Arva notes



St Patrick’s Arva

Lotto: Lotto draw Tuesday, October 8. The jackpot was €4,450 – numbers drawn were 5, 7, 23 and 24. No jackpot winner – €50 winners were Dessie Gardiner, Cavan. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Gowna. Jordan Montgomery, Lossett.

League: Following the disappointment of losing an epic Junior Championship Final the previous Sunday, Arva footballers dusted themselves down and headed to Blacklion on Saturday evening for an important league game with Shannon Gaels. Unfortunately the home team were very depleted and Arva ran up a score of 4-18 to 0-1. That victory assured Arva of promotion to Division 2 for the first time in over 20 years. They still have to play Shercock and Ballymachugh before contesting the semi-finals. Arva team: Sean Donnelly, Shane Finnegan, James Morris, Sean Mc Manus, Stephen Ellis, Thomas Brady (1-0), Ciaran Brady, Fergal Mc Glade, Conal Sheridan (1-1), Jonathan Mc Cabe (0-2), Peter Morris (0-8), Gavin Doyle (0-1), Alan Barry (1-2), Kevin Bouchier (0-1), Brian Ellis (1-3). Subs Peter Conneely, Patrick Murtagh, Brian Fitzpatrick, Darren Gray, Paul Bouchier.


The football club have come up with a novel fundraising venture which will take place on Saturday, November 16 called the Croagh Patrick Challenge / Clew Bay Walk. Sponsorship cards are available in Arva Post Office and the club is hoping for a good response.


Well done to Ciaran O’Reilly and the Ballinagh footballers who defeated Cavan Gaels on Sunday to win the Cavan Senior Championship for the very first time. Ciaran is originally from Arva where he played for many years and this is his second time to Manage a team to Senior honours having led Mullahoran to Senior success in 1998 – their first championship success since 1963.


It has been a fantastic week for Ciaran O’Reilly as he was awarded the International Personality of the Year at the Cavan Business and Tourism Awards in the Slieve Russell on the previous Thursday week October 3. Ciaran joined Expert Ireland as CEO in 2000 and developed the group from a buying power of €10 million to a high of €148 million in 2007. He was appointed to the board of Expert International in 2011 and was elected President in 2012. They have 3,700 stores in 22 countries with expansion very much in mind.

Fresh Today

The awards night brought a double success for Arva as Fresh Today in Cavan town won the “Retailer of the Year” award. Started in 1889 by Mary and Arthur Ellis - Great Grand Parents of the present Directors Michael, Brían and Gerard – it now counts among its staff Michael’s daughter Michelle (who won an award last year) and Brían’s son Stephen one of Arva’s leading footballers – the 5th Generation to work in the business.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – This Sunday, October 20 Family Service in Carrigallen and Columbkille at 10am and in Arva and Gowna at 11.30am.

On this Friday, October 18 Cavan Rugby Club Choir and local artists will perform in Concert in Aughnacliffe Community Centre at 8pm. Proceeds to Columbkille Church Restoration Fund. Tickets €10 or pay at door.

Faith Orphanage

Faith Orphanage is a small orphanage on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from where as some people know Jacque and Alan Pratt have adopted a little girl. They are in the process of raising funds for this orphanage by doing the 10k Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa and are looking for as many sponsors as possible to raise funds. If you would like to support this very worthy cause then please contact Jacque Pratt 086 1005801.

Late Sean Conneely

The entire area was saddened by the death of Mr Sean Conneely, Árd na Gréinne, Holybank, Arva which occurred in Cavan General Hospital on Friday, September 27 after a short illness.

Sean came to Arva from Cashel in Connemara in 1943 as an Official with the Department of Agriculture. It was here that he met and later married his late wife Anne (Nancy) Smith who came to Arva as a Nurse / Midwife. They built a new home in Hollybank and immersed themselves in the community. His job at that time was inspecting work done under Grant Schemes for the Department and later in life he transferred to the Department of Labour to work on the Wages Board.

Sean was prominent in many local organisations but will be remembered in particular for the massive contribution he made to the Arva GAA Club. He was Treasurer of the club for many years and was one of the key people involved in the purchase and development of Michael Cully Park. Later on he was responsible for having the stand erected making it one of the first club grounds with covered accommodation for spectators. Another great pastime for Sean was playing cards and the game of “25” in particular. He had different venues including private houses and pubs. He was a pioneer all his life but that didn’t stop him from going into pubs and enjoying himself.

Sean was a member of the original Board of Management in Moyne Community School for many years and acted as Chairman for some time. He was a founding member and Director of the North Longford and Arva Credit Union and no matter what organisation he was involved with his contribution was much appreciated. In all his work he could be relied upon to see the bigger picture and he was always cool when others might feel under pressure. His remains reposed at his residence and for two days there was a steady stream of callers to pay their respects to a much loved member of the community.

His remains were removed to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva where a Guard of Honour from the local football club accompanied the hearse on the final part of the journey. Rev Dan Sheridan P.P. Killeshandra received the remains and also celebrated his Requiem Mass with burial in Coronea Cemetery. Just before the family left the graveyard his son-in-law Richard Keogh gave a beautiful rendition of the Galway Shawl of which Sean would have been so proud.

Sean was predeceased by his wife Nancy just last year and is survived by his sons Padraig in Castleknock, Dublin, John in Leixlip, Co Kildare, Conal in Arva, daughters Mrs Mairead Keogh in Longford, Mrs Carmel Welch in Arva, grandchildren, sons in law, daughters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. Go ndearna Dia Trócaire ar a ainm uasal.


Arva Area Development Association monthly meeting will be held on Monday next October 21 at 9pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel.

Set Dancing

Crosserlough Set Dancing Classes resume in Boylan’s, Kilnaleck on Tuesday, October 22 from 8.30 to 10pm each night. For more information contact Gerard on 087 625 8989.

Arva Active Age

Tea Dance on this Sunday, October 20 in the Breffni Arms Hotel from 4 to 7pm. Curling continues in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva every Tuesday morning from 10.30 am. Arva Active Age will have their annual outing for Christmas on Wednesday, November 13. A bus will depart St Patrick’s Hall, Arva at 9.30 am going to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. A meal has been organised on the return home at 5.30 pm in Lisgray House, Virginia. The cost for members is €30 all included and is €35 for non members.

Best of Luck

Best wishes to our fellow parishioners Killeshandra who will play Shercock in the Intermediate Championship Final on this Sunday in Kingspan Breffni Park.

The game was postponed last Sunday due to a bereavement in the Shercock club. St Josephs abú!

Cavan is getting ready to honour its world renound International and Olympic Athlete Catherina McKiernan this Sunday, October 20 at 12 noon with Cavan’s first Run with Catherina 5k road race.

Some of Ireland’s greatest champions are also coming on the day to join Cavan in honouring Catherina. John Treacy will officially start the race and Ann Keenan Buckley, Pauline Curley, Maureen Harrington, Rosemary Ryan, Theresa Duffy and Valerie Vaughan who were all part of the Irish Silver Medal winning team in the 2003 World Cross Country Championship will be making guest appearances.

Fellow athlete Sonia O’Sullivan also sends well wishes to Catherina for the day, “I would like to wish Catherina every best wish on October 20 at the Run with Catherina 5km. What a wonderful idea and made even more special to be re-united with so many great friends and Irish cross country teammates. I’m sorry I can’t be there to share in this special day, I hope the sun shines and you all have a great day out and enjoy the run.”

Catherina herself is looking forward to competing on the day but is keen to point out that while this is a race, what is more important is that it is a participation event that anyone can take part in and she hopes that families will come out on the day to encourage and support each other in a fun, healthy and active way.

Jack Keyes, County Manager, has expressed his delight that Cavan is able to take the opportunity to honour Catherina as her sporting achievements have long been a source of pride for Cavan.

Preparations have been happening all around the county for the run with over 200 people taking part in Cavan Sports Partnership learn 2 run programmes supported by Annalee and Bailieborough Athletics Clubs.

Online registration is available on (ends today, Wednesday, October 16) but you can register on the morning of the event from 9.30am at the courthouse in Cavan.

Further event details are available on