New Postmaster

New Postmaster

Congratulations are extended to Cormac and Kathleen O’Donnell, Arva Post office on the birth of a baby boy which occurred at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin on Saturday 16th August.

St Patrick’s GAA Club

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday 18th August. Jackpot €6,700-00 – Numbers drawn 4 /7 / 12 / 18 – No winner. €50 each – Brían Cully, Fair Green. Philip Galligan, Kilgarve. Margaret Brady, Gurten. The Jackpot on Monday night last 18th August was €6,750-00. 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


Arva have to wait for another week to find out when their next game in the Hotel Kilmore Junior Football Championship will be played. It all depends on the result of the game between Munterconnacht and Ballymachugh which takes place this Sunday evening in Kingspan Breffni Park at 6 o’clock.


On Saturday afternoon last, Cavan made the trip to Portlaoise to play Kerry in the All Ireland Junior Championship Final and after a good hours football Cavan emerged victorious with 2 goals to spare – 2-14 to 0-14. It was a great day for Arva who had James Morris at full back, Ciaran Brady at half back and Peter Morris among the substitutes. Both James and Ciaran gave outstanding displays during the game and the fact that they defeated Kerry added to the success. We congratulate our 3 Arva players and the entire panel and management for their efforts for Cavan football. This panel of players have been great ambassadors for the county, their clubs and their families and hopefully, we will see more of them in the future. As a county, this is the first All Ireland title since 1952 and in goals on that team was Seamus Morris, Main Street, Arva who is still in good form and living in Mullingar. Seamus was delighted to hear the news after the game on Saturday. When St Patrick’s College won their only Hogan Cup in 1972, Michael English, Farrangarve lined out for the college while in the mid 1990’s Ballyhaise won the Agricultural Colleges All Ireland with Dessie Dobson, Forthill a prominent member.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 31th August United Service of Summer Praise at 11.00 am in Arva followed by Tea / Coffee in the Memorial Hall. Everyone welcome. No other Services this weekend.

Dog Show

Cornafean Dog Show Field Day will be held in Parc Naomh Fionnáin, Cornafean on this Sunday, 31st August at 3 o’clock. All proceeds on the day will go to Self Help Africa which is a very worthy cause. All support will be much appreciated.

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.

Arva Branch Library: Your Library service is free! 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.

Active Age

The monthly Coffee morning for Arva Social Club will resume in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Friday, 5th September following the 10am Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva. All members are requested to attend and new members always welcome


Colmcille Ploughing Association will hold its Annual Ploughing & Field day on this Sunday, 31st August at Dernaferst on the Lands of Sam & Andrew Noble. Fun filled day for young & old.


It was with much regret that we heard of the death of Mr Jack Sheridan, Brankhill, Arva which occurred suddenly at his residence on Saturday, 9th August. Born and reared at Chapel Road, Arva, Jack worked hard all his life. In the 1950s he worked on the railways around Tullow, Carlow and it was there in 1959 he met and on 10th August 1960 married Margaret McIntyre. They moved to Longford Street, Arva and in 1977 they moved into their new home in Brankhill. Jack worked many years in McCormack Products, Killeshandra, as a part time Postman and as a lorry driver with Gerry Ellis and Sons. Jack had a lifelong interest in football and was involved in reforming the Arva club in 1962 and the subsequent merger with Cormore in 1964 to form St Patrick’s, Arva. He was always proud of the fact that his uncle Jim Smith was part of the Arva team that won the Junior Championship in 1933 – Arva’s first. He also boasted that when Cavan won the Minor All Ireland in 1937, four of his neighbours played on the team. He was a keen Huntsman and kept Beagles often winning in local competitions. Jack was also a keen fisherman and loved the peace and tranquillity of the lakes. He had a lifelong love of farming and always kept quality animals. Jack always supported the Breffni 20K Challenge and when he himself was a patient in St Luke’s he took great pride in pointing out the Breffni Wing and the Arva room to other patients. In that year he cut the tape to start the 20K in Cavan. His remains reposed at his residence until removal on Monday morning for Requiem Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva with Burial afterwards in Coronea Cemetery. Rev Donald Hannon C.C. Arva was the main celebrant at the Mass assisted by Rev John Daly, Rev Kevin Fay, Rev Gerard Cassidy. Members of the St Patrick’s Arva G.F.C. and the Cormore Hunt Club formed a Guard of Honour accompanied the hearse on the last part of the journey to the Church. Jack is survived by his wife Margaret, sons John, Denis, Ciaran, Enda, daughter Mrs Yvonne Mullally, brothers Joe and Patrick, sister Mrs Nuala Morrow, grandchildren, nephews nieces relatives and friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Bridie Dobson, Forthill, Arva on the death of her sister, Sr Margaret Galligan, late of Glascarrick, Loughduff who passed away at the Sisters of Mercy Nursing Home, Colwyn Bay, North Wales on 6th August. Burial took place in Wales.


Belated congratulations are extended to Mr Gavin Doyle, Farrangarve, Arva and Ms Mairead Burke, Straide, Co Mayo who were married in St Peter and Paul’s Church, Straide on 21st June with a reception afterwards in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Congratulations also to Mr Sean McManus, Drumcrow South, Derylane and Ms Linda Heaslip, Knockahista, Cavan who were married in St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral, Kilmore, Cavan on 18th July with a reception afterwards in the Landmark, Hotel, Carrick on Shannon. Both Gavin and Sean are prominent members of the Arva team and have given many years service to the club. On behalf of all their friends we wish both couples many years of health and happiness in the future.

School reopens

St. Mary’s National School, Arva will re-open on Monday next, 1st September. All new Junior Infants will finish at 12.30pm for the first week of school.

Swimming Lessons

Winter Swimming Lessons at Riversdale Ballinamore. Adult swimming Lessons. Aqua Aerobics, Children’s Swimming Lessons. For further information please contact Helen O Hara 086-8952925.

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.


Thunder Rolls Garth Brooks Charity Concert featuring a host of very talented Carrigallen artists takes place in the Breffni Arms Hotel Arvagh on Saturday 13th September in aid of Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. Also performing on the night will be singing sensation Priest Father Ray Kelly who became a worldwide phenomenon reaching over 40 million hits on U-tube for singing “HALLELUJAH” at a couples wedding. Tickets are priced at 10 euro. A night not to be missed and all proceeds go to a very worthy cause. For details or information please contact Ciaran on 086-0753309.