Athea GAA


Our Intermediate team will line out against Rathkeale on this Saturday 8th September in the West Intermediate final. Check time and venue. And they would be delighted with as much support as you can give.

Their next very important game is on September 14th when they meet Mungret in the final. A win could see them progress to senior level. We wish them well.


Our Minors played Shannon Gaels on home soil here in Páirc na nGael on Thursday evening last. They put on a good display, as did the opposition, and the score at the whistle was a draw on 2-08 each. Next semi-final game is against Knockaderry/Monagea.

Celebration Social:

Tickets are now on sale for the much looked-forward to “50th” Celebration Social on October 5th at the Devon Inn, to celebrate Athea’s great win against ‘Treaty Sarsfields’ in the Gaelic Grounds in 1968. This is going to be a great night of “memories, fun, jokes, craic” and dancing to Neily O’Connor. Your are advised to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment – they are available at Collins’ Shop. If you need to book “a family table” of 10 or 12 people to celebrate with your respective family members who were involved in the victory – please ring Kathleen on 087-1233361 or Paul Curry on 087-6501673.

Coiste na nÓg:

Under 16
Athea 2–9 DromBroadford 2–8

With ourselves, DromBroadford and Rathkeale/Cappagh all finishing levelon points there had to be a three way playoff to see who got into the championship semifinal, and who went into the shield semifinal. We defeated Drom/Broadford by a single point after a rip roaring game played in Athea last Saturday, we now meet Rathkeale/Cappagh for a place in the Championship semifinal.   The Athea pitch was looking fantastic
last Saturday and the large crowed were treated to a great game. We opened the scoring with a Daire O Shea point, but Drom scored a goal from a rebound after an excellent Colin Broderick save. Andrew O Riordan got our second point, before Drom replied, followed by a Conor McAuliffe point. Drom then scored 2 more points to go 3 up before Michael Tierney scored a goal from a free  to leave the game level  at 1–3 each at half time. We started the second half in whirlwind fashion with points from play by Andrew, Conor McAuliffe and T.J. Hunt, before Drom got their second goal to draw level again at 1–6 to 2-3. Our boys responded well to this set back, with our defence outstanding. Evan Wallace and Andrew
again scored points from play before Aiden Curry scored a goal to put us 5 points up with 20 minutes left to play. Drom scored the next point before Conor McAuliffe pointed from play to restore our five point lead. Drom dominated  the final 10 minutes scoring four more points but we held out for a one point win. The team worked very hard all through with us scoring 1-9 from play, but the defence deserves most of the credit
for this win, especially corner backs Eoin Sheahan and Pierse O’Brien and center back, Eoin O’Shea.
Team Colin Broderick, Eoin Sheahan, Thomas McEnery, Pierse O’Brien, Luke Gleeson, Eoin O’Shea, Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, Andrew O Riordan, Daire O’Shea, Evan Wallace, Brien Reidy, T.J. Hunt, Conor McAuliffe, Aiden Curry. Subs: Jack Hunt, Pauric Enright, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Conor Mullane and Dermot Pierse.


U16 Playoff:

Monday September 10:

Athea will play Rathkeale/Cappagh in a playoff in the Bog Garden Rathkeale on this Monday September 10. Cars leaving the village at 5.45 pm. All support would be greatly appreciated. Gum shields are compulsory.


U6, U8 & U10:

Training for our U6, U8 & U10 players continues this Friday evening in Páirc na nGael from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. All players must have gum shields in order to take part.


The Coiste na nÓg were lucky to get chosen by Tesco Community Fund to help with their fundraising for the next eight weeks. If there is anyone shopping in Tesco Abbeyfeale, could you please help us by putting the Tesco Blue token in the Athea Underage Football (Coiste na nÓg) slot. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.

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 Utd Soccer

Junior Div 1 (Sun, September 2nd)

Athea Utd (1) 2      (Darren A Murphy 2)

Adare Utd (0) 3

Team: Jonathan Fitz, John Sexton, Jack Denihan, Cillian O’Connor, Gary Carroll, Steven McEnery, Peter O’Connor, Sean Ryan, JJ Sheehy, Darren A Murphy, Andy Ahern. Subs William Sexton, William Cronin, Mareks Shah.

Referee Pat King 

U/16 Div 2 (Sat, September 1st)

Kilcolman Rvs 3

Athea Utd 2        (Michael Tierney, Daire O’Shea)

Referee Mike Dore

U12 Div 2 (Sat, September 1st)

AK Utd B v Athea Utd, walkover to AK Utd B.


Saturday, September 8th   

U/10 Boys Group 5
Carrig Cel v Athea Utd at 2.30p
U/14 Boys Div 4
Carrig Cel v Athea Utd at 10am

Sunday, September 9th

Junior Div 1

Breska Rvs v Athea Utd at 2.30pm

Tuesday, September 11th
U/16 Boys Div 2
Breska Rvs v Athea Utd at 6.30pm

All players check with your respective managers regarding training times for the new season.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 3rd are as follows –
Jackpot was €12,800. Numbers drawn 3, 7, 9, 23.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Megan & Paddy c/o Brown Joes. Doreen & Raymond, Ardagh. Peg O’Keeffe, Coole West. Pat & Marlene, Athea. Rita Kelly, Gaelside.
Sellers Doreen & Declan Barrett.
New Jackpot €12,900 at The Top of the Town on Monday, September 10th

Athea Ladies Football

Match: County Semi-final: Athea 1-12    Oola 1-09: (AET)

Athea Ladies Intermediate team have made it to the County Final again this year after a thrilling extra time win over Oola in Mungret on Saturday last. Having narrowly lost to Oola in the first round of the championship and drawn with them in the league, it was always going to be a close encounter in the semi-final. Athea started brightly with two early points but Oola responded with a goal and a couple of points of their own. We got some great points from play and led at half time by a point. In the second half scores were hard to come by and it was Oola who led with time almost up but we scored a super equalizing point from play to send the match into extra time. Both teams traded points in the first half of extra time but in the second half Athea got the all important goal to give us a three point lead. Oola tried hard for a goal but were brilliantly denied by Athea. A point for each team late on left the final score Athea 1-12 Oola 1-09. We now play Knockainey in the County final. Team: Sarah O’Connor, Amy Carmody, Katie Collins, Saorcha Fitzgerald, Rebekah Daly, Maeve Carmody, Rachel Greaney, Lisa O’Connell, Mary Ita Casey, Sandra Larkin, Megan Carroll, Anita Quinn, Jackie Stackpoole, Carla Sheehy,  Noelle Curtin, Subs: Maeve Murphy, Pasty O’Leary, Michelle Curtin, Claire Carmody  and Ciara Hunt.

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:

Our Gaelic for Mothers and Others team were on the road again this weekend when they travelled to Hospital/Herberts town GAA pitch to take part in a blitz with St. Brigids, Monaleen and Fergus Rovers from Clare. It was extremely warm on the day and all ten of our ladies gave it their all in the three matches we played.  We are improving all the time and enjoying meeting new friends along the way. Well done to all. Panel: Loretta Brouder, Trisha Russell, Mag Carroll, Deidre Mullane, Maura Ahern, Katherine O Connor, Lorraine O Connor, Helen Cleary Mary Tehan & Diane Cleary.

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, fun and friendship.