Preparations underway fo next weekend’s clash

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Keith Long has done sterling work turning Athlone into durable opponents. Photo: Sportsfile

Four SSE Airtricity League Premier Division draws in a row ensure Athlone Town can look forward to the remaining six contests of the year at this level with equal measures of hope and expectation about avoiding an instant relegation.

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Henshaw in line for return to Guinness Pro 12 action

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Athlone’s Robbie Henshaw is expected to return to action tomorrow. Photo: Sportsfile

International Robbie Henshaw is expected to return to action for Connacht in tomorrow evening’s Guinness Pro 12 joust with Edinburgh at Murrayfield (7.35pm).

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Town face another crucial contest in Drogheda

Fri, Sep 05, 2014

Damien Richardson is confident that a mix of youth and experience is essential for success. Photo: Sportsfile

Buoyed up by a splendid display against title-chasing Cork City, Athlone Town will be hoping to maintain their improved SSE Airtricity League Premier Division form when facing Drogheda United away this evening.

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Five talking points from an epic Gaelic football weekend

Fri, Sep 05, 2014

Physicality and power of inter-county GAA teams at a new high

Some of the hits last Saturday in the Mayo and Kerry game were breathtaking.

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Town encouraged by two draws

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Athlone Town manager Keith Long is adamant that Athlone can climb off the bottom of the table. Photo: Sportsfile

Eight SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures remain for Athlone Town, who have taken ample encouragement from last weekend’s two draws.

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Three reasons why Mayo can beat Kerry on Sunday

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

1. Both O’Sheas are in fantastic form

The performances of both Seamus and Aidan O’Shea were top class in their victory over Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

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Two critical games this weekend for the Town

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Pat Fenlon’s Shamrock Rovers will play Athlone tonight. Photo: Sportsfile

Ten SSE Airtricity League Premier Division encounters remain for Athlone Town so the margin for error is reducing with each passing week as Keith Long’s charges seek to avoid the drop.

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Inter-county management in most counties a tough station

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Ironically I was out pucking a few sliotars around with the children on the An Ghaeltacht club pitch in the stunningly beautiful Gallarus at Baille na nGall, in West Kerry last week, home club to the late Páidí Ó Sé, when I got a text message to say that Paul Bealin had been let go as Westmeath senior county manager.

I couldn’t help thinking back to the heady days of 2004, and the county’s 0-12 to 0-10 Leinster final win over Laois and David O’Shaughnessy raising the Delaney Cup.

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Galway footballers have a long road ahead

Fri, Aug 08, 2014

There has been progress made by the Galway footballers over the past few months, and their performances have improved since the league. However, based on their 1-20 to 2-10 defeat to Kerry last Sunday in Dublin, the road ahead is still long and windy.

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Athlone face tricky test at the Showgrounds tomorrow

Fri, Aug 08, 2014

Having come within a whisker of claiming a victory at the Carlisle Grounds against Bray Wanderers last Friday only to end up sharing the spoils, Athlone Town will be keen to deliver a spirited performance when visiting the Showgrounds tomorrow, Saturday.

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Clubs opt not to ratify Bealin for a second year

Fri, Aug 08, 2014

Westmeath footballers will have a new manager in 2015 following a vote at Wednesday’s County Board meeting in Mullingar.

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Best Managed Companies deadline is today!

Fri, Aug 08, 2014

There was a considerable increase (from 26 per cent in 2012 to 42 per cent in 2013) in the number of Best Managed Companies who cited raising capital for growth as one of their biggest challenges, according to an analysis of companies who took part in the awards over the last three years. The analysis also found that employee bonus/profit sharing schemes continues to rise as one of the main incentives used in retaining the right people to drive the business (60 per cent in 2011, 62 per cent in 2012, 85 per cent 2013).

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