Swinford Notes 8th January 2020

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Swinford 250 and More

Due to unprecedented demand Swinford 250 committee has postponed the burial of the Swinford 250 time capsule. This will allow more people to participate in this historic event. Final drop off of envelopes is Friday, January 10th at 5.pm. The burial will be at the Cultural Centre on Sunday the 12th of January at 6.30pm accompanied by the release of 25 lanterns. Please like and share this. We need to connect with as many people as possible. #swinford250 thanks for all your support. Have a very happy and healthy new year to all our Swinford community near and far.


Befriending Programme.

Mayo North East are looking for volunteers to befriend 3 Syrian families in Swinford. The volunteers will assist the families in home management and social activities. Two people will visit the families for 1-2 hours a week at a time that suits the families. Volunteers will be required to take part in an interview, Garda vetting and 2 training sessions. Volunteers must be over 18.
If you are interested please contact Patricia Crawley on 087 2135960 or email patriciacrawley@mayonortheast.com


Jiving Juniors Dance Classes

Jiving Juniors classes every Tuesday in The Cultural Centre, Swinford from 4pm-5pm.

Ages 4 and up. Jive, Line Dance, waltz and more.

Contact Sandra to book – 086 2108029.


Annual Mass

Join us for the first Annual Mass for deceased staff and pupils of Banada Abbey, St Attracta’s and the Marist Convent Schools on Saturday 18 January 2020 at 8.30pm in Tourlestrane Church. Afterwards all are invited to Benada Abbey Hall for Tea and Coffee which will allow you to intermingle with old classmates and former pupils. For further information contact Daniel Jones 087 6300271 or Patrick Normanly 087 2189121

Swinford Comhaltas

The January Thursday Night Sessions (9-30pm) are as follows

9th Jan Sheepwalk

16th Jan Gateway Hotel

23rd Jan Quinn’s

30th Jan Horkan’s

Michael Davitt CCE (Swinford Comhaltas) music, singing, dancing and comhrá gaeilge classes continue every Saturday in Swinford NS from 12 pm. New pupils are always welcome. For more information: email cceswinford@gmail.com text 0877454032 or check Swinford Comhaltas Facebook page. Membership for 2020 now due : €20 per family, €12 per adult or €6 per child. This can be paid at Ray Lambes, at the school on Saturday or to any branch committee member. We are very grateful for all the local support we get.

Swinford GAA

This weeks draw was held in Gateway Hotel and Marie Deacy of Bohola won €478. The winning envelope was sold in O’Donnell’s Pharmacy.
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 weeks draw is in Moore’s on 14th January . Draw envelopes available for €2 each or 3 for €5


Swinford Community Lotto

The numbers drawn were 7,8, 17, 29

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Philip Irwin Sheepwalk

Mary Cuffe, c/o Tara Cafe, Castlebar

3 Number Winners.

S. Geraghty Fraun Hill

M. Day Oak Drive

Next draw on Monday the 13th January in Boland’s for €8,000


Swinford Cultural Centre

This weeks event/class schedule is as follows.


THURSDAY 9th:          10.30am-12.30pm-Go for Life Games

3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

 FRIDAY 10th:               9am-11am-Slimway

SATURDAY 11th:         10am-4pm- ECM Dance

 MONDAY 13th:            5pm-7pm-Slimway

 TUESDAY 14th:            4pm-5pm-Jiving Juniors

7pm-8.30pm-Maura Horkan-Mindfulness in Action

WEDNESDAY 15th:     4pm-8pm-Giggles Drama Class

8pm-9pm-Active Minds


To book a space contact (094) 9052006/ 087-4007045


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.


Swinford Go Getters

Swinford Go Getters are a social club which meet the second Thursday of each month in The Cultural Centre, Swinford from 10.30am to 12.30pm. We have been asked to have the games more often and are planning to try this in the early part of 2020. (We will advertise when dates/venues available) We are also available to come to your venue and do a demonstration for your group. (please ring to discuss)
The games are aimed at over 55’s include Boccia, Skittles, bucket ball Parachute and Horse racing games and many more. Groups/individuals are most welcome and games are designed to be played sitting or standing, just come along.
If you would like further information, please ring Bridie on 087 9049723 or Ann on 087 745 9089
Dates confirmed for this year are as follows:-
Thursday 9th January
Thursday 13th February
Thursday 12th March
Thursday 9th April
Thursday 14th May
Thursday 11th June
Thursday 9th July
Thursday 13th August
Thursday 10th September
Thursday 8th October
Thursday 12th November
Thursday 10th December (Christmas party)

Craobh Eo Mayo Woodturners

Are you thinking of taking up a new hobby, but not sure what? Have you an interest in woodturning? Craobh Eo are the Mayo chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild. We meet every 2nd Thursday at the old schoolhouse in Aughamore at 8pm. Our membership is comprised of people of all ages and from all walks of life. New members would be most welcome. For more info visit www.craobheowoodturners.com

Swinford Mock Wedding

Swinford Mock Wedding in aid of Mayo Down Syndrome West Regional Centre and Playground in Swinford is on Saturday 14th March in the Cultural Centre and Gateway Hotel. The marriage is between Siobhan Campbell and Douglas Kelly.
Tickets are available from The Whitehouse Bar and Gateway Hotel at €50 each and include a 4 course meal and music from the Heebie Jeebies Band.
Donations can be made via www.idonate.ie and search for Swinford Mock Wedding

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Monday Jan 20th 2020 at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford. Free and open to all over 16 years.
Contact 086 0700681 if you require further information.

Swinford & District Gardening Club

Swinford & District Gardening Club will hold its Annual Dinner on Saturday 18th January at 7.30pm in the Gateway Hotel. Non members are welcome to attend. Contact Angela 0877917136/0876206607.

Results Golf Club Card Game

Results from Thursday 2nd January winners were Peter Geraghty Michael O’Neill Michael Lynskey Mary Lynskey Maureen Morley Mary Higgins

Spot prizes were won by Phyllis Bredican Nula Kilgallon Francis Rowley Val Hyland

Raffle prizes were won by Michael Lynskey Esther Munnelly Matt Duggan

Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm all welcome

Railway Players AGM

The AGM of the Railway Players will be held this Tuesday 14th January at 9pm in Boland’s of Bridge Street, Swinford. The Railway Players is a Variety and Drama group which has been very active and involved in community events since being formed in November 2018. We thank everyone who supported us at our various events during the year and look forward to many more successful events in 2020. We are always delighted to welcome new members/friends to our meetings and we look forward to seeing you there. Contact us at Railway players Facebook page, email railwayplayers2018@gmail.com or call/text 0876569782.


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

Author: John Dunne

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