Athea United Soccer

Athea Utd will now hold its Annual General Meeting on this coming Friday night, June 28th at 8.30pm. The AGM will be held at The Top of the Town (Function Room).as the community centre is unavailable and all are welcome. The club would like to hear from any persons out there who would like to get involved with the club as new members are always especially welcome. So Friday night week, June 28th at 8.30pm.
Athea Utd had a great season at junior level when winning three trophies, the As coming from behind in the league to win the title after a playoff while the Bs won the Division 3 League & Cup Double. This is historic in that it’s the first time a junior side in the club ever did the double though the feat has being achieved before an underage level. So to celebrate this seasons success the club will be holding a Victory Social in The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Friday, July 19th. There will be a three course meal while music afterwards will be by DJ Donnacha. Guests to be seated for 7.30pm. Tickets only €25 and are available from club members. All are welcome. For ticket information etc contact Clare Ryan on (087)2809512 or Denis Murphy on (087)2069900.
Last Wednesday night at Limerick Desmond Football League Awards Night which was held at The Courtney Lodge Hotel, Newcastle West we picked up two more awards to cap off a great season for the club. Firstly Steven McEnery was presented with the Desmond League Division 3 Player of the Year after he was voted player of the year by the other clubs in Division 3. As well as that the B Team also won the Division 3 Clean Sheet Award for the most clean sheets over the course of the division. A great achievement for the Bs on their way to a historic league and cup double to add to the Clean Sheet Award they won in Division 4 the previous season which proved invaluable to us winning Division 4 as well.
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 www.summersoccerschools.ieor 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, June 24th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €9300. Numbers drawn 9, 14, 15, 22. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Niamh Twomey, Hillside Drive, Athea. Declan Barrett, Athea. Denise Costelloe, Limerick. Mag O’Sullivan, Bally. Nora Kirby, Newcastle West.
Sellers Agatha & Pat Buckley.
New Jackpot will be €9400 on Monday night, July 1st at Peadar’s.


Athea GAA

Club Draw:

Tickets are still available for our Club draw from our draw promoters. Our second draw will take place in early July and a big thank you to everyone who has generously supported our draw again this year.


Intermediate Championship:

Saturday June 22:


Athea 1–05   St. Senans 2–13

Athea Intermediates played St. Senans in the second round of the Championship in Newcastle West on Saturday evening last. Conditions were bad as the driving rain blew straight across the field. A well organised St. Senans were first to score with a point. Timmy Enright saved brilliantly as their forwards bore down on goal, but they continued to pile on the pressure and were five points to the good before we registered our only score of the half when Gerard Ahern pointed. A further point and a late goal for St. Senans left us eight points a drift at the break. We started the second half brightly and an early point by Gerard Ahern to give us hope, but we left our scoring boots at home as we kicked too many wides in this match. Our third point came from a Gerard Ahern free after a great solo run from Denis Greaney ended with him being fouled in front of goals. St. Senans upped their pace again and score four unanswered points. Gerard Ahern was on the mark again with Athea’s fourth point and we had two great goal chances but could not convert them. The opposition continued to pile on the pressure with three well taken points. Great work from Conor Mullane to win the ball in the corner found Ryan Carroll, who laid it on for Michael Reidy to score a great point. Shortly afterwards Pa Ahern blasted a powerful shot to St. Senans net from a close in free. Late in the game we were caught napping at the back and St. Senans got their second goal to leave the final score Athea 1-5, St. Senans 2-13. Overall this was a poor team performance as St. Senans dominated in all areas of the pitch. Panel: Timmy Enright, Raymond Brouder, Padraig Reidy, Shane Tierney, Mark O’Connor, Denis Greaney, Michael Reidy(0-1), Tom Collins, Gerard Collins, Ryan Carroll, Jamie Collins, Tom Greaney, Gerard Ahern(0-4), Pa Ahern(1-0), Darren Murphy, Martin Chawke, Séan McGrath, Conor Mullane, Kevin Murphy, Kevin O’Mahony, John Cotter, Brian McKenna, Dan McMahon, Liam O’Brien, Pa Kiely, John Geoghegan & Eoin McCarthy.

Junior B Championship:

Sunday June 23:

Athea 1–03   Dromcollogher/Broadford 1–14

Our Junior B’s travelled to Tournafulla on Saturday evening last to take on Dromcollogher/Broadford in the second round of the Championship. It was the opposition who opened the scoring but we responded well when, with the wind at his back, Chris Hayes pointed from long range. Dromcollogher/Broadford went ahead again and this time Neilus Hunt rose the white flag from forty yards. William Mullane had a fantastic game in the half back line, he was involved in the build up to Athea’s goal as he attacked down the right, to find Tomás Mullane with a neat pass. He in turn laid it on for Brian Murphy who’s long ball in sailed over the keepers head into the goal. At half time we led by three points, but playing into the wind in the second half was always going to be tough. A powerful display by the opposition meant they ran out easy winners on the night. Best on the night for Athea were William Mullane, Chris Hayes & Gary Vaughan. Panel: Denis Collins, Colm Hassett, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dan Mullane, William Mullane, Brian Ahern, Pa Keily, Neilus Hunt(0-1), Tomás Mullane, Sean Ahern(0-1), John Geoghegan, Jason Flaherty, Brian Murphy(1-0), Paul Matthews, Chris Hayes(0-1), Dan McMahon, Eoin Nash, Emmet White, Liam O’ Brien, Gary Vaughan & Thomas Sexton.

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.


Intermediate League

We play Glin in the next round of the County League this Sunday eve 30th June at 7.30pm in Glin


Athea Coiste na nÓg:



Tuesday June 18:


On a misty Tuesday evening in Mountcollins our U12’s took on the locals in a friendly match. From the throw in we showed our intent as Seamus Leahy rose highest to grab the ball and it was not long before we were on the score board as John Sexton scored a great point. Aidan Curry who had the game of his life scored the first of his four goals shortly after this. As we kept up the pressure on their backs Jack O’ Connor blocked down an attempted clearance and then passed it to John Sexton who made no mistake scoring our second goal. Mountcollins responded well with a point but Aidan Curry scored his second goal to extend our lead. Sean Sheehan made his presence felt as he put the Mountcollins defenders under pressure. Late in the first half the locals came more into the game and a great save by Evan Wallace kept them out. Mountcollins scored a goal and two points, but we responded well when John Sexton and Aidan Curry scored a point each. The second half belonged to Athea as Eoin Sheahan got our first score of the half with a point from a free. David O’ Connor followed this up with a well taken goal. Our mid-field pairing of Jason Dillon and Seamus Leahy were well on top as well as Jamie O’ Mahony, Laura Dalton and Sarah O’ Connor in the backs. Jack O’ Connor stepped up to the mark scoring two goals and two points. Aidan grabbed his third of the night before Mountcollins hit back with two goals of their own and it would have been three only for a great save by Rhys Keily now in goals. Claire Carmody was now in the forwards and playing well, then a long ball in by Eoin Sheahan deceived everybody to end up in the back of the net. We were not finished yet as Aidan got his fourth goal and Nicola Scanlon got her first score of the year with a great point just before the final whistle. A great performance all round which pleased all the coaches and supporters who travelled on the night. Team: Evan Wallace, Claire Carmody, Jamie O’Mahony, Rhys Keily, David O’Connor, Seamus Leahy, Jason Dillon, John Sexton, Jack O’Connor, Eoin Sheahan, Nicola Scanlon, Aidan Curry, Sean Sheehan, Sarah O’Connor & Laura Dalton.

Thursday June 20:


Athea U10’s continued to impress when they played Glin in Páirc na nGael on Thursday evening last. Both Athea and Glin had two teams each and they provided plenty of entertainment for the large crowd that came to support them. Both Athea teams did very well in their two matches, their hand passing, soloing, catching and kicking are improving and will continue to do so with every training session they attend and  with every match they play. The coaches are very pleased with the way the boys and girls are progressing this year and would encourage all players to continue to attend training on Friday evenings at 6.30pm. Panel: Gearóid O’Sullivan, Michael Tierney, Eoin O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien, Brandon Finucane, Daire O’Shea, Sarah Scanlon, TJ Hunt, Conor Mullane, Gavin Ambrose, Adam Byrne, Aisling Dalton, Cillian O’ Connor, Gavin Mulvihill, Andrew O’Riordan, Shauna Sweeney, Molly Pepper Carr, Paraic Enright & Tara Histon.


Friday June 21:


Our U8’s made the trip to Mountcollins on Friday evening last where we played the home team in a closely contested match. The team performed very well and continue to show improvements right throughout the team. Newcomers to the team Niamh Ambrose and Ailísa Ahern slotted in well playing their part in a very enjoyable game. The benefits of regular attendance at training and practice were evident as our players got lots of possession and took many of our scoring opportunities. The future looks bright with this group of players who are working well together and showing great promise. Team: Evan Curry, Michael Walsh, Donnchadh Barrett, James Lee, Niamh Ambrose, Ailísa Ahern, Callum Buckley, James Hunt, Brid Hunt, Dylan Steward, Calum Gleeson & James Broderick.

 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 June/July:


Wednesday June 26:

U12: Athea U12’s are at home to Feohanagh/Castlemahon on Wednesday evening June 26 in Páirc na nGael at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 6.15pm.

Wednesday July 10:

U14: Athea U14’s are at home to Granagh/Ballingarry on Wednesday evening July 10 in Páirc na nGael at 7pm. Players to be at the field for 6.30pm.

Friday July 12:

U10: Athea U10’s have a West Blitz. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Thursday July 18:

U12: Athea U12’s are at home to Feenagh/Kilmeedy on Thursday evening July 18 in Páirc na nGael at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 6.15pm.

Friday July 19:

U8: Athea U8’s have a West Blitz. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Monday July 22:

U16: Athea U16’s are at home to Adare on Monday evening July 22 in Páirc na nGael at 7.30pm. Players to be at the field for 7pm.


Wednesday June 26:

U16’s: Training for U16’s will continue this Wednesday evening June 26 in Páirc na nGael from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All players need to wear gum shields.

Thursday June 27:

U12: Training for U12’s will be on this Thursday evening June 27 for this week only from 7pm to 8pm in Páirc na nGael.

Friday June 28:

U6: Training for U6’s will continue this Friday evening June 28 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 June

28 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

U10: Training for U10’s will continue this Friday evening June 28 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

U16’s: Training for U16’s will continue this Friday evening June 28 in Páirc na nGael from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All players need to wear gum shields.

Tuesday July 2:

U14: Training for U14’s will continue next Tuesday evening July 2 in Páirc na nGael from 6pm to 7pm. All players need to wear gum shields.

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 are now available. If you have any queries please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091.


The Club would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the Kelly and the Broderick family of Coole on the passing of Margaret Broderick.

We would also like to offer our sympathies to the Carmody and Kennelly family on the passing of Maggie Kennelly of Knocknanure. May they both rest in peace.


We would like to wish Maurice Horan and the Limerick footballers all the best as they make the long journey to Longford for the first round qualifier in the Senior Football Championship where they will be hoping for a repeat performance of last years encounter which Limerick won in extra time.


Athea Ladies Football Club

U12 Ladies football:

Athea U12’s played a very exciting County final against Adare in Cappagh on Friday evening last. Having played them earlier in the league when the match ended in a draw, a close encounter was expected and there was no more than a kick of a ball between the teams throughout the match. We were first off the mark when Michelle Curtin scored a lovely point. Adare went ahead shortly afterwards when they scored a goal. Noelle Curtin rose the white flag for Athea after great work by our forwards. Laura Dalton and Tara Histon were working hard keeping their defenders busy. A long ball into our square was well defended by Nicola Scanlon who cleared the ball out to the wing. Adare scored another point to go two points up mid-way through the half. Claire Carmody who had a great game, blocked down brilliantly and then scored a super point to close the gap. Shortly after we were on level terms as Noelle Curtin scored her second point. A dangerous ball into our square was well saved by Sarah O’ Connor and between herself and Claire Carmody they managed to keep the ball out and clear it down the field. As we headed for half time Adare got their second goal to lead by three points at the break. We started the second half brightly where a Noelle Curtin free dropped short and it was Maura Broderick who reacted quickest and scored a great goal. Adare responded with a point. We came back when the very lively Aibhilín Murphy rose the white flag, then we went ahead for the first time when Noelle Curtin scored a point. Adare piled on the pressure but the Ryan sister Grace and Amy were dealing with everything Adare threw at us. Rachel Greaney sent in a long ball and it broke inside but we could not manage to get a score out of it. With minutes remaining our hearts were broke when the opposition scored a goal. We had one last attack but we drove it wide and as the final whistle went we lost out on a scoreline of Athea 1–6, Adare 3–2. Great credit is due to these girls as they played their hearts out throughout the match. A big thank you goes to all their parents and supporters who travelled on the night.

Team: Sarah O’Connor, Ciara O’Shea, Kathleen Broderick, Nicola Scanlon, Grace Ryan, Amy Ryan, Noelle Curtin, Claire Carmody, Michelle Curtin, Rachel Greaney, Aibhilín Murphy, Maura Broderick, Tara Histon, Laura Dalton & Molly Pepper Carr.