St Patrick’s Arva GAA

St Patrick’s Arva GAA

Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday 2nd December. The Jackpot was €4,850 – Numbers drawn were 6/ 11/ 16 / 17. No winner – €50 winners – Margaret Brady, Gurteen. Willie Montgomery, Gartylough. Elaine Hawkins, Aughnacliffe. The Lotto Jackpot on Monday last 9th December was €4,900-00. 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

Mass: St Patrick’s Arva GAA Club had Mass offered on Friday night last in memory of all their deceased members and friends and we are glad to report that there was a large congregation present. Thanks to Rev Donald Hannon C.C. Refreshments were served afterwards in the Breffni Arms Hotel. Volunteers: On Saturday last a group of volunteers assembled in Michael Cully Park to start much needed improvement work to the pitch and the grounds in general. Some started as early as 8.00 am and didn’t leave until 4.00 pm with many others giving what time they could. Anyone wishing to help out will be much appreciated next Saturday and if they wish they can contact Niall on 087 253 4453, Barney 087 6794 215, John 086 2775 880, Cyril 049 4335 247 / 087 2702 772. U-21 Championship: On Sunday last in St Aiden’s Park, Bawnboy the St Joseph’s team recorded a good win over Laragh Utd in the semi final of the Cavan U 21 Championship. They now await the winners St Finbarrs and Bailieboro in the final which will most likely be played on the weekend 21st / 22nd December. Breffni Challenge: The proceeds of the Annual Breffni 20 K Challenge were presented to St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin, National Breast Cancer Research Institute, Galway and Cavan Cancer Homecare with a donation also made to a young girl who is going to USA for treatment. Music on the night was provided by Mary Harwood and James Galligan. Thanks to the generosity of many people who take part in or sponsor participants in the Breffni 20 K this much needed funding goes to these very deserving charities. Senior Scór: Scór needs your talents! Arva GAA are looking for people to get involved in Senior Scór. We are looking for singers, musicians, dancers, actors and brainy people for the quiz. If you want to take part or are willing to help out, ring Niall Gormley on 086-8986827.

Church Services

For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – This Sunday 15th December Service of Morning Prayer in Carrigallen at 10.00 am and in Arva at 11.30 am. Christingle Family Service in Columbkille at 10.0 am and in Gowna at 11.30 am. Friday 13 December Christmas Social Bredagh old school Carrigallen. Music by Ally Harron and Marian Curry. Dancing from 10.30pm. Tickets €12.50 or pay at the door. Everyone welcome.

Carol Service

Corlisbratten Methodist Church will hold their Annual Carol Service on this Sunday 15th December at 8.00 pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend and tea will be served afterwards in the adjoining School Room.

Church of the Sacred Heart

On Sunday last we had an Enrolment Mass for First Holy Communion with the following children being enrolled: Alanna Boughtwood, Dara Brady, Peter Corr, Ellie Crotty, Aoibh Farrell, Liam Gray, Saskia Lee, Michaela McKeon, Abigail O’Hanlon, Aoife O’Hara, Áine O’Reilly, Eloise Shanaghy, Michael Whelan, and Éanna Ward. There will be an Inter Church Carol Service on this Thursday 12th December at 7.30 pm. with Rev Hazel Hicks as Guest Speaker. The Carol Singers will be led by the Arva Folk Choir with refreshments served afterwards in the School. We urge as many as possible to attend

Hospital Visit’s

If there is anyone in hospital who would like a visit from any of the local clergy lease let them know and they would be privileged to call. Due to patient confidentially hospitals are not allowed to give out this information as was the case in the past.

Line Dancing

Classes have finished for the Festive Season and they will hold their Christmas Party on this Friday night in the Breffni Arms Hotel. Classes will resume in January.

Slimming World

Continues each Wednesday evening and tonight it moves to a new venue 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.


The area was shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of Mr Christy Morris, Drumcarey, Corlismore which occurred at his residence on Thursday 21st November 2013. He was a highly respected member of the community where he lived and worked for over 84 years. Christy built up an extensive farm through hard work and shrewd investment. In 1965 he achieved a Pig Management Award and in 1966 he received the Best Young Farm Manager Award with Killeshandra Co-operative. He was on the Killeshandra Co-operative Board of Management when they amalgamated with Lough Egish to form Lakeland Dairies. He was also on the Arva Show Committee for over 50 years. In his youth Christy was a top class football player and captained the famous Cormore Team to Junior Championship success in 1957. When Arva and Cormore amalgamated he finished his footballing career at Intermediate level with Arva G.A.A. Christy was a family man who took great interest in his children’s education and was a member of the Gowna National School Board. He was proud of all his children and their achievements with both club & county success in Football & Camogie with Gowna. His passions in life were his family, farming & football all of which he enjoyed to the day he died. He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters Aileen, Clare, Imelda, Sinead, Joan, Maeve, Grainne & Paula, son Bernard, grandchildren Joe, Molly, Devin, Éabha, Clodagh, Darragh, Isaac & Ewan, sisters Madge Bouchier, Arva, Sheila Manning, Limerick & Gladys Doherty, Ballinasloe, sons in-law, daughter in-law, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours and many many friends to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. His remains reposed at his residence where there was a constant stream of mourners calling to pay their respects to a truly popular man. His remains were removed from his residence to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva where they were met with a Guard of Honour which included some old colleagues from the Cormore Team, members of Arva and Gowna GAA clubs and Arva Show Society which accompanied the Hearse to the church. Following Concelebrated Requiem Mass burial took place in Coronea Cemetery. Rev Donald Hannon C.C. was the chief celebrant assisted by Fr P.J. Fitzpatrick P.P. Lough Gowna & Fr. Jim Sorohan, Cordonaghy, Arva with Fr Kevin Fay, Cortober also preent. The attendances at both the removal and funeral were among the largest seen in the area and bore ample testimony to the esteem in which both Christy and his family are held.


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Christmas Lights

The Switch-on of the town Christmas lights and the annual visit of Santa Claus takes place on this Saturday 14th December at 4pm. The Lights will be switched on at the Christmas tree on the Market Square and Carol Signing will take place with all the boys and girls anxiously awaiting this moment. The Draw for the Christmas hampers will take place in the hall following the distribution of Christmas gifts by Santa to all the boys and girls. Wish to take this opportunity to thank all who supported this hamper draw.


The Arva Community Dinner will take place on tonight Wednesday 11th December at 7.30 pm sharp in the Breffni Arms Hotel. Admission is just €5-00 so come along and have a good nights entertainment and meet Santa Claus.

St Vincent de Paul

The Christmas Country Market will take place in the former Bargain Buys shop on Main Street, Arva on this Friday 13th December commencing at 9.30 am. Home Baking, Jewellery, Flowers and many more stalls will be present. Do come along and support the Market and hopefully finish your Christmas shopping.

Fair City star

Alan Devine who played Louis in Fair City will give a drama workshop in the Latin School Community Centre tonight Wednesday 11th December from 8 pm to 10 pm. The workshop will focus on comedy. Places are limited so book your place early. No previous acting experience is necessary. Further information and to book a place ring or text 086 6038190. Please note this workshop is not suitable for children but it is hoped to run one for younger members of the community in the new year.

Tomregan Parish

Will hold their next Parish Dance on this Friday 13th December in Tomregan Parish Hall, Ballyconnell from 10pm till late. Music is by Vincie Carr and Alan Mc Grory. Tickets are €10 at the door. Supper served, all welcome. Funds are in aid of the Hall refurbishment.


Congratulations are extended to Mr Nicky O’Hara, Aughaga, Moyne and formerly Main Street, Arva who graduated last Friday 6th December in Dublin. He received a Diploma in Horticulture from the Botanic Gardens in Dublin and will pursue a Degree course in the New Year. Nicky’s work can be seen each year with the Floral displays for Arva Tidy Town committee which always receive great praise from the judges. We wish him continued success in his studies.


Hugh Brady, Main Street, Arva would like to thank sincerely everyone who helped him in his recent fundraising for his walk in Morocco. Each year Hugh takes part in this venture to raise much needed funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin and your support is much appreciated – thank you all. There is ongoing improvements in the hospital with new light filled, spacious rooms for the thousands of children who are treated annually. In 2013 over €1.5 million was spent on the purchase of much needed equipment while significant research programmes are ongoing.