Talk aplenty ahead of Arva GAA calendar launch

We’ve all seen our favourite GAA stars on the field of play.

We’ve all seen our favourite GAA stars on the field of play.

Now supporters are being given the unexpected opportunity to view their most esteemed performers as they have never been seen before-stark naked.

It’s all part of a creative fundraiser St Patrick’s GAA of Arva are hosting this Saturday night in association with suicide awareness and prevention charity SOSAD.

The 12-page calendar, compiled by Elaine Cully and Barry McHugh, features a succession of famous faces from the parishes of Arva, Colmcille, Dromard, Gowna, Killeshandra and Mullahoran.

And according to Elaine, the build up to this weekend’s long awaited unveiling has become a hot topic for debate locally.

“Everyone you meet on the street is talking about it, wondering who is in and how the pictures look,” she cheerfully put it.

The calendar’s front cover, taken in Murtagh’s Bar, daringly portrays around 20 smiling and scantily clad personalities sitting around a table in full voice.

All this, in the company of four eagle-eyed women who attempt to steal a glimpse of their male counterparts from a half opened door in the background.

Joking aside, Elaine insisted the finished product was anything but intrusive to those taking part in the ‘Off The Ball’ campaign.

“The whole thing is very tastefully done and there is no one overly exposed,” she said, while also heaping praise on the support local businesses had given to the charity event.

“There are nine months of lads and three months of women. All of that and the print costs which came with it were covered by our sponsors which was a tremendous help.”

Expected to get underway from 9pm inside Arva’s Breffni Arms Hotel, the evening’s main attractions besides the much talked about calendar, is the anticipated appearance of Donegal All-Ireland winning footballer Mark McHugh, along with a number of special guests.

“Paul Brady who recently won the World Handball Championship will be there too with the Oliver Plunkett Cup (Cavan Senior Championship trophy),” added Elaine.

All eyes however, will no doubt be directed at the precise contents of a publication that has got much of the south Cavan and north Longford areas in a mild, if somewhat impatient tizzy.