St Patrick’s GAA Club

St Patrick’s GAA Club

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday 29th September. Jackpot €7,000 – Numbers drawn 14 / 19 / 26 / 30 – No winner. €50 each – Jana Sheridan, Hollybank. Geraldine Scott, c/o Keiths, Arva. John Joe Kiernan, Forthill. The Jackpot on Monday night last was €7,050. 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

Championship: Arva played Ballymachugh in the Hotel Kilmore Junior Football Championship Final in Kingspan Breffni Park on Sunday last and emerged victorious on a score Arva 2-11 Ballymachugh 0-8. Ballymachugh defeated Arva in the opening game in the competition but on this occasion there was only going to be one result. Playing with the breeze in the first half Arva raced into a 1-8 to 0-1 lead at half time with scores from Jonathan McCabe (3rd & 6th min), Conal Sheridan (12/13/19th min), Peter Morris (20 min), Brian Ellis (Goal – penalty 24 min), Fergal McGlade (25 min), Conal Sheridan (26 min). With the breeze behind them Ballymachugh tried to cut into the Arva lead and hit 4 points without reply inside 8 minutes and as Arva supporters started to worry along came Kevin Bouchier with a great run and popped a lovely pass to the inrushing Alan Barry who palmed the ball over the head of the advancing goalie to leave the winners 2-8 to 0-5 ahead. Both sides traded scores from there to the finish with 3 points each as Barry (19 min), Conal Sheridan (29min) and Jonathan McCabe ( 31 min) sealed a fantastic victory. Ballymachugh were gracious in their after match comments and wholeheartedly congratulated the Arva team. These sides have had many battles over the years but when the long whistle blows they always shake hands. It was a unique occasion as Thomas Brady climbed the steps of the stand to receive the Sean Leddy Cup from Tom Reilly, Chairman of Cavan County Board – something his father Vincent done in 1983 as Captain of the Arva Intermediate team. Arva team – Richard Keith, Cormac McCabe, James Morris, Shane Finnegan, Tomas Brady (Capt), Ciaran Brady, Paul Bouchier, Fergal Mc Glade (0-1), Cian Sheridan , Alan Barry (1-1), Kevin Bouchier, Peter Morris (0-1), Brian Ellis (1-0), Jonathan Mc Cabe (0-3), Conal Sheridan (0-5). Subs Stephen Ellis, Gavin Doyle, Conor Mc Entee, Brian Fitzpatrick. There were 13 other player in the panel who contributed so much to this win Sean Donnelly, Darren Gray, Sean Mc Manus, Shane McEntee, Paul Brady, Raymond Daly, Alan Gray, Enda Gormley, Danny Mc Entee, Ciaran Cooney, Raymond Brady, Danny Conneely and Ryan Magarahan (Injured). Both teams were treated to a beautiful meal by Cavan County Board in the Hotel Kilmore after which the bus headed to Arva. Bone fires greeted the Bus as it entered the town and they got a Garda Escort through the town thanks to Garda Dan O’Connell which added to the excitement. Because of the heavy rain the reception was moved from the Market Square to the Breffni Arms Hotel where a huge crowd welcomed them home. The club Chairman Niall Brady welcomed everyone and thanked Eamonn and Philomena for the use of the hotel at short notice and thanked everyone involved in this historic victory. A special word went to Ciaran Brady, Team Manager and his backroom team – Philip Galligan, Enda Boylan, Philip Brady, Brían Cully and Lisa Mulligan while the supporters themselves got great praise. The players were introduced to the supporters by Brían Ellis who has coached most of them since they were 8 years old – noting that there are 8 sets of brothers in the panel. No doubt the celebrations will continue for some time as 1993 was the last time Arva won this competition – as the song goes “21 years is a mighty long time”. The Sean Leddy Cup was brought to the local school and Crèche’s on Monday where they got a rapturous welcome from all the children.

Arva Ladies

Had their last competitive game of the season on Saturday last and they would like to say a big thank you to all of the girls for all the great games over the season – those who helped out – supported – travelled and sponsored the club. To the girls going into county training for U-14, U-16 and U-18 they wish them every success. The club will organise an evening celebration in the next few weeks and training will continue on Wednesday and Saturday. The Arva Ladies would like to sincerely Congratulate the Arva Junior Football Champions on their great win on Sunday last over Ballymachugh and wish them continued success in the League and in the Ulster Club Championship.

St Francis Minor Club, Dromard extend a warm welcome to everyone to their annual Clan Smith memorial celebrations in Pairc na Gael on Sunday next 12th October. An U-14 game will take place at 4.00 pm between St Francis and Colmcille followed by music and finger food. All welcome.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group –Sunday 12th October – Service of Morning Prayer in Carrigallen at 10am and in Arva at 11.30 am. Holy Communion Service in Columbkille at 10am and in Gowna at 11.30am. Thursday 16th October at 8pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva. Men’s Irish Breakfast evening. Speaker Rev Chuck Owens S Carolina. All men welcome. Friday 17 October at 8pm in Arva Church Hall - Cafe Church: Tea/coffee and treats served at 8pm followed by informal worship as people are seated around tables. There will be worship songs, Bible reading, prayers and a talk. Everyone welcome.


Arva Foróige Club meeting’s every Friday in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva at 7.30 pm for second level students.

Spina Bifida

The annual church gate collection for the Cavan/Monaghan Spina Bifida Association was taken up in Arva last weekend and amounted to €326-44. On behalf of the organisers we thank everyone for their generosity.

Cash for Clobber

St. Mary’s National School, Arva will hold a Cash for Clobber collection on Wednesday, 22nd October 2014. Bags can be left into the G.P. Room on the previous day. Great time to de-clutter.


St Mary’s National School, Arva will hold their Beginning of the Year Mass at 10am on this Friday, 10th October in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva. All welcome.

Jack and Jill Charity Walk

Thank you to all the children, parents and members of the wider Community that participated in our Jack and Jill Walk on Wednesday last. A total of €327 was raised on the day for the charity so well done to all.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing classes continue each Thursday in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva with classes for beginners at 8.30pm and for the more advanced at 9.30pm. Come along and enjoy a good night of dancing and fun.


Meditation/ mindfulness classes begin in Arva on Thursday, 16th October, for 8 weeks. Places are limited so to find out more & book your place contact 0872 968924.

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.

Active Age

Gentle Exercise and Line Dancing will take place each Tuesday morning in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva at 10 o’clock. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part. The Arva Social Club will hold an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 19th October at 4.00 pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva. Full details later.

Council meeting

Ballyjamesduff Municipal District council meeting takes place in Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on tonight Wednesday 8th October at 7:30pm. There is an open invitation to all members of the community to attend.


Arva Area Development Association meeting will be held in Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Monday next, 13th October at 7pm. Note early starting time as Mr Conor Craven from Waste Management section of Cavan County Council will be in attendance to discuss management of our waste, Composting and its importance in participating in the Tidy Towns competition. All Member of the community are welcome.

Alzheimer’s Society

The Cavan Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland are bringing an Awareness bus to all the large towns of Cavan and will be in Arva on Saturday of next week, 18th October from 3pm to 4pm. Are you worried about memory loss? Please call in for free information or a confidential chat.

Gallant 15k

The 11th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday, 25th October 2014. Main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacies Cavan. People can either walk, run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cornafean. Over the previous 10 years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising 289,000 euro for this wonderful cause. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.