Swinford Notes March 20th 2019

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Swinford St. Patrick’s Day Parade-Presentation

Swinford St. Patrick’s Day parade prize presentation function takes place this Friday March 22nd 2019 in The Gateway Hotel Swinford.

The function starts at 8pm and all are welcome. There’s a great prize on the night for anyone who names the Swinford 250 Pig that participated in the parade. Entries only on the night so make sure you’re there!!

Contact Francis Brennan at 087-9909863 for more details.


Swinford Indoor Country Market

Swinford Indoor Country Market returns for an Easter- themed market on Saturday April 6th  from 9.30am-2pm in the Cultural Centre, Swinford. The Market have a fabulous range of breads, cakes, plants, vegetables, gift ideas and a huge range of handmade craft items all located under one roof…..

After all your shopping, you can relax and have lunch or a coffee in the renouned Railway Cafe.

Find the market on facebook to enter a competition to win a voucher to spend at the market.

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 2019. 10 session programme run over 5 weeks, 2 days per week, with the aim of assisting 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 & 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.


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 and others. All games are designed to be played sitting or standing. Individuals and groups welcome.
Dates for the next few games held at the Cultural Centre Swinford 10.30am to12.30pm.
Thursday 11th April
Thursday 9th May – Bealtaine Festival open day – includes demos of games music and dance session led by an experienced leader
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.

Swinford Comhaltas

This weeks Thursday evening Seisuin (21st) is in The Sheepwalk from approx. 9-30pm.

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.

Fleadh Entries

Mayo County Fleadh takes place in Foxford this year on May 11th and 12th. Entries need to be with Branch Secretary by Friday next 29th March. Forms are available in Ray Lambes or online at mayocomhaltas.weebly.com   Contact: cceswinford@gmail.com  Swinford Comhaltas Facebook or 0877454032


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


Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in Mellett’s and Tara Fennell won €553
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 Julians on Tuesday March 26th.
Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for March 19th 2019

No winner of the Jackpot.
Winning Numbers


€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Tom Feeney – Swinford

John O Hagan, Lislackagh – Midfield

3 Number winners

Mary Webb, Bollingbrook Drive

The “A Team” Scoil Muire agus Padraig

John Peyton

Marian Harraghty, Swinford

Noel and Ger C/O Horkan’s

Phillamena Murtagh, Swinford

Tim Short

Next weeks Jackpot is €10,800

Next draw is on Tuesday the 25th of March in The Sheepwalk Bar.


Golf Club Card Game

Results from 14th March winners were Geraldine Turbitt and Bernadette Ryder Michael Regan and John Durkin Brian McNulty and John Gallagher Margaret Sweeney and Matt Duggan Esther Munnelly and Annie McNeela
Spots were won by Kieran and Patricia Rowley Peter Geraghty and Michael O’Neill
Raffle prizes were won by Mary Higgins x 3 Michael O’ Phyllis Bredican Michael Regan
All proceeds on the night were for Daffodil Day we would like to thank all who supported this worthy cause.
Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm all welcome

Swinford AC Spring Series

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

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

Wed May 15th – Killasser-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 21st:  6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

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

3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

FRIDAY 22nd:   6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

8.30am-10.30am- Slimway

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

SATURDAY 23rd:  10am-4pm-ECM Dance

MONDAY 25th:  10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness-Yogalates


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

7.30pm-8.30pm-Pat Kirby Fitness-Yogalates

8pm-9pm-Widows Group (Meeting Room)

TUESDAY 26th:  6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9am-4pm-Volunteer Centre (Meeting Room)

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

7pm-8pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 27th:  6.45am-7.45am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9am-12pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

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.

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

Author: John Dunne

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