Athea GAA

County 13 Aside Football Final:

Athea 2-07             Ballylanders 1-10

Our Minors will have to do it all over again after playing out a very exciting draw against Ballylanders in the 13 Aside County Final. Ballylanders were the hot favorites, but it was Athea who opened the scoring when Sean Ryan blasted the ball to the net after a brilliant run up the middle. The opposition responded well with two points of their own, but soon after we got our second goal of the match when Brian O’Connor was quickest to react to a rebound  in the Ballylanders square and found the back of the net with his shot. This was a tough physical game with both sides giving it there all, our defense did very well closing them down and they did not get one shot on goal for the whole half. Ballylanders tacked on three more points to narrow the gap to one. Sean Ryan pointed a free from forty five yards out after his brother James had been fouled. Ballylanders continued to kick points and were soon level, but James Ryan splits the posts just before half time and we went in at the break one point to the good Athea 2-02, Ballylanders 0-07.  It was all to play for in the second half and it wasn’t long before the sides were level as the opposition kicked the opening score of the half. They took the lead for the first time shortly after with a well taken point, but Jason Kelly had it all square again when he raised the white flag for Athea. Ballylanders then rocked us when they scored a goal and went four points up five minutes later when they kicked a point. Our boys didn’t drop their heads; they showed true grit and determination and got themselves into this match. Super points from Sean Ryan and Jason Kelly closed the gap to two; James Ryan added another with a close in free. Some great defending by Ballylanders denied us some goal chances and there was loads of drama to come in the closing minutes. James Ryan equalized with another free and then with time almost up the opposition were awarded a free of their own in front of the Athea posts and we thought that was it was all over but amazingly they missed it and the game ended in a draw. This was one of the finest performances of any Athea team this year with all players giving it their all for the whole match. The replay is on this Saturday in Ballyagran at 12 noon and we are calling on everyone to travel and support this great bunch of players. Team: Conor Fitzgerald, Paul Mahony, TJ Doherty, Jason Kelly, Tommy Quaid, Killian O’Donoghue, Micheál Ambrose, Padraic Walsh, Sean Ryan, Jack Denihan, Jason Kelly, Brian O’Connor, James Ryan. Subs: Alan Kelly, William Sexton, Padraig O’Sullivan, Jack Vaughan & Ronan Hayes.

Club Draw:

Our next club draw takes place this Saturday Night October 24 in Collins’ Bar. The club would like to thank all those who have supported our club draw this year.


The U21 premier football championship is just around the corner and we are hoping that Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will go one step further this year and be crowned County Champions. There are sixteen teams taking part and our boys will play Deel Rangers, Newcastle West and St. Patrick’s in their group with the top two teams qualifying for the quarter finals. Fixtures to be confirmed in the coming weeks.


Sunday October 18:

County 13 aside Football Final Replay:

Athea will play Ballylanders in the replay of the 13 aside football championship final this Saturday October 24 in Ballyagran at 12 noon. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


U16 Shield County Final:

Athea 3-11              Ahane 3-09:

Athea U16s are County Champions after defeating Ahane by two points in a thriller of a game at Mick Neville Park on Friday evening last. A large crowd of Athea supporters attended the match, but it was Ahane who got the better start and were three points up after ten minutes. We had plenty of possession and found it hard to score but Andy Ahern got our first point after fifteen minutes after great work by John Sexton. Two pointed frees from the boot of our Captain Liam McAuliffe had the sides level with twenty minutes gone on the clock. A great run by Sean Ryan split open the Ahane defense and he laid it of to Brian Sheahan who made no mistake blasting to the net for our first goal of the night. The opposition response was quick and they scored a goal and three points without reply to take the lead again. Just before half time we had great points from Jason Dillon, Sean Ryan and Liam McAuliffe and the sides went in at the break all square at 1-06 a-piece. We took the lead shortly after the start of the second half when Andy Ahern split the posts with a great effort. Ahane caught us napping and scored a goal. Jack Vaughan tapped over from close range and from the kick out Sean Ryan won the ball and scored a super goal. The opposition hit us with another goal and then added another point to go two points up. The brilliant Liam McAuliffe had us level after he scored two points but Ahane pulled away again when they scored two points of their own and a pulsating finish was instore. With six minutes left on the clock the mighty Jack Vaughan riffled the ball to the top of the Ahane net to give us a one point lead. Ahane piled on the pressure to find an equalizer but to no avail. Liam McAuliffe scored another point with time almost up. Ahane had chances of goals but a combination of great defending and sheer determination denied the city team of victory and it was the Maroon and White of Athea who were cheering at the final whistle as the score read Athea 3-11 Ahane 3-09. This was a very entertaining game and Liam McAuliffe accepted the shield on behalf of the team. The Club would like to thank all the players for their commitment over the past year, the coaches Pat O’ Sullivan, Denis Greaney, Bill McAuliffe and Denis Sheahan for their time and effort all through the year. A big thank you to all the parents who travelled far and wide supporting our U16 team, it is greatly appreciated by the Club. Well done to all involved. Panel: David O’ Sullivan, Jack Gleeson, Alan Kelly, Mark McAuliffe, Daniel McEldowney, Shane Ambrose, Micheál Dalton, Sean Ryan, Micheál Ambrose, Jack Vaughan, John Sexton, Liam McAuliffe, Jason Dillon, Andy Ahern, Brian Sheahan, TJ White, Jack O’ Connor & David O’ Connor.

Strictly Come Dancing:

Our very own Jacqueline O’Connor and her partner Danny Neville who were dancing the Salsa were crowned Limerick Bord na nÓg Strictly Come Dancing Champions last Saturday night at the Limerick race course. It was a great night for the parish following on from the U16s victory the night before in the County Final. A fantastic night of entertainment and laughs was had by all and when Liam Ahern of Limerick’s Live 95FM announced the winners, Jacqueline’s family and friends from the Club who had travelled by bus and cars could be heard cheering for miles and miles. Jacqueline and Danny got top marks from all the Judges as did Jacqueline’s daughter Sarah who won the most entertaining dance. There were dancers from all over the County taking part dancing the Jitter Bug, Jive, Charleston, Waltz, Fox trot, Mumba etc. This was a night to remember for Jacqueline and her family and she did the whole parish proud on the night.

Thank You From Jacqueline:

I would like to thank all those who supported Sarah and I in Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night last in the Limerick Racecourse. For all those who rang/text me with good wishes, bought tickets, voted and travelled to cheer us on, it is greatly appreciated. I would especially like to thank my sponsor Diarmuid Collins of Stelcon Construction for his kind sponsorship and Mullane’s Buses. It was a fantastic night, one I will never forget, with all proceeds going to Limerick Bord na nÓg. A Special thank you to my dance partner Danny Neville for his commitment and patience over the past couple of months, all our practice paid off and I was delighted to be your dance partner and be crowned “Limerick Bord na nÓg Strictly Come Dancing Winners”.

Underage Training:

U6 & U8s:

Underage football training for U6s and U8s will continue in the hall this Friday evening October 23. 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

Athea Utd (1) 2     Jack Hunt, Tomas McEnery

Shountrade (0) 1

Team: Broderick, Eoin Sheahan, DJ O’Connor, Gavin Ambrose, Andrew O’Riordan, Michael McCarthy, Michael Tierney, TJ Hunt, Eoin O’Shea, Jack Hunt,

Paric Enright, Brandon Finucane, Tomas McEnery, Luke Gleeson, Daire O’Shea, Dermot Pierse, Jack Vaughan, David McEnery. Referee John Roche.

Youths Division 2

Athea Utd    (0) 1      James Ryan (pen)

Pallaskenry  (2) 3

Team: Timothy Tierney, William McEnery, Donnacha McEnery, James Ryan, Micheal Dalton, Jack Vaughan, Shane Dalton, John Sexton, Andy Ahern, JJ Sheehy, Liam McAuliffe. Sub Marek  Referee John Roche.

Reidy Cup

Athea Utd       (2) 5   Dylan Griffin (3), Darren Murphy (2)

Pallaskenry B (0) 1

Team: Pa Ahern, Padraig Reidy, Jamie Collins, Mathew Tierney, Shane Mulvihill, Steven McEnery, Ger Collins, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Subs Peter O’Connor, Mark Horgan, Michael Reidy.

Referee: Pat O’Donnell.


Saturday, October 24th –

U12s home to Ferry Rangers at 12 noon

Youths home to St Brendan’s Park (Tralee) in FAI Youths Cup at 2pm.

Sunday, October 25th –

Juniors away to Pallaskenry A at 2.30pm.


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 8.30pm.

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 the weekend before last we had week one with 154 entries and after week one 85 have progressed with 69 eliminated. Following the International break we resumed with week two with only 7 fallers at the weekend thus leaving 78 still standing.

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 part in the competition.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 19th at Batt’s Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €21,200. Numbers drawn 6, 17, 18, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Catherine Mulhall, Kilkenny. Ina Kelly c/o Paudie Reidy. Kathleen Shanahan, Kilbaha. Julieanne Moloney, Listowel. Larry McAuliffe, Ballaugh

Sellers Agatha & Margaret Dalton
New Jackpot €21,300 at JP’s on Monday, October 26th