Athea GAA

Executive Meeting:

At our last meeting Derek Byrne was nominated as the new treasurer of Athea GAA Club. We wish him well and also thank Máireád O’Donovan for her tremendous work as former treasurer over the past number of years.


Well rumour has it that many of last year’s Lip-Sync participants are eager “to take to the stage again” and do another fund-raiser for Athea GAA. This year’s main suggestion is called ‘Lip-Along’. Julie Marie (Barrett) Finucane is full of the joys of getting things started as soon as possible. It is hoped that we will have a meeting in the next couple of weeks to which volunteers will be invited who would like to take part in the fundraiser or indeed anyone who may have good ideas as regards what form the fund-raiser should take. Songs, music, participants, props and lots more will be discussed to get things rolling. It would be great “to be ready to go” around the Easter break? So start listening and getting different songs/tracks into each head and then it can all hopefully be put together in a matter of 6 weeks or so!.

Dancing with the Stars:

Hope all are voting for Anna Geary on Dancing with the Stars on Sunday evening’s on RTE. Anna is granddaughter of Mrs. Danaher, Templeathea.

Coiste na nÓg:

Garda Vetting:

As we prepare ourselves for the New Year of training and matches we need to remind ALL our coaches who will be involved with children up to the age of 18 years old that they MUST be Garda Vetted.
It is a very easy process to go through. If any of our coaches are not Garda vetted they will not be allowed to coach any team until they have processed their details.
GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 years of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children. Consent from a parent / Guardian shall be required for applicants between 16 & 18 years of age.
If you have received an email to confirm your clearance, please forward a copy of this email to Jacqueline as soon as possible so records are up to date.

If you have any problems you can contact Athea’s Child Welfare Officer, Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091.


Athea Coiste na nÓg will be holding a Registration morning for the U6s up to U16s (Children must be 5 years of age or currently in junior infants) on Sunday February 4 in the Clubhouse from 11.15am to 12.15pm. Any new players joining for the first time need to bring a copy for their birth certificate. Registration is €25 per player or €50 for a family of two or more players. It is important that all players register on the day as the Club needs to plan for the season ahead. All new players are welcome and any queries please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091.

Child Protection Workshop:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be holding a child protection workshop on Wednesday evening March 4th at 7pm to 10pm in the Clubhouse. It is important that all coaches attend. If there is anyone in the Parish that wants to attend, they are more than welcome. Please contact Jacqueline with your name on 086-0670091 to book a place.

Foundation Football Course:

There is a Foundation Football course taking place in Fr.Caseys GAA Club Abbeyfeale on Friday evening March 23 from 7pm-10pm and Saturday morning March 24 from 9.30am-1pm. You need to attend both days to complete the course. Places are limited so if you want to book a space please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 as soon as possible.

Foundation Course for New Referees:

A Foundation Course for New Referees will take place in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on February 6, February 13th and February 27. The course will start at 7.30pm each night. You must attend all three night in order to complete the course.

Athea Utd AFC

U12 Division 2 (Sat, January 27th)
Athea Utd                             (1) 1      Jack Sexton

Newcastle West Town B    (0) 1

Referee Pat King 


Saturday, February 3rd 
U12s home to Glantine in the cup at 12 noo
Sunday, February 4th

U/16s at home to Ballingarry at 11.30am

Sunday, February 4th
Junior As away to Newcastle West Rovers A at 11.30am


All players should check with their respective managers with regard to the resumption of training.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, January 29th are as follows –
Jackpot was €9,700. Numbers drawn 5, 7, 12, 13.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Mattie Histon, Ardagh. Padraig O’Connor c/o Kostal. Steven & Niamh, Hillside Drive. Johnny Cotter, Coole West. Callum Buckley, Templeathea.
Sellers Batt’s Bar & Agatha.
New Jackpot €9,800 at JP’s on Monday, February 5th