Swinford Notes January 20th 2016

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Volunteer Opportunity

We are seeking volunteers to assisting people with a disability to make friendship connections in the community. Aras Attracta needs your help to try and overcome any barriers and make a real difference in our resident’s lives. Through befriending and mentoring, you can also help to promote social inclusion, making the community we live in a better place for everybody. Training and ongoing support is available to all who get involved in our volunteer service and to safeguard everybody in the process. We also welcome your own ideas how we can make it better.

We are looking for kind, responsible people with good communications skills and a willingness to share your skills, gifts or talents with our residents.

We are looking for open and honest people who want to make our community a better place for all in it. We are also looking for people who are willing to stand up for what is right and support their friend to make positive decisions about their life.

The benefits are many including being a more active citizen, helping those who are often forgotten, reducing social isolation and making your community better for everybody.

For more information on the volunteering opportunities contact Maura on 0872711575.


Swinford Men’s Shed

Swinford Men’s Shed is having their AGM on Thursday night  the 28th of January at 8 pm in the Gateway hotel.

All members are asked to attend and vote in the new committee. The roles for election are Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO. New members are always welcome.


Swinford Historical Society

A meeting will take place this Thursday Night at 8pm in The Gateway Hotel to look into re-establishing the Swinford Historical society.

Swinford Community Games 2016


A meeting of Swinford Community Games will be held in the Gateway Hotel on Monday January 25th at 9 o’clock.

This meeting is to organise the local Community Games, which will be held on the May Bank Holiday Monday.

If you feel you can offer some assistance or advice please come along.

For further details contact Marie on 087 2805222.


2016 St. Patricks Day Parade

A Meeting for this years Parade will take place in The Gateway Hotel at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd Feb.
Please come along and help us make this years parade as successful as possible.

Karate table Quiz Fundraiser

A Table Quiz will take place on Friday 5 February at 9pm in The Gateway Hotel to raise money for the Mayo Association of Shotokan Karate.
Teams of 4 €40. Great prizes and Refreshments on the night.
Please Support

 Sports & Leisure Training


Are you interested in a career in the sports & leisure industry and interested in gaining a sports and recreation qualification that will enable you to work in the leisure industry, gain a QQI level 5 recognised qualification as well as nationally recognised qualifications such as the ITEC Gym Instructor Diploma and National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

If so you could be entitled to FREE Training at National Learning Network based in Castlebar. Training time is split between in centre tuition and usage of various local sports and leisure facilities.

Eligibility criteria will apply, if you are interested please contact Patrisha Greaney on 094 9022770.


Healthcare Support Training

Healthcare Support Training (5M4339 QQI Level 5) will be held in Swinford in February 2016. This one day per week course is free to unemployed people but must be pre-booked.

Please contact Dolores McNicholas at 0877704251 or email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com

This training is delivered by Mayo North East and is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme


Men on the Move Swinford Programme

Starting from the Amenities Park on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.

For further information contact Mayo Sports Partnership

or Geraldine on 086-8105964




Swinford National School is now accepting enrolments for the 2016-2017 school year.

Enrolment forms are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the website www.swinfordns.com

For more information contact 094 9252055.


Swinford Camera Club Meetings Resume For 2016

Swinford camera club meetings resume for the new year on Wednesday the 20th of January.
Why not take up photography as a new hobby for the new year? If you already have a camera, why not come along and learn how to improve your photography and get the most out of your camera.
Club meetings held every 1st & 3rd Wednesday evening at 8 in the Gateway Hotel. See www.swinfordcameraclub.com for more information. All welcome, especially beginners.

Stall Holders Needed

Family Carers Ireland are looking for stall holders for a fundraising event on the 26th February in the Harlequin Plaza from 7.30pm-10.00pm.
Stall in the areas of; Fashion/health and accessories. For more information please contact Bernadette/Doreen on 0949060305.

Swinford & District Gardening Club

Michael Smyth of F.G. Phelan & Company Solicitors will give a talk on wills and inheritance tax at 8pm on Tuesday 26th January in the Gateway Hotel Swinford.

All are welcome to attend. Non members 5 euro.

Free Part Time Adult Education Courses

Health Care Support QQI Level 5 – Care Skills and Care of the Elderly

Beginners Computers, Intermediate Computers, Microsoft Office Specialist, Service Marketing

Enrolment: Monday the 1st of February 10-30 – 12.30 in the Swinford Further Education Centre, Dublin rd, Swinford

Come along to find out about whats on offer

Swinford Mens Shed

Swinford Mens Shed will hold a meeting in the Gateway Hotel on Thursday 21st January at 8pm


Mayo Beekeepers Course

Mayo Beekeepers (Ballina Club) beginner course takes place in the Teagasc Building, Bunree, Ballina on Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th January  from 10.30am to 4pm. Follow up practice at the bees to take place when weather permits.


The Arthritis Swinford Walking Group

Walking is a great way to exercise and is proven to be the best way to manage arthritis pain.

The Arthritis Swinford Walking Group starts back on Saturday 16th January at 10am in the Swinford Amenity Park. For more information please contact Margaret on 087-4150663

Also if you would like to become a walking leader or start a arthritis walking group in your area please email arthritismayobranch@gmail.com for more information.

Many thanks for your help and support. It is very much appreciated.

All in The Mayo Branch of Arthritis Ireland.


Golf Card Game

Recent winners from the 14th January.


1st Mary Doyle

2nd Verona McNulty, Tom Durkin

3rd Phyllis Bredican, Esther Munnelly

Ann King
Geraldine Turbitt
Esther Munnelly
Phyllis Bredican
Josie Prendergast
Maureen Morley
Mary Callaghan
Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm. New comers welcome.

 Aras Attracta 25 Drive

Here is the results of card game held in Aras Attracta on Sunday 17th January.

Card Winners

1st Michael & Gerry Moran

2nd & 3rd shared by

Martin Regan & Joe Thompson

Patricia & Kieran Rowley


Sean Duffy & Kevin Walsh

Jimmy Muldowney & Seamus Gallagher


1st Adette Ryder

2nd Ann King

3rd Michael Durkan.

Games continue every Sunday at 8.30pm, please support.


Meelick 25 drive

Here is the results of card game held in Meelick on Tuesday 19th January.
Card Winners
1st Maureen Morley & Phyllis Bredican
2nd Seamus Gallagher & Michael Ryan
3rd Leo Murtagh & Michael Regan
John Gallagher & Michael O’Neill
Maureen Morley & Phyllis Bredican
1st Michael Ryan
2nd Phyllis Bredican
3rd Maureen Morley
4th Seamus Gallagher
5th Val Hyland
Games continue every Tuesday at 9.00pm, Please support.


50/50 Draw

This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Moores on Tuesday 19th January and John Noone won €721.  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 Julians on the 26th January. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5.



Swinford GAA

GAA Club Membership

Club membership is now open for 2016, please contact a club officer.

The club will be hosting an underage registration session in the Gateway Hotel on Saturday 23rd January from 11am to 1pm.

The price of membership remains the same as previous years: Adult Player: €60, Non-Playing Membership €20, Under 18: €40, 2 children in family €70 and 3 or more children in family €100.




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