Athea Utd Soccer


We held our Annual Awards Night last Friday night, June 27th at The Top of the Town, Athea and which is the social highlight of the year. The 2013/14 season from a schoolboy perspective wasn’t as successful as previous seasons as we ended the season without a trophy for the first time in a number of years while on the junior front success also eluded us. Nevertheless our Awards Night is about reflecting back on the season and how our players did individually and collectively as part of a team. Presentations were made to U11 player Andrew O’Riordan who is part of the Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League Academy Squad. Also on a league viewpoint the club congratulates Daire O’Shea who was voted Division 4 player of the year. The U8s and U10s received medals for their efforts during the season for their dedication to training.
The following are the Athea Utd players of the year for 2014
U/10 Gavin Mulvihill.
U/11 Andrew O’Riordan
U/12 Eoin Sheahan
U/13 Jack O’Connor
U/14 Shane Ambrose
U/16 James Ryan
Junior As (joint winners) Kevin O’Keeffe, Kevin Murphy
Junior Bs Colm Hassett

The club would like to thank all those who attended on the night, especially the players parents and families who made it another great success. Well done to all our players who played with pride in the jersey throughout the past season.
Thanks to Tim Somers who provided the disco/music on the night and which was just superb.
Thanks also to Betty, Johnny and staff at The Top of the Town for hosting our awards night and who provided the fantastic food as well as being most helpful throughout.
Congrats to all our award winners on the night but for those who didn’t remember next season is only around the corner and it could well be you this time next year. Roll on 2015.

Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting in this coming Saturday night, July 5th in The Memorial Hall at 8pm. 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.

Booking lines are now open at or phone 1850653653. The Athea Utd camp at The Vales commences onMonday, 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.

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.


This club congratulates junior player Padraig Reidy and Maria Vaughan who were married in Spain last Friday. Wishing the newly weds all the health and happiness in their future together.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, June 30th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €14,500. Numbers drawn 4, 5, 9, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Joan & Pat Manaher, Athea. Margaret C Barrett, Church Road, Athea. Ned Black, Knocknagorna. Declan Barrett, Glin. Ned O’Keeffe, Gortnagross.

Sellers Brouder’s Shop & Pat Hayes.
New jackpot will be €14,600 on Monday, July 7th at The Top of the Town. Tickets €2 each or three for €5

Athea GAA


Friday June 27:


Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 5-13      St. Kierans 2-04

Our Minors played St. Kierans on Friday evening last in Páirc na nGael. On a lovely evening for football it was James Ryan who opened the scoring with a pointed free. Soon after our defense was caught napping from a free and we conceded a goal. We then settled the ship and points from Padraig Collins, James Ryan and Mikie O’Mahony had us a point ahead. Our backs were well on top at this stage with the very impressive Cian Larkin setting up many attacks for our forwards. With ten minutes left in the half Padraig Collins scored a great goal and followed it up with a point to put us in control. Then just before half time a point for the opposition and a point from the boot of Mikie O‘Mahony left us seven points ahead at the break.  The score line reading Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 2-05, St. Kierans 1-01. In the second half Athea/Mountcollins Rangers upped a gear, two points each for Padraic Walsh and James Ryan was added to with a point from Jack Denihan and a goal from Mikie O’Mahony. The visitors hit back with a goal and two points of their own. William Mullane and James Ryan both rose white flags before St. Kierans scored their last point of the evening. Another goal and a point for Padraig Collins added to our lead and just before the final whistle William Mullane capped of a fine performance when he scored a super goal from twenty five yards. The final score was Athea 5-13, St. Kierans 2-04 and they will now play away to Adare this Friday evening at 7.30pm. Team: Johnny Stack, Jason Dalton, Timmy Finnegan, Tommy Quaid, Diarmuid Flanagan, William Mullane, Cian Larkin, Keith Murphy, Gavin O’Reilly, James Ryan, Padraic Walsh, Jack Denihan, Mikie O’Mahony, Padraig Collins, William Sexton. Brian O’Connor, Jason Kelly, Denny Buckley, Daniel Brosnan, Killian O’ Dongohue, Paul O’Mahony & John Lenihan.

Club Draw 2014:

Our first Club draw will be taking place this Saturday night July 5 at the Top of the Town. 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 are out and about selling tickets 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 July:

Friday July 4:

Minor Football Championship:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers have a match away to Adare on Friday evening July 4 at 7.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated

Sunday July 20:

Junior B Football Championship:

Athea will play St. Kierans on Sunday July 20. Time and venue to be confirmed. 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.

Wedding Bells:

Congratulations and best wishes to Padraig Reidy and Maria Vaughan who got married last Friday in Spain. The Club wishes them a long and happy life together.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Friday July 4:


Training for U6’s continues this Friday evening July 4 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 U10’s continues this Friday evening July 4 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. Anyone that has not registered can do so on the night. All players must have gum shields.

Tuesday July 8:


Training for U14’s continues next Tuesday evening July 8 at 6.30pm in Páirc Na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Fixtures for July:

Thursday July 3:


Athea U12’s are away to St. Senans on Thursday evening July 3 at 6.45pm. Cars leaving the village at 6pm. All players must have gum shields.

Friday July 4:


Our U8s have a blitz in Mick Neville Park on Friday evening July 4. Cars leaving the village at 6.15pm. All players must have gum shields.

Wednesday July 9:


Athea U14s have a match at home to St. Mary’s Sean Finns on Wednesday evening July 9. Players to be at the field for 6.45pm. All players must have gum shields.

Saturday July 12:


Our U10s have a blitz in Mick Neville Park on Saturday July 12. Cars leaving the village at 9.45am. All players must have gum shields.

Monday July 14:


Athea U16’s are away to Dromcollogher/Broadford on Monday evening July 14 at 7.15pm. Cars leaving the village at 6.15pm. 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 next 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

Guess the Score:

Coiste na nÓg are 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.

County U14: 

Well done to Shane Ambrose and Micheál Dalton who were part of the Limerick U14 County Football team that took part in the Comhairle na Mumhan Fé14 Óg Peil in the Cork Institute of Technology recently. Both players did very well on the day.