Athea Utd AFC

Premier Division (Sun, November 5th)

Athea Utd A 3      Darren Murphy (2), Dylan Griffin

Shannonside 5

Team: Cillian O’Connor, Mike Reidy, Ronan Hayes, Jack Burke, Martin Chawke, Ger Collins, Gerard Ahern, James Ryan, Shane Mulvihill, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Subs Joe Vaughan, Steven McEnery

Referee John Roche

U16 Division 2 (Sat, November 4th)

Athea Utd      (0) 0

Granagh Utd (0) 4

Team: Colin Broderick (capt), Pierce O’Brien, Thomas McEnery, Gavin Ambrose, Daire O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin Sheahan, Conor Hogan, Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane, Eoin O’Shea. Aidan Curry, Jack Hunt, Luke Gleeson, Paric Enright, Jack Vaughan, Shane Scanlon, Dermot Pierse, David McEnery, TJ Hunt.

Referee Paul O’Brien

U12 Division 2 (Sat, November 4th)

Shannonside (0) 0

Athea Utd     (2) 2 Callum Buckley, Josh Quilter

Team: Tomas Ahern, Sean Twomey, Jim Ahern, Callum Buckley, Evin Curry, Tadgh Ahern, Louis O’Sullivan, Rory Cleary, Josh Quilter, Jack Sexton, Timmy O’Keeffe, Adam Somers, Jamie Collins, Fionn Histon, Denis Gould, Josh Woulfe, James Hunt

Referee Wayne Fitzgeral


Saturday, November 11th     

U10s home to Pallaskenry at 11.30am

U14s home to GB Rovers at 2.30pm


The registration for the 2017-2018 season again remains unchanged from the previous season –
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
Juniors As and Bs €50

Underage Family Discount –
There will again be a underage family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10.

For example –

An U/16 player and an U/10 player the registration will be €40

An U/14 player and an U/12 player the registration will be €35


U/10s on Mondays 6pm to 7.30pm

U/12s on Mondays 7.30pm to 8.30pm
U/14s on Thursdays 7pm to 8.15pm
U/16s Wednesdays 7pm to 8.15pm
Junior As on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm & Fridays 7.30pm to 9pm.

Junior Bs on Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, November 6th are as follows –
Jackpot was €8,700. Numbers drawn 7, 11, 18, 19.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Mgt Sheehy, Hillside Drive. Peggy Cleary, Athea. Mary Langan, Tarbert. Pa & Michael Walsh, Athea. Nancy Daly, Ardagh.
Sellers Pat Mulvihill & Paudie Reidy

New Jackpot €8,800 at The Top of the Town on Monday, November 13th

Athea GAA


The U21s will play Clann na nGael this weekend in the West A semi-final.

Players Meeting:

An important meeting of all players will be held in the Clubhouse on Friday night, November 10th at 8pm. It is vital that all players attend.


The AGM of Athea GAA will take place on December 3rd at 6pm (check time nearer to the date). Everyone is welcome to come along, especially students and young players. Membership will be taken up on the night. And it’s a real good  time to become a member with everything that’s going on up at the pitch. And you never know what next improvements will be on the horizon, up at the pitch, which indeed has come a long way over the past few years.

It is hoped that we will have the “grand opening” of the pitch in 2018 which indeed should be a great day. The committee are looking for ideas for same as well as fund-raisers for 2018 (without having to go to business people again). We were thinking “a battle of the townlands” would go down well! Would Upper Athea have more talent than Lower Athea or vice-versa. Or Glenagragra v Gortnagross – there could be some great rivalry, but great fun. Have you any ideas out there, if so bring them to the AGM or any of the committee. It would shorten the winter to have an event to look forward to in 2018.

Best 15:The attempts to pick a best 15 since 1982 is proving a lot more difficult than anticipated, having reviewed the successful teams up to 1997 we have named a wealth of talented footballers and there is massive debate in the parish about what the makeup of the team should be, there seems to be some agreement on about five places but after that there are many possibilities. It is starting to look like a near impossible task to narrow it down to just 15 from all the great players, to represent Athea with distinction.

We will now look at the years after 1997 up to 2002. The celebrations, some injuries and retirements slowed our progress in 1998 and 1999, but as before a west u21 title under the management of Pat Higgins in 1999, (Tom Collins, Knocknagorna was the star performer, gave new impetus in the drive to win the Intermediate and go Senior. We also reached the west senior final that year for the first time, but lost to Fr Casey’s. In 2001 we reached the county Intermediate final but lost by the minimum to a strong Adare Team. In 2002 we were back in the Intermediate final, under Noel Barry and the team gave an exhibition of football, none more so than 17 year old Gerard Ahern, who tormented various defenders with his scoring exploits, to defeat Galbally in a glorious September day in Kilmallock. The panel that day included Tom Stackpoole, Martin Chawke, Philip Woulfe, Mike Ahern, Paul Collins, Joe Vaughan, Tomas Mullane, Neilus Hunt, Denis Collins, Gerard Ahern, Jamie Collins, Declan White, John Cotter, Patrick Ahern, Sean Ahern, Leo Collins, John Hunt, Richard Fitzgerald, Roger Ryan, Brian McKenna, Mike Reidy, Tim Quaid, Brian Ahern and there may have been more players on the panel but I can’t find a match programme. There was great relief after that County final, as the panel of players and the club felt they were good enough to be playing Senior Football, and had at last achieved that goal.

Card Game:

The GAA Monday night 41 card game is on next Monday November 13 at Brown Joe’s. The game starts at 9pm and will be finished for 11p.m. The game is 2 x 3s, bring a team or come on your own and we will have partners for you, cash prizes.

Coiste na nÓg:

Upcoming Fundraisers:

We will be holding a Donkey Derby on Saturday November 25 in The Top of the Town and our Annual. All support would be greatly appreciated. More details to follow in the coming weeks.