St Patrick’s GAA

St Patrick’s GAA

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday 3rd March. Jackpot €5,500-00 – Numbers drawn 9 /23 / 27 / 29 – No winner. €50 each – Coliosa Brady, Drumalt. Francie Smith, Main Street. Paddy and Mary Mulligan, Woodlands. The Jackpot on Monday night last 10th March was €5,550-00. 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 Race Nite: Arva G.F.C are holding a Race Nite in the Goal Post Bar, Main Street, Arva on this Sunday night 16th March starting at 9.30 sharp. Come along and enjoy a good nights craic and music. Please support – everyone welcome – in aid of the Players Injury Fund. Raffle: The GAA Club will hold a raffle on this Sunday night 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 McCabe, Assistant Treasurer. Adult’s €25. Juveniles €10. League: Arva played Laragh United in the Brady’s Arva Division 2 Breffni League on Saturday last in Packie Devlin Park, Killeshandra where they were well beaten on a score Laragh United 1-11 Arva 0-5. Only for Richard Keith in goal the score would have been worse as he pulled off two brilliant saves in the first half when the winners were well on top. The half time score was Laragh Utd 1-6 Arva 0-1 but the second half was a more even affair. Arva team and scorers – Richard Keith, Stephen Ellis (0-1), Darren Gray, Sean Mc Manus, Paul Bouchier, Thomas Brady, Shane Mc Entee, James Morris, Brian Fitzpatrick, Conor McEntee, Peter Morris, Ciaran Cooney, John Daly, Conal Sheridan, Brian Ellis (0-2). Sub’s – Peter Conneely (0-1), Cian Sheridan, Gavin Doyle (0-1), Paul Brady, Enda Gormley. Congratulations are extended to Ciaran Brady, Gurteen, Arva who was a prominent member of the St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra team which won the Irish Dail Mail Trench Cup at the recent Sigerson weekend in Belfast. On the way to the final they also defeated University of Ulster, Colraine and Dundalk I.T.

U-21 Championship

Best wishes to Ciaran Brady, Jonathan McCabe, Kevin Bouchier and the Cavan U-21 team who travel to Celtic Park, Derry this evening to play the home side in the opening round of the Ulster Championship. Cavan are reigning champions and will not want to give up the title while Derry have a great side this year so it should be an epic battle.


Congratulations to Eoin McManus, Gartylough, Arva and a pupil of St Mary’s National School, Arva who led out the Cavan Senior football team on Sunday last before the game against Sligo in Kingspan Breffni Park. Eoin plays left corner forward with the Arva U-12 team and we hope to see him in Breffni many times in the future.


Continues in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva each Sunday night with a good attendance. With over €3,100 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 16th March - Morning Prayer Service in Carrigallen and Columbkille at 10.00 am and in Arva and Gowna at 11.30 am.


The Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 27th May to 1st June. Bookings for the Pilgrim Section are with Mc Ginnity Travel, Cavan and for the Assisted Pilgrim Section with Rev Kevin Fay, Lavey, Co Cavan. Early booking is essential as places are limited.

Slimming World

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.

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.


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. Please Note Arva Branch Library is closed on Friday 14th March 2014. Sorry for any inconvenience caused

Social Club

Annual Sale of Work takes place this year on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April. All donations of Books, Clothes, Furniture, Toys, Bric a Brac and Hoem Produce would be gratefully received. For more information contact Ann Doyle on 049 4335 787, Mary Miney on 049 4335 037, Ethel Ellis on 086 082 9592 or Bríd Fox on 049 433 5577. The committee thank everyone for their support in previous years.


Arva St Patricks Day Parade is set for 3pm as usual. This year the parade will be led by the Killyvargney Pipe Band from Clones. A great community effort is expected from all community organisations ie. GAA, Ladies GAA, Forogie, Show Society and all other organisation or businesses and people wishing to enter floats depicting national, international and local topical events.


Social Dance classes every Tuesday night from 8pm until 10pm in the Piker’s Lodge, Lough Gowna. No booking necessary - just turn up on the night.

New roof

The roof of Latin School Community Centre in Moyne is in a poor state of repair and is in need of replacing. Our local community has rallied to take on the task, and are hoping to capitalise on its great tradition of volunteerism and community spirit to carry out this much needed work on the roof on this landmark building. A fundraising table quiz is planned for Friday 14th March in Breffni Arms Hotel Arva commencing at 9 pm - €40 per table. Lots of spot prize’s on the night. We appeal for your support for this very worthy project.

Moyne Community School Reunion

A reunion for the class of 1987 - 1992 will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on this Saturday night March 15th at 8pm. It is a great opportunity to catch up with your old school mates and a fun night is guaranteed.

Show meeting

Arva Agricultural Show Society will hold a meeting on this Thursday night 13th March at 9 o’clock in the Resource Centre, Market Square, Arva. All members are requested to attend and new members always welcome.


There was a deep sense of sadness over the area with news of the death of Mrs Margaret (Madge) Bouchier, Ardross, Arva which occurred at Castlemanor Nursing Home, Cavan on Tuesday 25th February. A member of the very popular Morris family from Drumcarey. Madge came to work in Morris Drapery in Arva where she met and in 1948 married her husband Con Bouchier. It may be hard for the younger generation to realise that at that time Morris and Bouchier were big Drapery stores employing many staff and carrying huge stocks. At that time there was anything around 20 staff in Bouchier’s where all range of men’s and ladies clothing, footwear were stocked and they also had a bedding department. Madge immersed herself in the business and proved herself both extremely competent and popular. In her spare time Madge was a top class Badminton player and later on she joined County Cavan Golf Club. Her sporting prowess shone here also and she went on to become a Single Figure Handicap Golfer while in 2000 Madge served as Lady Captain of the Club. She was a member of the Arva Apostolic Society which raised much needed funding for the foreign missions and also made Vestments for the Priests on the missions. Madge was a member of the Altar Sodality and both made and cleaned the Altar cloths. Along with the other members she looked after the Flower arranging on the Altar and made sure it was always clean and tidy. She was a member of the Arva Conference of St Vincent de Paul, Arva I.C.A. and was one of the organisers of the first Senior Citizens Party. Madge and Con were fantastic dancers and won many awards over the years and even in her 80’s she would attend dancing weekends with her sisters in Westport. In 1981 Madge and Con moved into their new home “Ardross” in Drumalt where Madge indulged her passion for flowers, shrubs etc in a beautiful setting looking out on the lake. There was a constant stream of mourners calling to Ardross where Madge reposed until her removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart where she was received by Rev Dan Sheridan P.P. Killeshandra with Rev P.J. Fitzpatrick P.P. Lough Gowna and Rev Kevin Fay, Cortober, Arva and Lavey. Her Requiem Mass was Concelebrated with Rev Donald Hannon C.C. Arva the Chief Celebrant assisted by Rev Colm Hurley, Killeshandra and Rev Eamonn Bredin former C.C. Arva while Fr Hannon officiated at the graveside. Madge was predeceased y her husband Con in 2006 and is survived by her sons Liam and Mel in Arva, John in Dublin, daughters Mrs Mary Rigg, Canada, Mrs Paula Bouchier, Newfoundland, Mrs Bernadine (Ben) Blease, London, sisters Mrs Sheila Manning, Ahascaragh, Galway, Mrs Gladys Doherty, Limerick, grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy.

Country Tea Party

A country tea party will take place in The Breffni Arms on Friday night 9th of May at 8.30pm -11.30pm Music by Mike Beasley and A HOLA. All proceeds directly to Arva Community Development Association. Anyone wishing to host a table please keep this date for your diary.


Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers to help with its national Collection Day this April. The sport charity’s annual Collection Day takes place throughout Ireland on Friday 11th April. All funds raised go directly towards delivering a sports programme for people with an intellectual disability in Ireland. To get involved in your area please contact Laura Thompson on 04890892996 or email her at today. You can also support Collection Day by visiting

Sing us a Song

The recent “Sing us a Song” held in O’Hara’s Lounge, Main Street, Arva was a great success and Philip Brady would like to thank those artists who performed so well to a large and appreciative audience. The fantastic sum of €830 – 00 was raised for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Thanks to all who contributed and gave prizes for the raffle and to Padraig and Helen O’ Hara who hosted the event. The aran Island Half Marathon takes place on Saturday 12th April.