Athea GAA


Tuesday April 22nd:

County Intermediate Football League:

Athea 0-11    Na Piarsaigh 1-07

Athea Intermediates had a hard fought win over Na Piarsaigh in their final match of the group stages of the league in Páirc na nGael on Tuesday evening last. Gerard Ahern opened the scoring with a point after five minutes and soon after Denis Greaney rose the white flag to put us two up. Scores were hard to come by but Gerard Ahern extended our lead with a great point. Midway through the half the visitors got their first point of the day but Gerard Ahern was on the mark again with another point. Just before half time both sides exchanged points, Pa Chawke getting his name on the scoreboard for Athea to leave us three to the good at the break. Both teams scored early on in the second half with two points each. From then on Athea were guilty of some wayward shooting. Several scoring opportunities were wasted by our boys, meanwhile Na Piarsaigh tapped over a few points to close the gap to a point with ten minutes to go. We eventually found our scoring touch in the last five minutes, Gerard Ahern with two points and Kevin Mahony with one to give us a four point lead. A late goal for the city side was not enough and we won on a score line of Athea 0-11, Na Piarsaigh 1-07. Team: Timmy Enright, Eoin McCarthy, Paul Collins, Michael Reidy, Denis Greaney, Dylan Griffin, Raymond Brouder, Jamie Collins, Mark O’ Connor, Ryan Carroll, Shane Mulvihill, Pa Chawke, Kevin Mahony, Gerard Ahern, Sean McGrath, Conor Mullane, Sean McGrath, Matthew Tierney & Dan McMahon.

Saturday April 26:

Intermediate Football Championship:

Round One:

Athea 1-05    Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-12

Our Intermediate team made the short journey to Abbeyfeale to take on Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the first round of the Championship. This was always going to be a tough match as we were missing a few players due to injury and Feohanagh/Castlemahon are current County Junior A Champions and also reached the Junior A Munster final last year. We started brightly and it was not long before we scored, when Jamie Collins fired over a great point after being set up by Patrick Ahern. As the rain poured down it was hard for either team to get a foot hold in the game. Ten minutes into the match we suffered a major blow when Patrick Ahern came off injured after he nearly scored a goal for Athea. Midway through the half Feohanagh/Castlemahon scored three points to go two up, but Gerard Ahern pointed a free after Jamie Collins had been fouled. Another point for the opposition just before half time left us trailing by two points at the break with the half time score reading Athea 0-02, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-04. We got off to a good start in the second half when we were soon back on level terms when Conor Mullane and Gerard Ahern both rose white flags. Feohanagh/Castlemahon went ahead again with a point of their own, but Pa Chawke split the posts after a great pass from Shane Mulvihill to level the match once again. Unfortunately from an Athea point of view that was to be our last score until the final minutes of the match. Meanwhile Feohanagh/Castlemahon scored seven unanswered points and a great save by Raymond Brouder on the goal line denied them a certain goal. Our boys tried hard but failed to break down Feohanagh/Castlemahon’s tight marking defence. In the final minute Jamie Collins set up Kevin Mahony who scored a fine goal to leave the final scored Athea 1-05, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-12. Our next match is against Mountcollins in the second round of the Championship, who also lost their first match to St.Senans, so it is a must win for both teams and one not to be missed. Best on the night were Raymond Brouder, Jamie Collins, Michael Reidy and Gerard Ahern. Team: Timmy Enright, Raymond Brouder, Tom Collins, Michael Reidy, Mark O’ Connor, Padraig Reidy, Denis Greaney, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Conor Mullane, Shane Mulvihill, Jamie Collins, Pa Chawke, Gerard Ahern, Patrick Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Kevin Mahony, Paul Collins, Kevin O’ Keeffe, Eoin McCarthy, Shane Tierney, Matthew Tierney, Sean McGrath, Dan McMahon & Neilo Keane.

Fixtures for May:

Junior B:

Thursday May 1:

Round 2:

Athea are away to Gerald Griffins this Thursday night May 1 at 7pm. Players to be at the field in Ballyhahill for 6.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday May 15:

Round 3:

Athea are away to St.Marys/Sean Finns on Thursday May 15 at 7.30pm. Players to be at the Bog Garden for 7p.m. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Intermediate Championship:

Round 2:

Athea will play Mountcollins in the second round of the Championship between the dates of the Wednesday May 14 and Sunday May 18. Time, date and venue to be confirmed.

Intermediate Training:

Intermediate football training continues next Tuesday night May 6 at 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. 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.

Fun Run:

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

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 Áine on 087-6954029. There are ten monthly draws. The first draw took place on Saturday April 19; it was on 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. Mouth guards can be purchased from Collins’ shop.


Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Wednesday April 23:


Athea U15’s have qualified for the County final for the second year in a row following a convincing win over Kildimo/Pallaskenry in Páirc na nGael on Wednesday last. On a showery evening, Micheál Ambrose was first on the score board when he scored two great points from play. Kildimo/Pallaskenry responded with a goal but we were soon level when Liam McAuliffe fired over the equaliser. We went a point ahead when Micheál Ambrose got Athea’s fourth point of the match and just before half time Jamie O’ Brien found the back of the net after great work by Brian Sheahan to leave the half time score Athea 1-4 to Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-00. In the second half, Jamie O’ Brien extended our lead with a point and shortly afterwards Brian Sheahan got our second goal of the night. Alan Kelly was next to score when he rose the white flag before Feohanagh/Castlemahon scored two great points of their own. Andy Ahern put the result beyond doubt when he scored our third goal of the night and just before the full time whistle Brian Sheahan scored a point to leave the final score Athea 3-07, Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-02. Team: Cathal O’ Brien, Jack Vaughan, Micheál Dalton, Mark McAuliffe, Jamie O’Brien, Cillian Liston, Shane Ambrose, Sean Ryan, Micheál Ambrose, Liam McAuliffe, Alan Kelly, Daniel McEldowney, David O’Connor, Brian Sheahan, John Sexton, Jack O’ Connor & Andy Ahern.

Thursday April 24:


Athea 1-3   Killeedy 1-3

The under 12 footballers played their first league game on Thursday last in Athea against Killeedy. Despite the low scoring this was a very good game with every ball contested for with great determination and sportsmanship. We had a big panel of players but following the Gaa motto of” everyone gets a go” all players got good game time. We wish we could give them more. Panel: Danny Brady, Alex McEldowney, Sarah O’ Connor, Pierce O’ Brien, Paraic Enright, Andrew O’ Riordan, Dermot Pierse, Sarah Scanlon, TJ Hunt, Amy Ryan, Eoin Sheahan, Brandon Finucane, Luke Gleeson, Gavin Ambrose, Nicola Scanlon, Eoin O’ Shea, Jack Hunt, Meadhbh Donovan, Evan Wallace, Michael Tierney, Thomas McEnery, Aidan Curry & Colin Broderick.


Friday May 2:


Training for U6’s continues this Friday evening May 2 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. Anyone that has not registered can do so on the night. All players must have gum shields.


Training for U8’s continues this Friday evening May 2 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.


Training for U10’s training continues this Friday evening May 2 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Monday May 5:


Training for U16’s continues next Monday evening May 5 at 7pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Tuesday May 6:


Training for U14’s continues next Tuesday evening May 6 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.


The registration fee from U6 up to U16 is €25 per child or €40 per family. This year Parents of children of Coiste na nÓg will be able to become members of our Senior Club at a cost of €10. Please contact Jacqueline if you have any queries. All new members are welcome. Any child registering for the first time will need to bring a copy of their birth cert.

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.

Cul Camp 2014: 

This year’s Cul Camp will be taking place in Páirc na nGael from Monday July 7 to Friday July 11. More details to follow in the coming weeks. Please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 if you have any queries.

Athea United Soccer

U12 DIVISION 2 (Friday, April 25th)
Athea Utd         (0) 0   Eoin O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan (2)
Ferry Rangers  (3) 3
Team – Danny Brady, Eoin Sheahan, Brandon Finucane, Michael Tierney, Gavin Ambrose, Pierse O’Brien, Paric Enright, Eoin O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan, Tomas McEnery, Alex McEldowney. Subs Daire O’Shea, Luke Gleeson, Jack Vaughan, Shane Scanlon. Referee Pat King.
PREMIER LEAGUE CUP S/F (Sunday, April 27th)
Athea Utd A    (0) 0    Carrig Cel A    (1) 5
Team: Timmy Enright, Shane Mulvihill, Jamie Collins, Tom Collins, Padraig Reidy, Maurice Hayes, Conor Mullane, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, John Cotter, Cillian O’Connor. Subs Mathew Tierney, Mike Keogh, Kevin O’Keeffe.
Referee Paul O’Brien

U12 Inter League Tournament (run by Limerick Desmond Schoolboys League)
(All Games on in The Vales Athea)
Limerick Desmond v Clare at 12.30pm D Wallace
Limerick County v Kerry at 12.30pm P O’ Donnell
Tournament 3rd/4th Place Playoff at 2.30pm D Wallace
Tournament Final at 2.40pm P O’ Donnell
Sunday, May 4th
Junior Bs away to Kilcornan at 2.30pm
Thursday, May 8th
U10s away to Mountcollins at 7pm

The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Tuesday, April 22nd are as follows:
Jackpot was €13,500. Numbers drawn 5, 19, 22, 23. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Roisin Kinsella, Limerick. Agatha Barrett, Athea. Ann O’Keeffe, Upper Athea. Breda Foley Ardagh. Nora Moriarty c/o The Top of the Town.
Sellers JP’s & Declan Barrett….
New jackpot will be €13,600 on Monday, January 28th at Donie’s
The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, April 28th are as follows:
Jackpot was €13,600. Numbers drawn 7, 14, 31, 32. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Pa O’Connor, Ardagh. Shelia Keane, Listowel, Helen Smith, Athea. Kevin O’Keeffe , Athea. Calum Buckley, Athea.
Sellers Margaret Reidy & Paudie Reidy.
New jackpot will be €13,700 on Tuesday, May 6th at Brown Joe’s.

Athea Community Games

ATHLETICS – The Athea Community Games track and field events will be held this Sunday May 4th in the high field at 2pm.  There will be events U6 to U14’s , lots of events for everyone including long jump and long puck, and novelty races, all are welcome.  Weather permitting. If any parents are interested in helping out on the day it would be greatly appreciated.

Those who qualify will be entered for The Limerick County Athletic Track and filed finals will be held over three days, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June, in Mungret.

In Mungret at the County games they are going to introduce a new event for over 14’s and adults, a 7k Fun Run, which will have a €5 entrance fee.  The idea is to have more people involved.

CROSS COUNTRY – Event to be held 14th May, no venue as yet. Anyone interested please contact Mary Hunt @ 087 945 1030 as the closing date for entry is approaching.

U9 is   300 meters.  Boys and girls. It can be an  individual or a team event.  It goes only to county level.

U11 is 600 meters.  Boys and girls.  It can be  an individual or a team event.  It goes only to county level.

U12 is 400 meters or 600 meters.  Boys and Girls.  It can go to national level.

U14 is 600 meters or 800 meters.  Boys and Girls.  It can go to national level.

U13 is only a full cross country at 1200 meters and is a team event.  It can go to national level.


BASKETBALL – Congratulations to all who took part and represented Athea in the recent community games basketball competitions held in Askeaton and Athea. Well done to the U11’s mixed team and the U13 girls team who qualified for the semi-finals, and the finals which will take place in Athea on Sat 10th May in Athea, times to be confirmed. A big thank-you to Trish Ahern and Athea Vixens basketball club for all their time and efforts in coaching and running these events for the boys and girls.