Swinford Notes June 21st

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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.

Paediatric First Aid Course

There is a Paediatric First Aid Training Course on Saturday July 1st in Swinford Cultural Centre the cost is €60. Booking is essential. Further details contact: Thomas McGoldrick 086 2434762 / 087 9664150

Premier First Aid Training



Occupational First Aid

There is also an Occupational First Aid Course in Swinford Cultural Centre on July 4th,11th & 18th. The cost is €180, this is a QQI level 5 course.
For Further details contact: Thomas McGoldrick
Premier First Aid Training
086 2434762 / 087 9664150

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 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 Sheepwalk Bar where Harry Moore of Oakdrive, Swinford won €609. 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 27th in Horkans.

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


Swinford GAA Fixtures

Fixtures for the coming week are as follows.

Thursday 22nd June 7-45pm

Minor League Div 3 Westport v Swinford

Thursday 22nd June 7pm

Under 14 Championship Ardmoy v Swinford

Saturday 24th June 11am

Under 8 Go Games Swinford v Ballinrobe

Saturday 24th June 7pm

Senior League Div 1C Swinford v Achill

Sunday 25th June 12pm

Senior League Div1E Kilmovee v Swinford

Monday 26th June 7pm

Under 12 Summer League Claremorris 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 22nd 7pm

Girls U-14 Division 1 Kilmurry v  Swinford

Thursday June 22nd 7pm

U-19 Development League Manulla v Swinford

Sunday June 25th 12 noon

Tuohy Cup  Crossmolina v Swinford

Tuesday June 27th 7pm

Girls U-12 Division 1 Kilmurry v Swinford


Swinford Athletic Club

The  50/50 draw was held after training at the Amenity Park and congratulations to Tadhg Horkan of Charlestown this weeks winner of €200.

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

22nd June Gateway Hotel

29th June Quinns

6th July Horkans

13th July Bolands

20th July Melletts

27th July Sheepwalk


Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for June 19th

15,17,19 & 22

€70 local shopping voucher winners:


 Vincent O’Brien, Meelick


GLMT Feeney, Ballyglass

There were no Jackpot or 3 number winners and the Jackpot now stands at €10,800

The next draw will be held on Monday 26th June in Quinn’s


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 22nd:   7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp

1pm-2pm -Pat Kirby Fitness- Yogalates

2pm-4pm-Mayo North East (Meeting Room)

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

MONDAY 26th:       10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

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

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

TUESDAY 27th:       7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp

9.30am-5pm-Mayo North East-Start your own Business Course (Meeting Room)

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

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

8pm-9pm That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 28th: 10am-11am That’s So Shelly Fitness

9.30am-5pm-Mayo North East-Start your own Business Course (Meeting Room)


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.


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

Author: John Dunne

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