Swinford Notes July 24th 2019

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Race Night in aid of Feileacain

Mia Natasha Ginty was born sleeping on the July 9th 2018. Mia’s parents Natasha & Vinnie Ginty are hosting Mia’s Mouse Race Night in her memory in the Turf Shed, Killasser on Sat July 27th starting at 8.30pm. All proceeds going to the charity Feileacain who support grieving families on the loss of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth. There are Race cards available locally & a Go Fund me account has been set up for anyone who may not be able to attend on the night – search Mia’s Mouse Race Night.

Call 086 3622522 or check Mia’s Mouse Race Night on Facebook for more details.  They would be grateful for your support or if you can help out in any way before or on the night, please make contact. Gofundme – Mia’s Mouse Race     Mia’s Mouse Race Night event page

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.

Glass Jars Wanted

Glass Jars wanted for honey. If you can help, please contact Gabrielle at this number  0873134448. She would be very grateful if you could help.

Swinford & District Gardening Club

This year Swinford & District Gardening Club visited Waterford and surrounding areas on their Summer tour 24th-26th June. The organising committee would like to thank all those who travelled and helped to make the tour an outstanding success.

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 parachute game was added in January where the idea is to balance a ball and other items on the parachute.  All games are designed to be played sitting or standing. Dates for the next few games are as follows:-

Contact Ann on 0877459089 for further information.
There will be No Games in August.

Swinford Comhaltas

The schedule for the month of July for the weekly traditional music sessions is as follows.

Thursday 25th 9-30pm Bolands


Swinford Comhaltas Summer workshops

Scoil Cheoil Siamsa, Swinford’s annual week of afternoon music and singing classes, begins Monday 29th, at 3pm in Swinford NS. Classes last an hour and the fee is €25 for the week. Pupils will be accepted today (numbers permitting).

Breege Gleeson, Grace McDonnell and Stephen McDonnell between them will be teaching Banjo, Concertina, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar (not beginners), Mandolin and Tin Whistle. Two more of our great tutors, Dara Ó Héalaí (Dara Healy) and Joseph McNulty will be teaching Button Accordion, Bodhrán and Fiddle. Kathryn Noone will be taking the singing classes, teaching a mixture of ballads and traditional, English and as Gaeilge. Kathryn is a Flute and Tin Whistle tutor also. Gráinne Gleeson is our Comhrá Gaeilge – Conversational Irish – tutor and will make the class (between 6pm and 7pm daily) interesting and fun as well as educational.

For more information contact cceswinford@gmail.com or 0877454032. Alternatively call to the school at 3pm

If you are interested in applying for an instrument loan you need to contact Lorraine Foy in Castlebar Library on 0949047936 or Barbara Varley at Ballina Library on 09670833. They prefer to lend to applicants individually rather than to summer schools

Swinford Comhaltas Pageant

Swinford Comhaltas ( Michael Davitt CCE ) and friends are delighted to present our fourth annual Pageant on Bank Holiday Monday, August 5th at 8.30pm. The show , in this special year of Swinford 250 and more is appropriately called “250 years a Growing” – “250 bliain ag fás” .
Two hundred and fifty years of life in Swinford and surrounding parishes will be celebrated with the best of music, song, dance, poetry, drama and narration in Swinford’s historic Cultural Centre. This will be a great night’s entertainment so be sure to be there.

Musical Theatre Summer Camp

Remaining places need to be booked/confirmed soon for the Flare Musical Theatre Summer Camp/workshop to facilitate ordering of costumes etc.

The Musical Theatre Summer Camp which has been organised for the week August 12th to 16th promises to be a great success. Places will be allocated on a “first come first served basis” and quite a few of the places have already been taken. The junior section in particular is filling up rapidly. Times are from 10am to 2pm but we may consider an afternoon session also if numbers are sufficient. Evening session for older teens and adults a possibility too.The Railway Players are delighted to work with Flare Musical Theatre Productions and are planning a musical production in late November/ early December. Price for the August workshops is €50 with reductions for more than one member of a family. Names to be given into Swinford 250 office, emailed to railwayplayers2018@gmail.com , messaged to the Railway Players Facebook page or text 0876569782

Swinford GAA

This weeks draw was held in Melletts and Aisling, Cian and Liam Walsh c/o Mary Walsh, Larch Hill, Swinford won €468. The winning envelope was sold in Eurospar.

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. The next draw is in Gateway Hotel on Tuesday 30th July Draw envelopes available for €2 each or 3 for €5

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)


Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for 22nd July 2019 held in The Turf Shed, Killasser

Winning Numbers

21, 24, 25 & 26

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winner

Mickey & Rowan, Brabazon Heights

Aine Doyle, Tumgesh

3 Number Winner


Next draw on Monday the 29th July Jackpot €3,200 in Sheepwalk Bar. 


Swinford Golf Club

Results 21st July



Blackrocks Nursing Home 18 Holes Stableford 


1st Carmel Timoney 35pts

2nd Ann Prendergast 32pts

3rd Mary Horkan 31pts



18 Hole Stableford

1st Sean Comer 41pts

2nd Tony Mulligan 40pts

3rd Sean Kavanagh 40pts



1st Mark Fulham, Ger Flynn & Margaret McNicholas



Jack O’Sullivan Trophy Round 2

Swinford 3.5 – 1.5 Ballinrobe


Swinford Cultural Centre

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


THURSDAY 25th:  1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby- Bums & Tums

8.15pm-9.15pm- Pat Kirby- Pure Bliss Yoga

FRIDAY 26th:  8.30am-10.30am- Slimway- Slimming Class

SUNDAY 28th:   11am-1pm- Midfield Pipe Band- Drumming Classes (Meeting Room)

MONDAY 29th: 1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby- Yogalates

4.30pm-6.30pm-Slimway-Slimming Class

7.30pm-8.30pm- Pat Kirby- Candlelight Yogalates

WEDNESDAY 31st: 7pm-9pm- Active Minds Social Group (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.

Paddy Bollingbroke 30th Anniversary

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of Paddy Bollingbroke in Swinford, all round sportsman and four time All Ireland Handball Champion. To commemorate the event, there will be a gathering in Mellett’s Emporium at 8pm on Wednesday 28th August. It is proposed to have a souvenir booklet published. If you have any stories, anecdotes or photos of Paddy, please send to Joe Mellett 087 2573752.

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

Author: Douglas Kelly

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