Arva GAA

Arva GAA

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday 27th January. Jackpot €5,250-00 – Numbers drawn 2 / 22 / 24 / 28 – No winner. €50 each – John & Miriam Lynch, Main Street, Arva. Tomás Brady, Gurteen. Pat Grimes, Mostrim. The Jackpot on Monday night last 3rd February was €5,300-00. 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 Challenge: The Croagh Patrick Challenge will take place on this Saturday 8th February and should be a great event for everyone taking part. Sponsorship Card’s should be returned to the Post Office if not already done - so that numbers can be confirmed with the hotel. Raffle: The GAA Club will hold a raffle on 16th March with the 1st prize a Trailer load of Stick’s, 2nd Prize - 10 Bags of Coal and 3rd Prize - 30 Bales of Briquettes. Tickets are on sale priced at €2-00 or 3 tickets for €5-00. All support appreciated. Club Membership: is now due and should be paid to Cyril Sheridan, Club Treasurer or Arthur Mc Cabe, Assistant Treasurer.

Allianz League

Cavan got their Division 3 League campaign underway on Sunday last in Kingspan Breffni Park with a home game against neighbours Fermanagh. Scheduled to be played on Saturday it was postponed due to the torrential rainfall on Friday and Saturday. Cavan got off to great and bagged the 2 precious League points on a score of 1-12 to 0-11. Hopes are high that Cavan can gain promotion to Division 2 for next year.


Returned to St Patrick’s Hall, Arva on Sunday night last following a 6 month run in neighbouring Carrigallen. The committee were delighted to welcome all their loyal supporters back to Arva and hope to see many new faces over the next 6 months. With over €3,100-00 on offer each night it is one of the best sessions around. Eyes down at 8.30 pm.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 2nd February Morning Prayer Service in Carrigallen at 10.00 am and in Arva at 11.30 am. Holy Communion Service in Columbkille at 10.00 am and in Gowna at 11.30 am.

St Brigid’s Day

Was celebrated on Saturday last (1st February) and in some areas the traditional St Brigid’s Cross is still made and Blessed at Mass.

Candlemas Day

On Sunday last in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva Fr Hannon celebrated Candlemas Day with the traditional Blessing of Candles for use in both the home and in the Church. On Monday he Celebrated the Feast of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr with the traditional Blessing of Throats following evening Mass.


‘A LOCK OF FIERCE ROARS’ play by Moth Productions takes place on Saturday, 22nd February 2014 in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva with proceeds going to Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. This play was written by John Mc Manus who wrote ‘THE QUARE LAND’ and is a must see and will have you rolling around with laughter. Tickets cost only 10 euro and are available from Breffni Arms Hotel, Lynch’s Shop, Arva, Loughbawn Hotel, Killeshandra, Moore’s Spar, Ballinagh and Village Foodstore in Crossdoney.


Following over 52 years working as a Baker, Mr Liam Sweeney, Drumgerd, Killeshandra retired from Cully’s Bakery on 15th December last. He started working in O’Dowd’s Bakery, Killeshandra at a young age and came to Cully’s for a year in 1967. Liam them went to England for a year but returned and worked again in O’Dowd’s which had been leased for some time. He then worked in Mc Keon’s Bakery in Ballinamore but when Sonny McKeon passed away in 1982 Liam returned to Cully’s where he has worked happily for the past 32 years. His experience was invaluable when the company moved to new premises some years ago and was a dedicated and loyal member of staff who always took great pride in his work. To mark his retirement the company held a party in his honour in the Breffni Arms Hotel and made a small presentation as an acknowledgement of his contribution to Cully’s Bakery over the years. We wish Liam many years of good health and happiness in the future.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes continue each Thursday night in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva with beginners at 8.30 pm followed by the more advanced at 9.30 pm. Come along and enjoy a night of dancing and exercise in a friendly environment.


St. Mary’s National School, Arva - Enrolment 2014: Any parent who wishes to enrol their child in our school for the 2014/2015 school year, please contact the school on (049) 4335560 before this Friday 7th February 2014.

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.


Opening hours - Thursday: 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Friday: 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Saturday: 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. & 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Children’s Art & Crafts for 5 years to 9 years old will take place in Arva Library on Saturday 8th February 2014 from 11.15 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Admission is Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book call Róisín on 049-4335905.

Table Quiz

Arva Agricultural Show Society held a Table Quiz on Friday last in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva. There was a great turnout and a good night was had by everyone present.


There was a general air of disbelief followed by a huge sense of sadness when news spread of the sudden death of Mrs Rose Smith, Farrangarve, Arva which occurred at her residence on Saturday, 18th January. A member of the popular Gumley family from Castlepoles, Arva; Rose has lived in Farrangarve since her marriage to her husband Francie. She played Camogie in her youth, both in Cornafean and in Dublin and following her marriage she helped coach the young girls in St Mary’s National School, Arva when they were competing in schools Camogie. She was a staunch supporter of the St Patrick’s Arva Football Club and along with Francie never missed a game whether home or away. Rosie was a very vocal supporter so the players always knew she was in attendance. She was involved for many years helping out at the annual Water Safety classes at Gartylough, Arva and always manned a Water Station for the Breffni 20K Challenge which was a welcome sight for the many participants with just over a Kilometre to go to the finish. She was a great Bingo supporter and was nearly always present in Arva and other local sessions where she enjoyed meeting her many friends. Rose was predeceased by her darling daughter Geraldine in 1981 which was a very heavy cross to bear. She was also predeceased by her brothers Patsy and Jim (Donegal) and is survived by her daughter Deirdre, Arva, son Adrian in Perth, Australia, grandson Dillon, son-in-law Danny, brother Michael in London, sisters Mrs Bridie Bell, Kildare, Mrs Kathleen Mc Keague, Manchester, Mrs Helen O’Reilly, Mullahoran, nephews, nieces, brothers and sisters in law and many friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. There was a continuous stream of mourners calling to her home where her remains reposed until removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva where they were received by Rev Donald Hannon C.C. who also officiated at the Requiem Mass and burial in Coronea Cemetery. Both removal and funeral were well attended and a Guard of Honour from Arva Juvenile football club greeted the removal in memory of her help to young players over many years. While this was a difficult time for all the family it was particularly hard for Rosie’s son Adrian who was preparing for his wedding in Perth which takes place on this Saturday 8th February. On behalf of the entire community we wish Adrian and his fiancée Julie every happiness in the future.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Margaret Finnegan, Castlepoles, Arva on the death of her father, Mr Thomas Mc Govern, Heney, Cavan town which occurred at his daughter Margaret’s residence on Saturday, 25th January. His remains were removed from his residence in Heney to St Patrick’s Church, Castletara on Sunday evening with burial in the adjoining cemetery following Requiem Mass on Monday.

Yoga Classes

On Tuesday nights commenced on last night Tuesday, 4th February and continue each Tuesday during the month. For further information contact Ruth on 087 9622 674

Arva Social Club

Fr Hannon has very kindly offered to Celebrate Mass on this Friday, 7th February (1st Friday) for all Club members to start off their new year. Mass will be at 10 o’clock in the Church of the Sacred Heart followed by the monthly meeting in the Breffni Arms Hotel. All members are welcome and please bring a friend. Dates for the forthcoming fundraising events will be announced at that meeting. Members should be thinking of places they would like to visit on their annual Summer trip away later in the year and have suggestions ready. Ciaran Weir is kindly organising a Table Quiz in aid of the Social Club and it will take place on 28th February in the Goal Post Bar, Main Street by kind permission of Enda Boylan. The quiz will start at 10pm and tables of 4 will be €40-00. Refreshments will be served. The committee and members would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to Kathleen Whelan and her committee in Arva Juvenile GAA for their generous Donation to the club from the proceeds of their St Stephens Day Walk – a great day was had by all. They would also like to express their thanks to Bríd Mimnagh, Solicitor and the Courts Service for their very generous Donation to the club – a good start to the New Year. They look forward to seeing everyone on 1st Friday.


Arva Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade committee invites entries from local groups i.e. GAA, Foróige, Show Society and others who would like to participate in street theatre or enter topical and comical floats. This give Arva pride of place in the county and its wonderful day for the community.


Arva Area Development Association meeting on Monday 10th February in Breffni Arms Hotel at 8:30pm. The AGM which had been deferred will take place at this meeting.