Swinford Notes – 13th May 2015
Meelick Irish Countrywomen’s Association
The next meeting of the Meelick Guild of the ICA is being held tonight (Wednesday 13th May) at 8:30pm in the Meelick Community Centre.
Annual subscription of €50 will be due. New & past members welcome.
Phone Judith on 086 0749103 for further information.
Achonry Diocesian Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 17th May beginning in the Basilica at 2:30pm. All are welcome.
Swinford National School Enrolment 2015
Please ensure that completed enrolment forms for the school year 2015/16 are returned to Swinford National School by 22nd May.
Enrolment forms are available from the school or can be downloaded directly from the Swinford N.S website.
Swinford Choral Festival
The Choral Festival Concert will be held in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Swinford at 8.30pm on Friday 22nd May.
The following choirs have been announced for this year’s concert -:
Mayo Youth Choir, Grace Notes from Ballyhaunis, Oban from Scotland, and the Swinford Church Choir with Ms Francie McNicholas. Antoinette Byrne and Fr James McDonagh will also provide top class entertainment.
Anyone who would like to help on the night, please contact either Fr Dermot Meehan or Joe Mellett.
Tickets are €12 each with a special rate of €10 for OAPS and €6 for Under 18’s.
Tickets can be bought in Mellett’s Newsagents, Eurospar, Spain’s and Gavaghan’s Mace. Proceeds are in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.
Meelick National School Enrolment 2015
Enrolment forms for Meelick National School are now available.
Please contact the school on 094 9384214 for further information.
Swinford Men’s Shed
Swinford Men’s Shed in conjunction with Michael Browne of Full Circle Safety will be hosting a Health & Safety Training Course on Thursday 21st May at 6pm in the Gateway Hotel.
This course is open to members of Swinford Men’s Shed and registration will take place from 5:30pm. New members are welcome to join.
Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw
This week’s 50/50 draw was worth €863 and was won by Johnny Burke and Kevin Geraghty.
The next draw will take place in Heaneys, Killasser on Tuesday 19th May.
Draw envelopes are widely available in Swinford’s shops and businesses at €2 each or 3 for €5. You can also get your tickets online through the Swinford GAA store where tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10, 20, or 52 weeks.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Swinford Gardening Club
On Friday 22nd May, there will be an evening trip to Sarah Power’s Nursery in Tourmakeady. The nursery stocks an extensive range of plants and flowers.
This will be followed by a social evening in Maire Lukes.
To book, please contact Angela on 087 6520311. Non members welcome.
The speaker at the May meeting on Tuesday 26th May at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel will be Noel Golden from the Homeland Store, Westport.
Gateway Hotel 25 Drive Results
The winners of the 25 Drive held in the Gateway Hotel on Sunday 10th May were
Mary Higgins and Mae Quinn
2nd & 3rd (shared)
Brian McNulty and John Gallagher
Virginia Heeran and Seamus Gallagher
The next 25 drive in the Gateway Hotel will be at 8:30pm on Sunday 17th May.
New card players are always welcomed.
Breeda Mullaney and Geraldine Loftus Ryan, who work in Mellett’s Newsagents, sincerely thank everyone who supported them in the recent Western People Women’s Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday 3rd May.
A total of €200 was raised for their chosen charity which this year was Console.
Swinford GAA Fixtures
Thursday 14th May at 7pm in Carras
Under 14 League
Carras v Swinford
Saturday 16th May at 11am in Robert McCallion Memorial Park
Swinford v Kiltimagh
Sunday 17th May at 2pm in Robert McCallion Memorial Park
Swinford v Charlestown
Match reports, when available, will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Website.
Some time ago the priests of the parish printed a dozen or so books with readings and prayers of the faithful to give to families preparing for the funeral of a loved one. The intention was that the books would be returned to the church so that they could be passed on to other families at times of bereavement.
Now, only one of those books remains. So, just a gentle reminder if you have one of those funeral booklets in your home, could you kindly return it to the sacristy so that it can be used to help another family in preparing for a funeral.
Swinford Golf / Soccer Draw Results
The results of Draw No. 11 which was held in The Sheepwalk Bar on Saturday 9th May are -:
Brian and Ann Rowley, 5 Carrabeg, Swinford
Padraic McHale, Snugboro, Castlebar
Teresa Sweeney, Swinford Post Office
Swinford Community Lotto Results
The winning numbers for May 11th
4, 12, 19, 21
€70 local shopping voucher winners:
Feeney Family, Park Road
3 number winners:
Shane Campbell, The White House
William Groarke, Derryronane
M McNicholas, Dublin Road
Padraig Quinn, c/o Quinn’s
Tim McDonagh, Meelick
There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €16,800.
The next draw will be held on Monday 18th May in The Sheepwalk Bar.
Mayo Roscommon Hospice Volunteer Appeal
Mayo Roscommon Hospice is appealing for volunteers in all areas to help with the National Sunflower Days on June 5th and 6th.
Your support for local palliative care services would be greatly appreciated. Please contact 094 9388666 if you would like to volunteer.
Siamsa Seipeil 2015
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Siamsa Seipeil. As announced in our featured article here, Phil Coulter, one of Ireland’s finest artistes of all time will be playing in Swinford Church on Friday 31st July. Phil will also be joined by special guests on the night which will be announced at a later date.
It’s advisable to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Midfield National School 50th Anniversary
Midfield National School is planning a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the school for Saturday 29th August.
If you are a past pupil of the school, you might like to put the date in your diary or if you would like to help with organising the event, you are welcome to join the organising committee. Please contact 094 9252037 for further information.
If you have a forthcoming event or notice that you would like mentioned in next weeks Swinford Notes, please email: Swinfordnotes@swinford.ie