Athea United Soccer

Division 1 League (Sun, March 13th)

Athea Utd (2) 3 Darren Murphy (pen), Maurice Hayes, Shane Mulvihill

Askeaton A (1) 1

We were back in league action last Sunday morning with Askeaton as visitors to The Vales and at the end of the ninety minutes we had another win under our belts. It was by no means an easy win as Askeaton had spells of possession either side of half time and it was during this time the got their goal. We started well and inside five minutes we were ahead when Darren Murphy converted a penalty after he himself was fouled inside the area. On the quarter hour mark we increased our lead when Maurice Hayes received possession outside the right hand side of the area and his low shot eluded the keeper and squeezed inside the right post. We should have pushed on after this but allowed Askeaton back into the game and they capitalised on this when their midfielder headed to the net five minutes from half time.

The second half started with the away side probing but despite a lot of possession didn’t create a whole pile. Indeed it took an excellent free kick to the top right corner from Shane Mulvihill to give us some breathing space again in the form of a two goal cushion. Between this and the final whistle we had a few half chances to score again but their keeper made some saves to keep it at 3-1.

Team: Pa Ahern, Michael Reidy, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Joe Vaughan, Steven McEnery, Gerard Ahern, Maurice Hayes, Shane Mulvihill, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy. Subs James Ryan, John Cotter. 

Referee Paul O’Brien

Desmond Youths Cup Q/F (Sat, March 12th)

Athea Utd  (5) 7     Evan Woulfe (2), James Ryan (3)

Liam McAuliffe. Andy Ahern 

Shannonside (0) 0

The youths were at home to Shannonside last Saturday in the quarter finals of the Desmond Youths Cup and ran our comfortable winners.  Evan Woulfe put us ahead after five minutes from a rebound after Adam Riordans rocket came back of the crossbar. James Ryan made it two nil with a left footed strike that whizzed inside the near left post and the skipper went on to complete his hat trick soon after. The goal of the game came five minutes from half time. A long clearance out of dfence came to Liam McAuliffe ten yards inside the Shannonside half out on the left  wing from where he sent a half volley goalwards and which flew over the keeper and under the crossbar. The second half again was dominated by Athea and we could have scored a few more but managed two from Evan Woulfe and Andy Ahern.

Team:  Mareks Apinis, Michael Ambrose, Evan Woulfe, Cillian Liston, Michael Dalton, John Sexton, Sean Ryan James Ryan, Andy Ahern, Liam McAuliffe, Adam Riordan. Subs Donnacha McEnery, Jack Vaughan, William McEnery.Referee: Pat O’Donnell


Saturday, March 19th

U10s away to Ferry Rangers at 11am

U14s home to Kilcolman Rovers B at 11.30am


U/8s on Saturdays at 11am

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 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Youths on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8pm

Juniors on Wednesdays at 8.30pm and Fridays at 7pm


Our last man competition contiuned last weekend with week 5 where there were 24 people in contention. After the weekends games we are now down to 20 after 4 fell last weekend. Best of luck to those still in the running.

Mike Hayes is sponsoring this Last Man Standing competition and the club thanks him for this. Prize money is €300 while the club are giving €50 to the winning seller.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, March

14th at The Top of the Town are as follows –

Jackpot was €23,200. Numbers drawn 12, 17, 25, 32.

No Jackpot Winner

Lucky dips to the following– Nora Quaid, c/o Agatha, Brid & Molly Hunt, Athea, Michael O’Mahoney, c/o Kostal, Betty & Tim, Duagh PO, Mike Sheehy, c/o Kostal.

Sellers: Etty Aherne & Brouder’s Shop.

New Jackpot €23,300 at Donie’s on Monday, March 21st.

Athea GAA

Club Limerick Draw (Mackey Draw):

The Club Limerick Draw (Mackey Draw) will recommence in March and we would really appreciate your support. The draw is an important source of revenue with 50% of all funds collected returned to the local club with the remaining money going towards the development of our county teams, the Green & white, etc. CLUB Limerick Draw also provides Clubs with Finance to Fund their ongoing developments both on and off the field. All members this year will receive a 10% discount card which can be used in Elverys, Limerick Race Course, Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Thomond Park Stadium, Irish Country Hotels and Timmy Macs Restaurant in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare. Like previous years there will be 10 monthly draws from March to December. This year’s prize fund has been increased with in excess of €300,000 up for grabs. For the March and June draws there will be a star 1st prize of €20,000 cash or a choice of car. The top prize for all remaining draws will be €10,000. The second prize will be €3,000, third prize €2,000 and fourth prize €1,000. With sixteen other cash prizes up for grabs plus a guaranteed Lotto Jackpot of €10,000 every month there are lots of chances to be a winner.  If you would like to find out more and join for the coming year please feel free to contact any committee member or our draw coordinator Mairead Donovan.

Total Prize Fund in Excess of €360,000

Guaranteed Star Car Prizes March 161 LK & June 162 LK.

All draws

1st Prize €10,000

2nd Prize €3,000

3rd Prize €2,000

4th Prize €1,000

5th – 9th Prize €500

10th -20th Prize €250

Guaranteed Lotto Jackpot €10,000 Every Month (Match 4 numbers 1-36)


West Intermediate Football Championship:

Thursday March 17:

Athea will play Mountcollins in the West Intermediate Football Championship this Thursday March 17 at 12 noon. Venue to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated.

County Football league Division 2:

Saturday March 19:

Athea will play Oola in their first game of Division 2 of the County football league this Saturday March 19 at 3pm. Venue to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Intermediate Football Championship Draw 2016:

There are two groups of six teams who will contest the Championship.

Group 1: Cappamore, Glin, Claughaun, Mungret, Bruff & Galbally.
Group 2: St. Senans, Athea, Cappagh, Adare, Mountcollins & Castlemahon.

Round 1: Athea v St. Senans,

Round 2: Athea v Cappagh,
Round 3: Athea v Castlemahon,
Round 4: Athea v Mountcollins,
Round 5: Athea v Adare.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Training: U10:

Training continues for U10s in the hall this Friday evening March 18 from 7.15pm to 8pm. There will be a charge of €2 per player. Gum shields are compulsory.

Féile Peil Na nÓg 2016:

Athea Coiste na nÓg are delighted to announce that we will be taking part and also be a host club in this year’s National Féile Football Competition (U14) which will take place on June 24- 26. Féile will be the biggest youth sporting event in Europe in 2016 and will take place in South West Munster with clubs from West Limerick, Kerry and North Cork hosting visiting teams. Our visiting club will bring twenty four players who will stay with host families in our Parish for the weekend and each club will play a minimum of four games. This is a great opportunity for our U14 team to take part in a National Football competition and it also gives all involved the chance to make new friends with players from clubs outside Limerick. For further Féile information please check out GAA Féile on Facebook or follow @ Féilegaa on Twitter. If anyone knows of any accommodation available in the parish and surrounding area that weekend for the families of the visiting team please contact Jacqueline at 086-0670091.

Cúl Camp:

We will be hosting our annual Cúl camp from Monday July 11 to Friday July 15. For any further information please contact Jacqueline at 086-0670091. More details to follow.