Swinford Notes March 13th 2019

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Swinford St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Swinford’s 68th St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place on Sunday March 17th at 3pm.

There will be Music on the Main Stage at 2.30pm from Swinford Comhaltas.

This years Grand Marshal is Boxer Eoghan Lavin.

This years theme is “Swinford 250 & More, Past, Present & Future”.

The parade Presentation evening will take place in The Gateway Hotel on Friday March 22nd at 8pm.

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.


Resilience Building Course for Children in Swinford Cultural Centre –

Course Starting on Tuesday 14th May 20195 week, 2 days per week, programme to assist children build resilience and self-esteem.
Working in small groups, the children will learn important skills and techniques to deal with everyday worries and stresses through fun and interactive activities.
The course will be given by Laura Murtagh, Educational Psychologist and Primary Teacher.
It will take place on;
Tuesdays at 4.30 – 5.30 for 8-10 year-olds and from 5.30 to 6.30 for 11-13 year- olds.
Saturdays at 10am – 11am for 8-10 year-olds and from 11am to 12 midday for 11-13 year-olds.
To book a place email laura@educationalpsychologist.ie Booking is essential as places are limited to a maximum of 10 per group.
The cost of the 5-week course is €120 (€20 deposit required to secure a place).
For more information about the course please click here.
Laura will also be running a Resilience Building Summer Camp in July, click here for more.


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 new parachute game was added in January where the idea is to balance a ball and other items on the parachute. We also added a horse-racing game. These are very popular with the group. All games are designed to be played sitting or standing.

Dates for the next few games held at the Cultural Centre Swinford 10.30am to12.30pm.

Thursday 14th March

Thursday 11th April

Thursday 9th May

Thursday 13th June

No expertise needed.  Refreshments served including homemade cakes.

Further information contact Bridie 087 9049723 or come along and give it a try. All very welcome.

Swinford Comhaltas

This weeks Thursday evening Seisuin (14th) is in Whitehouse bar from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday 14th March The Whitehouse

Thursday 21st March The Sheepwalk

Thursday 28th March The Gateway Hotel

CCE Michael Davitt will be hosting a Table Quiz on Friday 29th March in the Whitehouse at 9pm. All proceeds will go towards defraying the costs of the Connacht Fleadh Ceoil which will be held in Swinford this summer. Please support.

Swinford Comhaltas News.

Michael Davitt CCE are hosting the Connacht Fleadh Cheoil in Swinford from July 1st to 7th and as part of our preparations we will be presenting a Spring Show – “Anois teacht an Earraigh” in the Cultural Centre on Saturday April 13th at 8.30pm.

The show will be a feast of music, song, dance and storytelling and the theme will be based on the customs, traditions and stories associated with Spring and the various feast days from St Stephen’s Day up to May Day. If you have any stories or know about traditions etc we would love to hear from you.

Arthritis Ireland-Mayo Branch

The Swinford Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Walking group continues each Saturday at 10am at the Amenitiy park with Margaret and Mary. New Members Welcome. If you have any queries please contact Margaret on 087-4150663/ Mary on 087-9810762 or email arthritismayobranch@gmail.com

Musical Theatre Summer Camp/Workshops.

The Railway Players Variety Group in conjunction with Flare Musical Theatre Productions will run a Summer Camp for young people and a series of workshops for older teens and adults from August 12th to 16th. Participants will enjoy fun filled hours of choreography, singing and acting. More details to follow.

Swinford had a long and proud tradition of musical shows/pantomimes and The Railway Players are looking forward to reviving that tradition during this special Swinford 250 year of celebration


Leaving/Junior Cert  Revision Courses

Leaving Cert Irish Oral  Revision Course Saturday 23rd March 10am-1.30pm in Banada

Junior and Leaving Cert Irish courses 22nd-26th July and 29th July-2nd August in Banada

Contact Siobhán on 0874510572 for further detail.

Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in The Turf Shed and Joe Glynn of Kiltimagh won €551
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 Melletts on Tuesday March 19th.
Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for March 11th 2019

No winner of the Jackpot.
Winning Numbers

11,13,20 & 29

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Yvonne Keane, Beechpark

Mary Lavin, Midfield

3 Number winners

No winners

Next weeks Jackpot is €10,600

Next draw takes place in Gateway on Tuesday 19th March.

Results Golf Club Card Game

Results from 7th March winners Geraldine Turbitt and Michael Regan 2nd Noreen and Eileen Geraghty 3rd Ann Rowley and Philip Irwin
Spots were won by Phyllis Bredican and Tom Durkin Martina McNeela and Marty Munnelly
Raffle prizes were won by Gerry Moran MARY Lynskey and Michael O’Neill
Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm.  On 21st March we are having our 25 Card Game in the Gateway Hotel €700 in prizes all welcome

Swinford AC Spring Series

The Swinford AC Spring Series of runs begin shortly. Below are the dates of each run.

Wed March 27th – Killasser-5km

Wed April 3rd- Meelick-5km

Wed April 10th- Cloontia-6km

Wed April 17th- Midfield- 5km

Wed April 24th-Straide-5km

Wed May 1st- Callow-6km

Wed May 8th -Foxford-5km

Runs start at 7.15pm, Registration at 6.45pm at all venues. Entry fee: Members €2, Non Members €5.

Refreshments served after race. Everyone welcome to Walk, Jog or Run. All U-12’s must be accompanied by an Adult.

Contact: Peter Hynes-0879014211, Susan Nolan-0861797397, Michael Oliver-0868196511 for further details.


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 14th:  6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9am-4pm-Mayo North East (Meeting Room)

10.30am-12.30pm- Go For Life Games

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

3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

FRIDAY 15th:   6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

8.30am-10.30am- Slimway

6.30pm-7.30pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness


SATURDAY 16th:  10am-4pm-ECM Dance

MONDAY 18th:  10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

TUESDAY 19th:  6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

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

7pm-8pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 20th:  6.45am-7.45am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9am-12pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

10.30am-12.30pm-Mayo North East (Meeting Room)

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

4pm-7pm-Giggles Drama

7.30pm-8.30pm- Zumba with Magda

8pm-9pm- Active Minds (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.

Get Connected’ in 2019 – Computer/Internet classes for older learners

Age Action runs beginner and refresher computer/Internet classes (for people aged 55+ who have little or no computer experience, want to learn how to use their device or who are apprehensive of technology. Continuing in March 2019, classes will be held in Swinford Library on Wednesdays from 10:0 0 – 12:00pm. Each course runs for 5 consecutive weeks (2 hours per week) and there is no fee. Participants are generally taught on an individual basis (1:1) so this is a great opportunity to have your own tutor to help you ‘get connected’ in 2019. Laptops/iPads/iPhones/Tablets/Smartphones all welcome OR if you have no device we can provide one for you. For further information or to book a place on our waiting list, call Age Action on 091 527831. Spaces Limited. (NOTE: these classes are for beginners or for people who wish to refresh/build on their basic skills. One course per person – If you have already taken a course with Age Action since January 2017 you are not eligible to apply.)
At the moment we still have places for March classes in Swinford Library.

Healthcare Support Training

Mayo North East is organising a free Healthcare Support Training Course in Swinford for unemployed people or people in part-time employment. On successful completion of the course learners will have gained a Healthcare Support QQI Level 5 Major award.  Garda Vetting must be successfully completed. Training will commence one day per week in April  2019 and conclude October 2019. Please contact Dolores McNicholas on  0877704251 or email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com to register for the course. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

Swinford & District Gardening Club

At the next meeting of Swinford & District Gardening Club, on Tuesday 26th March in the Gateway Hotel at 8.30pm, James Keane from Keane’s Garden Centre, Claremorris will give an information packed talk on Springtime in the Garden. He will discuss growing flowers for colour which are also suitable for cutting for floral arrangements and growing cottage garden plants. He will also give tips on vegetable and seed sowing and planting Summer window boxes. Everyone is welcome to attend. Non members €5.

If you wish to include anything on Swinford Notes please e-mail swinfordnotes@swinford.ie by Tuesday afternoon. Thank You

Author: Douglas Kelly

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