Swinford Notes 23rd December 2015

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Unregulated Parking In Swinford


Mayo County Council will be holding a Swinford 'Re-Focused'discussion forum on Wednesday 21st January in the Cultural Centre, Swinford from 5:30pm to 7pm.

The issue of unregulated and flagrant abuse of parking in Swinford has been raised on numerous occasions over the years.  Unless the problem is addressed, the likelihood is that businesses will shut up shop with the closures having a poisonous effect on the economic viability of other outlets and ultimately the town.


Would be customers of any business will not support the particular outlet if there is no parking spaces available.  Unfortunately the greater majority of miscreants are those directly connected with a large number of individual business premises.


The owners/managers of a large number of established retail and commercial units are hoping that by using the forum of the excellent website Swinford.ie and social media sites like Facebook , Twitter etc, , those responsible will realise the problems they are causing and what they can do to help the town and ultimately  use the off street car parking for the future.  Every employer and every employee can do their part to make Swinford a better place to shop.

As the Christmas Shopping is now in full swing, the time is now to address the current situation and ensure the future prosperity and indeed the survival of the town of Swinford.


Swinford Tidy Towns




Swinford Tidy Towns wish all our Committee and Volunteers a very happy Christmas and a happy New Year.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Tidy Towns throughout 2015, and to anyone that helped out in any way. We would especially like to thank the many volunteers that came out with us through the year, the tidy towns would not exist without you. We got a lot of work done during the year and have started some more new projects, which we hope to complete next year.

We look forward to your continued support throughout 2016 and to make next year an even bigger success for Swinford Tidy Towns.


Annual St Stephens Day Walk

This years walk will begin at Killasser Community Centre at 12 noon and there will be a choice of a short or long route or even a toddler route.

So come along and join in the fun with family and friends and share a cup of tea afterwards.

Santa has promised to stop by en route back to the North Pole.


New Years Eve Disco


KCC-80's Disco Flyer


Killasser Senior Citizens Party

The annual Christmas Party for senior citizens in Killasser Parish will take place on January 6th in Frank’s Place.

Mass will take place first in Killasser Church at 5pm.


Swinford Camera Club

Swinford Camera Club would like to wish all our club members and everyone in Swinford community a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

The camera club will be taking a break from meetings for the festive period and will resume on Wednesday the 20th of January.

New members always welcome, especially beginners. There will be surprise visitor passing over our skies early on Christmas eve checking out if the children have been good. We have all the details of when Santa will be flying over the Swinford skies at www.swinfordcameraclub.com

Youth Memorial Park


Some three years ago, a committee was formed in Swinford with the prime purpose of erecting a suitable monument to honour and remember all the youth of Swinford who had passed away tragically or otherwise over the years.

With the assistance of Mayo County Council, five possible locations were sourced and identified. Apart from one location which is registered in the name of CIE, all of the remainder are in the ownership of Mayo County Council. As each of the other four locations have individual appeal and possible potential, it has been suggested by the Committee that all should be put on public display.

Whilst all five locations have their own merits, the Memorial Park Committee are of the view that the CIE site is the best location overall for the Park. With this in mind all of the five locations will be on view in the foyer of the Library and Cultural Centre for a week commencing Monday 4th January.

A box will be available for all signed comments. Everybody with an interest is invited to view the exhibits.

The committee wish to thank Mayo County Council and Mark Rhodes Sculptor for their input and look forward to the construction of the Memorial Park. A target date for the opening is set for summer 2016.


Operation Transformation Fundraiser in aid of Mayo Carers Association

Looking for participants from Mayo to take part in our ‘8 Week Weight Loss Programme’

We Provide

  • Fitness Programme
  • Nutrition & Dietary Advice sponsored by Connacht Nutrition & Diabetic Clinic
  • Private Weekly Weigh Ins

·         Sponsor Card Sheets & before & after photos taken by Carmel Williams, Photography, Kilkelly

After the Hard work!!

  • Hair & Beauty Makeover kindly sponsored by Petals Hair & Beauty, Castlebar
  • Hair & Hot Towel Shave kindly sponsored by Staunton’s Barbers, Castlebar
  • Outfit sponsored by Shaws Department Store for the night of the unveiling

Prize for the lady and the Man who loses the most

Prize for the person who raises the most money

Starting 8th January (Perfect time to lose those pounds after the festive season). To book your place contact Bernadette: 0863775703/0949060305


Hospice Thanks

Mayo Roscommon Hospice are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising activities e.g. Church Gate Collections, Sunflower Day and Coffee Mornings. Find out how you can volunteer on Swinford.ie

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care service thank all who supported them throughout the year and gave so generously to the cause of the hospice.

It is greatly appreciated.

The funds raised will continue to help provide local palliative care services free of charge to all who need it in the community.


Grateful thanks also to all the volunteers and local support groups for giving their time so freely to help with fundraising events throughout the two counties who help in the various hospice shops.

Thanks to local media , newspaper editors and regional reporters for helping to promote the various fundraising events during the year.

Also to all who help in the sale of Christmas Card & Shine a Light appeal during the Christmas period.

The Foundation wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and all that is good for the New Year.


Revision Course


S.D Revision Academy is running an intense Christmas Revision course for Leaving Cert students in English & Biology (Higher Level) on December 28th in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris.

For booking information contact Sinead 087 2549909


Terrified Of Technology

Don’t be afraid and make it your new Years resolution to connect with Technology. Age Action runs beginner/refresher computer classes (ipad tablet, Smartphones also) for older people (55 years +)who have little or no computer experience or who are terrified of technology. Participants are taught either one to one or in very small groups by trained volunteer tutors.

Classes are run in the following venues in Mayo-Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris, Foxford & Swinford.

To book a place call Age Action on 091 527831 or fax 091 527828 or email helenmurray@ageaction.ie or our website is www.ageaction.ie


Aras Attracta Card Game Results


Results of card game held in Aras Attracta on Sunday 20 December.
1st Luke Dunleavy & Martin Ruane
2nd and 3rd was shared by
Breege Rowley & Leo Murtagh
Patricia & Kieran Rowley
1st Laurance Ginty
2nd Sean Quinn
3rd John Gallagher
Eileen & Noreen Geraghty
Phillip Moore Tom Bredican
1st Bernard Callaghan & John Byrne
2nd Michael O’Neill.
Happy Christmas to all the card players and thanks for your support through out the year.
Card games will resume on 3rd January 2016.


Card Game Results

Results from 17th December

1st/2nd/3rd shared by Martin McNeela, Cailin Gallaogly, Brian McNulty, John Gallagher ,Michael Moran and Gerry Moran.
Martin McNeela, Cailin Gallogly, Michael and Gerry Moran
Raffle prizes
Carmel Timoney x 2 Ronan Monaghan, Maureen Morley, Margaret Sweeney, Noreen Geraghty, Geraldine Turbitt  and Mary Higgins
Accumulator was won by John Gallagher and 2nd Francie Rowley
Hope everyone is having a festive time and wishing you all a happy new year.

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 December 21st 2015

Numbers:  6   11   15   19
€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners
Jonathon Tyson, Meadow Parl
Michael Wesiorski, c/o Tara Cafe
3 Number Winner
Julie & James, c/o Bolands
Fiona McDermott, Church View
Marty Kilroy, Carnacross
M O’Neill, Sweetwell
Fintan Ryan, Carracanada
Tara Cafe, Castlebar
Jackpot now €6,600
Draw on Tuesday December 29th in Melletts
Swinford Community Lotto wishes all of our supporters and your families a very Happy & Peaceful Christmas. We hope that you enjoy the festive season and that you have a truly wonderful New Year


50/50 Draw

This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Bolands on 22nd December and Anthony Lavin, of Lavins Drapery won €1,105.00.  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 Gateway Hotel on 29th December. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5. Once again there will be a guaranteed €1,000 for the winner.

Christmas Greetings


Swinford GAA club wishes all its members, players, managers, coaches and supporters a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.


Presentation Night


Swinford GAA Club will be hosting a presentation night to all our teams on Tuesday night from 7pm in the Gateway Hotel. Everyone is welcome to show their support for our teams.


Meelick Card Results

Happy Christmas to all, here is the results of card game held in Meelick on Tuesday 22nd December.

Card winners 1st & 2nd shared by

Michael O’Neill & John Gallagher

Geraldine Turbitt & Ann Rowley

3rd TP Loftus & Matt Duggan

Accumulator was won by

Phillip Moore & Tom Bredican

Michael O’Neill


Annie McNeela & Esther Munnelly

Patricia & Kieran Rowley

Mary Higgins & Breege Rowley

Christmas Raffle

Mary Lynskey

Jimmy Stenson

Maureen Morley

John Gallagher

Jim Lavin

Cannon Michael Joyce

Geraldine Turbitt

Kieran Rowley

Jerry Ronane

Aideen Shiel

Sean Quinn


There is a game next Tuesday 29th December at 9pm, all card players welcome.




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