Arva local news February 27

Dr Patrick Rudden: On Friday night last a presentation was made to Dr Paddy Rudden to mark his retirement from General Practice in Arva.

Since his arrival in Arva in January 1977 he has endeared himself to the community and this was evident from the huge attendance on the night. People came from all the surrounding parishes to say thanks to someone who was more than a Doctor – he was a friend and confidant to many. His caring manner and genuine interest in his patients left people feeling better just having talked to him.

Dr Paddy had a brilliant University career taking Honours in his medical examinations in U.C.D. He served as House Physician in the Surgical Hospital, Cavan and as Registrar in the Mater Hospital, Dublin before coming to Arva. After his family Paddy's two great loves were Gaelic Games and Irish Music and he devoted much of his spare time to both. He won an Intermediate Championship Medal with Lacken Celtic and gave over 5 years as Medical Officer to the Cavan Senior and U-21 County Teams during what has been their most successful period over the past 40 years. The U-21 team reached the All Ireland Final in 1996 only to be defeated by Kerry in Thurles while the following year the Senior team won the Ulster Final for the first and only time since 1969. Those were great days to be involved and will linger in the memory forever.

Paddy was instrumental in starting the underage Coaching for pupils in St Mary's National School, Arva on Saturday mornings long before it was started by the G.A.A. and this Coaching is still going on. He was responsible for the revival in Irish Music in the area and also played with the Cornafean group on some of their C.D's. On behalf of the community Paddy was presented with an Inscribed Mirror which also had the G.A.A. Crest, Medical Crest & a Fiddle featured on the Mirror. As Paddy & Susan have travel plans for their retirement a Travel Voucher was also presented while their long time Secretary Breege Mc Keon Bohan presented Susan with a Bouquet of Flowers.

In response Dr Paddy thanked the organising committee, the community, staff and everyone who helped him along the way. Phil Smith, Chairman Cavan County Board presented Dr Paddy with a piece of Cavan Abbey Crystal to say thanks for his service to Gaelic Games. The organising committee was Padraig Mahon & Tom Moore representing Lacken Celtic football club, Owen Cusack neighbour and life long friend, Breege Mc Keon Bohan, Danny Mc Entee, Secretary St Patrick's Arva G.F.C. John Gormley, Eamonn Gray & Barney Cully. There was plenty of Traditional Irish Music while Kevin Logue provided great music for dancing. On behalf of the local and surrounding community we wish Paddy & Susan many years of good health to enjoy their retirement.


St Patrick's Arva Football Club membership is closing for the coming year on today Wednesday 25th February. Anyone interested in becoming a member is asked to have their completed membership form returned to the Secretary immediately. Membership forms are available from Club Secretary Danny McEntee.

The Arva club took part in four items in Senior Scor semi-final of the competition on Friday 13th February in Milltown. Those taking part were Solo Singing Suzanne Reilly, Recitation Paddy Mulligan, Ballad Group Ann Doyle, Siobhan Doyle O Hara, John Gormley, Niall Gormley. Quiz Brian Ellis, Cyril Sheridan, Niall Gormley. Well done to all who took part and best of luck to those taking part in the county final in Mullahoran on Friday 27th February.

Arva Ladies Football are holding their presentation Dinner Dance in The Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on this Saturday 28th February. Both Championship and League Medals will be presented on the night by the President of The Ladies Gaelic Football Association M.s Geraldine Giles. Tickets are available from all members of the Ladies Club. Winning both the League & Championship is a great achievement for the club which is only in existence a short number of years. Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated.

Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday: Today Wednesday 25th February marks the beginning of the season of Lent and the traditional Blessing and Distribution of Ashes will take place at Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva at 9.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. Ash Wednesday is a day of "Fast and Abstinence" Confessions for Lent this evening at 6.40 p.m. and again on Saturday at 6.40 p.m.

The Bishop of Kilmore Most Rev Dr Leo O' Reilly D.D. will impart the Sacrament of Confirmation to the children of the Parish of Killeshandra on Sunday 29th March 2009 at 3.00 p.m. in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva. The children who will be receiving the Sacrament were involved in a Ritual of Commitment on Sunday last and also took the Confirmation Pledge not to take drink or drugs until they are 18 years of age.

The Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 27th May to 1st June under the Leadership of Most Rev Dr Leo O' Reilly D.D. Bishop of Kilmore. Pilgrims wishing to stay in hotels should book with Mc Ginnity Travel, Coleman Road, Cavan Tel 049 433 1811 – Book early for Hotels near the Grotto. Assisted Pilgrims staying in the Accueil Notre Dame should apply to the Pilgrimage Director Rev Colm Hurley P.P. Killeshandra, County Cavan Tel 049 4334 155. Tickets for the annual raffle for the assisted pilgrim fund are on sale and all support will be much appreciated.

The Arva Folk Group who add so much to the Liturgy at Mass in the Church of the Scared Heart are inviting any singers or musicians over the age of 18 to join. The group hold rehearsals in the Church every Tuesday evening at 8p.m. Anyone interested is very welcome to attend.

Tidiest town

Arva were the winners of the "Tidiest Small Town" in the recent Cavan Litter League and were presented with their Certificate at a meeting of Cavan County Council recently and is on display in the window of the Post Office.

The Tidy Town Committee respectfully appeal to all householders to sweep outside their premises daily and help keep the town clean & tidy. They hope to be in a position to dramatically improve their marks in this years Tidy Town's competition. Now that we have reached the top of the table why not try to stay there. It makes a big impression on visitors and tourist's if the streets are clean and tidy and would be seen as a reflection on the residents. It can only be of help to business and job's in the area and we will need every help in the coming years. There have been a number of complaints recently of dogs fouling the footpaths in the town and dog owners are asked to please control their pet's.


The weekly Bingo sessions have returned to St Patrick's Hall, Arva on Sunday night's following a 6 month season in Carrigallen. With €2,300 Euro on offer it is still attracting the crowds. The committee were delighted to welcome back all their old friends and many new faces also. Bingo continues until the end of July with the first game at 8.30 p.m.

St Patrick's Day Parade

The committee are pleased to announce that they have secured the "Howard Memorial Pipe band" from Dungannon, County Tyrone to lead this years St Patrick's Day Parade in Arva on Tuesday 17th March. The committee would like to encourage more Pageantry & Street Theatre and would encourage the participation of the local schools in our national day.

Arva Area Development Association will hold a meeting for their St Patrick's Day Committee on Monday next 2nd March at 8.30 p.m. in St Patrick's Hall, Arva to make final Arrangements for the St Patrick's Day Parade.

St. Mary's N.S.

Enrolment 2009

Any parent who wishes to enrol their child/children in St. Mary's National School, Arva for September

2009 should contact the school office (049) 4335560 before Friday 13th March 2009. They are currently collecting old mobile phones and used ink cartridges. This is a great opportunity for the local community to help the school achieve the Green School status. Your support with this endeavour would be greatly appreciated. There are bound to be plenty of old phones in particular lying around so this is a good chance to dispose of them safely and help the school.

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes continue in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex each Thursday night with beginner's classes at 8.30 p.m. and the more advanced at 9.30 p.m. A warm welcome awaits everyone at these classes' especially new dancers.

Cancer Research

Some time ago a very successful Table Quiz was held in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex with the proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, University College Hospital, Galway & the Larcc Cancer Centre, Ballinalack, Mullingar. The cheques will be handed over on Saturday of next week 7th March at 9.00 p.m. in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to attend.

Arva Library

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North Longford & Arva Credit Union

The Credit Union Office in Arva is open during following hours - Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Fridays 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Saturdays 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Keep Fit

Keep Fit classes in St Brigid's Community Centre, Lough Gowna are starting this week on Tuesday 24th & Thursday 26th Feb at 8.15 p.m. All are welcome. For further details contact Colette O' Reilly on 086 8197 311

Lacken Camogie Club

are holding a Beauty Blitz night on Friday 27th February at 7.30 p.m. in Lacken National School. The admission fee is €30 – 00 and that includes a Wine & Cheese Reception, a Goody Bag and 1 free Raffle ticket, Make Up Lesson and Demonstration, Skin Care Talk and Demonstration plus one Beauty Treatment of your choice from the following – Massage, Reflexology, Eyebrow Wax & Tint, Eyelash Tint, Nails – File & Paint – hands & toes – full Manicure. All support appreciated.

Arva Social Club

Arva Social Club are having their monthly get together on Friday of next week 6th March in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Centre following the 10.00 a.m. Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva. Coffee as usual afterwards in the Breffni Arms.

Sale of Work

On Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April a Sale of Work will be held in St Patrick's Hall, Arva with all proceeds going to the Arva Senior Citizen's and St Vincent De Paul, Arva. The committee will accept all items in good condition i.e. - clothes, ornaments, small furniture, records, books. There will be a Home Baking Stall etc. If you are Spring Cleaning keep this fundraiser in mind. If necessary collection can be organised. Contact Ann Doyle on 049 4335 787 or Ethel Ellis on 049 433 5516.

Mrs Verlaine


There was deep and widespread regret as news spread of the death of Mrs Verlaine Harrison (nee Knight), Corlisbratten, Arva which occurred at her residence on Saturday 7th February following a long illness. A native of Terenure, Dublin she came to Arva following her marriage to Denzil on 1st August 1966 and immediately immersed herself in the life of the area. She was a top class badminton player and was deeply involved in the Arva club and the Breffni League. She was involved with the Arva Area Development Association for many years and worked hard for the Association. Verlaine took a very active interest in Swimming and Life Saving and the Irish Water Safety Association made a presentation to her last year to mark her long association with them in Cavan where she was County Secretary for many years. She was a Swimming Tutor and Examiner – the only one in County Cavan, she was a Swimming Teacher & Instructor, a Life Guard and Life Guard Instructor, she was an A.E.D. (Defibrillator) Instructor & Examiner, and Aqua Fit Instructor to name just some of the qualifications she held. She has given Swimming lessons in Riversdale, Ballinamore for over 20 years to school children and adults of all levels. She also gave lessons in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Centre for many years. Verlaine has been involved in the annual 2 week course in Swimming & Water Safety at Gartylough, Arva for over 25 years where many, many children learned to Swim and progress to Life Saving. It didn't matter what the weather was like – warm & sunny or wet & cold – Verlaine and her helpers were always in attendance. The Irish Water Safety Association was represented at her funeral by the Chairman Mr Frank Nolan & the C.A.O. Mr John Leech. Verlaine was predeceased by her husband Denzil and is survived by her son Ronald, daughters Leslie Brady, Corlisbratten & Nicola Phillips, Turks & Caicos Islands, Caribbean, sisters Olwyn & Gaye, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. Her remains were removed from her residence to the Church of Ireland Parish Church, Arva where Rev Mark Lidwell officiated at her Funeral Service and burial in the adjoining Churchyard. There were many callers to her home over 2 days and a very large and representative attendance at her funeral which showed the esteem in which she was held.

George William


The death occurred in Coventry, England on 7th January of Mr George William Halliday late of Drumhillagh, Arva a member of a very popular local family. He emigrated to England in 1956 but never lost touch with his home place. He never lost his love for farming and always had cattle in England – in fact he was coming from tending to them when he took ill. He worked with the Ford Motor Company but was retired for some time. He was predeceased by his brother John James, sister Helen and is survived by his brothers Alfie in Drumhillagh & Morrisson in England, sisters Evelyn, Vera, Florrie & May all in England, nieces, nephews and many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. His ashes were taken to Lough Gowna Parish Church on Friday week last for Funeral Service with burial in the adjoining Churchyard. Rev Mark Lidwell officiated.


Congratulations are extended to Mrs Helen O' Hara who recently qualified as a Swimming Tutor with the Irish Water Safety Association. She can now train potential Swim Teachers and potential Examiners.

Hall available

St Patrick's Hall, Arva is available for a Youth Club, Basketball, etc and should be booked in advance with Cormac O' Donnell, Arva Post Office. Any group wishing to use the hall should have their own Insurance

Corn Mill Comedy

The Corn Mill Theatre Group present Bernard Farrell's hilarious comedy in the Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen on tonight Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th & Friday 27th February at 8.30 p.m. each night. Kevin's Bed is a play of nostalgia, expectations & broken dreams. The setting is the celebration of a golden wedding anniversary of Dan and Doris – a time for them to return to their old house, join in the celebrations, contemplate a life in disarray and remember the joy of their silver anniversary – the Sonny & Cher days, the optimism and the expectations they had of their sons, John & Kevin. Bookings at the Corn Mil on 049 4339 612


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