Athea GAA

Club Draw:

Our Club Draw will be taking place shortly and this is a great opportunity for people to support our local club. Money collected from the draw will also benefit the Coiste na nÓg and Ladies football. Our promoters will be out and about shortly selling tickets and all support would be greatly appreciated. The first draw will be held on May 25.



Athea Intermediate team who played St. Mary’s/Sean Finns on Saturday evening last in Tournafulla

Athea Intermediate team who played St. Mary’s/Sean Finns on Saturday evening last in Tournafulla

Athea 1–05   St. Mary’s/Sean Finns 1–6

Athea Intermediates travelled to Tournafulla to take on St. Mary’s/Sean Finns in the first round of the Championship on a misty Saturday evening last. This turned out to be a hard, tough match with scoring chances limited due to the strong wind that was blowing right down the field. Athea had wind advantage in the first half, but our forwards found it hard to get going against a tight marking St. Mary’s/Sean Finns. Our defence were on top and it was great play from Raymond Brouder that we got our first score of the match, he broke down the middle of the field, where he was fouled on the oppositions forty five meter line and Gerard Ahern made no mistake slotting the resulting free over the bar. We suffered a major blow early in the first half when Paul Collins came off injured, Timmy Enright came on in goals with Gerard Collins moving to mid-field and Morgan O’ Connor reverting back to the half back line. Soon after St. Mary’s/Sean Finns equalized after attacking down the right wing, they continued to press but our defence stood firm, a super block down by Denis Greaney and tenacious tackling by Padraig Reidy denying the opposition certain scoring chances. Athea were now playing their best football of the match with Tom Collins and Gerard Collins getting the upper hand in mid-field, our forwards started causing trouble for their markers and at this stage a long range free from Gerard Ahern dropped around the edge of the box and was fisted to the back of the net by Conor Mullane. Kevin O’Keeffe was next to score when he rose the white flag after great work from Michael Reidy in the half back line. Shortly afterwards St. Mary’s/Sean Finns scored their second point of the match and just before half time Pa Ahern set up Gerard Ahern for a wonderful point to leave Athea four points up at the break. We got off to the perfect start in the second half thanks to great defending by Morgan O’ Connor to find Gerard Ahern loose who laid it off for Pa Ahern to score a point. The match continued to be evenly contested but St. Mary’s/Sean Finns brought themselves back into the game scoring three points. Shortly after being reduced to fourteen men St. Mary’s/Sean Finns dealt Athea a killer blow when they scored a goal to go one point ahead. Athea rallied and a super point from the very impressive Padraig Reidy seemed to have earned Athea a draw, but a lapse in our defence late into injury time allowed the opposition to fire over the winning point. The final score was Athea 1-5, St. Mary’s/Sean Finns 1-6. Team: Gerard Collins, Shane Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Denis Greaney, Michael Reidy, Paul Collins, Raymond Brouder, Tom Collins, Morgan O’Connor, Gerard Ahern, Patrick Ahern, Kevin O’Keeffe, Sean McGrath, Jamie Collins, Conor Mullane. Subs: Tom Greaney (for Kevin O’Keeffe), Timmy Enright (for Paul Collins), Liam O’Brien, Eoin McCarthy, Dan McMahon, Brian Murphy, Darren Murphy, Michael Ahern, Martin Chawke, Brian McKenna, John Cotter, John Geoghegan, Mark O’Connor, Shane Mulvihill, Ryan Carroll & Kevin O’Mahony.


Thursday May 9:

The Junior Bs will play St. Mary’s/Sean Finns in the League on Thursday evening May 9 in Rathkeale at 6.45pm.

Old Photographs:

The Club are still looking for any old photographs or match programmes from anyone that has them in the parish. Contact John Hunt or Lal Browne.


The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Murphy family on the recent passing of Mary Murphy. May she rest in peace.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Fixtures for May:

Wednesday May 8:

U12: Athea U12’s are at home to Gerald Griffins this Wednesday evening May 8 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 6.10pm.

Friday/Saturday May 10/11:

U10: Athea U10’s have a home Blitz on this weekend. Further details will be sent by text.

Sunday May 12: County Final:

U15: Athea U15’s will play St Mary’s/Sean Finns in the County Final on Sunday evening May 12 in Templeglantine at 7.15pm. Cars leaving the village at 6.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


Friday May 10:

U6: Training for U6’s will continue this Friday evening May 10 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. 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 continue this Friday evening May 10 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. 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.

U10: Training for U10’s will continue this Friday evening May 10 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. 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.

Monday May 13:

U16: Training for U16s will continue next Monday evening May 13 in Páirc na nGael from 6pm to 7pm. All players are asked to attend.

Tuesday May 14:

U14: Training for U14s will continue next Tuesday evening May 14 in Páirc na nGael from 6pm to 7pm. All players are asked to attend.


Athea United Soccer


This Sunday our As travel to play Breska Rovers in a must win game where a win will see us promoted to the premier division after an absence of a number of years. A few months ago you would have got big odds on our As being in this position but a fantastic run of eight league wins in a row has put us in this great position. However next Sunday will be a big test and we will have to have everybody tuned in from the kick off. Last Sunday we had a tough game at home to league leaders Kildimo Utd which we won two one and our win coupled with Rockhill Rovers win against Adare Utd sees a three way tie at the top of division. So indeed next Sunday is to coin a phrase is “Super Sunday” A massive day for the club and as before on these occasions we will be o for big big support for our As next Sunday in Clarina.


Division 1 League

Athea Utd A       (0)  2     Cillian O’Connor, Darren Murphy

Kildimo Utd       (0)  1             

Team: Ger Collins, Ryan Carroll, Jamie Collins, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Cillian O’Connor, Gerard Ahern, Maurice Hayes, Conor Mullane, Darren Murphy, Kevin Murphy. Subs used Joe Vaughan, John Cotter, Kevin O’Keeffe.

Referee Paudie Manning

Division 3 League

Athea Utd B       (0) 0

Knockaderry      (0) 0    

With the league and cup double already secured this game at The Vales last Sunday morning was a viewed as a typical end of season fixture. However Knockaderry did have a chance of second place in the league and they put in a strong effort and could have won it as they played well in the first half. Our best chance came to Mike McCarthy when he saw his shot deflected onto the post by the keeper and apart from that we offered very little. As they title was already won there was no real bite to our play and a scoreless draw wasn’t exactly surprising.

However it was the presentation of the league trophy after the game that was really on the players mind and there was a hugh cheer when skipper Pa Kiely received the Division 3 Trophy from Eddie O’Shaughnessy of the DesmondLeague

Eddie O'Shaughnessy from the Desmond League presents Pa Kiely with the Division 3 League Trophy

Eddie O’Shaughnessy from the Desmond League presents Pa Kiely with the Division 3 League Trophy

Team: Donal Woulfe, John Geoghegan, Raymond Brouder, Sean McGrath, Tom Greaney, Eoghan Nash, Shane Mulvihill, Jason Quille, Pa Kiely, Steven McEnery, Mike McCarthy. Subs Mark Horgan, Gary Carroll, Dan McMahon, Morgan O’Connor Referee Jim Molyneaux.

U10 Division 3

Kilcolman B     0 

Athea Utd B    3                 Gavin Ambrose, Andrew O’Riordan, Michael Tierney

Last Saturday morning our under tens qualified for the division three shield final after a good win away to Kilcolman B with a goal in the first half from Gavin Ambrose while in the second half we had goals from Andrew O’Riordan and Michael Tierney. Our next game is against Newcastle West B.

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Pierce O’Brien, Andrew O’Riordan, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Dermot Pierse, Fergal Pierse, Amy Ryan, Michael Tierney, Michael Walsh, Paric Enright.


Sat., May 11th    

U10s away to Newcastle West B at 11.30am.

Sun. May 12th    

Junior As away to Breska Rovers at 11.30am.

Junior Bs away to Ferry Rangers at 2.30pm.

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 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.


The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, May 6th at Brown Joe’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €8600. Numbers drawn 1, 2, 16, 24. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – M & M Mangan, Lyrecompane. Jim Cleary, TempleAthea. AEJBS, Coole West, Athea. Barry Shanahan, Listowel. Brandon Finucane, Athea.
Sellers Kevin O’Keeffe & Batts Bar.
New jackpot will be €8700 next Monday night, May 13th at Batt’s Bar.