Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill

Division 1 League

St Itas 2                  Athea Utd A 2 Murphy, O’Connor

Team: J Vaughan, P Horgan, T Collins, P Reidy, M Reidy, J Weir, C O’Connor, G Collins, M Horgan, D Murphy, J Cotter.

Referee: Colm Dalton.

U/14 Division 2

Broadford Utd (1) 5    Athea Utd (1) 4 Sexton (2), Sheehy (2)

Team: Michael Ambrose, Padraig O’Sullivan, William McEnery, Sean Ryan, Cillian Liston, JJ Sheehy, Ronan Hayes, James Ryan, William Sexton, Liam McAuliffe, Shane Dalton.

Subs Mark McAuliffe, Donncha McEnery, Jack Gleeson, Gerry Barrett

Referee: Eoin Barrett

U/16 Cup

NCW Rovers (3) 7              Athea Utd (0) 1 Peter O’Connor

Team: Joey Kelly, Jack Denihan, William Mullane, Padraic Walsh, Shane Dalton, Brian O’Connor, Peter O’Connor, Ronan Hayes, Jason Dalton, Pa O’Connor, JJ Sheehy.

Referee: Ger O’Connor.


Wednesday, May 16th

U10s away to Shountrade at 7pm.

Saturday, May 19th

Youths home to Ferry Rangers at 2.30pm.


The time has come again to start thinking of what to do for the summer even though it sounds like a long way off. Again this year Athea Utd will be one of the hundreds of venues throughout the country that will be hosting a FAI Summer Soccer School which this year will be sponsored by eFlow An Post and will be known as the eFlow Summer Soccer Schools 2012. This years programme will run nationwide from July 2nd to August 31st.

The Athea Utd camp will again be held at The Vales and will run from Monday July 23rd to Friday July 27th so keep these days looking free for the eFlow Summer Soccer School at The Vales. The camps are open to boys and girls from 6 to 14 years of age and the camp will run daily from 10.30am to 3pm.


Child protection is paramount and at The Eflow Summer Soccer School at The Vales, and like all camps nationwide all coaches will be FAI accredited and all will be Garda Vetted.


All participants at the camp will receive a full Umbro kit as well as a backpack and football as well as a certificate of participation.


Bookings are now being taken at or or by phone on 1890 653653.

Bookings taken before June 15th will be €89 and after June 15th bookings will be €99.


There is also a family discount and you can get €10 for a second child,

€20 for a third, €30 for a fourth and €40 for a fifth.


The venue co-ordinator for the eFlow camp at The Vales is Pat Mulvihill and if you have any questions contact Pat on 0877934417


The results of our lottery draw for Monday, May 14th at The Gables are as follows – Jackpot was €3600.

Numbers drawn 2, 5, 16, 32. No jackpot winner.

Lucky dips to JP Mulvihill, Tarbert. Denise Costelloe, Limerick. Kitty Barrett, Lower Athea. Jer Ahern Athea. Denis Collins, Churchtown, Athea.

Sellers Paudie Reidy & Pat Mulvihill.

New jackpot will be €3700 on Monday, May 21st at JP’s

 Coiist na nÓg


Monday 14th of May:
Our U-10’s played their first Blitz of the year when they travelled to Rahenagh to take on teams from Feoghanagh/Castlemahon, Kileedy and Monagea. We had a great turn out of 22 children all wearing the maroon and white of Athea and a large number of parents and family who had travelled on the night. We divided the children into two teams and both teams played three games each. Despite the cold and wet weather both teams did extremely well, with all the boys and girls putting into practice everything they have learned at training. They showed great skill with their catching, kicking, soloing, hand passing and point taking. We now look forward to our next blitz in a months time and hopefully we will have a large number of children once again as no doubt they will continue to improve as the year moves on. Team:  Aidan
Curry, Sarah O’Connor, Adam Byrne, Laura Dalton, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’ Shea, Eoin Sheahan, Josh Mulally, Pierce O’Brien, Gavin Ambrose, Luke Gleeson, Thomas McEnery, Jack Hunt, TJ Hunt, Andrew O’Riordan, Rhys Keily, Paraic Enright, Denise Carmody, Jack McCarthy, Amy Ryan, Alex McEldowney & Brandon Finucane.

Upcoming Fixtures for the month of May:
Wednesday 16th of May:

Athea U14’s are at home to Gerald Griffins this Wednesday evening 16th of May at 7:30pm. All players to be a the field for 7pm.
Thursday 17th of May:

Athea U12’s are at home to Gerald Griffins on Thursday evening 17th of May at 6:45pm. All players to be a the field for 6:15pm.
Monday 21th of May:
Athea U13’s have a blitz away in Rathkeale (Bog Garden) on Monday evening the 21th of May. Cars will be leaving the village at 6pm.
Friday 25th of May:
Athea U8’s have a blitz away in Dromcollogher on Friday evening the 25th of May. Cars will be leaving the village at 5:30pm.
Wednesday 30th of May:
Athea U14’s are away to Old Christians on Wednesday evening 30th of May at 7:30pm. A bus will be leaving the village a 5:45pm.
Thursday 31st of May:
Athea U12’s are at home to Glin on Wednesday evening 31st of May at 6:45pm. All players to be a the field for 6:15pm.


U14’s Tuesday 22nd of May:
Training continues Tuesday evening 22nd of May for our U14’s from 6:45pm to 7:45pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:40pm.

U12’s Wednesday 23th of May:
Training continues next Wednesday evening 23rd of May for our U12’s from 7pm to 8pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:55pm.
U6’s,U8’s & U10’s Friday 18th of May:
Training for U6’s, U8’s & U10’s continues this Friday evening 18th of May from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

If there is any child that still wants to register they can still do
so. The cost of registration is €25 for one child and €40 for a family of 2 or more. A refund amount of €10 will be offered to parent(s) who help out the club with fundraising during the year. For any child who will be registering with the club for the first time it will cost €15.

Club Gear:
Club hoodies for both adults and children are now available to order at a cost of €30 County and for children up to the age of 12 they will cost €25 each. There are also children’s tracksuits available to order at a cost of €15 up to the age of 12 and €18 for 12 years and over. Please contact Jacqueline for more details. Last date for orders is Friday 18th of May.

Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp:
Once again this year the Cúl Camp will be taking place in Páirc na nGael from Monday 9th of July to Friday 13th of July.
Kelloggs 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. Each child receives a FREE Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp Kit and Kit Bag. 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 €40 for third and forth child. You can now book on line at Jacqueline for more information.Save €5 per child when you register online. See promotional packs of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies for 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 to and click on the ” Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information.

Church Gate Collection:

The Club wishes to thank all those who gave to our church gate collection last weekend. As always your support is greatly appreciated.

Junior B
Athea 0–9  Mountcollins  2–8

This was a very entertaining game played in Mountcollins on Tuesday night last, when we had 19 players on duty. We started very well and raced into a 3 point lead but Mountcollins fought back and by half time they led 1–7 to 0–7. Raymond Brouder gave a man of the match display in that first half and also shining were John Geoghegan, Cillian O’Connor, Neilus Hunt and Brian Ahern. The second half was a much tighter affair with defences on top, our goalie Donal Woulfe made a couple of outstanding saves to deny the opposition. John Cotter got the score of the match with a fantastic left legged effort from 35 meters after a mazy solo run to leave us just a point behind 0–9 to 1–7 with 15 mins left. Mountcollins finished the scoring with a late goal as we attacked at every opportunity leaving gaps at the back. Overall we played some good football and it was good to have a few guys back who haven’t played football in a while. Next game is against
St. Kierans at home more details later. Team:  Donal Woulfe, Philip Woulfe, Sean Ahern, Mike Ahern, Stephen McKenery, Raymond Brouder, Thomas Sexton, Neilus Hunt,(0-1) John Geoghegan,  Eoghan Nash, Cillian O’Connor,(0–3), Emmet White,(0–1), John Cotter,(0–2), Denis Collins, Brian Ahern,(0–2) subs, Mike Hayes, Dan McMahon, Sean Liston and John Hunt.



We play our next league game this Friday eve at 7.30pm in Athea against Na Piarsaigh

Junior B

Our next game in the league is against St. Kieran’s in Athea on Thurs 24th @ 7.30pm


Golf Society

Our outing to Castletroy Golf Club on Saturday last was a great success. The sun shone down on a very well kept course with greens in perfect condition.
The winners on the day were:
Cat A:    1st Stephen Reidy,  2nd Eoin Lenihan
Cat. B:   Michael O’Connor
Cat C:    Iarla O’Mahony
Mike Flynn won the Long Drive and Noel Barry was Nearest the Pin

Night Out and Draw
Our annual get together takes place at the Top of the Town on Friday next, May 18th. Highlight of the night will be the draw for prizes in the raffle, organised by the society, for Brú Columbanus, the charity that provides accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients.
Each member of the society was given a draw card to fill and to date we have had a great response. Along with the draw there will be entertainment with Jim and Joe and there will of course be plenty to eat. Everybody is welcome.


Tommy White congratulating Stephen Reidy who was the overall winner of Athea Golf Society's competition in Castletroy last Saturday


Community Games

Our annual sports day will be held on Sunday next, May 20 in the High Field (weather permitting) beginning at 2 pm.  There will be events for children of all ages from tiny tots to Under 16’s.  The girls Under 14 and boys Under 12 long puck and the boys and girls long jump Under 14 will also be held on the day.  Novelty races will also be organised.  These events are for all children living in the parish so please come along for a great family day out – your support would be much appreciated.

On Wednesday last Katie Byrne and Kathlin Enright travelled to Foynes to compete in the gymnastics event.  Congratulations to both girls for winning medals – Katie Byrne came 4th in the Under 8’s and Kathlin Enright did Athea proud coming 1st in the under 10’s category.  Kathlin now goes forward to represent Limerick County in Athlone in August.

On Sunday last the Under 11 mixed basketball team travelled to Foynes where they had a fantastic result coming 2nd place.  Well done to all involved.

Also on Sunday the Under 12 Futsal team travelled to Limerick to compete in the next rounds of the competition where they had a great result coming 4th – more details to follow next week.

Anyone interested in entering the Swimming event or Under 12/Under 14 cycling on grass event please contact Liz O’Brien Secretary on 087 6179854 before Tuesday 22nd May.