Swinford Notes June 19th 2019

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Swinford & District Gardening Club Trip

Our destination for this year’s Gardening Trip (24/25/26th June) will be Waterford. We will be staying in the centrally located 4 star Treacy’s Hotel,Spa and Leisure Club. There will be a variety packed itinerary. Some highlights of the tour: a scenic trip from Kilmeaden on the Wexford & Suir Valley steam train, Mount Congreve Gardens, the Viking Triangle including Reginald’s Tower, a tour of Waterford, the Museum of Treasure etc. There will also be an opportunity for shopping and on the way home a visit to a garden centre. Price: €300 pps. Single supplement €40 eur. To book or for further information please contact Angela asap. 0877917136/0879662038.

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.


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:-

The July games will be held at the Day Centre at Swinford District Hospital  starting at 11.15am on Thursday 11th July. All are welcome to this special event and admission is free.
There will be a table top fundraiser on Saturday 20th July – all details regarding hiring a table from Ann on 087 7459089.
There will be No Games in August.

Swinford Comhaltas

This weeks Thursday evening Seisuin (20th) is in Horkan’s from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday 20th June Horkan’s

Thursday 27th June The Sheepwalk

Connacht Fleadh Cheoil 2019

The committee and members of Michael Davitt CCE want to thank everyone who helped make the Fleadh Launch night in the Gateway on May 16th such a wonderful success. It was a great start. The Fleadh festival week starts on July 1st with a great evening’s entertainment in the Coffee Doc and continues all week to culminate with a Gala Concert on Sunday evening July 7th. Fleadh Competitions take place on the 6th and 7th in the Secondary School and the Cultural Centre. Thousands of people will visit Swinford that week and the Fleadh Committee look forward to cooperation and support from the community.

Swinford Comhaltas Summer workshops

The annual Michael Davitt Comhaltas week of classes – Scoil Cheoil Siamsa – will run this year from Monday July 29th to Friday August 2nd. Classes will be held as usual in Swinford NS between 3pm and 6pm.  If participants need to rent instruments please let us know as soon as possible

Email : cceswinford@gmail.com  Text 0877454032


Musical Theatre Summer Camp/Workshops.

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 adults. Information leaflets and enrolment forms will be available shortly but names can be given at the Swinford 250 office from this week. Places will be limited so applications will be taken on a first come first served basis. Email : railwayplayers2018@gmail.com

Swinford GAA

This weeks draw was held in Bolands and Fergal Loftus won €524

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 Moores on Tuesday 25th June. Draw envelopes available for €2 each or 3 for €5

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

Under 14 Championship

20th June 7.30pm Swinford v Aghamore

Under 8 Go Games

22nd June 11am Ballintubber v Swinford

Under 12 Summer League

24th June 7pm Swinford v Carras

Under 16 D Championship

25th June 7pm The Neale v Swinford

Under 12 Summer League

1st July 7pm Ballyhaunis v Swinford

Under 16 D Championship

2nd July Swinford v Ardmoy MacHales

East Mayo Junior Championship

3rd July 7-30pm Swinford v Ballaghaderreen

Under 12 Summer League

8th July 7pm Swinford v Balla

Under 16 D Championship

9th July 7pm Swinford v Cill Chomain

East Mayo Junior Championship

10th July 7-30pm Kiltimagh v Swinford

East Mayo Junior Championship

17th July 7-30pm Kilmovee v Swinford

Under 12 Summer League

22nd July 7pm Kiltimagh v Swinford

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for 17th June 2019 held in  Moore’s Pub.

Winning Numbers

06, 11, 25, 27

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Winnie Foote, Swinford.

C & J Dowsett Midfield

3 Number Winner

No winners.

Next draw on Monday the 24th of June In Mellett’s Pub.


Swinford Golf Club

Results 16 June

3T’s – Turn the Tide of Suicide 18 Hole Stableford

sponsored by

CMR Fire & Security Ltd.

Ladies Section

1st Margaret Reynolds 37pts

2nd Annie McNeela 31pts

3rd Catherine Loftus 31pts

Gents Section

1st Sean O’Hara 42pts

2nd Gary McNeela 42pts

3rd Eugene Maloney 40pts

Interclub Results

Fred Perry Trophy Zone Final (West)

Mulranny 4-1 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 20th: 10am-1pm-Mayo Jobs Club (Meeting Room)

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

4pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet-Children’s Ballet Class

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

FRIDAY 21st:   8.30am-10.30am- Slimway- Slimming Class

10am-1pm-Mayo Jobs Club (Meeting Room)

SATURDAY 22nd:   10am-4pm- ECM Dance-Hip Hop Classes

MONDAY 24th: 10am-1pm-Mayo Jobs Club (Meeting Room)

1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby- Yogalates

4.30pm-6.30pm-Slimway-Slimming Class

7.30pm-8.30pm- Pat Kirby- Candlelight Yogalates

6.30pm-8pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)

TUESDAY 25th:  10am-1pm-Mayo Jobs Club (Meeting Room)

6.30pm-8pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)

WEDNESDAY 26th: 9am-1pm-MCC Training-Safe Talk.

10am-1pm-Mayo Jobs Club (Meeting Room)

1.30pm-4pm-Artists at Heart- Art Group (Meeting Room)

7.30pm-8.30pm- Zumba-Workout Class

8pm-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.

Helene Henry Kilchrist Killasser Swinford – Fundraiser

A GoFundMe Page for Helene Henry Kilchrist who as some of you know, is going through treatment for leukaemia has been set up. Over the next years she will incur huge medical bills that her insurance plan will not completely cover.

Helene is a native of Swinford, Co. Mayo and has lived in Chicago for over 30 years.. She had to take early retirement due to having suffered a stroke in 2015. In 2018, Helene moved to Abilene, Texas to live close to her Son. In late 2018, she received the devastating news that she had leukaemia.

Helene is currently undergoing extensive chemo in Texas and must move back to Chicago for the bone marrow transplant in UIC. She will need 24 hour nursing care for 3 months post bone marrow transplant. These costs are not covered by her medical insurance. The target amount is $75,000.

This fundraiser is to help defray the out of pocket medical expenses she will incur over the next few years. Please help Helene win her battle with leukaemia.

Donations can be sent thro the Go Fund Me page. Search for Helene Kilchrist and this will bring you to the page. For people who want to donate and cannot access the page you can leave a donation into Melletts Swinford and it will be sent on your behalf.

Please share this information so that all of her friends are aware of it.

Your support is appreciated.


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Author: John Dunne

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