Athea GAA


Feale Rangers narrowly lost out in the West U21 A Final last Saturday, losing by one point to Strand [combination of Monagae / Kileedy].

After a good first half display and taking a six point lead into the break, signs were good that a win was on the cards. The half time score read 1-5 to 0-2 points. Points were exchanged between the teams in the first 10 mins after the break and we still maintained the lead but it was all Strand for the next fifteen minutes. Strand scored  1-04 without reply to take a one point lead. A few defensive errors allowed Strand convert points in front of the post and we also began to lose the midfield battle.

We levelled matters on the 21st minute but three more points from Strand and a killer goal with 4mins remaining put a six point deficit for us to claw back. Our boys didn’t give up the fight and we pulled a goal back from captain Tom McCarthy, and two pointed frees from James Brouder brought it back to a one point game. We were in injury time at this stage and we tried to win the last kick-out but strand cleared the ball and the game was up. This was disappointing and equally frustrating as Feale Rangers were the better footballing team on the day and should have closed the game out. Final Score 2-09 to 2-10. Naturally the players and management are disappointed but the Athea boys must now focus attention on the West 12 a side Final which will be played this Saturday in Mick Neville Park at 6pm. Let’s hope we have better luck here.

Scorers: James Brouder [MT] 1-4, Tom McCarthy [MT] 1-1, Pa Delee [MT] 0-2, Kevin Murphy 0-2

Team: 1. Jonathan Fitzgerald, 2. William Fitzgerald [MT], 3. Denis Greaney, 4. Shane Mulvihill, 5. Cian O’ Sullivan [MT], 6. Stephen Cahill [MT], 7. Gary Vaughan, 8. Jason Quille, 9. Tom McCarthy [MT], 10. Ryan Carroll, 11. Pa Delee [MT], 12. Darren Murphy, 13. James Brouder [MT], 14. Matthew Brouder [MT], 15. Kevin Murphy. Subs used: Kevin Mahony for Ryan Carroll.     


West 12 a side Final

Athea V Granagh-Ballingarry in Mick Neville Park @ 6pm this Saturday 1st December


A Special General Meeting for Club Members is to be held this Saturday evening December 1st at 8.30pm at the Club House. All members are requested to attend.

Club Draw

Our next club draw takes place this Saturday evening in Brown Joe’s.

Old Photographs

The Club are currently collecting old photographs, match programmes, match reports etc. If anyone has any of these items from any decade we would appreciate if you would contact a club member. We will make a copy and return the originals. It is hoped to display the items in the meeting room. For more details please contact Denis Collins 087-2957387. Lal Browne 087-2725404 or John Hunt 087-7875378.

Athea Coiste na nÓg

West Limerick Primary Schools Teams:

Well done to Micheál Dalton who was a member of the West Limerick Primary Schools Team that won the Sarsfield Cup in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday evening last. Micheál is a very talented young footballer and played very well in the Semi-final and Final.


U6’s & U8’s  Friday 30th November:

This will be the last week of training for our U6’s & U8’s in the Community Hall on Friday evening 30th of November. U6’s will be on from 6pm to 7pm and U8’s will be from 7pm to 8pm. There is a €1 charge per child.

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.

Fundraising Calendar:

This year the club are producing a new 12 page calendar to help raise funds for the club. We would like to say a Big Thank you to everyone that sponsored a page of the calendar. It will be jam packed with a wide variety of photos which were taking throughout the year. These will be on sale shortly at a cost of €5 each and would make a lovely Christmas present for anyone living at home or abroad.

Athea United Soccer

U10 Division 3 (November 24th)

Pallaskenry (3) 4
Athea Utd B (1) 2 TJ Hunt, Andrew O’Riordan

Team: Daire O’Shea, Conor Mullane, Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, TJ Hunt, Andrew O’Riordan, Pierce O’Brien, Michael Walsh, Shane Scanlon, Dermot Pierse, Fergal Pierse.  


Sunday, December 2nd

Junior As away to Askeaton in the league cup at 11.30am.


Bs home to Knockaderry at 2.30pm 


U/8s on Wednesdays in the hall 6 to 7pm

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 Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm

(All players confirm with relevant managers)


Athea Utd congratulates Eoin O’Shea who has being selected for the Limerick Desmond League U11 Academy having impressed at the recent league trials which incidentally were held at The Vales. Over the coming months Eoin will train with the Limerick Desmond League and all at the club wish him the best in the year ahead.


All at the club wish U14 player Sean Ryan a very speedy recovery from his injury and hope to see him back playing at The Vales very soon.


Athea Utd AFC in conjunction with Adrenalin Sport are pleased to announce details of some news that will be of interest to all the players in the club. Currently we are distributing Discount Cards from Adrenalin Sports to all our players. The Discount Cards allows you to a 15% reduction off all regular stock at any of its outlets in Abbeyfeale (Main Street) or in Newcastle West (Upper Maiden Street or Lower Maiden Street). In addition the Discount Card allows you a 10% reduction on any sale stock in either outlets. So we would urge players that are looking to at purchasing any sports attire to support the local Adrenalin Sports outlets.


We completed week ten on Sunday last and as a result of Arsenals dull draw away to Aston Villa and Newcastle going down tamely to lowly Southampton we had three more fallers. Consequently we have three left in contention who have a chance of winning our last man standing competition sponsored by Leo Geoghegan of Gale Foods, Athea and again we thank Leo for the generous sponsorship. The coming games, which are midweek fixtures are as follows-

FA Premier League Midweek Fixtures are as follows

Sunderland v QPR (Tue @ 7.45pm)

Aston Villa v Reading (Tue @ 8pm)

Chelsea v Fulham (Wed @ 7.45pm)

Everton v Arsenal (Wed @ 7.45pm)

Southampton v Norwich (Wed @ 7.4pm)

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed @ 7.45pm)

Swansea v West Brom (Wed @ 7.45pm)

Tottenham v Liverpool (Wed @ 7.45pm)

Man Utd v West Ham (Wed @ 8pm)

Wigan v Man City (Wed @ 8pm) 


Following the very successful tournament held last Christmas Athea Utd are organizing a 7 a side tournament on the Astro Turf at The Vales on  St Stephen’s Day. First game at 11.30a.m sharp. Funds raised will go towards The Great Ormond St Childrens Hospital/Josh O’Mahony Fund and Athea Utd Schoolboys.

The tournament is open to players with an Athea connection from 17 years upwards and the teams will be a mixture of current players, ex players, over 35s and ladies. Last year we had 80 players taking part between the quarter finals, semi finals and final.

All interested should give their names and €10 entry fee to Kevin O’Keeffe, Tim O’Riordan, Pa Walsh or John Hunt before Sunday night, December 2nd.

On this night the teams will be picked.


No late entries will be accepted.

Trophies for the winners and runners up, player of the tournament, best goal, best save and worst miss are being generously sponsored by The Top of The Town, Athea.

To jog the memory last year’s winning team was Gerard Ahern, Matthew Tierney, Jason Quille, Mark Horgan, Mick O’Connor, Roger Ryan, Ian Murphy and Donal Pierce.



The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, November 26th at Peadar’s Bar are as follows –

Jackpot was €6400. Numbers drawn 6, 10, 17, 21. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to Majella Duggan, Ardagh. Paddy Molyneaux c/o Agatha. Mary Condon, Croom. Katie O’Donnell, Ardagh. Paul Fahy c/o Peadars.
Sellers Agatha & Pa Walsh.
New jackpot will be €6500 on Monday, December 3rd at The Top of the Town.