulations to Athea MCC members for their hard work and commitment in raising the much needed funds to bring the Roads Races back again.
Again we wish all involved in the event and all spectators a very safe, successful and enjoyable weekend here.


O’Riordan’s Pharmacy and Áine’s Flowers will close early on the Saturday of the Bike Race. Opening Hours on Saturday, July 23rd will be from 9.30am to 11am. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Athea & District Credit Union

Athea & District Credit Union will be closed on Saturday, July 23rd due to the Bike Races but will open on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.



Athea, July  29th – 1st August 2011


Friday 29th Kicks off at 8 p.m. with a Busking Competition in the street  and  a Musical Pub


Ceilí at The Gables at 9.30, music by Donie Nolan


Saturday 30th. Sessions in every pub

Plus open air sessions

Sunday 31st 3.00pm Singing Session with Donie Lyons at the Top of the Town followed by

5.00pm  “Fáilte Isteach”, amhránaiíocht, craic agus caint faoi ceol na háite as                                          Gaeilge


8 pm Concert, compered by Jacki O’Connor of West Limerick 102 Radio fame, in                                  Con Colbert hall featuring All-Ireland Champions from the area, the John Joe Tier                                   ney Dancers, Traditional Youth Groups, Micheál Ó Shea, Frances Kennedy and                                 the Templeglantine CCE Group.  (All-Ireland Champions in Céilí Band and                                      Grúpaí Cheoil and now performing in Sesiún at the Devon Inn every Thursday                                      night)

Admission only €10                                                               Sessions in all pubs

Monday 1st. 8pm The Gables

Special Traditional Percussion Accompaniment Competition

Competitors may play Bodhrán, Bones, Spoons or Drums. Prize in each category     plus Overall Winner’s prize

Farewell Sessions


ADAPT Services, Limerick would like to extend a sincere thanks to all those who contributed to the recent Church Gate Collection.  The amount collected was €712.44 the highest collected in the County for any town or village.  This will go towards maintaining the services for women survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

Remember ‘Domestic Abuse – No Excuse  – Break the silence.  24 hour Freephone helpline number for ADAPT is 1800 200 504.  An outreach worker visits Newcastle West every week to meet women one-to-one to offer support with anything to do with living  domestic abuse.  A Support Group meets every week in Newcastle West for women who have left an abusive relationship, this is facilitated by two professional workers.  Ring 061 412354 for further information or to make an appointment.

U-18 Half Set at the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in Ballincollig at the weekend. Left-right: M. Donovan, E. O’Shea, R. Greaney & E. Sheahan with Dancing Teacher John Joe Tierney




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Athea Community Council Ltd. – 20/7/11

Lucky Numbers Draw


16/ 07/ ‘11

4, 5, 12, 28.

No Winner

Lucky Dips

€50      R,M,E,A., White’s Bar

€30      Donie McGrath, Glin

€20      Peg Woulfe, Gortnagross

Pat Nolan, Athea

Mary Woulfe, Athea

Kitty & Orla Russell, c/o W. Mullane

Sellers Prizes: Dan Griffin

Brouder’s Shop

Next Draw: 06/08/’11

Jackpot: €8,100

Venue: White’s


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