Swinford Notes 23rd March

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 2017 St Patrick’s Day Parade

Despite the weather the 66th running of the Swinford St Patrick’s Day parade was a great success and credit to the organising committee, the stewards, Padraig Gavin and all on the viewing gallery and to all the bands, clubs, schools and businesses who took part. The results are as following:

Best Overall:       Baxter Healthcare, Swinford

Best Local Business:    M.G. Plant & Sales, Swinford

Best Out of Town:     Marian Callaghan, Ballaghaderreen

Best School Band:    St. John’s Carramore, Killasser & Midfield National School

1st Most Humerous:    Naionra Montessori, Swinford

2nd Most Humerous:    Culmore National School

1st Most Topical:    Swinford mens Shed

2nd Most Topical:     Glann Post Office

1st Most Original:    Swinford Drama Group & Swinford Killasser Ladies Gaelic

2nd Most Original:   Ben’s Forge, Foxford

Swinford Macra na Feirme

Registration for new Swinford Macra na Feirme club takes place on Friday 31st March at 9pm in Melletts Swinford. Social organisation for 17-35 year olds including sports, agriculture, travel, social nights, drama and lots more fun. Everyone welcome! For more information contact Ciara 087 1888082.

Scoil Muire agus Padraig Variety Show

Spotlight Variety Show


On the 24th march Scoil Muire Agus Páidraig TYs are hosting the Spotlight Variety Show featuring acts from all years in the school showcasing their enormous talent through music, song, dance and gymnastic displays. The show will commence at 8pm and tickets are Adults €10 Students/Children/OAP €5. Come along to support and enjoy what promises to be a great nights entertainment.


Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This week’s 50/50 draw was worth €986 and was won by Kevin Crawley of Tourlestrane, County Sligo and formerly of Park Road, Swinford.

The next Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw will take place in Moore’s on Tuesday 28th March.

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 and who knows next week you could be the lucky winner!


Swinford Foroige Club

Swinford Foroige Club meet every Friday evening in Swinford Community Centre.

If you would like your child to join or require further information before enrolment please contact Tina on 087 2056681.

Swinford GAA Fixtures

Swinford GAA Crest

Swinford GAA Club

Sunday 26th March 11am

Under 16 Div 3 Round 2

Aughamore v Swinford

Sunday 26th March 1pm

Michael Walsh Quarter Final

Kiltimagh v Swinford

Thursday 30th March

Under 14 Div 3B Round 1

Burrishoole v Swinford

Tuesday 4th April

Minor Div 3 Round 1

Swinford v Cill Chomain

Thursday 6th April

Under 14 Div 3B Round 2

Swinford v Achill

Any changes to the fixtures will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Facebook, Twitter and Website.

Match reports, when available, will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Website.


Swinford Football Club

Swinford FC - Soccer Club

Swinford FC Club Crest

Mayo Football League Fixtures

2nd April

Fahy Rovers v Swinford

9th April

Bangor Hibs v Swinford

23rd April

Swinford v Conn Rangers

Swinford Athletic Club

Swinford A.C. launched their new 50/50 lotto draw in Mellett’s Emporium on Thursday, March 16th. The first draw will take place after club training next Tuesday evening, March 28th, and every subsequent Tuesday, where one lucky person will take half the jackpot home. Tickets are for sale from all club officers and cost €2 for one ticket and 3 for €5. All income from the draw will be used for the future development of facilities at the club

Wednesday 29th March Killasser 5km, Wednesday 5th April Meelick 5km, Wednesday 12th April Cloontia 6km, Wednesday 19th April Midfield 5km, Wednesday 26th April Straide 5km, Wednesday 3rd May Callow 6km and Wednesday 10th May Foxford 5km.

All runs start at 7.15pm. Registration from 6.45pm at the various Community Centres. Entry Fee: €2 Members, €5 Non-Members. All U12’s must be accompanied. After Run Refreshments. Everybody Welcome to Walk, Run or Jog and Enjoy

Any queries contact: Marty Roughneen 087 4188042, Padraic Walsh 086 8738691 or Peter Hynes 087 9014211

An Evening with Brendan Grace

Swinford Cultural Centre is delighted to announce.

“An Evening with Brendan Grace”

On Friday, April 28th at 8pm.

Tickets are priced at €30 and are on sale from The Mayo County Council Office, Station Road, Swinford.

Brendan Grace is a well known Irish comedian and singer who is celebrating 40 years in the entertainment business. He is known for his comedy schoolboy character “Bottler”, and also for his appearance in the sitcom “Fr. Ted” as Fr. Fintan Stack.

For further details

Contact: Swinford Cultural Centre by phone or email.

Tel: 094 9052006

Mobile: 087 4007045

Email: sccbookings@mayococo.ie

Swinford Cultural Centre

This week’s timetable in The Cultural Centre and Meeting room is as follows.

All in Cultural Centre unless stated.

THURSDAY 23rd:       12.30pm-1.30pm- Mayo Branch Arthritis Ireland- Pilates (Meeting Room)

1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby Fitness- Bums and Tums.

3.30pm-7.45pm-Morrison School of Ballet

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

FRIDAY 24th:             9.30am-10.30am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

7.30pm-9pm-Make up with Megan (Meeting Room)

SATURDAY 25th:       10am-4pm-ECM Dance

SUNDAY 26TH:           10am-4pm-ECM Dance


MONDAY 27th:         10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness -HIIT Training

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness- Yogalates

7pm-8pm- Pat Kirby Fitness

8pm-9pm-Widows Group (Meeting Room)

8.15pm-9.15pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

TUESDAY 28th:         7pm-8pm Pat Kirby Fitness- Tone Zone

7.30pm-9.30pm Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)

8.15pm-9.15pm That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 29th: 10am-11am That’s So Shelly Fitness

5pm-8pm Giggles Drama Group

8pm-10pm-Social Group Meeting (Meeting Room)


Swinford Indoor market

The next Swinford Indoor Market takes place in the Cultural Centre next Saturday April 1st. This month they are delighted to announce that an Egg decorating Workshop will be put on for the day…….The fun starts at 9.30am.


B – Fit Swinford

Fitness classes take place in Swinford Community Centre on Monday 8-30pm – 9-30pm and Wednesday 8pm – 9pm, €5 pay as you go. Contact Alan 087 2397225/ Declan 087 6725419.

Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for March 20th
6, 17, 18, 25

€70 local shopping voucher winners:
James Geraghty, Killasser
Seamus Tierney, Ardgullen

3 number winners:
Mark McNicholas, Meelick

There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €8,200.

The next draw will be held on Monday 27th March in Bolands.

Swinford Killasser Ladies  Gaelic Football

Swinford Tractor & Vintage Tractor Run

Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC in conjunction with Croi are hosting The Inaugural Swinford Tractor & Vintage Tractor Run on Mothers Day. Croí has been to the fore in the fight against Heart Disease & Stroke in the west of Ireland since 1985. Since then, the Foundation has worked tirelessly, with the aim of reducing the impact of heart disease & stroke on families in the west. The Run starts from Swinford Amenity Park at 1pm this Sunday, with Registration from 11.30am. Please Support

Mayo play Sligo in a double header on Friday next, March 31st in the Amenity Park. The U14 teams play at 5.30pm and the Minors will be in action at 7pm. Swinford players should feature on both Mayo teams. Please support.

Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Children’s hospital

A cake sale in aid of Temple Street Childrens Hospital will take place in Tesco Swinford on Friday 7th April. This is the 3rd year of this event which has been very successful. Once again we are asking for the help and support of the local community to make this another successful year. Thanks to the generosity of the local people almost €15000 has been raised to date in Swinford which has been used to buy equipment for the hospital.

Swinford GAA

If you wish to be added to Swinford GAA club mailing list and obtain all the latest news, please send an e-mail to swinfordgaa@gmail.com

Visit of Sean McDermotts GAA Club Birmingham

To celebrate 60 years since their formation the Sean McDermotts GAA Club are bringing their Under 14 and Under 16 boys teams to Swinford over the weekend of 31st March/2nd April. The Under 14 will take part in a 4 team tournament on the Saturday and the Under 16 team will play Swinford in a challenge game that afternoon.

Swinford Agricultural Show

Fundraising Cake sale for Swinford Agricultural Show on Sunday 9th April.

Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

23rd March Sheepwalk

30th March Gateway Hotel

6th April Quinns

13th April Horkans

20th April Bolands

27th April Melletts

Swinford Gardening Club

The next meeting of Swinford & District Gardening Club will be held on Tuesday 28th March at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. Horticulturist Paul Kirwan will speak on growing your own fruit and vegetables and spring in the garden. All are welcome to attend. Non members €5.


Swinford Gardening Club and Swinford Social Services are organising a trip to Carlow and Kilkenny, staying at the Mount Wolseley Hotel from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th June. Among the many attractions are Kilkenny Castle, Altamount Gardens and the Chocolate Garden Workshop. Two nights’ bed and breakfast, two evening meals and entrance to attractions €250 pps (single supplement €50). To book a place contact Angela 087 6520311 or Mary 087 8147463.


Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Draw

The next Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Draw will be held in Frank’s Place on Saturday 1st April.

€5 per entry and guaranteed winner every month!
Your support is very much appreciated.

Draw Envelopes are currently available in Frank’s Place, Padraic Horkan’s, Gavaghan’s Mace, The Sheepwalk Bar, Quinn’s Bar, Swinford Credit Union, Gateway Hotel, Swinford Post Office, Moore’s, Mellett’s Newsagents and Pub.

Further information is available on the Killasser Centre Facebook Page.

Killasser Community Centre 25 Card Game

A 25 card game, in aid of Killasser Community Centre, will take place on Monday 27th March 2017 commencing at 8.30pm. €600 prize money plus spot prizes. Admission €10. All welcome.

Mayo Cancer Support Association

Are holding a Men’s Support Group meeting in 28th March at 7pm in Rock Rose House Castlebar. Guest speaker is Jim Scott MAC. For full details call 094 9038407


If you have a forthcoming event or notice that you would like mentioned in next weeks Swinford Notes, please email us at Swinfordnotes@swinford.ie

Author: Douglas Kelly

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