Swinford Notes July 31st 2019

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Age Action-Computer Classes

  • Terrified by Technology?
  • Confused by Computers?
  • Illiterate about the Internet?
  • Scared of your Smartphone?

The ‘Getting Started’ programme aims to make over 55’s comfortable using a computer / tablet / ipad / smartphone and the internet. Tutoring is usually on a 1:1 basis in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes are 2 hours once a week for 5 weeks.

Where: Swinford Library

When: Wednesdays from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

From: September 2019-June 2020.


Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Heartfulness, Relaxation & Meditation will take place on Monday 12th August 2019 at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford.

Free and open to all over 16 years. Contact  086 0700681 if you require further information.


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


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

Swinford Comhaltas Summer workshops

Scoil Cheoil Siamsa classes with Michael Davitt CCE, Swinford take place next week from Monday July 29th to August 2nd. Classes in Music, Singing and Conversational Irish will be held between 3pm and 6pm in Swinford NS. Our excellent tutors will teach banjo, bodhran, button accordion, concertina, fiddle, flute singing and tin whistle to all levels. Each class lasts an hour and the fee for the week is €25. Early enrolment and a seisiún in the Swinford 250 office on Market St, this Thursday 25th from 5pm to 7pm.

Names and contact details can be given into Ray Lambes or the Swinford 250 office near the post office. You can also email cceswinford@gmail.com or message Swinford Comhaltas Facebook page. For further information contact 0877454032. We encourage people to book by July 24th to facilitate timetabling.

Please let us asap know if you need to hire an instrument.

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

If you or your children are interested in musical theatre then Swinford’s Railway Players have a treat in store for you. During the week beginning August 12th there will be a great opportunity for anyone who loves singing, dancing and acting as Flare Musical Theatre Company (Wicklow), in collaboration with the Railway Players, will run a Musical Theatre Camp/Workshop in Swinford NS.

There will be separate sessions for children from 1st to 6th class, young people of Secondary School age and, if there is enough interest, an evening workshop for older teens and adults. The week August 12th to 16th already promises to be a great success. Places are being 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.

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 and contact details 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 Gateway Hotel and the Eurospar Syndicate won €475.

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 Whitehouse on Tuesday 6th August Draw envelopes available for €2 each or 3 for €5

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

East Mayo Under 16 B

1st August 7pm Kilmovee v Swinford

East Mayo Minor – all games in COE, Bekan

1st August 7pm Swinford v Kiltimagh

8-15pm Swinford v Ballaghadeerreen

East Mayo Minor in COE Bekan

5th August 8pm Swinford v Moy Davitts

East Mayo Under 14 B

6th August 7pm Eastern Gaels v Swinford in Brickens

East Mayo Junior Championship

9th August 7-30pm Kiltimagh v Swinford


Swinford Community Lotto




Attached is a picture of the presentation of the Cheque for €14,000 to Mary Durkan, winner of the Jackpot earlier this month by Niamh Ansboro Chairperson of Swinford Killasser Ladies Club, with Ciara Durkin & Róisin Durkin Swinford Killasser Ladies Club and Mayo Senior Ladies-LGFA.


Swinford Community Lotto results for 29th July 2019 held in The Sheepwalk

Winning Numbers

02,09,16 & 19

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winner

Sheila Dunne

Ken Spragg

3 Number Winner

Martin Feeney C/O Tara Cafe

Marie Horkan, Swinford

P. O’Brien, Cullane

Next draw on Tuesday August 6th in Quinn’s Bar 


Swinford Golf Club

Results 28th July

Aston Crean 9 Hole Stableford
1st Mary Flanagan 16pts
2nd Mary Doyle 16pts
3rd Breege Spain 16pts

Canon Higgins Cup 18 Hole VPar
Sponsored by Swinford Parochial House
1st Keith McHugh 6up
2nd Declan Healy 4up
3rd Brian Gallagher 4up

Connacht Shield Rd 1
Mulranny 3-2 Swinford


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 1st:  1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby- Bums & Tums

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

FRIDAY 2nd:  8.30am-10.30am- Slimway- Slimming Class

SATURDAY 3rd: 9.30am-2pm-Indoor Market

8pm-10pm-Hamilton Flute Band Concert-Siamsa Sraide Concert

SUNDAY 4th:  2pm-6pm-Children’s Day-Siamsa Sraide

MONDAY 5th: 2pm-6pm- Siamsa Sraide- Children’s Talent Show

4.30pm-6.30pm-Slimway-Slimming Class (Meeting Room)

8.30pm-11pm- Comhaltas Pagaent-“250 years a Growing” – “250 bliain ag fás”

TUESDAY 6th: 10am-2pm-Jiving Juniors-Dance Camp

WEDNESDAY 7th: 10am-2pm-Jiving Juniors-Dance Camp


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: John Dunne

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