Swinford Notes 23rd December 2015
Unregulated Parking In Swinford
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
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’
- 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
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.
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.
Aras Attracta Card Game Results
Card Game Results
Results from 17th December
Swinford Community Lotto Results
Swinford Community Lotto Results for December 21st 2015
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.
Swinford GAA club wishes all its members, players, managers, coaches and supporters a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
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
Annie McNeela & Esther Munnelly
Patricia & Kieran Rowley
Mary Higgins & Breege Rowley
Cannon Michael Joyce
There is a game next Tuesday 29th December at 9pm, all card players welcome.
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