Swinford Notes September 18th 2019

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Free Electrical Recycling

Please note that there is a FREE Electrical Recycling Event taking place in the Tesco Car Park, Swinford, on Saturday, 28th September, 2019, from 10am – 4pm.

Householders will have the perfect opportunity to recycle anything with a plug or a battery which is at the end of its useful life.

Also, all types of batteries and

Energy saving light bulbs may be recycled at this event.

Mayo County Council is supporting this recycling initiative by WEEE Ireland and is endeavouring to encourage as many people as possible to avail of this public collection.


Befriending Programme.

Mayo North East are looking for volunteers to befriend 3 Syrian families in Swinford. The volunteers will assist the families in home management and social activities. Two people will visit the families for 1-2 hours a week at a time that suits the families. Volunteers will be required to take part in an interview, Garda vetting and 2 training sessions. Volunteers must be over 18.

If you are interested please contact Patricia Crawley on 087 2135960 or email patriciacrawley@mayonortheast.com

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 games including Boccia, bucket ball and parachute games. We also play skittles, ball and bean bag games which are part of the Go for Life Games designed to provide gentle exercise. You decide what you enjoy and you can try a variety of games or stick to one, it’s up to you. From time we add new games and are open to suggestions and new ideas. All games are designed to be played sitting or standing.
We are always looking for new members and if you would like to help out in any way, we would be happy to meet you. Just come along to any of our games mornings or call us on 087 904 9723

The following are dates for the rest of 2019 to be held at Swinford Cultural Centre from 10.30 to 12.30 Admission €3 Refreshments served :-

Thursday 10th October
Thursday 14th November
Thursday 12th December Special Christmas event with our very popular tombola, music, dance and much more –

Age Action-Computer Classes

Terrified by Technology?
Confused by Computers?
Illiterate about the Internet?
Scared of your Smartphone?

The ‘Getting Started’ programme aims to make over 55’s comfortable using a computer / tablet / ipad / smartphone and the internet. Tutoring is usually on a 1:1 basis in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes are 2 hours once a week for 5 weeks.
Where: Swinford Library
When: Wednesdays from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.
From: September 2019-June 2020.

Call: Age Action on  091- 527831 to book a place.


Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation is on Monday 23rd September 2019 at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford.

Free and open to all over 16 years. Contact 086 0700681 if you require further information.


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 Comhaltas

The SeptemberThursday Night Sessions are as follows

19th September                  Melletts

26th September                  Whitehouse

Swinford GAA

This weeks draw was held in The Sheepwalk and Ethan Kinsella from Oldcastle, Meelick won €567.
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 Sheepwalk on Tuesday 17th September Draw envelopes available for €2 each or 3 for €5

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

Under 15 League

22nd Sept 11am Aghamore v Swinford

Intermediate Championship Relegation Playoff

22nd Sept 1pm in Ballyhaunis

Ballinrobe v Swinford

Swinford GAA Fundraising Calendar

The club are bringing out a 2020 calendar prior to Christmas. If you are interested in taking a 1/4 page or 1/2 page advertisement please contact a club official.

Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for September 16th, Draw held in the Whitehouse.

Winning Numbers

04, 09, 16, 22.

€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winner

Mary Mc Dermott, Ballina

Tom Melvin , Foxford

3 Number Winner

Annie Gallagher, Swinford.

Joe, May Gallagher, Meelick.

Ciara O’Shea, Scoil Muire agus Padraig.

Annie Prendergast, Kinaffe.

Louis O’Grady, Killasser.

Next weeks draw is on Monday the 23rd of September in the Gateway Hotel.



Swinford Cultural Centre

Events and classses that will  be held in Swinford Cultural Centre this coming week are as follows.

All are in the Cultural Centre hall unless stated.


THURSDAY 19th: 1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness- Bums & Tums

3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

8.15pm-9.15pm-Pat Kirby Fitness- Bums & Tums

FRIDAY 20th:  8.30am-10.30am- Slimway

7pm-9pm-Culture Night

SATURDAY 21st: 10am-4pm-ECM Dance

MONDAY 23rd: 1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby-Yogalates


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

7.30pm-8.30pm-Pat Kirby-Candlelight Yogalates

TUESDAY 24th: 4pm-5pm-Jiving Juniors

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

WEDNESDAY 25th: 4pm-8pm-Giggles Drama Group

8pm-10pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)

For further event details about booking a room contact: (094) 9052006/087-4007045


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.



First Climate Fest to take place in Mayo this September

Climate Fest is a day of talks, workshops, performances and conversation aimed at helping you to make simple changes to your day-to-day life that will help tackle the climate emergency.

Mayo County Council, the Mercy Sisters, Castlebar Parish and GMIT Green Campus are co-hosting Climate Fest with support from LECo, Mayo PPN and Green-Schools. The event will take place in GMIT Castlebar on the 28th of September from 10.00am until 4pm.  There is no charge for this event and a complimentary lunch will be provided in the college canteen.

To register or for more information go to Climate Fest Mayo on Eventbrite or facebook, email climatefestmayo@gmail.com or call 090964520.


Craobh Eo Mayo Woodturners

Are you thinking of taking up a new hobby, but not sure what? Have you an interest in woodturning? Craobh Eo are the Mayo chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild. We meet every 2nd Thursday at the old schoolhouse in Aughamore at 8pm. Next meeting for the start of the 2018/19 season is on Thursday the 12th of September. Our membership is comprised of people of all ages and from all walks of life. New members would be most welcome. For more info visit www.craobheowoodturners.com

Drama Workshop

Charlestown Drama Group are kicking off the Drama Season with two workshops; 27th Sept & 4th Oct, 7-9pm in Charlestown Arts Centre.
Anybody interested is welcome to come along for a relaxed & fun filled evening. No prior drama experience necessary (Over 18s only). €10 per person per night- limited places available. Please contact Naomi @ 0874657946 to book.

Swinford and District Gardening Club

The Summer break is over for Swinford Gardening Club. Organic horticulturist Aidan will give a talk on Autumn in the Garden in the Gateway Hotel on Tuesday 24th September at 8.30pm.
All are welcome to attend. Non members €5.


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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