Athea United Soccer

U10 Cup 1st Round (February 24th)
Athea Utd     (3) 3   Eoin O’Shea, Gavin Ambrose, own goal

Abbeyfeale Utd B  (0) 1

Our tens progressed to the second round of the tens cup after a deserved three one win at home to Abbeyfeale Utd B last Saturday morning. All the Athea goals came in the first half and all from set pieces. The opening goal came when a corner from the right was played to the back post where a defender under pressure put the ball into his own net. Athea continued to press and from another corner Eoin O’Shea drilled home a fine goal from the edge of the area inside the left hand post. Having scored the previous week against Glantine Gavin Ambrose got his second in as many games with a quality strike that gave the keeper no chance to make it three nil before half time. The second half was closer with the visitors getting one back with five minutes left but Athea were always in control of this cup tie and in round two we will be away to Granagh Utd A. Best for Athea were Gearoid O’Sullivan, Gavin Ambrose, Brandon Finucane and Eoin O’Shea.

Team: TJ Hunt, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Brandon Finucane, Michael Tierney, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Paric Enright, Amy Ryan,  Pierse O’Brien, Andrew O’Riordan, Conor Mullane. Referee Donie Wallace

Division 3 League Cup SF 2nd Leg (February 24th)
Athea Utd B    (1) 3   Steven McEnery (2), Mark Horgan.
Ballingarry B   (0) 0

(Athea Utd B win 7-2 on agg)  

Last Sunday the Bs secured their place in the division three league cup final after a three nil win at home to Ballingarry B in the second leg of the league cup semi-final, thus giving us a seven two aggregate win. Like I said last week we had to be focussed and show plenty concentration in order to progress to the final and this we did and once Steven McEnery put us in front on thirty two minutes the outcome wasn’t in doubt. Prior to our opening goal we had come very close when Mike McCarthy hit a brilliant free kick from thirty yards smacked off the crossbar. In general that first half was very even with the visitors having one good effort on goal that was well saved my Timmy Enright. The second half was more open as the visitors had to chase the tie and this left them open to counter attacks from the home side. This is how it turned out as our two second half goals came from such scenarios, the first of these
coming from sub Mark Horgan as he beat the keeper to a through ball with the third goal scored by McEnery who showed composure to take the ball around the keeper and fire home his second of the game. So overall a deserved win and one which sees the Bs into another league cup final where we will meet Knockaderry.

Team: Timmy Enright, Raymond Brouder, Tom Greaney Sean McGrath, Jason Quille, Gary Carroll, Pa Kiely, Eoghan Nash, John Geoghegan, Mike McCarthy, Steven McEnery. Subs used Shane Mulvihill, Mark Horgan and Beanie Referee Jim Molyneaux..

U8 Friendly (February 24th)
Carrig Cel      (1) 3   Athea Utd      (0) 0

Last Sunday we played away to Carrig Celtic in an eights friendly. Athea started well but before half time Carrig went in front and it remained one nil to the homeside at half time. Athea had a decent amount of the ball in the second half but couldn’t beat the Carrig keeper while they scored two more goals. Well done to both teams.

Team: Fergal Pierce, James Lee, James Broderick, Callum Buckley, Dylan Steward, Evan Curry, Cillian O’Connor, James Hunt, Ciaran Hunt.

Sunday, March 3rd 

Junior As away to Carrig Celtic in the Desmond Cup at 2pm.
Junior Bs away to Ferry Rangers in the Desmond Cup at 2pm

All players check with respective managers for confirmation of training times.

Athea Utd Soccer Club were Bag Packing in Super Valu Listowel last Saturday, February 23rd. The club would like to sincerely thank all the people who helped the club by giving of their time last Saturday, this is very much appreciated and again we say a very big thanks. Also a huge thanks to Super Valu, Listowel and their management for permitting us to have our Bag Packing there last Saturday and to their staff who were most helpful and of course the general public who gave us great support and we thank them for that. .

Once again it’s the time of the year to start to think about the FAI Summer Soccer Schools and like previous years Athea Utd will be hosting one at The Vales from Monday, July 22ndto Friday, July 26th. All the camps are open to all boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 14. All head coaches and coaches are FAI Accredited and are also Garda Vetted as is FAI policy. Cost per participant is €65 with a €10 family discount for each additional brother/sister attending the same camp. We will have further details in the coming weeks so watch this space.

The club extends its deepest sympathy to the family, relations and friends of Thady Quaid, Dirreen, Athea and Ballybunion who passed away suddenly last week.

We also extend our sympathy to Noel Shields and family on the recent passing of his mother,

May the light of heaven be theirs.


The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, February 25th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €7600. Numbers drawn 3, 5, 26, 31. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following –   Dick Chawke, Gortnagross. Mary Mulvihill, Markievicz Park. Gearoid Keane, Duagh. Pa Quinn, Upper Athea. Tom & Jack Junior c/o Brown Joes.
Sellers Doreen & Mike Buckley.
New jackpot will be €7700 next Monday night, March 4th at The Top of the Town.

Athea GAA


The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Quaid Family, Dirreen on the sudden passing of Thady Quaid last week. A strong GAA household. Thady won a County Junior Championship with Athea back in 1963. The final was incidentally played in the spring of ‘64. His brothers Tomas & Denis and his sons Tim & Mark have all worn the maroon and white and won honours with Athea down through the years.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis


The Club would like to congratulate Paul Collins on his engagement to Audrey Galvin of Finuge


Training continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays for Junior and Intermediates.


 Athea Coiste na nÓg

Coaches David O’Connor and John Hunt pictured with
Michéal Dalton who was a member of the West Limerick
Primary Schools team who won the Sarsfield Cup

Gum Shields:

Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouth guard in all Football Games and Football Training sessions from January 1st 2013 for all age grades up to and including Minor. The club by ordering in bulk can buy them for €5 each. If you wish to order one please contact Jacqueline.


We will be holding our Registration Day on Sunday the 3rd of March in the Clubhouse from 12pm to 1:30pm. Registration costs €15 for any U6 player, for U8’s up to U16’s it will be €25 for one child and €40 for a family of 2 or more children. Any child registering for the first time please bring a copy of their birth cert. The Club will offer a €10 refund to any parent that helps out the club with fundraising during the year. The winners of the colouring competition will be announced at 1pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Coiste na nÓg on line:

You can now view all our notes, 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:

Our new 12 page calendar to help raise funds for the club, is on sale now at a cost of €5 each. It is jam packed with a wide variety of photos which were taking throughout the year. The calendar would make a lovely present for anyone living at home or abroad. The calendars are available to buy from any of the coaches and at Rose’s shop.


Templeglantine GAA Club will be starting hurling training in the Con Colbert Sports Hall on this Friday March 1st for 4th, 5th and 6th class for 6pm-7pm and 1st, 2nd and 3rd class from 7pm -8pm. Indoor hurleys and helmets will be provided or you can bring your own helmet if you have one. There is a cost of €2 per lesson.

Athea Community Games

Community Games – Art Competition  & Handwriting Competitions

We would like to thank Margaret Watters and her staff for their support in hosting the recent Art and Handwriting competitions. We received 115 entries from the school pupils and were delighted with this amount of entries.  This would not have been possible without the cooperation of the school and staff.

We have had the entries independently judged and details of the winners are below.  The winners will go forward to represent Athea in the next round of the competition.

Church Gate Collection:

We would like to thank all those who contributed to our Church gate collection fundraiser last week-end, we raised €808.30, and would also like to thank all those who helped out with the collection.





Under 8 Girls

Under 8 Boys

1st Leigh Ann Mulvihill

1st Conor McDonagh

2nd Aishling Donovan

2nd Adam Sommers

Adelle O’Sullivan

3rd Ciarán Hunt

Under 10 Girls

Under 10 Boys

1st Densie Carmody

1st Jacob Connelly

2nd Tara Histon

2nd Robbie Woulfe

3rd Sarah Scanlon

3rd Gavin Mulvihill

Under 12 Girls

Under 12 Boys

1st Claire Carmody

1st Eoin Sheahan

2nd Shauna Scanlon

2nd Thomas McEnery

Joint 3rd Meadhbh Donovan

Joint 3rd Aibhilin Murphy

3rd Jack McCarthy

Under 14 Girls

Under 14 Boys

1st Ciara O’Shea

1st David O’Sullivan

2nd Grace Ryan

2nd John Sexton

3rd Emily Pierse

3rd Joseph Dalton


Group that participated in  the Community Games Quiz on Sunday 17th February in Shanagolden: Back row:  Cathal O' Brien, Ciara Hunt, Jade McMahon, Sinead Hunt.   Front row:  Niamh McDonagh, Catherine Lee. 

Group that participated in the Community Games Quiz on Sunday 17th February in Shanagolden:
Back row:  Cathal O’ Brien, Ciara Hunt, Jade McMahon, Sinead Hunt.   Front row:  Niamh McDonagh, Catherine Lee.