ATHENRY CLUB NEWS
FAI STATEMENT ON UNDERAGE RETURN
The Football Association of Ireland confirms that underage football, Grassroots and League of Ireland, can return to non-contact training from April 26th, the first step on a phased return for football at all levels of the game. To read more from the official FAI statement please see here.
1971-2021 CLUB CENTENARY PUT ON HOLD - HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!!!!
Athenry AFC would like to announce that it's planned upcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations of the formation of the club that they had intended for 2021 has now been postponed until next year 2022. Club secretary Colin Bane will make a further statement on this later today. In the meantime he released a short press release for local news media saying "It has come to the club's attention that an anomaly has existed in our club records for some time and this was brought to our attention by Mr Des Glynn whom we are extremely grateful to for". Mr Glynn, one of the original founders and historians of the club had realised that due to a mistake in his original diary, which he has since attributed to a rogue tea stain that a 2 was mischievously made to look like a number 1 and was never corrected for historical purposes. Mr Peter Gilhooley and Mr Thomas Fahy, stalwarts of the club since the 70's have also been asked for their comments but have been unable to be located or contacted at this time.
TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER FUNDRAISER
Athenry AFC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Online Poker Classic for Over 18's and tickets are now available from our Clubforce link here. This event takes place on Saturday 17th April 2021 at 8pm and Buy In is €40 with a maximum capacity of 180 people. Prizes run from €100 to €1000. Full instructions can be see on Online Poker Classic Rules and Regulations here. See our advert on our events page here.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL
A massive THANK YOU to all of our Mothers out there. Athenry Football Club wants to celebrate 'Mothering Sunday' and wishes you all to have a wonderful day. Appreciation for all that you do is a year long thing but today is a SHOUT OUT celebration. Enjoy the day!
FEBRUARY LIMITED MEMBERS DRAW RESULTS
Our latest Draw Winners for February 2021 were as follows 1st Tommy Fahy 2nd Frank Sweeney & Co 3rd Shane Gilhooley. Our Limited Members Draw operates on a 50:50 basis - 50% of the entry money received each month will go out in prizes for that months' draw. The draw is limited to 500 tickets and you can enter by paying a standing order of €12 per month or one yearly payment of €144. Tickets available by contacting any Committee Member or see link here. Please support this major development for your Club.
SPONSOR A TREE
The Moanbaun Sports Development Project is gathering pace and we are looking to You for your continued amazing support in this fantastic community project. Funds are needed to progress the next phase of the community walkway. Could you sponsor a tree for as little as €20? Are you a company who would consider sponsoring a number of trees? YOU can Sponsor a tree at trees.moanbaun.com . Please can you like and share this amongst your friends and family to help us progress this brilliant development. Thank You!
More fantastic drone footage of the developments going on at the club, this is a video of our progress to date. Many people have enjoyed the walkway and shows what can be done when we work together within our community. You can help by viewing/liking/sharing this video, sponsoring a tree/trees or joining our clubs development draw. A massive thank you to Iain Shaw for the drone footage.
ON YOUR BIKE!
Athenry Football Club is fully supportive in getting us all healthier and promoting better communication about the new Galway to Athlone greenway cycle route. We are encouraging people to make a submission for the Galway to Athlone greenway to pass through Athenry. (SEND YOUR SUBMISSION HERE). Individuals will have preferences as to the route but we are encouraging everyone to make a submission stating why it should pass through Athenry in the first place. Please take the time to make a submission. There is some useful information on this site and a link to download a submission form to return by freepost. SEE MORE HERE
CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW WINNERS
The Club Development Draw Winners for November and December 2020 were as follows. December 2020 - 1st Oliver Whelan, 2nd Paul Mitchell, 3rd Adrian Gain. November 2020 1st Alan Eastwood, 2nd Joe Maloney, 3rd Caroline Gorton. Thank you to everyone that entered. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you would like to enter our Monthly Draw or for more information please check out our link in the Limited Members Draw Tab.
A RETURN TO FOOTBALL?
Galway FA Press Release; Regarding Return to Football.
The past few months have been extremely challenging. The constant uncertainty of what lies
ahead has made this winter a tougher one than normal. Our game has not escaped the impact of this virus with the voiding of the 2019/2020 season and the severe schedule impacts to the 2020/2021 season with the ban on games and contact training since early October and the increased restrictions that came into effect over Christmas which now completely halts activity until at least 1st February. The situation has also escalated drastically over the past week and all reports are suggesting that the worst is yet to come as our hospitals come under increasing pressure.
This makes any future planning about what is in essence, a hobby, very difficult. However, for most of us involved, football is so much more than a hobby and normally offers us a chance of respite from the daily grind. We have no concrete dates except the current Government date of 31st January, and it has been impossible to get any further dates on record.
The Galway FA are continuing to review the various options for completing the 2020/2021
season and will finalise a decision on the best approach as the Government guidelines on
restrictions become clearer. Voiding the 2020/2021 season is not being considered. We are continuing with the expectation drawn from the Government guidelines that football will return in the spring and we will have opportunities to complete our competitions. This will involve either an extension to the season to avail of the long summer evenings, reducing the number of rounds in competitions where viable, removing the odds and evens juvenile format, or a combination of all these.
Within our Clubs, the appetite to return to football when its’ safe to do so is clear and this is
certainly the intention of the Galway FA. Various virtual consultations will take place with the Clubs over the coming weeks as the situation evolves. We encourage all of our Clubs and their members to follow all of the Government Guidelines over the coming weeks and to stay focused on the fact that football will return in 2021.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL IN 2021
We cannot wait until we are all back out on the pitch for the all new 2021 season.
Athenry AFC is wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and want to extend our best hopes, wishes & thanks to our coaches, committee and covid officers that have kept the club going in these testing times. The club will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary year this year having been founded in 1971. Celebrations to follow soon we promise.
ATHENRY REPRESENTATION IN GALWAY FA MILLENIUM TEAM
Well what a fantastic achievement for these lads to have been selected for The Galway FA Team Of The Millenium. No less than four (4) Athenry FC players have been included in what seems to have been a major coup for Athenry as Seamie Crowe, Cathal Fahy, Benny Lawless and Paddy Quinn are all included. Three of the Millenium Stars are still with the club, two as players and one as manager.
Seamie Crowe's return as manager this season will see a strong challenge for the title of best team in Galway when the new season gets underway in 2021 if his history is anything to go by. A manager who brought his full fantastic and highly successful playing experience to the fore when he managed Athenry, previously winning the title. With this season curtailed due to Covid and with the team strongly positioned before the season was prematurely ended Athenry will hope to pick up where they left off under Seamie's proven mentorship.
Cathal Fahy's inclusion was only to be expected considering how the evergreen striker has performed over the years as his enthusiasm and sheer determination have seen no let up, even in latter years where his goals and leadership on the pitch has certainly inspired younger players to come on in leaps and bounds at the club. With his many trophies he must certainly have been one of the first names on the list.
Paddy Quinn must be seen as one of the most cultured defenders to have ever graced the boys in maroon. A complete gentlemen off the pitch and certainly ruthless on it. This has seen him win no less than six (6) Galway titles as well as major trophies over the years. There doesn't seem to be any let up with him gracing the sports field at Moanbaun and beyond, despite assurances a few years ago to this author that he was only giving it one more year. Well Done to all on a super achievement, Legends all of you. To see Athenry's own Team of the Millenium please go to our facebook page.
CLUB NEWS WRAP
You may not think that there is too much happening at the club with competitive soccer being put on the back burner for a while but Athenry Football Club still seems to be quite busy these days. Especially with our Girls going from strength to strength as we saw over 50 girls from U6,U8 & U10 training last Saturday. We positively encourage New members to join all the time for all of our teams. It is perhaps gratifying to see these youngsters taking everything that life throws at them and still having the resilience to bounce back and get back on that pitch! Well done to the players, parents & guardians and to those coaches and mentors who are out there. Thank You.
OUR ACADEMY CONTINUES
Whilst we have all been hit by the stop and start nature of football over the past year its heartening to see that Our Little Stars just keep on going and its especially heartening to see the enthusiasm of all involved from young athlete to coach to parents/guardians and mentors. Athenry Football Club promises our young players the club is doing its utmost to keep all of its members safe and to make you all aware of the steps necessary to continue doing what we do. So keep the faith and hopefully these days will be distant memories as we close out 2020 and begin afresh.
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.”
– Magic Johnson (LA LAKERS)
CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON PATHWAY
Work started today on the construction of a path from the car park to the ring road. Athenry Football Club is delighted that this work is underway. We would like to thank Cllr Gabe Cronnelly who has been pitching for this over the years on behalf of the club and to local council engineer Peter Gavin for applying for the grant to enable this at short notice. We would also like to thank our neighbours for facilitating this and we hope there is not too much convenience to them during the construction. This work when complete will result in a safer route to the clubhouse and onwards to our community walkway. Whilst we are going through difficult times this development and the completion of the walkway are positives to the respective clubs and the community as a whole.
NEW CLUB TRAINING PROTOCOLS ARE NOW IN PLACE
The club has been very active in trying to make all training that occurs at Athenry's Moanbaun home ground facility as safe as possible with adherence and compliance to Covid regulations. With this in mind Athenry Football Club would like to draw your attention to the following New Club Training Protocols that are now in place for all those entering Moanbaun for training purposes. Please Click Here -NEW CLUB PROTOCOLS PAGE .PDF FILE LINK HERE
NEW ASTRO TRAINING TIMES ANNOUNCED
Athenry Football Club would like to draw your attention to our new Training Times that have been updated recently. Your new times are available HERE.
LIMITED MEMBERS DRAW SEPTEMBER RESULTS
Congratulations to this months Limited Members Draw Winners. This important fundraiser provides much need funds for Athenry FC as we go forward with club development over the seasons ahead. To get involved and to be a part of the club and in how we move forward then please see here. Our Winners for September are 1st Martin Hansberry, 2nd Michael Killeen & 3rd Eamonn Howley.
CLICK & COLLECT SERVICE FROM DECLAN
Athenry Football Club - Local Directory 2020/21
Athenry FC would like to stress the importance of collaborating and supporting all of our local businesses to enable them to grow, while protecting local jobs. This is a win/win for our Club, the Community and Businesses involved.
Below follows a personal message from Declan Rooney who was one of our Exhibitors (Partners) at our main fundraising event in 2019. Please give him all the support you can. We are happy to support. "Buy local or bye bye local"
Due to the announcement of the new government restrictions on Wednesday regarding the level 5 lock down we will be closing for a period of 6 weeks. However, we are happy to announce that we will be launching a collection service for customers starting next week. Over the next few days we will be posting pictures on Facebook of all of our stock. If you wish to purchase anything please send me a message on Facebook with your order or you can call on 086 224 9959. You can pay for your order before collection to minimise contact if you wish. Orders will then be available for collection at the shop on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 2-5pm starting Tuesday 27th October. All orders can also be posted for customers living outside the 5km limit.
We really appreciate all the business since returning after the first lock down and hopefully this service will make it easier to complete your Christmas shopping. If there are any emergencies such as family bereavements feel free to call me on the number above.
COVID TIPS FOR ATHENRY FC
The following are some key points in helping stop the spread of COVID 19. We continue to follow the appropriate up to date guidelines.
1.No person (child, parent/guardian, coach, player) should attend an event if unwell or any members of their household are unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including awaiting test/ results or a confirmed case.
2.Social (Physical) distancing, hand hygiene, and good respiratory etiquette should be observed by all (children, parents, coaches and adult players).
3.Households should bring their own household members to the event and not share transport to or from the venue.
4.If the parent/guardian is staying at the event, they should not congregate at the venue, please maintain the correct social distancing and wear a face mask.
5.We encourage parents to have children wait in the car or outside the venue until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, instead of congregating with other children prior to the start.
Notification of attendance to the COVID-19 compliance officer or event organiser ensures adequate facilities and staff for safer training and contact tracing. This is done prior to the start of training.
6.Children should arrive, train and leave in their gear.
7.Everyone should be encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in a waste paper bin.
8.Avoid sharing of water-bottles. Each child should bring their own water-bottle clearly labeled with their name.
9.Where physical distancing is not possible or followed, face coverings should be worn by coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and any other spectators present. Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but rather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from the person wearing the mask.
Thank you for your continued support and adherence to government regulation.
FAI STATEMENT ON CESSATION OF GAMES
The FAI has confirmed the suspension of all adult amateur and underage football matches in the country following the government's introduction of nationwide Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight. Non-contact training can continue as per Return to Training Protocols. We hope to be back to matches by the 30th October. We urge everyone involved in our Sport to push our Community to stick to the plan and get these numbers down again. Our thoughts are with all of those local businesses that are now in an untenable position and to those that have lost their jobs. Let's support them by doing our bit and following these guidelines.
NEW CLUB MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE
Athenry FC is pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for our ALL NEW Athenry FC Club gear. Please follow our club link here to view and to order.
NEW 2020/21 TRAINING TIMES UPDATED
Want to know when your training days and times are on? Then check out our all new schedules for all age groups from Seniors to our Little Stars Academy. Training Schedule Here
This Saturdays (26/07/20) Senior A game against West Utd has been postponed. The Galway FA decided the game should not proceed after a positive Covid Case at West Utd. Athenry send our Best Wishes to all at West. This fixture will be rearranged at some stage in the future.
Last week saw an excellent away win for Seamie Crowe's side as it it ended Loughrea Rams 1 Athenry FC 2 with Cole Connolly & Colm O'Donovan scoring. With Jackson De Silva, Lucas Vinicius and Nathan Ward all leaving the club at the end of last season this first game and win will give a great boost to the squad and their chances of a good challenge to the premier title. Also last week it ended Athenry B 4, Galway Bohs 2 (Marcos Vasconcelos x2, Brian O'Curnain & Alex Park) with Man of the Match Darragh Nolan having an excellent match.
FOOTBALL IN FULL SWING
Yes restrictions are still in place and yes it may not be football as we remember it. But lets be thankful that its back!! This weekend regardless of the result was a good week for the club and all of the clubs that are back kicking ball. On Saturday a few stand outs - In the GFA U12 Premier
it ended Athenry 2-0 Tuam Celtic and both U14 sides battled out draws 0-0 v Merlin Woods FC/Medtronic (u14 div 2) and 2-2 v Cregmore/Claregalway FC (u14 championship). Reserves had a good 2-1 win in the Western Hygiene Supplies Division 3 over Renmore B with Brian O'Curnain & Dali Mbongo scoring. On Sunday in the GFA u12 Girls Division 2 a fantastic game of football with no less than 10 (ten) goals shared as it ended Athenry B 5-5 Colga B ably assisted by referee Jimmy McElroy who kept the game flowing as much as possible and in the GFA u12 Girls Premier league it also ended Athenry 5-5 Bearna Na Forbacha with the same referee again! u15 Girls Division 1 Athenry B also beat Colga B 3-1 with scorers Molly Noone, Isabella Lyons and captain Sinead O'Mahony all scoring.
ACADEMY RETURNS ON SATURDAY
Athenry Football Club would like to welcome back all players to Academy training which begins this Saturday the 12th September in Moanbaun. Check out our new training times.
Galway FA 2020/21 season starts in just over a week, to avoid not being properly registered on time for the first game, please follow the link and fill out the appropriate age group for Membership.FIND YOUR MEMBERSHIP RATES HERE
UPCOMING FIXTURES FOR ATHENRY
Athenry Senior 'A' will kick off their season in the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division on Saturday 12th September with a 2pm kick off versus Maree/Oranmore. Other scheduled fixtures for Athenry include the following fixtures on Sunday 13th September 2020.
GFA U12 Girls Division 2 @10am Athenry B V Colga B
GFA U12 Girls Championship @10am Athenry V Corrib Celtic
GFA U15 Girls Premier League @12pm Athenry V Bearna Na Forbacha
GFA U15 Girls Division 1 @12pm Colga B V Athenry B
GFA Ladies U19 Premier League @2pm Athenry V Cregmore/Claregalway FC
ATHENRY SUCCUMB TO PENALTIES IN SEMI FINAL
Athenry exited the FAI New Balance Junior Cup on penalties (5-3) after a tight and often cagey semi final match played in Limerick on Saturday. The men from county Galway should be very proud of their exertions and for what they have achieved this season despite the restrictions that have been placed on all sport in the country in efforts to combat Covid 19. The game saw Athenry concede a penalty just before the 90 minutes were up and then snatch a dramatic equalizer, care of a sublime O'Donovan strike in injury time. In a strange season that had promised much more with their excellent league form and this fantastic run in the FAI New Balance Junior Cup the concession of a goal from a penalty on 89 minutes would mean despair for most teams but Dave Crimmins has stepped up well and instilled a belief in a team that never knows when its beaten. An heroic effort nonetheless, despite the disappointment from all involved at the club for this season, both from the management team to the players on the pitch. The season may be over but there wont be much time to lick their wounds as many teams are already in pre season training and Athenry will be back you can be assured of that. Good Luck and our best wishes to Fairview Rangers in the final. Match Summary Here.
GIRLS BACK TRAINING
Every year are girls teams continue to grow and grow with this year going to be no different as U13's & U15's begin training once again. With friendly matches now being arranged we are looking for new players to join us. Any girls interested in joining please contact Brian on 0877731506. We positively encourage New players to join each season. So don't be shy, why not come and play a sport you love, meet new friends and you never know you may even enjoy yourself!!!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Club Membership for new and existing players for the 2020/2021 season has commenced with the leagues due to be published in the coming weeks, this will also coincide with our return to training and return to play for 2020/2021. Prior to returning to training/play all volunteers, parents and players must have read the FAI Covid-19 return to training/play protocols and ensure they are familiar with and adhere to all current protocols at all times. All protocols are based on current HSE guidelines and are aligned with the Government roadmap. In addition, each parent, player, spectator, official, coach and volunteer etc must adhere to safeguarding measures regarding foreign travel and self-isolation. If you have returned from foreign travel or have been requested to self-isolate you must self-isolate for 14 days and stay away from all club related activities e.g. training, playing, meetings, spectating etc. If you are symptomatic in anyway you must also stay away and consult your GP.
If you are uncertain about any aspect of the return to play protocols or safe-guarding measures please contact the club via our Facebook page
Please do your part in keeping us all safe! Thanks for your corporation.
FAI Covid-19 return to training/play protocols
FAI JUNIOR CUP SEMI FINAL
A big day for everyone involved with the club as the FAI New Balance Junior Cup 2019/20 Semi Final Day has been announced! Where its Fairview Rangers FC v Athenry FC on Saturday 22nd August at The Fairgreen in Limerick with a scheduled kick-off at 5pm. This promises to be a proud day for Athenry as they represent Galway in this blue riband of events. Tickets will not be available to the public, a maximum capacity of 200 people altogether (players, management, committee, dignitaries, media and medical) are allowed to attend due to the current Covid restrictions. Please avoid disappointment and arrange to watch the game live on Facebook. The game will be streamed live across Facebook starting half an hour before kick off, Full Time Productions will be covering the game. Links will be shared on the day so everyone will be able to watch the game on any device in a safe environment. Keep checking Facebook page.
All fixtures remain subject to Government guidelines and the FAI will update all Protocols at at www.fai.ie if Government advice changes.