St Patrick’s GAA

St Patrick’s GAA

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Clubrooms on Monday, 27th October. Jackpot €7,200 – Numbers drawn 4 / 12 / 15 / 18 – No winner. €50 each – Martin Brennan, Cortober. Pat Dolan, Carrigallen. Brian Mulligan, Gaigue. The Jackpot on Monday night last was €7,250. 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

Hooley: The Arva Club held a very successful Hooley on this Sunday week last in the Breffni Arms Hotel. There was a great night of Song Music and Craic with a large crowd in attendance. The club are grateful for the support and thank everyone for their generosity. On the night a small sum of money was found in the Hotel and the owner should contact Eamonn.

Race Nite: The Club are holding a Race Nite on 26th December and members are looking for people to support their efforts. It should be a great evenings craic with hopefully lots of people home for the Festive Season and it will provide an ideal opportunity to meet up with old friends

Ulster Club: The Arva team represented Cavan in the Quarter Final of the Ulster Club Championship on Sunday last in Kingspan Breffni Park but unfortunately were defeated by 2-6 to 0-9 by Urris from Donegal. Arva had the benefit of a strong wind in the first half and were doing well until the winners got a goal in the 25th minute. The half time score was Arva 0-8 Urris 1-1. With the wind in their backs for the second half they done just about enough to get through with another goal the difference at the finish. Unfortunately for Arva they only scored one point in the second half and both sides missed numerous goal chances in both halves. Urris were totally dominant in the first five minutes but good tackling and bad shooting left them without a score to show for their efforts. When Arva settled down they missed a great goal chance when the ball came back off the upright with the Goalie beaten. Conal Sheridan opened the scoring with a pointed free in the 10th minute with Conor Mc Entee (12th & 15th min’s) Kevin Bouchier (13 min’s), Jonathan Mc Cabe (16th & 26th min’s), and Sheridan again in 21st min (free) and a tremendous point from out near the sideline in the 25th min. A high dropping ball into the Arva goalmouth was punched over the bar for the winners point in the 24th min with the goal a minute later. Arva had a great chance for a goal after the restart but it was scrambled away before Urris had points in the 4th & 7th mins. Arva missed another goal chance with the ball screaming past the outside of the upright while Conal Sheridan had the only Arva score in the 9th minute. The winners had points in the 13th & 16th minutes and the goal came in the 17th minute and they pointed a free in the 19th minute to close the scoring. It has to be said that there was terrible rain along with the wind in the second half and conditions were very poor hence the scarcity of scores. Both sides battled bravely to the end but there were no scores for the final 11 minutes. Arva team – Richard Keith, Thomas Brady, James Morris, Cormac Mc Cabe, Stephen Ellis, Ciaran Brady, Paul Bouchier, Fergal Mc Glade, Brian Fitzpatrick, Alan Barry, Kevin Bouchier (0-1), Conor Mc Entee (0-2), Conal Sheridan (0-4), Jonathan Mc Cabe (0-2) , Brian Ellis. Sub’s – Gavin Doyle, Darren Gray. Before the start of the game a minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to the late Seamus Morris who passed away recently. Everyone knows who Seamus was so there is no need to repeat it all here. Suffice to say he was one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of Cavan football, Go nDearna Día Trócaire ar a Ainm Dílis. On behalf of all our supporters and club members we say a sincere thanks to the players who have given us a tremendous year and we are proud of each and every member of the panel. Ciaran Brady has stepped down as team manager but we thank him for the work he has done over the past two years – promotion from Division 3 after 20 years, promotion for next year to Division 1B, Junior Final last year and winning the Final this year to play in the Intermediate Championship next year. Well done Ciaran – we will always be grateful to you. Philip Galligan and Enda Boylan last year with Philip Brady this year worked extremely well together and played a major part in our success. Brían Cully & Lisa Mulligan were also important members of the backroom team and we say a big thank you to them and everyone who worked behind the scenes to make the club so successful. Due to the Bank Holiday last week and the loss of my notebook I omitted to thank our friends in Munterconnacht for the warm welcome before and after the game (not during it lol) in Ryefield. They also formed a Guard of Honour for the Arva players and management after the game as they headed to the dressing room. On behalf of the Arva Club we say a sincere thanks to the Munchies – it was much appreciated.


If anyone wishes to purchase a DVD of the Arva Championship victory please Text your name to Elaine A.S.A.P. 087 6165 715. The price is €10 in a Plastic Cover or €15 in a Hardback Cover.


There was a great sadness as news spread of the death of Mr James O’Reilly, Drumshinney, Arva which occurred following a long battle with ill health. Jim was a gifted Carpenter and got an early introduction to the trade from his uncles Joe and Tommy Donohoe who lived in Drumalt. He went to work in Dublin and got employment with Shannon Caravans in Bray and it was while there he met and married Helen O’Sullivan. They moved back to Arva in 1975 and started a new business building Mobile Homes – aptly named Arva Products. These buildings were made to the highest standard and looked absolutely beautiful. Jim employed a large workforce and these Homes were sold all over the country. Unfortunately, the economy slumped after about 10 years and Jim had to close the business. He then went to work with GEM Construction in Longford who were involved in Prestige Joinery for which they were renowned. Jim was involved in some high class developments all over the country including Dublin. His work can be seen in some Government Departments including the Taoiseach’s Office, The Financial Services Centre, The National Gallery and his last project The National Convention Centre. Jim retired in 2010 but unfortunately he only got a year to enjoy before ill health struck. He was one of the most genuine people one could meet and his large circle of friends remained very loyal to him. As one said if he couldn’t do you a good turn he would try to find someone who could. He is survived by his wife Helen, sons Niall in Navan, Ian in Dublin, daughters Joan in Melbourne, Australia and M.s Alma Holden in Dublin, sisters Mrs Phyllis Loftus, Ballina, Co Mayo, Mrs Clare Keane, Louisburg, Co Mayo, Mrs May Sheridan, Calloughs, Carrigallen, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, Brother in Law Cathal Sheridan, relatives and many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. He reposed at his residence and there was a constant stream of mourners calling to pay their respects. His remains were removed to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva where they were received by Rev Donald Hannon C.C. Rev Sheamie Cullen, Gartylough, Rev Pat Mc Manus, Gartylough who also officiated at his Concelebrated Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in Coronea Cemetery. Both removal and funeral were attended by large congregations which showed the esteem in which Jim and his family are held.


Belated congratulations are extended to Mr David Bouchier, Drumalt, Arva and Ms Grace Sweeney, Glascow who announced their engagement recently. Congratulations also to Mr Alfie Dennany, Farrangarve, Arva and Ms Margaret Gormley, Pulladoey, Aughnacliffe who also announced their engagement recently. We wish both couples every happiness in the future.

Show Meeting

Arva Agricultural Show Society will hold an important meeting on tonight Wednesday, 5th November at 9.15 pm in the Resource Centre, Market Square, Arva. All members are requested to attend and new members are always welcome.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday, 9th November – Remembrance Service in Carrigallen at 10.00 am and in Arva at 11.30 am. Morning Prayer in Columbkille at 10.00 am and in Gowna at 11.30 am.

First Friday

The Sick and Housebound in the Arva and Coronea areas will be visited after 10.30am n this Friday 7th November.

Hospital Visitation

If a family member is sick or in hospital and would like a visit from your local Clergy please let them know and they will be glad to call. Due to patient confidentially the Clergy cannot check hospital lists.


On behalf of the community, we say a hearty welcome home to Fr Sheamie Cullen, Gartylough, Arva who is on holiday from his missionary work in Japan and staying in the family home. Despite having spent over 40 years in Japan Fr Sheamie still has a deep love of his native place. We hope he enjoys his holiday


St. Mary’s National School, Arva will celebrate its Centenary Year in 2015. They will have a weekend of celebrations on the October bank Holiday weekend next year, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October. These celebrations will include a Special Mass in the Church followed by an Open Evening in the school on the Saturday and a Dinner Dance on the Sunday night. They will also be launching a Special Book to commemorate the occasion and are extending an invite to all past pupils and staff to help in spreading the word. They are also looking for old class photos, stories, work samples etc that could be included in the book. A special email account has been set up for anyone who would like to send us on some information or photos. A facebook page for the event will be set up shortly too. They would also welcome the help of anyone that would have an interest in the book project. You can contact the school on 0494335560. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Arva/Cornafean Text Alert

If you would like to sign up to the text alert service please put your name and mobile telephone number on an envelope, together with €5.00 and leave it with Cormac O’Donnell, Arva Post Office or Art Mc Seain, Mc Seain’s Pub, Cornafean or contact one of the committee members. If you require a personal monitored alarm or you know somebody in the community who requires a personal monitored alarm please contact one of the following committee members, Martin Doyle - 086 3549901, Bernie Gormley - 087 2487069, Seamus McGahern - 087 7671002 or Alice Murtagh - 086 1943109


The Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group present a Concert on this Friday night 7th November at 8pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva featuring the Mullahoran Players and other local artists. All proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society, Oncology Unit’s in Cavan General Hospital and Altnagevlin Hospital, Derry. All support much appreciated – Tickets on sale through-out the area.

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

Line Dancing

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

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

Remember your Library Service is Free. FREE Membership. FREE Internet Access and Computer facilities.

Arva Active Age

Adapted Exercise continues each Tuesday morning in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva at 10 o’clock. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part. Mass for deceased members of Arva Active Age will be celebrated on this Friday morning, 7th November (1st Friday) at 10am in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva. Soup and Sandwiches, Tea / Coffee afterwards in the Breffni Arms Hotel.

Book Launch

A great night was had by all present at the launch of Eugene McGee’s new book “The GAA in my Time” which took place in Croke Park on Thursday night last. There were GAA people from all over Ireland including some of the greatest players to have played the game. Michéal Ó Muirahoirthaigh acted as M.C. while Mick O’Dwyer officially launched the book. There is great reading in the book and it should be a best seller.