Athea GAA

22 people returned for the second development meeting with Donal Fitzgibbon on Wednesday, February 5th. All the sub-groups formed at the first meeting returned to show their work so far. All groups have been extremely busy setting goals and forming plans to achieve these.

John Hunt spoke on behalf of the ‘Coaching’ sub-committee and outlined plans, including having a minimum of four coaches per team, providing extra games outside the county organised fixtures and forming an integrated coaching plan. Neilus Hunt presented the findings of the group tasked with ‘played retention, Senior club involvement and holistic development of players’. Plans to tackle drop out of players through the age groups were discussed, among other things.

Denise O’Riordan spoke to the group about plans from the Social Committee. Lots of possible future fun activities were discussed including a mid-night Multi Coloured walk on Good Friday, Hobby Horse Stick Racing during the summer and Afternoon Tea at the Library. Also a Mock Wedding as a large scale fundraiser in early 2021.

Finally, Mary Hunt spoke on ideas being developed to integrate the clubs under the GAA banner. The Coiste Na nÓg, Ladies GAA, community games and the Senior club are making plans to help all the clubs to work together.

Donal then invited Seamus Twomey (Limerick Munster Council Delegate and former Development Officer)  and Alan Sheeran (Croom GAA Secretary) to give their thoughts on the progress so far. The task now is to put the final pieces of these plans together and to formulate the overall ‘3 Year Development Plan’ in two months’ time.

Athea GAA are currently working with ‘Club Force’ to develop an online registration system for the Club. This will make registration an easier and safer process for all going forward. It is hoped that this online registration system will go live in the coming weeks.

Mickey Hayes has been appointed the Athea GAA Club Scór Officer for 2020. With lots of talent within the parish, there is lots of potential for success in this competition. Competitions include quizzes, set dancing, singing, novelty acts etc. Anyone interested in becoming involved is asked to contact Mickey on 087 6494795

We are delighted to announce that Eamon McElligott has been appointed as the Junior A Manger for 2020 with training commencing shortly. First League Match is due to take place on February 29th.

The  Men’s Minor Team and the Ladies Underage Team are currently looking for sponsors for two sets of jerseys. Sponsorship is set at €400 per set of jerseys, with lots of logo designs/texts designs available to choose from. Any interested businesses/families/individuals are asked to contact any member of the committee.

Athea Utd Soccer


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, February 10th. are as follows- Jackpot was €11,300.

Numbers drawn: 1, 8, 28, 31. No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky Dips to the following:-

Larry McAuliffe, Ballaugh

Paddy Enright, Templeathea

Karina O’Donoghue, Asdee

Sheila Hickey, Listowel

Danny Harnett, Kostal

Sellers: James McCarthy & White’s Bar

New Jackpot €11,400 at Brown Joe’s Bar

on Monday, February 17th.