Festive fever descends on Arva

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Local children take to the stage last weekend as the folk of Arva welcomed the turning on of the Christmas lights.

As Christmas celebrations go, few do it better than the vibrant and bustling town of Arva.

Evidence of that very fact was in rich supply last Saturday when the man responsible for all the seasonal festive celebrations arrived to raucous celebrations as he performed the annual switching on of the Christmas lights.

As is customary with Santa’s arrival, children of all ages made their way down to St Patrick’s Hall where a whole host of presents and goodies were handed out to much delight.

The occasion was one which demonstrated the deep-seated community ties that exist in the town, something which has remained a mainstay of Arva’s Development Association for many decades.

Since 1962, the organisation has been championing the Christmas lights cause, making it one of the first rural towns in the region to do it for themselves.

The excitement continues apace this Friday (December 14) when the revered Roscommon Solstice Choir arrive in town.

The Breffni Arms Hotel will provide the venue for this much anticipated fundraiser for the renovation of St Patrick’s Hall.

To add to it all, St Mary’s National School Choir will treat audiences to a number of festive tunes.
Locals are being encouraged to come out and support the Hall Committee for what promises to be a night not to be missed.

The same night, a special Christmas Jumper night will be all the rage at The Brewery Bar where proprietors Emmett and Louise will be pulling out all the stops once again to ensure there is plenty of festive cheer in the air.

All proceeds are in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan.

The following weekend, the hugely popular High Stool Prophets will be in town on Saturday December 22 in what will surely be one of the stand-out night’s over the holiday season.