Athea GAA

Con Colbert Commemoration Weekend:

As part of the Con Colbert Commemoration Weekend a large crowd is expected in Páirc na nGael on Saturday afternoon as there will be a number of matches taking place. Our U8s, U10s & U12s will all play Castlemahon on the new pitch and this will be followed by the eagerly awaited over 35s match for the Con Colbert Cup. There will also be a BBQ all through the games so come along for a great evening of football and craic.

Club Draw:

We held our Fourth Club draw in Paul Collins Bar on Saturday night last. A big thank you to all who have supported our draw this year. Tickets are still available to purchase. This draw is a major source of funding for us and this year we are hoping you can continue to support us. Your support would be greatly appreciated as all monies raised will help fund the ongoing development of our pitch. Our next Club Draw at Donie Lyons on Oct 8th at 11.30pm.

The following were winners on the night:

Monthly Prize Money:
1st €500 – Michael and Bridie Twomey, Upper Athea,
2nd €150 – Ned White, Coole East,
3rd €150  -Paddy and Mary O’Donoghue, Keale,
4th €100 – Mag and Mike O’Connor, Upper Athea
5th €100 – John O’Connor, Lower Athea
6th €100 – Alice Leddy, Park, Athea,
7th €100 – Pat O’Connor, c/o James O’Connor, Lower Athea,
8th €100 – P. Mahony, Coole East.

Sellers Prize €50 – Kevin O’ Keeffe

Card Game:
Athea GAA are continuing their fundraising for their field development by starting a progressive 41 card game at Brown Joe’s on Monday night Oct 3rd at 9pm sharp. The game will be 2 x 3s so organize a couple of friends and bring along a team for an enjoyable night, cards are a great pastime and wonderful exercise for the mind. There will be cash prizes for first and second as well as a table prize and raffle prizes. If you haven’t played cards in a while don’t worry there will be plenty more in the same boat, if you can’t round up a team come on your own and we will have a team for you.


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:

Con Colbert Commemoration Weekend:

Our U8s, U10s & U12s will all play Castlemahon this Saturday afternoon as part of the Con Colbert Commemoration weekend. There will be a BBQ during the games and a very exciting over 35s match will follow for the Con Colbert Cup. Your support for all the players would be greatly appreciated.

School Team:

The School Boys Football team had a good win in round 1 of the league on Thursday last against Croagh.

Team: Donnchadh Barrett, Fergal Pierse, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Dara Reidy, Michael Walsh, James Lee, Capt: Conor Mullane, Gavin Mulvihill and Calum Gleeson, Subs: Rory O’Mahony, James Broderick, Callum Buckley, Evan Curry and Cillian O’Connor.

Guess The Score:

We would like to thank all those who supported our guess the score competition and the winner with the nearest score was Karina Buckley, Templeathea who predicted a draw, Dublin 2-07 Mayo 1-10.

Athea United Soccer


Premier Division  (Sun, Sept 18th)
Athea Utd  (1) 1     Kevin Murphy
Killeaney   (0) 1 

For the second week in a row we let a lead slip to draw with a local rival. We took the lead midway through the first half with an excellent finish from Kevin Murphy, finishing into the top corner with his left after a nice move. Mark O’Connor, Michael Reidy and Cillian O’Connor all combined to feed Gerard Ahern, who turned in midfield and played a through ball to Murphy to finish. The Killeaney keeper had done well to deny Darren Murphy earlier on but after the goal we failed to create any real chances.

The second half saw those chances arrive but also pass without adding to our tally. There was always a chance we would get caught and the equaliser arrived through a penalty for Killarney. This was followed closely by a sending off for us which meant that it was anyone’s game now. That was to be the end of the scoring however and it was hard to tell which team was happier (if any) with the point.

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

U14 Division 3 (Sat, Sept 17th)

Athea Utd (3) 5   Michael Tierney (3), Daire O’Shea, Paric Enright

Breska Rovers  (0) 2  

The fourteens made it two from two on Saturday with a home win over Breska Rovers though the score line doesn’t reflect the work rate of our opponents. We started off with a very fast pace to our game and we were rewarded when Michael Tierney picked the ball up outside the left edge of the area and came across before sending a screamer into the top right corner. The same player then doubled our lead when a corner from the right broke to him inside the area with Daire O’Shea making it three nil before half time.

The second half had Breska taking the game to us and after just two minutes they scored when a free kick on the right found the net. We did have a lot of the ball but again tended to take too much out of it. We were under pressure now and when the same Breska player that took the free kick for their opening goal scored from a thunderbolt of a free for their second it was game on. We weathered the pressure and got some breathing space thanks to Paric Enrights goal. Towards the end the hard working Tierney completed his hat trick to eventually earn us the win, a win that was earned the hard way.

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Dermot Pierse, Brandon Finucane, Shane Scanlon, Gavin Ambrose, Paric Enright, Andrew O’Riordan, Michael Tierney, TJ Hunt, Eoin O’Shea, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Daire O’Shea, Jack Vaughan, Killian O’Connor, Conor Mullane.

Referee Pat King

Youths Division 1 (Sat, Sept 17th)

Athea Utd    (0) 1    Andy Ahern 

GB Rvs       (3) 5

A very much under strength youths side went down five one at home to a strong GB Rovers team last Saturday afternoon at The Vales.

Team: David O’Sullivan, Seamus Leahy, Cillian Liston, Timothy Tierney, Michael Dalton, John Sexton, Adam Casey, Cian Enright Barry, Cathal O’Brien, Andy Ahern, Joseph Dalton. Referee Pat King


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.


We will be running the very popular Last Man Standing competition and now is the time to start planning and deciding which teams to select in order to win the €300 prizemoney. Betty and Johnny of The Top of the Town and sponsoring the first LMS of this season and the club are very grateful for their sponsorship. There is also a €50 sellers prize.

The first weekend of competition is the weekend of Friday, September 30th / Saturday, October 1st / Sunday, October 2nd.

The opening series of games are –

Everton v Crystal Palace

Swansea v Liverpool

Hull v Chelsea

Sunderland v West Brom

Watford v Bournemouth

West Ham v Middlesbrough

Man Utd v Stoke

Leicester v Southampton

Tottenham v Man City

Burnley v Arsenal

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 19th are as follows –
Jackpot was €7,000. Numbers drawn 8, 22, 24, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following –  Tim Murphy, Templeglantine. Nora Mathews, Athea. Agatha Barrett, Markievicz Park. Martina O’Connor, Glin. Jim Curley, Ardagh

Sellers White’s Bar & Declan Barrett.
New Jackpot €7,100 at Batt’s Bar on Monday, September 26th

Athea Ladies Football Club

The girls and club would like Scanlon Construction for sponsoring shorts for the girls and to Kostal for the socks, to everyone that travelled to support the girls on the day and for all the well wishes .

Unfortunately things didn’t go our way.

To Betty Cotter and Johnny for sponsoring the food after the game at the Top of the Town many thanks.

The club would like to thank Colm, Tommy and Liz for all there hard work and commitment to the team this year.

We would also like to wish Dromcollogher / Drom/Broadford all the best in the club championship.