Swinford Notes – 29th April 2015
The month of May has always been devoted to Our Lady. For years people have erected a May Altar comprising of a statue of Our Lady and lots of flowers.
In keeping with this tradition a May Altar will be erected at Julian’s crossroads, Midfield on Thursday 30th April at 7:30pm. One of our priests will attend to bless the altar and to recite the rosary. Midfield Choir will also be in attendance.
Everyone is welcomed to come along and feel free to bring flowers for the altar. Chairs will be available where necessary.
Swinford Hospice Shop Wedding Fair
Swinford Hospice Shop is having its 1st ever Wedding Fair in the shop premises on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May from 12noon to 6pm on both days.
Come along and view beautiful wedding dresses, ranging from vintage to unique once off designs, both new and pre loved at very affordable prices. See a fine selection of bridesmaids, flower girl, mother of the bride plus groom and debs dresses. There is also a great selection of hats, fascinators, headpieces and a full range of accessorises available.
Raffle for wedding vouchers and refreshments served.
Private viewing can be arranged by appointment, please contact Margaret on 086 3345563
Swinford Community Indoor Market
Saturday 2nd May sees the return of the Swinford Indoor Market. It’s location as always, is in the lovely historic Cultural Centre on Station Road (beside the library) and the market will be open from 9:30am to 2:00pm.
They have a new Facebook page ‘Swinford Indoor County Market’ and their first competition is for two free lunches at “The Railway Cafe” if you like and share. More competitions will be coming up every month so start following!
Find out more on this weekend’s Indoor Market in our featured article here.
Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw
This week’s 50/50 draw was worth €821 and was won by Phil Rowley of Killasser.
The next draw will take place in Padraic Horkan’s on Tuesday 5th May.
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.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Swinford Community Games
Swinford Community Games will take place in the Amenity Park on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May starting at 2pm. All children under 16 years and living in the Swinford area are encouraged to come along and take part.
A sincere thank you to all who supported the recent church gate collection. The money raised goes towards prizes, affiliation costs and competitor’s entry fees to county and All-Ireland competitions.
A massive thank you to everyone who supported the Tesco Cake Sale in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital on Friday 17th April. To everyone who baked, bought cakes & raffle tickets and helped in any way, the organisers really appreciate your support.
Thanks to the generosity of you all a total of €650 was raised for this great cause.
The winner of the beautiful cake, kindly donated by Philomena Mullin Noyes was Julie Ryan.
Swinford National School Enrolment 2015
Please ensure that completed enrolment forms for the school year 2015/16 are returned to Swinford National School by 22nd May.
Enrolment forms are available from the school or can be downloaded directly from the Swinford N.S website.
Scout Leaders Required
Swinford Mayo 24 Scouts is currently looking to recruit new leaders for September 2015. If you are able to give an hour per week and you are interested in learning new skills along with sharing your own skills and life experiences, then Swinford Scouts are looking to hear from you.
No past scouting experience required as full training will be provided.
Gateway Hotel 25 Drive Results
The winners of the 25 Drive held in the Gateway Hotel on Sunday 26th April were
1st & 2nd (shared)
Brian McNulty and John Gallagher
Nora Keane and Ann King
Michael Ryan and Michael O’Neill
The next 25 drive in the Gateway Hotel will be at 8:30pm on Sunday 3rd May.
New card players are always welcomed.
Swinford Community Lotto Results
The winning numbers for April 27th
12, 13, 16, 26
€70 local shopping voucher winners:
Nuala McNicholas, Gregnafila, Foxford
Mary McNicholas, Park Road
3 number winners:
Sheila Reddington, Lislackagh
Kathleen Benson, Swinford
M Bolton, Bridge Street
John Byrne, Logcurragh
Cathy Wiley, Rabawn
There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €16,400.
The next draw will be held on Tuesday 5th May in Quinn’s Bar.
East Mayo Anglers Retirement Function
East Mayo Anglers invite all members, both past and present to mark the recent retirement of their water keeper Martin Howley. Martin has retired after serving East Mayo Anglers for nearly 18 years.
The function will be held in the Gateway Hotel on Friday 8th May at 9pm.
The organisers of the Special Olympics Collection in Swinford on Friday 24th April sincerely like to thank all who supported and helped the collection in any way. A special word of thanks to the students of Scoil Muire agus Padraig, your help on the day was greatly appreciated.
Thanks to everyone’s generosity a total of €1536 was raised for this great cause.
Meelick National School Enrolment 2015
Enrolment forms for Meelick National School are now available.
Please contact the school on 094 9384214 for further information.
Swinford GAA Fixtures
Thursday 30th April at 7pm in Hollymount
Hollymount-Carramore v Swinford
Saturday 2nd May at 7pm in Ballina
Senior League Division 1E
Ballina v Swinford
Sunday 3rd May at 2pm in Belmullet
Senior League Division 1C
Belmullet v Swinford
Match reports, when available, will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Website.
Swinford Men’s Shed
Swinford Men’s Shed will be meeting at 8pm on Thursday 14th May at a venue to be notified. The members will be delighted to receive any idle work tools that you may have lying about. Please contact Swinford Men’s Shed on 086 1666620 if you would like to donate any such items.
The committee is working hard on sourcing a venue for the Men’s Shed to call home and it is hoped progress will be made on this in the coming weeks.
The committee and members would like to thank John Fallon of Claremorris Men’s Shed who gave a talk at the meeting on Thursday 16th April and enlightened us all with his experience.
Swinford Golf / Soccer Draw Results
The results of Draw No. 10 which was held in The Sheepwalk Bar on Saturday 25th April are -:
Edel Munnelly, Ballina
Philip Irwin Snr, Glenamoy, Belmullet
Brendan Fallon, Carracanada, Swinford
Thanks to all who support the draw. There are two draws every month and the next draw will take place on Saturday 9th May.
Swinford Agricultural Show
The Swinford Agricultural Show 2015 will be held on Saturday 15th August.
The committee sincerely thank the 2014 financial sponsors for their generosity without which the show would not be possible. They also thank the many other supporters who provide them with the venue for the show (Pat Kelly of Swinford Motors, Eddie O’Hara, Kieran Rowley, Michael O’Donnell and Brian McNulty) and the Gateway Hotel.
Thanks also to the businesses who donated spot prizes, vouchers etc and to the many people who voluntary give of their time in support of the show.
We hope we can rely on you all again this year and any new sponsors would be very much appreciated.
If you have a forthcoming event or notice that you would like mentioned in next weeks Swinford Notes, please email: Swinfordnotes@swinford.ie