Swinford Weekly Notes 24th May 2017

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Litter Action League

The Mayo Litter Action League competition runs from April to September. The inspection between 3 April and the April 31, seen Swinford been awarded 82 points out of 100.

Full report on www.tidytowns.com/2017-mayo-litter-action-league-april-results.

Gardening Club day trip

Swinford Gardening Club have organised a day trip to Donegal for June 3. Leaving Swinford at 8.15am. There will be a tour of Donegal bay by waterbus visiting Ashtree Garden centre, Killybegs and Glencolumbcille Heritage village. Breakfast en route and dinner in Donegal town, cost €65, non-members welcome. Contact Angela 0876520311.


Mass for exam students

An exam mass for Junior and leaving cert students on Monday, June 5 at 7.30pm in Knock Basilica. Students can bring their pencil case for blessing. Information from Andrea Lynch at Knockyouth-ministry@yahoo.ie

Blessing for expecting mothers

There will be a blessing for expectant mothers on Saturday June 3, in the Shrine at 11.45am until 1pm.

Swinford/Mayo GAA draw

The county Board Club development draw tickets for €100 are now available from club officers. There will be 6 draws with a prize fund of €97,000.

Midfield Development Association Village clean-up

Midfield Development Association are organising clean-up in Midfield village and surrounding roads, on Wednesday 24, at 6.30pm, meeting in Julians. Calling all local adults to join with clean-up. Many hands make light work and all help greatly appreciated. All litter pickers supplied with gloves and bags. Let MDA members know if there is any particular area needs attention. Next meeting June 11, at 9pm, Midfield National School.

Congratulation Swinford Drama Group

Congratulation Swinford Drama Group for huge success of the drama production “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” which debuted in Meelick Community Centre, May 12 and 13. Two nights of fun and laughter was had by all. Production will return again in The Siamsa Sraide street festival Swinford on August 5 at 8.30, in Swinford Cultural Centre and various venues throughout 2017. Two nights of fun and laughter was had by all.

Time trials

Club training for Swinford Cycling and Triathlon each Tuesday at 7pm. All welcome, all needed is bike and helmet and €2 (few goes as guest before you join) participate either alone or with friends where you time yourself over 15 km using new club clocks. You can see new route near Charlestown N5 junction at www.swinfordtriathlon.com

Swinford Scout Leaders

Additional scout leaders required for September 2017. If you enjoy working as part of a team with indoors and outdoor activities, and have an hour to spare each week, we would love to hear from you. Full training provided. Next meeting Monday, June 19 in the meeting room of the cultural centre at 8pm. County commissioner Tadgh Kennedy along with current leaders of Swinford scouts will be in attendance to answer any queries. All welcome. For further information, email swinfordmayo24@gmail.com.

The Siamsa Sraide street festival

The Siamsa Sraide street festival will be taking place this year from August 4-August 9.

Enrolment Meelick National School

Enrolments for Meelick National School for September 2017 are now available. Contact school 0949384214


Weekly Yogalates classes in the Cultural Centre, Mondays at 1pm and 7pm.Yogaltes by candlelight helps address conditions like high blood pressure, arthritis and poor sleep. Class €6 pay as you go or course of 4 for €20. Contact Ros 0872617309.

Killasser Parish

The Killasser Parish league will take place on Sunday June 4 at 4pm. Girls and boys between 8 and 13 years are invited to play. The winning team will receive the Kevin Groarke Perpetual Cup.


Golf competition, May 14, winners, Ronan Monaghan, Gearoid Kerins, Gerry Ronayne and Matt Duggan. Ladies 18 hole stableford competition Mary Horkan topped leader board and runner up Margret Sweeney. Swinford play Claremorris on Wednesday, May 24, with the Irish Mixed foursomes round 2 on next Saturday. Swinford play Westport in Pierce Purcell Shield. Next week’s 18 hole stableford for the men is the final competition before presidents prize, June 3, when Mary Doyle puts up prize for both ladies and men. Entry as soon as possible.  First round matches in the Ormsby Cup should be completed and second round are to be played in the coming ten days. Junior games Saturday mornings 10.30 to 12.30pm.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Tutors needed to tutor over 55’s on computers/tablets/smartphones to help learners navigate the Internet and gain confidence using their device

Age Action runs courses (each course lasts for 5 weeks, 2 hours per week) in the Swinford Library, on Wednesdays from 10.00 and 12.00. Classes are generally run on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis and both tutors and learners find the classes rewarding and fun. Good computer skills and fluent English needed but patience and good humour just as important! Classes will finish in June and we’re looking for interested tutors for the new cycle starting in September. Call Helen at Age Action on 087 1956047 or email helen.murray@ageaction.ie. Training provided

Swinford Cultural Centre

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

All in Cultural Centre unless stated.

THURSDAY 25th:    1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby Fitness- Bums and Tums.

3.30pm-7.45pm-Morrison Ballet Classes

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

FRIDAY 26th:           10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

SATURDAY 27th:    10am-4pm-ECM Dance

11am-1pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Relaxation for Students (Meeting Room)
SUNDAY 28TH:       10am-5pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-(Meeting Room)

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

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

TUESDAY 30th:       4pm-5pm-Creative Writing Course for Children (Meeting Room)

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

8pm-9pm That’s So Shelly Fitness
WEDNESDAY 31st: 10am-11am That’s So Shelly Fitness

5pm-8pm Giggles Drama Group

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

Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for May 22nd


€70 local shopping voucher winners:

Frannie Moore

Ciara Durkin

3 Number Winners

Sheila Reddington

There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €10,000

The next draw will be held on Monday  29th May in Bolands

Swinford/Killasser Ladies GFC

Swinford Ladies GFC Monster Raffle

WIN WIN WIN Thousands of Euro worth of Prizes in The Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC Monster Summer Raffle.
There is something for everyone among the huge array of fabulous prizes, with a Luxury Hotel Break at The Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Home Fuels, Toys, Ray-Ban Sun Glasses, Galway Crystal, New Grange Cutlery, Meals for 2, Shopping Vouchers and much more to be won.
Get your tickets now for just €2 or 3 for €5. Raffle takes place on August 13th.

Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

Last week’s draw was held in Melletts where Joanne Towey of Goodfellas Barbers  won €523. 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 is in Gateway Hotel on May 30th. Draw envelopes are available at €3 and €5 and online at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford GAA Fixtures

Saturday 27th May 11am

Under 8 Go Games Kiltimagh v Swinford

Saturday 27th May 5-30pm

Junior B Championship Westport v Swinford

Monday 29th May 7pm

Under 12 Spring League Swinford v Carras

Subject  to change, keep an eye on  Swinford GAA Facebook & Twitter pages and swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford Football Club Fixtures

Swinford Soccer Club Crest

Swinford F.C

Week 21 Fixtures

Wednesday, 24th May @ 7pm – Mayo Under 15 Boys League Division 3 – Round 9 – Achill Rovers v Swinford FC

Thursday, 25th May @ 7pm – Mayo Under 14 Girls League Division 1 – Round 3 – Manulla v Swinford FC

Thursday, 25th May @ 7pm – CastleCourt Hotel Premier League – Round 7 – Swinford FC v Ballyhaunis Town

Friday, 26th May @ 7pm – Mayo Under 13 Boys League Division 1 – Round 9 – Swinford FC v Charlestown Athletic

Saturday, 27th May @ 12 noon – Mayo Under 15 Boys Cup – Round 1 – Swinford FC v Ballinrobe Town

Saturday, 27th May @ 7pm – CastleCourt Hotel Premier League – Round 8 – Crossmolina v Swinford FC

Swinford Athletic Club

The  50/50 draw was held after training at the Amenity Park and congratulations to Ann Mannum who won this weeks jackpot of €204.

Draws will be held every 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

25 Card Game

There will be a 25 card game fundraiser for the Swinford Agricultural Show on Sunday 4th and Sunday 11th June at 8-30pm in Gateway Hotel.

Carers Week

National Carers Week Event in Breaffy House Hotel , Castlebar on Monday 12th June From 11.00am-2.00pm

Inspirational Guest Speakers

Áine Gaffney, speaking on behalf of her late brother Paddy, Mayo Carer of the Year

Helen Rochford, Advocate for People with Dementia (as seen on The Late Late Show)

Olive O’Connor Founder of Medistori as seen on Dragon’s Den

Carmel Ryan, mother of Fiacre who was on the Autism and Me documentary on RTÉ 1

Tea, Coffee and Refreshments

R.S.V.P to Bernadette/Doreen on  0949060305 or by email to bmoran@familycarers.ie

Outside Broadcast by Midwest Radio Sponsored by Homecare Medical Supplies

All welcome!

Please R.S.V.P to bmoran@familycarers.ie

Killasser Parish Football League

The 2017 Killasser Parish League will take place on Sunday 4th June at 4pm. Girls and boys aged between 8 and 13 years are invited to play. The winning team will receive the Kevin Groarke Perpetual Cup.

B – Fit Swinford

Fitness classes take place in Swinford Community Centre on Monday 8-30pm – 9-30pm and Wednesday 8pm – 9pm, Thursday 9-30am – 10-30am, Saturday 11am – 12pm. €5 pay as you go. Contact Alan 087 2397225/ Declan 087 6725419

 Early year’s music course

Barney’s Busy Bee’s parents and toddlers are holding a Sound World Early Years Music course, every Wednesday 10am and 11.30am in Barnacogue NS. This is a learning and development programme with many fun filled music activities, with parent and child interact, Cost €3. Any queries contact Barnacogue NS on 0949367440 or 0872024788.

Summer school

The Seosamh Mac Gabhann  Summer school will take place in Kilmovee Community Centre Sunday July 2 to Friday July 7. Details at: www.smgsummerschool.com. Bigi Linn!

 Relaxation for exam students

Relaxation for exam students in The Cultural Centre (upstairs) on Saturday May 27 and June 3 at 11am to 12.15pm. Learn how to de-stress your mind and body and bring peace and calmness into your life during exam time. Pay as you go €5, contact Kathryn 0879281301.

Swinford Gardening Club Trip

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

Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

25th May Horkans

1st June Bolands

8th June Melletts

15th June Sheepwalk

Swinford Cycling & Triathlon Club

Swinford Cycling and Triathlon Clubs are continuing their Club Training Time Trials each Tuesday evening at 7pm – All are welcome – all you need is a bike + helmet + €2 (you can have a few goes as a guest before you need to join) and you can participate either on own or with friends where you time yourself over 15km. You can see the start and route at: http://www.swinfordtriathlon.com/training/

Computer Classes:

Beginner Computer classes starting in Kiltimagh Library on Tuesday 6th June from 6.00-8.00pm . This will take place one evening a week for 5 weeks. To book your place contact 0949060305. This is free of charge. There are limited spaces available. Please contact 0949060305 to book your place

Author: Rita Hopkins

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