Athea GAA

Athea Gaa “Gone To The Dogs”:

Our “Gone to the dog’s night” turned out to be a great success as bus loads and car loads of people headed to Tralee on a glorious Saturday evening last. They were there from all corners of the parish, both young and old, some there for the first time and more who are regular visitors to the track, but all agreed it was a fantastic night for both the GAA and the community of Athea. All the children were well entertained and were very excited to see the dogs running. There was plenty of style there for the Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man competition and a big thank you to our Judges Mary Woulfe and Denis Casey. Carla Sheehy won the best dressed lady and Pat Higgins won the Best Dressed Man Competition. Tim O’ Riordan from Lower Dirreen, was the lucky winner of €500 in the Buster Race. To cap off a great night, four Athea dogs won races, two for Mike Shine and two for Sean Hunt. The Club would like to thank Declan Dowling and Kingdom Greyhound Stadium for the opportunity to run this event. A massive thank you to everyone who sponsored a race and all those who placed an advertisement in the programme. We would also like to thank all those who sold and bought tickets for the event. A big thank you to all who gave prizes for the raffle, to Kathleen and Paddy Mullane of Mullane’s Buses for supplying the buses. Finally a big thank you to our hard working committee who put months and months of work into planning this very important fundraiser for our pitch improvements which will be starting shortly. Our sincere gratitude to our following sponsors:

Race Sponsors:

1st Race: Athea Credit Union,

2nd Race: McAuliffe, Scanlon and O’Connor Families,

3rd Race: Stelcon & Top of the Town Bar, Athea.

4th Race: Maylim,

5th Race: Gael Foods & O’ Sullivan Agri Trading,

6th Race: Devon Inn Hotel,

7th Race: Joe Vaughan & Griffins Butchers,

8th Race: J.P Collins Bar,

9th Race: Mike Hayes Building and Development Ltd,

10th Race: Dick Whites Bar & SIG Interiors,

11th Race: Urban Angles & SISK.

Buster Race Sponsors:

Kostal Ireland GmbH, Heineken Ireland & Bank of Ireland.

Raffle Prize Winners:

1st Prize: One night break for two at Moran’s Red Cow Hotel Dublin, Sponsored by the Moran Family was Seanie Collins.

2nd Prize: Dinner for four at Franklin’s Restaurant Limerick, Sponsored by Brown Joe’s was Fiona Dee.

3rd Prize: Voucher for the Vanity Case, Listowel, Sponsored by Lorraine Vaughan was Larry McAuliffe.

4th Prize: 6 Personal training sessions with CH Health and Fitness, Sponsored by Colm Hassett was Denis O’ Regan.

5th Prize: Dinner for two at The Market Lane Restaurant Cork, Sponsored by Gerry O’ Sullivan was Saoirse Fitzgerald.

6th Prize: Dinner for two at the Elbow Lane Restaurant Cork, Sponsored by Gerry O’ Sullivan was Neil Harnett.

7th Prize: Voucher from Holly’s Gala Moyvane, Sponsored by Hollys was Betty O’Connor

8th Prize: Prize from Walsh Brother Electrical, Castleisland, Sponsored by Walsh Brothers was Ger Dowling.

9th Prize: Hamper, Sponsored by Tesco Abbeyfeale was Michael Carmody.


Sunday August 23:

Minor 13 Aside:

Athea will play Mountcollins at home in the Minor 13 Aside Championship on Sunday August 23 at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday August 25:

Minor 13 Aside:

Athea will play Ballylanders at home in the Minor 13 Aside Championship on Tuesday August 25 at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Monday August 31:

Minor 13 Aside:

Athea are away to Croom in the Minor 13 Aside Championship on Monday August 31 at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday September 2:

County Intermediate Football Championship Round 5:

Athea will play Oola in the final round of the County Intermediate Football Championship on Wednesday September 2 in Croagh at 6.45pm. All support would be greatly appreciated

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Monday August 17: U16:

Athea 2-03    Adare  5-12.

Our U16s travelled to Adare on Monday evening last to take on the locals in the final round of the league. Our boys were very disappointing on the night and never got going on a perfect evening for football. The home-side dominated most of the first half and went in at half time with a comfortable lead. We improved slightly in the second half and a goal each for Andy Ahern and Sean Ryan made it look like we were going to come back. Unfortunately this did not happen and Adare ran out easy winners on the night. This all means we are in a four way play-off, where we play Deel Rangers away on Saturday September 5 at 11am. The winners go into the cup semi-final and the losers go into the shield semi-final. Team: David O’ Sullivan, Cillian Liston, Micheál Ambrose, David O’ Connor, TJ White, Micheál Dalton, Jack Vaughan, Sean Ryan, Alan Kelly, Andy Ahern, John Sexton, Jack O’ Connor, Liam McAuliffe, Brian Sheahan & Jack Gleeson.


Sunday August 23: U14:

County Shield Semi-final:

Athea will play Cappamore at home in the County Shield semi-final this Sunday August 23. Players to be at the field for 10.20am. All players must have gumshields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday September 5: U16: Play Off:

Athea will play Deel Rangers away a play-off on Saturday September 5. Cars leaving the village at 10am. All players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.


Friday August 21: U6, U8 & U10:

Training continues for U6s, U8s and U10s in Páirc na nGael this Friday evening August 21 at 6.30pm. All players must have gum shields.

Tuesday August 25: U14:

Training continues for U14s in Páirc na nGael next Tuesday evening August 25 at 6pm. All players must have gum shields.


Training continues for U12s in Páirc na nGael next Tuesday evening August 25 at 6pm. All players must have gum shields.

Athea Ladies Football Club

Athea Ladies Team 2010

Athea Ladies Team 2010

Athea Ladies Football Club was founded back in 1990. It caters for girls from the age of 8 all the way up to senior level.  In the past 25 years the club has been fortunate to have had many talented girls don the maroon and white jersey for the parish. The club has also been very lucky to have had great guidance from some inspirational trainers and hardworking and dedicated club officers.

Club Honours to date:

All Ireland 7 aside Intermediate title 2004

Munster intermediate title 2004, also contested Munster finals in 1995, 2001, 2008 and 2009

County Senior Championship: 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

County Senior League: 1992, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010.

Minor Championship 1993, 1996, 1999, 2004

U16 Championship A: 1991 B 1996 2013 2014 C 2015

U14 Championship A 1999, Shield 2008 B 2013 2014, 2015

U12 Championship A shield 2013, B 2014

In 2004 Pat Higgins, manager of the team and captain Deirdre Fitzpatrick, were acknowledged for the club’s achievement by the West Board / Bord Na nÓg and County Boards.

In 2008 Liz O’ Sullivan won the All-Ireland club person of the year for all the work in the club.

Over the years the club has been represented on all county teams. In 2010 Limerick won their first ever All Ireland title in Croke Park, on that day they were led out by Captain Sandra Larkin. The homecoming in Athea on Monday 28th September was a night to remember with over 1500 people lining the streets to welcome home the victorious team.

The club would like to thank all supporters, sponsors, trainers, players and club officials who helped out in any way to make to make the last 25 years so successful……. Here’s to the next 25!

On a sombre note during the past year the club has lost many great followers and supporters of the game namely Pat Brosnan and Darragh Lanigan who trained the senior team in the 2008 and 2009 season. Our deepest sympathy to both families.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

 Some past and present ladies and trainers celebrating  the Men's GAA fundraiser at the dog track in Tralee where the ladies club was honoured by the men's club.  A great night was enjoyed by all

Some past and present ladies and trainers celebrating the Men’s GAA fundraiser at the dog track in Tralee where the ladies club was honoured by the men’s club. A great night was enjoyed by all

Athea United Soccer


This coming weekend sees a return to action on the playing fields. Our juniors are doubly engaged on Friday and Sunday, our youths are back in the league again after a few years break with a game on Saturday while the schoolboys season commences on the following Tuesday with the U16s in action.


Friday, August 21st –

Juniors at home to Carrig Celtic at 7pm.

Saturday, August 22nd –

Youths at home Feenagh at 2.30pm.

Sunday, August 23rd –

Juniors away to Glantine at 11.30am.

Tuesday, August 25th –

U16s away to Mountcollins at 7pm.

Tuesday, September 1st –

U16s home to Broadford Utd at 6.45pm.


U12s commence on Thursday, September 3rd

U10s commence on Saturday, September 5th

U14s commence on Saturday, September 5th

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 €45

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.


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


U12s on Wednesdays  7p to 8pm

U14s on Thursdays 7pm to 8.15pm

U16s on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm.

Youths on Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, August 17th at White’s Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €20,300. Numbers drawn 7, 20, 23, 30.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Julie Finucane, Athea. Murphy Family, Dirreen, Athea. Helen Clune, Rathkeale. Addi Dillon, Reens, Ardagh. Bridget Flaherty, Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale.

Sellers Agatha & Doreen.
New Jackpot €20,400 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, August 24th.