Swinford Notes August 2nd 2017

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Siamsa Sraide

All details of this Bank Holiday weekends Siamsa Sraide are on their facebook page and www.siamsa-sraide.com. There is something for everyone, have a great few days.

Siamsa Seipeil

Siamsa Seipeil, now in its sixth year, is delighted to welcome Frances Black & Kieran Goss to Swinford Church for their 20 year reunion tour!

Two of Ireland’s best-loved performers come together for a special night at Swinford Church on Friday 4th of August for Siamsa Seipeil 2017.

It’s been 20 years since Frances Black and Kieran Goss performed regularly on stage together. In the intervening years, both artists have enjoyed huge international success in their respective solo careers, but it was the inspired pairing of these unique talents as a duo in the early 90’s that first caught the imagination of the Irish public.

Now, in the unique music venue that is Swinford church, you get to see these two wonderful talents for a once off occasion.

Tickets are available now – and will sell quickly. Buy now, to avoid disappointment, online at www.swinfordgaa.ie and in the real world in O’Connell’s Pharmacy, The Gateway Hotel & Mellett’s newsagents. Or call Mick at 0876837564 to reserve a ticket for collection.

Swinford Indoor Market

Swinford Indoor Country Market is on this Saturday the 5th of August, A huge range of Stalls Available and a great day out for the family. Looking forward to seeing you all there, 9:30am-2pm in Swinford Cultural Centre. For more information contact the market at the phone number below.
Swinford Indoor Country Market

Swinford Tidy Towns

The National Tidy Towns competition is underway. The Adjudicators can arrive in Swinford at anytime. We are asking everyone to help us out, in any small way. Add a window box or hanging basket, pick any weeds that maybe growing, even along the kerb. If you see any litter, pop it in a bin. Every small thing helps us greatly. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped out in any way, it makes such a big difference. Its great to hear such positive feedback from tourists and visitors to Swinford

Siamsa Sraide Important Notice

No Parking
The Síamsa Sráide Committee would like to ask for the public’s help and support in not having any vehicles parked on the following streets until the collusion of the Festival.
Market Street from 6pm Mon Aug 7th , Main & Bridge Street from 9pm Mon Aug 7th.
This is to ensure that the two biggest days of the Festival the Heritage and Fair Day can run smoothly as the streets will be full of market & craft stalls, musicians etc. All help and support to ensure that this can happen would be greatly appreciated. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Traditional music Workshops

Scoil Cheoil Siamsa

From 31st Jul to 4th August

Traditional Music Classes run by

Michael Davitt branch Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann in association with Siamsa Sraide in Scoil Muire agus Treasa (Swinford NS)

Tin Whistle – Fiddle – Banjo – Mandolin – Bodhrán – Button Accordion – Concertina &Flute One hour classes between 4pm & 6pm Mon-Fri (times to be allocated) Fee for week €25 or €20 each for 2 or more participants Email cceswinford@gmail.com

Text 0877454032

Siamsa agus Scéalta

Siamsa agus Scéalta is a salute to Swinford in music, song, dance, poetry and story which will be staged in the Cultural Centre in Swinford at 8.30pm on August 7th . This will be a lively and entertaining celebration of the history and people of Swinford and surrounding parishes and will feature wonderfully talented locals and visitors. As is usual with Swinford Comhaltas and Siamsa Sraide admission is very reasonable at €5 adults and € 3 for children and we can promise you a very special show.

Swinford Drama Group

Production of Jimmy Keary ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ will return during The Siamsa Sraide street festival, Swinford on August 5th at 8.30pm, in Swinford Cultural Centre and various venues throughout 2017.

Bláth Na Féile

Blath Na Feile will return for the Síamsa Sráide Street Festival Swinford on Sat August 5th at 8pm in The Gateway Hotel. This years event will be a tribute to the late Joyce Sweeney a founding member of Bláth Na Féile.

For more information on how to enter this contest please contact Megan on 0879808064.


Swinford Agricultural Show

There is a fundraising Cake Sale this Sunday 6th August from 11am to 1-30pm in Davey’s Market Street. The show will take place on Saturday 19th August at Heerans Farm, Kiltimagh Road, Swinford. The show office is on Market Street (beside Vodafone).

Killasser Folk Group/Gospel Choir

Any singers and musicians interested in forming a folk group/gospel choir in the Killasser area please contact Marie Anne Noone at 087 9035533 or e-mail frjohnd@gmail.com or marieanne.noone@gmail.com  Membership from outside Killasser very welcome.

Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

Last week’s draw was held in Melletts where Josephine Scanlon of Limerick won €420. The winning envelope was sold in Melletts bar. 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 Gateway Hotel on August 8th.

Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at www.swinfordgaa.ie


Swinford Football Club Fixtures

Swinford Soccer Club Crest

Swinford F.C

U-19 Development League
Thursday August 3rd 7pm.
Swinford v Ballina Town

Girls U-14 Division 1
Thursday August 3rd 7pm
Achill Rovers v Swinford

Boys U-12 Division 1
Friday August 4th 7pm.
Swinford v Kilmurry

Boys U-16 Division 1
Saturday August 5th 12 noon
Straide & Foxford v Swinford

Boys U-14 Division 4A
Saturday August 5th 2pm
Swinford B v Castlebar Town

Boys U-14 Division 1
Saturday August 5th 3pm
Conn Rangers v Swinford

Girls U-16 Division 1
Tuesday August 8th 7pm
Swinford v Castlebar Town


Athletics Club Harvest Run

The harvest series of runs begins Wednesday (2nd) evening in Meelick. Registration from 6.45 with the run starting st 7.15pm sharp. Members €2, non members €5.

Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

3rd August Gateway Hotel

10th August Quinns

17th August Horkans

24th August Bolands

31st August Melletts

7th September Sheepwalk

Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for July 31st.

5, 10, 21 and 22

€70 local shopping voucher winners:

John O’Hara

Padraig Horkan

3 Numbers winners:

Tom Cunningham

There was no Jackpot winner, the Jackpot now stands at €12,000. Next weeks draw Tuesday August 8th in Bolands.

Swinford Cultural Centre

This week’s update in The Cultural Centre and Meeting room is as follows.

All in Cultural Centre unless stated.

For Further Details Contact: 087 4007045 or email sccbookings@mayococo.ie

THURSDAY 3rd: 1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

SATURDAY 5th: 9am-3pm-Indoor Market
8pm-11pm-Swinford Drama Group- The 2 loves of Gabriel Foley

SUNDAY 6th: 2pm-6pm-Siamsa Sraide- Children’s Day

MONDAY 7th: 2pm-5pm- Siamsa Sraide- Talent Show
8pm-11pm-Swinford Comhaltas- Siamsa agus Scealta

TUESDAY 8th: 7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp

WEDNESDAY 9th: 10am-11am That’s So Shelly Fitness


Weekly Yogalates classes in the Cultural Centre, Mondays at 1pm and 7pm.Yogaltes by candlelight helps address conditions like high blood pressure, arthritis and poor sleep. Class €6 pay as you go or course of 4 for €20. Contact Ros 0872617309.

Swinford mens Shed

There is a meeting of Swinford Mens Shed on Thursday 3rd August at 7pm at John Henry’s Garage, Kilkelly Road. Followed by a workshop.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Tutors needed to tutor over 55’s on computers/tablets/smartphones to help learners navigate the Internet and gain confidence using their device

Age Action runs courses (each course lasts for 5 weeks, 2 hours per week) in the Swinford Library, on Wednesdays from 10.00 and 12.00. Classes are generally run on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis and both tutors and learners find the classes rewarding and fun. Good computer skills and fluent English needed but patience and good humour just as important! We’re looking for interested tutors for the new cycle starting in September. Call Helen at Age Action on 087 1956047 or email helen.murray@ageaction.ie. Training provided

B – Fit Swinford

Fitness classes take place in Swinford Community Centre on Monday 8-30pm – 9-30pm and Wednesday 8pm – 9pm, Thursday 9-30am – 10-30am, Saturday 11am – 12pm. €5 pay as you go. Contact Alan 087 2397225/ Declan 087 6725419

Early year’s music course

Barney’s Busy Bee’s parents and toddlers are holding a Sound World Early Years Music course, every Wednesday 10am and 11.30am in Barnacogue NS. This is a learning and development programme with many fun filled music activities, with parent and child interact, Cost €3. Any queries contact Barnacogue NS on 0949367440 or 0872024788.

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Monday August 14th   at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford. Free and open to all over 16 years. Contact  086 0700681 if you require further information.


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Author: John Dunne

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