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Athenry U14 Girls kicked off their cup campaign at home to Ballinrobe Town in the Connaught Cup last weekend. It was the first ever meeting of these two teams which brought us two very much different halves. Athenry dominated the first half, leading comfortably 3 -1 at the break with goals coming from Sophie & Aisling H (x2). In the second half Ballinrobe slowly came back into the game and scored shortly after the restart to make it 3-2. Much of the second half play was in the middle of the pitch until Athenry's Ciara Bonner scored 10 minutes from time to secure the win and settle any last minute nerves.

Athenry: Brynn, Rachel, Sofija, Rebecca, Aisling K, Erin, Aebha, Jenna (c), Aisling H, Nicole, Dearbhla, Ciara, Sophie, Amy-Rose and Lauren.

In the Boys U18 Premier Division last weekend it finished Athenry 3-1 Salthill Devon. After a tough opening game, a much improved Athenry secured their first points of the season with a home win. Having played out a scoreless first half, where the best of the chances fell to the visitors, it was Athenry who took the lead early in the second half, with a well taken opportunist goal from Eric Pate. Soon after however, Salthill were awarded a penalty, which was well dispatched to even up the game at 1-1. Eric Pate came close to making it 2-1 after great link up play with Daniel Tier and it was Daniel who did put Athenry ahead, with a fine finish midway through the second half. Salthill pushed hard for an equaliser but were kept out by a hard working Athenry defence and a number of fine saves from Cormac McFadden. Eric Pate was then awarded a penalty with 15 minutes left, which he struck home to make it 3-1. Athenry managed to see out the remaining minutes to secure a well-deserved win. Well done to all the lads.


After the disappointment of the Senior 'A' men's game being called off at the weekend (due to the lack of a referee) it was the turn of the Athenry Ladies Premier league side to step into the breach against Champions Salthill Devon. A tough task for Athenry to meet such an accomplished side so early in the season, but step up they did. Athenry began with no subs and were quickly 1-0 down after just 10 minutes. Athenry have shown how resilient they can be when needed and saw out the remainder of the half with a lesson in defence and some 'food for thought' for their illustrious visitors! Viki Lundstrom grabbed the equaliser and Athenry went ahead when Nina Bodamor latched onto an opportunistic long pass to put the home team 2-1 up. Athenry were now very much on a roll as minutes later Nina scored a brilliant second. A late rally by Devon saw the concession of a late penalty as it made for a nervous end to the match but Athenry ladies once again defended resolutely and held on for an excellent comeback win.


In the GFA Men's Premier Division at the weekend it ended Athenry 5-1 Maree/Oranmore. Athenry's Junior A, sponsored by the Premier Property Group, were imperious in this win over Maree/Oranmore. Aidan Coyle, Gavin Gilmore, Cole Connolly & Callum Carroll x2 were all on target to make it a great start to the season. (Senior Photo courtesy of Galway Locals Football Fan)


After pre season training and friendlies Athenry Football Club is now very much in game mode as the season gets underway for our teams this weekend. Check out our latest fixtures HERE


**Club Registration is now open, with instalment facility still available.**
Athenry FC Preseason is in full swing with many teams in action in challenge matches.
However, League games are now less than a week away. To play for Athenry FC, players must be:
- Registered with the club
- Registered with the Galway FA
Once a player is registered with the club, Galway FA registration can be completed by the club. Membership can be purchased at
https://clubs.clubforce.com/clubs/soccer-athenry-afc-galway/ Any membership enquiries can be sent to


Yes I know it does seem like we are a well oiled machine at Athenry but this is based on our wonderful volunteers who keep on giving their time and energy to the cause! To continue to provide top quality facilities and experiences for all of our members & visitors we are now looking for some helpers. You may have a spare hour here and there and in particular on a Tuesday evening to help clean the club house. If you can spare an hour or two please get in touch with Pete on 087 2585521 or Niamh on 086 0666124. Every call is very much welcomed and appreciated. THANK YOU

Crumlin United Football Club came to Athenry for a few friendlies against our U13, U14 and U15 boys sides. A special thank you to all of those that travelled and to our own parents who helped out with refreshments and with the kids. A fantastic experience for all of those involved in a very enjoyable day. Special thanks to Dan's Bar Athenry for the loan of their burco boiler, and to Mike Walsh Jr and our very own Mike Noone showing their refs skills. Season just around the corner.


The inaugural Athenry FC Summer Camp was a week filled with sunshine, laughter & fun. The weather was great and added to the good vibes all week. A massive pat on the back to all of our fantastic coaches who made sure every participant enjoyed their whole experience, developing their football talents. The kids worked tirelessly with lots of skills on display! The fun continues next week as the final camp takes place! 

Click link ATHENRY FC SUMMER CAMP WEEK 2 to book.


Coaches Required for our Little Stars Group. We urgently require Volunteers to Coach our Little Stars group ages 3 & 4! No experience required, but a very worthwhile experience to help shape the future of Athenry Football Club and some possible future Irish Superstars! 
Please contact Dave for more info @ 087-0993224.


Saturday saw Athenry U12's clinch the Kells Celtic Youths Annual Tournament with a win on penalties v St Kevin's FC (Dublin). A great game of football that went all the way to a penalty shootout after Rabbit for Athenry had grabbed the equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw. Athenry converted all of their penalties as Athenry keeper Oran Costello saved the fourth of St Kevin's attempts and set it up for Paraic Fahy Rabbit to win it with his penalty. Well done to the team and to winning Captain Tom Brady and Evan Hoarty for winning player of the match. A shout out to James Byrne on his cooly taken hat trick in the first match and his five goals overall in the tournament. Previous winners of the U12's Blackwater Robert Mathews Memorial Cup have included illustrious clubs like Cherry Orchard, Home Farm, St Kevins and Shamrock Rovers FC. Well Done Lads. Super play all weekend.  

The Premiership has restarted. Enter our 'last man' standing to be in with a chance of winning and supporting the wonderful joint development at Moanbaun. 10% of the money raised will go to the winner.


Well done to a young Athenry team who were victorious in the Dunmore Town FC Ladies 5 aside tournament over the weekend. Some 14 teams took part in what was a highly competitive day as Athenry were the ultimate victors over Castlerea 2-1 in the final. Athenry's Amy Coffee won the player of the tournament. Thank you to all the players, sponsors, and volunteers from Dunmore Town who organised the Richard Kelly memorial tournament. A great invitational competition which was organised by the Dunmore Town AFC Senior Men. Looking forward to next year. 

Have you thought about taking up Yoga & Meditation? Check out Marie's classes from her beautiful new Wellness Studio located on the first floor of the Athenry FC club house.
If you are new to yoga or well experienced there's a class to suit everyone. See September's timetable or feel free to call her with any questions. 

Phone: 087 6709520. Email hello@mariecronnelly.com


We must congratulate the Galway U19 Interleague team who won the national title against North Tipperary on Sunday. This talented squad featured no less than 6 (six) Athenry players, which should be considered a huge success for the club and its development of young players, especially in Athenry women's soccer. The club was represented by Ruby Mullen, Victoria Lundstrom, Aoibhe Murray, Amy Coffey, Alannah Sweeney and Nicole Madden. We should also say a big well done and thank you to the squads management team Kevin O'Neil and Mike Daly for the time and commitment towards this team and their success.


Membership is now open for the 2023/2024 available as follows depending on when you sign up for membership;
Sign up before 31st July and you can choose to pay in 5 monthly instalments (July / August / September / October / November).
Sign up in August - 4 monthly instalments.
Sign up in September - 3 monthly instalments.
Sign up in October - 3 monthly instalments.
Sign up after 31st October - Membership is payable in full.

Please note - €50 from each membership will go directly to servicing the cost of our new 4G Astro facility and the continuous improvement of our facilities at the club.
Please see the links to Memberships below or sign up on our website :
Athenry AFC Underage Memberships 2023/24
Athenry AFC Adult Memberships 2023/24
Any Membership queries can be sent to John at


Training has started again for the all new 2023/24 season ahead with teams announcing their training and trial dates. Junior B are back at Raheen this Thursday 20th July from 7.30pm please contact Danny for info 087-9138570. Then we also have two U14 Open Trial dates for those born in 2010 on Saturday 22nd July at @11am & Wednesday 26th July @7pm in Athenry Moanbaun pitch (H65 NY66) please contact Seamus Skehan 0871971352.  Always remember there is always a team at Athenry football club for you regardless of how much time you can commit to the cause. So why not come along and join one of the clubs that has seen one of the biggest growth spurts in just a few small years!


With the next round of Sports Capital Grants due to be announced soon the Minister for Sport Thomas Byrne visited Moanbaun to see our new facilities last week. His timing was perfect as the lining of the track had been completed the previous day. A day we dreamed of but could never be sure when we would see it. The minister was impressed with the speed of delivery of the project from grant award and how two seperate organisations could work together for a common plan. The development speaks for itself and its an amazing sight if you haven't been up to see it. The sports facilities in Moanbaun provides football, athletics, hockey (Athenry & Kinvara clubs) on the old astra at juvenile/senior level for girls and boys, men and woman. We also took a quick peak at Marie Cronnelys Marie's Wellness Yoga Studio that is operating from the clubhouse another addition to the theme of health and wellbeing at the location.
Members of the Moanbaun Development Committee, Ministers Thomas Byrne TD Anne Rabbitte TD , Councillors Shelly Herterich Quinn Cllr Albert Dolan Ned Burns and Cora & Rhiannon from our girls football teams were all in attendance with Anne Rabbite who facilitated the visit. Minister Jack Chambers also visited again his previous visit had none of the new sports facilities at all so he was able to see the development of the new 'stadium'.
We are still asking for your help to keep the momentum going. You can donate to our fundraising appeal and be part of this project.


We are really excited at the developments that have been taking shape at the club both on and off the field over the last few months. We now have a fully lined track at our disposal in Athenry for the enjoyment of our locals and beyond. Donations still welcome at the link below:


Another milestone for Athenry with our successful goalkeeping conference ran by the FAI at the Raheen Woods Hotel last week. This saw our coach David Keane attend whilst some of our younger players got to meet & greet Irish goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner, as well as current Irish & Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.


Not every day that an FAI conference is held in Athenry soccer club. Lots of renowned guest speakers to share their knowledge and experience to all of those attending. Not many places remaining so please don't delay if you're interested. athenry@galwayfa.ie


Athenry Football Club would like to congratulate the Galway squad who had an amazing weekend at the Kennedy Cup. The U14's claimed the famous Kennedy Cup for the first time after a fantastic 2-1 victory over the Midlands in the final at University of Limerick, Castletroy. Athenry send a very special congratulations to club stalwart and manager Cormac McCarthy, coach Kevin McCarthy and to our players Anthony Poniard & Colm McCarthy. We must also highlight the work done by Galway FA's Ger Treacy for her invaluable skills organising everything, Seamus McWalter (a miracle worker) for keeping the lads fit and to John Devlin (best kitman in any league). A 'Blue Riband' competition in the world of underage soccer and to be associated with this trophy and the players and managers involved is kudos for our club, Well Done to All.


Athenry players got recognised for their contributions to the game we love so much as the Galway team of the Millennium was announced. They were presented with their FAI team of the millennium caps at an award ceremony in the Galway Bay Hotel. Huge congratulations to Athenry's Paddy Quinn, Seamie Crowe, Benny Lawless and Cathal Fahy who were all recognised at an awards ceremony in the Galway Bay Hotel.


WOW what can we say but what a fantastic evening with plenty of friends and vibes at the Athenry AFC Awards night that took place at the Raheen Woods Hotel. A heartfelt thank you to all the players, parents and coaches who joined us and to all the parents and businesses that generously sponsored spot prizes. Lots of accomplishments this evening with no less than 12 trophies including the Men's Junior Connacht Cup, U16 Girls Connacht Cup, U16 Girls League Cup, U16 Girls GFA Cup, U14 Girls Div 1 Cup, Ladies League Cup, U19 girls League Cup & U19 Girls GFA Cup along with the U9 and U16 boys Shield and U11 Cup from the Kells tournament last August and the Barcelona B Cup won by our u12 boys in April. We also had a very special award presented to honour the late great Conor T. McNamara, a huge supporter of our Junior team. His sister Aileen Nolan presented the Conor T McNamara Memorial Cup to Tony on behalf of the Athenry Town Team who knew Conor from the beginning of the formation of the town team. We would like thank all the extended McNamara Family for their presence last evening remembering Conor. For a list of recipients please click here for a complete run down of all our presentations. A big thank you to club stalwart Sean Barrett for his expertise with the sound system. Some photos from the night can be found here 


U16 Girls GFA Cup - Athenry 2-1 Barna
Our U16 girls won the GFA cup last night to add to the premier league and Connacht cups and complete a magnificent season. Goals from cousins Kerri O'Driscoll and Sophie Costello clinched the treble and brought a memorable season to an end. Well done to the girls and their management team Mike Noone, Brian Sweeney, Jamie O Driscoll and Gerry Kilkenny on an outstanding season. Hope you all enjoy your well earned break over the summer.

The Connacht Junior Cup Final ended in deadlock after extra time with both sides defences supreme but Athenry prevailed on penalties (5-4) in glorious weather on a super pitch.  A first half that was shaded by Castlebar, saw Athenry comfortable in defence. Athenry came back into it second half but two periods of extra time saw both sides evenly matched and could not separate them. So onto penalties.
Athenry's Shane Keogh and Cole Connolly scored the first two then Athenry keeper TJ Forde saved magnificently to put the pressure back onto Castlebar. Dan Cunningham and Simon Dziedzina both slotted home to give Colm O'Donovan the opportunity to win it and he duly obliged to bring home the cup to Athenry. Great weather, great venue, great win!
Connacht FA MOTM Sean O' Callaghan.
Match Report

Athenry U16 Girls lost their Irish Cup final 2-0 against a very good Waterford Bohemians side. A very first Athenry girls team to contest a national cup final and they should be extremely proud of their efforts as it was a very close game. Mollie Noone saw a goal chalked off for offside and Athenry had the ball for long periods, in a game that saw Bohs take an early lead and seal the win with the last kick of the game. Athenry shouldn't be too disappointed with their season so far after winning the League, and the Connaught Cup and also have the GFA league cup to look forward to. Special thanks to all of our supporters and to the organisers and staff at Eammon Deacy Park for their fantastic facilities and pitch.

The players and management Mike, Gerry, Jamie and Brian must now pick themselves up and go into Thursday with a chance to add another trophy. Best of Luck Guys & Gals in their final game of season.


Next Saturday May 27th marks a very historic occasion for Athenry FC. As you all know our U16 Girls have secured a place in the FAI National Cup Final against Waterford Bohs. We are now thrilled to announce that it will be played in none other than Eamonn Deacy Park.
Being the first underage team from Athenry to reach an FAI Cup Final this is a hugely historic occasion for our club and we'd love to give the girls and their management team all the support they deserve. It would be amazing to see everyone get behind them. Please spread the word and attend in your club colours on the night, create an electrifying atmosphere and support the team in their quest to bring home the cup. Saturday 27th May 7pm @Eammon Deacy Park. Please See Important Info for our supporters above on travel to the above games. TEXT your name and numbers of tickets required to 086 066 6124 stating which match your interested in


The Athenry Ladies team play in the Galway FA Cup final this Sunday 21st May against Corrib Celtic at 2pm in Eamonn Deacy Park. Best of luck Ladies. All support is appreciated! We would also like to wish Kate Kennedy and Sophie Hogan from our U15 team the very best of luck on Sunday as they compete with the Galway U15 squad in the SFAI National Cup final in Kilkenny taking on MGL North. This weekend also marks the SFAI Interleague Finals which take place in Kilkenny. Both Galway U12 and U13 boys have reached the finals with the U13s facing Mayo on Saturday in the Cup and U12s facing Dundalk on Sunday in the Bowl.
Wishing both teams and their management the very best of luck and in particular our own players U13 Colm McCarthy, Elim Griallais and Darren Quirke. U12 Players James Byrne and Evan Hoarty. 
And finally the men's Junior Connacht Cup Final has been set for Sunday, May 28th in Solar21 Park, Castlebar where Athenry will go head to head with Castlebar Celtic for the title. Kick off is scheduled for 3pm and Solar21 Park eircode is F23 CV08 for our travelling supporters.


Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry on Sunday 4th June from 6-8 pm will be the place to be for our teams from 12 years of age and upwards to our Senior Men & Women's sides. Why not come on down and enjoy the ceremony & celebrations.


We are thrilled to announce that Athenry FC are running two football summer camps this August for ages 6-12. Join us for one or two action packed weeks of soccer, skill building and unforgettable memories. Places will book up fast, so don't delay.

Athenry Ladies made history winning their first ever Championship League title. They did it as they also secured the points in a 3-1 win over Oranmore and will now play in the Premier Division next season. No less than ten team members started with Athenry FC at the ages of 8 & 9 and have developed their skills and love for the game over that time. They finish off their season on Wednesday away to Dynamo Blues with a 6.30pm kick off. Well Done to the players and Thank You to Eddie Fox /Grasscare for sponsoring their jerseys. Brilliant!


Attention our Club Supporters! Join us and make a difference!
Our football club has experienced incredible growth, with more players, events, and opportunities than ever before. While this is very positive it also means an increased workload for our dedicated volunteers who manage everything from social media to administration. 
To ensure the smooth functioning and continued success of our club, we are reaching out to our community for support. We kindly ask parents, coaches, and members of the public who are interested in helping out to please get in touch with us. Together, we can share the workload and make sure our club thrives.
Specifically, we are seeking 2 or 3 individuals to step forward to take on an element of the Club Secretary role for next year. Eg managing male fixtures or female fixtures, academy affairs, etc. If you have a passion for football or are just interested helping us, we encourage you to get in touch, regardless of your prior experience. We will provide the necessary support and guidance to ensure your success.
Furthermore, there are numerous other opportunities to contribute and support the club in various ways. Whether you're interested in management, coaching, equipment maintenance, cleaning, providing refreshments, groundskeeping, social media management (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), website maintenance, match reporting, journalism, event planning, fundraising, child welfare, youth development, photography, grants, or first aid – there's something for everyone.
Please remember that relying solely on others to fulfill these tasks is not sustainable. The heart and soul of our club rely on the willingness of considerate individuals to generously contribute their valuable free time. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who already dedicate themselves to the club – without you, we wouldn't exist.
Let this be the season where you, too, can play a vital role in our football club's success. Our Annual General Meeting will take place on June 1st at 7:45 PM in the club house. To express your interest in taking on an element of the revised secretary role or any other volunteer position, please submit your name/nominees via text at 086 0666124 or email us at athenry@galwayfa.ie before May 23rd.
Together, we can guarantee the seamless operation of the club for all our members and the wider community. [⚽] [👏]


Our U14 Girls Division 1 Cup match has been rearranged for this Thursday evening (May 11th) at 7pm in Eamonn Deacy Park. Come and join us to cheer on the girls as they battle it out against Kilshanvey United to bring home the cup.


Junior Semi Final Result Strand Celtic 0-1 Athenry 
A very tight affair that saw Athenry into the Connacht Cup Final as Strand Celtic proved very worthy opponents. TJ Forde was outstanding early doors as Athenry took the lead in the first few minutes with a deft Cole Connolly header glanced into the net. Strand came back strongly from this early set back to set up an excellent game of football. Yet it was Athenry who got stronger after the break and despite an Athenry penalty claim being turned away and a strong last ten minutes from Celtic it was the maroon lads who progressed. Castlebar Celtic follow Athenry into the final after a 4-0 win over Galway city side Mervue Utd. 

Boys U12 Premier/Championship League Cup Semi Final
Knocknacarra Green 1-2 Athenry Blue 

A great day in Cappagh Park saw Athenry U12 (blue) team play Knocknacarra (green) in the semi-final of the league cup. Evan Hoarty scored within ten minutes after great work from Tom Brady to head into the second half 1-0 up. Knocknacarra came back well and it was all hands to the pump for Athenry before the home side grabbed an equaliser despite some last ditch Athenry defending. As the game approached full time, an opportunistic move saw that man again Evan Hoarty, have another crack on goal and despite the keeper pushing it out Athenry's Ethan Molloy reacted quickest to slot home the winner to wild celebrations. Athenry reshuffled the pack once more in the dying minutes and saw out the win. They will now play Salthill Devon at Eamonn Deacy Park Saturday 13th May. 


U14 Boys Connacht Cup Final - Result - Athenry 1 - 3 Mervue
The excellent Moyne Villa FC facility in Headford was the venue for this Connacht Cup Championship match. Going behind early on it was a strike from Luke Murtagh that brought Athenry level. With Mervue playing a strong physical game it was the city side who went ahead and led at the break. A second half that saw Atheny push for a goal but in the last few minutes it was Mervue who struck to make it 3-1. Special thanks must go to the coaches and to all of our supporters and sponsors for their generosity preparing for this final.

We have an additional FAI Summer Camp Week Added. The FAI Summer Camps are hosting an additional camp in Athenry from Jul 3rd -7th. Registration is now live on the link below.


LIVE this Saturday afternoon on Ocean FM from 2pm. Commentary from Dónal Ryan & Maurice Monaghan. Here's the live link:https://oceanfm.ie/sport-listen-live/
Strand Celtic FC versus Athenry Football Club


Athenry u13 Girls championship Vs Knocknacarra at 11am on the 23rd April in Cappagh Park. Final score: Knocknacarra 2 Athenry 3. Athenry scored two goals in the first half from some great passing play and leading to goals from Aebha Engles and Aisling Higgins. Athenry defence of Lauren, Sofija, Alicja, Meabh stopped any hope of Knocknacarra attacks. Athenry leading by 2 goals at half time.
The second half resumed with the same great plays and passing and quickly leading to a well taken goal by Jenna Brady from outside the Knocknacarra box. Athenry 3 goals to the good.
Knocknacarra scored 2 goals in the remaining 10 mins. Athenry held out the final minutes to get the well deserved 3 points. A great all round team performance by all Athenry girls.
Next up and the final league game for the girls is away to Barna on May 7th. Hope to see some travelling away support there !
Athenry team; Brynn,Lauren (c), Sofija,meabh,Erin,Jenna, Aebha, Nicole,Ciara B.,Sophie (G.O.M), Aisling H.,Ciara C,Amy-Rose & Aisling K.

Massive weekend of football coming up between Connacht Cup Semi Finals, Connacht Cup finals and a league Cup final. Our u14 boys and u16 girls are both in Connacht Cup finals, our first team are away in a Connacht Cup Semi Final and our U14 girls are in the div 1 cup final in Eammon Deacy Park. We would love to see as many of you as possible to come and support them to help bring home the cups.

*Saturday 6th May* At 11am our U14 Boys face Mervue in the U14 Connacht Cup Final. Venue Moyne Villa, Headford. At 2pm our Men’s first team travel to Strand Celtic for the Connacht Cup semi final. Time TBC our U14 girls play Kilshanvy Utd in the div 1 Cup final in Eammon Deacy Park.

*Sunday 7th May* At 1.30pm our U16 Girls take on Ballinrobe Town in the U16 Connacht Cup Final. Venue Moyne Villa, Headford. Best of luck to all players and management this weekend.


In the U14 Premier/Championship Cup it ended Tuam Celtic 1-2 Athenry, which saw Athenry travel to Tuam Celtic in an evening kick off on Wednesday 26th April. An excellent start saw Athenry go ahead through Rian Donoghue and as Celtic rallied it was Athenry who held on until half time to preserve their 1-0 lead. Second half saw Athenry come strongly back into the game despite their lead. With this increased energy Athenry powered in front as Oran Greaney made it 2-0 to add breathing space to the score. Tuam bounced back brilliantly and grabbed a goal back, even missing a penalty in the process. Athenry held onto their lead which saw a grand stand finish for all of those watching. Well done both teams on such a great game.