Sports – 18/06/2020

GAA Return

by John Hunt

Athea GAA club are working hard at the moment to get ready for a return to training for as many teams as possible from the 29th of June.  The club is following all medical and croke park guidelines in preparation for this much longed for day.
A covid-19 education programme has been unveiled for clubs returning to activities, covering the roles and responsibilities of players, team personal and parents/guardians.
Stage one includes a club briefing webinar, eLearning module and educational resources.
Adult players and parents/guardians of underage players will be required to complete an online Health Questionnaire ONCE prior to their return to GAA activities. This online system will be provided centrally by the GAA and is the only system that should be used.  They will also be required to  declare before each training secession/game, that their health status has not changed.
Club membership
Some players had registered as members of Athea GAA club before activities were suspended due to the covid-19 crisis, all those interested in returning to activities should do so as soon as possible, by logging on to the CLUB FORCE website and look for Athea GAA club.
The pitch is looking fantastic at the moment, with a lot of work taking place in recent weeks. The pitch was sanded as a requirement for ongoing maintenance, fertilized, the goal mouths were re sodded, footpaths and walls powerwashed, dougouts painted, carpark walls painted, and of course Diarmuid Collins and his team at stelcon have erected a faboulous new stand.
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Sports – 30/04/2020

The 1950 Athea Football Team

This photo was sent to me by Denis O’Connell, son of Christy O’Connell who died recently ar dheis De go raibh a anam. This team included three of the greatest footballers to have graced the football pitch and would have been automatic selections on any county team: Eoin Liston, Sonny Murphy and Timmy Woulfe. That is not to say that the others were not great as well but these three were exceptional. Timmy is the only member of that team still alive and it is a credit to his endurance that he was the lynchpin at midfield of the senior team hat won the  County Senior Championship 18 years later!!

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Sports – 23/04/2020

No sports activity at the moment but we hope that will change a little in the not too distant future,

I got this photo which has been doing the rounds on the Cratloe Community Alert Whatsapp group.

The adults in the back are Mossie Ahern, Garrygloss and Jeremiah O’Connor, Upper Athea (both looking in the prime of their lives!!). Can anyone name the players and what year it was taken?

Name That Team


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