St Patrick’s GAA Club

St Patrick’s GAA Club

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in O’Hara’s Bar on Monday, 19th January 2015. The Jackpot was €7,800. Numbers drawn - 01 / 04 / 08 / 18 – no winner. €50 each – Mignone Johnston, Tycusker. Jim Giblin, Brankhill. Annette Hamilton, Tycusker. The Jackpot on Monday night last was €7,850. Lotto envelopes can be left in the letterbox in St Patrick’s Hall next to the National School for collection on Monday evenings and everyone is welcome to attend the draw. The club have an option of paying by direct debit for anyone wishing to join the LOTTO and give the club much needed support. Contact any club officer or check out the club website

Membership: Club membership for 2015 is now due and should be paid to Cyril Sheridan / Arthur Mc Cabe or any officer.

Dinner Dance: The Club will hold their Dinner Dance on Saturday 14th February in the Breffni Arms Hotel and tickets are on sale from club officers. This should be a fantastic night of celebration with the presentation of the League and Championship medals and a presentation to newly- wed players. For all you old Romantics out there this is a great opportunity to treat your wife / partner for St Valentine’s Day. Make a note of the date and get your tickets early.

U-21: The St Josephs U-21 team play St Eunans, Letterkenny in the semi final of the Bank of Ireland Paddy McLarnon U-21 Ulster Championship which is organised by Kickhams Creggan GAC, Belfast on this Sunday 1st February – time to be confirmed. They had a great win in the quarter final against Cullyhanna and we wish them continued success on Sunday.

Team Manager: St Patrick’s Arva GAA are delighted to have the services of Brian Doyle, Gortermone, Carrigallen as team manager for the coming year. Brian was a top class player with his own club Carrigallen over a long career and also starred for the Leitrim county team for many years. Brian has retained the outgoing management team of Philip Galligan, Enda Boylan, Philip Brady with Brían Cully and Lisa Mulligan also involved. On behalf of the club we wish Brian every success in 2015 where we compete in Division 1A of the League and the Intermediate Championship. This will be a big step up for Arva but with this management team in place they should be well able to hold their status and who knows if the draws are favourable anything is possible. They played a challenge game in Mohill on Sunday last where a number of new young players made their debut and were well able to compete.

Cavan Seniors

Cavan travelled to the Athletic Grounds, Armagh to play Tyrone in the Dr McKenna Cup Final on Saturday evening last but after a great first half they failed to score in the second half and were defeated. Arva supporters were delighted to see James Morris coming on in the second half and give a good display. It’s on to the Allianz National Football League this Sunday when they play Roscommon in St Brigid’s GAA Club Grounds, Kiltoom. (Take the Roscommon Road out of Athlone or the Knockcroghery Road before Roscommon). This will be a very tough encounter for Cavan and they will need all the support possible to get behind them and cheer them on.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 1st February – Holy Communion Service in Carrigallen at 10am and in Arva at 11.30am. Morning Prayer Service in Columbkille at 10am and in Gowna at 11.30am

Church of the Sacred Heart

Sunday 1st February is the Feast of St Brigid and in many areas the old custom of making St Brigid’s Crosses is still alive and well. They are Blessed at Mass and it is thought to keep Evil, Fire and Hunger from houses in which it is displayed. Monday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord – Mass at 7.00 pm - and is commonly known as Candlemas Day when Candles are Blessed for home and church use. Tuesday 3rd February is the Feast of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr – who was beheaded for his refusal to renounce his faith. He was known as a great Healer and especially of Ailments of the Throat. Service and Scripture Readings at 7.00 pm. with the traditional Blessing of Throats afterwards.


Following its six month run in Carrigallen the weekly Bingo will return to St Patrick’s Hall, Arva on this Sunday night 1st February. The committee are looking forward to welcoming back all their patrons and look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and hopefully a few new ones as well. There is over €3,000 in prize money each week – Eyes Down at 8.30 pm.

St Mary’s N.S.

Enrolment for September 2015: Anyone who wishes to enrol a child in St. Mary’s National School, Arva, for September 2015, please contact the school on 049-4335560 for an enrolment form before Friday 6th February 2015.

Centenary Year

Our centenary year is upon us and we are looking forward to a great celebration. We have received some great photos and information already but we are eager to collect more so if you can help us out with either photos, memories or work samples, please contact the school on 049-4335560.

Grandparents Day

St Mary’s National School, Arva, will celebrate Grandparent’s Day on today Wednesday 28th January 2015 as part of Catholic School Week.  All grandparents in the community are invited to a special Prayer Service in the school at 12.00 pm with light refreshments after.  All welcome. 


Free Spirit Yoga group taking place each Thursday evening at 9pm and Saturday morning at 11am in the Memorial Hall, Arva. We welcome everyone from beginners to the advanced.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes continue each Thursday night in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva. Beginners at 8.30 pm followed by the more advanced at 9.30 pm. So get those dancing shoes ready for nights of fun and craic in a friendly atmosphere.

Slimming World

Continues every Wednesday evening in the Memorial Hall, Church Road, Arva. Great weight loss recorded each week in a fun and welcoming environment. For further details contact Jacinta on 086 1056 223.

Leaving Certificate

Oral Irish Workshop will take place in Arva Library on Saturday 28th February from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. €5-00 per person. Booking Essential on 049 4335 905. See for upcoming events and more information

Arva Trotters

Look forward to seeing everyone at the presentation to Enable Ireland on this Saturday, 31st January at 9pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel. We would also like to extend an invitation to anybody who would like to join us on our exploits. The Arva Trotters meet at the Breffni Arms Hotel each Sunday at 11.15am and Thursdays at 8pm.


Mindfulness Meditation classes starting in Arva Holistic Centre, Thursday of next week 5th February. Classes are relaxed and will run for 8 weeks. So perhaps begin the spring with quiet time for you. Enquiries and pre booking to 0872968924.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

This St Patrick’s Day Arva celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its St Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Parade committee are holding a meeting on Monday next, 2nd February at 9pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel. This meeting hopes to have input from all the community, the publicans, the local schools and community schools and all the local organisations including the G.A.A.  Everyone is invited to the meeting to discuss ways to celebrate the Parade which has been a huge success and brought the “WOW” factor to Arva on St Patrick’s Day.

Active Age

Gentle exercise, Line dancing etc. resume in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva on Tuesday next, 3rd February at 10am. Coffee morning on Friday, 6th February in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva following the 1st Friday 10am Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva. All members are requested to attend and new members are always welcome.