Athea United Soccer

Division 3 League (March 24th)
Athea Utd B     (0) 1  Steven McEnery

Ballingarry B   (0) 0

Team: Donal Woulfe, Raymond Brouder, Tom Greaney, Sean McGrath, Jason Quille, Mark Horgan, Pa Kiely, Eoghan Nash, Morgan O’Connor, Steven McEnery, Mike McCarthy.

Subs Gary Carroll, John Geoghegan.

Referee Paul O’Brien.

U10 Division 3 (March 23rd)
Granagh Utd B   (0) 0
Athea Utd           (0) 5     Andrew O’Riordan (2), TJ Hunt (2), Michael Tierney

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Brandon Finucane, Michael Tierney, Gearoid O’Sullivan, TJ Hunt, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan, Shane Scanlon, Darragh O’Shea, Paric Enright, Amy Ryan, Conor Mullane, Pierce O’Brien, Dermot Pierse, Fergal Pierse.

Sunday, March 31st 

Junior Bs home to Ballingarry B in the league at 2.30pm.

Monday, April 1st  

U10s away to Glantine at 2.30pm.


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

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 22nd to 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. Further details to follow very shortly so watch this space.


There will be a meeting at the clubhouse this Friday night, March 29th at 7pm.


The club congratulates PJ Hogan of the Limerick Desmond Junior League who got married last Saturday to Emer Feehan. Wishing the happy couple the very best in the future.


The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, March 25th at Batt’s Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €8000. Numbers drawn 2, 5, 7, 11.

No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – The Kid & Caroline c/o The Top of the Town. Maureen Begley, Croom. Sean Fitzgerald, Athea. Marie Buckley, Lower Athea. Marcella Barrett, Tallaght.
Sellers Doreen & Pat Hayes.
New jackpot will be €8100 next Monday night, April 1st at Donie’s.


Athea GAA

Saturday March 23:



Athea 2-12          Claughaun 2-08

We recorded a win in our opening game of 2013 where we defeated Claughaun in the County League on a score of 2-12 to 2-08.

The game was played in Claughaun and the pitch conditions were quite good given the bad weather we were experiencing. With it being our first competitive game, it was a good display overall by the players and with the amount of chances we created, our score could have been even higher. We trailed by a point at half time on a score 1-06 to 2-04. Our opening half scores came Pa Ahern with 1-02, two points from Tommy Greaney and a point each from Jamie Collins and Sean McGrath. Points were exchanged between teams in the second half with Michael Reidy adding a point and two points from Pa Ahern but we still trailed by a point heading into the last 10 minutes of the game. We finished the stronger scoring 1-03 with Claughaun just registering a point. A goal from Pa Ahern who finished well on the edge of the square. We followed with a point from Kevin O’Keeffe and two more from Pa Ahern to leave four points between us at the final whistle. It is good to get a win on your first day out. We did however concede 2-08 in this game so we will need to tighten up on our marking going into the next match.

Team: Timmy Enright, Shane Tierney, Matthew Tierney, Michael Reidy (0-1), Paul Collins, Martin Chawke, Denis Greaney, Conor Mullane, Tom Collins, Morgan O’ Connor, Jamie Collins (0-01), Mark O’ Connor, Sean McGrath, Pa Ahern (2-07) & Tommy Greaney (0-02). Subs: Patrick Kiely for Paul Collins [injury], Kevin O’Keeffe (0-01) for Mark O’Connor [injury], Raymond Brouder for Conor Mullane and Gerard Ahern for Sean McGrath.


Saturday March 30:

Intermediates League Round 2: We are at home to Gerald Griffins this coming Saturday evening March 30th at 5.00pm in Páirc na nGael.


Minors: Minors training will continue this Thursday evening March 28th from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in Páirc na nGael. All players are asked to attend and to wear gum shields.

Limerick Development Draw:

Our draw promoters are out and about selling tickets for this year’s Limerick Development Draw. By supporting this draw it is a great means of fundraising for both club and the County. Half of the sales of the tickets will be given back to the Club and the other half go to the County board which is used primarily for the coaching of the underage teams in the County. Tickets cost €100 for the year or €10 per draw. Please contact any member of the committee if you would like to buy a ticket.

1st: €15,000  2nd: €5,000    3rd: €2,000   4th: €1,000

5th: €500    6th: €500   7th: €500   8th:  €500

9th-28th: €250.

Special Prizes:

June Draw: 2 Munster Football Final tickets plus €100 and 2 Munster Hurling Final tickets plus €100.

April & June Draws: 2 All Ireland Hurling Final Tickets plus B&B and one evening meal in the Croke Park Hotel.

May & July Draws:  2 All Ireland Football Final Tickets plus B&B and one evening meal in the Croke Park Hotel.


Athea Coiste na nÓg:

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.

Coiste na nÓg on line:

You can now view all our notes, fixtures 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.


Monday March 25:


Our U16’s made the long journey to take on Ballybrown in the first round of the league .On a very cold night, a strong home team built up a big lead  despite the best efforts of all our boys in the first half. In the second half we were much improved, our backs were tighter and our forwards were moving much better.  The highlight for Athea was a super goal scored by Jason Kelly mid-way through the second half, followed shortly after by a point from Padraic Walsh. The coaches were delighted with the way the team played in the second half, despite a mountain to climb they never dropped their heads and kept going till the final whistle. Their next match is at home to Glin next Monday evening April 1st and all support would be greatly appreciated. Team: Timothy Tierney, Padraig O’Sullivan, Jason Dalton, Conor Fitzgerald, Paul Mahony, Tommy Quaid, Killian O’Donoghue, Padraic Walsh, Brian O’ Connor, Jason Kelly, Jack Denihan, Tony McAuliffe, JJ Sheehy, Joey Kelly, William McEnery, Daire Horgan & Jack Vaughan.



Wednesday March 27:

U15: Athea U15’s are away to St. Mary’s/Sean Finns on this Wednesday evening March 27th at 6.15pm. Cars will leave the village at 5.15pm sharp.

Monday April 1:

U16: Athea U16’s are at home to Glin on Monday evening April 1st at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 6.15pm.

Wednesday April 3:

U15: Athea U15’s are at home to Ballybricken/Bohermore on Wednesday evening  April 3rd at 6:30pm. Players to be at the field for 6pm.


Thursday March 28:

U12: Training for U12’s will commence this Thursday evening March 28th in Páirc na nGael from 5pm to 6pm for this week only. All players are asked to attend. For any player who has not registered they can do so on the night.

Tuesday April 2:

U14: Training for U14’s will continue next Tuesday evening April 2nd in Páirc na nGael from 6pm to 7pm. All players are asked to attend. For any player who has not registered they can do so on the night.

Friday April 5:

U6: Training for U6’s will commence on Friday evening April 5th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Any player who has not registered can do so on the night. All players need to wear gum shields and can be purchased from the Club for €5. For any player who has not registered they can do so on the night.

U8: Training for U8’s will commence on Friday evening April 5th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Any player who has not registered can do so on the night. All players need to wear gum shields and can be purchased from the Club for €5. For any player who has not registered they can do so on the night.

U10: Training for U10’s will continue Friday evening April 5th in Páirc na nGael from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. For any player who has not registered they can do so on the night.


For any player who has not registered with the club, you can still do so by contacting John Hunt or Jacqueline. 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.


Limerick Senior footballers are almost guaranteed promotion to Division three following a narrow one point victory over London in Ruislip on Sunday last. Limerick were very impressive in the first half and were five points up by half time, thanks to a John Riordan goal in the 14th minute. In the second half London were much improved and came back at Limerick but the Shannon siders held on for a one pint win on a scoreline of Limerick 1-09, London 1-08. Another plus for Limerick was the return of John Galvin to action when he came on in the 66th minute of the second half.