Swinford Notes December 6th

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Thousands to be won in Local Shopping:

Swinford Christmas Festival is up and running it takes place from 1st – 9th December. There are plenty of events and thousands to be won in local shopping vouchers for all participating businesses.


Healthcare Support Training

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company is organising a free Healthcare Support Training Course in Swinford for unemployed people or people in part-time employment who are interested in pursuing a career as a care assistant. 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 January 2018 and conclude in July 2018. Latest date for receipt of application for the course is Wednesday 13th of December. Please contact Dolores McNicholas at 0877704251 email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com to book the course. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme


Swinford Active Retirement Christmas Party

Swinford Active Retirement group in conjunction with Swinford Social Services are taking names from people interested in attending a Christmas Party in the Fr. Peyton Centre on Tuesday December 19th. Cost per person is €12 and transport to and from Swinford will be provided free of charge. If interested contact Mary at 094 9252511.


Class of 1997 School Reunion

The Scoil Muire agus Padraig Leaving Cert class of 1997 are having their school reunion on Friday, December 29th
The night will consist of a remembrance mass for deceased classmates at 7:30pm in the Gym Balcony in Scoil Muire agus Padraig.
Afterwards, there will be refreshments in the Gateway Hotel.
The night will offer a rare chance to catch up with old friends over the Christmas period.
For more information, please call 087-2473657


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.

Killasser Comunity Centre 50/50 Draw

Congratulations to Swinford Athletics Club who won the November 50/50 draw of €480.

Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This week’s draw was held in Whitehouse and Joanne Towey won €574. 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 Bolands on 12th December

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


Swinford GAA

Swinford GAA Dinner Dance
Swinford GAA Celebrates the 20th Anniversary 1997 Minor Champions. We will remember one of the Clubs finest achievements when we celebrate the 1997 County Minor Champions.
This promises to be a great club event and all members, players and coaches and families are invited to support.
Dinner Dance will take place on 9th December at 7.30pm in the Gateway Hotel.
Tickets €25 and are available in the hotel or through the club.

Swinford Athletics Club

This week’s jackpot was won by Ann Mannion of Killasser. Envelopes are available in most business premises for €2 each or 3 for €5.

Swinford Football Club

Swinford FC - Soccer Club

Swinford FC Club Crest


Week 49 Fixtures

Wednesday, 6th December @ 7pm – Westaro Masters League Division 2 – Round 6 – Swinford FC v Swinford FC ‘B’

Saturday, 9th December @ 11am – Mayo Under 16 Girls League Division 1 – Round 9 – Castlebar Celtic ‘B’ v Swinford FC

Sunday, 10th December @ 12 noon – Mayo Under 16 Girls League Division 1 – Round 10 – Swinford FC v Achill Rovers

Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw

Draw No. 1 of the Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw was held in the Sheepwalk Bar on Sat.25th. Nov. 2017

€1000 James Henry Ballydrum Swinford Co.Mayo
€300 Peter Killeen Scardaun Claremorris Co.Mayo
€200 Carmel Timoney Renbrack Swinford

There are 2 draws every month for 12 months. Thanks to all for for your support. All results are available on the Golf Club and Soccer Club websites.

Swinford Comhaltas

Thursday 7th December Horkans

Thursday 14th Dec Bolands

Thursday 21st Dec Melletts

Thursday 28th Dec Sheepwalk

Thursday 4th Jan Gateway

Thursday 11th Jan Quinns


25 Card Drive in Aid of Mayo Fleadh 2018

A Monster 25 Card Drive with a prize fund of €1,000 will take place in the Brown Memorial Hall, Foxford on Tuesday 12th December at 8:30pm. Massive Christmas Raffle on the night with great prizes. This is a fundraiser for the Mayo Fleadh which will take place in Foxford, in May 2018. Admission €10. Your support would be very much appreciated.


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: 094-9052006/087 4007045 or email sccbookings@mayococo.ie

THURSDAY 7th: 3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness
FRIDAY 8th: 10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness
SATURDAY 9th: 10am-4pm- ECM Dance
MONDAY 11th: 10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness
4.30pm-5.30pm-ECM Dance
7.30pm-9pm Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)
TUESDAY 12th: 1pm-2pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)
4.30pm-6.30pm-Resilience Building for Children (Meeting Room)
7.30pm-9pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)
7pm-8pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness
8.15pm-9.15pm-Swinford Tri-Sports-Spinning Class
WEDNESDAY 13th: 8pm-10pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)
8.30pm-9.30pm-Siobhan Phillips-Nia

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

Swinford Scouts

Beavers and Cubs resume meeting on Thursday October 12th – Beavers from 6.30 to 7.30pm and Cubs 7.30 to 8.30pm. All registered members will be contacted confirming the details. Places are still available in each section – to register your interest or for further details please email swinfordmayo24@gmail.com


Coolegrane Lights

Kevin Hughes, Coolegrane, Foxford will once again be erecting his colourful display of Christmas lighting at his home. The Coolegrane Lights are now known to be one of the largest and most colourful display of Christmas lights in the country. The lights will be switched on at 7pm on Friday December 8th by world famous singer Annette Griffin. Music by Pat’s Country Road Show, light refreshments and much more. Everyone is welcome to the switch on. As usual a donation box will be placed at the gateway and Kevin has decided to donate all proceeds to Ballina District Hospital Patient Comfort Fund. Please come along to view this spectacular display of lights over the festive season and support this worthy cause. For more information contact Kevin 0868583380. Follow the lights on Facebook Coolegrane Lights.

B – Fit Swinford

Fitness classes take place in Swinford Community Centre on Monday 8-30pm – 9-30pm, Wednesday morning 9-30am – 10-30am (Women only) and Wednesday 8pm – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 12pm. €6/€3 student 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.

Swinford Mens Shed

Workshop continues every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm at the Mens Shed at Kilkelly Road, Swinford.

Swinford Community Lotto

The numbers for The Community Lotto are as follows.

6, 7, 9 & 17

There was no winner of the Jackpot, which next week will be €15,600.

€70 Shopping Voucher winners are as follows

Lynne Coffey

Sean Brett

3 Number winners

Ann Kirrane

John Howley

John O’Hagan

Next weeks draw is on December 11th in Julians

Operation Transformation in the Mayo Region for Family Carers Ireland

It is that time of year again!! Due to the success of the last 2 years events we are looking again for participants. It will be starting right after the xmas. A fitness and Nutrition plan will be put in place for each person with a makeover afterwards!. For more info please contact 094 9060305/086 3775702

Golf Club 25 Card Game

Results from the card game held on November 29th. Winners were

1st Val Hyland Francis Rowley 2nd & 3rd shared by Peter Geraghty Michael O’Neill Noreen Geraghty Ann Gavin
Spots were won by Jerry Hennigan Cailin Gallogly Michael Regan Leo Murtagh
Raffle prizes were won by Philip Irwin Mary Higgins x 2

The Games continues every Thursday night at 9pm all Card players welcome

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

Author: John Dunne

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