Athea GAA


U21 Premier Football Championship

Friday December 12:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 3-12 Rathkeale/Cappagh 2-11

Our U21’s had a super four point win over Rathkeale/Cappagh in the replay of the Premier football quarter final on a cold Friday night in Mick Neville Park. We got off to a flying start when Kevin Murphy scored a super goal with only twenty seconds gone on the clock. Rathkeale/Cappagh were soon level when they kicked over three points of their own. Pa Delee, Stephen Cahill and Shane Mulvihill all exchanged points with the opposition before Kevin Murphy scored his second goal of the night after great work from Denis Greaney and Cian O’ Sullivan. This gave our boys a big boost and points from Shane Mulvihill, Matthew Brouder and a brace from Stephen Cahill gave us a seven point lead heading for the break. Rathkeale/Cappagh pulled one back before the break to leave the half time score Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 2-07, Rathkeale/Cappagh 0-07. We opened the scoring in the second half when Pa Delee scored a wonderful point. Rathkeale/Cappagh came back into the game again and scored three unanswered points to close the gap to four points. A comeback looked on the cards for the second week in a row, but up stepped Kevin Murphy again and he scored an absolute cracker of a goal to settle all our nerves on the sideline. Points from Stephen Cahill and Maurice Hayes put the result beyond doubt with five minutes left to play. A gallant Rathkeale/Cappagh side did not drop their heads and scored a goal to give them a glimmer of hope but two long range points from Kevin Murphy and Shane Mulvihill restored our seven point lead and a goal late into injury time for the opposition left the full time score Athea/Mountcollins 3-12, Rathkeale/Cappagh 2-11. This was a great team performance and a big improvement on previous weeks. We now play Ballybrown in the semi-final this Friday night December 19 in Mick Neville Park at 8.30pm and having played them already we know there are a very tough physical team. A big effort from our boys is called for so we are hoping for large crowd of supporters to travel to Rathkeale on Friday night to cheer them all the way to the Final. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Timmy Finnegan, Jamie Lenihan, Diarmuid Flanagan, William Mullane, Denis Greaney, Dylan Griffin, Matthew Brouder, Stephen Cahill, Shane Mulvihill, Mark O’Connor , Ryan Carroll, Kevin Murphy, Pa Delee, Cian O’ Sullivan, Kevin O’Mahony, Jason O’ Flaherty, Daniel Brosnahan, Padraig Collins, Johnny Stack, Padraic Walsh & Maurice Hayes.

Fixtures for December:

U21 Premier Football Championship Semi-Final:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Ballybrown in the Semi-final of the U21 premier football championship this Friday December 19 in Mick Neville Park at 8.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.

Intermediate Football Championship Draw 2015:

The draw took place today at the County Convention for the 2015 County Intermediate Football Championship. There are two groups of six teams who will contest the Championship.

Group 1: Claughaun, Feohanagh/Castlemahon, St.Senans, Mountcollins, Hospital/Herbertstown & Bruff.
Group 2: Oola, Mungret, Galbally, Cappamore, Athea & Glin

Round 1: Athea V Glin.
Round 2: Athea V Cappamore.
Round 3: Athea V Galbally.
Round 4: Athea V Mungret.
Round 5: Athea V Oola.

Club Draw and Christmas Night Out:

Our final Club draw will take place at the Top of The Town Bar this Saturday night December 20 and this will also be our Christmas night out for Athea Gaa Club. All members, supporters and players are welcome to come along for a great night out.

Croke Park National Club Draw:

Tickets are now on sale for the Croke Park National Draw. At a cost of only €10 there are super prizes on offer and all monies collected will retained by the club. Contact Jacqueline on 0860670091 for more details.

  1. Trip with the 2015 All-Stars.
  2. Trip with the 2015 All-Stars.
  3. Trip to New York.
  4. Travel voucher to the value of €1500.
  5. All-Ireland Hurling & Football Corporate Package 2015
  6. All-Ireland Hurling Final Corporate Package 2015.
  7. All-Ireland Football Final Corporate Package 2015.
  8. Shopping voucher to the value of €1000 at a retailer of your choice
  9. Shopping voucher to the value of €1000 at a retailer of your choice.
  10. All-Ireland Hurling & Football Final Package 2015.
  11. All-Ireland Hurling & Football Final Package 2015.
  12. 12. All-Ireland Hurling & Football Final Package 2015.
  13. All-Ireland Hurling & Football Final Package 2015.
  14. 14. All-Ireland Hurling Final Package 2015.
  15. All-Ireland Football Final Package 2015.


The Club would like to thank Gerard White of Whites Bar for his kind sponsorship once again this year. It is greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Coiste na nÓg Table Quiz:

Our annual table quiz will take place at the Top of the Town bar on Monday night December 29 at 9.30pm. Once again there will be loads of spot prizes to be given away. Quiz master John Hunt will have everyone with their thinking caps on with a music round, picture round and don’t forget the early bird round. So come early to get a good seat for a great night out.

Coaching in the Hall:

There is no coaching for Junior Infants or Senior Infants this Wednesday evening. We will resume again early in the new year.

Calendar 2015:

This year’s Calendar will be on sale in the shops this week 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.

Athea Utd Soccer


U12 Division 2 (Sat, December 13th) 

Askeaton   (3) 4

Athea Utd  (0) 1    Eoin O’Shea

Team – Daire O’Shea, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, Paric Enright, Pierce O’Brien, TJ Hunt, Andrew O’Riordan, Jack Vaughan, Eoin O’Shea. Subs Dermot Pierse, Conor Mullane, Shauna Sweeney, Shane Scanlon.

Referee Ger O’Connor.

U16 Division 2 (Sat, December 13th) 

Glantine    (1) 1

Athea Utd (1) 2 Milan Williams, Sean Ryan

Team – Timothy Tierney, Seamus Leahy, Mark McAuliffe, Michael Ambrose, Cillian Liston, Michael Dalton, Sean Ryan, John Sexton, Jack Vaughan, Joseph Dalton, Milan Williams. Sub used Cathal O’Brien

Referee Jim Molyneaux.


Saturday, December 20th

U-14s away to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 11.30am.

NOTE – No junior games until Sunday, January 4th.


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.


Following on from our very successful tournaments held over the last few years Athea Utd are once again organizing a charity tournament on the Astro Turf at The Vales on St Stephens Day will money raised this year to The Irish Kidney Association. The first game is timed for 11am sharp and is open to all players with an Athea connection. Trophies for the winners and runners up etc will be presented that evening at 5.30pm at The Top of The Town, Athea.


The Shepherds – Mathew Tierney (capt), Joe O’Connor, Joe Vaughan, Paddy Horgan, Emmet White, Steven Reidy, Tim O’Riordan, Nelius Hunt.

The Wise Men – Steven McEnery (capt), Darren Murphy, John Brosnan, Mark Horgan, James O’Connor, Joe Triggs, Conor McGrath, Eoin McCarthy.

The Reindeers – Phillip Woulfe (capt), Cillian O’Connor, Mark Melbourne, Tomas Mullane, Ronan Hayes, Sean Liston, Shane Tierney, Tim Somers.

The Snowflakes – Mike Reidy (capt), Maurice Hayes, Sean McGrath, Brian Murphy, Dan McMahon, TJ Reidy, Kieran Dalton, Eoghan Nash.

Bad Santas – John Geoghegan (capt), Timmy Enright, Gerard Ahern, David O’Connor, Roger Ryan, John Cotter, Pa Kiely, Mike O’Connor.

The Turkeys – Jason Dalton (capt), Kevin Murphy, Mark Reidy, Martin Trench,  James Ryan, Jason Quille, JJ Sheehy, Eleanor Stackpoole.


Quarter Finals

Quarter Final (A) The Shepherds v The Snowflakes @ 11am.

Quarter Final (B) The Wise Men v Bad Santas @ 11.15am.

Semi Finals

Semi Final (1) Winners (A) v The Reindeers @ 11.30am

Semi Final (2) Winners (B) v The Turkeys @ 11.45am


Semi Final 1 Winner v Semi Final 2 Winner @ 12 noon


  1. First game starts at 11am sharp.
  2. Six (6) minutes a half.
  3. Players are asked to arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes before kick-off times.
  4. All games will start at designated times.
  5.  Moulded studs or astro-turf runners only. No metal studs.


Presentations of trophies will take place at The Top of the Town at 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

NOTE – All money raised will go to The Irish Kidney Association. We will have buckets in a few locations at The Vales on St Stephen’s Day and anybody wishing to make a donation can do so. There will be hot beverages


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, December 15th at Batt’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €16,900. Numbers drawn 3, 9, 11, 24. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – N. Quaid, c/o Agatha. Dylan Finucane, Athea. Maire O’Connor, The Lane, Athea. The Ryans, Lower Athea. Pat Lyons, Lisselton

Xmas Draw €50 Kitt & Helen O’Connor, Lower Road

Sellers: Agatha & Margaret. Dalton.
New Jackpot will be €17,00 at J.P.’s on Monday, December 22nd.
Tickets €2 each or three for €5

On behalf of Athea Utd Soccer Club I would like to wish all players, managers, officers, supporters, our fantastic lottery ticket sellers, Donal and Lillian at The Parish News a Very Happy and Holy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Looking forward to an injury free year in 2015 and hopefully a successful season for our club.

Athea Gun Club

Athea Gun Club will hold their fundraising dance at the Top of the Town on Saturday, December 27th.

Prizes are as follows:

40” TV sponsored by the Gun Club.

€200 Hamper sponsored by Johnny & Betty Cotter, Top of the Town.

€100 Hamper sponsored by the Gun Club.

€50 Hamper sponsored by the Gun Club.

€50 Voucher sponsored by Leo Geoghegan.

Tickets are on sale from any member of the club or committee members.

On behalf of the Gun Club I would like to thank you for your support and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jerry Brouder