Swinford Notes 18th November 2015

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Official Launch Of Swinford Christmas Festival

The official launch of the 2015 Swinford Christmas Festival will take place this Thursday November 19th in the Gateway Hotel at 8pm.

Everybody is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.


Christmas Festival 2015

Swinford Christmas Festival will run from Friday November 27th  to Sunday December 6th, with many great events planned.  Swinford Shopping Bonanza will run throughout the festival with thousands in local shopping vouchers up for grabs in all participating businesses.

Other events include live concerts with International acclaimed singer Declan O’Rourke and our very own Everyday Solution.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice bazaar, indoor markets, Console Festival of Light, historical talk, woodland treasure hunt, poetry night with Martin Dyar, table quizes, Santas Grotto, senior citizens day and an afternoon tea party and much more.

All festival events will be promoted on Swinford.ie and please look our for the brochure over the next few weeks for details of the Christmas Festival.

If you have an event please contact Cathal Kelly at 087 6412785.

Celebration Of Light “

On the 29th of November the Console Mayo “Celebration of Light” will be held in Swinford Parish Church at 5 o’clock.

This will be an afternoon of music, song and readings in candlelight with a minutes silence observed so that all present can reflect and  remember loved ones who have died from suicide.

A rememberance Table will be set up and anyone who wishes to place a photo of their loved one on it is more than welcome to do so.


Three Tenors Concert

A concert by the Three Tenors of religious songs, seasonal favourites and other music will take place in the Swinford Church on Sunday the 13th of December at 8.15pm.

The concert will also feature the choir of Scoil Muire agus Padraig and violist Maria Mason.

Tickets are €25 and are available from Spain’s, Mellets Newsagents and the Gateway Hotel.


All Night Vigil In Knock

The 43rd annual All Night Vigil takes place at Knock Shrine on December 7th and 8th to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The main celebrant will be Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary.  Confessions from 10pm to midnight, vigil from midnight with rosary, candlelight procession, holy hour and Stations of the Cross.

Concelebrated Mass at 4am in our Lady’s Basilica.

For more information please telephone 094 9388100 or visit www.knockshrine.ie

All are welcome.


Pieta House Fundraiser

Pieta House are holding their annual bag pack in Tesco, Swinford this Saturday 21st of November.  Pieta House West is located in Tuam and provides one to one professional and therapeutic support to individuals across the Western Region who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or engaging in self harm.

Clients can self refer into the service directly or via a family member, meaning a GP or Psychiatric referral is not required.

A referral can be made in confidence by contacting the centre on 093 25586.  This service specialised counselling service in addition to support for family members is provided completely free of charge.

If you are available to give an hour of your time for this very worthy cause between 10.30am and 5.30pm this Saturday 21st please contact Clodagh Gleeson 094 9251495.


AGM Meeting For Swinford Cycling Club

The Swinford Cycling Club have their AGM meeting this Sunday the 22nd of November in the Gateway Hotel.

The meeting starts at 7pm.

All members are asked to attend and anyone with an interest in cycling are more than welcome.


Camera Club Meeting

Swinford Camera Club’s next meeting is on Wednesday evening 18th November at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. We would like to welcome all our recent new members to the club. Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday night at 8 pm in the conference room of the Gateway Hotel.

 New members are welcome, especially beginners.

Awards Evening

Swinford Cultural Centre will host an Awards Evening on Wednesday December 2nd at 7pm for all entrants in the recent Design a LOGO Competition.

All competitors will receive a prize in recognition of the fantastic works of art which were entered in the competition. The winner in each category and the overall winner will be announced.

All entries will be on display and everyone is welcome to come and view them.

Adjudication was carried out by Independent Adjudicator Gaynor Seville of Mayo County Council’s Arts Office.

Swinford & District Gardening Club (Garden Bird)Meeting

A talk will be given by Mick Hogan of BirdWatch Ireland on Garden Birds. This will take place on Tuesday the 24th November at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford.
This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to identify and care for Garden Birds over the Winter months.
Non members welcome.

Swinford & District Gardening Club

Swinford & District Gardening Club are holding a Christmas Floral Demonstration by Gail of Eden Flowers Kiltimagh in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
It will take place at 8pm on Wednesday the 9th December in the Gateway Hotel Swinford. Tickets 10 euro. All arrangements will be raffled on the night. In addition there will be other fabulous raffle prizes.
Please support this worthy cause.



Comhaltas AGM

The AGM of Michael Davitt branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann will be held in the Gateway Hotel on Wednesday 18th of November at 8.30pm.

All branch members are invited to attend and new members are very welcome.


Carers Association

The Carers Association have recently set up a 50/50 draw to support Family Carers in Mayo.

Half of the winnings go towards the envelope picked out and the other half to support Family Carers in Mayo.

If you have a spare €2 could you please put it in one of our envelopes.  The €2 envelopes are left in a box in Corrib Oil Swinford.





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 Lotto Results

Swinford Community Lotto Results for November 16th 2015

Numbers:  1   2   5   9
€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners
Michelle Tunney, Cloonlara
Shane Snee, Cullane
3 Number Winners
Angela Conlon, Cullen, Foxford
Jennifer Moore, Kilbride
Jackpot now €5,600
Draw on Monday November 23rd in The Gateway Hotel
Swinford Community Lotto Providing Sport & Recreation Facilities in Our Community


Golf Club 25 Drive


1st/2nd/3rd prize was shared by:

Maureen Morley

Mary Higgins

Francis Rowley

Val Hyland

Phyllis and Tom Bredican

Mark Munnelly
Margaret Sweeney
Phyllis and Tom Bredican
Raffle Winners
Maureen Morley
Ronan Monaghan
Martin McNeela
Games every Thursday night at 9pm new players are always welcome

GAA 50/50 Draw


This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Julians on 17th November and Jane McNicholas of Oakdrive, Swinford won €654.00.  The winning envelope was sold by Mary Ryland.

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 in Quinns on 24th November. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5.


Aras Attracta 25 Drive

The results of card game held in Aras Attracta on Sunday 15th November.

Card Winners
1st, 2nd & 3rd was shared by
Noreen & Eileen Geraghty
Patricia & Kieran Rowley
John Byrne & Bernard Callaghan
Cannon Michael Joyce & Michael Regan
Eddie Bredican & Pat Molloy
1st Gerry Thornton
2nd Val Hyland
3rd  Maureen Morley and 4th
Games continue every Sunday at 8.30pm please support, thank you.

Meelick Card Results

Here is the results of card game held in Meelick on Tuesday 17th November.
shared 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Val Hyland & Jimmy Stenson
Michael Ward & Tom Durkan
Jack Pidgeon & Jim Lavin
Val Hyland & Jimmy Stenson
John Gallagher & Michael O’Neill
Noreen & Eileen Geraghty
1st Noreen Geraghty
2nd Esther Munnelly
3rd Jerard Henneghan
4th Maureen Morley
5th Val Hyland
6th Brian McNulty
7th Tom Durkan
Games continue every Tuesday at 9.00pm, please support.

M D Roof Services Under 21 B Championship

The quarter final between Swinford and Belmullett has been fixed for Saturday 21st of November at 3pm at the Connacht Centre of Excellence.





Swinford GAA Crest

Swinford GAA AGM

The annual general meeting of the club will be held in the Gateway Hotel on Sunday 29th November at 6pm. Closing date for nominations and motions is Wednesday 25th, please return to club secretary.


If you have an event or notice that you would like mentioned in the Swinford Notes, please email Swinfordnotes@swinford.ie


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