Swinford Notes May 1st 2019

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Darkness into Light

Swinford Darkness into Light is taking place on May 11th @ 4:15am in the morning. Starting off from the Swinford Community Centre. Parking in Tesco car park and beside the Robert Mc Callion Memorial Pitch and Swinford Golf Club. Please carpool if you can.


You are invited to Swinford Cultural Centre on Sunday next May 5th at 5pm to enjoy a special event to celebrate National Communities Weekend/ THE BIG HELLO. The Railway Players Variety Group, working with Michael Davitt CCE, reached out to local community groups in Kiltimagh, Aughamore, Killasser, Callow, Foxford and Charlestown and the result will be a very enjoyable, family friendly, show featuring one act comedies, sketches, music, song and dance. This is a free show, part sponsored by Mayo Co Council, and at the end we hope everyone will stay and have some refreshments and a chat.

Fun Run/Walk

Culmore 5km fun run/ walk on Monday 3rd of June in aid of Culmore NS, Swinford . Registration at 11am, 1.5km race for children starts at 12 noon , 5km race starts at 12.30pm. Prizes first male/female runner/walker, first male/female masters (40+), first child per age category, first person with stroller, first person in costume. A lot of spot prizes on the day .

Swinford & District Gardening Club

Swinford & District Gardening Club Trip

Swinford & District Gardening Club will be taking a day trip to Loughrea on Saturday 4th May. We will visit Woodville House and walled gardens. A guided tour of the garden with the Head Gardener will be included. There will also be a tour of Dartfield Horse Museum and the beautiful Loughrea Cathedral. Breakfast and dinner included. Cost €65 euro. Enquiries or to book a place, please contact Angela on 0877917136

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.

Swinford Duathlon

The Swinford Triathlon club is running a Duathlon on May Bank Holiday Sunday, May 5th. It starts from the Amenity Park at 10am. Registration can be done on the day from 8am to 9:30am. This is an ideal event for those who can run and cycle, but might never have tried a duathlon. There is a 5k run, followed by a 21k cycle, and finishes with a 2k run. Contact Marie on 087-280-5222. All are welcome.

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 details.


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 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 (2nd) is in Whitehouse from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday May 2nd Whitehouse

Thursday May 9th Sheepwalk

Thursday May 16th Gateway Hotel

Thursday May 23rd Quinns

Thursday May 30th Horkans


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 Sheepwalk and Joanne Towey of Goodfellas won €548
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 Horkans on Tuesday May 7th

Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

Under 10 Go Games
1st May 7-15pm Balla v Swinford

Under 14 League Division 2
2nd May 7pm Knockmore v Swinford

Under 16 League Div 6
4th May 10-30am Swinford v Breaffy
11-30am Swinford v Aughamore

Under 16 League Div 3B
5th May 11am Aghamore v Swinford

Under 14 League Div 2
9th May 7pm Swinford v Ballinrobe

Under 8 Go Games
11th May 11am Swinford v Balla

Senior League Div 3
11th May 7pm Shrule v Swinford

Senior League Div 6a
12th May 12pm Moy Davitts v Swinford

Under 12 Spring League
13th May 7pm Swinford v Ballinrobe

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for April 29th 2019

Winning Numbers

3, 4, 8 & 18

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Rossa Higgins, Ballindine

Mary Stenson

3 Number Winner

C&B c/o Melletts Newsagents

Next weeks Jackpot is €12,000

Next draw is on Tuesday 7th May in Bolands

Swinford Golf Club Results

Results April 28th.

Albany Curtains Claremorris 18 Hole Stableford.
Ladies Section
1st Breege Spain 33pts
2nd Margaret McNicholas 32pts
Gents Section
1st Gerry Ronayne 40pts
2nd Barry Durkan 40pts
3rd Conor Smith 38pts

1st Jimmy Biesty, Philip Irwin & Noel Smith
2nd Helen McNicholas, Annie McNeela & Gerry Ronayne

Connacht Nine Hole Clubs Rd 1
Strokestown 3 – 4 Swinford

All Ireland Fourball Rd 2
Swinford 1.5 – 3.5 Mulranny

Swinford AC Spring Series

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

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 Golf/Soccer 250 Draw

Results of Draw No. 4 of the Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw which was held in the Sheepwalk Bar on Sunday 28th. April 2019.

€1000 Vanessa Crawford Killasser Swinford Co. Mayo

€300 Jack Moore Sancta Maria Terrace Swinford Co. Mayo

€200 Chris & Columba Holleran Sweetwell 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 2nd: 1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby-Bums & Tums

3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

8.15pm-9.15pm- Pat Kirby- Pure Bliss Yoga

FRIDAY 3rd: 8.30am-10.30am- Slimway

7pm-9pm- Railway Players-Rehearsals

SATURDAY 4th9.30am-2pm-Indoor Market

6pm-9pm- Railway Players-Rehearsals

SUNDAY 5th: 5pm-8pm-Railway Players- The Big Hello

MONDAY 6th: 4.30pm-6.30pm-Slimway

TUESDAY 7th: 11am-12.30pm-Mother & Baby Group (Meeting Room)

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

WEDNESDAY 8th:      11.30am-12.30pm- Arthritis Mayo Branch

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

4pm-7pm-Giggles Drama Group

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: Douglas Kelly

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