Athea United.

by Pat Mulvihill

PREMIER DIVISION (Tuesday, May 13th)
Athea Utd A      (2) 3  Gerard Ahern (pen), Steven McEnery, Cillian O’Connor
Newcastle West A  (1) 3

Friday, May 23rd
Junior As home to Glin Rovers at 7pm
Sunday, May 25th
Junior As away to Abbeyfeale Utd A at 11.30am
Junior Bs away to Creeves Cel at 11.30am
Friday, May 30th
Junior Bs home to Ballysteen at 7pm

Booking lines are now open at or phone 1850653653. The Athea Utd camp at The Vales commences on Monday, July 21st and runs to Friday, July 25th. Cost to participate is £65 per person with a £10 reduction for each additional sibling and the camp is open to all boys and girls ages 6 to 14. All participants to receive top class coaching from FAI accredited coaches, full playing kit, football, back pack and certificate of participation. ALL COACHES ARE ALSO GARDA VETTED.

Due to the recent addition of a friendly international fixture in September of this year, there is an extra allocation of tickets available. Anyone who books a place on a Summer Soccer School online before midnight on Thursday, May 22nd will be eligible for a complimentary adult and child ticket.

In 2008 Athea Utd undertook a major development with the installation by Pride Sports & Leisure of a synthetic training area, the product is known as ‘FIELDTURF’ and is the only one of its kind in Co. Limerick.  Pride Sports & Leisure have this product patented and are the only company in the country able to install this FIFA approved product. There has being a huge amount of interest from clubs, leagues, companies and other parties and at the moment we have a limited number of slots available as clearly if you want the best The Vales, Athea is the place to train
The soccer season is now in full swing and we have had numerous enquiries from clubs and organisations as to what time slots are remaining and as we cater for all events the advice is simple and that is to contact Pat or Denis asap. The advice is not to delay and phone today. Remember the numbers again
Pat – (087)7934417 and Denis – (087)2069900. “Very limited slots available”.

Athea Utd this week installed a clothes bank at our grounds at The Vales and which accept clothes as well as other items. The clothes  bank will benefit The Street Children of Calcutta as well as providing a very useful service for the people of the parish and its environs.
The clothes bank can accept the following items – (1) Clothes. (2) Sheets. (3) (Blankets. (4) Towels. (5) Shoes. (6) Curtains

Mondays 10am to 3pm. Wednesdays 10am to 3pm. Fridays 10am to 3pm. Monday – Friday nights from 7pm to 9.30pm.
Saturday and Sundays 10am to 2am.

Alternatively if persons want to avail of the Clothes Bank but the above hours are not suitable they may leave any items with any of the club committee.

Congratulations to Daire O’Shea who was voted Limerick Desmond U10 Division 4 player of the year for 2014. A great honour for Daire and the club and he will be presented with his award at The Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League Annual Awards night which take place on this Friday night in Rathkeale House Hotel

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, May 19th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €13,900. Numbers drawn 2, 16, 24, 26. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – John Mullane, Upper Athea. Aoife Kinsella, Limerick. Ellen Slemon, Listowel. Catherine O’Connor, Hillside Drive, Athea. Addi Dillon, Ardagh.
Sellers Doreen & Margaret Dalton.
New jackpot will be €14000 on Monday, May 26th at The Top of the Town..
Tickets €2 each or three for €5

 Athea G.A.A.


Thursday June 15:

Junior B League:

Athea Junior B’s played a very strong St. Marys/Sean Finns in the Bog garden on Thursday evening last. Despite the best efforts of all who togged out the home team ran out easy winners at the final whistle: Team:Roger Ryan, Eoin McCarthy, Michael Ahern, Jason Dalton, Garry Carroll, Emmet White, Brian Murphy, Sean Ahern, Neilus Hunt, Neilo Keane, Brian Ahern, Dan McMahon, Liam O’Brien, Denis Collins & Steven McEnery.

Sunday June 18:

Intermediate Football Championship:

Athea 1-07   Mountcollins 2-14

Our Intermediate team played Mountcollins in Abbeyfeale in the second round of the Championship on Sunday evening last. A huge crowd of supporters from both parishes made the short journey to Fr. Caseys GAA club as this was a must win game for both teams. Athea started brightly with Jamie Collins opening the scoring when he blasted the ball over the bar after a great pass from Jonathan Fitzgerald. Mountcollins were on level terms soon after but Kevin Murphy scored a great point to edge us in front again. A pointed free from Gerard Ahern increased our lead, but Mountcollins scored a free of their own to bring it back to a one point game. Our best move of the match began when Jamie Collins won a great ball on the forty five meter line, turned his man and headed for goal, he then passed it to Pa Chawke who laid it off to Shane Mulvihill who buried the ball into the back of the net to the delight of the huge Athea support. Unfortunately we surrendered our lead before half time as Mountcollins stepped up a gear to score five unanswered points to go in at the break 0-7 to Athea’s 1-03 up and it could have been more only for a great save by Timmy Enright in goals. The second half belonged to Mountcollins as a converted penalty and a well taken point early in the half extended their lead. Gerard Ahern narrowed the gap with two pointed frees, but the opposition went on and scored a goal and five points before we could register our next score which was a forty five from the boot of Gerard Ahern. As we ran out of steam Mountcollins powered on to score three more points. The last score of the game was a point from Kevin Murphy to leave the final score Athea 1-07, Mountcollins 2-14. Overall this was a very disappointing result and a big improvement is needed as we face Gerald Griffins in the next round of the Championship in three weeks’ time. I have no doubt in my mind that our boys will bounce back and get back on the right track for the rest of the Championship. Best on the night were Jamie Collins, Paul Collins, Timmy Enright & Shane Mulvihill. Team:Timmy Enright, Padraig Reidy, Paul Collins, Michael Reidy, Dylan Griffin, Matthew Tierney, Denis Greaney, Mark O’Connor, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Shane Mulvihill, Gerard Ahern, Pa Chawke, Conor Mullane, Jamie Collins, Kevin Murphy, Raymond Brouder, Kevin Mahony, Kevin O’ Keeffe, Shane Tierney, Neilo Keane, Dan McMahon & Eoin McCarthy.

Club Draw 2014:

Our Club draw will be taking place shortly and once again this year’s total prize money is €11,800. This is a great way of supporting our club and our ticket sellers will be out and about shortly or if anyone wants to buy a ticket please contact anyone of our committee members or Jacqueline on 086-0670091.

Total Prize Money €11,800.​
Fully paid up members prize €1000
8 Draws with the below prizes:
1st €500, 2nd €250, 3rd €150, 4th €150, 5th €150, 6th €150

Fixtures for May:

Junior B Football Championship: Round 1:

Athea Junior B’s will play Ballysteen in the first round of the Junior B championship in Glin this evening Wednesday at 7.30pm. Players to be at the field for 6.45pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Fixtures for June:

Thursday June 5 to Sunday June 8:

Intermediate Football Championship: Round 3:

Athea will play Gerald Griffins in the third round of the Championship. Date, time and venue to be confirmed. 

Sunday June 8:

Junior B Football Championship: Round 2:

Athea Junior B’s will play Dromcollogher/Broadford in the second round of the Championship. Time and venue to be confirmed.


Sunday June 22:

Junior B Football Championship: Round 3:

Athea Junior B’s will play Mountcollins in the third round of the Championship. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Friday June 27:

Minor Football Championship:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers are at home to St. Kierans on Friday evening June 27 at 7.30pm. All players to be at the field for 6.45pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Intermediate Training:

Intermediate football training continues next Tuesday May 27 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 organization 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 organization 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 Sunday June 15. 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.

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:


Friday May 16:

U10:  Our U10’s made the short journey to Glin for an U10 blitz on Friday evening last. All the boys played extremely well in all their games. The coaches were delighted with how much this young team is improving. We would like to thank Glin for hosting the blitz and for the refreshment and treats for all the children, coaches and parents afterwards. Training continues this Friday evening May 23 in Páirc na nGael at 6.30pm. Team:Daire O’ Shea, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, James Lee, Michael Walsh, Cillian O’ Connor, Conor Mullane, Fergal Pierse & Gavin Mulvihill.


Thursday May 22:

U16:  Training for U16’s continues this Thursday evening May 22 at 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players are asked to attend as this will be the last training session till after the exams. All players must have gum shields.

Friday May 23:

U6:  Training for U6’s continues this Friday evening May 23 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. Anyone that has not registered can do so on the night. All players must have gum shields.

U8:  Training for U8’s continues this Friday evening May 23 at 6.30pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Sunday May 25:


Training for U12’s continues this Sunday afternoon May 25 at 12.15pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Tuesday May 27:


Training for U14’s continues next Tuesday evening May 27 at 6.30pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Fixtures for May:

Thursday May 22:


Athea U12’s are away to Newcastle West this Thursday evening May 22 at 6.45pm. Cars leaving the village at 6pm sharp. All players must have gum shields.

Fixtures for June:

Monday June 2:

U14:   Athea U14’s are at home to Askeaton/Ballysteen on Monday night June 2 at 7.15pm. Players to be at the field for 6.45pm. All players must have gum shields.

Thursday June 5:

U12:  The second phase of the U12 leagues will be commencing on Thursday evening June 5. More details to follow.

Friday June 6/Saturday June 7:

U8:  Athea U8’s have a home Blitz in Páirc na nGael. Date to be confirmed. Players to be at the field for 6.10pm. All players must have gum shields.

Friday June 13/Saturday June 14:


Athea U10’s have a Blitz in Rathkeale. Date and time to be confirmed. All players must have gum shields.

Monday June 16:

U14:  Athea U14’s are away to Granagh/Ballingarry in Ballingarry on Monday night June 16 at 7.15pm. Cars leaving the village at 6.15pm. All players must have gum shields.

Monday June 30:

U16: Athea U16’s are at home to Granagh/Ballingarry in Páirc na nGael on Monday night June 30 at 7.15p.m. Players to be at the field for 6.45pm. 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.

Cúl Camp 2014: 

This year’s Cúl Camp will be taking place in Páirc na nGael from Monday July 7 to Friday July 11 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are a great way for boys and girls between the ages of 6 – 13 to play the games and learn GAA skills in a fun child-friendly environment during the summer holidays. The cost of the camp is as follows:€55 for the first child; €45 for the second child and €40 for the third and subsequent children. Each child receives a Free Kellogg’s GAA kit and backpack. Please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091, if you have any queries or would like to book a place for your child. You can also book a place for your child online at

First Holy Communion & Confirmation:

Congratulations to all the boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion last Saturday and to our boys and girls who are receiving their Confirmation today. May God and the Holy Spirit bless and protect you always.

Club Hoodies:

For anyone that would like to order an Athea GAA Club hoodie, please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 before Friday May 30. The cost of the hoodies are children €20, Adults €25.


Arthea Golf Society

The result of the competition (singles stapleford) played at Dundrum on Saturday was:

1st:           Tommy White

2nd:          Ciarán Griffin

3rd:           Sean Ryan

The format of the competition was changed from a team event due to the relatively low entry.

Our next outing is to Tipperary on June 14th.

More news at a later date.