Athea GAA


Monday August 31:

County Minor 13 Aside:

Athea 5-09         Croom 1-06

The very last match to be played in Páirc na nGael before it starts to be redeveloped this week was our Minors, who had a very impressive win over Croom in the County 13aside football championship on Monday evening last. A victory over Croom would ensure a semi-final spot for our boys and from the throw in you could see that they were determined and fully focused on the job in hand. Sean Ryan opened the scoring with a well taken point and shortly afterwards Brian O’ Connor scored a goal after great work by Micheál Ambrose. Brian got his second goal in as many minutes when Ronan Hayes sent in a lethal pass from thirty yards. Sean Ryan split the posts with a free after Brian O’Connor had been fouled. Paul Mahony and TJ Doherty were having a super game in the back line as was Jason Dalton, Micheál Ambrose and Killian O’ Donoghue in the half back line. Brian O’ Connor got his third goal after been set up by the very impressive James Ryan. Croom rallied and scored a goal and a point to get back into the game. The score of the match came after seventeen minutes when a move involving Padraic Walsh, Jason Kelly and James Ryan ended with Sean Ryan slipping the ball past the oncoming keeper to raise the green flag and give us a commanding lead. The visitors scored another point, but one from Brian O’ Connor and two points from Sean Ryan left the half time score Athea 4-05, Croom 1-02. Our boys kept up the pressure in the second half and two super points from the boot of Brian O’Connor increased our lead. Conor Fitzgerald was having a fine game in goals and his accuracy from the kick outs was a major factor in the launching of many of our attacks. Ronan Hayes who also had a fine game got his name on the score sheet after ten minutes when he scored a long range free. Athea’s fifth goal came when Brian Sheahan fisted to the net following a pass from Sean Ryan. Croom scored three late points, but Brian O’Connor capped of a fine performance when he tapped over from close range to bring his tally for the night to three goals and four points. At the final whistle the scored read Athea 5-09, Croom 1-06 which means we have qualified for the semi-finals which will be played shortly. Team: Conor Fitzgerald, TJ Doherty, Paul Mahony, Jason Dalton, Micheál Ambrose, Killian O’Donoghue, James Ryan, Padraic Walsh, Jason Kelly, Jack Denihan, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Connor, Ronan Hayes, Subs: Jack Vaughan, Padraig O’Sullivan, William Sexton & Brian Sheahan.

County Minor 13 Aside:

Athea 0-09     Ballylanders 2-16

Our Minors were well beaten in Páirc na nGael last week against a very strong Ballylanders team. We opened the scoring with a fine point from Sean Ryan, but the visitors scored a goal and three points without reply to take a commanding lead. We tried hard but the east Limerick side were well on top for most of the game and ran out easy winners on the night on a score line of Athea 0-09, Ballylanders 2-16. Team: Conor Fitzgerald, TJ Doherty, Paul Mahony, Jason Kelly, Jason Dalton, Killian O’Donoghue, James Ryan, Padraic Walsh, William Sexton, Jack Denihan, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Connor, Ronan Hayes. Subs: Jack Vaughan, Tony McAuliffe, Padraig O’Sullivan & Micheál Ambrose.

Club Draw 2015:

The third of our Club draws was held at Batt’s Bar last Saturday night. The following were the winners on the night:

€500- Joe Sheehy, Lurriga, Athea.

€250- Connie Scanlon, Templeathea, Athea.

€150- Katelyn & Cillian O’Connor, Lower Road, Athea.

€150- Sheila & Gerard Foley, Cratloe West, Athea.

€150- Philip, Robbie & Ryan Woulfe, Cratloe West, Athea.

€150- Mike Hussey, Ballyduff, Co.Kerry.

Thank you to All those who have supported our Club Draw so far and to all our ticket sellers.


Tuesday September 15:

County Intermediate Football Championship Round 5:

Athea will play Oola in the final round of the County Intermediate Football Championship on Tuesday September 15 in Croagh at 6.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


Congratulations and best wishes to Eoin McCarthy and Saoirse Fitzgerald on the birth of their daughter Ella last week.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Parish League:

We ran of our Parish league on a beautiful Sunday morning last in Páirc na Gael. The U6s, U8s, U10s, and U12s all took to the field shortly after one and played some excellent football to the delight of all the parents, grandparents, brother, sisters and family members who were there to enjoy the day. The U6s played a very exciting match which ended in a draw and Mark Collins and Tom Mullane were joint winners of the shield. Jim Ahern was the winning Captain of the U8s and Mairead O’ Shea presented Jim with the Jackie and Nora Mullane Trophy. U10 coach Mike Buckley presented the shield to James Broderick who was Captain of the winning U10 team and Gavin Ambrose who was outstanding all year was presented with the Stelcon Shield by Diarmuid Collins as his team won the U12 Parish League. A big thank you to our referees for the day Derek Byrne, Pat O’ Sullivan, Ronnie Twomey and Roger Ryan. The club would like to thank all those who brought treats for everyone to enjoy after in the clubhouse.

Billy Kirwan Tournament:

Our U10s played some excellent football in the Billy Kirwan tournament on Saturday last. We played out an exciting draw against our near neighbours Glin but unfortunately just lost out in extra time. We then played St. Senans in the shield final and this was another very exciting game. Our young team gave it their all, but at the final whistle it was the home team who had won by a couple of points. Our coaches were very proud of the way the team played and many thanks to St. Senans for inviting us to the tournament and for the treats afterwards. Panel: James Lee, Alisha Ahern, Ciaran Hunt, Brid Hunt, Calum Gleeson, Callum Buckley, James Broderick, James Hunt, Rory O’Mahony, Michael Walsh, Tomas Ahern, Evan Curry & Fionn Histon.


Under 12s:
The under 12s last match was against Fr. Caseys, Abbeyfeale on August 18th in Athea. Both teams were short players due to holidays but they still served up a very enjoyable game. We started very well and got a few early scores before Abbeyfeale got into their stride. Abbeyfeale were on top for a lot of the second half, but we finished strong with an excellent goal from Eoin O’Shea with his weaker right foot. Team: Cillian O’Connor, Pierce O’Brien, Brandon Finucane, T.J. Hunt, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea, Pauric Enright, Conor Mullane, Daire O’Shea and Gearoid O’Sullivan.


Saturday September 5:

U16: Play Off:

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

Underage Training:

A text will be sent out to all age groups during the week with regard to training as the development of our field has begun.

Athea United Soccer

Division 1 (Sun, August 30th) 
Athea Utd (4) 8    Padraig Reidy, Dylan Griffin (2), Darren Murphy (2),  James Ryan, Steven McEnery. own goal

Feenagh    (1) 1      Darren Murphy

We were at home to Feenagh last Sunday and got our second win of the season with a comprehensive display from start to finish. We opened the scoring when pressure forced a defender to put the ball in his own net and goal number two soon followed when Padraig Reidy, up from the back scored a rare goal. Dylan Griffin soon made it three before the visitors got one back but that was as good as it got for Feenagh as Darren Murphy restored our three goal cushion and hats how it stood at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half James Ryan got his first junior goal with a sweet strike from thirty yards that flew inside the left post while swift footwork from Murphy saw him create space inside the area to curl the ball low inside the far right post for number six. We were dominating in all areas and Griffin got his fifth goal in three games when he beat the offside trap and slotted past the keeper. The rout was completed when John Cotter released Steven McEnery to fire to the roof of the net.

Team: Gary Carroll, Michael Reidy, Jamie Collins, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Steven McEnery, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, James Ryan, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Subs used Padraig Horgan, Pa Kiely and John Cotter.
Referee: Jim Molyneaux

Youths Division 2 (Sat, August 31st) 
Shannonside (0) 0

Athea Utd (4) 8     Andy Ahern (2), JJ Sheehy (2), Sean Ryan,

James Ryan, John Sexton, Liam McAuliffe

The youths made it two from two with a comfortable win away to Shannonside last Saturday afternoon. We were four up at half time with a brace apiece from Andy Ahern and JJ Sheehy and in the second half we had further goals from Sean Ryan, James Ryan, John Sexton and Liam McAuliffe.

Team: Timothy Tierney, William McEnery, Donnacha McEnery, Michael Ambrose, James Ryan, John Sexton, Sean Ryan, Shane Dalton, Shea Leahy, JJ Sheehy, Andy Ahern. Subs Liam McAuliffe, Jack Vaughan, Mareks Apinis.
Referee: Sean Hartnett.

U16 Division 2 (Tue, August 25th) 
Mountcollins (1) 3   Athea Utd      (2) 5

Jason Dillon (2), John Sexton, Shane Dalton, Ryan O’Connell

The sixteens started their league campaign last night week away to Mountcollins and came away with a credible five three win. John Sexton opened the scoring and Jason Dillon restored our lead after the home side had equalized and thats how it stood at the break. Early in the second half Ryan O’Connell made it three one but the home side rallied with two quick goals to eave it at three apiece. Shane Dalton then got through to put us back in front and a second from Jason Dillon late on sealed a good win.

Team: Cathal O’Brien, Joseph Dalton, Seamus Leahy, Michael Dalton, David O’Connor, Ryan O’Connell, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell, Andy Ahern, Jason Dillon, Shane Dalton. Subs David O’Sullivan, Dylan Swift.
Referee: Pat King.


Thursday, September 3rd –

U12s home to Askeaton at 7pm.

Saturday, September 5th –

U10s home to Carrig Cel at 11.30am

U14s away to Kilcolman Rvs B at 11.30am

Sunday, September 6th –

Juniors away to Rockhill Rvs at 1.30pm.

Wednesday, September 9th –

U12s away to Mountcollins at 6.40pm

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

U10s on Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

U12s on Wednesdays  7pm to 8pm

U14s on Thursdays 7pm to 8.15pm

U16s on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm.

Youths on Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm

Juniors on Fridays at 7.30pm


There will be a managers meeting tonight, Wednesday September 2nd at the clubhouse at 8pm.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, August 31st at Batt’s Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €20,500. Numbers drawn 12, 17, 23, 31.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Emma, Erin & Jessie c/o Marian Chawke. Bibi Gleeson, Upper Athea. Ned & Mary Riordan, Athea. Mary Kelly, Coole West. Mary A Riordan, Templeglantine.

Sellers: Denis Murphy & Margaret Dalton .
New Jackpot €20,600 at JP’s on Monday, September 7th.

Athea Fishing Club

The club held the mixed competition in the river Gale on Saturday evening last. 20 anglers took part which was a great turn-out and well up on previous years. A big thanks to all competitors.

1st prize-Tommy O’Connor

2nd prize-Jerry Sheehan

3rd prize- Molly Pepper Carr

4th prize– Norah Sheehan

Tommy O’Connor was also presented with a lovely trophy for the heaviest trout.

Brown Joe’s was the venue for the weigh-in and we also held our annual BBQ there which was also a great success and an enjoyable night was had by all. Music and song was provided by the very popular Pa Quaid.

A very special thanks to Brown Joe’s, Top of the Town, Rose Enright, Paul Collins and Batt’s Bar for supplying great spot prizes for the night.