Athea GAA


Saturday October 8th: U21

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers  3-15          Ballysteen 0-11

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers U21s played their first match of the West U21 A Football Championship on Saturday evening last in Ballyhahill. Ballysteen were the opposition and they were quick off the mark when they scored a point within the opening two minutes. We responded quickly when Sean Ryan scored a great point from close range. Shortly after a goal each for Jonathan Fitzgerald and Jason Kelly put us in control and we never looked back as we dominated the rest of the match. Two points from Stephen Cahill increased our lead before Ballysteen responded with their second point of the game. Further points from Mikie O’Mahony, Sean Ryan and Stephen Cahill left us with a seven point lead at the break. We continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and we had six different scorers getting a point each in the first ten minutes which put the game beyond doubt. Ballysteen rallied and scored six points of their own, but a strong finish including a converted penalty from Sean Ryan left the final score Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 3-15, Ballysteen 0-11. Our next game will be against Dromcollogher/Broadford. Panel: Kieran Harnett, Jack Denihan, Jamie Lenihan, Jack Vaughan, Jason Dalton, Jonathan Fitzgerald (1-0), William Mullane, Daniel Brosnahan, Stephen Cahill (0-7), Padraic Walsh (0-1), Jason Kelly (1-01), Tommy Quaid (0-01), Mikie O’Mahony (0-02), Sean Ryan (1-02), Brian O’Connor (0-01), Padraig O’Sullivan, Denny Buckley, Killian O’Donoghue, John Lenihan & William Sexton.
Cards At Brown Joes:
Once again there was a large crowd at our card game in Brown Joes on Monday night last. The winners with thirteen games were Kieran Griffin, Anne Scanlon & Julie O’ Connor. Runners up were Christina O’Donoghue, Paddy Enright and John Scanlon. The winners of the table prize were Mary Murphy, Trish Murphy and Joan O’ Connor. The raffle prize winners were Aneas Forde, Vinnie Wrenn & Joe Stapleton. Many thanks to all those who supported our card game and we would be hoping to see you all again next week at the Top of the town Bar at 9pm sharp. All card players are more than welcome and we will hopefully see a few new faces. This is part of the clubs 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:

We held our Club Draw at Donie’s Bar last Saturday night. A big thank you to all those who have supported our draw again this year. The following were the winners on the night:

Monthly Prize Money:
1st €500 – The Hayes Family, Lower Athea.
2nd €150 – Julie Finucane, The Village Athea.
3rd €150 – Michael Broderick, Cratloe, Abbeyfeale,
4th €100 – Jim Cleary, Templeathea,
5th €100 – Betty & Charlie Murphy, Hillside Drive,
6th €100 – John & Hannah Mullane, Athea.
7th €100 – Timmy Hanrahan, Coole East, Athea.
8th €100 – Mary Brouder, Coole West, Athea.

Sellers Prize €50 – Roger Ryan.

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 10:U13:

Our U13s received a walkover from Patrickswell. We will play Dromcollogher/Broadford away this evening Wednesday at 6.15pm.


Wednesday October 12: U13:

Our U13s are away to Dromcollogher/Broadford on Wednesday evening October 12.  Cars leaving the village at 5.15pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Monday October 17:U13:

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.

Well done:

Well done to Templeglantine U16 hurling team and management especially our Athea players Shane Ambrose, David O’Sullivan and Micheál Dalton who defeated Caherline in extra time on Saturday last in Ballyagran.


Athea United Soccer


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 10th are as follows –
Jackpot was €7,300. Numbers drawn 2, 7, 10, 28.   We have a winner and it’s congratulations to Karina, Mike & Callum Buckley, Athea who picked the four numbers to win our Jackpot.

New Jackpot will be €5,000 at Donie’s on Monday, October 17th

Premier Division (Sun, Oct 9th)

Athea Utd         (0) 1         Kevin Murphy  Broadford Utd  (5) 6         29 & 88 mins

Team: Mark O’Connor, Michael Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Matthew Tierney, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Jamie Collins, Gerard Ahern, Cillian O’Connor, Darren Murphy, Kevin Murphy. Subs Peter O’Connor, Mereks Shah and Emmet White.

Referee Paudie Manning

U12 Division 3 (Sat, Oct 8th)

Killeaney   (2) 6  Athea Utd  (1) 1      Evan Curry

Referee Jim Molyneaux


Saturday, October 15th

U/10s away to Newcastle West at 11.30am

Youths away to Rathkeale at 2.30pm

Sunday, October 16th

Juniors home to Newcastle West in Munster Junior at 11.30am


U/10s on Mondays 6pm to 7.30pm

U/12s on Wednesdays 7pm to 8.15pm
U/14s Thursdays 7.30pm to 9pm
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.