Athea Utd. Soccer

by Pat Mulvihill

PREMIER DIVISION (Friday, May 23rd)
Athea Utd A      (1) 1      Dylan Griffin
Glin Rovers A    (0) 2

PREMIER DIVISION (Sunday, May 25th)
Abbeyfeale Utd A  1
Athea Utd A       1      Dylan Griffin

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.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, May 26th at The Top of the Town are as follows –
Jackpot was €14,000. Numbers drawn 2, 8, 12, 26. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Jim Carmody, Templeglantine. Damian O’Dwyer, Ardagh. Teresa Murphy, Glin. John Fealy, Athea. Sorcha O’Connor, Ardagh.
Sellers Agatha & Pat Hayes.
New Jackpot will be €14,100 on Monday, June 3rd at Donie’s.
Tickets €2 each or three for €5


Athea G.A.A. 

by Jacqueline O’Connor


Junior B Football Championship:

Athea 1-10   Ballysteen 2-08

Our Junior B’s made the short journey to Ballyhahill to take on Ballysteen in the first round of the championship on Wednesday evening last. With our biggest panel of the year togged out with a mixture of youth and experience we took the game to Ballysteen from the throw in and we were soon on the score board when Darren Murphy and Brian Murphy both scored great points. Following a point from Ballysteen, Nelius Hunt scored a super long range point to keep us two ahead. Ballysteen came back and scored three points of their own but Sean McGrath tapped over a free to level matters again. We then conceded a goal and a point but the very lively Neilo Keane showed his class when he split the posts with a great point. Just before half time a great sideline kick from Darren Murphy was fisted to the net by the very experienced Denis Collins to leave the half time score 1-05 apiece. At the start of the second half we went ahead again when Nelius Hunt pointed after a great pass from Chris Hayes. The opposition scored two points of their own but two points from Sean McGrath and a point each for Jason Quille and Nelius Hunt left us with a three point lead heading into the closing stages. Ballysteen scored a point and piled on the pressure for the final few minutes and despite our best efforts they scored a goal on the stroke of full time to leave the final score Athea 1-10 Ballysteen 2-08.

Even though we lost by a point this was a super performance and a massive improvement on our previous outing. Under the management of Morgan O’ Connor this team will continue to improve and will no doubt reach the latter stages of the championship.

Team:Kieran Harnett, Neilo Keane, Michael Ahern, Garry Carroll, Gary Vaughan, Chris Hayes, Tommy Quaid, Jason Quille, Neilus Hunt, Brian Murphy, Sean McGrath, Brian Ahern, Darren Murphy, Denis Collins, Steven McEnery, Dan McMahon, Jason Dalton, Paul Mahony, John Cotter, John Geoghegan & Jack Denihan.

Student of the Year:

Congratulations to Dan Mullane who was chosen as Male Student of the year at Tarbert Comprehensive.

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 Mike O’Connor, Matthew Tierney, Roger Ryan, Sean Ahern, Kevin O’Keeffe, John Hunt, Neddie Hunt, Paul Collins, Aine Reidy, Lal Browne, Jim O’ Sullivan, Paul Curry, Mossie Ahern & Oliver McGrath 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 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:

In preparation for our next championship match Intermediate football training will continue this Thursday evening May 29 at 8pm. 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:


Thursday May 22:


Our U12’s played Newcastle West in their last game of phase one in Páirc na nGael on Thursday evening last. This was a great game of football and after the disappointment of the last game the boys and girls showed great improvement pushing Newcastle West all the way. We scored four great goals thanks to Thomas McEnery, TJ Hunt, Aidan Curry and Michael Tierney. Training continues this Thursday evening May 29 at 6.30pm. Well done to all. Team:Colin Broderick, Sarah O’Connor, Thomas McEnery, TJ Hunt, Aidan Curry, Jack Hunt, Adam Byrne, Alex McEldowney, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Luke Gleeson, Pierce O’Brien, Dermot Pierse, Eoin Sheahan, Andrew O’Riordan, Evan Wallace and Michael Tierney.


Thursday May 29:


Training for U6’s continues this Thursday evening May 29 for this week only 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 Thursday evening May 29 at 6.30pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields


Training for U10’s continues this Thursday evening May 29 at 6.30pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Sunday June 1:


Training for U12’s continues this Sunday afternoon June 1 at 12.15pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Tuesday June 3:


Training for U14’s continues next Tuesday evening June 3 at 6.30pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.


Fixtures for June:

Monday June 2:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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

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.