Athea Utd.

by Pat Mulvihill


Next Monday, June 3rd our U10s will have their day out when they play Newcastle West B in the U10 Division 3 Shield Final and this game goes ahead in Clounreask with a kick off at 3.45pm. 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 in Newcastle. They have played some great games all season and hopefully we will have a good game again next Monday afternoon in Clounreask. So all Athea supporters please support the Athea stars of the future they deserve it.


Monday, June 3rd    

U10 Division 3 Shield Final v Newcastle West B in

Clounreask. Time 3.45pm.



Athea Utd will hold its 2013 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 22nd.



Athea Utd will have its Annual Awards Night on Friday, June 14th at The Top of the Town with proceedings commencing at 9.30pm. More details nearer the time.


All underage managers are asked to return all playing jerseys from last season to Tim O’Riordan as soon as possible.


2013/2014 SEASON      

We are now making plans for the 2013/14 season. The club, where it can cater for players, will be entering teams in the various underage divisions for next season. With this in mind the club are interested in persons interested in managing teams that the club will be catering for and entering in the LDSL for next season. Persons interested in being managers or indeed helping out in any way are asked to contact any member of the committee


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.


The club would like to congratulate Junior A player Martin Chawke and Sarah Griffin who were married last Saturday in Athea. Wishing both all the health and happiness in their future together.


Athea 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 31.


County League:


Athea 2–07  Bruff 1–10

We were away to Bruff last Thursday night and we were happy enough to share the spoils after an entertaining hour of football. Bruff started brightly and raced into a two point lead but Ger Ahern had us quickly back on terms with two nice points from play. Darren Murphy then set Pa Ahern up for a well taken goal. Points from Darren Murphy, Kevin Mahony and Morgan O’ Connor saw us lead 1 05 to 0 04 at the break. Aided by the wind Bruff got back into the game in the second half. They scored a goal to level matters but were denied a second thanks to a fine save by Timmy Enright. A goal from Kevin Mahony looked to have secured the win for us but once again Bruff fought back and were a point ahead with minutes remaining and it took a Darren Murphy point to level the game. Best on the night were Timmy Enright, Shane Tierney, Mark O’ Connor and Morgan O’ Connor, Jason Quille, Kevin Mahony and Darren Murphy.

Team: Timmy Enright, Raymond Brouder, Padraig Reidy, Shane Tierney, Morgan O’ Connor, Denis Greaney, Michael Reidy, Tom Collins, Mark O’ Connor, Jason Quille, Gerard Ahern, Ryan Carroll, Kevin Mahony, Pa Ahern, Darren Murphy. Subs: Eoin McCarthy, Sean McGrath, Conor Mullane, Kevin O`Keeffe, Pa Kiely and Dan McMahon.


Junior B League Semi Final:

Athea 1–05   St.Kierans 1–8

Our Junior B’s travelled to Tournafulla to take on St.Kierans in the semi-final of the league. It was St.Kierans who were first off the mark with a point but we were soon on level terms when Sean Ahern put over a free. St.Kierans scored three points without reply before the very impressive Paul Matthews nearly scored a goal but his shot hit the upright and went out wide. A St.Kierans goal just before the break left Athea with a mountain to climb. In the second half, two Ryan Carroll frees brought us back into the game and we were now playing the better football as we started to open up the St.Kierans defence. St.Kierans responded with two points but a Sean Ahern free and a Ryan Carroll penalty left just a goal between the sides with minutes remaining. Try as we may we just could not find and equalizing goal and as the final whistle went the score line read Athea 1–5, St.Kierans 1–8. Best on the night for Athea were Paul Matthews, Sean Ahern, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Eoin McCarthy and Brian Ahern.

Team: Denis Collins, Eoin McCarthy, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Mike Ahern, Tomas Mullane, Joe Vaughan, Brian Ahern, Brian McKenna, Neilus Hunt, Jamie O’ Brien, John Geoghegan, Sean Ahern, Ryan Carroll, Paul Matthews and Brian Murphy. Subs: Dan McMahon, Kevin Mahony, Kevin Murphy, Pa Kiely, Liam O’ Brien.


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.



Congratulations and best wishes to Martin Chawke and Sarah Griffin who got married last Saturday. A great day was had by all. May they have many happy years together.


The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, May 27th at The Top of the Town are as follows –
Jackpot was €8900. Numbers drawn 8, 10, 12, 13.

No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Betty Cotter c/o Top of the Town. Ellen Slemen, Listowel. James Flaherty, Kilmorna. Kevin Stack, Moyvane. Fiona & Aine, Village Living, Athea.
Sellers Agatha & Steven McEnery.
New jackpot will be €9000 next Tuesday night, June 4th at Donies


Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Athea U12s who played Gerald Griffins on Thursday evening last with their coaches David O' Connor, Roger Ryan & Mike Sheahan

Athea U12s who played Gerald Griffins on Thursday evening last with their coaches David O’ Connor, Roger Ryan & Mike Sheahan


Tuesday May 21:


Athea 4–05 Cappagh/Kilcornan 0–4

Last Tuesday our U14s took on Cappagh/Kilcornan at a blustery Páirc na nGael. Conditions were rough with a strong breeze driving the rain across the field. We started off the game with a message of intent from Micheál Ambrose who jumped highest to claim the ball from the throw in. We opened the scoring from a Cillian Liston free kick which caught the Cappagh/Kilcornan defence off guard, as it dropped under the bar. This gave us an early boost in the game. From here we kicked on with the ever dangerous Shane Dalton jinking past several defenders to pop the ball over the bar. We were now playing very well and dominated possession as our forwards made it very difficult for Cappagh/Kilcornan to mount an attack. Jack Gleeson at corner forward typified this hounding his marker and dispossessing him on several occasions. Our defence were solid throughout and with Liam McAuliffe calling the shots at full back accompanied by Mark McAuliffe and Joseph Dalton at left and right back. Micheál Dalton at half back was exceptional constantly driving up and down the wing. A pinpoint pass from Shane Dalton found Andy Ahern who popped off the ball to Brian Sheehan who gave the keeper no chance with a classy finish to the bottom right corner.

In the second half, we kept up the pressure with Alan Kelly and Micheál Ambrose dominating the midfield. John Sexton at wing forward had a mighty game picking up breaks off the midfield and playing the ball into full forward line he was rewarded for his work after some neat interplay between himself and Andy Ahearn he split the post with the ball to raise the white flag. Midway throughout the half Cappagh/Kilcornan had a sustained period of possession and attacked the Athea defence. Cappagh/Kilcornan needed goals in order to catch Athea’s lead, but unfortunately for them they found Timothy Tierney between the posts. Tierney was in top form and stood strongly to defy the advancing forwards earning his team a clean sheet. Our overall display was quite impressive with our backs not giving at inch of space to their markers and our forwards with an impressive 4 -5 tells its own story. Debut appearances from Cathal O’Brien and Joseph Dalton made sure they’ll be plenty of competition for places on this U14 team full of potential. Final scoreline Athea 4-05 to Cappagh/Kilcornan 0-4.

Panel: Timothy Tierney, Mark McAuliffe, Liam McAuliffe, Joseph Dalton, Shane Ambrose, Cillian Liston( 1-0),  Micheál Dalton, Micheál Ambrose, Alan Kelly(1-0),  David O’Sullivan, Shane Dalton(1-2), John Sexton(0-1), Andy Ahern(0-1), Brian Sheehan(1-1), Jack Gleeson, David Sheehan & Cathal O’Brien


Thursday May 23:


On a beautiful Thursday evening last our U12’s entertained Gerald Griffins at home in Páirc na nGael. In perfect playing conditions and both teams served up an excellent game of football with high levels of skill shown throughout the match. We were first to score when a long range free from John Sexton found its way to the back of the net. A super save by Evan Wallace kept Gerald Griffins out but shortly afterwards they goaled to level the match. Three late points in the half saw the visitors ahead by a goal at half time. At the start of the second half, Gerald Griffins pulled further ahead but our boys and girls did not give up. Jamie O’ Mahony who had a fantastic game scored a super point. Two goals from Jack O’ Connor and two points from John Sexton brought us within two points of the visitors. We conceded two goals after this but John Sexton rattled the back of the net to bring us back into the game once again, but we ran out of time and lost out on a score line of Athea 4–3, Gerald Griffins 5–6. Others to impress on the night were David O’ Connor in midfield, Eoin Sheahan in the forwards and Alex McEldowney in the backs.

Team: Evan Wallace, Danny Brady, Alex McEldowney, Sarah O’ Connor, Jamie O’ Mahony, Seamus Leahy, Rhys Keily, David O’ Connor, John Sexton, Eoin Sheahan, Luke Gleeson, Laura Dalton, Jack O’ Connor, Aidan Curry, Jack Hunt, Colin Broderick, Nicola Scanlon, Sean Sheehan & Jack McCarthy. 


Sunday May 26:


Our U8’s made the short trip to Abbeyfeale to part in a blitz with teams from Gerald Griffins, Monagea, Fr.Caseys and St.Kierans also taking part. Our boys and girls did extremely well in the three games they played and their skill level was high as our catching, passing, kicking and score taking was a sight to be seen. Our coaches were very impressed with all the boys and girls and are really looking forward to our next blitz in a few weeks’ time. We would like to thank Fr.Caseys for hosting the blitz and for the treats that all the boys and girls received afterwards. Team: Fergal Pierse, James Lee, Callum Buckley, Calum Gleeson, Evan Curry, Dylan Steward, Brid Hunt, Ciaran Hunt and James Hunt.  

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/June:

Friday May 31:

U10: Athea U10’s have a blitz at home in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 6.10pm. All players must wear their gum shields.

Wednesday June 5:

U14: Athea U14’s are away to St.Kierans on Wednesday evening June 5 at 7pm. Cars leaving the village at 6pm.

Friday/Saturday June 14/15:

U10: Athea U10s have a blitz in Newcastle West. Date and time to be confirmed.



Wednesday 29:

U12: Training for U12s will continue this evening Wednesday evening May 29 from 7pm to 8pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

Friday May 31:

U6: Training for U6’s will continue this Friday evening May 3 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

U8: Training for U8’s will continue this Friday evening May 31 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

Monday June 3: 

U16: Training for U16’s will continue this Monday evening June 3 from 7pm to 8pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

Tuesday June 4:

U14: Training for U14s will continue next Tuesday evening June 4 in Páirc na nGael from 6pm to 7pm. All players are asked to attend.

Bag Packing:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be bag packing this 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.


Trip to Gaelic Grounds:

A bus full of Athea Coiste na nÓg boys, girls, coaches and parents travelled to the Gaelic grounds to see Limerick play Cork in the Munster Championship. Even though Limerick lost the match a great evening was had by all which was topped off with a trip to McDonald’s on the way home.


Cúl Camp:

This years 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.



A below par performance by the Limerick Senior footballers saw them exit from the Munster Senior Football Championship following a heavy defeat to a very strong Cork side in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening last.


Athea Ladies GAA

Our U14 girls will play the Old Mill in the County final in Coolcappa on this Thursday evening May 30th at 6:30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.