Swinford 250 & More Celebrations

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April Events


19th April  –  Swinford250 Spring Clean Up 

Swinford Tidy Towns are organising their annual two hour Spring Clean for Swinford as part of the National Spring Clean.  Meeting at the Swinford250 office at 11 a.m.


19th April  –  21st of April – Rocky Road to Dublin

Stephen Kelly – Peter Cassidy – Martin O’Hagan are taking on the challenge of running from Dublin to Mayo (250 miles and more 🙂 ) over a three day period to raise €30,000 for the Beaumont Hospital.  Coming through Swinford on the 21st at approximately 3 p.m.  Please come out and support the lads on their way through Swinford on Sunday but more important please donate to the following link:




21st April  –  Kiddies Easter Egg Hunt

May Events


5th May – Swinford250 Dualathon – ran by the Swinford Tri Club

2019 Swinford Duathlon Dates May 5th & Aug 5th

Picture from a previous Triathlon ran by the Swinford Tri Club.


5th May – The Big Hello

The Big Hello! is going to be a weekend of community celebration. The aim of the weekend is to encourage people to get to know their neighbours, by hosting or attending a Big Hello! event in their local area.

The Railway Players and Swinford Comhaltas are therefore coming together and have invited drama groups from Charlestown, Foxford, Kilkelly, Kiltimagh to join them at 5 p.m. in the Cultural Centre in Swinford for a drama variety evening.  The groups who will attend will perform a 15 minute play with Swinford Comhaltas providing the half time entertainment.  Promises to be a great evening and a great way to meet the drama groups from our neighbouring towns and catching up with friends and family.  Mark it on the calendar.


11th May – Swinford’s First Darkness Into Light Walk

Venue: Swinford Town and Brabazon Woods

Time: 4.15 a.m.

Application available on the Darkness in to Light website.  See below link.


June Bank Holiday Weekend Events


31st May – 2nd June “All Our Yesterdays” Film Screening

 ∞  Time: Friday 8.00 p.m. – Visitors Welcome Home Session

 ∞ Saturday 4.00 p.m. – Mass

     Venue:  Our Lady Help of  Christians Church, Swinford

∞  7.00pm –  Screening of “All Our Yesterdays”

     VenueGateway Hotel Swinford  Admission €10

∞  Sunday Reunion Luncheon

     VenueGateway Hotel Swinford, Admission €TBC

∞  Sunday “An American Wake” The farewell party that occurred on emigrating to America.

      Venue: The White House 8.00 p.m.

3rd June – Culmore National School Swinford 250 Fun Run

Inaugural 5 km Fun Run in aid of Culmore National School.  Proudly organised to celebrate Swinford250.  Registration from 11 a.m. at Culmore National School.  Spot prizes & Refreshments served on the day.  All welcome.

14th June – Síamsa Sráide Street & Arts Festival – Launch night

Gateway Hotel at 9 p.m.


23rd June – Bonfire and Barbeque – details nearer the date

July Events


1st – 7th July – Connacht Fleadh Cheoil


22nd – 26th July – Cúl Camps TBC/TBO

29th July – 2nd August – Scoil Ceol Siamsa

Swinford National School 3 p.m – 6 p.m.


August Events



1st – 7th August – Siamsa Sraide – http://www.síamsa-sraide.com

Síamsa Sráide 2019 Page

9th – 11th of August – Cox family reunion

Members of the Cox family (who came from Woods in Midfield) are returning to Swinford to have a once in a lifetime family reunion with family members coming in from all over the world.


25th August – Swinford Agricultural Show


September Events


6th/7th September – Market/Chapel Street Reunion

20th September – Culture Night


October events


24th – 28th October – Feile Na Samhna


November/December events


29th November – 7th December – Swinford Shopping Bonanza

29th December – Swinford250 closing night

More events will be added as organized

Please visit our stand outside The Gateway Hotel on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th August during this Years upcoming Siamsa Sraide Festival.7th If you wish to get in touch with the committee please use the email address and telephone number below and also, register for our newsletter to keep up to date of upcoming events. This is going to be a Fantastic year for Swinford and we look forward to seeing you.

Throughout 2019 Swinford will be celebrating 250 and more years as a bustling market town in the heart of East Mayo. Drenched in history, Swinford has a rich cultural heritage dating back to 1769 and beyond.

Located in the heart of East Mayo just 15 minutes from Ireland West airport knock, Swinford is a natural place to base yourself while visiting the beautiful West of Ireland.


Past Events

February Events


7th February – Swinford Late Late Show

Venue: Gateway Hotel Swinford

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

Henry Mc Glade is making a 30 minute programme for television presenting the talent of people in the Swinford area.  Great line up of guests from the music, sports and history arena.  This show will be broadcast worldwide.

14th February – Swinford Comhaltas group playing in Quinns Bar

21st February – Swinford Comhaltas group playing in Horkans


23rd/24th February – Croabh EO Woodturners Seminar

Venue: Gateway Hotel Swinford

Time: All weekend 

Cost: €60 – Students €30 – to include lunch, coffees and teas.


Swinford’s 250 & More Late, Late Showshowing on February 28th at 7pm, on Sky 192 and Freesat 161.


28th February – Swinford Comhaltas group playing in Bolands Bar


March Events


1st – 3rd March –  Inaugural Mayo Annual History Conference

in the  Gateway Hotel, Swinford


Rest of Swinford’s 250 & More Late, Late Show showing on March 7th at 7pm, on Sky 192 and Freesat 161.  See below link.https://www.facebook.com/events/619471791798870/


Swinford St. Patrick’s Festival Weekend – 14th March – 17th March

Press Night 14th of March

in the Gateway Hotel Swinford

Time: Thursday 7 p.m. – 9  p.m.

Admission:  Free – Everyone Welcome

The Swinford250 committee will host members of the press and radio to inform them of the events organized for the year.  The clubs and organisations have been invited along with general public who will be able to see the variety of “things to do” in the locality.

15th March – Swinford Drama Group 

Doors open at 8.00 p.m. – Show starts 8.30 p.m.



16th March – Launch of “The Lucid”  

 Conor Walsh’s New Album

Venue: The Front – Gateway Hotel Swinford

17th March – Swinford St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Theme Past, Present and Future

Venue: The Streets of Swinford at 3.00 p.m.

“People are invited to dress up in a period of their choice” Please participate to make the day a fun family event.

22nd March  –  St. Patrick’s Day – result of parade winners.

Venue:  Gateway Hotel at 8 p.m.  Good luck everyone.  Great floats on the day and ye all helped create a brilliant atmosphere.


7th April  –  Launch of Swinford Darkness into Light

Venue:  Gateway Hotel – 5 p.m.


If you know of anyone who has not got access to the internet tell them we can sign them up on the Darkness into Light website on the night if they want to take part.  This facility will also be available in the Swinford250 office until the 11th of May.

11th April –  Fairy Trails Wood Walk Launch

organized by Swinford Cruisers in association with Swinford250

Time:  11 a.m.  –  Venue:  Children’s Playground

In attendence Swinford Secondary School and surrounding Primary Schools, local reps and business owners.  Refreshments to follow.


13th April  –  Swinford Football Club Blitz

Blitz will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  –  first game kick off at 11 a.m.

Teams involved:  Swinford FC – Brooklands Dragons (Manchester) – Charlestown Athletic – Straide and Foxford United

We will also have 2010s games in between Under13 matches.

There will be food and refreshments available all day. Burger/food van and refreshments shop in the club house.

13th April  –  Swinford Comhaltas Spring Show

Theme:  Anois teacht an Earraigh.

13th April  –  Swinford 250 Bláth na Feile 

Swinford’s Andrea Jordan will be representing the town of Swinford at the Mayo Rose Competition in the McWilliam Park Hotel on Saturday, April 13th at 7.30 p.m.

Bláth na Féile is an event that is organised by Megan Durkan in association with Síamsa Sráide Street & Arts Festival. Blath na Feile is all about celebrating our local young women – their experiences and achievements. It is a tribute to the late Joyce Sweeney who alongside her daughter Megan started this community event.

Let us all get behind Andrea as she represents our town in this most important year of the Swinford 250 & More Celebrations. #Bláth na Féile#MakeupwithMegan #SiamsaSraide #Swinford250






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