Athea GAA

Club Draw:

The 4th leg of the Club Draw was held at Collins’ Bar on Saturday night last – the following were the very lucky winners – and we are only mid-way through the draw so you can still join for €40 or €10 a month.

€500 – Mary McAuliffe, Park, Upper Athea. Seller: Dan McMahon.

€200 – Derek Byrne, Gortnagross. Seller: Kevin O’Keeffe.

€150 – Emma White, c/o Declan, Upper Athea. Seller: Roger Ryan.

€100 – Timmy Woulfe, Gortnagross. Seller: Paul Curry.

€100 – Patrick Chawke, Gortnagross. Seller: Martin Chawke.

€100 – Mike Fitzgerald, Dublin. Seller: Neilus Hunt.

€100 – Matt Dillon, Park. Seller: Dan McMahon.

€80 – Anita Quinn, Brown Joe’s. Seller: Mark Reidy.

€50 Sellers prize: Martin Chawke.


The annual Church gate collection takes place this weekend. Your generosity, as always, would be greatly received. As week after week improvements are being made up at the pitch and surrounds.


Tickets are going very quickly for the 1963/1968 Celebration Social at The Devon Inn on Friday, 5th October, celebrating the teams 55th and 50th years anniversary. You can pre-book a table with your family or friends with Paul Curry, Pat Sullivan or me Kathleen Mullane on 087-1233361. Anyone needing a bus can be accommodated.

Coiste na nÓg:


U16 County Semi-final:

Athea 2-5      Galtee Gaels 1-11
There was huge disappointment last Sunday in Athea when our u 16s bowed out at the semifinal stage against Galtee Gaels (Kilbeheny/Anglesboro) who had made the long journey from the farthest away part of South Limerick. The opposition were a bit more composed in possession and passed the ball a bit better than us especially in the last quarter. We had led all the way to the 45th minute by which stage we were 2-5 to 0-8 in front, but Galtee Gaels outscored us 1-03 to no score from there to the finish. That said we did miss three gilt edged goal scoring chances in that period. Even though they lost this is still a good team and if they all
stay together they will have plenty of success in the years ahead. Team: Colin Broderick, Pierce O’ Brien, Thomas McEnery, Eoin Sheahan, Brandon Finucane, Eoin O’ Shea, Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, Andrew O’ Riordan, Aidan Curry, Evan Wallace, Luke Gleeson, Daire O’ Shea, Conor McAuliffe, T.J. Hunt, Subs, Paraic Enright, Bryan Reidy, Jack Hunt, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, Conor Mullane and Dermot Pierse


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.

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

Reidy Cup (Sun, September 23rd)

Athea Utd  (0) 0

AK Utd      (0) 3   

Team: Jonathan Fitz, Cillian Liston, William Cronin, Jack Denihan, Padraig Reidy, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Gerard Ahern, James Ryan, Darren A Murphy, Brian O’Connor. Subs Conor Mullane, Ger Collins, Morgan O’Connor. Referee Wayne Fitzgerald

U14 Div 4 (Sat, September 22nd)

Athea Utd  1       (Daire O’Shea)

Kildimo Utd 5

Referee Pat King.


Saturday, September 29th    

U/12 Boys Division 2
Athea Utd v Ballingarry A at 10am

U/16 Boys Div 2
Rathkeale v Athea Utd at 5pm

 Sunday, September 30th   


Athea Utd v Feenagh at 11.30am

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


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 24th are as follows –
Jackpot was €13,100. Numbers drawn 5, 21, 25, 28.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Mary Hayes, Old Mill. Duffer, Listowel. John Williams, Ballybunion. Joan Buckley, Kilcolman. Tim Murphy, Templeglantine.
Sellers Agatha & Top of the Town.
New Jackpot €13,200 at Collins Bar on Monday, October 1st

Athea Ladies Football

County Final:

Athea 2-06     Knockainey 2-08

There was heartbreak for our Intermediate team in the County final on Saturday last when a goal deep into injury time meant a two point defeat for our ladies. This was a very exciting match from start to finish and our ladies gave it their all and left everything they had on the field. Knockainey were first on the scoreboard with a point, but shortly afterwards we scored a great goal from the boot of Anita Quinn to take the lead after great work by Carla Sheehy. Michelle Curtin was playing very well at wing back, but had to go off injured after ten minutes. The opposition replied with a point of their own, but our forwards were getting on top, Maeve Carmody, Jackie Stackpoole, Lisa O’Connor and Carla Sheehy were causing all sorts of problems for the opposition. We scored three great points on the trot, Lisa O’Connell, Mary Ita Casey and Anita Quinn all raising the white flag. A great save by Sarah O’Connor in goal denied the opposition and the excellent Amy Carmody was there to grab the breaking ball to clear the lines. Katie Collins and Saorcha Fitzgerald were tenacious in defense, turning over the ball on many occasions. Just before half time Knockainey were awarded a penalty which they converted to leave the half time score Athea 1-03, Knockainey 1-02. It was all to play for in the second half, but it was Knockainey who scored the first three points of the half to take the lead. Sandra Larkin and Lisa O’Connell started winning the midfield battle and this was the foundation for the next three scores which were points all from the very lively Noelle Curtin to leave us a point ahead midway through the half. The opposition came back again and scored three more points to lead by two with time almost up. Our ladies didn’t drop their heads, they continued to work very hard, Pasty Cleary and Rebekah Daly led from the half back line, Megan Carroll, Claire Carmody, Maeve Murphy and Ciara Hunt, who came on as subs, all had an impact on the game. A great move by our ladies ended with Noelle Curtin scoring a great goal to give us the lead by a single point with time up. Unfortunately eight minutes later into injury time Knockainey managed to score a goal to break Athea hearts and win the final on a score line of Athea 2-06, Knockainey 2-08. It was a superb team effort on the day with everyone playing their part. Team: Sarah O’Connor, Saorcha Fitzgerald, Katie Collins, Amy Carmody, Rebekah Daly, Pasty O’Leary, Michelle Curtin, Lisa O’Connell, Sandra Larkin, Carla Sheehy, Anita Quinn, Mary Ita Casey, Maeve Carmody, Jackie Stackpoole, Noelle Curtin. Subs: Megan Carroll, Lisa O’Connor, Claire Carmody, Ciara Hunt, Maeve Murphy and Rachel Greaney.

Underage Training:

U6 to U16:

Training for U6 up to U16 continues in the Hall on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm. 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, fun and friendship.