Athea United Soccer


Our season continued to blossom when our juniors clinched the division one league and cup double last Sunday and it’s fair to say a well deserved title. Going into our final game we were a point ahead of Carrig Celtic so a win over Rathkeale B would see us crowned champions but disappointingly we got the three points after the opposition gave us a walkover. That gave an unassailable lead and we had won the division one title to add to the title we also won in 2013. In so doing we won the league and cup double for the first time.

We played eighteen league games, winning 15, drawing once and lost just two, scoring 77 goals and conceding 25. This gave us an impressive 4.2 goals per game and an average of 1.3 goals against per game. We scored at least one goal in every league game which is an impressive stat and at the other end we scored 77 goals with Kevin Murphy (20), Darren Murphy (19) and Dylan Griffin (11) contributing fifty of the league goals between them.  No doubt Dylans tally would have being much more had it not for him being injured for a number of months. Defensively we were very solid and you have to have a strong defence and this we had in abundance with a regular back four for most of the season. In addition we went the last twelve games unbeaten (with eleven wins) which culminated with another league title. We will have a run down on the successful season in the coming weeks.

U16 Cup S/F (Fri, June 3rd)

Ballingarry (1) 3  Athea Utd   (1) 1    John Sexton

We were away to another division one side last Friday night when we travelled to play Ballingarry in the cup semi final. Like in the Creeves game we opened the scoring with a goal from John Sexton but the home side came back to equalize to leave it all square at half time. In the second half we gave as good as we got but on the night Ballingarry took their chances as our lads began to tire a bit. The hosts added two second half goals to win three one.

Team: David O’Sullivan, Liam Henderson, Mark Brosnan, Seamus Leahy, Michael Dalton, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell, Ryan O’Connell, Cathal Brosnan, Andy Ahern, Jason Dillon. Subs Cathal O’Brien. Referee Paul O’Brien.  


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


Last Saturday the club took the U12s & U14s to The Markets Field to see Limerick FC play Drogheda Utd in the League of Ireland First Division. All were looking forward to the game and with the sun blazing down we left Athea with the boys all excited. The first half was poor with no goals but that didn’t bother the young supporters who really took in the atmosphere. Limerick scored first but were rocked with two Drogheda goals before an injury time goal preserved the super blues unbeaten run and preserved their fourteen point cushion at the top of the table. All in all a brilliant day out.


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.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, June 6th are as follows –
Jackpot was €5,500. Numbers drawn 5, 6, 8, 24.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Helen Regan, Loughill. Tom O’Connor, Clash. Mossie Horan, Tarbert. Noreen O’Rourke, Clash. Maurice Curtin, Abbeyfeale

Sellers Margaret Dalton & Eileen Kelly.
New Jackpot €5,600 at Donie’s on Monday, June 13th

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 Football League Division 2:

Saturday June 11:

Our Intermediates will play Galbally in the County Football League this Saturday evening June 11 in Galbally at 7.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Donkey Derby:

There was great excitement at the Top of the Town bar on Saturday night last as John Hunt, who did an excellent job as MC, welcomed everyone to our first ever Donkey Derby to help raise funds for our Féile team. There were six donkeys in every race and the six winners went onto the final race, where they were put up for auction. Callum’s Dream, Brouder’s Shop, Knocknagorna Rocket, Butcher Boy, Knocknaboul Rocket and Silage Season battled it out to be Athea’s finest donkey. In the finish it was Knocknaboul Rocket owned by Johnny Cotter who won the race by a short head from Silage Season.

Thanks to all those who purchased donkeys and who supported our fundraiser on the night. A special thank you to Christina McKenna, Ann Tierney, Charmaine Ambrose, Julie Finucane, Alison Brady, Mary Hunt, David O’Connor, Mike Sheahan, John Hunt, Tom McEnery, Roger Ryan, Pat O’Sullivan and John Joe Tierney for all their help. A big thank you to Betty and Johnny Cotter for their support on the night and for their sponsorship, it is greatly appreciated.  

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.



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.

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.