St Patrick’s GAA Club: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday night 20th May. The Jackpot was €3,450 – Numbers drawn were 1/ 6 / 15 / 30. No winner – €50 winners - Siobhán Doyle, Arva. David Mc Glynn, C/o Gerry Ellis. Gabriel Madden, Farrangarve. The Lotto Jackpot on Monday last 27th May was €3,500. 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 www.arvagfc.com
League: Arva travelled to Sheelin Park, Ballyheelan on Friday evening last to play the home side in the Brady’s Volkswagen Division 3 League and after a great encounter they emerged victorious by 4 points on a score Arva 5 - 4 Ballymachugh 1-11. It was a surreal type of game with Arva not making enough of the possession they enjoyed and shooting many wide’s but they easily opened up the defence to score the goals. Brian Ellis got two from play and another from a superbly struck penalty. Fergal Mc Glade shot two goals while Kevin Bouchier scored the 4 points. Fergal Mc Glade was harshly sent off on a double yellow with 15 minutes left to play but despite a continuous onslaught from the home side Arva stood firm and never looked like losing. Arva Team – Sean Donnelly, Shane Finnegan, James Morris, Patrick Murtagh, Stephen Ellis, Thomas Brady, Shane Mc Entee, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Brady, Fergal Mc Glade, Cian Sheridan, Alan Barry, Jonathan Mc Cabe, Kevin Bouchier, Brian Ellis. Subs – Danny Mc Entee, Raymond Daly. On Sunday Arva welcomed Kildallan to Michael Cully Park and on a beautiful day for football Arva triumphed again to put themselves top of the League table. While they have the same points as Ballymachugh they have a better scoring difference and so top the table. As the first half progressed it looked as if the scores would be the same as Friday night only in reverse as the visitors led at half time by 2-4 to 0-8and only for a brilliant save from Sean Donnelly they would have been further ahead. The interval came at the right time for the home side and they refocused and held Kildallan to a single point in the second half until the 5th minute of injury time when they were awarded a penalty which Killian Doonan converted and the long whistle sounded. Arva scored 1-6 in the second half with Kevin Bouchier hitting the net after a good pass from Brian Ellis. Arva team and scorers – Sean Donnelly, Shane Finnegan, James Morris, Patrick Murtagh, Stephen Ellis, Thomas Brady (0-1), Shane Mc Entee, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Brady (0-4), Fergal Mc Glade, Cian Sheridan, Alan Barry, Jonathan Mc Cabe, Kevin Bouchier (1-4), Brian Ellis (0-4), Subs – Danny Mc Entee, Ciaran Cooney, Raymond Daly (0-1).
Arva Ladies GFC: Arvaladiesgfc@gmail.com Girls training will start at 11.30 every Saturday.
Under 12 Division 1 Champions: Arva and Templeport played out a thrilling game in Kingspan Breffni Park on Tuesday 21st May with the result in doubt to the final whistle. When it sounded Arva were U-12 Division 1 Champions on a score Arva 6-3 Templeport 3-9. Both teams deserve great praise for the quality of their play which moved up and down the field for the entire hour. On return to Arva the team drove in convoy around the town and entered the Breffni Arms Hotel to great applause. Great credit is due to the team mentors and in particular Wolfgang Walch who took on the ladies football and has given great service to the club. On behalf of the entire community we congratulate everyone involved and hope it is just the first of many such victories. Team and Scorers - Clare Scott, Jade Magarahan, Eabha Whelan, Kayla Brady, Holly Lynch, Sinead Mullally, Leah Brady (4 – 2), Jessica Pratt , Claire O Connor , Emma Walch (2 - 0), Johanna Sheridan (0 -1) . Subs: Eva Brady, Kate Madden, Fiona Gormley & Kelsey McGahan.
Church Services: for the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 2nd June – Holy Communion Service in Carrigallen and Columbkille at 10.00 am and in Arva and Gowna at 11.30 am.
1st Communion: The children from St Mary’s National School, Arva and Coronea National School will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Coronea on this Sunday 2nd June - check Mass time. Rev Eamonn Bredin C.C. Arva will celebrate the Mass and we hope everything goes well on the day.
Give Blood: The mobile unit of the Blood Transfusion Service will visit St Brigid’s Community Centre, Lough Gowna on this Wednesday and Thursday 29th / 30th May with the clinic open each day from 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm. Help ensure that essential Blood supplies are always available by giving Blood regularly – it is important that we all remember that many patients in hospitals need our Blood and this need never ceases. Blood Donors save lives – the life you save could be your own.
Death: It is with regret that we record the death of Mrs Elizabeth Brady, Forthill, Arva which occurred at the residence of her daughter Mrs Dympna Mc Connell, Drumshinney, Arva. Lily was what she was known as to everyone and she was a native of nearby Coronea. She was an extremely kind and friendly lady who worked hard all her life helping on the family farm – firstly at home and then with her late husband Paddy when she came to Forthill in 1959. She had a great love for the land and all farm animals and this was also true of her life. She loved meeting people and visitors to her home were assured of a cup of tea and a friendly conversation. She created a loving home for her family and when they brought friends to visit they were assured of a great welcome. She loved to hear that they were getting on well in life and had a genuine interest in what they were involved in. While many people of a younger age might be fearful of flying to New Zealand Lily done it twice to visit her son Vincent and also visited New York a number of times. Lily got tremendous enjoyment with her grandchildren whom she idolised and they returned her love a hundredfold. In later years Lily moved into an apartment in Arva and was very happy there as she could walk to the church and to visit her many friends in the town. When she became unwell she moved in with Dympna where she was well cared for. Lily was predeceased by her husband Paddy and is survived by her sons Gerard in Sligo, Vincent in New Zealand, Tommy in Drumshinney, daughters Dympna in Drumshinney, Teresa in Dublin, Ann York in England, sisters Teresa in New York and Sr Anna Patricia in Cork, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. Her remains were removed to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva and following Requiem Mass burial took place in Coronea Cemetery. Rev Eamonn Bredin C.C. officiated.
Social Club: Are holding a Monster Raffle in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex on Friday of next week 7th June. Tickets are €2-00 each with a book of 3 costing €5-00. The 1st prize is an Evening Meal plus B&B in Mc Nean Bistro, Blacklion. This is a fantastic prize as Nevin Maguire and staff have one of the best Restaurants in the country. 2nd Prize is a Kindle iPod, 3rd Prize is a fantastic Genesis Clock with many more prizes on the day. Your generous support would be much appreciated. They want to remind members to keep on selling and extra tickets are available in the Hotel. The Social Club are attending the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on this Friday 24th May for a Concert of Music, song, Dance etc. Anyone wishing to attend and needing a lift should be at St Patrick’s Hall, Arva at 7.30 pm sharp – Admission €10-00
Bingo: The weekly Bingo sessions continue on each Sunday night in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva with a great attendance. There is over €3,100-00 in Prize Money on offer each week (€1,000-00 on page 9) making it one of the best around. Eyes down at 9pm.
Free Money: Saturday Night’s Raffle in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex, Arva is called ‘Free Money Saturday’ and on Saturday night last there was no winner. On this Saturday night there will be €300 on offer. Free entry to the draw. You must be there to win – the draw takes place anytime after 10.00pm.
Library: Your Library Service is Free. FREE Membership. FREE Internet Access and Computer facilities. Great selection of books and audio books. 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.
Line Dancing: Classes continue in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex, Arva every Thursday night with classes for Beginners at 8.30 pm and for the more Advanced at 9.30 pm. Come along and enjoy a good night’s dancing in a friendly environment. Get out – Get active.
Trotters Walking Group: Remember it’s never too late to join the Trotters on Sunday mornings at 11.15am at the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex.
Corn Mill Theatre: Stalemate - A new play by Seamus O’ Rourke will be performed in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd June. Get Rhythm - A tribute to the music of Johnny Cash – with Paul Mc Cann, Louise O’ Reilly and an 8 piece band. Friday 7th June. Margaret of New Orleans committee celebrating the Bi-Centenary Gathering of Margaret of New Orleans through performance pieces of music, song, dance, drama and poetry by commissioning artists. Doors open at 8.00 pm - Curtain 8.30 pm each night. Bookings on 049 4339 612
Clean-Up: Residents and Local’s interested in cleaning up Arva town and environs are requested to meet at 7.00 pm on this Wednesday evening 29th May at St Patricks Hall to commence cleanup. Protective clothing, bags and pickers will be supplied.
History: David Brady is currently compiling a book on the history of Arva and is again appealing for any items of interest people may have in their possession. Old photograph’s of the town or events which happened in or around the town, information on the schools and Churches, any connections to World War 1 and photo’s or stories about the Fair Day’s or Market Days of long ago. The deadline for printing is drawing near so if you have anything you feel may be of interest please contact David on 086 477 5514 before the end of this week. David will take copies of the pictures or documents on the spot so there is no danger of them getting lost or damaged. Alternatively have them scanned and send to firstname.lastname@example.org This is a great chance to put a comprehensive history of the town together and there is an onus on anyone with information to get involved
Fine Gael: The annual Church Gate Collection was taken up on last weekend and met with a very generous response. The local branch of Fine Gael would like to thank everyone for their support
Country Markets: Are looking for someone to sell books at their sales. If you are interested please contact Kieran Moore on 087-6836 372.
St. Mary’s N.S.: Are holding an Ice Cream Party in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland in the school on Tuesday 4th June 2013 @1pm. Please come along and support. St. Mary’s N.S. Arva, Infant Induction Day will take place on Friday 7th June 2013 from 2pm -3pm. The children will get a chance to meet with the class teacher and look around the school. St. Mary’s N.S. are holding a Cash for Clobber Clothing Collection on Wednesday 12th June 2013. Please leave your bags into the reception area of the school. Great time to De-Clutter!