Swinford Notes 13th April 2016

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Siamsa Seipeil 2016

Siamsa Seipeil 2016 are very happy to announce that Our Lady Help of Christians Church will host from Aclare,County Sligo Tommy Fleming.
Tommy has toured both home and worldwide for the past 20 years to packed audiences and started his career off in Swinford where he spent summers busking at Siamsa Sraide and playing in many of the pubs as he set out on the road to success.

In 2004 he played the Basilica in Knock to over 5000 people, a show that has been seen by many millions worldwide on television and through DVD sales.
Following in the footsteps of Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Paul Brady and Phil Coulter Tommy will play Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Friday 29th July for what should be a fantastic night of entertainment. Tommy and his band will play songs from his many albums spanning his career in a night that is not to be missed.

Tickets priced at €30 can be bought from www.tommyfleming.net and www.swinfordgaa.ie.


Weight Management Programme

The Crói “iBalance” Programme which is delivered by a Crói Dietician over 6 weeks (1 hour per week) includes expert guidance on all aspects of healthy eating, including the topics: exploring your relationship with food, making healthy choices when shopping, understanding food labels and controlling portion sizes.

During the 6 week “iBalance” programme each person is encouraged to keep a food diary and a weekly “weigh-in” is also provided for those who wish to participate.

Next course takes place in Le Chéile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street in Castlebar on Thursday April 21st from 1-2pm.

Booking is essential. A “not for profit” fee applies.

To book your place contact reception in Crói on 091 544310.


Kinaffe NS

Kinaffe NS will hold an open day on Tuesday 4th of May from 3.30 to 5.30 pm. Anyone who would like to make arrangements to call to the school at an alternative time please contact Karen Ann on 094 9251031.


Cardiac Support Group

Mayo Cardiac Support Group will hold its next meeting on Thursday April 14th from 7-9pm in Hotel Ballina.

This meeting is open to anyone who has heart disease, and their family members/carers. Guest speaker is Denise Dunne, Crói Cardiac Physiotherapist and the topic is “Exercising after your cardiac event and physiotherapy advice”.

Admission is free of charge. No booking required.

For further information contact Ailish Houlihan Crói Nurse 094 9049172.


Horticulture training

Horticulture training (QQI Level 3) will be held in Swinford on Tuesday 3rd May and will run each Tuesday for five weeks. 10.00am to 4.00pm. The course is free to unemployed and part-time employed people. The purpose of the course is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skills and competence to plant, grow and maintain a range of vegetables.

Places are limited and must be pre-booked by contacting Dolores McNicholas at 0877704251 or 094 9256745.

Email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com

Thank You

Mayo Association of Shotokan Karate, Meelick, Swinford & Foxford thank all those who supported their Easter hamper draw.

Congratulations to the ten lucky winners.

Support Workers Vacancies

Family Carers Ireland in Mayo are currently forming a panel of reliable & trustworthy Support Workers in the following areas;  Kilmovee, Newport, Charlestown, Ballina, Westport, Swinford, Achill and Ballinrobe. Applicants must be prepared to be flexible to suit the client’s needs. Full FETAC Qualification in Healthcare essential. Successful applicants will be placed on a Relief Panel and deployed as work arises. All candidates if successful will be expected to have a full clean driving licence, supply two written references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting form.

Please contact Bernadette Moran on 086 3775702 or 0949060305 or by email on: bmoran@familycarers.ie

Are you a Family Carer

Did you know that you can receive free training to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to help you within your Carer Role. Family Carers Ireland will be running different modules for carers in the Castlebar area starting on the 6th May. If you are providing care and are interested in availing of any of our courses please feel free to contact Bernadette Moran on 086 3775702/094 9060305 for more information.

Swinford Tidy Towns


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Would you like to join our team? 
Now that the clocks have gone forward, Swinford Tidy Towns Wednesday evening clean ups will resume from Wednesday 13th April. If you would like to help out, we will be meeting every Wednesday at 7 at the No Name Club on Chapel St. Saturday mornings continue as usual at 11 am all year.

Swinford & District Gardening Club

David Roberts is well known for his Garden Designs and his development of Grow Rings. He will be giving a talk on these topics as well as speaking on Vegetable Gardening made Easy on Tuesday April the 26th at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. New members welcome. Non members 5euro

St Patrick’s College Reunion 1961

A reunion of the first year class of 1961 and all those who joined the class to Leaving Certificate 1966 in St Patrick’s College Swinford will take place on June 25th at 4 o’clock.

The evening will start with a photo shoot at the College with refreshments afterwards.

For more information contact Willie Rooney on 087 2921410 or email will47r@gmail.com or Thomas Marren 087 2344338 or email thomasjmarren@gmail.com


Best Foot Forward

Mayo Cancer Support, Rock Rose House is looking for ladies to take part in the West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday May 1st.

By participating in this event you will be supporting your local cancer support services in Castlebar & Ballina.

Further information, t-shirts & sponsorship cards available from 094 9038407


Hospice seek marathon participants

Mayo Roscommon Hospice is appealing for walkers/joggers to participate in the Western People West of Ireland Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday May 1st or the VHI Womens Mini Marathon Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday , June 6th on their behalf.

The money raised is necessary to maintain local palliative care services.

Sponsorship cards available please contact 094 9388666.

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Monday April 18th at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford

Free and open to all over 16 years

Contact  086 0700681 if you require further information

1916 Historical Talk

As part of “Swinford Celebrates 1916” NUIG Special Collections Librarian and Callow native Marie Bohan will deliver a talk entitled “1916: The View From The West – Evidence from the Military Archives” on Monday April 18th in the Gateway Hotel at 8pm. This will be a great start to Swinford’s 1916 Commemoration.


Memory & Music

Swinford Comholtas will host an evening of “Memory and Music” in The Cultural Centre on Saturday April 23rd at 8pm as part of the “Swinford Celebrates 1916” weekend. This community event, which is open to all, promises to be a most enjoyable evening. The historical pageant will include music, narration, song and dance.
To lead into the evenings entertainment Midfield Pipe Band will march through the town, starting at the church grounds after 6.30pm evening mass.


Commemorative Parade

Plans and preparations continue for a Commemorative Parade on Sunday April 24th as part of “Swinford Celebrates 1916” weekend. The parade will be held after 12 o’clock mass, led by Midfield Pipe Band through the town, concluding with a tree planting ceremony by Swinford and District Gardening Club. After the Parade, Swinford Court House will be open to the public. Swinford Handball Club will stage a handball exhibition in the alley at Sancta Maria at 2.45pm. A reading of The Proclamation will also be included in the itinerary of the day.  Everyone welcome.

12 o’clock Mass will be celebrated in Irish, accompanied by Swinford Adult Choir.

All community groups and individuals are asked to take part in the parade. The organisers would be delighted if participants dressed in period clothing. Residents and businesses are encouraged to fly the Irish flag over the weekend of the celebrations.



A meeting to finalise plans for “Swinford Celebrates 1916” will be held on Monday April 19th in the Gateway Hotel after Marie Bohan’s Historical Talk. All are welcome to attend. Any group who wishes to discuss their involvement with the weekend events please contact co-ordinators Mairin Noone 087 7454032, John Sheehan 087 9100572, Basil McDonnell 087 6460964 or email cceswinford@gmail.com.

50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in Moores and Madeline Brennan of Midfield, Swinford won €621. Thanks to all our supporters.
Envelopes are available in most business premises and online through www.swinfordgaa.ie where tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10/25/52 weeks. Next draw is in Quinns Bar on the 19th April. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5.


Table Quiz

Swinford GAA will host a table quiz in the Gateway Hotel on Friday 21st April at 9pm. Tables of 4 will be €40. Prizes and refreshments on the night.


Upcoming GAA Fixtures:

April 14th 7pm

Under 14 Division 3

Naomh Padraig v Swinford in Killala

April 17th 11am

Under 16 Division 3

Swinford v Ballinrobe at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

April 17th 2pm

Senior League Division 1E

Westport v Swinford in Westport

April 19th 7pm

Minor League Division 3

Swinford/Parke v Breaffy at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

April 21st 7pm

Under 14 Division 3

Swinford v Crossmolina at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

April 24th 11am

Under 16 Division 3

Swinford v Louisburgh at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

April 24th 12pm

Senior League Division 1C

Ardagh v Swinford in Ardagh

Any changes will be posted on our facebook/twitter and website.

Swinford Community Lotto Results


Swinford Community Lotto Developing Facilities for Clubs in Our Community. The results of this lotto can be found in Swinford Notes on Swinford.ie


Swinford Community Lotto Results for April 11th 2016

Numbers:  3   6   13   21
€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners
Marie Mellett, Swinford
P Horkan, Swinford
3 Number Winners
Willie Moran, c/o The Sheepwalk
Miriam McDermott, Main Street
G.H., c/o P Horkans
W Kilgallon
Jackpot now €9,800
Draw on Monday April 18th in Melletts
Swinford Community Lotto Providing Sport & Recreation Facilities in Our Community

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