Athea GAA

Sunday June 15:

5K Fun Run/Adventure Run:

On a glorious Sunday afternoon, well over a hundred competitors took part in our 5k Fun Run/Adventure Run. With Páirc na nGael looking extremely well there was a great atmosphere as all the men, ladies, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, children and babies all gathered from twelve noon in preparation for the run. On the stroke of two, John Hunt began the countdown and the Fun Run Competitors headed up the road and around the ring and the Adventure Run Competitors did a lap of the field before embarking over ropes, bales, under nets and various other obstacles including a slide down into the river Gale before returning to Páirc na nGael. There were plenty of water stations around the course to help everyone cope with the hot weather and thankfully everyone made it back to the clubhouse safe and sound. Later on in the evening the prizes were presented at Paul Collins’ shop and bar where everyone enjoyed a well-deserved BBQ treat. The Club would like to thank all those who helped out in anyway in making this day such a great success. Sponsors: Paul Collins, Rose Enright of Brouders’ shop, Bank of Ireland, Listowel, Áine Reidy of Serenity Beauty Salon, Kathleen Ambrose hairdresser, Mullane’s Bus Hire, Athea Utd Soccer Club, Brendan Lynch Bus and Taxi, Denise and Tim O’Riordan, Neilus OSullivan, Leo and Eilish Geoghegan and Joe Kelly South West Motors, Athea First Responders, Administrators, Marshals and Stewards. A special word of thanks to Donal Leahy and Denise O’Riordan for their expert advice in the weeks leading up to the Run. Finally we would like to thank all those who took part and supported our fundraising event your support as always is greatly appreciated. The following were the winners of the various categories:


Men: 1st John Barrett 22.23

2nd Timmy Reidy 24.18

3rd Bill McAuliffe 24.40

Ladies: 1st Elaine O’ Keeffe 23.17

2nd Deirdre Mullane 25.47

3rd Tina Mulvihill Collins 26.47

1st Grandfather Prize: Jerry Brouder

U16:  Joint 1st Daire O’ Shea & Dermot Pierse.

Adventure Run:

Men: 1st Donal Leahy 27.01

2nd Michael Reidy 27.19

Ladies: 1stCatriona Ambrose Lenihan 28.37

2nd Denise O’ Riordan 34.52

1st Father Prize: Michael Reidy.

Club Draw 2014:

Our Club draw will be taking place shortly and once again this year’s total prize money is €11,800. The cost of the Tickets are €80 each or eight monthly payments of €10. 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 €100
8 Draws with the below prizes:
1st €500, 2nd €250, 3rd €150, 4th €150, 5th €150, 6th €150.

Fixtures for June:

Sunday June 22:

Junior B Football Championship:

Round 3:

Athea Junior B’s will play Mountcollins in the third round of the Championship this Sunday June 22 in Abbeyfeale at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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.

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.

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 June 13: Under 10:
Our under 10 footballers travelled to the Bog Garden in Rathkeale on Friday evening last to take part in a Blitz. Playing teams from Fr. Caseys, Dromcollogher/Broadford and St. Mary/Sean Finns our boys did very well. We had a good turnout of sixteen players in the maroon and white and their hand passing soloing, kicking and crouch lifting is improving with every match they play and every training session they attend. Well done to all our players and their coaches. A big thank you to the parents for making the trip to Rathkeale.  We would also like to thank St.Marys/Sean Finns for hosting the blitz and for the treats afterwards. Training continues this Friday evening at 6pm in Páirc na nGael. Panel: Gavin Mulvihill, James Broderick, Daire O’Shea, Calum Gleeson, Conor Fitzgerald, Fergal Pierse, Evan Curry, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Callum Buckley, Michael Walsh, Cillian O’Connor, Conor Mullane, Dylan Steward, James Lee, Donnchadh Barrett & Rory O’Mahony.

Monday June 16: U14:

Athea 3-09        Granagh/Ballingarry 5-05

Our U14’s travelled to Ballingarry to take on the locals in the second round of the league. We started brightly when T.J White opened the scoring after a couple of minutes. The home side equalised, but soon after John Sexton rose the white flag, he then rose the green flag after a great pass from Luke Gleeson to give us a four point lead. We conceded two more points, but a super point from Jack O’ Connor kept us in front. We suffered a major blow when we were hit with two goals by Granagh/Ballingarry, but our boys responded well. Cathal O’Brien was steady in goals, our full back line of David O’Sullivan, Micheál Dalton and Jamie O’Mahony tightened up, our half back line of David O’Connor and the McEldowney brothers Daniel and Alex were always there to support our midfield pairing of Seamus Leahy and Shane Ambrose who worked tirelessly throughout the match. Our forwards were causing trouble for their backs. Three points in quick succession from Joseph Dalton, Jack O’Connor and John Sexton had us level. Then just before the break Joseph Dalton was fouled in the box and John Sexton made no mistake converting the resulting penalty to leave us three points ahead at half time. We were first to score in the second half thanks to the boot of John Sexton, but once again we lapsed and the home side scored two goals and a point to go three points up. John Sexton reduced the lead to two when he scored another great point but the opposition added a goal and a point to go six ahead with five minutes remaining. Our team did not give up; Jason Dillon tapped over a great point and shortly afterwards John Sexton scored his second goal of the match to leave just two between the sides. We tried hard for our fourth goal but we ran out of time and the final score was Athea 3-09 Granagh/Ballingarry 5-05. This was a major improvement on our first match with five of our six forwards scoring from play. We now look forward to our next match in a couple of weeks’ time and if the team keep improving they will no doubt get their first win of the campaign. Team: Cathal O’Brien, David O’Sullivan, Micheál Dalton, Jamie O’Mahony, David O’Connor, Daniel McEldowney, Alex McEldowney. Shane Ambrose, Seamus Leahy, Luke Gleeson, Jason Dillon, Joseph Dalton, TJ White, John Sexton, Jack O’Connor Danny Brady and Sean Sheehan.


Friday June 20: U6:

Training for U6’s continues this Friday evening June 20 at 6pm 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 June 20 at 6pm in Páirc na nGael. Anyone that has not registered can do so on the night. All players must have gum shields.


Training for U10’s continues this Friday evening June 20 at 6pm in Páirc na nGael. Anyone that has not registered can do so on the night. All players must have gum shields.

Monday June 23: U16:

Training for U16’s resumes next Monday evening June 23 at 7pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields

Tuesday June 24:U14:

Training for U14’s continues next Tuesday evening June 24 at 6.30pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Fixtures for June:

Thursday June 19: U12:

Athea U12’s are Home to Granagh/Ballingarry in Páirc na nGael this Thursday evening June 19 at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 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

Bag Packing:

The Club will be fundraising by bag packing in Tesco’s Abbeyfeale this Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21. We would greatly appreciate if anyone could spare an hour or two to help the Club with this vital fundraiser on either day. Please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091, to give your name or for further details.

Guess the Score:

Coiste na nÓg will be running a guess the score competition for the upcoming Munster Senior Hurling Final which Limerick will be hoping to retain their title against Cork in a repeat of last year’s final. More details next week.


Best of luck to the Limerick Senior footballers who will play London in the first round of the Qualifiers in the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday 21 at 3pm.

Athea United Soccer

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.

The Annual Athea Utd Awards Night will take place on Friday, June 27th 2014 at The Top of the Town. More details to follow nearer the date.

All managers from juniors down to schoolboys are asked to return all playing gear from last season to Tim O’Riordan as soon as possible


Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting in The Memorial Hall on Saturday, July 5th 2014. All are welcome to attend. Any person(s) who would like to get involved with the club are especially welcome. More details nearer the date.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, June 16th at Brown Joes are as follows –
Jackpot was €14,300. Numbers drawn 8, 21, 25, 29. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Kathleen Mullane, Glin Road, Athea. Kathleen Liston, Dirreen. Jim Hayes, Newcastle West. Gerry Brouder, Gale View, Athea. Sabrina Cahill, Ardagh.
Sellers Margaret Dalton & Brouders Shop
New jackpot will be €14400 on Monday, June 23rd at Brown Joes.
Tickets €2 each or three for €5