Swinford Notes April 17th 2019

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Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter egg hunt takes place at 2pm on Easter Sunday, April 21st in The Woodlands (Next to the playground).

As always it promises to be a great event. This event is sponsored by Swinford Tidy Towns.

Swinford 250 National Spring Clean

The Swinford Tidy Towns annual spring clean will this year be part of the Swinford 250 celebrations. The Swinford 250 national spring clean will be on Good Friday as usual, meeting this year at 11am at the Swinford 250 office on Market Street. As usual, litter pickers, recycling and rubbish bags and vests will be provided. There will be refreshments provided afterwards. Lets see if we can manage to find 250 items of litter!
All welcome.

Swinford & District Gardening Club

The next meeting of Swinford & District Gardening Club, in the Gateway Hotel, will take place on Tuesday 30th April at 8.30pm.

Margaret Mc Hugh will speak on ‘Growing Your Own’- vegetables, shrubs, flowers etc. She will be happy to answer your gardening questions on these topics. Everyone is welcome to attend. Non members €5.

Swinford & District Gardening Club Trip

Swinford & District Gardening Club will be taking a day trip to Loughrea on Saturday 4th May. We will visit Woodville House and walled gardens. A guided tour of the garden with the Head Gardener will be included. There will also be a tour of Dartfield Horse Museum and the beautiful Loughrea Cathedral. Breakfast and dinner included. Cost €65 euro. Enquiries or to book a place, please contact Angela on 0877917136


Swinford Camera Club

Meetings take place in the Gateway hotel at 8pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month. If you are looking to take up a new hobby, why not try photography? Come along to a meeting and see if you’d like it. As always, new members are always very welcome, especially beginners.


Resilience Building Course for Children in Swinford Cultural Centre –

Course Starting on Tuesday 14th May 2019. 10 session programme run over 5 weeks, 2 days per week, with the aim of assisting children build resilience and self-esteem.
Working in small groups, the children will learn important skills and techniques to deal with everyday worries and stresses through fun and interactive activities.
The course will be given by Laura Murtagh, Educational Psychologist and Primary Teacher.
It will take place on;
Tuesdays at 4.30 – 5.30 for 8-10 year-olds and from 5.30 to 6.30 for 11-13 year- olds.
Saturdays at 10am – 11am for 8-10 year-olds and from 11am to 12 midday for 11-13 year-olds.
To book a place email laura@educationalpsychologist.ie Booking is essential as places are limited to a maximum of 10 per group.
The cost of the 5-week course is €120 (€20 deposit required to secure a place).
For more information about the course please click here.
Laura will also be running a Resilience Building Summer Camp in July, click here for more details.


Swinford Go Getters

Swinford Go Getters are a social activities club for over 55’s who meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month. We play a variety of fun games including Boccia, skittles, ball and bean bag games which are part of the Go for Life Games. A new parachute game was added in January where the idea is to balance a ball and other items on the parachute. We also added a horse-racing game and others. All games are designed to be played sitting or standing. Individuals and groups welcome.
Dates for the next few games held at the Cultural Centre Swinford 10.30am to12.30pm.
Thursday 9th May – Bealtaine Festival open day – includes demos of games music and dance session led by an experienced leader
Thursday 13th June
No expertise needed. Refreshments served including homemade cakes.
Further information contact Bridie 087 9049723 or come along and give it a try.

Swinford Comhaltas

This weeks Thursday evening Seisuin (18th) is in Bolands from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday April 18th Bolands

Thursday April 25th Melletts

Thursday May 2nd Whitehouse


Musical Theatre Summer Camp/Workshops.

The Railway Players Variety Group in conjunction with Flare Musical Theatre Productions will run a Summer Camp for young people and a series of workshops for older teens and adults from August 12th to 16th. Participants will enjoy fun filled hours of choreography, singing and acting. More details to follow.

Swinford had a long and proud tradition of musical shows/pantomimes and The Railway Players are looking forward to reviving that tradition during this special Swinford 250 year of celebration


Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in Moore’s and Jacob Weslowski of Kilkelly Road, Swinford won €452. The winning envelope was sold online.
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 Tuesday April 23rd.
Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

Under 14 Div 2

18th April 7pm Erris v Swinford

Minor League Div3A

19th April 7pm Balla v Swinford

Senior League Div 3

20th April 7pm Bonniconlon v Swinford

Minor League Div 3A

22nd April 2pm Swinford v Kilmeena

Senior League Div 6A

22nd April 7pm Ardagh v Swinford

Under 12 Spring League

22nd April 7pm Swinford v Claremorris

Under 16 Div 3B

23rd April 7pm Swinford v Parke Keelogues Crimlin


Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for April 15th 2019

No winner of the Jackpot.
Winning Numbers

2, 22, 24 & 25

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Marian McLoughlin, Midfield

None C/o Horkans

Next weeks Jackpot is €11,600

Next draw is on Tuesday 23rd April in Melletts


Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw

Results of Draw No.3 in the Swinford Golf / Soccer 250 Draw which was held in the Sheepwalk Bar on Sunday 7th April 2019

€1000 Swinford GAA Club

€300 Sally and Paula Dunleavy, Castlebar

€200 Lorna Benson, Claremorris

Thanks for supporting our draw. All results are available on the Golf and Soccer websites. There are 2 draws every month for 12 months.

Golf Club Card Game

Results from Thursday 11th April winners were Josie Prendergast Phyllis Bredican Jim O’Donnell Seamus Gallagher Detta Ryder and Geraldine Turbitt

Spots were won by Phyllis Bredican and Josie Prendergast x 2

Raffle prizes were won by Val Hyland Annie McNeela and Marty Munnelly

Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm


Swinford AC Spring Series

The Swinford AC Spring Series of runs continue. Below are the dates of each run.

Wed April 17th- Midfield- 5km

Wed April 24th-Straide-5km

Wed May 1st- Callow-6km

Wed May 8th -Foxford-5km

Wed May 15th – Killasser-5km

Runs start at 7.15pm, Registration at 6.45pm at all venues. Entry fee: Members €2, Non Members €5.

Refreshments served after race. Everyone welcome to Walk, Jog or Run. All U-12’s must be accompanied by an Adult.

Contact: Peter Hynes-0879014211, Susan Nolan-0861797397, Michael Oliver-0868196511 for further details.


Swinford Cultural Centre

Below is a list of events happening this week in Swinford Cultural Centre, all in the cultural centre hall unless stated.



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

7pm-9pm- Meeting (Meeting Room)

FRIDAY 19th:

8.30am-10.30am- Slimway

MONDAY 22nd:



10am-2pm: Jiving Juniors Easter Camp

11am-12pm-Mother & Baby Group(Meeting Room)


7.30pm-8.30pm- Zumba with Magda

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


For Booking information contact: (094) 9052006/087-4007045 (9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday).


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.

Get Connected’ in 2019 – Computer/Internet classes for older learners

Age Action runs beginner and refresher computer/Internet classes (for people aged 55+ who have little or no computer experience, want to learn how to use their device or who are apprehensive of technology. Continuing in March 2019, classes will be held in Swinford Library on Wednesdays from 10:0 0 – 12:00pm. Each course runs for 5 consecutive weeks (2 hours per week) and there is no fee. Participants are generally taught on an individual basis (1:1) so this is a great opportunity to have your own tutor to help you ‘get connected’ in 2019. Laptops/iPads/iPhones/Tablets/Smartphones all welcome OR if you have no device we can provide one for you. For further information or to book a place on our waiting list, call Age Action on 091 527831. Spaces Limited. (NOTE: these classes are for beginners or for people who wish to refresh/build on their basic skills. One course per person – If you have already taken a course with Age Action since January 2017 you are not eligible to apply.)
At the moment we still have places for March classes in Swinford Library.


Healthcare Support Training

Mayo North East is organising a free Healthcare Support Training Course in Swinford for unemployed people or people in part-time employment. On successful completion of the course learners will have gained a Healthcare Support QQI Level 5 Major award.  Garda Vetting must be successfully completed. Training will commence one day per week in April  2019 and conclude October 2019. Please contact Dolores McNicholas on  0877704251 or email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com to register for the course. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

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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