Athea GAA

Club Draw 2014:

Our next club draw will be held at Brown Joe’s Bar this Saturday night October 25. Thanks to all those who have supported our draw again this year.



Athea/Mountcollins Rangers played their second challenge match in as many weeks, this time against St. Kierans in Mountcollins on Friday night last. This was a useful workout once again in preparation for the U21 Premier Football Championship which begins with a match against St. Johns this Friday October 24 in Mick Neville Park at 6.45pm.

Fixtures for October:

Friday October 24:

U21 Premier Football Championship 1st Round:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play St. Johns in the first round of the U21 premier football championship this Friday night October 24 in Mick Neville Park at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 6pm. All players must have gumshields. All support greatly appreciated.

Friday October 31:

U21 Premier Football Championship 2nd Round:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play the Black & Whites in the second round of the U21 premier football championship on Friday night October 31 in Mick Neville Park at 8.15pm. Players to be at the field for 7.30pm. All players must have gumshields. All support greatly appreciated.

Athea N.S. School Team:

The club would like to wish Athea N.S. team the very best of luck when they take on Broadford N.S. team in the School league final this Thursday in Mick Neville Park.

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:

Wednesday October 15:


Athea 2-03               Blackrock 2-05

On Wednesday evening last our U13s made the long journey down to Martinstown to take on Blackrock in the U13 league. For some of them this was their first competitive match for a long time and it took a while for them to shake off the cobwebs. Blackrock took the lead early on with a point and shortly after doubled their score when they added a second. We were trying hard but found it difficult to make the break through and midway through the half we were caught napping at the back and conceded a goal. Things were not looking good but fair play to our young team they stepped up a gear and we got on the scoreboard when John Sexton scored a free after Jack O’ Connor had been fouled. Five minutes later John Sexton sent in a forty five and after a scramble around the goalmouth Jack O’ Connor got a boot to it and sent the ball to the back of the net. Just before half time we were all square after John Sexton pointed another free to leave the half time score Athea 1-02 Blackrock 1-02. At the start of the second half Blackrock scored a goal to go head again but we answered it well when John Sexton scored our second of the night. The home team hit a purple patch again and scored three unanswered points and looked like pulling away but our boys got going again. Jack O’ Connor drilled a low ball across the square but we could not get a boot to it and it went wide. David O’ Connor’s brilliant effort crept just over the crossbar to close the gap to two points. We had one chance left but our attack broke down and as the final whistle went the score line read Athea 2-03, Blackrock 2-05. This was a very exciting match and we are looking forward to our next match against Ballylanders this Thursday evening in Páirc na nGael at 5.45pm. Team: Evan Wallace, Eoin Sheahan, Alex McEldowney, Danny Brady, Seamus Leahy, Michael Tierney, John Sexton, Thomas McEnery, David O’ Connor, TJ White, Andrew O’ Riordan, Jack O’ Connor, Eoin O’ Shea. Jamie O’ Mahony, Luke Gleeson, Aidan Curry & Jack Hunt.

Sunday October 19:

Parish League:

Our U10 Parish League took place on Sunday afternoon last in Páirc na nGael. There was great excitement as two teams battled it out for the honors to the delight of all the parents and grandparents who had gathered to cheer on all the boys and girls. The Tigers who were playing with the strong wind in the first half started off the best and were 2-02 to no score ahead at the break. In the second half the Lions made a great comeback and as the final whistle went it was as exciting as the All-Ireland Final because the sides were all square and the match went to extra-time. This was very close and the Tigers got their nose in front early on and went in at the break slightly in front. The Lions tried hard to comeback once again but the Tigers captained by Gavin Mulvihill held on for a great win. Afterwards in the clubhouse Gavin Mulvihill accepted the Shield on behalf of his team all the Boys and Girls received medals for their mighty efforts on the field. There were loads of treats and light refreshments for all those who attended the Blitz on such a wet and windy day. The Coaches would like to thank all the Boys and Girls and their parents who came training and attended matches far and near throughout the year. It is greatly appreciated and we look forward to another exciting year in 2015. Tigers: Gavin Mulvihill, Donnchadh Barrett, Gearoid O Sullivan, James Lee, James Broderick, Evan Curry & Callum Buckley. Lions: Fergal Pierse, Daire O Shea, Shonagh O’ Mahony, Dylan Steward, Calum Gleeson, Cillian O’ Connor, Conor Fitzgerald & Rory O’ Mahony.

Athea Schools Football:
West Limerick Semi-final:
Athea 3-7       Monagea 1-4
The school boy’s football team qualified for the West Limerick final on Friday last with a great win against Monagea N.S. in Monagea. We were on top in the first half with Eoin O’ Shea and Tomas McEnery playing very well in midfield and Michael Tierney outstanding in defense. Daire O’ Shea was the pick of the forwards scoring 1-2, while Brandon Finucane also played well at the back. We led at half time 2–4 to 1-2. We started the second half well with two points from T.J. Hunt and when Daire scored our third goal, there was no way back for a gallant Monagea team. Team: Colin Broderick, Eoin Sheahan, Brandon Finucane, Michael Tierney, Danny Brady, Eoin O’ Shea, Thomas McEnery, Luke Gleeson, Daire O’ Shea, Andrew O’ Riordan, Pauric Enright, T.J. Hunt, Gavin Ambrose, Pierce O’ Brien, Jack Hunt, Aidan Curry, Dermot Pierse and Adam Byrne.The final is on this Thursday in Mick Neville Park at 12 noon against Broadford, who beat us in an earlier round of the competition

Fixtures for October:

Thursday October 23:


Our U13s are at home to Ballylanders this Thursday October 23 at 5.45pm. Players to be at the field for 5.20pm. All players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea United Soccer

PREMIER DIVISION (Sunday, Oct 19th)
Athea Utd A      (0) 0
NCW Rovers A (1) 3

Team: Mark O’Connor, Kevin Murphy, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Maurice Hayes, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, Jamie Collins, Kevin O’Keeffe, Cillian O’Connor. Subs Martin Chawke, Shane Mulvihill. Michael Reidy.
Referee John Roche.

U12 Division 2  (Saturday, Oct 18th)

Athea Utd       (1) 1     Eoin O’Shea

Shannonside  (1) 4

Team: TJ Hunt, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, Paric Enright, Eoin O’Shea, Jack Vaughan, Daire O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan, Shane Scanlon. Subs use Pierse O’Brien, Fergal Pierse, Cillian O’Connor, Fionn O’Connell. Also Conor Mullane, Shauna Sweeney, Gavin Mulvihill, Dermot Pierse.

Referee Jim Molyneaux.


Saturday, October 25th

U-10s home to Shountrade at 11.30am

U-14s away to Bluebell Utd at 11.30am

Sunday, October 26th

Junior Bs home to Shannonside B at 11.30am
Monday, October 27th

U-12s home to GB Rovers at 11.30am

U-10 training on Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

U-12 training on Tuesdays 6.15pm to 7.30pm.

U-14 training on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

U-16 training on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Junior training Tuesdays at 8.30pm. Fridays at 7pm.


Athea Utd are again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition for the coming season. After the first week of fixtures we had 33 fallers and after week two we had a further 34 going by the wayside and so of the original 206 entries 140 remain standing in the competition. Last weekend we  resumed after the international break with week three and Arsenals failure to win at home to Hull City on Saturday saw an amazing 74 players bite the dust while on Monday night a further nine fell as Man Utd only drew away to West Brom.

Collins Bar are sponsoring our first of this seasons Last Man Standing Competitions with €300 going to the winner and the club thanks them for their sponsorship. We also have a €50 sellers prize to the person that sells the winning line.


Just a reminder of  the Halloween Fancy Dress Party for Athea Utd at Brown Joes Bar next Sunday night, October 26th. It promises to be a great night with proceeds on the night going to the club. There will be a BBQ and plenty of spot prizes on the night also while music will be by the brilliant Tim Somers. Its fair to say then that everyone will be on a winner. Get yer thinking caps on and think of what costumes to wear, the Fancy Dress Party is only days away now to if ye haven’t yet gotten costumes time to get cracking big time. Roll on Sunday night.

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


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 20th at White’s Bar  are as follows –
Jackpot was €16,100. Numbers drawn 4, 11, 26, 27. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Cathal Dennehy, Duagh, Patricia Cleary, Templeathea, Sean Fitzgerald, Athea, Tom Hassett, Abbeyfeale, Patrice Cleary, Athea
Sellers Marian Chawke, Agatha Barrett
New jackpot will be €16,200 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, October 27th
Tickets €2 each or three for €5