Swinford Notes June 14th

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Siamsa Sraide 2017 Launch Night


The Síamsa Sráide Street Festival Launch night will take place in Campbell’s Lounge Bar on Friday June 16th at 9.30pm, key highlights include Síamsa Sráide Live performances line up & The Joyce Sweeney Memorial Bláth Ná Féile Contest and much more.
Refreshments served all are welcome

Swinford Tidy Towns

The National Tidy Towns competition begins again this month. We have our entry form sent, which this year runs to 52 pages! The Adjudicators can arrive in Swinford at anytime from the beginning of June. We gained 10pts last year and we would like to do even better this year. 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.

Mayo Litter Action League

The 2017 Mayo Litter Action League May Results for Swinford have now been published. The Mayo Litter action league competition judges were in Swinford sometime between Monday 1st and Wednesday 31st of May. One of the biggest litter items noted were cigarette butts. This is not unique to Swinford however, cigarette butts are the #1 litter item in Ireland. Swinford lost 15 points for May, leaving us with 845 remaining points. View the adjudicators full report https://swinfordtidytowns.com/2017-mayo-litter-action-league-may-results/ We would ask all business’s in Swinford if you would display the monthly results on you premises, thank you.

Swinford Drama Group

After the success of their production of “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley”  in Meelick Community Centre Swinford Drama Group will be putting on the play in Julians Midfield on Friday 30th June. Production will return again in The Siamsa Sraide street festival Swinford on August 5 at 8.30, in Swinford Cultural Centre and various venues throughout 2017.

Swinford Scout Leaders

Additional scout leaders required for September 2017. If you enjoy working as part of a team with indoors and outdoor activities, and have an hour to spare each week, we would love to hear from you. Full training provided. Next meeting Monday, June 19 in the meeting room of the cultural centre at 8pm. County commissioner Tadgh Kennedy along with current leaders of Swinford scouts will be in attendance to answer any queries. All welcome. For further information, email swinfordmayo24@gmail.com.


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 Quinns where  Maureen Hennigan of Cullonaughton, Callow won €561. 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 on June 20th in Sheepwalk Bar.

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


Swinford GAA Fixtures

Fixtures for the coming week are as follows.

Friday 16th June 8pm
Junior Championship Swinford v Kiltimagh
Sunday 18th June 4pm
Intermediate Championship Islandeady v Swinford
Wednesday 21st June 7pm
Minor League Div 3 Westport v Swinford
Thursday 22nd June 7pm
Under 14 Championship Ardmoy v Swinford
Sunday 25th June 12pm
Minor League Div 3 Ardmoy v Swinford

Subject to change, please check our Facebook page and www.swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford Football Club Fixtures

Swinford Soccer Club Crest

Swinford F.C

Thursday June 15th 7pm

Girls U-14 Division 1  Swinford v Wesport B

Sunday June 18th 12 noon

Premier Division Ballyhaunis Town v Swinford

Tuesday June 20th 7pm

Girls U-12 Division 1 Castlebar Town v Swinford

Swinford Athletic Club

The  50/50 draw was held after training at the Amenity Park and congratulations to Claire Conway, Kilkelly this weeks winner of €240.

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 Athletics Club Youth Disco: Time to boogie!!

Swinford AC are holding a disco for their younger club members on June 16th in the Cultural Centre, Swinford.
Entry is €3 or €10 for a Family.
Lots of spot prizes and great music. Tuck shop will be in operation

All support  welcome.


Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Monday June 19th at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford. Free and open to all over 16 years.

Contact  086 0700681, if you require further information.


 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.

THURSDAY 15th:   7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp

1pm-2pm -Pat Kirby Fitness- Yogalates

3.30pm-7.30pm-Morrison Ballet Dancing

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

FRIDAY 16th:          6.30pm-8.30pm-Swinford Athletics -Childrens Disco

MONDAY 19th:       10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

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

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

8pm-9pm-Swinford Scouts (Meeting Room)

TUESDAY 20th:       7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp

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

7.30pm-9.30pm Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)

8pm-9pm That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 21st: 10am-11am -That’s So Shelly Fitness


Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for June 12th

1, 12, 19 & 24

€70 local shopping voucher winners:

Emma Byrne

Callum & Fiona

3 Number Winners

Martin Munnelly

Peter Rooney

Willie McHale

Melletts News Staff
There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €10,600

The next draw will be held on Monday 19th June in Sheepwalk Bar


Swinford/Killasser Ladies GFC

Swinford Ladies GFC Monster Raffle

WIN WIN WIN Thousands of Euro worth of Prizes in The Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC Monster Summer Raffle.
There is something for everyone among the huge array of fabulous prizes, with a Luxury Hotel Break at The Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Home Fuels, Toys, Ray-Ban Sun Glasses, Galway Crystal, New Grange Cutlery, Meals for 2, Shopping Vouchers and much more to be won.
Get your tickets now for just €2 or 3 for €5. Raffle takes place on August 13th.

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.

Summer school

The Seosamh Mac Gabhann  Summer school will take place in Kilmovee Community Centre Sunday July 2 to Friday July 7. Details at: www.smgsummerschool.com. Bigi Linn!

Swinford Gardening Club Trip

Swinford Gardening Club and Swinford Social Services are organising a trip to Carlow and Kilkenny, staying at the Mount Wolseley Hotel from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th June. Among the many attractions are Kilkenny Castle, Altamount Gardens and the Chocolate Garden Workshop. Two nights’ bed and breakfast, two evening meals and entrance to attractions €250 pps (single supplement €50). To book a place contact Angela 087 6520311 or Mary 087 8147463

Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

15th June Sheepwalk

22nd June Gateway Hotel

29th June Quinns

6th July Horkans

13th July Bolands

Swinford Cycling & Triathlon Club

Swinford Cycling and Triathlon Clubs are continuing their Club Training Time Trials each Tuesday evening at 7pm. All are welcome, all you need is a bike & a helmet + €2 (you can have a few goes as a guest before you need to join).  You can participate either on own or with friends, where you time yourself over 15km. You can see the start and route at: http://www.swinfordtriathlon.com/training/


Health  & Well Being Talk

Information evening in the Gateway Hotel Swinford at 8pm on the 20th of July. How to Boost your Health and Well being Talk For women of all ages. Topics of discussion on the night Food Intolerance Testing ( Ceoliac , asthma, IBS , sore joints) Miscarriage screening . Weight management and goal setting. Stress management and lifestyle. Premenstrual Syndrome Screening . Male and Female Fertility screening. Teenage Nutrition for Study and Exams. For the past 17 years Aine has been providing a private and confidential service tailored to the individual needs of each person. Aine is passionate about educating women of all ages about how and why their bodies work the way the they do. Become empowered and gain the information that is your fundamental right .!! Aine Mc Dermott CFCP Nutrition and Health Food Coach, Women’s Health Educator & FertilityCare Practitioner. 087 1346038


Computer Classes:

Beginner Computer classes starting in Kiltimagh Library on Tuesday 6th June from 6.00-8.00pm . This will take place one evening a week for 5 weeks. To book your place contact 0949060305. This is free of charge. There are limited spaces available. Please contact 0949060305 to book your place.
Beginner Computer classes starting in Le Cheile Castlebar Family Resource Centre starting Wednesday 5th July  from 6.00-8.00pm . This will take place one evening a week for 5 weeks. To book your place contact 0949060305. This is free of charge. There are limited spaces available. Please contact 0949060305 to book your place

Start your Own Business Course

Mayo North East will run a three day Start Your Own Business Course for anyone who is currently not employed and considering self-employment.

Venue: Swinford Cultural Centre

Dates: 27th, 28th and 29th June 2017

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Places are limited and must be pre-booked by contacting 0892005263 or email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com

The course is funded by Mayo North East under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

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.

Men’s Health Week

As part of National Men’s Health Week the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing Department have teamed up with Mayo Men’s Sheds to provide a free NCT event for all men. The days will offer an opportunity to avail of a free health screen by the Irish Heart Foundation and also an opportunity to get information a wide range of health related information.

Some of the Groups that will have information stands on the day include the Irish Heart Foundation, Diabetes Ireland, Mayo Sports Partnership, Marie Keating Foundation, Education Training Board, Mental Health Ireland, Cancer Screening Service and the HSE. This event is free of charge and booking is not necessary. All attendees will be entered in a free draw.

The events take place on Thursday 15th June 2017 at Castlebar Tennis Club from 1.to 5.30 pm and on Friday June 16th from 10am to 1 pm at the Charlestown CBD Complex, Old Swinford Road, Charlestown.


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Author: John Dunne

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