Athea GAA


Tuesday May 5:

Junior B Football League:

Athea 2-05        Mountcollins 4-05

Our Junior B team lost out to Mountcollins in a very entertaining game in Páirc na nGael on Tuesday evening last. Mountcollins opened the scoring with a point, but we were soon ahead when Steven McEnery found the net from a Brian Murphy free kick. Points from Pa Kiely and Neilo Keane increased our lead, but Mountcollins responded with a goal. Pa Kiely pointed a free after Neilo Keane had been fouled. The visitors hit a purple patch before half time scoring 2-03 to lead by seven points at half time. We came back early in the second half, when William Sexton scored two great points and Jason Kelly scored a brilliant goal to close the gap to two points. We tried hard to equalize, but it was Mountcollins who finished stronger with a goal and a point to leave the final score Athea 2-05, Mountcollins 4-05.Team: Roger Ryan, Padraig O’Sullivan, Sean Ahern, Eoin McCarthy, Jason Dalton, Tommy Quaid, Garry Carroll, Pa Kiely, John Geoghegan, Brian Murphy, Brian Ahern, Neilo Keane, Emmett White, Steven McEnery, William Sexton, Dan McMahon, Jason Kelly, Killian O’ Donoghue & Paul Mahony.

Saturday May 9:

Intermediate Football Championship Round Two:

Athea 3-06        Cappamore 0-03

Our Intermediates made it two wins out of two with a comfortable win over Cappamore in Feenagh on Saturday evening last. Our confidence was high after our first round win against Glin and a powerful first half performance laid the foundation for this twelve point victory. We opened the scoring when Pa Ahern found the net after a great run up the middle by Denis Greaney. Shortly after Denis fisted the ball over the bar following another one of his great surges up the field. Thirteen minutes into the match Jamie Collins was fouled inside the square and Gerard Ahern slotted the resulting penalty into the corner of the net. Our defense was strong and Cappamore could not mount any decent attack on our goal. Dylan Griffin scored a long range point to increase our lead and Shane Mulvihill found the net following great work by Jamie Collins. Two great points from the boot of Kevin Murphy came just before Cappamore got their only score of the first half with a point on the stroke of half time to leave the score at the break, Athea 3-04, Cappamore 0-01.The second half was a lack luster affair with both sides finding it hard to score. Cappamore scored two early points, but failed to score for the rest of the match thanks to the tight marking of our backs. Our boys only managed two scores as well, a point each for Jamie Collins and Shane Mulvihill which left the final score Athea 3-06, Cappamore 0-03. At the end of the day we have maximum points from our two games and our next championship match is a top of the table clash with Galbally in five weeks’ time. We would like to thank all those who travelled to support the maroon and white, as always your support is greatly appreciated. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Michael Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Raymond Brouder, Denis Greaney (0-1), Tom Collins, Shane Mulvihill (1-1), Jamie Collins (0-1), Martin Chawke, Dylan Griffin (0-1), Mark O’Connor, Shane Tierney, Gerard Ahern (1-0), Patrick Ahern (1-0), Kevin Murphy (0-2). Subs: James Ryan (Matthew Tierney), Ger Collins (Martin Chawke), Timmy Enright (Raymond Brouder), Padraig Reidy (Mark O’Connor), Dan McMahon, Pa Kiely & Jason Dalton.


Thursday May 14:

County Intermediate Football League Division 3:

Our Intermediates will play Claughaun away on this Thursday evening May 14 at 7.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday May 17:

West Junior B Football Championship:

Our Junior Bs will play Glin in the first round of the Junior B Championship this Sunday evening May 17 in Ballyhahill at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


Congratulations to Paul and Audrey Collins on the birth of their baby girl Aoileann last week.


The Club offers its deepest sympathy to Higgins Family Glasha on the passing of Darragh Lanigan of Tarbert. May he rest in peace.

Club Draw 2015:

It’s that time of year again when our ticket sellers will be out and about shortly selling tickets for our Club Draw. There are eight draws again this year, with a total prize fund of €11,800 to be won. Please contact Mairead Donovan on 087-7703673, if you have any queries.

Fun Run/Adventure Run:

Following on from last year’s very enjoyable Adventure Run/Fun Run, the Club has decided to hold another Fun Run/Adventure Run on Sunday June 7. If anyone would like to help out or get involved in anyway, please contact Kevin O’ Keeffe on 087-7636568.

Intermediate Football Championship Draw 2015:

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 3: Athea V Galbally, June 5-7
Round 4: Athea V Mungret, August 7-9
Round 5: Athea V Oola, August 28-30

Quarter-Final: September 5

Semi-Final: September 19

Final: October: 3

West Junior B Football Championship Draw 2015:

We are in group B in the Junior B Championship along with Rathkeale, Ballysteen, Glin and St.Kierans.County Minor 13 aside Football Championship Draw 2015:There are eight teams contesting the County Minor 13 aside competition this year. Athea, Castlemahon, Crecora Manister, Mountcollins, Kilteely/Dromkeen, Croom, Galtee Gaels & Granagh/Ballingarry.

West Minor A Football Championship Draw 2015:

There are four teams contesting the Minor A Championship Athea/Mountcollins Rangers, Ballysteen, Deel Rangers and Gael na Sionna.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Thursday May 7:


Our U12s did very well against Kileedy on Thursday evening last at home in Páirc na nGael scoring a massive 2-19 and only conceding 1-02 in a forty minute match. This was an excellent team performance and their accuracy at kicking points was a sight to be seen. Panel: Gavin Mulvihill, Cillian O’Connor, Eoin O’Shea, Conor Mullane, Gavin Ambrose, Andrew O’Riordain, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Fergal Pierse, Dermot Pierse, Pierce O’Brien, Jack Vaughan, TJ Hunt, Daire O’Shea, Brandon Finucane, Pauric Enright.

Monday May 11:


We travelled the long journey to Ballylanders to take on the locals in our last game of the U15 league. Even though we had nothing to play for, our boys played liked it was an All-Ireland Final. Ballylanders started the brighter with two points inside the first two minutes. Then our team settled down and John Sexton was first on the scoreboard with a great point after some good work by David O’ Connor. The very impressive Shane Dalton was next on the score board with another point and then he scored a wonderful goal after great work by Andy Ahern. John Sexton increased our lead when he split the posts with another point and shortly after Andy Ahern found the back of the net to give us a seven point lead midway through the half. Ballylanders launched a few attacks of their own, but our defense led by Micheál Dalton and Shane Ambrose stood strong and David O’ Sullivan was having a blinder in goals. Another point for Andy Ahern, two for Shane Dalton and one for John Sexton gave us a big lead, but just before half time Ballylanders hit back with a goal to leave the half time score Athea 2-7, Ballylanders 1-02. With the aid of a strong wind in the second half the home side came back into the game and put us under all kinds of pressure. We tried hard to move the ball into our forwards, but found the tight marking opposition hard to break down. Ballylanders scored 2-03 in this half and unfortunately we were unable to raise any of the flags into the wind. At the final whistle the home side had won on a score line of Athea 2-07, Ballylanders 3-05 but our boys can be very proud of their performance and attitude for this match.   Team: David O’Sullivan, Joseph Dalton, Micheál Dalton, Jamie O’Mahony, Jack O’Connor, Shane Ambrose, Seamus Leahy, Daniel McEldowney, Shane Dalton, David O’ Connor, John Sexton, Aidan Curry, Brian English, Andy Ahern, Luke Gleeson & Jack Hunt.


Friday May 15:


Athea are hosting an U8 in Páirc na nGael this Friday evening May 15. Players to be in the field for 6.15pm. All Players must have gum shields.

Monday May 18:


Athea U14s will play Cappamore away in the first round of the league on Monday evening May 18. A bus will leave the village at 5.15pm sharp. All Players must have gum shields.


Friday May 15:

U6 & U10:

Training continues for U6s and U10s this Friday evening May 15 in Páirc na nGael at 6pm. All Players must have gum shields.

Tuesday May 19:


Training continues for U14s in Páirc na nGael this Tuesday evening May 19 at 7pm. All players must have gum shields.

Church Gate Collection:

Athea Coiste na nÓg would like to thank all those who supported our Church Gate collection last weekend. As always your support is greatly appreciated.

First Holy Communion:

Best of luck to all the boys and girls making their First Holy Communion this Saturday.  Hope you all have a lovely day.

Cúl Camp:

This year’s Cúl camp will be held on the week of July 6th to 10th. Further details to follow or please contact Jacqueline on  086-0670091.

Intermediate Football Championship Group Two Results:

Glin                        1-11         1-11        Oola

Cappamore           0-3         3-6          Athea

Mungret St Pauls  0-5         1-7          Galbally

Athea United Soccer


We held our Annual Awards Night last Friday night, May 8th at The Top of the Town, Athea which was very well attended. Having won no trophies in 2014 we rectified that in 2015 with two league titles for the

U-10s and U-14s while the U-16s finished second in their league. The Awards Night is about reflecting back on the season and how our players did individually and collectively as part of a team and I think its fair to say we had a very good year with two league trophies resting proudly at The Vales.

The players of the year were presented with their awards and the U10s and U14s were presented with their league medals and the U16s with their runners up medals. This season we presented a golden boot to the top scorers for our underage teams and the recipients were at U10 Callum Buckley and James Broderick (joint top scorers), U12 Eoin O’Shea, U14 Jason Dillon and U16 Liam McAuliffe. Presentations were made to U11 player Daire O’Shea who is part of the Limerick Desmond Schoolboys League Academy Squad, to U12 player Andrew O’Riordan who is part of the Limerick Desmond Schoolboys League Inter League Squad and to Sean Ryan who is on the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme again last season.

The U8s received medals for their efforts during the season for their dedication to training and in their friendly games so far this season under manager Pa Walsh. .

Also on a league viewpoint the club congratulates Shane Dalton who was voted U16 Division 2 player of the year for 2015 and will receive his award at the Leagues Awards Night on Bank Holiday Monday, June 1st at Rathkeale House Hotel.

The following are the Athea Utd players of the year for 2014
U/10 Callum Gleeson.
U/11 Gearoid O’Sullivan
U/12 Gavin Ambrose
U/13 Michael McCarthy
U/14 John Sexton
U/15 Michael Dalton

U/15 Cillian Liston

Junior A Jamie Collins.

Junior B Dan McMahon

The club would like to thank all those who attended on the night, especially the players parents and families who made it another great success. Well done to all our players who played with pride in the jersey throughout the past season.
Thanks to Tim Somers who provided the music on the night and which was just superb.
Thanks also to Betty, Johnny and staff at The Top of the Town for hosting our awards night and who provided the fantastic food as well as being most helpful throughout.
Congrats to all our award winners on the night but for those who didn’t remember next season is only around the corner and it could well be you this time next year.
Roll on 2016.


Sportsworld are the sponsors of this years FAI Summer Soccer Schools and once again Athea Utd will be hosting an FAI Summer Soccer School at The Vales. The important dates to remember are from Monday July 27th to Friday July 31st. The camp is open to boys and girls from the ages of 6 to 14 years of age. And again all participants will receive full kits, backpacks and footballs.

Like last year the cost again is only €65 per child with a family discount foe each extra child attending the same camp.

All coaches are Garda Vetted as per FAI policy and all coaches have completed the required coaching courses in order to coach at all FAI Summer Soccer Schools.
So that’s all the info we have for you on the camp at the moment folks, only to say that all at AFC are eagerly looking forward to another great week at Pairc Eas Geitine, Munster’s Centre of Excellence for the coaching and development of all our young soccer players
BOOKINGS – Bookings for the Summer Soccer School at The Vales, Athea can be made online or by calling 1890 653 653


Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 23rd 2015 at The Top of the Town. We will have more details nearer the date.


Premier Division (Fri, May 8th)

Ballingarry 6 Athea Utd  3   Cillian O’Connor (2), John Cotter

Team – Timmy Enright, Mark Horgan, Padraig Reidy, Ger Collins, Jamie Collins, Maurice Hayes, Kevin Murphy, Cillian O’Connor, John Cotter, Steven McEnery, Peter O’Connor. Subs Dan McMahon, Colm Hassett, Joe O’Connor.

Referee Paudie Manning.

Premier Division (Sun, May 10th)

Athea Utd  1 Rathkeale 1


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, May 11th at The Top of the Town are as follows –
Jackpot was €18,900. Numbers drawn 4, 15, 28, 28.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Patie O’Sullivan. Lower Athea. P & M Mulvihill, Athea. Andrew O’Riordan, Lower Dirreen. Dylan &Rachel McAuliffe, Tilling, Drom. Willie O’Connor, Currow.

Sellers Marian Chawke & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €19,000 at Donie’s on Monday, May 18th.