St Patrick’s Arva: Arva had 3 challenge games in the past week against Colmcille, Ardagh and Dromard with mixed results. Each one proved to be a good workout for the players and the team management used it instead of training. Corlough will be visitors to Arva on this Saturday evening while the Reserve team are due to play Bailieboro on Sunday but this may be changed – check with club officers. We appeal to all supporters to come out and support our teams. The Cavan Senior Team were well beaten by neighbours Longford in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday evening last in the All Ireland Qualifiers. There is great banter in the Arva area since and especially at the festival over the weekend which added to the humour and craic at the event.
Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto continues with the draw held in the Clubrooms on Monday night at 8.00 o’clock. The winning numbers on Monday 20th June were 18 – 19 – 24 – 28. There was no winner and the following received a €50 consolation prize – Gerry Reynolds, Drumhaldry, Noel Calder, Killeshandra, Brian O’ Connor, Moyne.
Wild West Festival: After a lapse of a year the very popular American Truck and Wild West Festival took place in Arva on last weekend with all the usual attractions and a couple of new ideas. It was a fantastic weekend with loads of entertainment for all the family including Helicopter rides, Monster Trucks, Fast Cars, Stunts on the ground and in the Air, etc, etc. The weather was very bad on Friday night so the attendance was small but with better weather on Saturday and Sunday the town was jammed with revellers. Everyone was in good spirits and no disturbances were reported. Congratulations to the organisers and to everyone associated with it – Crumlin Children’s Hospital, STOP, and St Christopher’s Hospice, Cavan will be the main beneficiaries and are worthy causes indeed.
Bingo: continues every Sunday night with a great attendance in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva. There is over €3,000 in prizes on offer with two panels worth €500 each. With the prize money that is on offer it is rightly seen as one of the best sessions in the region – Eye’s down 9.00 pm sharp.
Water Safety: It’s that time of year again when the annual two week course on Swimming and Water Safety will take place on Gartylough Lake, Arva starting on Monday morning next 4th July. This course has been running without fail for more than 45 years – it started in the mid ‘60’s – and never missed a year. Thousands of children have benefited from learning the basic skills of swimming with most of them also learning basic life saving techniques. Those who have gone on to become Instructors themselves have given something back by taking classes both in Arva and in some of the surrounding venues. It is important that as many children as possible avail of this two week event so that they can avail of water sports as they progress through life. Enrolment will take place on Monday at 10.15 am with classes at 11.00 am, 3.00 pm and Adults Only at 7.00 pm each day.
Arva Show: Arva Agricultural Show Society will hold their 54th Annual Show this year on Sunday 24th July in the Show Field with the kind permission of M.s Philomena Fyfe. A meeting will be held in the Resource Centre, Market Square, Arva on this Thursday night 30th June at 9.30 pm. All members are requested to attend and new members are always welcome.
Breffni 20k: The Official Launch of the annual Breffni 20 K Challenge will take place this Thursday night 30th June in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex and there is an open invitation to everyone to attend on the night with 10.00 pm. The 20 K involves walking / jogging / running etc from Cavan to Arva – or the shorter distance from Ballinagh to Arva - will take place this year on 30th July. This will be the 11th year of fundraising for St Luke’s Hospital and associated charities and despite the economic situation in our country it is expected that most counties will be represented on the day. Sponsorship Cards are now available from all the usual outlets.
Take Me Out: Norman Hall presented a very successful night in the Breffni Arms Hotel & Leisure Complex some time ago and will present the proceeds to the representatives of St Luke’s Hospital for Cancer Care, Cure and Control on this Friday night at the launch of the 20 K. Take Me Out proved to be an extremely popular event with crowds attending from all the surrounding areas. Congratulations to Norman and all his helpers on a great achievement.
Tidy Town: In an effort to help promote the Tidy Town Campaign a local farmer planted a Laurel Hedge along the Cavan road on the outskirts of the town. Imagine his dismay and that of the local committee when they realised on Monday of last week that a number of the plants had been stolen. It appears that they were stolen on Sunday night 19th June and if anyone noticed anything suspicious they should contact the local Gardaí – who have been notified. We have obviously descended to a new low in this area if a few hedging plants are not safe anymore. We appeal to everyone to keep a watch out for any suspicious happenings in the general area and don’t be afraid to contact the local Garda Station on 049 4335 302. It gets worse as more of these Plants were stolen on Friday evening and to avoid further trouble those responsible should return them as a positive identification is possible.