Athea Utd


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.
As June 15th has elapsed bookings will now 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 club will again be giving a €30 camp refund and this applies to players who are going to the camp and who were registered with and played for the club in the past year. This refund will be paid out in the weeks after the camp is finished.

The results of our lottery draw for Monday, July 9th at JP’s are as follows
Jackpot was €4400. Numbers drawn

1, 10, 14, 28. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to Alma O’Connor, Athea. Eilish Hough, Dromcolligher. Catherine Madigan, Ardagh. Anna Haslam c/o Tom O’Connor.
Jim Lane, Abbeyfeale.
Sellers Agatha & John Horgan.
New jackpot will be €4500 on Monday, July 16th at The Top of the Town.

 Athea Coiste na nÓg



Athea 5 -7 (22)  St. Kieran’s 3-5 (14)

Athea U16’s travelled to Coolcappagh on Monday evening last to take on St. Kieran’s in a league playoff. Following a great team performance Athea emerged winners at the final whistle with great scores coming from Lorcan McAuliffe, Joey Kelly, Jason Kelly, James Ryan, Padraic Walsh, William Sexton, Jack Denihan and Tommy Quaid. We now meet Shamrock Gaels in the next round of the playoffs next Tuesday evening in Páirc na nGael. All support would be greatly appreciated.  Team: Kieran Harnett, Jason Dalton, Killian O’ Donoghue, Tommy Quaid, William Mullane, James Ryan, William Sexton, Padraic Walsh, Paul Mahony, Jason Kelly, Jack Denihan, Joey Kelly, Lorcan McAuliffe, Thomas Flaherty & Tony McAuliffe.


Upcoming Fixtures for the month of July:

Thursday 12th of July:

Athea U12’s are away to Adare on Thursday evening 12th of July. Cars leaving the village at 5:45pm.

Friday 13th of July:

Athea U10’s have a blitz in Mick Neville Park on Friday evening 13th of July at 6:30pm. Cars leaving the village at 5:30pm.

Tuesday 17th of July:

Athea U16’s are at home to Shamrock Gaels on Tuesday evening 17th of June at 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday 18th of July:

Athea U14’s are at home to Mungret St.Pauls on Wednesday evening 18th of June at 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 7pm.

Thursday 26th of July:


Athea U12’s are away to Granagh/Ballingarry on Thursday evening 26th of July. Cars leaving the village at 5:45pm.

Friday 27th of July:

Athea U8’s have a blitz in Mick Neville Park on Friday evening 27th of July. Cars leaving the village at 6pm.



U12’s Wednesday 11th of July:

There is no U12 training this week.

U6’s & U8’s Friday 13th of July:

Training for U6’s & U8’s continues this Friday evening 13th of July from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.


There is no U14 training next week.


Training for U16’s is on Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 2:25pm..


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.


Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp:

The Cúl camp is taking place this week with up to 50 boys and girls taking part in what has been a very enjoyable and fun filled few days so far. Hopefully the weather will stay good for us.


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.


Junior B West Championship.

Athea 0–8  Drombroadford 1-12

This game was played in Tournafulla on Thursday July 5th, we had a very good turn out of players with 22 togged out for duty. We trailed at half time 0–8 to 0–4, but reduced the deficit to 0-10 to 0–8 with ten minutes remaining. At this stage we were right in it but a combination of a goal for Drom and having a man sent off finished our chances. Overall the team played some good football and if we had Ray Brouder who was unavailable through illness we could easily have won. Best on the night were Jonathan Fitzgerald, Gary Carroll, Brian Ahern, Neilus Hunt, John Geoghegan and Paul Matthews. We are due to play Cappagh next, but rumour has it they have withdrawn, if so our next game is against Knockaderry. Team: Donal Woulfe, Mike Ahern, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Shane Tierney, Thomas Sexton, Brian Ahern, Gary Carroll, Neilus Hunt, Colm Hassett, Jamie O’ Brien, Tom Hassett, John Geoghegan, Patrick Kiely, Denis Collins, Paul Matthews, subs, Tony Missorici, Dan McMahon, Liam O’ Brien, Eoghan McCarthy, Brian Murphy, Paul Griffin & Mike Hayes.

 Athea Golf Society

Our next outing is to Limerick Golf Club on Saturday July 21st. A meeting to make arrangements will be held at the Top of the Town on Tuesday 17th at 9pm. Tee times start at 11.15.

As this is a team event it is important that all intending to travel have their names in before the meeting so that a draw for partners can bAe made.

We look forward to playing this course for the first time.


Maura O’Connor Dalton

Maura O’Connor Dalton has been a huge loss to Athea and will continue to be missed for years to come by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. 45 years old is far too short a life for someone who had so much to offer and her two children, husband, mother, brothers and sisters will be all too aware of the injustice of it all. This piece is just a short reminder to those who had forgotten about just how good she was at sport back in the eighties. Athea Youth Club was very strong at the time and there was an All-Ireland Youth Club soccer competition which the local club entered. Even though they were unsuccessful the first time it made them even more determined the next year. Maura was an integral part of that team and also won numerous titles with the Tarbert School in basketball & table tennis. The competitive streak in her meant that she retained her place on the Athea boys U-14 team until the rules didn’t allow her to play any longer.

The second year they entered the U-16 competition for the Youth Club they decided to train 2 to 3 nights a week, which was unheard of those days. They trained in Tarbert and did the Church Road ring at least twice a week. All their preparation paid off in the end when they were the youngest team ever to bring home an All-Ireland title to Athea.

They repeated the feat later at U-19 level thanks in no small measure to the determination and athleticism of Maura. There were scenes of great jubilation when the girls returned to Athea with the All-Ireland Cup.

Maura was also a talented set dancer and won county titles partnered by Mossie Woulfe. She was also very artistic throughout her life and only recently started her own home-made personalised greeting card business. Maura was a very special person.


U-16 Team Helen Stapleton, Maura O’Connor, Esther Barrett, Angela Brouder, Maggie Murphy, Caroline Griffin, Dympna Brouder. Trainers: Seamus McNamara & Sean Hassett.


U-19Team Helen Stapleton, Maura O’Connor, Esther Barrett, Catriona Hunt, Chris Brouder, Dympna Brouder, Maggie Murphy