Swinford Weekly Notes July 19th 2017

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Síamsa Sráide Table Quiz

The annual Síamsa Sráide  Table Quiz takes place on Friday, July 21st at 9pm in Mellett’s.  Please support this fun Quiz.

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

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.


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.

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 Whitehouse where Avril Forde McGreal of Kiltimagh won €590. The winning envelope was sold in Carmels cafe. 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 Heaneys, Killasser on July 25th.

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

Swinford GAA Fixtures

Thursday July 20th  7pm

U-16 County Championship Moy Davitts v Swinford

Saturday July 22nd 11am

U-8 Go Games Balla v Swinford


Sunday 23rd July 1pm at COE Bekan

East Mayo Minor B Final Swinford v Kiltimagh

Any changes will be on our facebook page and swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford Football Club Fixtures

Swinford Soccer Club Crest

Swinford F.C

Week 29 Fixtures

Wednesday, 19th July @ 7pm – Mayo Under 14 Boys League Division 1 – Round 1 – Swinford FC v Ballinrobe Town

Wednesday, 19th July @ 7pm – Mayo Under 16 Boys League Division 1 – Round 1 – Glenhest Rovers v Swinford FC

Thursday, 20th July @ 7pm – Mayo Under 14 Girls League Division 1 – Round 7 – Swinford FC v Westport United ‘B’

Thursday, 20th July @ 7pm – Mayo Under 19 Mens Development League – Round 5 – Kiltimagh Knock United v Swinford FC

Friday, 21st July @ 7pm – Mayo Under 12 Boys League Division 1 – Round 3 – Swinford FC v Ballyheane

Saturday, 22nd July @ 12 noon – Mayo Under 16 Boys League Division 1 – Round 2 – Swinford FC v Conn Rangers

Sunday, 23rd July @ 12 noon – CastleCourt Hotel Premier League – Round 13 – Conn Rangers v Swinford FC

Monday July 24th @ 6pm Boys – U-18 Sec B  Westport Utd v Swinford

Swinford Athletic Club

The  50/50 draw was held after training at the Amenity Park and congratulations to Annie O’Brien of Midfield who is this weeks winners of the €176 Jackpot.

Draws will be held every Tuesday, where one lucky person will take half the jackpot home. Tickets are for sale from all club officers and cost €2 for one ticket and 3 for €5. All income from the draw will be used for the future development of facilities at the club.

Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

20th July Melletts

27th July Sheepwalk

3rd  August Gateway Hotel

10th August Quinns

17th August Horkans

24th August Bolands

Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for  July 17th.

1, 9, 18, 23

€70 local shopping voucher winners:

Maire Philbin, Lislackagh

Michael Clarke, Santa Maria

 3 Numbers winners:
There was no Jackpot winner, the Jackpot now stands at €11,600

The next Draw is on Monday July 24th in Julians.

Swift Walk & Talk

There will be a Swifts walk & talk in Swinford on Thursday next. Meet outside the Gateway Hotel at 8.30. The walk & talk is free and is being organised by Swift Conservation Ireland and the talk will be given by Lynda Huxley. The Swifts arrive here in Swinford around the 4th or 5th of May every year, you can nearly set your watch by them!

We first learned of the plight of the Swift population in Ireland when the national schools Green schools began fundraising to install Swift nest box’s at the school. Two box’s with 3 nests in each were erected at the school in June 2014. This free walk and talk is really recommended to anyone who has an interest in birds or wildlife. You’ll be amazed with all that you’ll learn about our Swifts flying around here in Swinford!

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! Classes will finish in June and 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 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 20th:     7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp

1pm-2pm -Pat Kirby Fitness

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

MONDAY 24th:       10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

1pm-2pm -Pat Kirby Fitness- Yogalates.

7pm-8pm -Pat Kirby Fitness- Yogalates by Candlelight

TUESDAY 25th:       7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp

7pm-8pm -Pat Kirby Fitness- Tone Zone.

8pm-9pm That’s So Shelly Fitness.

WEDNESDAY 26th: 9am-10am That’s So Shelly Fitness

8pm-10pm Public Meeting


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.

Carer of the Year

Family Carers Ireland are now looking for applicants for their Carer of the Year Awards. If you would like to nominate a Carer please contact Bernadette/Doreen for an application form on 0949060305/0863775702

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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