Athea GAA


West U21 A Football Final:

Saturday December 3rd:

Athea/Mountcollins Ranger 0-14      St. Senans 0-13

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers were crowned U21 West A Champions after a thrilling encounter with St. Senans in Mick Neville Park on Saturday night last. St. Senans raced into a two point lead with three minutes gone on the clock, but a point each from Stephen Cahill and James Ryan had the sides level again. James Ryan got on the scoreboard again with a well taken point and Stephen Cahill increased our lead when he scored a free after Mikie O’Mahony had been fouled. St. Senans came back into to the match and scored two points of their own and shortly after they took the lead when they rose the white flag again. Another pointed free from Stephen Cahill had the side’s level again and the two teams went in at the break all square at six points apiece when they exchanged points in the last couple of minutes, Stephen Cahill showing his accuracy once again. It was all to play for in the second half, with both side’s determined to get their hands on the trophy. Our backs came under pressure but they were up for the task and did extremely well keeping the St. Senans forwards at bay. Our mid field pairing of Jonathan Fitzgerald and Stephen Cahill were well on top at this stage. The movement of our forwards was a constant threat to the opposition’s goals. St.Senans conceded four frees which were duly converted by man of the match Stephen Cahill. St. Senans hit back and scored the next three points on the trot to leave just one point between the teams. Sean Ryan who had a fantastic game scored a wonderful point after a blistering run up the middle by the very lively Jason Kelly. But soon after the sides were level for the fifth time of the match when St. Senans scored two points of their own. The Athea/Mountcollins combination rallied again and Stephen Cahill scored two more frees and Sean Ryan added another great point to give us a three point lead with three minutes left on the clock. It was a nail biting finish as Senans came back once again and narrowed the gap to a single point, but crucially we won possession from the kick out and worked the ball up field. Second’s later referee Seanie Harnett blew the final whistle to the delight of all the players, the management and all the supporters from Athea and Mountcollins. Jamie Lenihan captain accepted the trophy on behalf of the team and after a short speech and some photographs the cup headed back to Athea and Mountcollins for celebrations. Many thanks to Paul Collins Bar for the hot food afterwards and for sponsoring the man of the match award. A big thank you to all the people who travelled to support our boys and we are hoping to see you all again this weekend when we try to book our place in the U21 A County final.

Panel: Kieran Harnett, Conor Moroney, Jamie Lenihan, Micheál Ambrose, William Mullane, Dylan Griffin, Tommy Quaid, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Stephen Cahill(0-10), Jason Kelly, Mikie O’Mahony, Padraic Walsh, James Ryan(0-02), Daniel Brosnahan, Sean Ryan(0-02). Subs: Brian O’Connor, Jack Denihan, Jason Dalton, John Lenihan, Jack Vaughan & Denny Buckley.


County U21A Football Semi-Final:
Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Tory Gaels this Sunday December 11 in the County U21A football semi final in Mick Neville Park. We would like to wish Noel Barry, Michael Lenihan, James Brouder and the entire panel the very best of luck this weekend. All support for our boys would be greatly appreciated
Once again there was a large crowd at our card game in Brown Joes bar on Monday night last. The winners with sixteen games were Ciaran Griffin, Mary Ita Leahy & Johnny Matthews. There were joint second place winners with fourteen games each John O’Connor, Mary Holland, Tom Holly and Christina O’Donoghue, Paddy Enright and John Scanlon. The winners of the table prize were Bridgie O’Connor, Aneas Forde and Jackie Brouder. The raffle prize winners were Margaret McAuliffe, Sean Brouder and Jackie Brouder. 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. 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 7th Club Draw at the Collins Bar on Saturday December 3rd. A big thank you to all those who have supported our draw again this year. The following were winners on the night:

€500 Ned Ahern, Direen

€150 Mossie Langan, Glasha

€150 Mike & Majella Dalton, Glenagore

€100 Billy & Catherine Crowley, Knockfinisk

€100 Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Garrygloss

€100 Timmy Hanrahan, Coole West

€100 Katie Majchrzak, Dublin 12

€100 Tom & Grainne Ahern, Knockfinisk

Seller’s prize: Paul Curry

Our final Club draw will take place on Saturday night December 17 at Dick Whites Bar. Everyone is welcome to attend. A big thank you to all those who have supported our Club draw again this year.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Parish league:U13:

Our U13 Parish league took place on Saturday last in Páirc na nGael. After a great game of football it was the red team captained by Rory O’Mahony who were the winners on the day. The red team took a commanding lead in the first half but a great second half comeback by the blue team, captained by Gearoid O Sullivan made it a nail biting finish. It was end to end stuff for all the game and there was great support from the parents on the side line. All the players who took part received medals and Rory O’Mahony accepted the Stelcon Construction shield on behalf of the red team. Many thanks to the parents for bringing treats and thanks to our referee Pat O’ Sullivan who did a great job on the day.

Red Team: Rory O’Mahony, James Broderick, TJ Hunt, Dermot Pierse, Michael Tierney and Gavin Mulvihill.

Blue Team: Gearoid O’Sullivan, Tomás Ahern, Daire O’Shea, Fergal Pierse, Brandon Finucane and Andrew O’Riordan.

Annual Coiste na nÓg Table Quiz.

We will hold our Annual table quiz in the Top of the Town Bar on Wednesday night December 28. John Hunt will be our quizmaster and there will be plenty of spot prizes on the night. This is a great fun night out and all support would be greatly appreciated on the night.

Athea United Soccer


Sunday, December 11th     

Juniors home to Newcastle West Rovers at 11.30am


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.


Athea Utd Schoolboys will be having its Church Gate Collection on this coming weekend, Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11t


Athea Utd are once again organizing a charity tournament on the Astro Turf at The Vales on St Stephen’s Day. All proceeds this year will go to St Vincent de Paul.

All ages welcome (but must be over 16 to participate). Those interested in playing can give their names along with the €10 entry to Kevin O’Keeffe, John Hunt, Pa Walsh or Tim O’Riordan. The draws for the various teams will be made next week so if you want to play in the tournament get your name to any of the above asap. Refreshments will also served at The Vales on the day.

Presentations of trophies will take place at The Top of the Town. Teams and tournament rules will be posted prior to the tournament.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, December 5th are as follows –
Jackpot was €5,700. Numbers drawn 6, 19, 21, 31.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following – Karina Buckley, Templeathea. Donie Mulvihill, Newcastle West. Sean Fitzgerald, Athea. Margaret Mulvihill, Moyvane. Duffy, Asdee.

€50 Xmas Prize O’Keeffe Family, Athea.

Sellers Karina Buckley & Agatha
New Jackpot €5,800 at Whites Bar on Monday, December 12th