The annual general meeting of St Patrick’s Arva GAA Club will be held on this Sunday 11th January at 3.00 pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel. After our best year for some time the committee expect a large attendance at the AGM to show support to the players for all their hard work over the past number of years. Please come along and support the club. Dinner Dance: The Club will hold their Dinner Dance on Saturday 14th February in the Breffni Arms Hotel and tickets will be on sale from club officers. This should be a fantastic night of celebration after the year we had and the League and Championship medals will be presented on the night. Make a note of the date and get your tickets early. U 21: The St Joseph’s U-21 Championship winning team will soon be in action in the Bank of Ireland Paddy Mc Larnon U 21 Ulster Championship which is organised by Kickhams Creggan GAC, Belfast. St Josephs will play Culyhanna, Co Armagh on Sunday week 18th January at 2.00 pm. full details next week. Cavan U 21 team got off to a winning start in the Hastings Cup when they defeated Meath on Saturday last in Kingscourt. Arva have 3 representatives on the panel Jonathan Mc Cabe who was playing, Conal Sheridan and Ciaran Brady. They play Kerry in Emo, Portlaoise on Saturday next in what should be a tough encounter. Their 3rd round will be against Roscommon in Killeshandra. Cavan Seniors: In the Dr Mc Kenna Cup Cavan travelled to Newry to play Down and again had a good win. James Morris and Ciaran Brady are on the Senior panel this year. They will play University of Ulster on this Saturday evening in Kingspan Breffni Park at 7.30 pm while they will play Monaghan on next Wednesday 14th January again in the Cavan venue. The 3 group winners will play the best runner-up in the semi-finals on Sunday 18th January with the final the following week.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 11th January - Morning Prayer Service in Carrigallen at 10.00 am and in Arva at 11.30 am. Holy Communion Service in Columbkille at 10.00 am and in Gowna at 11.30am.


Free Spirit Yoga group taking place each Thursday evening at 9pm and Saturday morning at 11am in the Memorial Hall, Arva. We welcome everyone from beginners to the advanced.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes will resume on Thursday of next week – 18th January in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Main Street, Arva - so get those dancing shoes ready.

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.


Arva Library will re-open on this Thursday 8th January 2015 at 2p.m. Usual Opening hours - Thursday: 2p.m. - 5p.m. & 6p.m. - 8.30p.m. Friday: 2p.m. - 5p.m. & 6p.m. - 8.30p.m. Saturday 10a.m. - 1pm & 2p.m. - 5p.m.

North Longford and Arva Credit Union

Opening hours in Arva - Monday- Wednesday 10am – 2.30pm. Friday – 10am - 4pm. Saturday 1pm- 5pm & 8.30pm – 9.30pm.


The area was deeply saddened at the news of the death of Mrs Margaret O’Reilly, Main Street, Arva which occurred in Castlemanor Nursing Home, Cavan on Tuesday 23rd December. While she had been in failing health for the past two years she led a very active life prior to that. Margaret was a member of the Gormley family, Cormore and attended National School in Cortober following which she went to work in Morris Drapery, Main Street, Arva and at just 20 years of age she married Tommy O’Reilly. She worked hard over the years rearing 8 children and running a successful shop at upper Main Street while also running a Taxi Service for a number of years. Margaret got through all this work with a smile on her face and a welcome for everyone with whom she came in contact. She had a great outlook on life and enjoyed meeting people and having a chat and a laugh. Age meant nothing to Margaret as she had friends through the generations – she was as happy meeting children as people her own age. In the mid 1970s Margaret and Tommy sold their business and built a new house at Lower Main Street where she lived happily for approximately 40 years. She took great pride in her home and would be out early every morning sweeping in front of the house and others beside it if needed. Her flower displays at the house were greatly admired while she also had time to work in her garden. Margaret had a great love of all sport and was a brilliant Badminton player in the Arva Club where she was a member for many years. In later years she loved nothing better than a game of Cards with her friends in Hughie Brady’s or Padraig O’Hara’s and loved the weekly get together and the craic. Her remains reposed at her residence on Christmas Eve with removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva where they were received by Rev Donald Hannon C.C. The local GAA Club formed a Guard of Honour and accompanied the hearse on the final part of the journey to the Church. Fr Hannon was the Main Celebrant of her Requiem Mass on St Stephens Day assisted by Rev P.J. Fitzpatrick P.P. Lough Gowna, Rev J.J Sorohan, Cordonaghy, Rev Oliver Devine P.P. Mountnugent while Fr Hannon officiated at the graveside in Coronea Cemetery. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Tommy and is survived by her sons Tom in Dublin, Ciaran in Loughduff, Gary in Longford, daughters Joan in Perth, Australia, Moira in Dublin, Carmel Mooney in Dublin, Madeline in Tycusker, Lorraine Mc Cabe in Mountnugent, brothers Edward (Ned) Gormley in Cormore, Tom Gormley in Gowna, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, son’s and daughter’s in law, extended family circle and many, many friends to all whom we extend sincere sympathy.


Arva Area Development Association will hold their first meeting for 2015 on Monday next 12th January at 8.30pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel. The committee would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.


Congratulations are extended to Ms Angela Mulligan, Woodlands, Arva and Mr Lionel Reilly, Kilsarn, Loughduff and Mr Danny Gormley, Forthill, Arva and Ms Sabrina McKee, Dublin who announced their engagements recently. We wish both couples many years of happiness in their future lives together.

Niall Mellon Challenge

Robert Vance, Tycusker, Arva would like to thank sincerely all those who supported him to take part in the Niall Mellon Township Challenge last November. This was the 9th time Robert travelled to Africa to build houses for the local community. Over the years people have been generous in their donations to Robert and he is deeply appreciative of this in such difficult financial times.

Mowed lawn

Local gardener Martin Brennan tells us he has mowed his first lawn of the new year when he was called to mow a Lawn in North Longford on Wednesday of last week (actually it was New Years Eve). The mild weather meant that this particular lawn had continued to grow over the past couple of months. Is that a record??

Boost for traders

As we reflect on the Christmas period we are glad to report that local people put their euro where their hearths are and shopped local for most products. The town was extremely busy in the days leading up to Christmas with the local Gardaí on duty to keep traffic moving on the Main Street in particular. It is a great boost of confidence for local traders and shows that there is good value to be got in your local town.