Swinford Notes May 29th 2019

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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

The next meeting will take place at 8.30pm on Tuesday 28th May in the Gateway Hotel.

Horticulturist Peter Mc Menamon will give a talk on ‘Summer in the Garden’ and will also give advice on growing herbs.

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.


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 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 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 (30th) is in Horkan’s from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday May 30th Horkan’s

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

There was no draw this week.

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 Gateway Hotel on Tuesday 4th June. Draw envelopes available for €2 each or 3 for €5

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

Minor League
29th May 7-30pm Bohola Moy Davitts v Swinford
Michael Walsh League
1st June 7pm Lahardane v Swinford
Under 10 Go Games
1st June 11am Moy Davitts v Swinford


Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for May 29th 2019

Winning Numbers

03, 08, 18 & 29

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Anon C/o P. Horkans, Swinford

Trish & Eileen C/o Hospice Shop

3 Number Winner

Emma Durkan Cloonfinish

PK Reilly, Tullinacurra

Next weeks Jackpot is €12,600

Next draw is on Monday 3rd June

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 30th: 10am-11am-Little Exploreers-Baby Massage (Meeting Room)

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

4pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

8.15pm-9.15pm-Pat Kirby-Bliss Yoga

FRIDAY 31st: 8.30am-10.30am-Slimway

6pm-8pm- Swinford 250- History, Folklore & Tradition Festival Launch

SATURDAY 1st: 9am-2.30pm-Swinford Indoor Market

MONDAY 3rd: 4.30pm-6.30pm-Slimway

TUESDAY 4th: 6.30pm-8pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation

WEDNESDAY 5th: 11.30am-12.30pm- Arthritis Mayo Branch

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

4pm-7pm-Giggles Drama Group

7pm-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.

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.


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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