St Patrick’s GAA Club

St Patrick’s GAA Club

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday 24th February. Jackpot €5,450-00 – Numbers drawn 2 /15 / 19 / 29 – No winner. €50 each – Eileen Sheridan, Hollybank. Brian Hetherton, Munterconnacht. Lisa Hewitt, Brankhill. The Jackpot on Monday night last 3rd March was €5,500-00. 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 Raffle: The GAA Club will hold a raffle on 16th March with the 1st prize a Trailer load of Stick’s, 2nd Prize - 10 Bags of Coal and 3rd Prize - 30 Bales of Briquettes. Tickets are on sale priced at €2-00 or 3 tickets for €5-00. All support appreciated. Anyone with Cards for the Croagh Patrick Challenge who have not returned them could you please do so immediately as the Draw will be held soon. Those taking part in the Challenge raised over €2,000 for the club. Walk: Cavan County Board in conjunction with Cavan Sports Partnership have organised a Walk on this Sunday 9th March which is the day of the Cavan v Sligo Allianz Football League game for those in Club’s aged 50 years or over. Like other clubs Arva are looking for as many as possible to take part and anyone interested should contact Eddie Ward, Secretary on 086 380 1152. Each participant is asked to get €30 sponsorship and they get free access to the Sligo game and refreshments in Kingspan Breffni Park. Give it a go – should be good craic. Club Membership: is now due and should be paid to Cyril Sheridan, Club Treasurer or Arthur Mc Cabe, Assistant Treasurer. Adult’s €25. Juveniles €10. Arva Ladies GAA will hold a Family Fun Quiz in the Breffni Arms Hotel at 6.00 pm this Sunday 9th March. All are welcome and support will be appreciated. League: Arva travelled to Mountnugent to play the home side in the Brady’s Arva Division 2 Breffni League. In a close fought encounter Arva eventually prevailed to win by 6 points on a score of 2-17 to 1-14. Conal Sheridan finished top scorer with 10 points, Peter Morris scored 1-3, Brian Ellis scored 0-3 and with 58 minutes gone and Arva just 2 points ahead a Danny Conneely goal put the issue beyond doubt while Ciaran Cooney lashed over the last point just on full time. On this Saturday 8th March Arva have a home game against Laragh Utd at 3.30 pm – venue to be decided. All support appreciated.


Continues in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva each Sunday night with a good attendance. With over €3,100 on offer each night it is one of the best sessions around. Eyes down at 8.30pm.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 9th March - Service of Morning Prayer in Carrigallen at 10am and in Arva at 11.30am. Holy Communion Service in Columbkille at 10am and in Gowna at 11.30am. Confirmation Service will be held in Carrigallen at 3pm on Sunday 30th March – Everyone welcome.

Ash Wednesday

Today Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent. Ashes will be Blessed and distributed at both the 10am Mass this morning and the 7.00 pm Mass this evening.

First Friday

This Friday is the 1st Friday and the Sick and Infirm will be visited from 10.30am onwards in the Arva and Coronea areas


The Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 27th May to 1st June. Bookings for the Pilgrim Section are with Mc Ginnity Travel, Cavan and for the Assisted Pilgrim Section with Rev Kevin Fay, Lavey, Co Cavan. Early booking is essential as places are limited.

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.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes continue each Thursday night in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva with beginners at 8.30 pm followed by the more advanced at 9.30 pm. Come along and enjoy a night of dancing and exercise in a friendly environment.


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.

Social Club

Annual Sale of Work takes place this year on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April. All donatins of Books, Clothes, Furniture, Toys, Bric a Brac and Hoem Produce would be gratefully received. For more information contact Ann Doyle on 049 4335 787, Mary Miney on 049 4335 037, Ethel Ellis on 086 082 9592 or Bríd Fox on 049 433 5577. The committee thank everyone for their support in previous years.


Arva Area Development Association monthly meeting takes place on Monday night next 10th March at 8:30pm in Breffni Arms Hotel. All members are requested to attend and new members always welcome


Arva St Patricks Day Parade is set for 3pm as usual. This year the parade will be led by the Killyvargney Pipe Band from Clones. A great community effort is expected from all community organisations ie. GAA, Ladies GAA, Forogie, Show Society and all other organisation or businesses and people wishing to enter floats depicting national, international and local topical events.


Social Dance classes every Tuesday night from 8pm until 10pm in the Piker’s Lodge, Lough Gowna. No booking necessary - just turn up on the night.

Re-roof Latin School The roof of Latin School Community Centre in Moyne is in a poor state of repair and is in need of replacing. Our local community has rallied to take on the task, and are hoping to capitalise on its great tradition of volunteerism and community spirit to carry out this much needed work on the roof on this landmark building. A fundraising table quiz is planned for Friday 14th March in Breffni Arms Hotel Arva commencing at 9 pm sharp - €40 per table. Lots of spot prize’s on the night. We appeal for your support for this very worthy project.


A huge thank you to all of the parents, staff & children of Busy Bee’s Crèche /Preschool who raised €187.00 from their teddy bears picnic on Wednesday 19th February for Jamies Wish Foundation. Jamie is an 8 year old boy with a rare form of childhood cancer. The response to his cause has been overwhelming and Eileen Brennan would like to say a sincere thanks to everyone who supported the event – it is much appreciated.

Moyne Community School Reunion

A reunion for the class of 1987 - 1992 will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Saturday night March 15th at 8pm. It is a great opportunity to catch up with your old school mates and a fun night is guaranteed.

Bus Service

There was general disappointment with the recent news that Wharton’s Coaches were to terminate the daily service from Cavan to Longford – via Arva & Drumlish on the R198. This service has been in operation for more than 100 years under different companies Mc Girrs, Jacksons and for the last 40 years by Whartons. Older residents in the town remember Mc Girrs Bus coming into town with up to 15 bicycles on the roof as the owners would use them to travel home. These buses have been a familiar sight on the roads over all the years but as more and more families have cars the demand for the bus has lessened. The Company cite the ever growing number of Travel Passes and the difficulty in getting an increase in value from government as the main reason for the closure. A public meeting was held in the Latin School, Moyne on Monday night last in the hope of the service continuing. Local politicians have been making representations and all hope for a successful outcome.


There was a deep sense of sorrow and sadness as news spread of the death of Mrs Elizabeth Stephens, Drumlion, Cavan and formerly Brucehall, Arva which occurred at her residence on Thursday 20th February. She was a member of the very popular Mills family from Drumlarney, Derrylane and was a hugely popular lady within the community. It was while working as a teacher in Brucehall School that she met her future husband Richard Stephens and they married in 1944. She went to live in Brucehall where they raised their family but sadly Richard passed away in 1970. Elizabeth was an avid gardener and anyone who visited her home could see her prowess with plants and flowers growing in all areas of the house. Her greatest day out would be a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show in London which she attended on a number of occasions. She was a member of the Coronea Guild of the I. C. A. for many years where she enjoyed meeting and interacting with her fellow members. In 1988 Elizabeth moved to Drumlion where she had lived happily since and again endearing herself to her new neighbours. Elizabeth is survived by her daughters Joan in London, Mrs Ruby Clarke, Drumlion, Cavan, Mrs Carol Walker, Toronto, Mrs Rosemary Elder, Lisburn, Son William in Mayo, brothers Kenneth and Desmond in Dublin, Tennyson in Drumlarney, grandchildren, great grandchildren sons-in-law, daughter-in-law nephews, nieces and many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. Her remains were removed to St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral, Kilmore for Funeral Service conducted by Very Rev Dean Raymond Ferguson with burial afterwards in the Cathedral Parish Graveyard. The was a steady stream of mourners calling to pay their respects at her residence and her funeral was very large and representative showing the esteem in which Elizabeth and her family are held.