Athea GAA

Athea Gaa “Gone To The Dogs”:

To raise much needed funds for our proposed pitch developments we are holding a Race night at the Greyhound stadium in Tralee on Saturday August 15. Athea Ladies will also be celebrating their 25th Anniversary on the night. This will be a great night out for all the family including face painting, bouncing castle, best dressed lady, best dressed man, spot prizes, etc. Tickets are on sale at a cost of just €10 euro each and this includes entry into the races and entry into the Buster draw for €500. Children are free. All support would be greatly appreciated.

At the moment there is still an opportunity to sponsor a race at our race night.

  • Sponsor a Race on the night – €500 (includes a full page ad in Programme)
  • Joint Sponsor a Race – €250 (includes a half page ad in Programme)
  • Place a full page advert in the Race Programme – €100
  • Place a half page advert in the Race Programme – €50

Please contact either Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091, Paul Curry on 087-6501673 or Liz O’ Sullivan on 087-6699783 or any member of the committee Paul Collins, Leo Geoghegan, MaryIta Casey, Eilish Geoghegan, Roger Ryan, Neddie Hunt or Mairead Donovan if you would like to support our fundraiser.

Tender Notice:

Tenders are currently being sought from experienced Contractors for Pitch Development Works at Páirc na nGael Athea in 2015. The improvement works entail reprofiling the existing pitch with c. 2,000 cum of Cut/Fill. The installation of Carrier Drains, Slit drains and the laying of a 75mm Sand Carpet and all associated works. Tender Documents may be obtained by contacting Paul Curry, Athea GAA Chairman, Lower Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick, or email [email protected]. The Tender Return Date is 5pm. Tuesday August 18th 2015.


The Club would like to extend its sympathy to the Collins Family, Church Road on the passing of Benny Collins in Wales. We would also like to offer our sympathies to Rose McAuliffe and the McAuliffe family, Lower Road on the passing of her mother Maureen Brosnan, Currow, Co. Kerry and to Jim Geaney on the passing of his sister Noreen O’ Connor, Brosna, Co. Kerry.

Church Gate Collection:

The Club would like to thank all those who gave so generously to our Church gate collection last weekend. It is greatly appreciated by the club.


Sunday August 9: Round4:

Intermediate Championship:

Athea will play Mungret/St. Pauls in the fourth round of the championship on Sunday August 9 in Askeaton at 2pm. All support would be greatly appreciated for our boys.

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 5: Athea V Oola, August 28-30

Quarter-Final: September 5

Semi-Final: September 19

Final: October: 3

Athea Coiste na nÓg:



Our U14s played extremely well on Tuesday of last week when they beat Shannon Gaels in Páirc na nGael in a very exciting match. In a fairly even first half both sides gave it their all, but it was the visitors who had a narrow lead at the break. In the second half, our boys played the best football they have played all year with John Sexton, Jamie O’Mahony and Alex McEldowney all outstanding on the night. We scored some lovely points and scored a few great goals and were ahead on the scoreboard at the final whistle. Team: Aidan Curry, Eoin Sheahan, Alex McEldowney, Ryan Greaney, David O’Connor, Jamie O’Mahony, Thomas McEnery, John Sexton, TJ White, Danny Brady, Eoin O’Shea, Padraig McMahon, Pauric Enright, Jack O’Connor & Daire O’Shea.

Our under 12s have been busy lately with three matches. We played St. Kierans U 11s and U12 teams and Fr. Caseys U 11s. We were at home against St. Kierans U 11s on Tuesday 14 and they really put it up to us in what was a very good game that was beneficial to both sides. We traveled to Coolcappa on Thursday 16 to play a strong St. Kierans U 12 team and were delighted to come away with a draw. We were satisfied with the first half performance, but still trailed 2.08 to 2.03 at half time. With the slight breeze in the second half we got on top to outscore them 0.6 to 0.1 to snatch a well-deserved draw in a very sporting game. On Tuesday last in the High Field we welcomed Fr. Casey’s U11s for an enjoyable challenge game. The young Fr. Casey’s team played all the football in the first half despite playing against the breeze. They were the better team in this half and but for some last gasp defending and poor shooting on their part they would have been more than one point ahead. Oisin Woulfe from Cratloe was the stand out player in this half at center back for Fr. Casey’s. We made a few position changes at half time and despite Fr Casey’s scoring first in the second half, two quick goals swung the game in our favor. We have a good panel of players who are excellent to train and this can be seen in the way they continue to improve. Our next game is at home to Granagh/Ballingarry on Thursday Aug 13. Panel: Andrew O’Riordan, Michael Tierney, Eoin O’Shea, Brandon Finucane, Dermot Pierse, T.J. Hunt, Pierce O’Brien, Pauric Enright, Gavin Ambrose, Jack Vaughan, Adam Byrne, Daire O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor, Fergal Pierse, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Gavin Mulvihill and Conor Mullane.

Our under 10s traveled to Glin to play the locals on Friday night last. This was a very enjoyable high scoring game with excellent displays from Calum Gleeson, James Broderick, Callum Buckley and Michael Walsh. The other players who all played well were James Lee, Evan Curry, Ciaran Hunt, James Hunt, Brid Hunt, Ailísa Ahern and Niamh Ambrose.


Wednesday August 5: U14:

Our U14s have a match at home to Shamrock Gaels this Wednesday evening August 5. Players to be at the field for 6.45pm and all players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday August 8: U10:

Our U10s have a Regional Blitz in Mick Neville Park on Saturday morning August 8. Cars leaving the village at 9.45 am. All players must have gum shields.

Friday August 14: U8:

Our U8s have a Regional Blitz in Mick Neville Park on Friday evening August 14. Cars leaving the village at 6.15 pm. All players must have gum shields.


Friday August 7: U6, U8 & U10:

Training continues for U6s, U8s and U10s in Páirc na nGael this Friday evening August 7 at 6.30pm. All players must have gum shields.

Tuesday August 11: U14:

Training continues for U14s in Páirc na nGael next Tuesday evening August 11 at 7pm. All players must have gum shields.


Training continues for U12s in Páirc na nGael next Tuesday evening August 11 at 7pm. All players must have gum shields.

Athea United Soccer


The FAI Summer Soccer School, hosted by Athea Utd AFC last week was an outstanding success with a record number of children attending the camp. We had 99 children attend the camp which is a huge number for us and is up 30% on the numbers we had in 2014 which proves the growth and popularity of soccer in the country.

Head Coach was Cillian O’Connor and the coaches at the camp were Ed Gallagher, Megan Carroll, Tomas Lane, Dayle Danaher, John Chinazo and Steven McEnery. I would, on behalf of Athea Utd like to thank Cillian and all the coaches who looked after all the children last week who did their job in a very professional manner.

All the children received a full kit, backpack and football as well as learning skills and making new friends as well.

We are looking forward already to the 2016 soccer camp.


As part of the Athea Parish Festival we ran a junior soccer tournament at The Vales on Monday last with four teams competing namely Glin Rovers, Na Fianna (Listowel), Classic FC (Tralee) and ourselves. The semi-finals saw Glin Rovers beat Classic FC 2-0 while Na Fianna and ourselves drew 1-1 with the Listowel side winning on penalties. The final saw Na Fianna  beat Glin Rovers 2-0 while we drew 1-1 with Classic FC in the 3rd/4th place playoff. Presentations took place afterwards in Brown Joe’s Bar where Athea Utd Chairman Denis Murphy presented Na Fianna captain Kevin Murphy with the cup.

We would like to thank the three teams for playing in the tournament and thanks to Tommy O’Grady of Brown Joe’s Bar for the food after the games.


Last week the parish was hit with the shocking and sad news of the death in Wales of Benny Collins, news that is very hard to believe. Benny played soccer with Athea Utd and was one of the finest defenders to wear the club colours, a tough defender who played the game fairly. To his wife Mel, son Harry, parents Denis and Mary-Ellen, brothers Denis, John, Leo and sisters Catherine and Helena, extended family and friends we offer our deepest and heartfelt sympathies. May He Rest In Peace.

There is no change to the cost of club registration from the 2014-15 season so the fees for the upcoming 2015-16 season are as follows:
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
Youths €35 per player.
There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.
For example a family with an U/8 player and an U/10 player the registration will be €30, a family with an U/16 player and an U/12 the registration will be €40 while a family with a youths player and an U/14 player will be €4.

In line with club policy no player(s) will be allowed play for Athea Utd in the schoolboy league or junior league until they have their registration paid. All managers are to collect the respective registration and to implement this club policy.

Would all Junior players please take note that the registration fee for the coming 2015-16 season is €50.


The 2015/16 junior season commences on Friday, August 21st.


Pa Walsh is the clubs registrar for the coming 2015/16 season.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Tuesday, August 4th at The Top of the Town for a Jackpot of €20,100 will be in next week’s edition of The Parish News..