Athea Utd Soccer

Athea Utd are delighted to announce that we will again be running a FAI Soccer Camp this year. The camp will take place at The Vales from Monday, July 23rd to Friday, July 27th and is open to boys and girls of all abilities from 6-14 years of age.

Bookings can be done online at or by calling 1890653653 to book your childs place.

The cost to participate is €65 per child with a family discount if they bring another brother or sister along to the same camp.

Each participant will receive an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches.

All coaches / head coaches are Garda Vetted as is mandatory under FAI guidelines.

Book a.s.a.p. to secure your place on the camp.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, July 9th are as follows –
Jackpot was €12,000. Numbers drawn 1, 8, 18, 28.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Dick & Marian Chawke, Athea. Carmel McMahon, Duagh. Eamon Mullane, Shanagolden. Dick Chawke, Athea. John Hickey, Listowel.
Sellers Agatha & Pa Walsh.
New Jackpot €12,100 at White’s Bar on Monday, July 16th 

All managers that have playing gear from last season are asked to return same to Tim O’Riordan as soon as possible.

Athea GAA

Gerry Carey RIP

The club was saddened by the passing of Gerry Carey last week after an illness. Gerry, who was from Galway, was a well respected man in Athea having served as a Guard here in the 60s. He was also a prominent member of the successful football teams of 63 and 68 and won a Senior Championship medal in 1968. He also served as Treasurer of Athea Credit Union in the early days.

In recent years he was bereaved when his wife Breda (nee Shine) died. He was visited regularly by a number of friends from Athea as his illness made him weaker and weaker.

His former GAA colleagues, Retired Guards and Athea Credit Union formed a Guard of Honour for his removal to the church on Saturday.

The club offers its sympathies to the Carey family and Shine family for the sad passing of Gerry.

Club Draw
First Draw held in Brown Joes on Sat July 7th 2018

Fully Paid Up Member Prize €1000 –
Sean O’Connor, Knocknasna (N. Hunt)-Ticket 118

€500 – Colm, Patrice &Rory, Gortnagross (C. Hassett)-Ticket 416
€200 –Matthew Tierney, Templeathea (M.Tierney)-Ticket 280
€150 – Essie Kelly, The Village (K. O’Keeffe)-Ticket 428
€100 – Colm, Patrice & Rory, Gortnagross (C. Hassett)-Ticket 420
€100 – Gerard Ahern, Rathronan (K. O’Keeffe)-Ticket 46
€100 – Jim Cleary, Templeathea (M. Tierney)-Ticket 266
€100 – Mary White, Glenagower (M. Dalton)-Ticket 391
€80 – Joan & Anthony Hunt, (N. Hunt)-Ticket 99
€50-  Sellers Prize- Ger Collins (293)

The draw was very well supported this year with over 400 tickets sold. Thanks to all who helped make this draw a success again this year.

Pitch matters

After weeks of sunshine pitches are suffering as the temperatures are too high and the moisture levels in the soils plummet. We have seen photos of some pitches and golf courses which are scorched and this just reminds us of how we take for granted the regular rainfall which Ireland gets.

After carrying out a sanding and vertidraining programme in June the pitch could have done with plenty of rain and consequently there are some areas where grass growth is weak

The next project on the cards is the installation of walkway lighting before the winter sets in. This will provide the community with the opportunity to walk or run safely during the dark evenings and this year’s club draw will help fund the project.

Minor Match

The Minor team tasted victory last Friday evening when they took on a fancied St. Senans team in Pairc na nGael. In a very entertaining game the local team were never out of touch against the opposition and were within a few points at half-time. As has happened before many of the players on the team raised their game in the second half and but for some poor shooting the margin would have been wider than the one point between the teams at the finish.

The game finished 4:08 to 4:07 with some excellent performances throughout the team. Goals by John Sexton and Jack O’Connor kept us in touch. Gritty performances throughout kept us resilient to the end. We had a number of U16s in the team who gave a very good account of themselves and who have a lot to offer the club in the future.

Team: TJ Murphy, D. O’Connor, S. Ambrose, D. O’Sullivan, C. Broderick, M. Dalton, TJ White, J. Sexton, M. Tierney, E. Wallace, A. Curry, J. O’Connor, E. Sheahan, C. McAuliffe, B. Reidy. Subs: B. Finucane, G. Ambrose, T. McEnery, E. O’Shea.

Junior B Championship

Our Junior B’s faced a tough opening championship assignment on Sunday evening when they faced a strong Knockaderry side in Feenagh.

We had many chances in the first half which we failed to convert which left us with an uphill battle to climb. After losing a man to a red card early in the second half and also conceding a penalty the game ran away from us. The match finished on a scoreline of 4:13 to 1:06

Team: K. Hartnett, T. Brosnan, P. Daly, P. O’Sullivan, M.Tierney, C. Fitzgerald, P. O’Mahony, N. Hunt, M. Dalton, W. Sexton, P. Ahern, S. Ryan, , C. Hassett, S. Ahern, B. Sheehan. Subs: T. McAuliffe, T. White, E. Horgan

Coiste na nÓg:

Coaching the Coaches

Very important coaching/training session this evening Wednesday at 7.15pm in Pairc na nGael with the legendary Eamonn Ryan from Cork. He is one of the top football coaches in all of Ireland. Our Minor team will be coached on the night. Coaches, players and parents are encouraged to attend this training session. Everyone is welcome.

Fixtures for July:

Friday/Saturday July 13/14:


Our U8s have a Regional blitz on Friday/Saturday July 13/14. Date, time and venue to be confirmed by text. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Monday July 16:


Our U16s will play Dromcollogher/Broadford on Monday evening July 16 at 7:15pm in Dromcollogher. Cars leaving the village at 6.15pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Friday/Saturday July 20/21:


Our U10s have a Regional blitz on Friday/Saturday July 20/21. Date, time and venue to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated.



Training for our U12s continues this Monday evening in Páirc na nGael from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. All players must have gum shields in order to take part.

Online Shop:

Athea GAA Club have an online shop up and running. You can buy our club gear for children and adults. Just log onto and enter Athea under my club.

Athea Ladies Football


Monday July 9:

Athea 2-08 Oola 3-05

Athea Ladies made the long trip to Oola on Monday evening last to take on the locals in the football league. This was a very close and exciting game and after ten minutes of the match the sides were level at three points apiece, with the Athea’s scores coming for Carla Sheehy, Claire Carmody and Sandra Larkin.  We played some outstanding football and playing with the hill we scored three unanswered points with Mary Ita Casey, Carla Sheehy and Lisa O Connell getting on the score board to leave us ahead at the break 0-06, 0-03.  Early in the second half Oola scored 1-02 without reply to take a two point lead. Athea rallied back and we were awarded a penalty which was converted by Rebekah Daly. Both sides exchanged scores and we were three points up with minutes remaining, when Oola were awarded a penalty which they scored to leave the final score Athea 2-08, Oola 3-05. We would like to thank Oola for the refreshment afterwards. We will play Dromcollogher/Broadford at home next Monday evening July 16; all support would be greatly appreciated. Panel: Sarah O’ Connor, Amy Carmody, Katie Collins, Rebekah Daly, Maeve Carmody, Aibhilin Murphy, Rachel Greaney, Carla Sheehy, Jackie Stackpoole, Mary Ita Casey, Sandra Larkin, Lisa O’ Connell, Claire Carmody, Lisa O’ Connor, Ciara Hunt and Ciana Murphy.

Underage Training:

U6 to U12:

Training for U6 up to U12 continues in Páirc na nGael on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6.30pm. All new players welcome.

Gaelic for Mothers and Others:

Football training continues for Gaelic for Mother and others every Tuesday evening in Páirc na nGael from 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along for an hour of football and fun.