Athea GAA


West Intermediate Final:

Athea 3-12         Mountcollins 0-13

Our Intermediate football team capped of a fine year by winning the West Intermediate football final against Mountcollins in Rathkeale on Saturday evening last. It was a great team performance from start to finish with everyone playing their part in this exciting match. We started lively and thanks to a goal each from James Ryan and Kevin Murphy added to by points from Shane Mulvihill, Neilus Hunt and Mark Reidy all meant we had a ten point lead after fifteen minutes. Mountcollins came back and scored four points on the trot to close the gap, but great play by Kevin Murphy set up James Ryan for his second goal of the match. The opposition came back again with three more points to leave the half time score Athea 3-04, Mountcollins 0-07. Shane Mulvihill opened the scoring in the second half when he pointed a free after James Ryan had been fouled. Mountcollins rallied again and scored three unanswered points to close the gap to four points. Dylan Griffin and Gerard Ahern exchanged points with the opposition and then points from Mark Reidy, Gerard Ahern and Pat Ahern put the game beyond the reach of Mountcollins. Kevin Murphy sealed the win with a late point and the scoreboard in the Bog Garden read Athea 3-12, Mountcollins 0-13. Shane Mulvihill won the Man Of the match award which was kindly sponsored by Davy Mann of Mann’s Hotel in Rathkeale. On reflection having won the West Intermediate Football Final, Division three of the All-County football league and qualifying for the quarter final of the County championship, manager Pat Higgins and his selectors Colm Hassett and Eddie Barrett have done a fantastic job in their first year in charge. The club would like to thank everyone who helped out in anyway with our Intermediate team throughout the year and we are all looking forward to another successful year in 2016. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Michael Reidy, Raymond Brouder, Matthew Tierney, Dylan Griffin (0-1), Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill (0-3), Neilus Hunt (0-1), Gerard Collins, Jamie Collins, Gerard Ahern (0-2), Mark Reidy (0-2), Kevin Murphy (1-1), Patrick Ahern (0-2), James Ryan (2-0). Subs: Mark O’Connor (Neilus Hunt) Darren Murphy (James Ryan), Pa Chawke (Mark Reidy), Shane Tierney (Raymond Brouder), Kieran Harnett, Eoin McCarthy, Philip Collins, Pa Kiely, Dan McMahon, Padraic Walsh, Steven McEnery, Brian Ahern, Tom Collins, Neilo Keane, John Cotter, Jason Dalton, Martin Chawke, Sean Ahern & Denis Greaney.

County Minor 13 Aside Semi-Final:

Athea 1-10       Galtee Gaels 1-08

Our Minors overcame a sticky Galtee Gaels side in Croom on Sunday morning last to qualify for the County 13 Aside Minor Final. This was always going to be a close match having played out a draw early in the year in Páirc na nGael. We got into this match straight away when James Ryan scored a point after a minute and from the kick out Brian O’Connor slipped the ball past the on-coming keeper for our only goal of the match. Brian O’Connor increased our lead when he tapped over a point, but Galtee Gaels hit back when they scored a goal and a point of their own. James Ryan split the posts with a free and Jason Kelly added another point from thirty yards. Galtee Gaels raised the white flag again, but we were awarded a penalty when James Ryan was fouled inside the box and Brian O’ Connor put the spot kick over the bar to increase our lead. Before the break Sean Ryan exchanged two points with the opposition to leave the half time score Athea 1-07, Galtee Gaels 1-04. Scores were hard to come by in the second half as both defenses tightened up, but it was the opposition who opened the scoring with a well taken point. Sean Ryan restored our three point advantage when he pointed a free from forty yards. Our backs were under pressure, but they coped very well led by our Captain Jason Dalton. Conor Fitzgerald in goals was as solid as a rock and our midfield and forwards were working their socks off. Galtee Gaels closed the gap again with another point, but James Ryan converted a close in free to give us breathing space. Jack Denihan exchanged points with Galtee Gaels and they closed the gap to two points with only minutes left on the clock. It was backs to the walls stuff, but our fine young team weathered the storm and won on a score line of Athea 1-10, Galtee Gaels 1-08. We will now play Ballylanders in the final on Sunday October 18 in Ballyagran. Team: Conor Fitzgerald, Paul Mahony, TJ Doherty, Jason Dalton, Tommy Quaid, Killian O’Donoghue, Sean Ryan, Micheál Ambrose, Jason Kelly, Padraic Walsh. Jack Denihan, James Ryan, Brian O’Connor. Subs: Alan Kelly, Ronan Hayes, William Sexton, Padraig O’Sullivan & Jack Vaughan.

West Minor A Final:

Athea/ Mountcollins Rangers 2-13       Ballysteen 1-18

The Athea/Mountcollins combination played out a very exciting West Minor A final against Ballysteen on Tuesday evening last. Ballysteen raced into a three point lead after five minutes, but points from Sean Ryan, James Ryan and Mikie O’Mahony had us level. The opposition hit back again and scored another three points to take the lead. Two pointed frees from the boot of James Ryan and one from play had us level once again and then a super goal by Sean Ryan put us in front as we headed for half time. The Athea/Mountcollins combination was caught napping and conceded a goal and two points just before the break to leave the half time score Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 1-06, Ballysteen 1-08. It was all to play for in the second half and we narrowed the gap when James Ryan tapped over from close range. Ballysteen restored their two point advantage with a point, but we took the lead when Brian O’Connor rattled the net after great work by Mikie O’Mahony. Mikie then exchanged points with the opposition, but the Ballysteen side hit a purple patch and scored six unanswered points to lead by five points with ten minutes left on the clock. It looked like it was all over but Athea/Mountcollins Rangers came back and three points from Mikie O’Mahony and one each from James Ryan and Sean Ryan had the side’s level once again with only minutes left on the clock. Unfortunately it was Ballysteen who finished stronger and scored two points to win on a score line of Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 2-13, Ballysteen 1-18. Overall this was a very exciting match and a big thank you to David O’Connor, Donal Gleeson and Denis Greaney for looking after the team and to thanks to all our supporters who travelled to cheer on our boys. Team: Johnny Stack, Jason Dalton, Timmy Finnegan, Killian O’Donoghue, Tommy Quaid, Diarmuid Flanagan, Jason Kelly, Gavin O’Reilly, Mikie O’Mahony, Paudie Hickey, Padraig Collins, Padraic Walsh, Brian O’Connor, James Ryan, Sean Ryan. Subs: Ronan Hayes, Jack Denihan, Denny Buckley, Conor Fitzgerald, Evan Larkin, TJ Doherty, Padraig O’ Sullivan & John Lenihan.

Strictly Come Dancing:

Limerick Bord na nÓg are proud to present Strictly Come Dancing on October the 17th in Patrickswell Racecourse. Our very own Jacqueline O’ Connor is taking part and her dance partner on the night is Limerick Senior footballer Danny Neville. Her Daughter Sarah will also be dancing on what promises to be a great nights entertainment. MC’s on the night are Brid McNamara PRO Clare Camogie and Liam Ahern of 95FM. Judging are Anthony Daly, Miss Limerick 2015 Nollaig Malone, Siobhan Cronin Walsh Newcastle West and County vice Chairperson Liam O’ Sullivan. There is music and a bar exemption after the show till late. There will be a bus organized on the night for those who wish to support our dancers. Contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 or David on 087-6019317 for further details.


Sunday October 18:

County 13 aside Football Final:

Athea will play Ballylanders in the final of the 13 aside football championship this Sunday October 18 in Ballyagran at 12 noon. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


U8 Nigel and Gary Buicke Football Tournament:

Our U8s travelled to Coolyroe on Friday evening last to take part in the Nigel and Gary Buicke football tournament. We played two very exciting games the first against Castlemahon which we played very well in but lost out at the final whistle. We then played Mountcollins in the shield final and this was a very exciting match from start to finish. It was score for score and end to end stuff for the entire game. All our team played extremely well and the match ended in a draw. Our Captain Sean Twomey was presented with the Shield along with Mountcollins Captain Luke Palmer by Limerick U21 hurling Star Sean Flanagan. We would like to thank Feohanagh/Castlemahon GAA club for inviting us to take part and for the wide range of refreshments after the tournament. Team: Sean Twomey, Jamie Collins, Jim Ahern, Alex Quinn, Jamie Flynn, Jack Sexton, Louis O’ Sullivan, Molly Hunt, Michael Ahern, Tomás Ahern & Tony Ahern.


Wednesday October 7: U13:

Athea U13s will play Granagh/Ballingarry away this evening Wednesday October 7. Cars leaving the village at 5.15pm. All players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Underage Training:

Underage football training for U6s and U8s resumes in the hall this Friday evening October 9. The U6s will train from 6.15pm to 7pm and the U8s will train from 7pm to 8pm. There is a charge of €2 per child. All players must have gum shields. We are looking for parents to get involved with our under 6 and under 8 teams, if you are interested in helping out in anyway please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091.

Athea United Soccer

U14 Division 3 (Sat, October 3rd) 
Abbeyfeale Utd B (0) 2

Athea Utd              (4) 4

Michael McCarthy, Paric Enright, Eoin O’Shea (2)

Our fourteens were away to Abbeyfeale Utd B in their third game of the season last Saturday afternoon and returned home with all three points. This was a potentially tricky tie but the players adapted well and were rewarded with four first half goals from Michael McCarthy, Pauric Enright and a brace from Eoin O’Shea. In the second half the home side came back into it and scored twice but thats as close as they came. We held out for a deserved four two win and keep our unbeaten start to the season intact.

Division 1 (Sun, October 4th) 
Athea Utd    (1) 2             Darren Murphy (2)

Breska Rvs (2) 6

Team: Pa Kiely, Peter O’Connor, Jamie Collins, Podge Horgan, Shane Mulvihill, Steven McEnery, Ger Collins, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Mark Horgan, Dylan Griffin. Subs John Cotter, Dan McMahon.
Referee: Pat O’Donnell.


Saturday, October 10th –

U12s home to Broadford Utd B at 1pm.

U16s away to Askeaton at 5pm.


Training for the U8s continues every Saturday morning in The Hall from 11.30am to 12.30pm. We will have a registration day in a few weeks with registration for each player €20. The U8s will be managed my Mike Flynn and James O’Mahony and for players to play U8s they have to be born on or after January 1st 2008. For the registration day we will need copies of players birth certs.


The following are the training times and these will remain in effect until further notice –

U8s on Saturdays 11.30am to 12.30pm in The Hall.

U10s on Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

U12s on Wednesdays  7pm to 8.15pm

U14s on Thursdays 7pm to 8.15pm

U16s on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm.

Youths on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8pm

Juniors on Fridays at 7.30pm


Athea Utd are again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition and last weekend saw week one commence. We have 154 entries and after week one 85 have progressed with 69 eliminated. The biggest culprits were Chelsea and West Ham who accounted for 42 of the eliminations.

The Top of the Town are sponsoring our first of this seasons Last Man Standing Competitions with €300 going to the winner and the club thanks them for their sponsorship. We also have a €50 sellers prize to the person that sells the winning line.

The very best of luck to everybody taking in the competition.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 5th at White’s Bar as follows –
Jackpot was €21,000. Numbers drawn 7, 8, 20, 30.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following –  Derek Moynihan, Rathmore. Nora Quaid, Ballybunion. Graham Dungan, Ardagh. Gearoid Curtin, Moyvane. Gerard O’Connor Asdee.

Sellers Margaret Dalton & Pat Hayes
New Jackpot €21,100 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, October 12th