Athea GAA


Saturday October 22nd: U21:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers  0-17       

Shannon Gaels 2-10

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers U21s made it two wins on the trot with a one point win over neighbors Shannon Gaels on Saturday evening last. Mikie O’Mahony opened the scoring with a well taken point and two frees from the boot of Stephen Cahill gave us a three point lead after eight minutes. Shannon Gaels scored two points of their own to narrow the gap, but two more points from Stephen Cahill and one from James Ryan had us four to the good mid way through the half. Suddenly we took our foot of the pedal and let the opposition into the game. They had our backs under all sorts of pressure and we conceded 1-03 before the break. A pointed free from Stephen Cahill left us trailing by a single point at half time, Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 0-07, Shannon Gaels 1-05. The second half proved to be a tough battle, Shannon Gaels raced increased their lead scoring 1-03, our boys responded with another free from the boot of Stephen Cahill. The opposition scored two more points to lead by eight with sixteen minutes left on the clock. The game looked all over but we never gave up, our forwards were a constant threat to their backs and our midfield got on top again. The accuracy of Stephen Cahill from frees was top class as he scored seven unanswered points to leave just one between the teams with time almost up. Great work by Daniel Brosnahan set up Padraic Walsh who scored a super point to level the game and then in injury time Mikie O’Mahony raised the white flag to win the game for Rangers. This was a hard fought win and one that will stand to them later in the competition. Panel: Kieran Harnett, Jack Denihan, William Mullane, Tommy Quaid, Jason Dalton, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dylan Griffin, Daniel Brosnahan, Stephen Cahill (0-13), Jason Kelly, Conor Moroney, Mikie O’Mahony (0-2), Padraic Walsh (0-1), James Ryan (0-01), Brian O’Connor. Subs: Denny Buckley, Timmy Finnegan, John Lenihan & Jack Vaughan.
Once again there was a large crowd at our card game in the Top of the Town bar on Monday night last. The winners with twelve games were Tom O’Connor, John Joe O’Connor & James O’Connor. Runners up were Hannah Noonan, Mike O’Donoghue and Patsy Murphy. The winners of the table prize were Seamus Ahern, Tony Ahern and Teddy Ahern. The raffle prize winners were Hannah Noonan, Stevie Leahy & Tony Ahern. Many thanks to all those who supported our card game and we would be hoping to see you all again next week at Brown Joe’s 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.

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:

Parish League:

Our Parish League will be taking place shortly for our U13s, U10s, U8s and U6s. A text will be sent out confirming the date.

Athea United Soccer

Premier Division (Sun, Oct 23rd)

Rathkeale A (2) 3               

Athea Utd    (0) 1     Kevin Murphy          

Team: Pa Ahern, James Ryan, Jamie Collins, Joe Vaughan, Padraig Reidy, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy. Darren Murphy, Cillian O’ Connor.

Subs used Peter O’Connor, Pa Kiely, Michael Reidy.

Referee John Roche.


Saturday, October 29th   

U10s home to Breska Rovers at 2pm

U14s home to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 11.30am

Youths away to Newcastle West Rovers at 2.30pm

Sunday, October 30th   

Juniors home to Abbeyfeale Utd A at 11.30am

Monday, October 31st    

U12s home to GB Rovers in the cup at 10am


U/10s on Mondays 7.15pm to 8.15pm

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.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 24th are as follows –
Jackpot was €5,100. Numbers drawn 12, 20, 21, 26.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following – Mary Kelly, Coole West. Nora Mathews, Athea. Tom McMahon, Duagh. Eileen Flavin, Templeathea. Carla Sheehy, Athea.

Sellers Agatha & Mike Buckley
New jackpot €5,200 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, October 31st