Athea GAA


The A.G.M. of Athea GAA took place at the Páirc na nGael clubhouse on Sunday evening last at 7pm. There was a good crowd in attendance. Pat O’Sullivan (secretary) read the minutes of last year’s A.G.M. Athea Utd were thanked for the bridging loan they gave Athea GAA. Those who work on the field were thanked and especially Jacqueline O’Connor for her commitment . Pat also read his secretary’s report.

Máireád O’Donovan (treasurer) gave a detailed account of the club’s finances. With the Lip-Sync last year being a huge success and bringing in much needed money. In 2016 the club was in debt by €71,000 – at this point in time the debt is down to €44,000. Paul Curry (chairman) welcomed Fr. Duggan and gave his address and as Máireád had spent the past few years as treasurer and due to work and family commitments had to step down, Paul said the club was so very fortunate to have had Máireád as treasurer. A memento was presented to her as a token of appreciation.

In his address Paul said the past year was very busy and that the club was in debt to the sponsors of the Lip-Sync as well as Damien Ahern who was a great source of inspiration. The pitch, he stated, was getting accolades and is now one of the top pitches around. Denis Greaney, he said, was a great leader and mentor to the players. Pa Chawke, it is hoped, will be back next year having been injured.

Jamie Kelly is putting the Club History book together and it’s hoped that it will be launched around the Club’s 1968 anniversary celebration. Tommy Denihan was praised for his refereeing – sympathy was extended to the bereaved families with a special mention by Paul of little Ella Ahern R.I.P. who got to go to the Lip-Sync.

The new year it is hoped will bring all good games Paul said and he finished by wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas. Timmy Woulfe stated we had “A Gem of a Pitch”.

Monday, December 11th has been set aside as the night when Gárda Vetting for all club managers, trainers etc, will be organised on-line. Further enquiries from Jacqueline O’Connor or Paul Curry.

Officers Elected:

Chairman – Paul Curry.

Vice-chairman – Kevin O’Keeffe.

Secretary – Pat O’Sullivan.

Asst secretary – Jacqueline O’Connor.

Treasurer – to be appointed.

Asst treasurer – Roger Ryan.

P.R.O. – Kathleen Mullane.

Registrar & Children’s Officer – Jacqueline O’Connor.

Scór Officer – John Joe Tierney.

Committee members – John Hunt, Conor Hunt, Neddy Hunt, Jamesy O’Connor, Declan Dalton, Mike O’Connor (Snr), David O’Connor.

Special thanks went to Jacqueline & David O’Connor, Seámus Ahern and all those who help in keeping Páirc na nGael in Tip Top Shape.

Athea Utd AFC

Premier Division (Sun, December 2nd)

Carrig Celtic A  (1) 2

Athea Utd A       (1) 3   Darren Murphy (2), Gerard Ahern


Jonathan Fitzgerald. James Ryan, Mathew Tierney, Martin Chawke, Jamie Collins, Podge Horgan, Cillian O’Connor, Ger Collins, Shane Mulvihill, Darren Murphy, Gerard Ahern. Subs Dylan Griffin, Sean Ryan, Steven McEnery.

Referee John Roche

Junior Division 3 (Sun, December 2nd)

Athea Utd B    (1) 1  Colm Hassett 

Ballingarry B  (1) 1

Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Cillian Liston, Michael Dalton, Jason Quille, Jamie Sheehan, Peter O’Connor, Ronan Hayes, Tom McLoughlin, Colm Hassett, Eoin Moroney, Brian Sheehy. Subs John Geoghegan, Sean Liston.

Referee Paul O’Brien.

U12 Cup (Sat, December 2nd)

Athea Utd     (1) 3 Callum Buckley, Evin Curry, Louis O’Sullivan

Shannonside (0) 0

Team: Tomas Ahern, Jamie Collins, Callum Buckley, Jim Ahern, Evin Curry, Tadgh Ahern, Louis O’Sullivan, Michael Kelly, Alex Quinn, Denis Gould, Rory Cleary, Josh Quilter, Jack Sexton, Timmy O’Keeffe, James Hunt

Referee Pat King

U16 Division 2 (Sat, December 2nd)

Ferry Rangers   (2) 6     

Athea Utd         (0) 1     Michael Tierney

Team: Colin Broderick, Shane Scanlon, Thomas McEnery, Gavin Ambrose, Daire O’Shea, Eoin Sheahan, Michael Tierney, Luke Gleeson, Brandon Finucane, Eoin O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan. Paric Enright, Aidan Curry, Jack Vaughan.

Referee Sean Behan


Saturday, December 9th       

U14s home to Kildimo Utd in the cup at 10am

Sunday, December 10th     

Junior As away to Newcastle West Rovers A at 11.30am

Junior Bs away to Carrig Celtic B at 2.30pm


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 Fridays 7.30pm to 9pm.

Junior Bs on Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, December 4th are as follows –
Jackpot was €9,100. Numbers drawn 1, 11, 20, 23.

No Jackpot Winner.

Christmas Prize: €50 – Liam Sweeney, Kostal
Lucky dips to the following – Joanne Chawke, Dublin. Stephen Culhane c/o Kostal. Paddy Molyneaux, Ardagh. Martin & Darcy Chawke, Athea. Jack sexton, Coole West. €50 extra lucky dip Liam Sweeney c/o Kostal.
Sellers Paudie Reidy & Pat Hayes.

New Jackpot €9,200 at JP’s on Monday, December 11th