Arva local news Dec 24

SOAP BOX DERBY: A Soap Box Derby will be held in Arva on Sunday 2nd January on the Carrigallen Road and should be a great day's craic.

SOAP BOX DERBY: A Soap Box Derby will be held in Arva on Sunday 2nd January on the Carrigallen Road and should be a great day's craic.

The proceeds are going tour Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin and Suicide Awareness Group - S.TO.P. All details are on their Website – and they can be contacted by Email - There are specific rules with regard to size, weight and safety and all must be home built. Racing will take place from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm and there will be prizes for speed, style and theme.


The JCB is on standby to break the ice on Gartylough for the GAA Swim on St Stephen's Day. As a result of re-sodding in the football field, the pitch is now closed and the usual Charity Match will not take place on St Stephen's Day. Instead it was agreed to hold a swim in Gartylough and already over 20 brave souls have agreed to take part. Sponsorship Cards are available for anyone brave enough to make a splash and the club are asking for generous support. There will also be a Bong Ball Competition and – weather permitting – Duck Racing. The Bong Ball should prove to be good craic and keep people entertained for some time. Proceedings will get underway at 1.30 pm and Irish Music will be provided in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex from 3.00 o'clock onwards. A Raffle will be held with the proceeds going to the Active Age Group and St Vincent de Paul. The club would like to see as many as possible from the general area attending and making it a community event.


The club have rooms reserved in a Galway City Hotel on Saturday 29th January and the cost will be a very reasonable 65 euro for Dinner, Bed and Continental Breakfast. A Bus will be provided if necessary. Payment should be made as soon as possible to the Club Chairman so that the booking may be confirmed. This annual outing is always very enjoyable where players and supporters get together for a bit of craic before serious training gets underway.


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva on Monday evening's after Mass until 8.00 pm.


Penance Service for Christmas will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva on tomorrow – Thursday – night 23rd December at 8.00 pm. with visiting Priests.Mass times for Christmas will be as follows Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva – Christmas Eve at 8.00 pm. Christmas Day at 10.30 am. There will be no Vigil Mass for Sunday on Christmas Day with Mass on Sunday (26th) at 10.30 am. Church of the Immaculate Conception, Coronea – Christmas Eve at 8.00 pm. Christmas Day at 9.30 am. Sunday (26th) at 9.30 am.


Church of Ireland Services for the Arva Group of Parishes on Friday 24th December (Christmas Eve) @ 9.00 pm. Service of Holy Communion in Arva. Christmas Day - Service of Holy Communion in Carrigallen at 9.30 am and in Gowna at 11.00 am.


Christmas Day Service at 10.30 am. St Stephens Day Service at 10.15 am


The Arva Conference of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank sincerely all those who contributed so generously to their recent Church Gate collection which amounted to 3,126 euroin Arva and 320 euro in Coronea.


The children performed a Concert on Thursday evening last in St Patrick's Hall and it was a tremendous success. The hall was packed with parents and relatives while all the pupils went through their paces on the stage. All the teachers were present and were justifiably proud of the event. Thanks is due to the teachers for putting such an effort into the concert and the pupils for putting on such a good show. Everyone present enjoyed the night.This year the children from the school took part in the Christmas Cards for School's Project. Each child got to design their own unique Christmas card. There will be special packs of these cards which will include a selection of the children's designs available to buy in the Post Office, Bargain Buys, Lynch's Newsagents and also from the Secretary's office in the school. The packs will contain 10 Christmas cards of different designs and include envelopes. Each pack will cost 8 euro.


Their opening hours in Arva over the Christmas Season will be on Friday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. Friday 31st December 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Tuesday 4th January normal hours resume which are as follows – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am to 2.30 pm Fridays 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays 1pm to 5 pm and 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.


Note: Arva Branch Library will close for Christmas on Thursday 23rd December 2010 at 5.00 p.m. and will re-open on Thursday 6th January 2011 at 3.00 p.m.


Christmas Party for the Active Age Group was held on Wednesday night last in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex with a great attendance. Everyone had an enjoyable night with top class food provided by Eamonn, Philomena and staff and Music by Jimmy Tully


Congratulations are extended to Jennifer Kiernan, Tycusker, Arva and Paul Mc Entire, Annagh, Moyne who announced their engagement recently. We wish them every happiness in the future.