Athea GAA


West Junior B Football League:

Saturday April 16:

Athea 6-11            Glin 0-5

After the disappointment of the St. Kierans game our Junior Bs completely turned the tables and put in a top class performance against our near neighbors Glin on Saturday evening last. Two early goals from Philip Collins had Athea in control of this match. We were totally dominant in all areas of the field as Glin found it hard to break down our tight marking defense. We kicked some wonderful scores in this half with Brian Ahern, Philip Collins and Jason Kelly all putting their names on the score sheet before half time. Athea’s third goal from the very lively Neilo Keane gave us a thirteen point advantage at the break. In the second half, we continued to pile on the pressure on the Glin goals and once again our display of scoring points was a sight to behold. Jonathan Fitzgerald, Pa Kiely, Philip Collins and Padraic Walsh all kicked long range points, but Athea were not finished yet. A goal each for Brian O’ Connor, Brian Ahern and Paul Mahony left Athea with an impressive tally of 6-11 to Glin’s five points. Many of our players played exceptionally well but a special mention for Philip Collins who scored two goals and four points from play. We have two remaining games left to play in the league against Mountcollins and St. Senans. Team: Kieran Harnett, Eoin McCarthy, Shane Tierney, Jason Dalton, Tommy Quaid, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Jason Kelly, Pa Chawke, Padraic Walsh, Neilo Keane, Kevin Mahony, Garry Carroll, Pa Kiely, Philip Collins & Brian Ahern. Subs: Brian O’ Connor, Killian O’ Donoghue, Jack Denihan, Paul Mahony, Tony McAuliffe & Emmet White.


County Intermediate Football Championship:

Saturday April 24:

Athea will play St. Senans in the first round of the County Intermediate Football Championship this Saturday April 24 in Glin at 7pm. All support greatly appreciated.


Best of luck to the Limerick Minor Football panel and management team, especially to our club players, brothers James and Sean Ryan who will both be togging out for Limerick in the Munster Minor Football Championship against Tipperary in Thurles this Wednesday evening.

Club Limerick Draw (Mackey Draw):

The Club Limerick Draw (Mackey Draw) is up and running 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).

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Matches: Friday April 15: U8:

Our U8s travelled to Mick Neville Park for their first blitz of the year on Friday evening last. We had eleven player togged out, we played three matches each against Kileedy, St. Senans and Knockaderry. Our boys and girls played some excellent football and gave it their all on the night. The parents who travelled were delighted and amazed at how good this young team were. The whole team, mentors and parents had an enjoyable evening and we are looking forward to our next blitz in May. Many thanks to Limerick coaching and games GDA’S, Sean Herbert and Eoin Ryan for a very well organized blitz. Panel: Tomas Ahern, Grace Hunt, Courtney Hunt, Dylan Grainger, Michael Ahern, Dylan Finucane, Caoimhe Ahern, Eric Barrett, Jamie Flynn, Jamie O’ Mahony & Molly Hunt.


Thursday April 28:

Our U12s are away to St. Kierans on Thursday evening April 28. Cars leaving the village at 5.50pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

U15 Football :

Monday May 2:

Our U15s will play Dromin Athlacca Banogue on Monday May 2 in Templeglantine at 7.15pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated

Féile Peil Na nÓg 2016:

Athea Coiste na nÓg are delighted to announce that we will be taking part and will 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 is Warwickshire and they will bring twenty four players who will stay with host families in our Parish for the weekend. 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.

Athea United Soccer


Youths Division 2 (Sat, April 16th)

Pallaskenry (1) 1

Athea Utd (1) 4     James Ryan, Sean Ryan, Adam Riordan (2)

Last Saturday week the top two sides in division two met at The Vales where ourselves and fellow leaders Broadford Utd played out a scoreless draw. This meant both went into their last league games level on points, we were away to Pallaskenry with Broadford away to Feenagh.

Pallaskenry had already beaten us 3-1 at home earlier in the season so we knew we would have to be tuned in from the off on Saturday. The first half was closely contested but we took a deserved lead when James Ryan finished off a fine move. The home side rallied and by half time the sides were level at one apiece. The second half was more fluid from Athea and we played some nice soccer and were back in front ten minutes into the second half thanks to Sean Ryan. We kept the momentum and made sure of the points with two further goals, both scored by Adam Riordan. Full time 4-1.

With Broadford also winning both sides will now play off for the division two league title.

Team: Mareks Apinis, Michael Ambrose, Evan Woulfe, Cillian Liston, Michael Dalton, John Sexton, Sean Ryan, James Ryan, Andy Ahern, Jack Vaughan, Adam Riordan. Subs Ronan Hayes, William McEnery, Donnacha McEnery
Referee: Tom Fitzpatrick

Division 1 League (Sun, April 17th)

Athea Utd (4) 6   Darren Murphy (3), Kevin Murphy (2), own goal

Glantine (1) 1

The juniors got back to league action last Sunday morning with a home fixture against Glantine where we again scored six goals but on this occasion we didn’t throw it away. It was vital to get back in the groove and we hit the ground running and were three up inside ten minutes. The first after only two minutes came when Darren Murphy’s cross was put into his own net by a defender. It wasn’t long before Murphy himself got on the score sheet when a poor clearance by the keeper was seized upon by our top scorer and he fired low to the bottom corner before soon adding a third. We continued to play some good soccer on a good surface and twice came close to scoring again through Kevin Murphy but the keeper cut out both his chipped efforts.

Glantine now were getting more possession and had a few half chances before pulling a goal back on twenty four minutes which in truth was a bad one to give away. After a couple of minutes we regrouped and again took the game to Glantine and started to create more chances. From one of these Kevin Murphy beat the offside trap following a super pass from brother Darren and slipped the ball past the advancing keeper. Half time 4-1. The second half was for the most part a replica of the first but only yielded just two more goals. The first of these came from Darren who completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after Kevin was taken down inside the area. The mercurial Kevin then completed the scoring with a half volley from twelve yards.

Team: Pa Ahern, Michael Reidy, Jamie Collins, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Mark Horgan, Gerard Ahern, Maurice Hayes, Joe Vaughan, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy. Subs: Gary Carroll, John Cotter.

Referee Eoin Barrett.

U14 Division 3 (Tue, April 12th)

Newcastle West B 3

Athea Utd  3 

Referee Ger O’Connor


Tuesday, April 19th  

U16s home to Pallaskenry at 7pm

Wednesday, April 20th  

U12s home to GB Rovers in the cup at 7pm

Saturday, April 23rd   

Youths home to Rathkeale in the Desmond Cup semi-final at 2.30pm

Sunday, April 24th   

Juniors home to Carrig Celtic in the League Cup semi-final 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 Fridays at 7.30pm


Our last man competition continues apace and now we are down to two players. For the two remaining going into next weekend (week 10) we need your selections please. Best of luck to those still in the running.

Mike Hayes is sponsoring this Last Man Standing competition and the club thanks him for his sponsorship. Prizemoney is €300 to the winner and €50 to the winning seller.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, April 18th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €5,000. Numbers drawn 5, 20, 26, 30.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Michael Downey, Brosna. Noel McElligott, Listowel. Mark Callanan, Templeglantine. Kevin O’Keeffe, Rathronan. Michael Mangan, Listowel.
Sellers Liz Gould & Mike Buckley.
New Jackpot €5,100 at The Top of the Town Monday, April 25th