Athea GAA


Saturday March 22:

County Intermediate League:

Athea 4-14       Galtee Gaels 1-07.

Athea Intermediates played their first game of the league against Galtee Gaels and came away with a very comprehensive win on a cold and windy day in Páirc na nGael. In an evenly contested first half it was Gerard Ahern and Pat Ahern had us two points up after five minutes. The visitors were soon back on level terms with two points of their own, but Pat Ahern edged us in front again when he rose the white flag. Westretched our lead with three pointed frees from the boot of Gerard Ahern as our forwards were causing trouble for their backs. Galtee Gaels responded with two points of their own and it could have been more only for a good save from Jonathan Fitzgerald in goals. Great work by Kevin Mahony out in the wing saw him dispossess his marker, he then passed the ball of to Pat Ahern who released Jamie Collins and he made no mistake scoring Athea’s first goal of the match. Two points just before the break for Galtee Gaels left just a goal between the teams. In the second half, the visitors were soon on level terms when our backs were caught napping and they raised the green flag giving Jonathan Fitzgerald no chance in goals. This was the wake up call our team needed and they stepped up a gear and totally dominated the rest of the match out scoring Galtee Gaels 3-08 to 0-01. Our defenders tightened up and made it difficult for the opposition to try and score. Our midfield pairing of Pat Chawke and Jamie Collins also played well covering a lot of ground in each half defending and attacking. Our forwards could do no wrong in this half and points from Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Jamie Collins, Pat Ahern and Denis Greaney were backed up by three great goals from Gerard Ahern, Denis Greaney and Kevin Mahony. This was a great performance after the disappointment of the first two games and we look forward to our match away to Glin this Saturday at 3pm. All Support would be greatly appreciated. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Michael Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Raymond Brouder, Conor Mullane, Paul Collins, Dylan Griffin, Pa Chawke, Jamie Collins, KevinMahony, Patrick Ahern, Denis Greaney, Sean McGrath, Gerard Ahern, Neilo Kean, Dan McMahon, Kevin Murphy, Shane Tierney, JohnGeoghegan & Garry Carroll. 

Fixtures for March/April:

County Intermediate Football League:

Saturday March 29:

Round 2:

Athea will play Glin in the second round of the County Intermediate Football league this Saturday March 29 at 3pm in Glin. Players to be at the field for 2.10pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Minor Football Championship:

Friday April 4:

Round 1:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Deel Rangers in the first round of the Minor football Championship on Friday evening April 4 at 6.45pm. Venue to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Junior B Football League:

Thursday April 10:

Round 1 :

Athea will play Glin in the first round of the Junior B league on Thursday evening April 10 at 7pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the pitch for 6.15pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


Intermediate Training:

Intermediate football training continues this Thursday night March 27 at 8pm and Tuesday night April 1 at 8pm. All players must attend.

Junior B Training:

Junior B football training will continue this Sunday evening March 30 at 4pm. All players must attend.

Club Membership:

For those who have not yet become members of Athea GAA Club they can still do so. This is a great way of supporting the Club at only a cost of €20 for the year. The GAA has the largest membership of any sports organisation in Ireland. When one becomes a member of a GAA club, they become part of the GAA family and part of a great community based organisation that continues to enhance the lives of so many people both young and old.

County Championship:

Our first Championship match will be on Thursday April 24 against Feoghanagh/Castlemahon. Time and venue to be confirmed.


Car Boot Sale:

The Club will be holding a car boot sale on Easter Sunday April 20. It will cost €10 per car on the day and €2 per adult, children are free of charge. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt for the children on the day.

Fun Run:

Athea GAA Club will be hosting a Fun Run & Adventure Run on Saturday June 14. More details to follow


The club would like to congratulate Denis Collins and his wife Sarah on the birth of their son “Denis Patrick” on Thursday last. No doubt another future football star.

 Limerick GAA Draw 2014:

Anyone wishing to join the Limerick Development Draw for this year can do so by contacting any of our ticket sellers or Jacqueline on 086-0670091. There are ten monthly draws. The first draw is on the last Saturday in March, it will be live on Limerick Live 95 FM sports program. Draws will take place thereafter on the last Saturday of each month. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.

Prizes for 2014:

1st: €13,000

2nd: €3,000

3rd: €2,000

4th: €1,000

5th to 9th: €500

10th to 20th: €250

21st to 23rd: Vouchers

Special Prizes:

April Draw: 2 Limerick GAA Season Tickets

June Draw: 2 Munster Hurling Final tickets plus €100

2 Munster Football Final tickets plus €100

July Draw:  2 All Ireland Hurling Final tickets together with B&B and one evening meal in the Croke Park Hotel.

2 All Ireland Football Final tickets together with B&B and one evening meal in the Croke Park Hotel.

Mouth Guards:

It is mandatory for Insurance purposes for all players from U6’s up to senior level to wear mouth guards at training and matches.


Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Sunday March 23:

U14 Feile B:

Athea U14s had their first match of the year when they travelled to Limerick to play Na Piarsaigh in the Feile B competition. Even though they were well beaten they put up a great performance and the coaches were delighted with the commitment and effort each and everyone of the boys put into the match. For their first time playing at U14 level it was very promising to see how well the younger members of the panel did in a very tough match. The older members continued on from last year and gave it their all until the final whistle. Training continues every Tuesday evening and the coaches ask that all players attend. Team: Cathal O’ Brien, Danny Brady, Micheál Dalton, Jamie O’ Mahony, Alex McEldowney, Danial McEldowney, Jack O’ Connor, Shane Ambrose, Andy Ahern, David O’ Connor, Sean Sheehan, Jason Dillon, ThomasMcEnery, John Sexton, Joseph Dalton, Joshua Tebbs, & Seamus Leahy.


U16 Football Championship:

Monday March 31:

Round 1:

Athea will play Glin in the first round of the U16 football championship this Monday March 31 at 6.15pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 5.45pm.


Wednesday March 26:


Our U12s will resume training this Wednesday evening March 26 in Páirc na nGael at 6pm. All players are asked to attend and must wear gum shields. Any player that has not registered may do so on the night.

Friday March 28:


Our U8s will resume training this Friday evening March 28 in the hall at 6.30pm. All players are asked to attend and must wear gum shields. Any player that has not registered may do so on the night.


Our U10s will resume training this Friday evening March 28 in Páirc na nGael at 6pm. All players are asked to attend and must wear gum shields. Any player that has not registered may do so on the night.

Athea United Soccer

PREMIER DIVISION (Sunday, March 23rd)
Athea Utd A     (1) 1   Dylan Griffin
Ballingarry A    (0) 1

Team: Pa Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Jamie Collins, Mathew Tierney, Conor Mullane, Maurice Hayes, Kevin O’Keeffe, Gerard Ahern, John Cotter, Dylan Griffin, Cillian O’Connor.
Sub:  Joe Vaughan. Referee: Pat King.

U10 DIVISION 4 (Saturday, March 22nd)
Athea Utd          (3) 4   Killian O’Connor (2), Calum Buckley, Daire O’Shea
Mountcollins      (3) 3

Athea went up one nil through Killian O’Connor  before two quick goals had Mountcollins ahead. With five minutes to half time Kilian got his second to eave it two all. Then before half time two quick goals from either side, Mountcollins going ahead again before Calum Buckley made it three apiece. The second half was end to end with both teams playing well but with ten minutes to go Athea scored the winner with Daire O’Shea getting the decisive goal. Well done to both teams on a great game.
Team: Fergal Pierce, James Broderick, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Calum Gleeson, Michael Walsh, Daire O’Shea, Conor Mullane, Calum Buckley,  Killian O’Connor,  Rory Mahony, Donacha Barrett
Saturday, March 29th
U12s home to Feenagh at 1.45pm.

Sunday, March 30th
Junior As away to Rathkeale A in the Desmond Cup at 11.30am.
Junior Bs home to Adare Utd at 2.30pm

Monday, March 31st
U10s away to Ferry Rangers at 7pm

Thursday, April 3rd
U14s away to Carrig Celtic at 7pm
All players / parents please check with their respective managers with any queries regarding times for the coming weeks.

Our second Last Man Standing Competition is now well under way. Last weekend we had 24 in contention but with only 2 fallers we still have 22 in contention. Prize money is EURO 300 and is generously being sponsored by Brown Joes Bar, Athea and the club would like to thank Tommy O’Grady for the sponsorship. There is also a sellers prize of EURO 50 for the person that sells the winning line.
The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Tuesday, March 18th at White’s Bar are as follows
Jackpot was €13,000. Numbers drawn 9, 22, 23, 28. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Michael O’Connor, Lower Athea. PJ Quaid, Lower Dirreen, Athea. Declan Barrett, Athea. Mattie Histon, Ardagh. Helen Regan, Loughill.
Sellers Declan Barrett & Clare Ryan.
New jackpot will be €13,100 on Monday, March 24th at Brown Joe’s.
Tickets €2 each or three for €5

The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, March 24th at Brown Joe’s are as follows
Jackpot was €13,100. Numbers drawn 3, 10, 23, 28. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Mag Mulvihill, Moyvane. Eileen Flavin, TempleAthea. Maureen Begley, Croom. Phil Mulqueen, Ballingarry.  Breda Byrne, Doon.
Sellers Top of the Town & Pat Mulvihill.
New jackpot will be €13,200 on Monday, March 31st at Batt’s Bar.
Tickets €2 each or three for €5