Swinford Notes June 5th 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.


The next meeting will take place at 8.30pm on Tuesday 11th June in the Gateway Hotel. This rescheduled talk by Horticulturist Peter Mc Menamon will be on the subject of ‘Summer in the Garden’ and he will also give advice on growing herbs.

Essential Oils for Great Health – Make & Take

Join me Sarah McLoughlin for a free class on essential oils and learn how you can use them to create better health for you and your family.
Once we have learned the basics we’ll make an easy recipe to help you with your top health concerns. The best bit, you can take them home and start using them straight away!
Just come along to Swinford Cultural Centre’s Meeting Room at 7pm on Thursday June 13th!

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:-

Thursday 13th June 10.30 to 12.30 (Cultural Centre, Swinford) Admission €3 Refreshments served
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 (6th) is in Boland’s from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday 6th June Boland’s

Thursday 13th June Mellett’s

Thursday 20th June The Whitehouse

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 the Gateway Hotel and Oisin Rooney of Derryronane won €761.

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 Julians on Tuesday 11th June. Draw envelopes available for €2 each or 3 for €5

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

Canon Henry Cup
5th June 7-30pm Bohola Moy Davitts v Swinford
Under 14 Championship Postponed to Tuesday 11th June
6th June 7pm Swinford v Ballintubber
Minor Summer League
7th June 7-30pm Ardnaree v Swinford
Michael Walsh Intermediate League
8th June 7pm Burrishoole v Swinford

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for  2019

Winning Numbers

08, 12, 23 & 24

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Simon Ronane, Swinford

Mary McNicholas, Swinford

3 Number Winner

Bill Cooper,
Maura Sweeney,Swinford
Sharon O’Brien,Ballydrum
Mary Horkan

Next weeks Jackpot is €13,000

Next draw is on Monday 10th JUne

Swinford Golf Club

Results: 02 June 2019



Morrin Cup sponsored by the Lambe Family

1st Carmel Timoney 68

2nd Catherine Loftus 70

3rd Annie McNeela 74



Lambe Cup sponsored by the Lambe Family

1st Declan Healy 64

2nd Sean Geraghty 68

3rd Niall Feeney 68


Scramble 31 May 

1st Margaret Mulligan, Bernie Walsh & Gerry Ronayne 


Scramble 03 Jun

1st Niall Feeney, Dave Sweeney & Michael Carroll



Fred Perry Trophy Rd 2

Swinford 3-2 Ballyhaunis


Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw

Results of Draw No. 6 of the Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw which was held in the Swinford Golf Club on Friday 31st May 2019.

€1000 Seamus Hughes, Cloonlee, Knock, Co. Mayo
€300 P J Moore, Swinford Co. Mayo
€200 Simon Ronane, Swinford Co. Mayo

Thanks for supporting our draw. There are 2 draws every month for 12 months. All results are available on the Golf & Soccer websites.

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 6th: 10am-11am-Little Exploreers-Baby Massage (Meeting Room)

4pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

FRIDAY 7th: 8.30am-10.30am-Slimway

9am-2pm-Mayo County Council Housing Meeting (Meeting Room)

SATURDAY 8th: 10am-4pm- ECM Dance

SUNDAY 9th: 10am-12pm- Little Exploreers-Baby Massage (Meeting Room)

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

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Yogalates


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

7.30pm-8.30pm- Pat Kirby Candlelight Yogalates

TUESDAY 11th: 10am-1pm- Mayo Jobs Club (Meeting Room)

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

WEDNESDAY 12th: 10am-1pm- Mayo Jobs Club (Meeting Room)

1pm-4pm-Artists at Heart (Meeting Room)

7pm-9pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)

For Booking information contact: (094) 9052006/087-4007045 (9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday).


Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Monday June 17th  2019  at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford. Free and open to all over 16 years.

Contact  086 0700681 if you require further information


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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