Athea Coiste na nÓg

By Jacqueline O’Connor


Friday 8th of July:

U-10 Blitz:

Our U-10s took part in a cross cluster blitz in Páirc na nGael on Friday evening last with teams from Askeaton/Ballysteen, Feohanagh/Castlemahon and St. Senan’s taking part. We had 19 players togged out in the maroon and white and they played a total of three games. A great display of football was on show for all the spectators to see as these boys and girls are improving with every match they play. We would like to thank Roger Ryan for refereeing matches for us on the night. The club would also like to thanks all the parents who helped out on the night. Team: Jack O’ Connor, David O’ Connor, Eoin Sheahan, Sarah O’ Connor, Laura Dalton, Jason Dillon, Aidan Curry, John Sexton, Jamie O’ Mahony, Ciara O’ Shea, Evan Wallace, Danny Brady, Thomas McEnery, Alex McEldowney, Colin Broderick, Aibhilin Murphy, Grace Ryan, Rhys Keily & Katie Flaherty.


Sunday 11th of July:

U-10 Blitz:

Our U-10s made the short journey into Abbeyfeale on Sunday afternoon last to take part in the Abbeyfeale Parish Fete U-10 Blitz. Playing against much stronger opposition namely Miltown/Castlemaine and Fr. Casey’s, our boys and girls did extremely well tackling, hand passing, blocking and soloing along with scoring some fantastic points and goals. They did themselves proud on a glorious afternoon and all received medals for their gallant efforts on the pitch. The club would like to thank Fr. Casey’s for inviting us to take part in the blitz and for the treats all the boys and girls received after the match. A great day was had by all. Team: Jack O’ Connor, Ciara O’ Shea, David O’ Connor, Sarah O’ Connor, Eoin Sheahan, Evan Wallace, Aidan Curry, Jack Hunt, Danny Brady, Rhys Keily & Laura Dalton.


Monday 11th of July:


Athea 1-08        Monagea 0-05

On a lovely calm evening for football our U-16’s played host to Monagea, but it was Monagea who settled the quickest and were 2 points up after 5 minutes. Soon after James Ryan registered our first score with a well taken point. Monagea came back into it and scored another point to increase their lead again. As half time approached Peter O’ Connor and Dylan Griffin traded points with Monagea to leave the half time score 0-5 to 0-3 in favour of the visitors. In the second half Athea came out all guns blazing and dominated the rest of the match. Dylan Griffin was first on the score board with his second point, before Gary Vaughan found the back of the net with a great goal to put Athea into the lead for the first time. Monagea piled on the pressure but some great defending from our backs and a fantastic save by Kieran Harnett in goals made sure Athea kept on top. Gary Vaughan scored a great point and soon after Paraic Walsh scored two fantastic points to put the game beyond doubt. Just before the finish Gary Vaughan got the last score of the match with another fine point to leave the final score Athea 1-08 to Monagea 0-5.  Team: Kieran Harnett, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dan Mullane, Thomas Sexton, Jason Daly O’ Flaherty, Roger Carmody, Gary Vaughan, William Sexton, Dylan Griffin, James Ryan, Paraic Walsh, Jamie O’ Brien, Joey Kelly & Jason Dalton.



There is no U10 training this week.


Training for the U-16’s continues this Thursday evening 14th of July at 8:00pm. Players are asked to be at the field for 7:50pm.


Training for the U-14’s continues Tuesday evening the 19th of July at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.



Thursday 14th of July:

U-12’s: Athea U-12’s are at home to Kileedy on Thursday the 14th of July at 6:45pm. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:15pm.

Friday 15th of July:

U6’s & U8’s: Athea U6’s & U8’s are at home to Glin on Friday the 15th of July at 7:00pm. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:45pm.

Monday 18th of July:

U-13 1/4 Finals: Venue and Time to be confirmed.

Wednesday 20th of July:

U-14’s: Athea U-14’s are away to Crecora on Wednesday 20th of July at 7:30pm. A bus will leave the village 6:15pm.

Friday 22nd of July:

U-8’s: Athea have a blitz on Friday evening 22nd of July. Venue and Time to be confirmed.

Saturday 23rd of July:

U-11’s: Athea U-11’s have a blitz in Foynes on Saturday morning 23rd of July at 11:00am. Cars will be leaving the village 10:15am.


GAA Vhi Cúl Camp:

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. Each participant will receive a camp jersey. The camps will involve all codes, Football, Ladies Football, Hurling, Camogie, Handball and Rounders. Application forms can be got 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 had a great win over Offaly in Round 2 of the qualifiers on Saturday last on a scoreline of 3-13 to 0-15. They now meet Waterford in the Gaelic grounds this Saturday at 7pm.


Athea Utd.

by Pat Mulvihill

We will have a managers meeting this Friday night, July 15th at the clubhouse. Time 8pm. All managers are asked to attend. There will also be a meeting of the fundraising committee. Time and venue as above.
NOTE 1: At the moment 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. Alternatively they can attend our managers meeting this Friday night.
NOTE 2: Any person wishing to play junior soccer with the club next season can give their name to Bobby Barrett.

The time has come again to make plans for the 2011 An Post sponsored Summer Soccer School which Athea Utd will host at The Vales in less than two weeks time. The date to remember is Monday July 25th with the camp ending the following Friday, July 29th. The cost of the camp is €99 but for those who attended the camp at The Vales in 2010 their will be a €5 reduction thus making the cost €94.
Bookings can be made up to 5 days before the camp start date (i.e. if a camp starts on Monday you can book up to midnight on the previous Tuesday). Late bookings can be made after the cut off date. (see below)
Important Note Re Late Bookings (Bookings made within 5 days of camp start date)
Many camps fill up very quickly so book early to guarantee your place. Bookings for camp will close when they are full but if a camp has some places remaining we may accept late bookings within 5 days of the camp’s start date. To ensure we maintain our best in class coach-to-participant ratio, late bookings can only be accommodated if qualified coaches can be provided and will be at an additional cost of €109 for Mainstream Camps
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 is now no longer available for the Athea Utd camp as the start date of the camp is less than two weeks away.
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.

The results of our lottery draw for Monday, July 11th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €8100. Numbers drawn were 4, 8, 9, 32.  No Jackpot winner.
Lucky Dips to Kathleen Sheehy, Croagh. Joan Enright, TempleAthea. Conor Greaney, Ardagh. Emma, Dick, Jessie & Erin c/o Chawkes, Athea. Denise Prendeville, NCW.
Sellers Agatha & Ita McMahon.
New jackpot will be €8200 on Monday, July 18th at JP’s.

Congratulations to local County Councillor John Sheahan on his recent appointment by the Government to the Committee of the Regions, which is an advisory body of local and regional Authorities in the European Union. Best of luck to John in his new role.


Athea Fishing Club

Our next meeting will be held in Brown Joe’s Pub on next Monday night, July 18th at 9.30pm. All officers are requested to attend.

We had a good turnout of anglers on Friday evening last to fish the Jim Dalton Memorial Cup which was won by Sean Wall. Jerry Brouder got 2nd prize.

Many thanks to all who fished the competition and congratulations to the prizewinners. Watch this space for further outigs and events.

Pat McSweeney


Athea 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