Athea GAA

Mackey Draw:

The annual ‘Mick Mackey’ draw is once again about to start with some great prizes as always – from big cash prizes to holidays and cars. It is hoped that once again Athea parishioners will support the draw as it means our GAA Club and Ladies Football Club will both benefit from the ticket sales. So you never know your luck – last year Athea had a few winners.

Commemoration Night:

Well the grand Commemoration Night for the gallant Athea teams of 1968 and 1964 has been set for Friday, October 5th at The Devon Inn. No doubt this will be a memorable night for all the players, their families and the whole of Athea parish, with past players hopefully travelling from far and wide to celebrate the 50 years! There will be a meal, guest speaker, music, disco etc in what promises to be a very special occasion. So mark it in your diary now!

Great to See:

Well wasn’t it marvelous to see no less than ‘52’ players togged out for training on Saturday last up at the pitch between Intermediates and U-16s. There really is “a great buzz” in the ‘Camp’ this year – watch this space and the scoreboards!

Coiste na nÓg:


Sunday February 18:


Our U14s had their first outing of the year against Belville Gaels in the Féile Peile B competition on Sunday morning last in Athea.  Our team started strong, we got on a lot of ball and we were very tight in defense. We got a couple of scores from Daire O’ Shea and James Broderick. The opposition hit a purple patch scoring a couple of goals to take the lead. We got the score of the game when Daire O’ Shea switched the play all the way across to Evan Curry up from wing back and he slotted over a super point from twenty five yards. After half time we got tired and struggled to get on the ball. We drove at the opposition in the last ten minutes, but a few last ditch blocks and saves denied Gearoid O’ Sullivan and Michael Walsh goals. The team showed great heart with a spirited performance and with a bit of training the team will be flying. Teamwork was key and if this continues there are great prospects ahead for the team. Panel: Tomás Ahern, Cillian O’Connor, Conor Mullane, Donnchadh Barrett, Tadhg Ahern, Fergal Pierse, Evan Curry, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Daire O’Shea, James Lee, James Broderick, Rory Cleary, James Hunt, Michael Walsh, Rory O’Mahony, Ciaran Hunt, Callum O’Mahony & Calum Gleeson.


Athea Coiste na nÓg will be holding our final Registration night for the U6s up to U16s (Children must be 5 years of age or currently in junior infants) this Friday evening February 23 in the Clubhouse from 6.30pm-7.30pm. 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. All new players are welcome and any queries please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091

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.

Child Protection Workshop:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be holding a child protection workshop on Wednesday evening March 7th 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.

Gaeltacht Scholarship:

Applications for the scholarships to attend an Irish Summer Course at one of the Munster Gaeltacht Colleges 2018 are now open.

– Second-level students only

Applicable colleges:
Ciarraí (Coláiste Chorca Dhuibhne),
Corcaigh (Coláiste na Mumhan ;Béal Átha an Ghaorthaigh)
Port Láirge (Coláiste na Roinne :An Roinn)

– Please note: No other colleges are covered

First-time applicants will receive priority. Former scholarship benefactors will be considered in turn. Please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 before Wednesday February 21 if you want to apply.

Athea Utd Soccer

Desmond Cup 1st Round (Sun, February 18th
Athea Utd B 0

Abbeyfeale Utd A 4

Team: Mareks Apinis, John Geoghegan, Michael Dalton, Jack Denihan, Raymond Brouder, Eoin Moroney, Morgan O’Connor, Tom McLoughlin, Brian Sheehy, John Sexton, Jason Quille. Subs Tom Brosnan, Dan McMahon

U12s v AK Utd B (Sat, February 17th
This game was off as the Kilcornan pitch was unplayable. 


Saturday, February 24th
U10s away to Askeaton at 10am
U14s home to Breska Rovers at 12.30pm

Sunday, February 25th 

Junior As home to Bally Rovers at 11.30am in the Desmond Cu


All players should check with their respective managers with regard to training times.


The clubs extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Stephen Casey, Dirreen who passed away last week. We also extend our sympathies to the family of the late Ned O’Keeffe, Gortnagross who passed away recently. May They Rest In Peace

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, February 19th are as follows –
Jackpot was €10,000. Numbers drawn 16, 26, 27, 31.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Joan O’Connor, Kilcolman. Bernie O’Connell, Ardagh. Eamon Mullane, Shanagolden. Theresa O’Brien, Ardagh. Dean Harnett c/o Kostal.
Sellers Eileen Kelly & Agatha.
New Jackpot €10,100 at White’s Bar on Monday, February 26th