Athea GAA


Séamus Twomey, Co. Board development officer, attended an executive GAA meeting at the Athea clubhouse last Tuesday night, where he outlined the benefits of a development plan. This plan has been adopted by a few clubs in recent times and seems to be working well. Séamus stated that with the excellent pitch facilities that Athea have, the several teams e.g Coiste, Ladies, Mothers and Others, Senior clubs and now the newly formed hurling club that all should work well under the one umbrella and at the same time retain their own identity. All sections therefore under the plan would be helping out with fund-raising for themselves and each other section and would have a full plan for the year ahead as regards team, pitch and all other improvements. Everyone would know month by month what the next plan/job/improvement needs to be tackled. An opening meeting will ensue in the not too distant future where everyone will be invited and other clubs might come on board then and give them additional input into all things GAA.


It was hoped the last of the track lights would be in operation this week – but it will only be another few days and all will be “lit up”.

U-13 Football


Our U13 footballers had a fantastic win in the County 13 aside final v Monagea in Templeglantine last Sunday morning before a large crowd. Things didn’t look good for us at half time as we trailed 4-4 to 0-4. We were playing second fiddle all over the field, and had man of the match Tomás Ahern in goals to thank, that we weren’t further behind. We struggled in  midfield and the Monagea forwards led our backs a merry dance, forcing Tomás to make a string of saves. A raft of changes at half time helped settle the team, as first we stopped conceding scores, and then started to get on top in midfield. Timmy O’Keeffe’s rocket of a goal gave us hope but they scored their 5th goal to leave us still behind 12 points. Thankfully we came straight up the field for James Hunt to score a goal and you could see the confidence rising. From there to the finish we held the opposition scoreless, a goal and a point from Rory Cleary, followed by two more goals from James Hunt, goal number 6 from Evan Curry and Calum Buckley with 1-1 finished the scoring for an amazing win. Calum Buckley, the captain, was presented with the cup amid great scenes of celebrations. Hard luck to gallant Monagea who for long periods looked the better team. Thanks to excellent referee Pat Shanahan, Duagh and to Templeglantine whose pitch was in excellent condition despite all the rain over the previous 48 hours. A cavalcade of cars paraded the cup through the village with horns blaring and the players got well deserved treats afterwards in Collin’s shop.

Team: Tomás Ahern (m), Timmy O’Keeffe, Jack Sexton, Tadhg Ahern, Evan Curry, Jamie Collins, James Hunt, Calum Buckley, Ciarán Hunt, Rory Cleary, Seán Twomey, Tomás Ahern (G), Louis O’Sullivan, Jim Ahern and Fionn Histon.

Management: Ronnie Twomey, Colm Hassett, Mike Buckley and John Hunt.

Athea Utd Soccer

Athea United will host its school boys soccer awards night on the 22nd of November in the Top of the Town @ 9:30pm


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, November 4th. are as follows- Jackpot was €10,000.

Numbers drawn: 17, 24, 25, 29. No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky Dips to the following:-

T.J. Mulvihill, Upper Athea

Phil, Mar & Ele, Abbeyfeale

John O’Sullivan, Ardagh

Dermot Fitzgerald, Glin

Caroline Moroney, Shanagolden

Sellers: White’s Bar & Top of the Town

New Jackpot €10,100 at Collins’ Bar on Monday, November 11th.