Athea United Soccer


Yesterday week was a sad one for the parish of Athea when we heard of the passing of Ita Vaughan at her home in Templeathea following a long illness. For as long as I have known her Ita had a great love for soccer and been a great supporter of ours for as long as I can remember and always wanted to know how all our teams were doing. She began following the fortunes of Athea Utd when her son Joseph began playing with the club at schoolboy level and this continued when Joseph played youths and then junior soccer with Athea Utd. Ita was always in the company of her husband Joe Joe at the games and there can’t be too many grounds where we didn’t see them together supporting Athea Utd. Ita had a great knowledge of the game and if anyone was playing badly or not trying Ita was quick to point it out to us.

It’s just hard to imagine we won’t see Ita at any more Athea Utd games and it certainly won’t be the same without her. Ita was a real lady, a great friend and will be very sadly missed.

On behalf of the club I would like to extend out deepest, heartfelt sympathies to Ita’s husband Joe Joe, son Joseph, daughters Jenny and Lorraine, extended family and her many friends.

May The Light Of Heaven Shine On Her For Always.

RIP Ita.


U10 Division 5 (Sat, October 25th) 

Athea Utd   (0) 4      James Broderick (3), Evan Curry

Shountrade (0) 2

Team – Evan Curry, Calum Gleeson, James Hunt, Michael Walsh, James Lee, Calum Buckley, Rory Mahony, James Broderick, Josh Quilter, Rory Cleary, Ciaran Hunt

U14 Division 3 (Sat, October 25th) 

Bluebell Utd (0) 1

Athea Utd      (3) 7

Micah O’Connell (3), Jason Dillon (2), Jack O’Connor, John Sexton

Team – Evan Wallace, Eoin Sheahan, David O’Connor, Ryan O’Connell, Seamus Leahy, Michael Tierney, Micah O’Connell, John Sexton, Alex McEldowney, Jack O’Connor, Jason Dillon. Sub used Tomas McEnery.

Referee Sean Hartnett

U12 Division 2 (Mon, October 27th) 

Athea Utd  (0) 3   Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Pierse O’Brien

GB Rovers (4) 5

Team – Gavin Mulvihill, Cillian O’Connor, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, TJ Hunt, Paric Enright, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Shane Scanlon, Sub used Shauna Sweeney.

Referee Donie Wallace.

Division 3 League (Sun, October 26th) 

Athea Utd B     (0) 0

Shannonside B (1) 4

Team – Kieran Hartnett, Jason Dalton, Emmet White, Ray Brouder, Ger Collins, Mark Horgan, Peter O’Connor, Colm Hassett, John Geoghegan, Neilo Keane, Eoin Horgan.

Referee John Roche


Saturday, November 1st

U-12s home to Bluebell Utd in the cup at 11am

U-16s away to Carrig Celtic at 11.30am

Sunday, November 2nd

Junior Bs home to Ballingarry B at 2.30pm

Athea Utd are again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition for the coming season. After week three we were down to 56 players left standing and after last weekend (week 4) another 34 bit the dust, thanks to Liverpool, Man City and Spurs all failing to win and as it stands we have just 22 left in the competition.

Collins’ Bar are sponsoring our first of this season’s 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.


Athea Utd’s Halloween Fancy Dress Party took place at Brown Joe’s Bar last Sunday night. We will have more on this in next week’s notes and I’m  informed a great night was had by everybody.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 27th at Brown Joe’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €16,200. Numbers drawn 14, 15, 23, 24. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Graham Duncan, Ardagh. Tom Hassett, Abbeyfeale. M & M Mangan, Lyre. Callum Buckley, Templeathea. Mary Curley, Ardagh.
Sellers: Batt’s Bar & Margaret Dalton.
New jackpot will be €16,300 at Batt’s Bar  on Monday, November 3rd
Tickets €2 each or three for €5

Athea GAA

Club Draw 2014:

Our Club draw was held at Brown Joe’s Bar last Saturday night October 25. The following were winners on the night:
€500– Mary Sheahan, Knocknagorna, Athea.
€250- Gearoid & Tiernan Collins, Cratloe, Abbeyfeale.
€150- Mossie Langan, Glenagragra, Athea.
€150- Declan & Mary White, Upper Athea, Athea.
€150- Connie Keane, Upper Athea, Athea
€150- Mike O’ Connell, Cratloe, Abbeyfeale.
Well done to all our winners and thanks to all those who have supported our Club Draw.

Fixtures for October/November;

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 support greatly appreciated.

Friday November 7:

U21 Premier Football Championship 3rd Round:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Fr. Caseys in the third round of the U21 premier football championship on Friday night November 7 in Mick Neville Park at 8pm. Players to be at the field for 7.15pm. All support greatly appreciated.


The Club would like to congratulate the Athea Tidy Towns committee on their recent success in the Limerick in Bloom competition.


The Club extends its deepest sympathy to the Vaughan Family on the passing of Ita Vaughan. May she rest in peace.


Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Thursday October 23:


The curtain came down on competitive action for the Coiste na nÓg when our U13s played their second and final game of the league. It was very wet and windy on the night and it was Ballylanders who had most of the possession for the entire game. Our boys kept trying until the final whistle and the highlights for us was a goal each for John Sexton and Aidan Curry and a super point from the boot of Eoin O’ Shea. At the final whistle Ballylanders were victorious and everyone enjoyed the well-earned treats in the Clubhouse afterwards.  Team: Evan Wallace, Eoin Sheahan, Alex McEldowney, Jamie O’ Mahony, TJ White, Michael Tierney, Seamus Leahy, John Sexton, Thomas McEnery, David O’ Connor, Luke Gleeson, Jack O’ Connor, Eoin O’ Shea, Colin Broderick, Aidan Curry & Jack Hunt.

Athea Schools Football:
West Limerick Final:
Athea 1-9            Broadford 4-8
The National School Team lost the West Final to Broadford on Thursday last in Mick Neville Park before a large number of supporters. We played our best football in the first half against the wind and only trailed 1-6 to 1-4 at half time. We got on top at the start of the second half but found scores hard to come by. Broadford broke up field to score a goal but we replied with points to reduce the lead to two points. Broadford again broke up field and scored another goal and they got another one shortly afterwards. We tried hard from there to the finish but we could not close the gap. The team was disappointed afterwards but they had a good campaign and did very well to reach our first Cumann na mBunscoil final in many years.
Team: Colin Broderick, Brandon Finucane, Danny Brady, Eoin Sheahan, Michael Tierney, Eoin O’ Shea, Thomas McEnery, Pierce O’ Brien, Daire O Shea, T.J. Hunt, Luke Gleeson, Gavin Ambrose, Aidan Curry, Jack Hunt, Adam Byrne and Dermot Pierse.


The Club would like to congratulate the Athea ladies U14 football team who won the second trophy of the year when they defeated Murroe/Boher in the final of the Summer league on Saturday last in Kildimo.