Swinford Notes November 22nd

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Thousands to be won in Local Shopping:

Swinford Christmas Festival will run from 1st – 9th December. Plenty of events and thousands to be won in local shopping vouchers for all participating businesses. Official Festival launch will take place this Thursday at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel.


Healthcare Support Training

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company is organising a free Healthcare Support Training Course in Swinford for unemployed people or people in part-time employment who are interested in pursuing a career as a care assistant. 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 January 2018 and conclude in July 2018. Latest date for receipt of application is Friday 8th of December. Please contact Dolores McNicholas at 0877704251 email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com to book the course. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme


Christmas Market 2017

This years Christmas Indoor Market is on December 2nd and 3rd in Swinford Cultural Centre.
The times for the market are as follows, Saturday 2nd 9.30am – 2pm and Sunday 3rd 10.30am – 3pm.
There is a wide range of gifts and products to buy with a huge variety of stalls selling gifts for Christmas.
The railway café is open for lunch and there will be face painting for the kids.


Killasser Folk Group/Gospel Choir

Any singers and musicians interested in forming a folk group/gospel choir in the Killasser area please contact Marie Anne Noone at 087 9035533 or e-mail frjohnd@gmail.com or marieanne.noone@gmail.com Membership from outside Killasser very welcome.


Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This week’s draw was held in Horkans and Kaitlyn Philbin won €526. 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 winning envelope was sold in Eurospar.

Next draw is in Julians on 28th November

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


Swinford GAA


Keep an eye on swinfordgaa.ie for details.

 Swinford GAA Dinner Dance
Swinford GAA Celebrates the 20th Anniversary 1997 Minor Champions. We will remember one of the Clubs finest achievements when we celebrate the 1997 County Minor Champions.
This promises to be a great club event and all members, players and coaches and families are invited to support.
Dinner Dance will take place on 9th December at 7.30pm in the Gateway Hotel.
Tickets €25 and are available in the hotel or through the club.

Swinford Athletics Club

This week’s jackpot of €150 was won by Tadhg Horkan. Envelopes are available in most business premises for €2 each or 3 for €5.

Swinford Football Club

Swinford FC - Soccer Club

Swinford FC Club Crest

Week 47 Fixtures

Wednesday, 22nd November @ 8pm – Westaro Masters League Division 2 – Round 4 – Kiltimagh Knock United v Swinford FC

Saturday, 25th November @ 2pm – Connacht Under 14 Boys Cup – Round 3 – Galway Hibs v Swinford FC

Swinford Comhaltas

Thursday 7th December Horkans


Swinford Cultural Centre

This week’s update in The Cultural Centre and Meeting room is as follows.

All in Cultural Centre unless stated.

For Further Details Contact: 094-9052006/087 4007045 or email sccbookings@mayococo.ie

THURSDAY 23rd: 9am-12.30pm-Shane Hennessy-Farm Consultation (Meeting Room)
1pm-1.45pm- Pat Kirby-Bums and Tums
3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness
FRIDAY 24th: 10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness
11am-1pm-Inclusion Ireland (Meeting Room)
8pm-10pm-Sinn Fein Meeting (Meeting Room)
SATURDAY 25th: 10am-4pm- ECM Dance
MONDAY 27th: 10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness
1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby-Lunchtime Yogalates
4.30pm-5.30pm-ECM Dance
7pm-8pm-Pat Kirby-Yogalates by Candlelight
8pm-9pm-Widows Group-Meeting (Meeting Room)
TUESDAY 28th: 12.30pm-2pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)
4.30pm-6.30pm-Resilience Building for Children (Meeting Room)
7.30pm-9pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)
7pm-8pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness
8.15pm-9.15pm-Swinford Tri-Sports-Spinning Class
WEDNESDAY 29th:5pm-8.30pm-Giggles Drama Class
8pm-10pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)
8.30pm-9.30pm-Siobhan Phillips-Nia

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Tutors needed to tutor over 55’s on computers/tablets/smartphones to help learners navigate the Internet and gain confidence using their device

Age Action runs courses (each course lasts for 5 weeks, 2 hours per week) in the Swinford Library, on Wednesdays from 10.00 and 12.00. Classes are generally run on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis and both tutors and learners find the classes rewarding and fun. Good computer skills and fluent English needed but patience and good humour just as important! We’re looking for interested tutors for the new cycle starting in September. Call Helen at Age Action on 087 1956047 or email helen.murray@ageaction.ie. Training provided

Swinford Scouts

Beavers and Cubs resume meeting on Thursday October 12th – Beavers from 6.30 to 7.30pm and Cubs 7.30 to 8.30pm. All registered members will be contacted confirming the details. Places are still available in each section – to register your interest or for further details please email swinfordmayo24@gmail.com

Swinford Gardening Club

Swinford Gardening Club’s next trip will take place on Saturday Nov 25th. Kildare Village Outlet Shopping, Newbridge Silver Visitor Centre and Museum and Whitewater Shopping Centre will be visited. Bus, breakfast and dinner included for 60 euro.
contact Angela on 0874657978.

B – Fit Swinford

Fitness classes take place in Swinford Community Centre on Monday 8-30pm – 9-30pm, Wednesday morning 9-30am – 10-30am (Women only) and Wednesday 8pm – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 12pm. €6/€3 student pay as you go. Contact Alan 087 2397225/ Declan 087 6725419

Early year’s music course

Barney’s Busy Bee’s parents and toddlers are holding a Sound World Early Years Music course, every Wednesday 10am and 11.30am in Barnacogue NS. This is a learning and development programme with many fun filled music activities, with parent and child interact, Cost €3. Any queries contact Barnacogue NS on 0949367440 or 0872024788.

Swinford Mens Shed

Workshop continues every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm at the Mens Shed at Kilkelly Road, Swinford.

Swinford Community Lotto

The numbers for The Community Lotto are as follows.

3, 4, 8 and 28.

There was no winner of the Jackpot, which next week will be €15,200.

€70 Shopping Voucher winners are as follows
Ken Spragg, Oak Drive
J.P. & Phil Reynolds, C/O Julian’s, Midfield.

Next weeks draw is on November 27th in Moore’s

Golf Club 25 Card Game


Winners from 16th November Noreen & Eileen Geraghty, Brian Rowley & Philip Irwin, Brian McNulty & John Gallagher
Spots were won by Gerry Hennigan, Sean Quinn, Brian McNulty & John Gallagher
Raffle winners were Val Hyland, Michael Regan & Margaret Sweeney

The Card Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm all Card players welcome

Adapted Water Therapy – Claremorris

Water Therapy Classes for people with Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Starting Thursday 9th of November x 6 weeks in the McWilliam Park Hotel Pool at 10.00am – Call 094-9378048 or email: arthritismayobranch@gmail.com for more information or to book your place.

Water acts as a buoyancy making it easier to exercise and move. This places less strain on joints, muscles, and tendons. The resistance that water provides gives benefits in terms of building strength and stamina for Individuals that has reduced or limited mobility as they can perform exercises they are unable to do out of the pool. If you have Arthritis or Fibromyalgia why don’t you join our class and feel the benefits of exercise in our supportive group.

Zest for Living

Swinford community group, Active Minds, in partnership with Mayo North East is organizing a Zest for Life training programme in the Cultural Centre, Swinford on Wednesday 8th November at 8.00pm. It will be held each Wednesday for six weeks. The training will encourage you to engage with a greater sense of self-awareness while creating a healthy self-esteem. You will learn new life skills and meet new friends.
Places are limited and must be pre-booked by contacting Angela at 0851534062
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. Thanks

Author: Douglas Kelly

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