Athea GAA

Club Draw 2016:

Our Club Draw for 2016 has got underway. This draw is a major source of funding for us and this year we are hoping you can continue to support us. This year we have added more prizes including an opportunity to buy the ticket by direct debit. There will be a direct debit prize of 200 euro. There are eight draws again this year, with an increased prize fund of €12,000 to be won. Your support would be greatly appreciated as all monies raised will help fund the ongoing development of our pitch. Please contact Mairead Donovan on 087-7703673, if you have any queries. Our prizes this year is as follows:

€1000 fully paid up member’s prize

€200 Direct Debit member’s prize

Monthly Prize Money:

1st €500, 2nd €150, 3rd €150, 4th €100, 5th €100, 6th €100, 7th €100, 8th €100. Sellers Prize €50.


County Division 2 Football League:

Friday May 27:

Athea 1-09    St. Senans 2-12:

We travelled to Foynes on Friday evening last to take on the locals in the County football league. The first half was a fairly close affair and we had good scores from Philip Collins, Shane Mulvihill & Gerard Ahern, who racked up six points between them. A goal late in the half by St. Senans brought them back into the game and the half time score read Athea 0-06, St. Senans 1-04. Senans started the second half brighter and went six points ahead when they scored a goal and two points within five minutes of the restart. Athea settled down and we were awarded a penalty, which Gerard Ahern converted. We then added points from Darren Murphy, Jamie Collins and Philip Collins to bring the match level. Unfortunately we failed to score for the remainder of the match while St. Senans tapped over six points to leave the final score Athea 1-09, St. Senans 2-12. We would like to wish Philip Collins a speedy recovery after he sustained an injury during the game. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Michael Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Shane Tierney, Tommy Quaid, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Gerard Collins, Pa Chawke, Neilo Keane, Gerard Ahern, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, Philip Collins, Kevin Murphy, Mark O’Connor, Eoin McCarthy, Jason Kelly, Jason Dalton & Dan McMahon.


County Football League Division 2:

Saturday June 11:

Our Intermediates will play Galbally in the County Football League on Saturday evening June 11 in Galbally at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Denis Sheahan and the Sheahan family on the passing of Jimmy Sheahan, Strand. May he rest in peace.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Sponsored 5K Solo /Walk/Run & Bake Sale:

Our new date for our 5k solo/walk/run and bake sale will take place on Sunday, June 19th after mass at 12 noon. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Donkey Derby:

We will be holding a Donkey Derby in the Top of the Town bar this Saturday night June 4th. First race is at 10pm. There will also be an auction race on the night. All funds raised will go towards our Féile costs. MC will be John Hunt and it promises to be a great night of fun and craic. There are still a few donkeys available to buy, if you are interested please contact Jacqueline. Your support would be greatly appreciated.



Athea 1-06                       Patrickswell 5-03

Athea 2-05                       Croom 3-05

Our U14s played two matches within the past week. The first of which we travelled to Patrickswell and on the night, things did not go our way. In a fairly even first half, both sides played great football and even though we missed a lot of chances, we were one point ahead at the break after Daire O’Shea had converted a penalty. In the second half the home side had the better of the exchanges but the story could have been a lot worse but our keeper Evan Wallace was in fine form making a couple of great saves, including saving a penalty. Towards the end Patrickswell scored a couple of late goals and won on a score line of Athea 1-06, Patrickswell 5-03.

On Monday evening last we played Croom in Templeglantine. This was an outstanding performance by our young boys. A might effort was put in on the night and we had some great scores throughout the game. Our backs really worked hard and the Croom forwards had to fight for every score they got. Our forwards movement was excellent, creating several scoring chances and our midfield pairing of cousins Aidan Curry and Andrew O’Riordan worked very hard throughout the whole game. We won nearly our own kick-outs thanks to the accuracy of our goalkeeper Evan Wallace. Even though we lost this match by three points it was a super team performance against a very strong Croom side. Panel: Evan Wallace, Eoin Sheahan, Thomas McEnery, Pierce O’Brien, Jack Hunt, Alex McEldowney, Brandon Finucane, Aidan Curry, Andrew O’Riordan, Gavin Ambrose, Paraic Enright, Danny Brady, Daire O’Shea, Colin Broderick, TJ Hunt, Luke Gleeson, Eoin O’Shea, Adam Byrne, Padraig McMahon, Dermot Pierse.



Tuesday June 7:

Our U10s have a football blitz on Tuesday evening June 7 hosted by Rathkeale in the Bog Garden. Cars leaving the village at 6pm. Gum shields are compulsory.


Thursday June 9:

Our U12s will play Kildimo/Pallaskenry on Thursday evening June 9 at 7pm. Venue to be confirmed. Gum shields are compulsory


Friday June 10:

Our U8s have a football blitz on Friday evening June 10 in Monagea. Cars leaving the village at 5.45pm. Gum shields are compulsory.


Friday June 3:


Coaching for U6s takes place this Friday evening June 3 from 6pm to 6.45pm. Gum shields are compulsory.


Coaching for U8s takes place this Friday evening June 3 from 6.45pm to 7.30pm. Gum shields are compulsory.

Féile Peil Na nÓg 2016:

Preparations are well underway as Athea Coiste na nÓg 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 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 Face book or follow @ Féilegaa on Twitter.

Cúl Camp:

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

Athea United Soccer


DIVISION 1 LEAGUE (Sun, May 29th)

Breska Rovers   (0) 0

Athea Utd         (1) 3    Kevin Murphy 29, 73, 77mins

Its coming to the nitty gritty end of the season and last Sunday we were away to Breska Rovers in our penultimate league game. We needed to win to preserve our slender one point lead at the top of the table but knew Rovers would provide a stern test as they already beat us 6-2 in our home fixture on October 4th.

On a very warm day stamina was going to be a factor and a good start would be ideal and inside the opening five minutes we had three decent chances with Gerard Ahern denied by a last gasp block by a defender while Darren Murphy went very close to adding to his impressive goal haul to date. After this opening flurry Breska came more into the game and won a number of corners which were well defended by our back four. Keeping the ball on the deck was going to be key and we began to do this effectively with Joe Vaughan in midfield showing his experience. By finding team mates in space and allied to the work rate of Ger Collins alongside him in the engine room we were able to get our wide players Kevin Murphy and Maurice Hayes into more attacking positions.

However it was Collins that was instrumental in us opening the scoring on twenty nine minutes. Sheer determination saw him go past two players and from the right side of the area he crossed low into the danger area where Ahern teed up Kevin Murphy to rifle the ball to the roof of the net. Ahern, deployed up front for this game was quite effective in holding up the ball and bring runners from midfield into play and this contributed in further chances for Hayes, the Murphy brothers and Vaughan. Half time 1-0.

We made one change for the second half with Jamie Collins on for Hayes who picked up an injury late in the first half. Like the opening forty five minutes we started this half on the front foot and using the ball well on a good surface chances began to appear. Despite this we were not clinical in front of goal and coupled to this the home keeper continued to be on top form. Fifteen minutes into the second half we had a great chance to extend our lead when we got a penalty following a foul on Jamie only for the keeper to brilliantly save Darren’s spot kick. Ger Collins then fired over as we continued to press forward before another sub was involved in the build up to our second goal on seventy three minutes. James Ryan playing on the left of midfield picked up a pass from Vaughan and took on the right back before crossing from the left, the ball going across the goals where Murphy side footed the ball to the roof of the net from ten yards. Four minutes later it was three nil when Ahern played a through ball to Murphy whose left footed volley into the ground ended in the bottom right corner. After this it was a case of holding steady and this along with very solid defending ensured a valuable three points.

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

Referee Gerard O’Connor

U14 Division 3 (Thur, May 26th)

Athea Utd   (2) 2   Eoin O’Shea (2)  NCW B     (1) 6

U14 Division 3 (Sat, May 28th)

Athea Utd   (0) 0  Abbeyfeale Utd B (2) 7  


Friday, June 3rd        

U-16s away to Ballingarry in the cup semi final at 7pm

Sunday, June 5th       

Juniors home to Rathkeale B at 2.30pm (last game of season)

U-16 Cup Final AK Utd / Granagh Utd v Ballingarry / Athea Utd.  (time, venue tbc)


This Sunday at The Vales the juniors play their last game of the season at home to Rathkeale B where we need a win to win the league. Kick off is at 2.30pm and we are looking for big support on the day.


This coming Saturday, June 4th Athea Utd will be taking our U12s & U14s to The Markets Field to see Limerick FC play Drogheda Utd in the League of Ireland First Division. We will be leaving the village by bus at 3pm and will have refreshments before the game. Kick off is at 6.30pm and heres looking for a good evenings football and win number thirteen for the super blues.


Athea Utd are delighted to announce that we will be running a FAI Summer Soccer School camp this year. The camp will take place between Monday, July 25th and Friday, July 29th and is open to boys and girls of all abilities from 6-14 years of age.
This is a great opportunity for your child to develop their football skills, whilst making friends and having fun in the process. Entry to our camp costs €65 per child with a special sibling discount of €10 per child if one or more siblings join the same camp.
An exclusive FAI Summer Soccer School kit, football, and backpack is provided for all children who enrol on our camp this year.
Only a limited number of places are available at our camp this year so we urge people to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
To find out more, or book your child’s place at our club

All coaches will be Garda vetted as per FAI policy


MAY 30th    
The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, May 30th are as follows –
Jackpot was €5,400. Numbers drawn 15, 20, 23, 30.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Kevin Murphy, Dirreen. Joe McGrath, Glin. Denis Doran, Brosna. Peg Sullivan, Carrigkerry. Kathleen Griffin, Brookfield House.

Sellers Mike Buckley & Agatha.
New jackpot €5,500 at The Top of the Town on Monday, June 6th


Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 25th at The Top of the Town. Time 8.30pm. All are welcome to attend