Raymond Brady provided the Mini Digger to break the ice on Gartylough Lake on St Stephen's Day and it was over 8" thick. As a large crowd gathered a number of hardy souls went in and lay in the lake. The chairman of the Mountnugent Club - a regular visitor to Arva - Michael Caffrey was one of the first in and enjoyed the experience. For health and safety reasons they were not allowed to stay in the water too long. The Bong Ball competition was in full swing at this time as participants queued to take part. With the Bong 150 yards out in the lake the task was to hit it with a Golf Ball. After many near misses and hundreds of shots Conor Mc Entee eventually became the only person to hit the Bong for which he was suitably rewarded.
Irish Music was provided in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex where Eamonn, Philomena and staff provided much needed Soup and sandwiches. A Raffle was held with the proceeds going to the Active Age Group and St Vincent de Paul.
The GAA club have rooms reserved in a Galway City Hotel on Saturday 29th January and the cost will be a very reasonable €65-00 for Dinner, Bed and Continental Breakfast. A Bus will be provided if necessary. Payment should be made as soon as possible to the Club Chairman so that the booking may be confirmed. This annual outing is always very enjoyable where players and supporters get together for a bit of craic before serious training gets underway.
The recent weather has indeed been very severe with heavy snowfall and the most severe frost any of us have seen. Minus 16 degrees was recorded on a number of nights in Arva and this brought its own problems. Water is certainly priceless and hardly a home or farmyard in the area survived the frost. Most homes were without water at some stage and some business premises in the town were also badly hit. As the thaw arrived on Sunday we have got a respite for a short period as the frost is supposed to return later in the week. Many people were stranded at Airports and could not make it home for Christmas due to the snow and frost.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva on Monday evening's after Mass until 8.00 pm.
Church of Ireland Services for the Arva Group of Parishes: as follows Carrigallen and Columbkille at 10.00 am, Arva and Gowna at 11.30 am.
There were large congregations at all the religious ceremonies in the local churches with many people home to spend the festive season with family and friends.
The Corn Mill Players will present the John B. Keane play "The Chastitute" - which is Directed by Gus Ward - in the Corn Mill Theatre on the following dates this Thursday 30th December and on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th January. John Bosco (Killian McGuinness) is a fifty three year old bachelor living in rural Leitrim. He has been consigned to a life of celibacy by a combination of religiously inspired sexual guilt, social ineptitude and plain bad luck. His fate is not, as he explains himself, the result of a lack of effort on his part. A combination of flashbacks, imaginings, and actual happenings illustrate his endeavours with the opposite sex. His run of failure continues throughout the play in spite of the ministrations of a matchmaker (Brian O'Reilly), his aunt Jane (Maura McGuinness), a smooth-talking lothario (Stephen Grey), and even the local priest (Sean McIntyre), all of whom are filled with parochial advice on the subject. This is a show not to be missed - show's start at 8.30 pm and booking is essential on 049 4339 612.
Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) are delighted with the announcement in the recent Budget that the Rural Transport Programme will be continued in 2011, even with a slightly reduced Budget. This is great news and indeed a relief for all the Passengers who use the Service, many thanks to them and to all the stakeholders who have supported , and indeed campaigned for the continuation of the Programme throughout the year. Services for 2011 will resume on Tuesday 4th January. Longford Community Resources would like to wish All Passengers and everyone who supports the Rural Transport Programme "Good Wishes for the New Year".
Best wishes go to Sean Ns ar an tSionann representing The West in the All Ireland Talent Show when they perform at 6.30 pm on this Friday - New Year's Eve on RTE. Two members of the group Deirdre and Niamh Kerins are grandchildren of Ita and the late Phil Reilly, Drumhaldry, Moyne and their mother Mary is married to Joe Kerins in Ballymote. The group are performing Sean Ns Dancing and we urge everyone to vote for them. It would be great to see someone with a connection to the area getting through to the next round.
SOAP BOX DERBY
A Soap Box Derby will be held in Arva on this Sunday - 2nd January - on the Carrigallen Road and should be a great day's craic. The proceeds are going tour Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin and Suicide Awareness Group - S.TO.P. All details are on their Website - www.arvasoapbox.com and they can be contacted by Email - email@example.com There are specific rules with regard to size, weight and safety and all must be home built. Racing will take place from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm and there will be prizes for speed, style and theme.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all readers of the Arva News a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Again we think of those people who can't be at home with their loved ones for whatever reason and assure them that our thoughts are with them. To those who did make it home we hope they enjoyed the festive season in and around Arva. I want to thank Sheila and the staff in the Longford Leader for their patience and perseverance with me over the past year.