Sports – 27/10/2020

Athea GAA

by Damien Ahern

Our second club draw took place on Saturday last outdoors at our grounds on Facebook live.

The following were the lucky winners;

**Results of Club Draw Number 2**

€500 1st Prize – Des McAuliffe,

€300 2nd Prize – Tommy Wrenn, Templeathea

€200 3rd Prize – Catherine Tierney, Templeathea

€100 4th Prize – John Hunt, Coole West

€100 5th Prize – Tommy Mahony, Templeathea

€100 6th Prize – Helen Hanrahan, Lower Dirreen

Again, thanks to everyone who has supported our club draw.

The next draw is scheduled to take place on November 14th.

A reminder to all that our walking track remains open during the lockdown.

Signage and a hand sanitizing station has been installed for your safety.


Athea GAA Little Things Campaign

The GAA and the HSE are working in partnership to bring the messages of protection, resilience and support for mental wellness to local communities.

Both organisations are keen to increase their efforts to normalise the conversation around mental health. In this regard the GAA selected the 2016 GAA Health & Wellbeing Theme Day, at the second All Ireland Football semi-final that took place in Croke Park on August 28th, as another way to promote the HSE #littlethings using the strap line “Little Things can improve your game”.

The #littlethings campaign highlights that we all experience difficult times in our lives, and that when we do, there are some evidence-based little things that can make a big difference to how we feel.

Partnering with the GAA for their theme day provided a highly visible and exciting way to encourage and normalise discussion around mental health and fitness. By placing that discussion in a familiar sporting environment, people were more receptive to the messages and stories about mental health. Building personal as well as community resilience and empowering people to reach out for support when needed is an important protective factor for mental health.

#LittleThings you can Do

Here are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to our mental health and our wellbeing:

  • Keeping Active – being active every day, something as simple as a walk, is proven to have a positive impact on your mood.
  • Talking about your problems – problems feel smaller when they are shared with others, without having to be solved or fixed. Just talking about it will do you good.
  • Looking out for others – Lending an ear to someone else in trouble, or catching up with someone who seems distant, can change their day, or their lives. You don’t have to fix it for them – just listening is a huge help.
  • Doing things with others – Taking part in a group activity that you enjoy is proven to have a positive impact on how you feel, be it a game of football, joining a choir, volunteering.
  • Eating healthily – A regular healthy, balanced and nutritious diet will help both your physical, but also your mental health, and have a positive impact on how you feel.
  • Staying in touch – Catching up with friends and family is good for our mental health, reminding us that we’re part of a community, and having a positive impact on how we feel.
  • Drinking less alcohol – For the average Irish drinker, reducing alcohol will have a positive impact on their health and mental wellbeing, making it easier to cope with day to day difficulties and stresses.
  • Sleeping well – Getting a good night’s sleep of 7 or 8 hours, as often as you can, will have a positive impact on how you feel. Protect your sleep if you can, it will do you good.


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Sports – 20/10/2020

By Damien Ahern

We would like to welcome Eamon (Dicky) Dalton on board as he joins Athea GAA as a grounds maintenance worker under the RSS Scheme. Thanks to West Limerick Resources for granting this placement. Dicky will work with Billy McKenna to keep our grounds in top condition.

Last week we submitted a funding application to Limerick City & County Council to upgrade the lighting in our car park to make the facility safer for all users. We hope for a positive outcome. A reminder to the ‘last person out’ of the car park to please close the gates. 

We are also awaiting public lighting to be erected by Limerick City & County Council to illuminate the footpath leading up to the GAA Grounds in the coming months. Thanks to Councillor Francis Foley for securing this for the parish.

The date for our next outdoor Club Draw will be announced next week. Again we will be going live on facebook for this draw, so make sure to tune in! 

It is great to see the walking track being well utilised in the last number of weeks. It’s popularity continues to grow. We will be looking towards improving the surface of track in the coming months.

Work is also ongoing behind the scenes to develop our walking track into ‘a walk & talk track’. Some positive mental health messages will be erected around the track and also a ‘sit and chat here’ bench will be erected. As we enter another lockdown, the promotion of positive mental health in our community is as important as ever. 

We would like to offer our sympathies to the Casey family on the recent death of Joan Boylan RIP. May the light of heaven shine upon her.



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Sports – 06/10/2020

Athea GAA

by Damien Ahern

Athea U6 Coiste Team

Club Draw

The first draw will take place on Saturday, October 10th at the Club House and will be live on facebook! Tickets will need to be purchased by October 9th the latest. Please follow the steps below to be in with a chance of winning!

Tickets are priced at just €50 which covers entry into all 5 draws. Tickets can be purchased online through clubforce by following the steps below;

  1. Follow the link…. Alternatively, visit, find my club, search for Athea GAA and click ‘pay membership’
  2. The Club Development Draw option will be the third option from the bottom under ‘Registration Plans’
  3. Select ‘1’ under quantity of tickets and then click ‘add to cart’. You will then be directed to a registration page.
  4. If it is your first time using clubforce, you will need to register as a user. This registration can be completed by using your facebook/google account. If you are a previous user of Clubforce, you will need to log in before continuing to the next step.
  5. Once you have successfully completed registration, you will be brought to the payment page.

Tickets can also be purchased by contacting any of the following sellers; Kevin O’Keeffe, Roger Ryan, Paul Curry, Matthew Tierney, Neddie Hunt, Pat O’Sullivan, Mossie Ahern, Gerard Ahern, John Hunt, Ger Collins, Liz O’Sullivan, Dan McMahon, Martin Chawke, Podge Reidy, Mark Reidy, Oliver McGrath, Ned Mahony, Magella Dalton, Declan Dalton, Pa Ahern, Kathleen Mullane or Timmy Enright. Tickets also available to purchase at Athea & District Credit Union. Many thanks to everyone for your continued support, allowing us to continue to invest in our facilities at Pairc na nGael and continuing to support all of our teams and activities.

U12 Girls

Well done to our U12’s who played Gerald Griffins team on Saturday. This team have made huge improvements in every game with the majority of players underage again next year

U8 Girls

Well done to the U8’s who played monagea on Saturday morning in the final game of the year.

U6 Girls

Well done to the U6 team who played Fr Casey’s sat evening in their first game. Thanks to Fr. Casey’s for their hospitality.

Ladies Junior

The junior final set for Sunday 11th October is postponed until further notice due to current guidelines from Croke Park.

U16 Boys

Athea 2-7 Granagh/Ballingarry 4-12

Granagh/Ballingarry justified their favourites tag with this win on Saturday last in the wide expanses of Mick Neville Park. They were made fight all the way by a determined and skillful Athea team, who just lacked a bit of pace and size to keep their challenge up all the  way to the end. At the end of the first 1/4 we trailed 0-3 to 0-1, we put in a huge effort in the second 1/4 but still trailed at half time by 2 pts, 1-6 to 1-4. We again took the game to our speedier  opponents, but the size of the pitch was beginning to take its toll. At the end of the 3rd 1/4 we were down by 4pts, 2-10 to 2-6.  The team gave it everything in the last quarter, but could find no way through for scores, and as the space opened up G/B got in for two more goals to seal a deserved win. Our boys put in as brave a performance as you could wish to see, and their parents, the club and the parish should be very proud of the whole panel. Manager Jason Dalton (who was very disappointed he couldn’t attend  the match due to work commitments) and selector James O’Connor put in a great effort with the team this year, and had the team playing some fantastic football, must get the highest of praise for their commitment.

Team: Tomás Ahern, Conor Mullane, Maurice Fitzgerald, James Lee, Calum Buckley, James Hunt, Darragh Reidy (capt), Gearoid O’Sullivan, James Broderick, Daire O’Shea, Evan Curry, Cillian O’Connor, Michael Walsh, subs, Rory

 O’Mahony, Fergal Pierse, Donnacha Barrett and Tadhg Ahern.


U14  Boys

13 aside Co. Semi-final

The semi-final v Knockainey was supposed to be on this Saturday but all GAA games are now off. Hopefully we will be able to keep training until the lifting of restrictions. In the meantime everyone take care, wash your hands and wear a face mask and observe social distancing.



Our club would like to offer our sympathies to the Moran & Hunt families who are well associated with our club on the sad passing of Mairéad Lehane in Cappagh. May the light of heaven be hers.


Athea United

by Bobby Barrett

Junior soccer returned to the Vales last Sunday with the visit of Abbeyfeale United B to take on our boys in the first round of fixtures in Division 2.
The fixture resulted in a comprehensive victory for the home side, scoring 4 goals and conceding none. Athea’s goals came from Sean Ryan, Darren Murphy, Kevin Murphy and Ronan Hayes. A great start to the season from our junior team which can hopefully culminate with some silverware at the end of the season.

Result: Athea United 4 Abbeyfeale United B 0

Team: Joe Coulsen, Jamie Sheehan, Ger Collins, Padraig Horgan, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Stephen McEnery, Ger Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Cillian O Connor.

Substitutes: James Ryan, Peter O’Connor, Martin Stack, Mark Horgan, Darren Murphy.

Training Times at the Vales for the upcoming season:

U10 Thursday 6:30 – 7:30

U12 Saturday 11:00 – 12:00

U14 Monday 7:30 – 9:00

U16 Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00

Juniors: Tuesday 8:00 – 9:00

Friday 7:30 – 9:00


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