Swinford Notes November 29th

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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 (30th) 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


Swinford Active Retirement Christmas Party

Swinford Active Retirement group in conjunction with Swinford Social Services are taking names from people interested in attending a Christmas Party in the Fr. Peyton Centre on Tuesday December 19th. Cost per person is €12 and transport to and from Swinford will be provided free of charge. If interested contact Mary at 094 9252511.


Christmas Market 2017

Swinford indoor country market is holding its Christmas market this weekend. It will run over 2 days, Saturday December 2nd from 9.30am-2pm and Sunday December 3rd from 10.30am-3pm, in Swinford Cultural centre.
The monthly market is proud to regularly boast a wide range of locally sourced produce and the Christmas market will be no exception. There will be a fabulous range of breads, cakes, plants, vegetables, photography and a huge range of crafts which make ideal presents. You can relax and have lunch in the railway cafe after your shopping.


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 Julians and Mikey and Rowan Durkan won €462. 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 Franks Place, Killasser on 5th December

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


Swinford GAA

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 Aidan & Yvonne Brennan of Dun na Ri, Swinford. 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 48 Fixtures

Wednesday, 29th November @ 9pm – Westaro Masters League Division 2 – Round 5 – Swinford FC v Manulla ‘B’

Saturday, 2nd December @ 2pm – Connacht Under 14 Boys Cup – Round 3 – Galway Hibs v Swinford FC

Sunday, 3rd December @ 2pm – Mayo Under 14 Girls League Division 1 – Round 12 – Swinford FC v Achill Rovers

Sunday, 3rd December @ 2pm – Connacht Junior Cup – Round 1 – Corrib Rangers v Swinford FC

Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw

Draw No. 1 of the Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw was held in the Sheepwalk Bar on Sat.25th. Nov. 2017

€1000 James Henry Ballydrum Swinford Co.Mayo
€300 Peter Killeen Scardaun Claremorris Co.Mayo
€200 Carmel Timoney Renbrack Swinford

There are 2 draws every month for 12 months. Thanks to all for for your support. All results are available on the Golf Club and Soccer Club websites.

Swinford Comhaltas

Thursday 7th December Horkans


25 Card Drive in Aid of Mayo Fleadh 2018

A Monster 25 Card Drive with a prize fund of €1,000 will take place in the Brown Memorial Hall, Foxford on Tuesday 12th December at 8:30pm. Massive Christmas Raffle on the night with great prizes. This is a fundraiser for the Mayo Fleadh which will take place in Foxford, in May 2018. Admission €10. Your support would be very much appreciated.


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 30th: 10.30am-12.30pm-Go for Life Games
1pm-1.45pm- Pat Kirby-Bums and Tums
3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness
FRIDAY 1st: 10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness
SATURDAY 2nd: 9.30am-2pm-Christmas Indoor Market
SUNDAY 3rd: 10am-3pm- Christmas Indoor Market
MONDAY 4th: 10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness
4.30pm-5.30pm-ECM Dance
7.30pm-9pm Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)
TUESDAY 5th: 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 6th: 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.


Coolegrane Lights

Kevin Hughes, Coolegrane, Foxford will once again be erecting his colourful display of Christmas lighting at his home. The Coolegrane Lights are now known to be one of the largest and most colourful display of Christmas lights in the country. The lights will be switched on at 7pm on Friday December 8th by world famous singer Annette Griffin. Music by Pat’s Country Road Show, light refreshments and much more. Everyone is welcome to the switch on. As usual a donation box will be placed at the gateway and Kevin has decided to donate all proceeds to Ballina District Hospital Patient Comfort Fund. Please come along to view this spectacular display of lights over the festive season and support this worthy cause. For more information contact Kevin 0868583380. Follow the lights on Facebook Coolegrane Lights.

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.

4, 5, 14 & 29

There was no winner of the Jackpot, which next week will be €15,400.

€70 Shopping Voucher winners are as follows

B Fallon, Carracanada

Tommy Mulligan, Rathdubh

3 Number winners

Amanda Kavanagh, Killasser,

Erin Maloney Watson, Bollingbrook Drive

Next weeks draw is on December 4th in Horkans

Golf Club 25 Card Game

Results from the card game held on November 23rd. Winners were Tommy Bredican & Philip Moore, 2nd were Maureen Morley & Mary Higgins, 3rd Marty Munnelly & Gerry Moran

Spots were won by Josie Prendergast, Helen Gallogly, Leo Murtagh & Michael Regan

Raffle prizes were won by Kieran Rowley, Esther Munnelly & Gerry Moran

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

Operation Transformation in the Mayo Region for Family Carers Ireland

It is that time of year again!! Due to the success of the last 2 years events we are looking again for participants. It will be starting right after the xmas. A fitness and Nutrition plan will be put in place for each person with a makeover afterwards!. For more info please contact 094 9060305/086 3775702


Informative Talk for Family Carers

Solicitor Karen O’malley will be giving a talk on Wills, Power of attorney etc. Eileen McGreal from the HSE will also be in attendance and will give a talk on Fair Deal. This will take place in the Travellers Friend, Castlebar on December 5th from 7 30pm – 9 30pm. To book your place contact 094 9060305/086 3775702


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Author: Douglas Kelly

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