Swinford Notes 28th November 2018

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Carol Service and Christmas Lights

To launch the countdown to ‘Swinford 250 and more’ and to mark the start of the Christmas season a Carol Service will be held in Swinford Parish Church on Thursday, December 6th at 7pm. The service will be a collaborative event involving the schools of the area and will be streamed online via Church Services TV. The online broadcast will allow Swinford Community to reach a worldwide audience, help connect with the diaspora and provide the opportunity to people at home and abroad to reconnect with Swinford. Following the Carol Service Swinford Christmas lights will be officially turned on. Everyone is invited to attend the first major event of Swinford 250 and more.

Swinford 250

2019 Promises to be a Great year for Swinford as the town celebrates 250 years and more. The next meeting will be held on Monday December 3rd in the Gateway Hotel at 8pm. All welcome.

Swinford Gardening club

Christmas Floral Demonstration by award winning florist Judi Roche, Balla Flowers in aid of Down Syndrome new Regional Centre Swinford Project in the Gateway Hotel Swinford on Tuesday 4th December at 8pm. Tickets 10 euro.

Swinford Indoor Country Market

Swinford Indoor Country Market will hold their festive Christmas Market weekend on Saturday December 1st from 9.30am-2pm & on Sunday December 2nd from 10.30am-3pm in the Cultural Centre, Swinford.
The festive market will have lots of tasty food stalls & locally sourced produce. There will be a fabulous range of breads, cakes, plants, vegetables, gift ideas, Aloe Vera and a huge range of crafts so all your Christmas shopping can be completed under one roof….. After all your shopping, you can relax and have lunch or a coffee in the renowned Railway Cafe. Face painting for the kiddies too.
Find the Market on Facebook to enter a competition to win a voucher to spend at the markets.

Midfield Pipe Band

Midfield Pipe Band will be conducting an induction day for Piping & Drumming for beginners or any interested parties in the Swinford Cultural Centre (Meeting Room) on Saturday 1st December at 11am. Further info contact Eugene 087 6744121


Nollaig na mBan

Included in the calendar of ‘Swinford 250 and more’ is the celebration of Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) on Saturday, 5th January 2019 in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford. A lady’s night of fun which will include a sit-down meal, music, dancing and spot prizes. Tickets are priced at €30 per person. To order tickets or for further information please email swinford250@swinford.ie or contact 087 6412785.

Mind your Mental Health Workshop for Family Carers’

Teresa Keane from Mental Health Ireland will be facilitating this workshop in the Safari Club, Castlebar, Co Mayo from 9 30am – 4 30pm on Wednesday December 5th. This will be a lovely interactive event. There are limited places so to book your place please contact Bernadette 094 9060305/086 3775702 or bmoran@familycarers.ie

Swinford Camera Club

Swinford Camera Clubs next meeting is on today, Wednesday November 21st at 8pm.
As always new members are very welcome to join the club. Swinford Camera Club is a friendly, helpful and very welcoming group.
The club meet on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 8pm, in the Gateway Hotel. If you are interested in photography, why not come along to a meeting.

Saturday Evening Mass Choir

The Saturday evening choir is looking for new members. Adults or teenagers with an interest in singing or playing music are invited to join the choir. Call up to the gallery any Saturday evening 6.30pm or contact Marie on 0872805222.

Swinford Comhaltas

This weeks Thursday evening Seisuin (29th) is in Melletts from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday 29th Nov Mellett’s
Thursday 6th Dec Whitehouse
Thursday 13th Dec Sheepwalk
Thursday 20th Dec Gateway

Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in Moores and Maria Groarke of Derryronane, Swinford won €488. The winning envelope was sold in Corrib Oil
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 Quinns on December 4th .
Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at www.swinfordgaa.ie

Club Meeting

There is a club meeting on Sunday 2nd December 6pm in Gateway Hotel. All members are asked to attend.

Table Quiz

There will be a club quiz and social night in Whitehouse on Saturday 8th December at 9pm.

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for November 12th, 2018
Winning Numbers:


€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners:

Marie Mellett, Market Street

Hospice Shop Main Street

3 Number winners:

No Winners

Next weeks Jackpot is €7,600
Next draw takes place on Monday December 3rd in The Sheepwalk Bar


Golf Club Card Game

The winners for 22nd November were 1st Virginia Heeran and Chris Heeran 2nd/3rd shared by Philip Irwin and Ann Rowley Josie Prendergast and Phyllis Bredican Seamus Gallagher and Jim O’Donnell

Spots were won by Detta Ryder and Geraldine Turbitt Marty Munnelly and Martin McNeela
Raffle prizes were won by  Noreen Geraghty and Annie McNeela x 2

Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm all welcome

Swinford Cultural Centre

Below are the coming weeks events/classes that will be held in Swinford Cultural Centre.

THURSDAY 29th:         6.45-7.45- That’s So Shelly Fitness

11am-1pm-MCC Meeting (Meeting Room)

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby-Bums & Tums

2pm-4pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)

3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet Class

5pm-6pm-Arthritis Ireland (Meeting Room)

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

FRIDAY 30th:                6.45am-7.45am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9.30am-10.30am- Slimway Weight loss class

SATURDAY 1st:            9.30am-2.30pm-Swinford Indoor Market

11am-1pm-Midfield Pipe Band (Meeting Room)

SUNDAY 2nd:               10.30am-3pm-Swinford Indoor Market

MONDAY 3rd:              10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

6.30pm-8pm-Kathryn Gavaghan Meditation (Meeting Room)

7pm-8pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

TUESDAY 4th:               6.45am-7.45am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

4.30pm-6.30pm-Jiving Juniors- Dance Camp

6.30pm-8pm-Kathryn Gavaghan Meditation (Meeting Room)

7pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 5th:        10am-12am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

1.30pm-4pm-Art to Heart (Meeting Room)


8pm-9pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)


Yogalates & Bums & Tums

2 Yogalates Classes Run Every Monday In The Cultural Centre Swinford.
First at 1pm Lunchtime Yogalates, this is a 45 minute Class. The second is Yogalates By Candlelight at 7pm and runs for 1 Hour. Both Classes are For Beginners so join anytime and Classes are Pay As You Go. We start with Yoga Poses so you can start To Heal and Breathe Then Pilates For Strengthening Your Core, then we move on To Stretching To Renew Your Muscles and Help with Posture and Finish with Relaxation. Please Bring your own Mat, Blanket and Cushion. This is Good For Chronic Conditions, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, High Blood Pressure & Fatigue To name a few. For further Information please Contact Ros on 0872617309
Bums & Tums in The Cultural Centre every Thursday Lunchtime at 1pm. A 45 min Class To Strengthen and Stretch Those Problem errors and help tone and scuplt your Body. Classes Run Throughout The Summer Join anytime, Pay As You Go. For further information Please Contact Ros on 0872617309.

Home Sharers Required

Would you be interested in sharing your home and supporting a service user for a few hours per day, a couple days per month, or long term. We are looking for single people, couples, married people and/or families to provide short respite for children and adults in the local area.
If you are interested or want more information please contact The Home Sharing, Social Work Dept. on 094 9025133

Friends of the Willows

Friends of the Willows, a local mental health charity are looking for new volunteers, committee members, energy and ideas? If you think you can be of assistance, contact Collette at 087 6732381.

If you wish to include anything on Swinford Notes please e-mail swinfordnotes@swinford.ie by Tuesday afternoon. Thank You

Author: Douglas Kelly

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