Athea GAA

County Intermediate Football Championship:

Saturday September 3:

Athea 1-07    Adare 3-05

The was no joy for our Intermediate team in their final match of the Intermediate Championship as a strong second half performance from Adare put an end to our campaign for this year. Panel: Gerard Collins, Michael Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Shane Tierney, Denis Greaney, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Jamie Collins, Jason Kelly, Mark Reidy, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Pat Ahern, Darren Murphy, Kieran Harnett, Tommy Quaid, Pa Chawke, Neilo Keane, Jason Dalton, Pa Kiely, Dan McMahon &  Jack Denihan.

Club Draw:

Our next Club Draw takes place this Saturday night in Paul Collins’ bar. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are still available to purchase and a big thank you to all those who have supported our draw so far this year.


The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Hassett and Casey families on the passing of Nora Hassett. May she rest in peace.

Pitch use:

At a time when our new pitch is well established we would hope that our club members make full use out of the high quality surface and goalposts. The more practice that a young player puts in the better they get. With the long evenings and dry pitch there is plenty of opportunity for players to use the pitch for practice in addition to training sessions. Some players are already doing so and the extra practice is serving them well. With the facilities we are developing combined with plenty of hard work and practice we won’t be long improving our results.

Facilities long ago:

Submissions are invited from past members who can remember the contrast between pitches long ago and what the current players have available to them. We will add to our notes the best submission received in the next two weeks where the differences are best articulated. Submissions should be handed in to Rose’s shop/Brouders or emailed to [email protected]

We would hope to invite further entries in the coming weeks on “long ago topics” from writers with good memories.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Guess the score:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be running a “Guess the score” competition for this year’s All Ireland football final between Mayo and Dublin. Lines are €2 each and the winner receives €100. All proceeds go towards underage coaching in the club. All support is greatly appreciated.


Friday/Saturday September 17/18 U10:

Our U10s have a regional blitz this coming weekend in Mick Neville Park. Time and Date to be confirmed by text. Gum shields are compulsory.

Athea United Soccer

Youths Division 1 (Sat, Sept 10th)

Broadford Utd (0) 1    

Athea Utd        (1) 1      Liam McAuliffe

Team: David O’Sullivan, Seamus Leahy, Cillian Liston, Timothy Tierney, Michael Dalton, Jack Vaughan, John Sexton, Cian Enright Barry, Gavin Relihan, Jayden Palmer, Liam McAuliffe. Subs used Cathal O’Brien, Joseph Dalton.

Referee Pat O’Donnell

Premier Division  (Sun, Sept 11th)
Carrig Cel  (1) 3
Athea Utd (3) 3  Gerard Ahern, Darren Murphy, Kevin Murphy.

Team: Ger Collins, Michael Reidy, Ronan Hayes, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Cillian O’Connor, Jamie Collins, Gerard Ahern, James Ryan, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy. Sub used Joe Vaughan. Referee Pat O’Connor

U12 Division 3 (Thur, Sept 8th)

Mountcollins (2) 2

Athea Utd     (2) 3   James Broderick, Evin Curry, Michael Walsh

Team: Donnchadh Barrett, Shauna Sweeney, Calum Gleeson, James Lee, James Hunt, Callum Buckley, Evin Curry, Michael Walsh, Louis O’Sullivan, Tomas Ahern, Tadgh Ahern, James Broderick, Ciaran Hunt, Rory Cleary, Dylan Steward, Rory O’Mahony Referee Sean Hartnett.

U12 Division 3 (Sat, Sept 10th)

Athea Utd (0) 2   Evin Curry,  own goal

Askeaton  (2) 3  

Team: Donnchadh Barrett, Shauna Sweeney, Calum Gleeson, James Hunt, Callum Buckley, Evin Curry, Michael Walsh, Tomas Ahern, Tadgh Ahern, James Broderick, Ciaran Hunt, Josh Quilter, Rory Cleary, Dylan Steward, Rory O’Mahony

Referee Pat King.


Saturday, September 17th    

U10s away to Bluebell Utd at 11.30am (in Feenagh)

U14s home to Breska Rovers at 12.45pm

Youths home to GB Rovers at 2.30pm

Sunday, September 18th  

Juniors home to Killeaney at 10.30am


U/10s on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm

U/12s on Wednesdays 7pm to 8.15pm
U/14s Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm
Youths on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Juniors on Tuesdays 7.15pm to 8.30pm and Fridays 7.30pm to 9pm.


The Registration for the 2016-2017 season remains unchanged from last season –
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
Youths €35 per player.

Juniors €50

Underage Family Discount –
There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.

Athea Utd extends its sympathy to the family, relations and friends of Nora Hassett who passed away last week. May She Rest In Peace

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 12th are as follows –
Jackpot was €6,900. Numbers drawn 1, 4, 9, 25.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following – Mary & D Buston, Reens Pike. L Ward, Carrigkerry. Eileen Cronin, Moyvane. Paddy & Molly Molyneaux, Ardagh. Sean Fitzgerald, Athea.

Sellers Declan Barrett & Pat Mulvihill.
New Jackpot €7,000 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, September 19th

Athea Ladies Football

It has been a trying few years for the ladies of Athea Ladies Football Club. In 2015 our adult team failed to win a championship match and find themselves competing for the first time in this year’s Intermediate championship.  This year’s league campaign has been a time of rebuilding with Aine Leahy, Mellissa McEnery and Niamh Kilkenny making their debuts at senior level. The championship has been a  revelation with group stage wins over St. Bridgets, Dromcollogher/Broadford and the Old Mill. The team is composed of a very nice mixture of youth and of experience. Over half of the girls still donning the Athea jersey would have experienced the thrill of winning 10 in a row County senior championships and no doubt would delight in adding an Intermediate medal to their collection. However their opponents in the final, Dromcollogher/Broadford, will have different ideas concerning the destination of the cup.

The Athea ladies, on this occasion, are led by captain Lisa O’Connor who is having a great year at wing back and starring in many an attack. Mary Ita Casey takes her place between the posts due to the retirement of Anne Cunningham. The full backs who have played so far are Katie Collins, Jackie Stackpoole, Rebecca Daly, Erica Fealy, Aine Leahy, Patsy O’ Leary and Meadhbh Carmody have not been found wanting. This is evident in the low scores conceded in all their championship matches.

The talented Cathriona Sheehan returns to the centre back position, the anchor of the defence.  She has been ably supported the last few months by Lisa O Connor, Deirdre Fitzpatrick,Carla Sheehy, Michelle Curtin (a young gun) Muireann Cahill and Gina Browne. Any combination of these girls will play a huge role in next Saturday’s final.

The centre field pairing of Meadhbh Nash and Sandra Larkin have given huge service to the club over the years and will inspire the team with their work rate  Our forwards will include Shauna McAuliffe, Lisa O’Connell, Megan Carroll, Norma Browne, Lorraine Higgins (back after her sojourn in Australia), Muireann Cahill, Patrice Cleary, Patricia O’Leary, Aoife O’Connor, Noelle Curtin, Aoife Curtin, Niamh Kilkenny and Mellissa McEnery. Every one of these capable footballers could make a huge contribution on Saturday.

The management team of Liz O Sullivan, Colm Hassett and Tommy Denihan will have an unenviable task of picking a starting fifteen from this pack of talented and committed players. But each and everyone of the panel has a vital role to play.

This eagerly anticipated match is on in the Gaelic Grounds next Saturday at 3pm and is preceded by the junior final where our neighbours and friends Gerald Griffins take on Oola.  In the senior final, the 2015 County final winners Ballylanders will be defending their title against St Ailbes.

So the Gaelic Grounds is the place to be next Saturday 17th September for all the supporters of Athea Ladies Football. We look forward to receiving this support in our quest for another county title. Áth an tSléibhe Abú!