Arva local news Jan 21

ST PATRICK'S GAA: At the first club meeting of the year an Executive Committee was elected with the following members

ST PATRICK'S GAA: At the first club meeting of the year an Executive Committee was elected with the following members

- Barney Cully, John Hamilton, Siobhan O Hara, Cyril Sheridan, Michael Ellis, James Morris, Willie Ward, Arthur McCabe, Bran Cully, Padraig Brady, a players rep to be nominated by players, a ladies club representative. Club meetings will be held on the First Friday of each month and all members are invited to attend.


The Annual General Meeting of St Joseph's Football Club will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex, Arva at 9.00 pm on this Friday night 21st January. The Annual General Meeting of the Arva Juvenile Club will be held on Tuesday night of next week 25th January at 8.00 pm in St Patrick's Hall.


The Arva Ladies Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on this Saturday evening 22nd January at 7.00 pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex. Contact Geraldine Kiernan on 087 799 7212 or Kathleen Ellis on 087 246 2455


Church of Ireland Services for the Arva Group of Parishes as follows Carrigallen and Columbkille at 10.00 am, Arva and Gowna at 11.30 am.


Line Dancing classes resumed in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex, Arva on Thursday night last – 13th January with a good attendance. Classes for beginners at 8.30 pm and for the more advanced at 9.30 pm. New dancers always welcome so come along and enjoy the fun.


On this Friday night 21st January the Gonzo Theatre Company, Cavan will present their play "The Fire" by Philip Doherty and Directed by Kevin O' Connor. It is based on the Convent Fire in Cavan many years ago.


Aqua Aerobics at the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex - places are available for Aqua Aerobics on a Tuesday morning or a Friday night. Swimming Lesson start on 29th of January at the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex - If interested contact Helen O Hara on 049-4335084


Arva Area Development Association January meeting has been postponed and the next meeting will be held on Monday 14th February at 8.30 pm in St Patrick's Hall. All members please note change.


The death occurred at his recently residence of Mr Thomas Smyth, Killingdon, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England and originally from Drumshinney, Arva following a long illness which he bore without complaint. He was cared for by his family during this time and always had a cheerful disposition. Tommie attended Arva National School and later Ballinamuck Technical School to which he cycled each day ( no school bus in those days). When he finished school he went into Keith's as an Apprentice but he longed for the outdoor life. He moved to England where he became a Bus Driver and during this time he met his future wife Frances who was his Bus Conductor and originally from Mayo. They married in 1962 and have one son and one daughter. Tommie ( he was known as Pat in England) later became involved in the building trade and was a heavy goods vehicle driver. During that time he was in contact with many building contractors and he used these contacts in securing employment for many Irish people – especially those from Cavan and Mayo. Tommie was a member of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Team Supporters club and of course a keen supporter of the G.A.A. he played on a couple of occasions when home on holidays for the Cormore St Patrick's team.

He was immersed in the Irish community in England and could be relied upon to sing or give a recitation at local parties. Tommie was held in the highest esteem by his friends and this was evident at his removal on 6th January and Requiem Mass and cremation in England on 7th January which were attended by extremely large congregations including family members from Arva. Tommie is survived by his wife Frances, son Tom, daughter Karen, 5 grandchildren, sister Margaret, brothers P.J. Main Street, Arva, John. C. and Francie in Farrangarve, Arva, nephews and nieces to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy.

When the members of the Smith family returned home from England they went to visit their sister Bridie in Cavan General Hospital only to realise that she was close to death and they then had to contend with a double bereavement.

Bridie Smyth, Mespil, Sussex Rd, Dublin 4 was born 1931 in Drumshinny Arva. At 17 she and her 2 sisters, Mary Lucy and Margaret went to Macclesfield Hospital, Stockport in England to train as Nurses. She continued to work in England for 5 years until returning to Dublin to work in the Coombe Maternity Hospital as a Midwife and Staff Nurse. She worked there for approx 15 years. In the early 60's she qualified to take up nursing duties with the Royal Alexander Army Nursing Corp, Germany. This was a very privileged position and she worked there for 3 years. She then returned to Dublin and continued her nursing career in the Skin and Cancer Hospital, Hume Street where she nursed many Cavan patients. She retired from Hume St in 1988. However, Bridie was never idle and she continued to use her professional nursing skills by volunteering at Knock Shrine on numerous occasions for a number of years, helping the sick. Knock Shrine was a place she treasured dearly as she considered her religion to be very precious. Bridie was a Eucharistic Minister in Clarden St. and Haddington Rd. Churches, Dublin 4 and she had a great devotion to Padre Pio. She was a very fashionable and stylish lady and also had a great love for horse racing. She enjoyed going to Cheltenham and Ascot when possible and would catch up with old friends. Bridie was the proud owner of a Volkswagen Beetle car which could be seen on a regular basis at her parents home in Drumshinny as she never forgot to visit her family. Throughout her busy life she found time to visit her parents, nieces and nephews whereby she devoted her spare time taking them on "mystery tours" around the countryside and other places of interest. She spent the remaining 3 years of her life at Esker Lodge Nursing Home, Cavan, where she received excellent care and attention, which her family greatly appreciated. She died peacefully on Sat 8th January 2011 at Cavan General Hospital. Bridie was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt and friend to all. Ar Dheis D Go raibh a Anam. To her sister Margaret, brothers P.J, John C, Francie, nephews, nieces and many friends we extend sincere sympathy.


Suicide Bereavement Programme (Le Chile) an 8 week support programme with specially trained facilitators for those who have lost a loved one through suicide will be held in the Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan from 8th February to 29th March. Contact 049 437 1363 for further details.

Bereavement Care: for those coping with the death of a loved one – a free and confidential service with trained support volunteers are available to meet you privately in various locations in Cavan and surrounding counties Contact 049 4372 999 for appointment.


The long awaited Launch of the CD by the young traditional music group Rl g will take place on this Saturday night 22nd January at 8.00 pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex, Arva. This launch was due to be held in December but had to be postponed because of the bad weather. There is a long list of visiting musicians and it is sure to be a hugely enjoyable night so come along and support these talented youngsters – it would be greatly appreciated.


Sympathy is extended to Mr Pat Mc Elroy, Farrangarve, Arva on the death of his brother Joe Mc Elroy, Drumchonion, Shantonagh, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan which occurred at Cavan General Hospital on Thursday last 13th January. His remains were removed from his residence to St Patrick's Church, Bawn and following Requiem Masson Saturday burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.