Athea GAA Club Notes:

Developments at Páirc na nGael:
The newly drained and seeded training areas received their first cut recently. We look forward to making full use of these areas in the future, taking some traffic off our main pitch. John Brosnan has commenced work in replacing the entrance piers, and tidy up of plasterwork. The main carpark will be tarmacadamed in the coming days, and also a section of the walking track, nearest the pump house will be resurfaced, which will improve this area greatly.

Split the Bucket:
Congratulations to Cathy Collins who was last week’s Split the Bucket winner, going home with €457 which was the largest pot to date, and Cathy’s second time winning! The next draw will take place on Monday October 23rd. Envelopes can be purchased at Brown Joes, Dick Whites, Collins Shop, O’ Riordan’s Pharmacy, Batts , Athea Credit Union, Bingo at Con Colbert Hall on Friday nights, Chinese Takeaway, and during events at Pairc na nGael. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

RIP Angela
As a club we were so sorry to hear of the very sad passing of Angela Cafferky Leach. Angela was a member of the Healthy Athea committee and it was because of Angela that the good to go was set up first day and such a huge success and so popular with so many people in our parish. As with everything in life Angela brought great fun and enthusiasm to everything she was involved in. We would like to offer our sincere sympathies to Angela’s husband Michael, her son Connor, and all the Cafferky and Leach families at this very sad time, she will be greatly missed. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.

Junior Ladies Final

The Marooning has begun in advance of the County Final this weekend. We are encouraging local businesses and premises to join us in showcasing our colours in support of our ladies. Buntings & Flags for sale at Collins Shop. Excitement is building in preparation for the eagerly awaited Junior final V Groody Gaels ( Monaleen and St Pat) this Sunday 22nd Oct at 1 pm in Askeaton. Best of luck to all the girls and management of Mike Reidy, David O’ Connor and Liz O’ Sullivan.

U12 Girls:
Huge well done to our U12’s who played a tournament in Foynes on Sunday morning. They had great wins over Monagea and Askeaton / Ballysteen/ Kilcornan. In the final they narrowly lost to the hosts St Senans after a great team performance. Many thanks to St. Senans for hosting a lovely morning as a fundraiser for the hope foundation.

U15 Boys :
Gerald Griffins/Glin/Athea U15s will play Ballylanders in the Division 2 Championship Semi-Final on Saturday 21st October at 12 noon. All support appreciated.

U17 Boys
Division 2 County Quarter Final
Griffins/Glin/Athea 2-06 Na Piarsaigh 2-12
This game was played in Athea and unfortunately we came out second best to a useful na Piarsaigh 15. We never played to our potential, conceded an early goal and were chasing the game from there to the finish.The team played some good football during a year that was disrupted with a multitude of players injuries. We had a cruciate knee injury, 3 broken wrists, a broken nose, a punctured lung and 3 more players who missed games because of stitches to a variety of wounds. As it happens only one of the above injuries happened on the football field. It was an eventful year, but hopeful all the remaining injuries will have cleared up by next year. Team – Tomás Ahern, Luke Buckley, Harry Fitzgerald, Seamu Dillane, Jamie Collins, James Hunt, Rory Cleary, Evan Curry, Tadhg Ahern, Aiden Healy, Tomás Ahern, Daire Mullane, Canoe Fitzgerald, Donach Daly Sean Mckenery. Subs, Jim Ahern, Jim Culhane and Fergal Leahy. Injured players, Calum Buckley, Charlie McDonagh, Ciarán Hunt, Sean Twomey, Jack Sexton, Caelon Lonergan,

U17 Hurling:
Well done to Templeglantine on winning the Div 3 hurling shield on Saturday last in Mick Neville Park v Caherline. Athea Players involved were, Jack Sexton, Louis O Sullivan, James Hunt, Ciaran Hunt , Jamie Collins and Jamie O Mahony.
Áth an tSléibhe – Coiste na nÓg –17ú Deireadh Fómhair 2023

U9 Nigel Buicke Football Tournament:
Our U9 Footballers travel to Castlemahon this Saturday for their last outing of the year for the annual Nigel Buicke tournament with a throw-in time of 2pm.

U11 Parish League Football Finals:
We had 32 players togged out on Friday evening last for our Parish League with Athea Giants captained by Oisin McCarthy winning the cup and Athea White captained by Aine Ahern winning the Shield. A large crowd of parents and supporters were treated to 4 fantastic games of football with great skill, passion and determination on display. Also thanks to Mark & Michael Reidy for refereeing on the evening.

Athea National School Division 2 Semi-Final:
Our boys have qualified for the Division 2 semi final this Friday in Newcastlewest against Courtney Boys School. We wish Mr. Scannell and his team the best of luck.

Cluichí Coiste na seachtaine seo:
This week’s Coiste fixtures:
Saturday 21st October U9 Nigel Buicke Football Tournament – throw in @ 2pm.