Athea GAA


Friday June 5:

County Intermediate Football Championship Round 3:

Athea 0-09        Galbally 4-09

Goals win games and that’s what happened in Clarina on Friday evening last as Galbally got the goals to beat our Intermediate team in the third round of the County Intermediate Football Championship. We had the aid of the wind in the first half, but it was Galbally who opened the scoring with point. Gerard Ahern scored a great point to level matters after great work by Martin Chawke and Raymond Brouder. Two pointed frees from Shane Mulvihill gave us a two point lead after twelve minutes. Galbally fought back and scored two points of their own to level things once again. Shane Mulvihill split the post with another free after Pa Kiely had been fouled. Galbally finished the half stronger and scored a goal and a point to leave the half time score Athea 0-04, Galbally 1-04. The second half was going to be a real test playing into the wind and we started brightly scoring two pointed frees from the boot of the ever reliable Shane Mulvihill. The opposition hit us with a goal and after Shane Mulvihill scored another point from a free they hit us with another goal to go six points up. This took the wind out of our sails and they scored five unanswered points to take a commanding lead. A point each for Gerard Ahern and Shane Mulvihill took our total to nine points and just before the final whistle Galbally scored another goal to leave the final score Athea 0-09, Galbally 4-09. On a bright note Shane Mulvihill gave one of the finest displays of free taking seen in a long time. He scored seven frees out of seven from all angles in windy conditions. Our next Championship match is against Mungret St.Pauls in the first week in August. Team: Timmy Enright, Raymond Brouder, Matthew Tierney, Michael Reidy, Dylan Griffin, Tom Collins, Shane Mulvihill, Martin Chawke, Jamie Collins, Mark O’Connor, Gerard Ahern, Shane Tierney, Gerard Collins, Patrick Ahern, Pa Kiely. Subs: James Ryan (Pa Kiely), Padraic Walsh (Mark O’Connor), Padraig Reidy (Michael Reidy) Pa Kiely (Shane Mulvihill), Dan McMahon, Eoin McCarthy & Tommy Quaid.

Saturday June 6:

West Junior B Football Championship Round 2:

Athea 0-06        St. Kierans 1-10

Our Junior Bs played a very exciting game against a strong St. Kierans team in Glin in Saturday evening last. Scores were hard to come by in the first half, but it was St. Kierans who opened the scoring when they got a lucky goal after five minutes. John Cotter opened our account with a great point after great work by Brian Ahern. It was a very tight first half and our backs were not giving an inch. Midway through the half, St. Kierans got a point of their own. William Mullane scored a super point after one of his many bursts up the field during the game. Just before the break John Cotter exchanged points with St. Kierans when he tapped over a free to leave the half time score Athea 0-03, St. Kierans 1-02. At the start of the second half John cotter scored another free to close the gap but the opposition hit back with three points of their own to extend their lead. Steven McEnery and John Cotter both got a point each to reduce the lead once again, but St .Kierans finished the stronger  and scored five more points to leave the final score Athea 0-06, St. Kierans 1-10. Despite the score line this was a very promising performance and we face Ballysteen in the last round of the Championship in a couple of weeks’ time with every chance of making the knockout stages. Team: Kieran Hartnett, Sean Brouder, Sean Ahern, Killian Donoghue, Colm Hassett, William Mullane, Jonathan Mulvihill, Garry Carroll, John Geoghegan, Neilo Keane, Brian Ahern, Steven McEnery, Tomás Mullane, John Cotter, Philip Collins. Subs: Ronan Hayes (Jonathan Mulvihill) William Sexton (Steven McEnery) Dan McMahon, Paul O Mahony, Padraig O’Sullivan, Emmet White & Roger Ryan.


Wednesday June 10:Division 3 League:

Our Intermediate team is at home to Gerald Griffins this Wednesday evening June 10 at 7.30pm in the fifth round of Division 3 of the football league. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday June 13:Division 3 League:

Our Intermediates team is at home to Bruff on Saturday evening June 13 at 4pm in the sixth round of Division 3 of the football league. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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:

Our Fun Run/Adventure was another roaring success as a huge number of people turned out to take part in the event on a sunny Sunday morning last. There was a great buzz around the whole place as well over a hundred   men, women, boys and girls headed off around the circuit at one o clock. Afterwards there was a BBQ at Collins Bar which everyone enjoyed. First home in the Men’s 5k was Mark Lenihan in a time of 21.48 and he was followed home by the winner of the Ladies 5k which was Elaine O’Keeffe in a time of 22.36. Donal Leahy won the Men’s 5k Adventure run in a time of 25.45 and Tina Collins won the Women’s 5K adventure Run in a time of 33.35. David O’Connor and Pauric Enright won the Junior 5k Run in a very impressive time of 24.04. We would like to thank all those who participated in the both events. We would also like to thank all our sponsors who supported us once again this year and we would also like to send a big thank you to each and every one who helped out in any way to make this day such a great success. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.


Thank You:

The Club would like to thank Jack Quaid and Noreen for the tasty burgers they served up at the BBQ in Collins’ bar after the Fun Run/Adventure Run and also for sponsoring a set of bibs for the club which will be of great benefit at all our training sessions.


The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Collins family Knocknagorna on the recent passing Denis Collins. May he rest in peace.

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 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

Athea Coiste na nÓg:



Our U10s played extremely well in a home Blitz in Páirc na nGael on Saturday morning last. Playing teams from Newcastle West and Dromcollogher/Broadford, our boys and girls gave it their all in front of a huge crowd. This young team is improving week by week to the delight of our coaches. Everyone who attended got well deserved treats in the clubhouse before they went home. Thanks to our referees for the day Derek Byrne and Colm Hassett. Panel: Fionn Histon, Rory O’Mahony, Rory Cleary, Evan Curry, Callum Buckley, Leigh Ann Mulvihill, James Lee, James Broderick, Donnchadh Barrett, James Hunt, Tomas Ahern, Ailísa Ahern, Brid Hunt, Ciarán Hunt & Calum Gleeson.

Our under 12s played two games recently, the first was in Ballyhahill against Shannon Gaels (Glin/ Gerald Griffins combination). This was a very high scoring game with our boys playing excellent football. The passing, tackling and scoring were of the highest order with every player performing very well. Our second game was away to Askeaton/Ballysteen/Kilcornan in round one of the second phase of the league. In this game our eyes were opened, by an excellent opposition who got on top from the start and never let up. We never got going on the night and were well beaten. On a night when few played to their ability, Dermot Pierse, Gearoid O’ Sullivan and Daire O’ Shea were our best players. We are without Michael Tierney who is out injured at the moment and he is a big loss to us. Panel: Gavin Mulvihill, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, Brandon Finucane, Dermot Pierce, Pierce O’ Brien, T.J. Hunt, Andrew O’ Riordan, Gavin Ambrose, Pauric Enright, Eoin O’ Shea, Conor Mullane, Jack Vaughan, Daire O’ Shea, Fergal Pierse, Adam Byrne and Cillian O’ Connor.
The next game is at home to Kildimo/Pallaskenry on Thursday June 18th at 6.45p.m.


Friday June 12:U8:

Our U8s have a home Blitz in Páirc na nGael this Friday evening June 12. Players are asked to be at the field for 6.15pm. All players must have gum shields.

Wednesday June 17:U14:

Our U14s have a match away to Rathkeale on Wednesday evening June 17 at 7.15pm. Cars leaving the village at 6.15pm. All players must have gum shields.

Thursday June 18:U12:

Our U12s have a match at home to Kildimo/Pallaskenry on Thursday evening June 18 at 6.45pm. Players to be at the field for 6.15pm. All players must have gum shields.


Friday June 12:U6 & U10:

Training for U6s & U10s continues this Friday evening June 12 in Páirc na nGael at 6.30pm. All Players must have gum shields.

Tuesday June 16:U14:

Training continues for U14s in Páirc na nGael next Tuesday evening June 16 at 7pm. All players must have gum shields.


Training continues for U12s in Páirc na nGael this Tuesday evening June 16 at 7pm. All players must have gum shields.

Cúl Camp:

This year’s Kellogg’s Cúl Camp will be held on the week of July 6th -10th from 10am to 2.30pm each day in Páirc na nGael. Players can register online or by contacting Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091. The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are for girls and boys aged between six and thirteen. It’s an action packed and fun filled week during the summer holidays optimising learning in Gaelic football. The cost of the camps is €55 for the first child, €45 for the second child and €40 for the third and subsequent children. For children attending a second camp, without gear, the cost is €35 in ROI.

County Intermediate Football Championship Results Round 3:

Oola       2-13        3-9          Cappamore

Athea     0-9          4-9          Galbally

Glin         0-8          0-9          Mungret St Pauls