15 Aug 2022


St Patrick’s GAA Club

St Patrick’s GAA Club

On Sunday next Arva will represent Cavan in the Ulster Junior Football Club Championship against Urris from Donegal. The game will be played in Kingspan Breffni Park at 2.00 pm and again we urge all our supporters to come along and cheer on the players. This is the first time Arva have played in the Ulster Club competition and it is a great honour to represent our County. Let’s hope for a good game and a good result. Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday 20th October. Jackpot €7,150 – Numbers drawn 1 / 10 / 19 / 20 – No winner. €50 each – Niall Brady, Main Street. Yvonne Brady, Gurteen. Paddy Rudden, Tycusker. The Jackpot on Monday night last was €7,200. 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 Programme: There are a limited number of programmes for the Junior Championship Final for anyone who didn’t get one on the day. Please contact Barney ASAP on 087 6794 215 if you haven’t already done so. Hooley: The Arva Club are holding a Hooley on this Sunday night at 9 o’clock in the Breffni Arms Hotel. This will be a night of Song Music and Dance with great entertainment guaranteed. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to attend. This is your chance to show the players how much we appreciate their efforts all year in which they won the Junior Championship and are in top place in the Division 2 League and should be guaranteed promotion to Division 1 B for 2015. It has been a fantastic year for the players and the entire community are proud of them. League: Arva travelled to Ryefield on Saturday evening last to play the home side in the Brady’s Arva Division 2 League which they won on a score of Arva 0-17 Munterconnacht 2-6. This win guarantees Arva promotion to Division 1A for 2015 and is a fantastic achievement following promotion from Division 3 last year. Having spent the previous 20 years in Division 3 this promotion means almost as much as winning the Junior Championship. For older members who recall the 1980’s when Arva were among the top teams in the county it great to be finally getting back up there again and hopefully they wil consolidate their position next year. The game was played with a strong breeze blowing down the field and Arva had the advantage of it in the first half after which they were leading by 0-9 to 1-4 – the Munterconnacht goal coming from a Penalty. Arva team – Richard Keith, Thomas Brady, James Morris, Cormac Mc Cabe, Stephen Ellis, Ciaran Brady, Paul Bouchier, Fergal Mc Glade, Cian Sheridan, Peter Morris, Kevin Bouchier, Conor Mc Entee, Conal Sheridan, Jonathan Mc Cabe , Brian Ellis. Sub – Alan Barry, Brian Fitzpatrick, Alan Gray, Paul Brady, Raymond Brady, Ciaran Cooney. Unfortunately I lost my notebook so I have no further details this week.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 2nd November – United Holy Communion Celebration in Arva Church with Bishop Ferran Glenfield to celebrate the gifts and work of volunteers in the Parish group. The service is to say thanks to the many people who give freely of their time and talents to ensure that all the parish activities run smoothly and that churches and halls are maintained to a high standard.

Church of the Sacred Heart

This Saturday 1st November is All Saints Day and the Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Friday evening at 7.00 pm with Mass on Saturday at 10.00 am. Sunday 2nd November is All Souls Day and the Vigil Mass is at 7.00 pm on Saturday with Mass on Sunday at 10.00 am. Sacrament of Penance for November Intentions after 7.00 pm Mass on Saturday November 1st. Plenary Indulgence: The old tradition of gaining Plenary Indulgence for the Faithful Departed by visiting a Church between 12 noon on 1st and midnight on 2nd November. Also by visiting a Cemetery from 1st to 8th November once a day with the usual conditions.


An information night for parents of children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next year will be held in St Mary’s National School, Arva on Tuesday of next week 4th November at 8 o’clock.

Wedding bells

Congratulations are extended to Mr Damien Murtagh, Farrangarve, Arva and Miss Hellenmae Fitzgerald, Maryland, USA who were married in Berkeley, California recently. Damien is the son of Mike and Alice Murtagh and has been working in the Computer Games industry in San Francisco for the last few years. The happy couple are spending their honeymoon in Hawaii and plan to spend Christmas in Ireland where they will celebrate their marriage Irish style.


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 Friday of next week 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 9.30 pm. 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.


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Active Age

Afternoon Tea Party will take place on Sunday next, 2nd November from 4pm to 7pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel. Come along and join in the craic – new members always welcome. Gentle Exercise continues each Tuesday morning in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva at 10 o’clock. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part.


Sympathy is extended to Mr Michael McGahern, Cordownan and Mrs Kathleen Greeves, Coronea on the death of their sister, M. Teresa McGahern who passed away recently in London. Following the early death of her mother Tess as she was fondly known, Tess was raised by her father the late James McGahern in Coronea, and attended Coronea National School before moving to live with relatives in Killeshandra. She moved to England while in her teens and joined the Sacred Heart Order where due to ill health she was forced to leave but when her health returned she trained as a nurse and dedicated her life to caring for the sick and elderly. It was Tess’s wish to be buried in Killeshandra and her remains were received into St Brigid’s Church by Rev Dan Sheridan P.P. Rev Colm Hurley and Rev John Phair P.P. Templeport who Concelebrated her Funeral Mass. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. We extend sincere sympathy to Michael, Kathleen, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and the O’Reilly family, Killeshandra. Sympathy is also extended to Mr Eddie Ward, Farrangarve, Arva on the untimely death of his brother-in-law, Mr Paul Fullen, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone which occurred on Sunday, 12th October following a short illness.

Be Safe – Be Seen

With the clocks going back last weekend and the evenings getting darker we urge anyone going out walking or cycling to wear reflective clothing so that drivers can see them in good time. A small Flash lamp is an added bonus. It’s sometimes very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians especially if they are wearing dark clothing and there is an onus on everyone to take all precautions to avoid accidents.

Book Launch

Best Wishes go to Eugene Mc Gee, former Cavan team manager who is launching a new book on this Thursday, 30th October at 6.30pm in Croke Park. Eugene is probably best remembered as team manager of the Offaly team that defeated the great Kerry team in 1982 as they were minutes away from recording an unbelievable 5 in a row All Ireland titles. It’s a sign of the way the GAA works and the friendships that endure as Eugene has one of the greatest managers of all time, Mick O’ Dwyer to launch the book. “The GAA in my Time” should be a bestseller.

Christmas Lights

Killeshandra Christmas Lights Committee wish to tender for a contractor to erect and remove Christmas Lights in Killeshandra for 2014-2015. Contact Robert Richardson, Main Street, 087 8397823 by November 14th


1920’s Casino Night in Murtagh’s Old Mill Wheel Bar, Arva on Saturday 1st November at 9pm. Prizes for best dressed Lady & Gentleman. Come join us for a night of Gambling & Glamour! Proceeds going to SOSAD.

Craft & Gift Fair

Sunday, 2nd November, Killeshandra Community Hall, Killeshandra 12pm - 5pm. The perfect place to do some early Christmas shopping, our talented crafters, hobbyists and small businesses will have a whole host of handmade crafts, food items, craft supplies and giftware. Stands will include greeting cards, fashion and gemstone jewellery, glassware, donuts, art, knitting & crochet, skincare, cosmetics, candles, jam, bags & fabric crafts, fairy doors, paper craft & jewellery making supplies, craft kits and more. There will also be a face painter and a raffle. Free entry on the door! For further information visit our website at or telephone 049 436 4877.

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