Swinford Notes October 25th

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Féile na Samhna 2017

The 7th annual Féile na Samhna will take place in Swinford on the weekend of October 28th to 30th.
We are planning a feast of traditional music, song and dance hosted by Michael Davitt Comhaltas and supported by the businesses of the town, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta and Mayo Co Council
Admission free to all events.

Saturday 28th:
11.00am to 1.00pm: Singing workshops – English and as Gaeilge – with Marianne Knight, Síle Ui Mhongáin and Marie Anne Noone – for children and adults. Venue : Swinford NS
2.30pm: Fáiltiú and the official opening in the Gateway Hotel will be followed by a very entertaining afternoon, “Marching to the beat of the drum with the fifes and pipes”. There will be an interactive presentation with tunes and a chat to celebrate the legacy of the marching bands from Killasser, Killaturley, Meelick, Midfield and Swinford. An afternoon not to be missed. Special guests for the weekend include, among others, Jack and Claire Foley, Marianne McAleer and Pat and Jane O’Toole
9.00pm : Oíche Amhránaíochta. Enjoy a night of singing, storytelling, recitation and caint in the Meeting Room at Melletts of Market Street.
Music sessions in pubs.

Sunday 29th
The Midfield Pipe Band will give a recital at the church after last Mass and then march down the town and finish with a recital on Main Street.
5.00pm: Everyone is cordially invited to “The Rambling House” in The Gateway Hotel. There will be a great party with music, singing and dancing, storytelling and recitation. Everybody who comes to visit and celebrate will be treated to a traditional Irish welcome with the best of traditional fare – we’ll even make boxty! The theme this year focuses on the welcome extended to returning emigrants. “They’re landed” ! Fáilte abhaile to the “Yanks”!
Monday30th. 11.00am: Finish the weekend with an enjoyable historical stroll around Swinford with Michael Comer followed by a cuppa and a chat.
Contact cceswinford@gmail.com or 0877454032 for more information.

Kidzone Swinford

Kidzone Childcare Swinford is hosting a Midterm Halloween Camp from Tues 31st Oct – Friday 3rd Nov. The camp is open to all children aged 4-13 years and runs from 8am – 6pm daily.

There will be loads of Halloween fun and games, including costume making, halloween themed arts and crafts, movies, delicious homemade food and lots more!
This is sure to be a fantastic week so be sure to book your place to avoid disappointment!
For more information or to book your space please contact Colette on 0871935476 or coletteafterschoolclub@gmail.com

Swinford Indoor Country market

This month the Swinford Indoor Country Market will take place on Saturday the 4th Nov in Swinford Cultural Centre from 9.30am until 2pm.

The market regularly boast a wide range of locally sourced produce and this month is no exception.
There is a fabulous range of regular local stallholders who provide the Market with fresh vegetables, breads & cakes, and locally grown plants, as well as stunning photography, jewellery and a variety of beautiful handmade crafts. Relax and have lunch in the Railway Café after you browse the stalls.

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

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

Jiving Halloween Camp and Workshop

Jiving Juniors One Day Workshop in Swinford Cultural Centre on Thursday November 2nd from 10am-2.30pm. For children age 5 and upwards. A fun day where children and teens will learn how to Jive, Waltz, Line dance and more with Irelands only Social Dance School for kids. €15 per child.
Contact Sandra 086 2108029′

Disability Equality Training

As part of Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week Mayo North East has organised Disability Equality Training to be held in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford on Thursday 19th October at 7.00pm-9.30pm. Disability Equality Training is a dynamic, focused approach to changing attitudes and practices towards the greater inclusion in communities of people with disabilities. Training is free and must be pre-booked by contacting Dolores on 0877704251 or email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

Carers Regional Forum

Date: 8th November

Time: 10.00-1.30pm

Venue: McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris

Tea, Coffee and Refereshments on arrival

We had a fantastic turnout last year, with over 60 carers from Mayo, Galway and Roscommon.

The forum is great place to meet carers from your county and from Galway and Roscommon and to voice any issues/concerns you have in your local area.

Booking is essential as lunch is included and we will need to know numbers for food.

To book your place please contact 0949060305/0863775702

We hope to see you there on the day


Killasser Community Centre News

KCC-Social Dancing
Anyone interested in learning how to dance? A dance class will start at 8.30pm on Thursday 7th September in Killasser Community Centre. The classes are suitable for beginners and Improvers and you will have an opportunity to learn how to Jive, Waltz, Foxtrot and try other dance styles. The classes will last for 8 weeks and cost €80 for adults and €40 for children. Full payment on the first night. Contact Frank at 087 980 9432. All Welcome!

KCC-Badminton Classes
We are looking to start badminton classes in October, more than likely on a Tuesday night.
We would like to see if there is an interest in this activity and so if you are interested in participating this please contact Paul Hyland at 087 6109192. All Welcome!

Congratulations to John Nolan Snr on winning September’s 50/50 draw with a prize of €545.00. Well done John.


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 The Whitehouse where Alan Johnson won €459. 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 Moores on October 31st

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


Swinford GAA Fixtures

Under 15 Div 2A Saturday 28th October 12pm Carras v Swinford in Kilmaine

Senior League Div 1E Sunday 29th October 12pm Aghamore v Swinford in Aghamore

Under 21 B Championship Monday 30th October 12pm Hollymount Carramore v Swinford in Hollymount

Under 21 B Championship Saturday 10th November Swinford v Ballaghaderreen

Under 21 B Championship Saturday 17th November Swinford v Davitts

Table Quiz

Swinford GAA club will host a table quiz in Melletts on Friday 3rd November.

Swinford GAA AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Swinford GAA Club will be held in the Gateway Hotel, Main Street, Swinford on Sunday 19th November at 5.00pm. Forms for nominations and motions are available from the club secretary. Please make contact on secretary.swinford.mayo@gaa.ie if you wish to avail of these. Closing date for nominations and motions is Thursday 16th November. Full details will be posted on our website www.swinfordgaa.ie


Swinford Athletics Club

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


Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

This Thursday October 26th Traditional Music Seisuin will be in Quinn’s

Swinford Comhaltas will be taking a break for November


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 26th: 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 27th:That’s So Shelly Fitness
7pm-8pm-Siobhan Phillips-Nia Workout

SATURDAY 28th: 10am-4pm- ECM Dance

TUESDAY 31st: 4.30pm-6.30pm-Resilience Building for Children (Meeting room)
7.30pm-9pm-Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 1st: 8pm-10pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)

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

B – Fit Swinford

Fitness classes take place in Swinford Community Centre on Monday 8-30pm – 9-30pm and Wednesday 8pm – 9pm, Thursday 9-30am – 10-30am, Saturday 11am – 12pm. €5 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

There was no winner of the jackpot, the numbers drawn were 4. 20. 22 and 28

€70 Local Shopping Voucher winners:

Gerry Moore

Declan Scanlon

3 Number winners:

Emer Shiel

Next  draw Tuesday 31st October in Quinns

Golf Club 25 Cards

The winners were Mary and Michael Lynskey 2nd Brian and John Gallagher 3rd Eileen and Noreen Geraghty
Spots were won by Eileen and Noreen Geraghty Phyllis Bredican and Martin McNeela.
Raffle prizes were won by Philip Irwin Martin McNeela Margaret Sweeney

Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm in Golf clubhouse all Card players welcome

Coping Skills workshop for people with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.

The course shows people diagnosed and living with a lifelong incurable condition the tools and techniques to cope and live a better quality of life. During the course your will learn how to deal with negative emotions, communication skills, positive self-talk, cogitative behaviourally techniques, mindfulness, meditation and relaxation techniques to help manage pain and fatigue.
The next course is starts in Newman Institute Ballina on Wednesday 1st of Novemeber x 6 weeks @ 8pm. If you would like to book a place, please call 087-1661279 or email arthritismayobranch@gmail.com

If you wish to include anything on Swinford Notes please e-mail swinfordnotes@swinford.ie by Tuesday afternoon. Thanks

Author: John Dunne

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