Swinford Notes March 6th 2019

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St Patricks Day Parade, 2019


Parade Entries Closing

The closing date for entries of floats in this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade is this Friday, March 8th.

All groups, organisations and individuals wishing to enter a float in this years parade should have entry forms submitted by that date.

No entries will be accepted on the day.

Entry forms with float details should be submitted to Francis Brennan, Parade Co-ordinator.

for more information contact Francis on 087-9909863



Seachtain na Gaeilge

An Déardaoin 7 Márta i dteach tabhairne Uí Mhaolóid ag 8pm:   

Caint le Áine Ní Chiaráin dar teideal “ Polaitíocht Talúntais le fócas ar Mhaigh Eo”

Eagraithe ag an gCiorcal Chomhrá i gcomhar le Béal Átha na Muice 250

Seisiún Cheoil sa bheár tar éis na cainte. Fáilte roimh chách. Saor in aisce


Thursday 7 March in Mellett’s at 8pm:

“Land Politics with emphasis on Mayo”  A talk in Irish by Áine Ní Chiaráin

Organised by an Ciorcal Chomhrá in association with Swinford 250.

Traditional Music Session in the bar after the talk. Everyone is welcome. Free event.


Ferris Wheel on Display

The Ferris wheel which was made by Craobh Eo woodturners will be on display in the reception area of the Gateway hotel for the coming week. The Ferris wheel won second place at the Irish Woodturners Guild National seminar which was held in Limerick last October. Please do call in for a look, all donations in aid of Down Syndrome Mayo

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation continues on Monday March 11th  2019  at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford. Free and open to all over 16 years.

Contact  086 0700681 if you require further information.


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 (7th) is in Mellett’s bar from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday 7th March Mellett’s

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 Whitehouse and Charles Kelly won €471
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 The Turf Shed on Tuesday March 12th.
Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for March 4th 2019

No winner of the Jackpot.
Winning Numbers

08, 12, 16 & 25

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Walter Geraghty, Swinford

Andy & Danny, C/o Andy Maddens

3 Number winners

Sean Tuffy, Swinford

Next weeks Jackpot is €10,400

Next draw takes place in Whitehouse on Monday 11th March.

Results Golf Club Card Game


Swinford Golf Club-Results

M&S Carpets Spring League Round 1 Results March 3rd

M&S Carpets Spring League Round 1 Scores

Matt Duggan, Jim O’Donnell & Ger O’Keefe

Sean Comer, Tony Mulligan & John Sheahan

Simon Ronayne, Eamon Ring & Noel Smith

Second Round takes place on Sunday March 10th.
Timesheet in operation.

Barnacogue NS Enrolment

Barnacogue NS is now accepting enrolment for the 2019/2020 school year. Enrolment forms are available from the school or on our school website. There will be open days from February 26th to 28th from 10am to 2pm. Please feel free to come along on any of those dates or contact the school on 0949367440 or e mail barnacoguens@gmail.com


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 7th:   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 8th:  6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

8.30am-10.30am- Slimway

11am-2pm- CARO, MCC (Meeting Room)

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

SATURDAY 9th:  9.30am-2pm-Indoor Market

MONDAY 10th: 9am-3pm-RPM Ireland (Meeting Room)

10am-11pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness


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

7.30pm-8.30pm-Pat Kirby Fitness

TUESDAY 11th:   6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9am-3pm-RPM Ireland (Meeting Room)

4.30pm-6.30pm-Jiving Juniors- Dance Class

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

7pm-8pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 12th:  6.45am-8am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9am-12pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

9am-3pm-RPM Ireland (Meeting Room)

1pm-4pm-Artists at Heart

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).


Midfield Pipe Band

Midfield Pipe Band will be conducting Piping & Drumming Lessons for beginners or any interested parties, all ages young & old. Venue Midfield National School Time 11am-1pm.
Dates:  Mar 2nd, Mar 9th & Mar 16th. €40 for all 6 lessons.
Further info contact Eugene 087 6744121, Michael 087 6169450

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 February 2019 and conclude September 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

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 February 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 February classes in Swinford Library.

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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