Swinford Notes – 27th May 2015

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“Cosy Up To Console” National Awareness Campaign

Console – The National Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Bereavement Charity invites all the community to join them in the Swinford Cultural Centre at 2pm on Friday 29th May, when Mrs Sabina Higgins, our esteemed President’s wife will officially launch the “Cosy Up To Console” National Awareness Campaign. This is an appeal to Mna na hEireann to get involved in the project and help us in our endeavours to create awareness and save lives!

Console’s Mayo headquarters is located at “Whitethorn Cottage”, Midfield and also provides an Outreach Service in the Family Resource Centre, Ballina.

For further information, please contact Anne Lynch on 087 1955990.

National Tidy Towns Competition

The National Tidy Towns competition begins on the 1st of June and runs until September. The Swinford Tidy Towns Clean Street League will also begin on June 1st. The Swinford Tidy Towns Committee is asking all households and businesses to help them out and keep outside your premises clean. Please pick up any litter including cigarette butts and clear any weeds. Help us to improve on all the great work that’s being carried out in recent years.

The Committee are also asking all parties to please remove all the posters that were erected around town for the recent referendums, including the cable ties which are litter. By law, these posters have to be removed no later than 7 days from polling day.

Fundraising Table Quiz

A Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of the Swinford Agricultural Show will be held in Mellett’s Bar on Friday 29th May.

Table of 4 is €10 per person. Great prizes on the night.

Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Draw

This month’s Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Draw will be held in Frank’s Place on Sunday 31st May.

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

Draw Envelopes are currently available in Frank’s Place, Carramore National School, Killasser National School, 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 or you can email killassercommunitycentre@gmail.com for more details.

Damien Dempsey In Concert

As mentioned in our featured article here, Damien Dempsey & His Full Band will play the Swinford Cultural Centre on Saturday 30th May.

This will be a concert not to be missed and tickets are now available here online at swinfordgaa.ie and in the Gateway Hotel Swinford.

Doors will open on the night at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Volunteer Appeal

Mayo Roscommon Hospice is appealing for volunteers in all areas to help with the National Sunflower Days on June 5th and 6th.

Your support for local palliative care services would be greatly appreciated. Please contact 094 9388666 if you would like to volunteer.

Swinford Community Indoor Market

The Swinford Indoor County Market is here again on Saturday 6th June and will be open from 9.30am to 2pm. The market is delighted to be celebrating its 1st Birthday. So a busy day is planned for the whole family to enjoy.

‘In Stitches’ Wool & Craft Shop are running a workshop for all children (Boys & Girls) aged 6+. There will also be a ‘Guess The Weight Of Our Birthday Cake’ competition in aid of Nepal’s Earthquake.

As always our lovely stalls are there and we have a few new faces among them, fish, fruit, veg, cakes, breads, preserves, plants and crafts will all be available.

The Railway Café will also be open for you to sit down, relax with a lovely cup of tea and a slice of cake while enjoying the music provided by local musicians.

We look forward to seeing you all there to help celebrate with us.

Swinford Scouts Waiting List

Anyone wishing to place their child on Swinford Scouts waiting list may do so by emailing: swinfordmayo24@gmail.com – please include the child’s name, date of birth and a contact number.

Age groups are as follows – Beavers 6/7/8 years, Cubs 9/10/11 years, Scouts 12-15 years, Ventures over 15 years.

Spaces will be offered on a first come basis. The availability of spaces in September will also be dependent on having sufficient leaders on board to facilitate weekly meetings and events.

Swinford GAA Fixtures

Swinford GAA Crest

Swinford GAA Club

Saturday 30th May at 11am in Charlestown

Under 8
Charlestown v Swinford

Sunday 31st May at 12noon in Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Centenary Cup
Swinford v Charlestown

Monday 1st June at 6:30pm in Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Under 12
Swinford v Ballinrobe

Saturday 6th June at 6:30pm in Louisburgh

Junior Championship
Louisburgh v Swinford

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.

Thank You

Swinford / Killasser Ladies GFC thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection which raised a total of €561.59 for the prevention of cruelty to children.

Gateway Hotel 25 Drive Results

The winners of the 25 Drive held in the Gateway Hotel on Sunday 24th May were

1st & 2nd (shared)
John Byrne and Bernard Callaghan
Esther Munnelly and Ann McNeela
2nd & 3rd (shared)
Mary Higgins and Breedge Rowley
Francis Rowley and Jimmy Jordan

The next 25 drive in the Gateway Hotel will be at 8:30pm on Sunday 31st May.
New card players are always welcomed.

Midfield Development Association Meeting

The next meeting of Midfield Development Association will be held at 9pm on Monday 8th June in Midfield National School.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for May 25th
23, 26, 29, 30

€70 local shopping voucher winners:
Geraldine & Margaret, c/o Melletts
Seamus Langan, Ballycastle

3 number winners:
No Winners

There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €17,200.

The next draw will be held on Tuesday 2nd June in The Sheepwalk Bar.

Midfield National School 50th Anniversary

Midfield National School will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the school on Saturday 29th August.

Anyone who would like to help out on the organising committee or contribute photographs and other memorabilia please contact the school on 094 9252037 or email midfieldns@gmail.com

Meelick National School 50th Anniversary

Meelick National School will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the school on Sunday 21st June.

Mass will take place at 10am followed by refreshments in the school hall.

They would appreciate any old school photographs which can be dropped into the school. These will be displayed on the day.

St. Michael’s National School Centenary Celebrations

St. Michael’s National School, Kinaffe, celebrates its centenary this year.

Anyone interested in donating old photographs, articles, children’s memories or memorabilia associated with the school can contact Margaret Reilly, Kinaffe N.S on 094 9251031 or by email on kinaffens1@gmail.com.

The memorabilia will be displayed as part of the centenary celebrations.

Swinford Golf / Soccer Draw Results

The results of Draw No. 12 which was held in The Sheepwalk Bar on Saturday 23rd May are -:

Kevin Dunleavy, Castlebar
Malcolm Bolton, 11 Derryronane, Swinford
Matt Gallagher, Derryronane, Swinford

There are two draws every month for a twelve month period and the organiser’s thank you for supporting their draw.

Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This week’s 50/50 draw was worth €855 and was won by John Gerard Kelly.

The next Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw will take place in Mellett’s Bar on Tuesday 2nd June.

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.

Special thanks to the players for going out on a Saturday night and selling draw envelopes in the public houses of Swinford.

In approximately 10 months that the draw has been running over €40,000 has been won by weekly winners. Next week you could be the lucky one……..

Humbert Challenge Triathlon

Swinford Tri Sports are again hosting the Humbert Challenge Triathlon and this year’s event will take place on Sunday 28th June.

The Humbert Challenge Triathlon is an Olympic distance triathlon which involves a 1500m swim in the beautiful Callow Lake, a 44k cycle and a 10k run. Last years event not only attracted a great level of local participation but also competitors from all over the country and beyond.

Swinford Tri Sports continues to provide regular training and new members are always welcomed.

To enter the Humbert Challenge Triathlon 2015 log on to www.triathlonireland.com or for further details contact 087 2805222

Midfield Defibrillator

IMPORTANT: Please note that a replacement defibrillator has been reinstated in Midfield, many thanks to Mary Woodlock, member of “Close To The Heart” for lending us a machine whilst ours is being repaired.

Remember: Defibrillators are located on the wall entering Dr Glavey’s Surgery, directly inside door of lobby area of the Gateway Hotel. These are accessible 24 hours a day. For Swinford GAA, located in dressing room. Defibrillators can also be found outside Meelick and Midfield churches, both again available 24 hours. Also a new defibrillator is now at Dr McLoughlin’s Surgery.

Funeral Books

Some time ago the priests of the parish printed a dozen or so books with readings and prayers of the faithful to give to families preparing for the funeral of a loved one. The intention was that the books would be returned to the church so that they could be passed on to other families at times of bereavement.

Now, only one of those books remains. So, just a gentle reminder if you have one of those funeral booklets in your home, could you kindly return it to the sacristy so that it can be used to help another family in preparing for a funeral.

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

Author: Swinford Admin

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