Arva local news Jan 7

GAA: St Patrick's Arva Football Club: Icebreakers Swim: If anyone still has Sponsorship Cards from the St Stephens Day Swim could they please return them to Cyril Sheridan, Hollybank or any member of the committee as soon as possible.

GAA: St Patrick's Arva Football Club: Icebreakers Swim: If anyone still has Sponsorship Cards from the St Stephens Day Swim could they please return them to Cyril Sheridan, Hollybank or any member of the committee as soon as possible.

WEEKEND AWAY

The club have rooms reserved in a Galway City Hotel on Saturday 29th January and the cost will be a very reasonable 40 euro for Bed and Continental Breakfast or 65 euro for Dinner B&B. 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.

EXPOSITION

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva on Monday evening's after Mass until 8.00 pm. Thursday 6th January is the Feast of the Epiphany and Mass will be Celebrated tonight - Wednesday - at 7.00 pm and 10.30 am on Thursday. Mass for First Friday will be at 10.00 am and the Sick and Housebound will be visited around the usual times in Arva and Coronea.

SERVICES

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.

CREDIT UNION

North Longford & Arva Credit Union Ltd Opening hours in Arva as follows – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am to 2.30 pm Fridays 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays 1pm to 5 pm and 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

ARVA LIBRARY

Opening hours -Tuesday: 12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. & 3.00p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Thursday: 3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Friday: 3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Saturday: 12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. & 3.00p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

BREFFNI KICKERS

Line Dancing classes will resume in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex, Arva on Thursday of next week – 13th January. Classes for beginners at 8.30 pm and for the more advanced at 9.30 pm. New dancers always welcome so come along and enjoy the fun.

CORN MILL

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 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.

SEAN NOS

Sean Ns ar an tSionann representing The West in the All Ireland Talent Show got a tremendous vote on Friday night last when they performed Sean Ns Dancing on RTE. They are through to the next round and will be back on screen in March. 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. They would like to say a sincere thanks to everyone who voted for them and hope you will do the same after the next round.

SOAP BOX

A Soap Box Derby was held in Arva on Sunday last - 2nd January - on the Carrigallen Road and attracted a great turnout of both participants and spectators. It must be said that this was very professionally organised with the highest regard for the safety of everyone involved. It was run off with two cars going head to head down from the top of the hill and finishing up at Porters Row. All these winners then lined up again until just 4 Soap Boxes were left and they took off together. In what was a very close final Hughie Martin took first place with Mark Maguire in second place, Max Murtagh was third with Mark Donohoe in fourth place. Other prizes were presented for Originality – Emmet Sloane, Most Humourous – The Net Dream, Speedy – Max Murtagh, Heaviest – The Goal Post, Best Dressed – Alfie Dennany, Best Impersonation - John Bisto, Most Technically Advanced – Simon Cadam. On behalf of all the spectators we say thanks to the participants for the time and effort they put into their entries and for the excitement they generated on the day. We thank all the Sponsors and everyone who donated money on the day as all the proceeds are going tour Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin and Suicide Awareness Group - S.TO.P. Next year's event is already eagerly awaited.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations are extended to Lorna Gray, Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva and John Guilfoyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim who announced their engagement recently. We wish them every happiness in the future.

COMHALTAS

Arvagh Comhaltas Branch held their inaugural Session/Christmas Hooley on Tuesday of last week in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex. It was an absolutely brilliant night with 30 musicians & singers taking part. At a recent meeting held in Farnham Arms Hotel Cavan the Arvagh Comhaltas Branch was officially sanctioned. Yearly Membership is €12 or €20 per family. A committee was formed for the coming year - Chairperson Damien Murtagh, Vice Chairperson Lorcan Brady, Secretary Conor Kiernan, Assistant Secretary Sean Gormley, Treasurer Padhraic Doyle, Assistant Treasurer Bernie Gormley, PRO John Gormley, Assistant PRO Paddy Rudden, Youth Officer Enda Kiernan, Assistant Youth Officer Ciara Bannon, Oifigeach Teanga Claire Gormley. Their next Seissin will take place on Friday of next week at a venue to be arranged. On behalf of the community we congratulate these people for all their efforts in the promotion of Irish Music.

CELEBRATIONS

Bridie Duffy, Longford Street, Arva had double reason to celebrate recently as her grand-daughter Pauline Duffy, Drumlish who owns Sculptures Hair Salon in Longford town was voted as the Salon of the Year in the inaugural Golden Scissors Awards which was sponsored by the Longford Leader. Then on Thursday last 30th December Pauline married Mark Cunningham in St Mary's Church, Drumlish with a Reception in Lough Rynn Castle attended by family and many friends. Congratulations to Pauline & Mark and well done to Pauline on scooping the Award.