Athea United Soccer

Last week we hosted the 2013 Eflow Summer Soccer School at our splendidly laid out grounds at The Vales. This year we had 65 participants on the camp which is a good bit up on the 2012 numbers and the consensus of everybody involved was that it was another hugely successful camp while all the groups also made use of our excellent astroturf pitch and this was very well received by all of the participants.
With high numbers this year we had four coaches under the supervision of Head Coach Ed Gallagher with the coaches being Megan Carroll, Maurice Carrig, Sean Fennessy and Cian Shorten and all struck up a very good rapport with the kids. Needless to say they are all eagerly looking forward to the 2014 camp.
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
All at Athea Utd congratulates our own Megan Carroll who has put pen to paper with Cork Women’s FC and who will be playing in the coming seasons Bus Eireann Women’s National League (Seniors). Having played with Listowel Celtic last season this is a big step up for Megan but no doubt she will be up to the challenge ahead. There are eight teams in the league, namely Raheny Utd (defending champions), DLR Waves, Peamount Utd, Shamrock Rvs, Castlebar Cel, Cork Women FC, Galway WFC and Wexford Youths Women AFC
Opening Fixtures (Sunday, August 25th) (All 2pm) are
Castlebar Celtic v Cork Women’s FC. Galway WFC v Wexford Youths Women’s AFC. Raheny United v DLR Waves. Shamrock Rovers v Peamount United
The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, July 29th at Batts Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €9800. Numbers drawn 2, 7, 24, 29. No jackpot winner. Lucky dips to the following –

Tom McMahon, Duagh. Tara,  Niamh & Fionn, Hillside Drive, Athea.  Joan Dalton, Glenagore, Athea.

Jim Hayes, Newcastle West. Jimmy Kelly, Hillside Drive, Athea.
Sellers Margaret Reidy & Kevin O’Keeffe.
New Jackpot will be €9900 on Tuesday August 6th at JP’s.

Athea GAA

Club Draw:

Tickets are still available for our club draw and can be got from our draw promoters, a big thank you to everyone who has generously supported our draw again this year.

Church Gate Collection:

Our annual Church Gate Collection takes place this Bank Holiday Weekend the 3rd & 4th of August. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Next Club Draw: 03/08/13

Our next Club Draw takes place this Saturday evening August 3rd at Collins Bar.

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.

All Ireland Hurling Semi-Final:

Tickets for the Hurling Semi-Final will be on sale to Club Members on Thursday August 8th at 9pm at the Club House. Depending on our allocation and the demand, tickets may be drawn on the night. We will notify members if there is a change in date from 8th August.


West Intermediate Football Final:

The Final goes ahead this Saturday evening August 3rd at 7pm in Croagh and we face St. Marys/Sean Finns of Rathkeale. This is a repeat of last year where we lost out narrowly in the end. Let’s hope we can go one further and bring the Cup back over the Gale. Please support our boys on the night.


Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Monday July 22:


Our U14’s played Killeedy in Páirc na nGael on Wednesday evening last. It was a wet and showery evening but our lads made light work of it recording a great win on the night.  A powerful performance from start to finish with everyone giving a hundred percent. Sean Ryan was first on the score sheet with a point and was soon followed by a Brian Sheehan goal. The pair repeated the scoring with a goal and a point before John Sexton and David Sheahan both added points for Athea, Timothy Tierney pulled of a great save but could do nothing about the goal Killeedy got, but this was cancelled out when Alan Kelly scored a goal just before half time. The second half was much the same with Athea the better team in all areas of the field. The midfield pairing of Micheál Ambrose and Alan Kelly were dominant. Our backs of David O’ Sullivan, Micheál Dalton and Joseph Dalton had very little to do but what ever came their way they dealt with it easily setting up many attacks for our mid-field and forwards. John Sexton and Alan Kelly both pointed before Jack O’ Connor scored a goal after a great pass from Alex McEldowney. Brian Sheahan and Timothy Tierney both rose the white flag and shortly afterwards Brian got his third goal of the match. Killeedy threatened now and then but Shane Ambrose,  Liam McAuliffe and Cillian Liston were in top form and kept them out with ease. We scored further points towards the end with Liam McAuliffe, David Sheahan and Alan Kelly all on target. This win means we have now qualified for the Shield semi-final which will be played in the coming weeks so it is important as many players as possible come to training in preparation for this.

Team: Timothy Tierney, Joseph Dalton, Micheál Dalton, David O’Sullivan, Shane Ambrose, Liam McAuliffe, Cillian Liston, Micheál Ambrose, Alan Kelly, John Sexton, Sean Ryan, David Sheahan, Alex McEldowney, Brian Sheahan & Jack O’Connor,  

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 August:

Thursday August 1:

U12: Athea U12’s are at home to Fr. Casey’s on Thursday evening August 1 in Páirc na nGael at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 6.15pm.

Monday August 5:

U16: Athea U16’s are away to Dromcollogher/Broadford on Monday evening August 5 at 7.30pm. Cars leaving the village at 6.30pm.

Thursday August 15:

U12: Athea U12’s are at home to Knockaderry on Thursday evening August 15 in Páirc na nGael at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 6.15pm.

Monday August 19:

U16: Athea U16’s are at home to Kildimo/Pallaskenry on Monday evening August 19 at 7.30pm. Players to be at the field for 7pm.


Thursday August 1:

U16: Training for U16’s will continue this Thursday evening August 1 in Páirc na nGael from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All players need to wear gum shields.

Friday August 2:

U6: Training for U6’s will continue this Friday evening August 2 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 August 2 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 August 2 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

Tuesday August 6:

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