Formed in 1885, Athlone is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Westmeath. Based in Pairc Chiarain on the Ballymahon Road, the town club has never left the senior ranks. Whilst the Flanagan Cup has been in Athlone more often than anywhere else (20 in total, including a record six in a row from 1955 to 1960), the last time it was won was in 1998 when the team were captained by Westmeath legend Rory O’Connell who three years later would become Westmeath’s first football All-Star. Despite the lack of success at senior level in recent years, the club is enjoying a renaissance at underage level having won an U-14 Championship in 2011, three Feile Championships in 2010, 2011, 2014 two U-16 Championships in 2010 and 2012, an U-15 Championship in 2012 as well being runner up in two Minor finals in 2011 and 2012. Athlone U14 ladies won the Feile Shield in 2013 and again in 2014. Our U21s were County Champions in 2013.
2012 was another excellent year as follows:-
Feis Cup Winners 2012
U21s – County Finalists & County Champions 2013
Our U-21s showed that the future is bright with an excellent showing in the Championship, losing narrowly in the final to an excellent Maryland – Tang combination.
Minors – County Finalists
For the second year running our Minors qualified for the County final and like last year lost on the day. There was no shame in losing to a very good Moate side.
U-16s – County Champions
For the second time in three years, Athlone claimed the County Championship beating Coralstown-Kinnegad in the final.
U-14s – Division 2 Shield Winners
This young team made great strides this year finishing up winning the Div 2 Shield, overcoming a gallant Maryland-Tang team in the final.
U-14 Girls – County Semi Finalists
The rejuvenation of underage girls football continued apace with a very young U-14 team reaching the Division II Semi final.
U-13s – Austin Stacks Shield Winners
For the third year running we sent a team to Tralee to compete with the best underage clubs in the country and this year came home as Shield Winners.
Whilst there is no championship at this level the fact that the team won every game they played and gives great cause for optimism for the future.
U-12 Girls – County Finalists
Following on from their County championship win last the girls stepped up a division and still managed to reach the final losing narrowly on the day.
Another successful year at U-10 saw the lads win the Coughlan Cup (Castledaly tournament), the South Westmeath League and qualify for the final of the Clann na nGael tournament final.
The girls showed great improvement during the year and were invited to play in the South Roscommon League.
The U8s participated in 8 blitzes, the 'Play & Stay' in Cusack Park, Mullingar and the highlight was a trip to play in Croke Park in August.