Athea G.A.A.

Greaney Captain of Athea
receiving the West Final Plaque from the West Board Chairman Pat O’ Donnell


The Athea minors collected their second U18 title of the season when they defeated St Senan’s in Askeaton last Thursday evening. We had to line out without county minor star Mark O’Connor who remains on the injured list, but hopefully will be recovered for the county semi-final. We took an early lead thanks to two massive long range frees from Ryan Carroll. We dominated in  most areas of the field and up front Maurice Hayes, Jamie Sheehan, Jamie O’Brien and Denis Greaney all kicked points. With five minutes left in the half a quality move started by Dylan Griffin and Gary Vaughan at the back saw Jamie Sheehan gain possession and he brilliantly chipped the keeper from twenty yards. We led 1 07 to 0 01 at the break. St Senan’s came into the game in the second half but points from Sheehan and Hayes saw us remain in charge. Defenders Shane Mulvihill and Thomas Sexton also got their names on the scoreboard with two fantastic points. The highlight of this half were two great goals finished brilliantly by Kevin Murphy and Kevin O’Mahony, the move for both goals was started by two accurate kick-outs from Jonathan Fitzgerald. The final score was Athea 3 12  St Senan’s 2 06. Afterwards captain Denis Greaney received a West Board trophy for the second time this summer.

Panel: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dan Mullane, Dylan Griffin, Thomas Sexton, Mark O’Connor, William Mullane, Jamie O’Brien, Gary Vaughan, Denis Greaney, Shane Mulvihill, Kevin O`Mahony, Kevin Murphy, Ryan Carroll, Maurice Hayes, Jamie Sheehan, Sonny Sheehan, Jason Daly-Flaherty, Eoin Horgan, Michael Mullane. Well done to Noel Barry who has led this team to their third title in two years.


U21 12 a side

Athea v Granagh-Ballingarry, Saturday 15th September in Knockaderry at 5pm.


We would like to thank Gerard Whites Bar for their continued support and sponsorship again this year.


Athea Minor Team with Manager Noel Barry

 Athea Utd. Soccer

Division 1 League (September 9th)
Askeaton       (2) 2
Athea Utd A  (0) 2   Ger Ahern, Martin Chawke

Team: Ryan Carroll, Michael Reidy, Jamie Collins, Padraig Reidy, Martin Chawke, Kevin O’Keeffe, Padraig Horgan,  Ger Collins, Joe Vaughan, Gerard Ahern, Cillian O’Connor. Sub used: John Cotter. Referee P O’Connor.
U14 Division 1 (September 10th)
Abbeyfeale Utd A  (2) 3
Athea Utd              (0) 1  Liam McAuliffe

Team: Timothy Tierney,  David O’Sullivan, Michael Dalton, Michael Ambrose, Shane Ambrose, Liam McAuliffe, Cillian Liston, Sean Ryan, Shane Dalton, John Sexton, Mark McAuliffe. Subs: Gerry Barrett, Cathal O’Brien, Daniel McEldowney. Referee J Roche.
There is no change to the cost of club membership with the membership from the 2011-12 season being applied to the upcoming 2012-13 season
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
Youths €35 per player.
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.
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.
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 membership paid. All managers are to collect the respective membership and to implement this club policy.
Well done to James Ryan and William Sexton who have being selected on the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme for the coming season. Both players impressed during last season and again at the SFAI Kennedy Cup in UL last June. As a result of their performances in UL they were invited for assessment over a five week period in July and following on from this have being selected for the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme. Training for them begins next Monday in Celtic Park, Killarney which is one of the twelve FAI centres in the country that train U15 players to play to international standards and are under the guidance U15 International Manager Niall Harrison. We wish both the very best for their season ahead with the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme.
Two players from last seasons youths team are currently playing U19 League of Ireland, namely Maurice Hayes and Gavin Dillon. Maurice signed with Wexford Youths and has started both of their games so far against Limerick FC and Galway Utd. Indeed he scored one of his sides goals in their opening day defeat away to Limerick FC while setting up three in Wexford’s 6-2 win over Galway. Gavin signed with Limerick FC earlier in the summer and came on as a sub in Limerick FC’s opening day win at home to Wexford Youths and was in their squad for the game away to Athlone Town last night (11th Sept).
Sunday, September 16th
Junior As home to Glantine at 11.30am
Junior Bs away to Knockaderry at 2.30pm
U/10s on Thursdays 6 to 7.15pm
U/14s on Mondays 6 to 7pm.
U/12s on Wednesdays 7 to 8pm.
Junior As & Bs Fridays 7-10pm
(All players confirm with relevant managers)

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 10th at Whites Bar are as follows:
Jackpot was €5300. Numbers drawn 21, 25, 28, 269. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to Agatha Barrett, Athea. Madge Duggan, Ardagh. Yvonne Chawke, Gortnagross. Mary McMahon, Upper Athea. Agatha Barrett, Markievicz Park.
Sellers: Agatha & Brouder’s Shop. New jackpot will be €5400 on Monday, September 17th at Donie’s.


 Athea Coiste na nÓg

Upcoming Fixtures for the month of August:

Friday 14th of September:


Athea U10s have a Blitz on Friday 14th of September at home at 6.30pm. Players to be at the field for 6.10pm.

Saturday 15th


Athea U12s will be playing in UL this weekend. More details later.



Athea U14’s County Shield final date and Venue to be confirmed.

Friday 28th of September:


Athea U8’s have a Blitz on Friday 28th of September Venue and time to be confirmed.


U6’s & U8’s  Friday 14th of September:

Training for U6’s & U8’s continues this Friday evening the 14th of September from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

U12’s & U13s Thursday 13th of September:

There is training this week for U12s & U13s on Thursday evening at 7pm.

U14’s Wednesday 12th of September:

Training for U14’s continues Wednesday 5th of September from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players to be at the field for 6:25pm.

Predict the score Fundraiser:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be running predict the score for the All Ireland Football Final between Mayo and Donegal. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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.


Well done to Athea Minors and their management who defeated St. Senan’s in the 12-A-side West Final on Thursday evening last. A great team performance by Athea gave them victory on a score line of Athea 3-12, St. Senan’s 2-05.