Athea GAA

Cards At Brown Joe’s:
There was a large crowd at our first card game in Brown Joe’s on Monday night last. The winners with thirteen games were Larry McAuliffe, Margaret McAuliffe & Mike O’ Connor. Runners up were Pat O’ Sullivan, Teddy Ahern and Tony Ahern. The winners of the table prize were Larry McAuliffe, Margaret McAuliffe and Mike O’ Connor. The raffle prize winners were Kathleen Griffin x 2 and Gerard O’ Connor. Many thanks to all those who supported our card game and we would be hoping to see you all again next week at the same time of 9pm sharp in Brown Joe’s Bar. All card players are more than welcome and we will hopefully see a few new faces. This is part of the club’s fundraising for the pitch development which to date has cost €130,000. All monies raised will go towards reducing the debt of the pitch development.

Club Draw:

Our next Club Draw will be held at Donie’s Bar this Saturday night October 8 at 11.30pm. All are welcome to attend. A big thank you to all those who have supported our draw again this year.

Lip Sync Battle:

Plans are at an advanced stage for our ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Fundraiser on February 4th at Devon Inn Hotel. Many acts have now confirmed their participation – a decision they most definitely will not regret. We are now appealing to the generous business community or indeed any generous individuals of West Limerick /North Kerry to act as main sponsors for the event. In return for €1000 in sponsorship we will offer:

Your business logo placed on all posters (100), tickets (600), roadside posters (10) & sponsorship cards (55)
Your business logo will also appear on all YouTube clips which will be published online throughout the rehearsal process and post-performance.

Your business will be mentioned on all press releases and will also be prominently displayed on the night.
Your business will also be frequently mentioned on our facebook page ‘Athea Gaa Lip Sync Fundraiser’ which currently has 1875 friends and continues to receives friend requests daily.
Our twitter page @AtheaGAA which currently has 440 followers will feature your business name
Our new look website will feature your business name and
A DVD will also be recorded on the night which all main sponsors will feature in. This will ensure that long after the event is over, your business will continue to be advertised.
We very much hope to make our main sponsors a part of the event on the night so as an added bonus; we will also offer a VIP package which will include two complimentary tickets, front row seating and a complimentary DVD of the night.

As we prepare to enter the following phases of our development project, which includes the erection of a fence, flood lighting and a walking track, we are now offering an exciting and very new sponsorship opportunity.

Please send us a message on this or contact any member of the committee for more information.

 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:


Monday October 3:


Our U13s had their first outing on Monday last when they travelled to Crecora to take on Kilpeacon. For some of our team it was their first time playing competitive football on a full size pitch. Having won the toss, we chose to play against the strong wind and despite having a lot of possession in the first ten minutes; it was the opposition who opened the scoring with a point. Midway through the half we got our first point of the game when Andrew O’ Riordan blazed over the bar. The home side went in front again, but we were soon level when James Broderick scored a great point after great work by Daire O’ Shea. A minute later Daire set up his brother Eoin who sent the ball crashing to the back of the net for a great goal. We were caught napping in the last minute of the half and conceded two soft goals to go in at the break three points down. In the second half, Athea upped a gear and kicked some wonderful scores. Great performances from Andrew O’ Riordan, Michael Tierney and Eoin O’ Shea controlled the middle of the park. Our young players James Lee, James Broderick and Callum Buckley stepped up to the plate and played outstanding. Overall this was a fantastic team performance with eight different scorers on the night. The final score read Athea 2-12, Kilpeacon 3-02. We will play Patrickswell at home on Monday evening next at 6.15pm. All support would be greatly appreciated. Panel: TJ Hunt, Dermot Pierse, Brandon Finucane, Pierce O’ Brien, Paraic Enright, Michael Tierney, James Lee, Eoin O’ Shea, Andrew O’ Riordan, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, Daire O’ Shea, Callum Buckley, Cillian O’ Connor, Gavin Ambrose, James Broderick and Conor Mullane.


Monday October 10:


Our U13s will play Patrickswell at home on Monday evening October 10 in Páirc na nGael. All players to be at the field for 5.50pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday October 12 


Our U13s are away to Dromcollogher/Broadford on Wednesday evening October 12.  Cars leaving the village at 5.20pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Monday October 17:


Our U13s will play Croom at home on Monday evening October 17 in Páirc na nGael. All players to be at the field for 5.50pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated

Best of Luck:

We would like to wish Templeglantine U16 hurling team and management especially our Athea players Shane Ambrose, David O’Sullivan and Micheál Dalton the best of luck in the County final on Saturday next October 8 in Ballyagran at 11.30am.

Guess The Score:

Once again we would like to thank all those who supported our guess the score competition for the All Ireland Football replay and the winner with the nearest score was Sarah O’Connor, Coole West who predicted the score line of, Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-14.

Athea United Soccer

FAI Junior Cup (Sun, Oct 2nd)

Athea Utd (0) 1               Gerard Ahern 63 mins

Tralee Dynamoes (1) 2         29 & 88 mins

We bowed out of the FAI Cup after conceding a late goal at home to Tralee Dynamos on Sunday. It was a game we will feel like we should have won as we created many more chances and enjoyed the majority of possession. We were very unlucky to be one down at half time as we had let a few chances to by. Dynamoes took the lead through a free kick not long before the break showing that at this level teams will punish you when given the chance. Until then we had looked strong at the back and confident in possession.

The second half continued in much the same way with the game being very tight with both teams showing good quality. We got a deserved equaliser when man of the match Gerard Ahern got the one piece of luck we deserved when his dangerous corner deceived everyone and went in directly from the dead ball. We had a great chance to go in front two minutes later when we were awarded a penalty but we didn’t avail of this opportunity. The Murphy brothers were proving s handful for the Dynamoes defence while Michael Reidy and Jamie Collins were also getting forward well from the fullback positions. We again were to be caught late on however when the game looked to be heading for extra time. It was a disappointing end but a great overall performance that we hopefully can carry into our next league game.

Team: Pa Ahern, Michael Reidy, Padraig Reidy, Joe Vaughan, Jamie Collins, Cillian O’Connor, Gerard Collins, Gerard Ahern, James Ryan, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy. Subs used Shane Mulvihill and Sean Ryan. Referee Paul O’Brien

U14 Division 3 (Sat, Oct 1st)

Abbeyfeale Utd B (2) 2

Athea Utd              (3) 7

Michael Tierney (2), Killian O’Connor (2), Paraic Enright,

Eoin O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Conor Mullane, Brandon Finucane, Shane Scanlon, Gavin Ambrose, Paric Enright, Michael Tierney, TJ Hunt, Eoin O’Shea, Gearoid O’Sullivan, David McEnery, Daire O’Shea, Jack Vaughan, Darragh Reidy, Killian O’Connor, Danny Harnett, Referee Pat O’Donnell

Youths Division 1 (Sat, Oct 1st)

Newcastle West (3) 7

Athea Utd          (1) 2    John Sexton, Andy Ahern


Saturday, October 8th

U/12s away to Killeaney at 5pm

Sunday, October 9th

Juniors home to Broadford Utd at 11.30am


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.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 3rd are as follows –
Jackpot was €7,200. Numbers drawn 19, 24, 25, 32.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following –  Tommy Greaney, Glin Road. Patsy Keane, Templeglantine. Veronica Roche c/o Paudie Reidy. Joan Dalton, Glenagore. Marguerite O’Donovan, Beale.

Sellers Agatha & Mike Buckley.
New Jackpot €7,300 at The Top of the Town on Monday, October 10th