Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill


Last Sunday was a great week for the club when our Junior As clinched their place in the Premier Division for the first time since the 2004/2005 season after a comprehensive four nil win away to Breska Rovers. It was a must win game where a win would see us promoted to the Premier and once Maurice Hayes put us ahead early on there was going to be only one outcome. We went on to add two more before half time through Cillian O’Connor and a Ger Ahern penalty with John Cotter rounding off a great day. With Rockhill winning away to Kildimo Utd as well last Sunday there will be a playoff for the title next Sunday, May 19th in Clounreask with a kick off of 2pm.

Also on Sunday our U10s will play a very big game of their own when they will play Newcastle West B in the U10 Division 3 Shield Final. This game also goes ahead in Clounreask on Sunday with a kick off at 6.15pm. The tens have had a very good season and have been in the top three of the division all season and were top for a number of months as well. They have met Newcastle West twice in the league with little between them, drawing 2-2 at The Vales while drawing 0-0 last Monday night in Newcastle. They have played some great games all season and hopefully we will have a good game again next Sunday evening in Clounreask. So all Athea supporters please support the Athea stars of the future they deserve it.


Division 1 League (Sunday, May 12th)

Breska Rovers    (0)  0

Athea Utd A       (3)  4  Maurice Hayes, Cillian O’Connor, Ger Ahern (pen), John Cotter

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

Referee Ger O’Connor

Division 3 League 3 (Sunday, May 12th)

Ferry Rangers    (2) 4

Athea Utd B       (0)  1   Mark Horgan

Team: Donal Woulfe, John Geoghegan, Tom Greaney, Pa Kiely, Gary Carroll, Shane Mulvihill, Mark Horgan, Eoghan Nash, Dan McMahon, Steven McEnery, Morgan O’Connor

U10 Division 3 (Monday,May 13th)

Newcastle West B 0 Athea Utd B 0.


Sunday, May 19th

U10 Division 3 Shield Final v Newcastle West B in Clounreask at 6.15pm.

Division 1 League Title Playoff Athea Utd A v Rockhill Rovers at Clounreask

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.
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.


The club wishes to extend sincere sympathy to the wife Marie and son Pat on the recent passing of Larry (Lar) Buckley, Lower Athea, Athea. Pat is involved with our weekly draw every Monday night and again sympathy to all the family. May He Rest In Peace.


The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, May 13th at Batts Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €8700. Numbers drawn 18, 22, 28, 31. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Denis Doran, Brosna. Helen Twomey, Church Road, Athea. O’Connor Family, Ardagh. Noreen Daly, Abbeyfeale. Robert Norton, Tralee,
Sellers Agatha & Dan McMahon.
New jackpot will be €8800 next Monday night, May 20th at JP’s.


At hea G.A.A.

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 are now out and about selling tickets and all support would be greatly appreciated. The first draw will be held on May 25.


West Junior B League:

Athea 2–08   St. Mary’s/Sean Finns 0–10

Our B team had a good win in round two of the league last Thursday evening in The Bog Garden Rathkeale. We played with the strong wind in the first half but were lucky to be only a point behind, thanks to two good saves from Denis Collins and a goal from Brian Murphy against the run of play. St. Mary’s/Sean Finns had dominated most of the half, playing much better football and led 0–6 to 1–2 at the break. In the second half, we were a transformed team playing much better against the wind. We kept possession with good passing movements which brought us close to their goals where we kicked some good scores into the wind. The turning point came when John Geoghegan scored a super goal after a great build up involving five players and John who had a fabulous game scored a point straight from the kick out to put us four points ahead. Both teams traded points but we maintained our lead to the end. There was good performances from Brian Ahern, Sean Ahern, Eoghan McCarthy and Jason Quille. Team: Denis Collins, Eoghan McCarthy, Mike Ahern, Dan Mullane, Brian Ahern, Joe Vaughan, Dan McMahon, Tomas Mullane, Jason Quille, Willam Mullane, John Geoghegan, Liam O’Brien, Brian Murphy, Sean Ahern and John Cotter, subs: Jamie O’Brien, Ryan Carroll, Neilus Hunt and Emmet White.  Our next game is at home to Gerald Griffins where a win would put us into the league semi-final or at least a playoff, depending on other results.


Jnr B

We play Gerald Griffins this Sunday evening 19th May at 7pm in Ballyhahill.

A win would see us through to the League Semi-Finals.

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.

Well done:

Well done to Athea United soccer team who were promoted to the premier division of the Desmond league last Sunday.


Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Limerick GAA Open Night:

There was great excitement in Athea on Friday evening last when the stars of the future left the village to meet the stars of the present. A bus load of Athea Coiste na nÓg players accompanied by coaches and parents went to meet and greet with members of the Limerick Senior football team in U.L. Players such as John Galvin, Seanie Buckley, Pa Ranahan, Damian Quaid, Brian Scanlan, John Riordan, and Seamus O’Carroll were out to meet all the boys and girls who had travelled from all over the county to see them. There were loads of photographs taken and there were autographs signed on T-shirts, notebooks and football boots. The children even got to play football with the likes of Stephen Lavin, Tomas Lee, Paudie Brown and Derry O’Connor  who found himself at the bottom of about ten of our young players who tackled him to the ground. Many thanks goes to the Limerick Senior Football team and Management for making it a most enjoyable evening for all the kids and adults who had travelled to this great event. It was great to see the delight on the kids faces as they got to talk, play and have fun with their heroes. Jack McCarty was the lucky winner of a signed Limerick Jersey and a trip to McDonald’s on the way home topped of a memorable night for all.

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.

Fixtures for May:

Wednesday May 15:

U8: Athea U8’s have a blitz in Abbeyfeale this Wednesday evening at 6.30pm. Cars leaving the village at 6pm.

Thursday May 16:

U12: Athea U12’s are at home to Gin this Thursday evening May 16 at 6.45pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 6.20pm.

Sunday May 19:


Athea U12 are away to Gerald Griffins on Sunday evening May 19 in Ballyhahill. Cars leaving the village at 5:20pm. The U12 match is on before our Junior B match who are also playing Gerald Griffins at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday May 22;

U14: Athea U14’s will play their first match on Wednesday May 22 at home to Cappagh/Kilcornan at 7pm. Players to be at the field for 6.30pm.


Friday May 17:

U6: Training for U6’s will continue this Friday evening May 17 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 17 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 17 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 20:

U16: Training for U16s will continue next Monday evening May 20 in Páirc na nGael from 6pm to 7pm. All players are asked to attend.

Tuesday May 21:

U14: Training for U14s will continue next Tuesday evening May 21 in Páirc na nGael from 6pm to 7pm. All players are asked to attend.

Church Gate Collection:

The Club would like to thank all those who gave so generously to our Annual Church gate collection last weekend. As always your support is greatly appreciated.

Bag Packing:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be bag packing on Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1 in Tesco’s Abbeyfeale. This is a vital fundraiser for the club and if anyone has a spare hour or two to help us out please contact John Hunt on 087-7875378 or Jacqueline on 086-0670091. Any help would be greatly appreciated


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.

Cúl Camp:

This year’s Cúl Camp will take place in Páirc na nGael from Monday July 8 to Friday July 12 from 10.00am to 2.30pm.. You can book on line at and save €5 with the code from promotional packs of Kelloggs Cornflakes and Rice Krispies. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 with an action packed week full of activities, fun and games. The cost of the camp is €55 for the first child, €45 for the second and €40 for the third and subsequent child. Booking forms will be available at a later date. If you have any queries please contact Jacqueline.