Athea GAA


Intermediates Championship:

Athea 1-08           St. Senans 0-12

Our Intermediates chances of making the knockout stages of the championship have disappeared following defeat to St. Senans by the narrowest of margins in Glin on Friday evening last. Conditions were wet and slippy as the rain poured down and hopes were high that we could beat the favorites for the championship after a great win against Gerald Griffins in the last round. We started well in the first half and it was Gerard Ahern who opened the scoring with a point from a free after Jamie Collins was fouled. St. Senans were quick to respond with two points of their own. A second point for Gerard Ahern levelled the match after great work by Martin Chawke and Kevin O’Keeffe. A well worked move by our boys ended up with Kevin O’Keeffe bearing down on goals only to be fouled in the square and Gerard Ahern converted the resulting penalty for the only goal of the game. St. Senans started to pile on the pressure and soon after scored a point. Timmy Enright was called into action and pulled of a brilliant save and then it was the turn of Matthew Tierney as he cleared the ball of the line to deny the opposition a certain goal. Two more points from St. Senans levelled the match but a point each from Kevin O’Keeffe and Denis Greaney had us two ahead after twenty two minutes of the match. We had further chances to score but failed to take them as St. Senans added three more points before the break to leave the half time score Athea 1-04 St. Senans 0-08. Shortly after the start of the second half Timmy Enright pulled of another great save but soon after St. Senans tapped over a point to go two ahead. Gerard Ahern pointed a free to narrow the gap and a super point by Shane Mulvihill after great work by Pa Chawke and Jamie Collins left  the match all square at this stage. St. Senans kick three unanswered points in a five minute period and looked like pulling away but the Maroon and White’s came back. Our defense kept the opposition scoreless for the rest of the match and our midfield and forwards upped their game. Gerard Ahern pointed another free to close the gap and Mark O’ Connor split the posts with a super point to leave just one point between the teams with minutes remaining. We tried hard to find a winner but it wasn’t to be and the final score was Athea 1-08 St. Senans 0-12. It was disappointing to bow out of the Championship with one game to play but no one can fault our Boys for the effort and commitment they showed throughout the year and during this match. Our final Championship game is against Hospital-Herbertstown in three weeks’ time and we also have a league quarter final to look forward to shortly. Team: Timmy Enright, Michael Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Shane Tierney, Dylan Griffin, Denis Greaney, Padraig Reidy, Martin Chawke, Tom Collins, Shane Mulvihill, Jamie Collins, Kevin O’Keeffe, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Mark O’Connor, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Paul Collins, Eoin McCarthy, Jason O’Flaherty, Padraic Walsh, Kieran Harnett, Dan McMahon, Jack Denihan &  Jason Dalton.

Club Draw 2014:

We held our second Club Draw at Dick White’s bar on Saturday evening last. Tickets can still be bought for our draw. This year’s total prize money is €11,800. This is a great way of supporting our club and if anyone still wants to buy a ticket please contact anyone of our committee members or Jacqueline on 086-0670091.

The following are the winners of our second Draw:

1st €500: Eamon O’ Connor, Clash, Athea.
2nd €250: Brendan Lynch, Lynch’s Taxis, Castlemahon.
3rd €150: Mary Collins, Lower Road, Athea.
4th €150: Michael Broderick, Cratloe Abbeyfeale.
5th €150: Aoibheann O’ Riordan, c/o O’ Riordans Pharmacy.
6th €150: Mike & Majella Dalton, Glenagore, Athea.

Church Gate Collection:

The Club would like thank all those who contributed to our Church Gate collection last weekend. As always your support is greatly appreciated.


The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the O’Sullivan family, Lower Road on the passing of Margaret O’Sullivan. May she rest in peace.

Fixtures for August:

Friday August 15:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers have a match at home to St. Mary/ Sean Finns on Friday evening August 15 at 7.30pm.

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 July 25th:


An entertaining evening was had in Abbeyfeale where our U10’s played another Trojan game of football against the home side Fr. Caseys. With workman like performances from Michael Walsh in the backs and Dylan Stewart in the forwards made a great team performance from all involved. A big thank you from all the parents who stood on the sideline to cheer them on.Panel: Daire O’Shea, Calum Glesson, Callum Buckley, James Broderick, Gavin Mulvihill, Dylan Steward, Conor Fitzgerald, Cillian O’Connor, Rory O’Mahony, Michael Walsh, James Lee & Evan Curry.

Wednesday July 30:


Our U14s are out of this year’s Championship after losing out to a very strong St. Senans team in Foynes on Wednesday evening last. They tried hard throughout the whole match and never gave up. Many thanks to all those who travelled and togged out for the game. Team: Cathal O’Brien, Pierce

O’Brien, Micheál Dalton, TJ White, David O’Connor, Daniel McEldowney, Alex McEldowney, Shane Ambrose, Seamus Leahy, Luke Gleeson, John Sexton, Joseph Dalton, Eoin O’Shea, Jack O’Connor, Aidan Curry & Brandon Finucane.


Fixtures for August:

Friday August 8:


Athea U8’s have a Blitz in Mick Neville Park on Friday evening August 8. Cars leaving the village at 6.10pm. All players must have gum shields.

Friday August 8:


Athea U10’s have a match at home to Moyvane this Friday evening August 8. Players to be at the field for 6.45pm. All players must have gum shields.

Monday August 11:


Athea U16’s are away to Cappagh/Kilcornan on Monday August 11 at 7.15pm. Cars leaving the village at 6.15pm. All players must have gum shields.

Saturday August 16:


Athea U10’s have a Blitz in Mick Neville Park on Saturday August 16 at 10.30am. Cars leaving the village at 9.45am. All players must have gum shields.

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.


Best of luck to TJ Ryan and the Limerick Senior Hurlers as they play Kilkenny in the All Ireland Semi Final on Sunday August 10 in Croke Park.

Athea Utd Soccer

There is no change to the cost of club registration from the 2013-14 season so the fees for the upcoming 2014-15 season are as follows
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.
For example a family with an U/8 player and an U/10 player the registration will be €30 while a family with an U/16 player and an U/12 the registration will be €40.
In line with club policy no player(s) will be allowed play for Athea Utd in the schoolboy league or junior league until they have their registration paid. All managers are to collect the respective registration and to implement this club policy.
Would all Junior A and Junior B players please take note of the registration fees for the coming 2014-15 season.
For the junior players that didn’t sell lottery tickets or the Last Man Standing Cards last season the registration will be €60.
The club are looking for any person(s) interested in managing the U-16s for the coming season. Interested parties please contact any of the committee asap.

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.
The club extends its deepest sympathy to the family, relations and friends of Margaret O’Sullivan, Lower Athea who passed away last week. May She Rest In Peace.

Our weekly lottery draw was held on August 5th at Batt’s Bar for a jackpot of €15000. We will have the results in next weeks Newsletter.