Athea GAA


Congrats and well done to Kevin O’Keeffe & Roger Ryan who were the joint lucky winners of €3,000 in the Mackey draw over the weekend. Incidentally, they bought the ticket between them having won a previous draw. Just wondering maybe they should now buy a Lottery ticket. Who knows they could be Athea millionaires.

500 Club Draw:

The 7th draw was held at the Top of the Town on Saturday night last.  The following were the lucky winners.

€500 – Agatha Barrett, Markievicz Park. Seller: Paul Curry

€150 – Maurice & David Aherne, Coole East. Seller: Ned Hunt.

€150 – Tomás Mullane, Knocknagorna. Seller: Ger Collins.

€100 – Ciara, T.J., James & Alice Hunt, Dromada. Seller: M. Ahern.

€100 – Peggy Dalton, Knocknagorna. Seller: Ger Collins.

€100 – Ned Riordan, Coole East. Seller: Neddy Hunt.

€100 – Connie Scanlon, Templeathea. Seller: M. Tierney.

€100 – John Redmond, Lower Athea. Seller: Roger Ryan.

€50 seller’s prize – Dan McMahon.

There is still one more draw left – here’s hoping.

Everyone enjoyed the 1997 Co. Final commemoration on the Big Screen also on the night – here’s to some similar great games in 2018.

Charity Soccer Tournament:

The annual St Stephen’s Day soccer tournament takes place again this year with 64 players signed up for the eight team knockout competition.

It starts at 11 am sharp with players to be at The Vales Astro turf 15 minutes before there designated start time. All proceeds will go to the local St Vincent de Paul.

1997 Reunion:

The County Junior championship winning team of 1997 had a fantastic 20 year reunion at the Top of The Town on Saturday night last. A great crowd turned up to watch the match, extra time, interviews before and after as well as highlights of the two drawn games on two big screens. Every score, catch and tackle was cheered to the rafters as great memories were recalled. Henry Scanlon (Rolo) the team captain said a few poignant words about our departed team mate Benny Collins RIP, who was remembered fondly by all who saw him play a starring roll that December day in Abbeyfeale. Many a ball was hopped late into the night as the great bond between the players on that team was still very much in evidence.  

Coiste na nÓg:

Annual Coiste na nÓg Table Quiz.

We will hold our Annual table quiz in the Top of the Town Bar on Thursday night December 28th. There will be a Picture round, music round as well as the usual mix of questions to suit all tastes. Spot prizes galore. Quiz master on the night will be John Hunt. This is a great fun night out and all support would be greatly appreciated on the night.

Athea Utd AFC


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

Teams as follows –

(1)            The Reindeers – Kevin Murphy (c), Pa Kiely, Thomas Brosnan, Pa Ahern, Padraig Reidy, William Cronin, William Sexton, Mark Horgan

(2)            The Turkeys – Jason Quille (c), Jack Burke, Jamie Sheehan, Marek Shah, Noreen Barry, Darren Murphy, Brian Sheehan, Kevin O’Keeffe

(3)            The Fairies – Joe O’Connor (c), John Hunt, Stephen McEnery, Dan McMahon, Paul Mathews, Brian O’Connor, Jason Dalton, Sean Ryan

(4)            The Donkeys – Mathew Tierney (c), Roger Ryan, Phillip Woulfe, Pa O’Sullivan, Colm Hassett, James Ryan, Ronan Hayes, JJ Sheehy

(5)            The Wise Men – Morgan O’Connor (c), Michael Reidy, Neilo Keane, Eoin Horgan, Dylan Griffin, John Cotter, Jack Denihan, Brian Sheehy

(6)            The Carol Singers – Michael Ahern (c), Deirdre Fitzpatrick, John Geoghegan, Cillian O’Connor, Gerard Ahern, Michael Danagher, Peter O’Connor, Conor Mullane

(7)            The Snowmen – Martin Chawke (c), Mark Melbourne, Maurice Hayes, Mary Ita Casey, Adam Casey, Kieran Dalton, Sean Kilbridge, Mark  v The O’Connor

(8)            The Tinsel Boys – Joe Vaughan (c), Michael Dalton, Emmet White, Pat Kilbridge, Sean Liston, Eoin Moroney, Shane Mulvihill, Nelius Hunt


Round 1

(A) The Reindeers v The Turkeys @ 11am

(B) The Fairies v The Donkeys @ 11.20am

(C)The Wise Men v The Carol Singers @ 11.40am

(D) The Snowmen v The Tinsel Boys @ 12 noon

Semi Finals

Winner A v Winner B @ 12.20pm

Winner C v winner D @ 12.40pm

Final @ 1pm


First match starts at 11am sharp.

7 minutes per half.

Players to arrive 15 minutes prior to kick off as all matches will start at designated times

Moulded studs or astro turf runners, no metal studs

Medal presentation at The Top of the Town at 7pm

Proceeds to local St Vincent de Paul



Next underage fixtures will be on Saturday, January 6th 2018. Junior fixtures resume on January 7th 2018.


All players/parents please check with your respective managers with regard to training times over the holidays.


Our latest Last Man Standing competition concluded recently with Claire Horgan and Ray Cahill sharing the €300 prize money which was sponsored by The Top of the Town. Congrats to both our winners. The club sincerely thanks The Top of the Town for their sponsorship.

The club also would like to thank Darren Murphy for compiling all the entries for the LMS and for updating us on a weekly basis.


Athea Utd Schoolboys would like to thank sincerely all who supported our recent Church Gate Collection.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, December 18th are as follows –
Jackpot was €9,300. Numbers drawn 7, 23, 24,26.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following – PJ Meehan, Listowel. Nora Cronin, Ardagh. Anne McGrath, Glin. Martin & Darcy Chawke, Athea. Raymond & Doreen, Ardagh.

€50 extra lucky dip Chris & Teddy, Athea.

Sellers Agatha & White’s Bar
New Jackpot €9,400 at Donie’s on Monday, January 8th 2018.

On behalf of Athea Utd Soccer Club I would like to wish all players, managers, officers, supporters, our fantastic lottery ticket sellers, Donal & Lillian at The Athea and District News a Very Happy and Holy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Looking forward to an injury free year in 2018 and a successful season for our club.