Swinford Notes – 6th May 2015
Swinford Camera Club
The next meeting of Swinford Camera Club is 8pm tonight (Wednesday 6th May) in Swinford National School.
If you have an interest in photography why not come along to one of our meetings, everyone is most welcome, especially beginners. Meetings are held at 8pm in Swinford National School every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
If you are thinking of purchasing a new camera, or thinking of buying accessories for your camera why not come along and get some advice from club members. Swinford Camera Club members have a wide variety of cameras, from compact point & shoot up to DSLR’s.
For more information, please visit the Swinford Camera Club website.
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.
Swinford Gardening Club Trips
A reminder that there will be a gardening club trip to Lorna McMahon’s internationally famous Ardcarraig 5 acre garden at Oranswell, Bushypark, Galway on Sunday 10th May. Divided into 17 sections there are water gardens, a Japanese style garden, a herb garden, a sunken Mediterranean garden and bog and woodland areas. There are also large collections of primulas, hostas, and dwarf conifers. Plants, many of which are rare or unusual, will be on sale.
An evening visit to Sarah Power’s Nursery Tourmakeady, followed by a social evening in Maire Luke’s, will take place on Friday 22nd May.
To book, please contact Angela on 087 6520311. Non members welcome.
Swinford GAA Fixtures
Friday 8th May at 7pm in Robert McCallion Memorial Park
Minor League Division 2 Round 9
Swinford v Cill Chomain
Saturday 9th May at 7pm in Robert McCallion Memorial Park
Senior League Division 1C
Swinford v The Neale
Sunday 10th May at 2pm in Brickens
Senior League Division 1E
Eastern Gaels v Swinford
Match reports, when available, will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Website.
Swinford GAA Club Meeting
Swinford GAA Club Meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Sunday 10th May in the Gateway Hotel. All club members are asked to attend.
Swinford Choral Festival
The Choral Festival Concert will be held in Our Lady Help of Christians Church Swinford at 8.30pm on Friday 22nd May.
The following choirs have been announced for this year’s concert -:
Mayo Youth Choir, Grace Notes from Ballyhaunis, Oban from Scotland, and the Swinford Church Choir with Ms Francie McNicholas. Antoinette Byrne and Fr James McDonagh will also provide top class entertainment.
Proceeds are in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.
Anyone who would like to help on the night, please contact either Fr Dermot Meehan or Joe Mellett.
Tickets are €12 each with a special rate of €10 for OAPS and €6 for Under 18’s.
Tickets can be bought in Mellett’s Newsagents, Eurospar, Spain’s and Gavaghan’s Mace.
Swinford Community Lotto Results
The winning numbers for May 5th
1, 16, 25, 30
€70 local shopping voucher winners:
Jacqueline Meehan, Carrowbeg, Killasser
Dwayne Gardiner, Killaturley
3 number winners:
Debbie O’Hagan, Bollingbrook Drive
Mary Pidgeon, Bridge Street
Yvonne Brennan, Dun Na Ri
B.G.R.S & F, c/o Mellett’s
Kevin Quinn, Meelick
John Julian, Midfield
There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €16,600.
The next draw will be held on Monday 11th May in Quinn’s Bar.
Meelick National School Enrolment 2015
Enrolment forms for Meelick National School are now available.
Please contact the school on 094 9384214 for further information.
Siamsa Seipeil 2015
Tickets have just gone on sale for this year’s Siamsa Seipeil. As announced in our featured article here, Phil Coulter, one of Ireland’s finest artistes of all time will be playing in Swinford Church on Friday 31st July. Phil will also be joined by special guests on the night which will be announced at a later date.
Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Gateway Hotel 25 Drive Results
The winners of the 25 Drive held in the Gateway Hotel on Sunday 3rd May were
John Byrne and Bernard Callaghan
Val Bredican and Michael O’Boyle
Phillip Moore and Tom Bredican
The next 25 drive in the Gateway Hotel will be at 8:30pm on Sunday 10th May.
New card players are always welcomed.
Best of luck to local musician Peter Gallagher, as he returns to Swinford this weekend to take part in the Mayo Fleadh Cheoil.
Peter, now predominately based in Castlebar, will be playing the guitar in the accompaniment section, which is a recent addition to the Fleadh. He will be competing alongside his good friend, Thomas Langan from Castlebar, who will be playing the 4 styles of tunes on the fiddle.
This competition is due to take place on Sunday 10th May.
You can find out more on what’s happening in Swinford for the Mayo Fleadh Cheoil in our notes & programme of events.
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.
Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw
This week’s 50/50 draw was worth €828 and was won by Kieran McNulty of Cloongullane.
The next Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw will take place in Boland’s Bar on Tuesday 12th 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 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.
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.
Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Draw
Congratulations to Elaine Quinn of Killasser who won €1040 in the Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Monthly Draw which was held in Frank’s Place on Sunday 3rd May.
The next monthly draw will be held in Frank’s Place on Sunday 31st May.
Tickets are available from the regular outlets and committee members.
€5 per entry and guaranteed winner every month!
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.
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