Athea United Soccer

Division 3 League (March 31st)
Athea Utd B v Ballingarry B, walkover to Athea Utd B.
Last Sunday was another important one for the club and our B team as a win at home to Ballingarry B would see us promoted to Division 2 of the Desmond League and promotion for the B’s in successive seasons.
Around noon news broke that Ballingarry B would be giving us a walkover which was disappointing as we wanted to get promotion on the pitch but we still will take the three points.
U10 Division 3 (April 1st)
Glantine     (0) 1
Athea Utd  (1) 3    Paric Enright (2), Andrew O’Riordan.

The tens made the short trip to Glantine on Easter Monday afternoon looking to keep their good season going and this they did with a three one win. We were a goal to the good at half time thanks to a fine effort from Paric Enright and early in the second half the midfielder got his and our second with an equally fine goal. Midway through the second half Andrew O’Riordan made it three nil to seal the points before Glantine got one back at the end.
Team: 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, Pierce O’Brien.
Saturday, April 6th
U10s away to Kildimo Utd at 2pm.
Sunday, April 7th
Junior As away to Glantine in the league at 11.30am.
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.
All participants will receive an eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools full Umbro kit, backpack and football along with a certificate of participation at the end of the week.
The camps run from 10.30am to 3pm daily from Monday to Friday and that’s five fun filled days packed with top quality coaching. The FAI are proud to have one of the highest standards of child safety and welfare maintained on all their camps with all participants constantly supervised as well as all coached Garda Vetted.
BOOKING: To book a place on any of the eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools log onto or call 1890 653 653.
ONLINE BOOKING OFFER: Book online early to receive a free adult and child ticket to a Senior International game at The Aviva Stadium.  If you book two children at the same camp get two free child tickets with adult ticket for a Senior International game at The Aviva Stadium.
Booking three children you will get three free tickets etc.
Athea Utd extends its sincere sympathies to John Redmond and family, Lower Athea on the recent death of his mother Joan Redmond, Mallow, Co. Cork. May She Rest In Peace.

The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, April 1st at Donie’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €8100. Numbers drawn 10, 11, 15, 18.

No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Marie Buckley, Lower Athea. Peg O’Keeffe, Coole West. Eamon O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill. Paul McKenna, Lyreacrompane. Denise Deegan, Rosbrien.
Sellers Agatha & Margaret Reidy.
New jackpot will be €8200 next Monday night, April 8th at JP’s.


Athea GAA

Saturday March 30th



Athea 0-11          Gerald Griffins 0-04

There was good support for the Athea Intermediates in Páirc na nGael on Saturday evening last as we beat Gerald Griffins in Round 2 of the County League on a scoreline 0-11 to 0-4.  We led at the break 0-5 to 0-1 with scores from Conor Mullane, Patrick Ahern, Denis Greaney and two points from Gerard Ahern. Gerald Griffins notched up 3 points after the break and with a pointed free from Gerard Ahern, the score now read 0-6 to 0-4. Aided with a strong breeze, we pushed on to score 5 points without reply. A point from Jamie Collins and four from the boot of Gerard Ahern who was our free taker on the night. Best on the night were Paul Collins, Tom Collins and  Gerard Ahern. Our next game is likely to be in the West Intermediate Competition next weekend where we face the winners of Fr.Caseys and Cappagh-Kilcornan.

Team lined out: Jason Quille, Shane Tierney, Matthew Tierney, Raymond Brouder, Denis Greaney (0-1), Paul Collins, Morgan O’ Connor, Tom Collins, Michael Reidy, Gerard Ahern (0-7), Jamie Collins (0-1), Kevin O’ Keeffe, Tommy Greaney, Patrick Ahern (0-1), Conor Mullane (0-1).


Junior B:

Thursday April 11:

Junior B’s are away to St. Senan’s on Thursday evening April 11th at 6.30pm in Foynes. Players to be at the field for 6pm.

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 ,results, 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.



Wednesday March27:                                                                                                                                                  


We started off our U15 league campaign with an away game against a strong Rathkeale team that we met in last years U14 final. Unfortunately we were missing four of the team that started the final, but the lads did not let this effect them and they put in a good performance for their first day out. Conditions were bitterly cold but both teams produced an entertaining game with a good standard of football. Rathkeale had the aid of a wind in the first half and put Athea under sustained pressure which was well contained by our full bank line of Conor Fitzgerald, Padraig O’Sullivan and the excellent Micheál Dalton. Timothy Tierney did well in goals and had good distance in his kick outs in these conditions. Work rate was keeping us in this game. Shane Dalton and John Sexton set the tone in our forwards as they put pressure on opponents and fought for every ball. Micheál Ambrose showed great example to team mates by putting his body on the line to made a heroic block and stop a goal bound shot. At times it was difficult to get out of our half but surging runs from James Ryan helped drive on the team and we grew in confidence. Fine interplay between Cillian Liston, JJ Sheehy and John Sexton down the right wing was starting to cause Rathkeale problems and we were rewarded for our efforts when we won a free which was converted by William Sexton. In the face of waves of Rathkeale attacks, Micheál Ambrose and Alan Kelly worked tirelessly in midfield to shield their defence and we ended the half down 0-2 to 0-1 against what was a dominant Rathkeale team. The efforts of our lads in the first half began to show as we tired and gave up a few scores. We continued to dig deep and Liam McAuliffe showed grit and determination in the tackle and made vital interceptions. Rathkeale got their goal from a thunderbolt free kick and to their credit our lads never dropped their heads. Shane Ambrose worked hard in full forward but we didn’t feed him enough ball and I’m sure we will see much better days from this very talented footballer. Donnacha McEnery, David Sheahan and William McEnery were introduced and their fresh legs had an immediate impact as we pressurised the Rathkeale defence and Brian Sheahan popped up with a well taken goal. We continued to show determination in challenging for every ball and were rewarded when Micheál Ambrose hit the back of the net with a rocked of a shot. At this stage momentum has shifted to Athea and Rathkeale were rattled however time was against us and we came up short by two points. Our lads can be proud of their efforts today as they fought right to the end which is a great sign in young players and hopefully will build on this as the year progresses. A big thanks you to everybody that helped get the kids to Rathkeale and helped support the lads today. Team: Timothy Tierney, Padraig O’Sullivan, Conor Fitzgerald, Micheál Dalton, Liam McAuliffe, James Ryan, Cillian Liston, Micheál Ambrose, Alan Kelly, Shane Dalton, William Sexton, JJ Sheehy, Brian Sheahan, Shane Ambrose, John Sexton, Donnacha McEnery, William McEnery & David Sheahan. 

Monday April 1st:


Athea U16’s played their first home match of the season in Páirc na nGael on a very cold and windy Monday evening last. Playing into a gale force wind  our team was on the back foot for most of the first half as a strong Glin side built up a big lead to leave Athea with a mountain to climb. The story could have been worse only for a super goal line save by Padraig O’ Sullivan midway through the half. With the wind at our backs and our defenders getting to grips with the opposition’s forwards we came more into the game in the second half. Paul Mahony showed great determination as his tackling broke up many of the Glin attacks. Tommy Quaid and Jason Dalton also played well on the night. Our forwards were now moving better and getting to the ball before their men. James Ryan playing at midfield was a constant threat and was rewarded when he scored two great points in this half and was unlucky not to score a goal only for a super save from the Glin goalkeeper. Shortly afterwards William Sexton brought the best out of the keeper again as he burst through their defence, with a fantastic shot that was saved by the out stretched leg of the Glin keeper. Padraic Walsh was busy as ever around the middle third of the field and scored a superb point from a free way out in the wing. Jack Denihan who also had a fine game scored a lovely point with a few minutes remaining. After a poor first half it was encouraging to see such a good improvement for the second half. We now play St. Kierans away in two weeks time. Team: Timothy Tierney, Padraig O’ Sullivan, Jason Dalton, William McEnery, Paul Mahony, Tommy Quaid, Killian O’ Donoghue, Padraic Walsh, James Ryan, Jack Denihan, Jason Kelly, Tony McAuliffe, JJ Sheehy, Joey Kelly, Lorcan McAuliffe, Daire Horgan, William Sexton, Shane Dalton, Donnacha McEnery & Jack Vaughan.


Wednesday April 10:

U15: Athea U15’s are at home to Killeedy on Wednesday evening  April 10th at 6.30pm. Players to be at the field for 6pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Monday April 15:

U16: Athea U16’s are away to St. Kierans on Monday evening April 15th at 6.45pm. Cars leaving the village at 5.45pm.


Thursday April 4:

U16: Training for U16’s continues this Thursday evening April 4th 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.

U12: Training for U12’s will continue this Thursday evening April 4th in Páirc na nGael from 7pm to 8pm. 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 this 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 this 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 this 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.

Monday April 8:

U16: Training for U16’s will continue next Monday evening April 8th 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.

Tuesday April 9:

U14: Training for U14’s will continue next Tuesday evening April 9th 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.


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 will travel to Ennis this Sunday to take on Clare knowing that a draw or a win will see them promoted to division three and a place in the division four league final in Croke Park on April 27th.