St Patrick’s Arva GAA Club: Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday night 15th April. 
The Jackpot was €3,200 – Numbers drawn were 17 / 18 / 21 / 27. No winner. €50 winners – Sean Donnelly, Arva. Shane Finnegan, Castlepoles. Mary Brady, Lisorty, Moyne. The Lotto Jackpot on Monday last 22nd April was €3,250. 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

St Patrick’s Arva GAA Club: Lotto: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday night 15th April. 
The Jackpot was €3,200 – Numbers drawn were 17 / 18 / 21 / 27. No winner. €50 winners – Sean Donnelly, Arva. Shane Finnegan, Castlepoles. Mary Brady, Lisorty, Moyne. The Lotto Jackpot on Monday last 22nd April was €3,250. 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

Corlisbratten Methodist Church: Congregation will hold their monthly Praise Service in the Church on this Sunday evening at 8.00 pm. The guest speaker will be Rev John Steed who was a former Minister in the Cavan / Longfor Circuit and resided with his wife in the Manse, Tycusker, Arva approximately 25 years ago. Rev and Mrs Steed now live in Perth, Australia and are looking forward to meet as many friends as possible on Sunday evening. There is a general welcome to everyone to attend and Tea will be served after the Service in the adjoiing School House. Membership: For 2013 is now overdue and will close on 30th April. Any former member who wishes to register for 2013 should contact the club Treasurer Cyril Sheridan 049 4335 247 or any club officer. Membership Fee is €25-00.

League: Arva are due to play Maghera on Sunday next.

Ladies G.A.A.: Arva v Belturbet U-12 League Round 3. For most of them, this was the fourth match in 14 days for the Arva U12 Ladies. An away fixture to the strongly fancied Belturbet. From the outset Belturbet attacked testing the defence of Kayla Brady, Eabha Whelan and Holly Lynch. Wave after wave was repelled. A break by Leah Brady led to a fantastic save by Kayleigh Brady, the Belturbet goalie and no relation. Arva continued to press and were rewarded with goals by Leah Brady and Emma Walch. Arva settled and used the width of the pitch to pass and press their attacks. Belturbet fought back and a goal line clearance from Sinead saw Claire O Connor sprint left, catch the ball on the run, turn and kick in one fluid movement and from 40 yards rattle the Belturbet crossbar and claim a point in what was most certainly the score of the game ! Jessica Pratt and Kate Madden started a series of passing moves that led to more scores for Arva and at the break Arva Ladies led by 5-3 to 0-2. The second half saw a rejuvenated Belturbet launch a series of running and long ball attacks. Land Rover would have been proud of the Arva Defenders !! Wave after wave was repelled. Jade Magarahan was called on several times to save and clear before Belturbet’s Olivia Murphy shook the Arva net. Sinead Mullally rallied her team. Wolfgang on the sideline prowled and growled. “Einen Besonderen” urged focus and passing and regrouped by bringing on Eva Brady and Kelsey McGahan. Belturbet’s Olivia Murphy took the ball from the half way line, rounded several Arva players and drove on to try for goal. Then she met Kayla Brady !! Murphy turned, and met Kayla again ! Arva cleared and the ball sped forward. Sinead to Holly Lynch. Holly to Jessica, to Emma and out to Johanna Sheridan. Flame haired Johanna left Belturbet in her wake and drilled the ball into the net from 20 yards ! Arva cheered. Eabha Whelan danced Gangnam style ! Points then from Eabha and Johanna saw Arva finish victorious on a scoreline of 6-6 to 1-2. The Lady of the Match Award went to Kayla Brady. She modestly said she inherited her skills from her mother – nothing gets past her either ! Remember. Not just girls, but GIANTS !! Team: - Jade Magarahan, Eabha Whelan (0-1) Kayla Brady, Holly Lynch, Sinead Mullally, Leah Brady ( 4-3), Jessica Pratt, Claire O Connor ( 0-1), Kate Madden, Emma Walch ( 1-0 ), Johanna Sheridan ( 1-1). Subs Eva Brady & Kelsey McGahan.

Come dine: St Patrick’s Arva GAA Club “Come Dine with Me” function will be held on Saturday 4th May in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex. There may still be a few spare places so anyone wishing to attend should contact any club officer. This should be a fantastic night of Ceol agus Craic with a few “Star” performers on the night. Come along and enjoy a good night and help provide much needed funds for the club.

Arva Ladies GFC: Girls training will start at 11.30 sharp every Saturday.

Cavan lose: The Cavan U-21 team were defeated by Cork in a very close encounter in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Saturday last. With 3 in a Row Ulster Titles hopes were high that this would be our year but on the day they were just caught short. All supporters wee loud in their praise of the team and in Arva we take special pride in Ciaran Brady who plays with his heart. Well done to everyone involved. The future of football in Cavan is looking good.

Church Services: For the Arva Church of Ireland Parish Group – Sunday 28th April Family Service at 10.00am in Carrigallen and Columbkille at 11.30 am in Arva and Gowna. Please note services in Arva are in the hall as work is underway on the new roof of the Church.

Lourdes: The annual Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 27th May to 1st June led by Bishop Leo O’ Reilly. Bookings may be made for the Assisted Pilgrim Section with Rev Kevin Fay, Lavey on 087 857 9968 / 049 433 0018. Bookings for Hotels is through Mc Ginnity Travel, Coleman Road, Cavan on 049 4331 831. If anyone feels that someone in their family or a neighbour would benefit from taking part in this Pilgrimage they should contact Fr Fay. Early booking essential.

Cake Sale: A Tea / Coffee morning and Cake Sale was held in the Shop Unit beside Donnelly Butcher’s, Main Street, Arva on this Friday last with proceeds going towards the Assisted Pilgrim Fund of the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their generous support and while I don’t have the final figure over €1,000 was raised – much appreciated.

Bingo: The weekly Bingo sessions continue on each Sunday night in St Patrick’s Hall, Arva with a great attendance. There is over €3,100-00 in Prize Money on offer each week (€1,000-00 on page 9) making it one of the best around. Eyes down at 9.00 pm.

Meditation classes in Arva Holistic Centre started on Thursday last. For further information or contact 0872968924.

Free Money: Saturday Night’s Raffle in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex, Arva is called ‘Free Money Saturday’ and on Saturday night last Michael Cully, Main Street was the lucky winner of €500 - 00. On this Saturday night there will be €300 on offer. Free entry to the draw. You must be there to win – the draw takes place anytime after 10.00pm.

Arva Branch Library: 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. Your Library service is free!

Line Dancing: Classes continue in the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex, Arva every Thursday night with classes for Beginners at 8.30 pm and for the more Advanced at 9.30 pm. Come along and enjoy a good night’s dancing in a friendly environment. Get out – Get active.

GROW in Ireland: - World Community Mental Health Organisation. If you are suffering from any Mental Health issue, GROW can support and help you. Our new Cavan Group holds their meetings every Thursday morning in the Bridge Street Centre in Cavan at 11.00am. All are welcome. See our website or contact Mary @ 086 0201718 or Ken @ 086 794 0542.

The Arva Trotters Walking Group: Remember it’s never too late to join the Trotters on Sunday mornings at 11.15am at the Breffni Arms Hotel and Leisure Complex.

Strictly Come Dancing: Three local’s are representing Arva in Strictly Come Dancing in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan on this Friday 26th April with proceeds in aid of the restoration of Killeshandra Community Centre. Geraldine Kiernan, Tycusker, Eimear Gormley, Pound Street and Jim Giblin, Brankhill will be strutting their stuff and would love to have local support on the night. Each participant has tickets for sale or contact 087 7997 212. Geraldine, Eimear and Jim would like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship so far.

Play: The Latin School Players present a 3 Act Comedy “ A Marriage of Connivance” by Michael J Ginnelly in the Latin School Community Centre, Moyne on Friday 26th April, Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April at 8.30pm sharp. Tickets available in Corrigan’s Filling Station, Legga, Lynch’s Newsagents, Arva and Moyne Cross Stores. Early purchase advisable.

Congrats: Congratulations to the Arva Under 13 Girls Indoor Soccer team, who won the Community Games Ulster final in Letterkenny on Saturday 20th April. They defeated a strong Monaghan team 5 - 0 to bring the trophy back for Cavan. Good luck to the girls (Kayla Brady, Leah Brady, Maria Finnegan, Aisling McManus, Claire Scott, Johanna Sheridan, Emma Walch and Eabha Whelan) who will be representing Ulster at the national finals in Athlone at the end of May.

Craft & Gift Fair: Sunday 5th May in Club OTO, Farnham Arms Hotel. Cavan from 11.00am - 6.00pm. Stand will include greeting cards, jewellery, knitted & crocheted items, candles, wood crafts, artwork, sewn items, Avon, Aloe Vera products and food items such as cakes, pastries, bread & chocolates. FREE ADMITTANCE!

Death: The death occurred on Friday morning last 19th April of one of the oldest residents of the area as Mrs Kathleen Cully, The Bakery, Main Street, Arva passed to her eternal reward after a brief illness in Cavan General Hospital. She was only admitted to hospital the previous Sunday morning. Kathleen Robinson was born in Drumgoon, Killeshandra in 1920 with 2 brothers – Tommy and Rev John – 3 sisters Lena, Mary and Teresa – she was the last of her family and it really is the end of an era. Kathleen worked in Cavan and remembered the Convent Fire in which so many children died. She also worked in Armagh City before taking up employment in Morris Drapery, Main Street, Arva. It was at this time she met and later married Michael Cully and was involved with the building and start-up of Cully’s Bakery which is this year celebrating 60 years in business. It was also at this time she became “Auntie Kay” to her nephews and nieces and all their friends and this name stayed with her through the generations. Kathleen and Michael were blessed with a beautiful baby daughter Mary Bernadette on 15th May 1958 but their joy was short lived as Mary died tragically on 1st February 1960. Kathleen suffered another heartbreak when Michael passed away just 9 years later on 7th May 1969. The one thing that stood to Kathleen through all this was her strong faith – she was a devout catholic and attended Mass and the Sacraments on a regular basis and recited the Rosary every day. Michael had bought a site beside the Bakery which was formerly the Church of Ireland National School and Kathleen fulfilled his wishes by building a new home on the site and moved in there in 1973. She was a very strong and intelligent woman and could turn her hand to many varied activities. Among her family her wine making was legendary – Dandelion Wine, Sloe Wine etc, a first class Cook her dinner parties were class, her home Baking was always top quality. Kathleen had “Green Fingers” and her Lawn was often used for Wedding Photograph’s but unseen behind the Bakery she had a large vegetable garden which was filled with many varieties of vegetables, fruit and herb’s. Another large part of Kathleen’s life was devoted to training Greyhounds where with Michael they built a top class Kennels and in the Anglo Celt of December 21st 1963 Kathleen is credited with having trained 45 winners that year - with 3 more beaten in a photo finish – at Race Track’s in Longford, Mullingar, Clones and Navan. There were many trips also to Shelbourne Park, Dublin and the remarkable fact was that all the dogs were bred and reared in Arva. These trips were a cause of great excitement to her nephews and nieces but were only a fraction of the many trips she made with them. Some of these dogs were sold on to English owners and they performed with distinction across the water. With Michael’s passing she had no time to devote to the Greyhounds and slowly but surely she parted with them all. She was a very generous lady and none more so than to her nephews and nieces from both the Cully and Robinson sides of the families – it was all one big family to her and all of these mourn her passing deeply. Her remains were removed from her residence to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arva where they were received by Rev Eamonn Bredin C.C. Arva with Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Rev Colm Hurley and Rev Kevin Fay also in attendance. Bishop Leo was the Chief Celebrant of her Funeral Mass and delivered a beautiful Homily on a lady he knew so well. Rev Eamonn Bredin and Rev Pat Mc Manus were concelebrants and Fr Bredin officiated at the graveside. There was a constant stream of mourners to her residence on Friday evening and all day Saturday while her removal and funeral were well attended showing her popularity among the wider community. Go ndearna Día trócaire ar a anam uasal.