Athea Utd Soccer


U11 Cup (Sat, December 6th) 

Shannonside (0) 2

Athea Utd    (0) 0

Team – Gavin Mulvihill, Shauna Sweeney (capt), Michael Walsh, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Daire O’Shea, Callum Buckley, Conor Mullane, James Broderick, Cillian O’Connor, Donnacha Barrett, Evan Curry, James Lee, Rory Mahoney, Calum Gleeson

Referee Ger O’Connor.

U14 Cup (Sat, December 6th) 

Athea Utd   0

Creeves Cel 6

Team – Evan Wallace, David O’Connor, Seamus Leahy, Ryan O’Connell, Luke Gleeson, Mike McCarthy, Micah O’Connell, John Sexton, Jack O’Connor, DJ O’Connor, Tomas McEnery.

Referee Owen Curtin.

PREMIER DIVISION 3 (Sun, December 7th) 

Newcastle West (2) 2

Athea Utd          (1) 2   Kevin Murphy, Cillian O’Connor,

Team – Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Murphy, Mathew Tierney, Tom Collins, Padraig Reidy, Maurice Hayes, Gerard Ahern, Mark Horgan, Cillian O’Connor, Dylan Griffin, Mike Twomey. Sub John Cotter.

Referee Pat O’Connor.

DIVISION 3 LEAGUE (Sun, December 7th) 

Athea Utd B  (1) 1  Steven McEnery

Feenagh B     (2) 5

Team – Kieran Hartnett, Roger Ryan, Jason Dalton, Sean Ahern, John Geoghegan, Colm Hassett, Neilo Keane, Mark Horgan, Steven McEnery, Dan McMahon, Gary Carroll.

Referee Pat O’Connor.


Saturday, December 13th

U-12s away to Askeaton at 11.30am.

U-16s away to Glantine at 2.30pm.


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 will be starting up an U8 Academy beginning on Saturday, January 10th 2015. Anyone interested in joining the Academy are asked to give their names to Pa Walsh on (087)9127263. Also any person in helping out in any way can contact Pa for further details on the Academy.


Congratulations to Leo Geoghegan on winning our latest Last Man Standing Competition. We had just three players remaining with Leo choosing Liverpool who haven’t been on the best of form lately but produced the goods late on to overcome Stoke City.  On the other hand Padraig McMahon and Dave Hayes were left disappointed as both Swansea and Burnley failed to win.

Collins’ Bar sponsored the 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.

Athea United would like to thank all those who entered the competition and just to let everybody know that we will be running another Last Man Standing at the end of January. Watch this space for further details.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, December 8th at Brown Joe’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €16,800. Numbers drawn 8, 11, 20, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Kathleen Sheehy, Croagh. Denise Mullane, Lower Dirreen. Tom Quinn, Kilmorna. Kit & Helen O’Connor c/o Agatha. Margaret White, Coole West.

Xmas Draw €50 Margaret Flavin, Newcastle West.

Sellers Agatha & Pat Hayes.
New Jackpot will be €16,900 at Batt’s Bar on Monday,

December 15th.
Tickets €2 each or three for €5

Athea G.A.A.


U21 Premier Football Championship

Friday December 5:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 1-09        

Rathkeale/Cappagh 0-12

Our U21s played out a draw with Rathkeale/Cappagh in the quarter final of the U21 premier championship in Mick Neville Park on Friday night last. We started brightly when Matthew Brouder tapped over the opening score of the game. Rathkeale/Cappagh soon got into their stride and scored three unanswered and we had to wait until the twenty second minute of the half before we got our second score thanks to a great point by Pa Delee. The opposition restored their two point advantage with a well taken point but points from Stephen Cahill, Kevin Murphy and Shane Mulvihill gave us a one point lead at the break, Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 0-05 Rathkeale/Cappagh 0-04. The score of the game came early in the second half when Kevin Murphy scored a cracker of a goal after great work by Stephen Cahill. Rathkeale/Cappagh came back and scored three points to leave just one between the team.

The Athea Mountcollins amalgamation stepped up a gear, three points from the boot of Pa Delee and one from Matthew Brouder gave us a five point lead with ten minutes remaining and we looked like heading into the semi-final. The opposition had other ideas and came back into the game scoring five points without reply and the match ended in a draw. The reply is on this Friday night in Mick Neville Park at 8.30pm. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Timmy Finnegan, Jamie Lenihan, Diarmuid Flanagan, William Mullane, Denis Greaney, Dylan Griffin, Mark O’Connor, Stephen Cahill, Shane Mulvihill, Matthew Brouder , Ryan Carroll, Kevin Murphy, Pa Delee, Cian O’ Sullivan, Kevin O’Mahony, Jason O’Flaherty, Daniel Brosnahan, Padraig Collins, Johnny Stack, Padraic Walsh, Mikie O’Mahony, Maurice Hayes & Kieran Hartnett.

Fixtures for December;

U21 Premier Football Championship Quarter-Final:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Rathkeale/Cappagh in the replay of the U21 premier football championship Quarter Final this Friday December 12 in Mick Neville Park at 8.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.

Club Draw 2014:

Our final Club draw will take place at the Top of The Town Bar on Saturday night December 20 and this will also be our Christmas night out for all members of Athea GAA Club. All are welcome on the night. The following are the winners in our draw held at Gerard White’s Bar on Saturday night last:

€500– Tim Enright, Templeathea, Athea.
€250- Jerry Griffin, Fairy Street, Athea.
€150- Eoin McCarthy, Templeathea, Athea.
€150- Seanie O’ Mahony, Markievice Park, Athea.
€150- Paudie Mullane, Knocknagorna, Athea
€150- Francie & Nellie Flavin, Hillside Drive, Athea.
Well done to all our winners and thanks to All those who have supported our Club Draw this year.

Player Welfare:

Readers may have noticed a letter published in last week’s newsletter in relation to how sport might mitigate some of the risks which our youth are now being exposed to. The letter written by Fr. Bowen is a reminder to us all of what can go wrong in people’s lives and how participating in a club sport could help provide support and focus to individuals.  The points are well made and give us an opportunity to outline Croke Park initiatives which will help going forward.

The GAA as an organization is becoming increasingly focused on player welfare and have defined a new role which sets about addressing the issues faced by youth and young adults.

The Club Health & Wellbeing Officer will work and liaise with the County Health & Wellbeing Sub-Committee to ensure that their club is availing of the supports, programmes, partnerships, training, and resources available to them. 

With the support of their Club Chairperson and Executive, he/she should ensure that their club has a Health & Wellbeing Project team in place, that appropriate GAA policies are implemented and monitored, and that the club fosters a culture that promotes health and wellbeing amongst all club members and, where possible, the local community.

This is an initiative which we will be embracing with a view to being proactive as a club in promoting player welfare. More about this in the weeks ahead.

As the saying goes – a problem shared is a problem halved.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Coaching Academy in the Hall:

Coaching for Junior Infants and Senior Infants will continue this Wednesday evening December 10 at 6pm until 7pm in the Con Colbert Community Hall. There will be a charge of €2 per child and all players must have gum shields.

Calendar 2015:

This year’s Calendar will be on sale shortly and is once again bursting with over one hundred team, action and assorted photographs from the year gone by. This wonderful production at a cost of only €5 would make a lovely Christmas present for anyone at home or abroad.

Larkin Shield:

Well done to Amy Ryan who was a member of the West Limerick Schools Team that won the Larkin Shield in the Gaelic Grounds recently.