Swinford Notes September 6th 2017

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Resilience Building Course for Children in Swinford Cultural Centre starting Tuesday 12 September 2017

  • 12-week programme to assist children build resilience and self-esteem.
  • Working in small groups, the children will learn important skills and techniques to deal with everyday worries and stresses through fun and interactive activities.
  • The course will be given by Laura Murtagh, Educational Psychologist and Primary Teacher.
  • It will take place on Tuesdays at 4.30 – 5.30 for 7-9 year-olds and from 5.30 to 6.30 for 10-12 year- olds.
  • To book a place email laura@educationalpsychologist.ie. Booking is essential as places are limited to a maximum of 10 per group.
  • The cost of the 12-week course is €130.
  • For more information about the course please click here.

Computer and Business Course for Unemployed Adults

Swinford VTOS is currently seeking applicants for the Computer and Business course which is due to commence in September 2017. The course which leads to QQI/FETAC awards at levels 4 and 5 provides unemployed adults with the opportunity of returning to education, updating their skills and improving their employment prospects.

The Course is free and adults who are over 21 and in receipt of social welfare for at least 6 months are eligible for the course. Participants aged under 26 may be entitled to the maximum jobseekers rate of €193 per week. Childcare support is also available.

For further information, contact Emer at 094 9251928, email emermullins@msletb.ie or visit the Centre, to see what is on offer.
Venue – Further Education Centre, Dublin Road, Swinford

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!

Schedule of Events throughout 2017
The following is a list of planned events throughout 2017, however the dates are subject to change.
Tractor Drive 2017: Sunday 1st October


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 where won Jennifer Jordan of Gleann Darach, Swinford €840. 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 Bolands on September 12th.

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

Ten names were drawn out of the drum for a draw on Tuesday 12th September for an All Ireland Final Ticket. A further ten names will be drawn next week The lucky names are Jennifer Jordan; Margaret Walsh, Kinaffe; Siobhan O’Hara, Killasser; Catriona Groarke, Ballina Road; Noelle Geraghty, Charlestown; David Brady, Rabawn; Margaret Walsh, Kinaff; Tom Durcan, Santa Maria; Claire McHugh, Market Street; Catriona Groarke, Ballina Road.

Swinford GAA Fixtures


Thursday 7th September

Under 13 League Div 4A Swinford B v Ballinrobe B

Monday 11th September

Under 13 League Div 2B Swinford v Ardnaree

Under 13 League Div 4A Swinford B v Knockmore B

Monday 18th September

Under 13 League Div 4A Westport St Patricks B v Swinford B

Swinford Football Club Fixtures

Swinford Soccer Club Crest

Swinford F.C

September 9th @ 12 noon Boys U-16 Division 1
Swinford v Straide & Foxford

September 9th @ 1.30pm U-14 Division 4A
Castlebar Town v Swinford

September 9th @ 2pm Boys U-12 SFAI Skechers Cup
Swinford v Knocknacarra

September 10th @ 12 noon Premier League
Iorras Aontaithe v Swinford

September 12th @ 6.30pm Girls U-16 Division 1
Castlebar Town v Swinford B

September 13th @ 7pm Boys U-14 Division 1
Swinford v Conn Rangers

Athletics Club Harvest Run

The 2017 Harvest Series continues this evening (6th)with the Lismirrane Run.
Below is a list of the remaining runs.

Wednesday September 6th Lismirrane 5km
Wednesday September 13th Foxford 5km
All runs start at 7.15pm.
Registration at 6.45pm at the various locations.
Entry fee:€2 for members €5 non-members.
All under 12’s to be accompanied
After race refreshments
Everyone welcome to walk, jog or run

Swinford Athletics Club 50/50

Last Wednesday 30th August Swinford AC 50/50 winner was Rhona Brennan of Kilbride winning €150. This weeks winner (Tuesday 5th) is Tony Reddington winning €171. Winning envelope sold in Quinns Bar.

Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

7th September Sheepwalk Bar

14th September Gateway Hotel

21st September Quinns

28th September Horkans

5th October Bolands

12th October Melletts


Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

There will be a evening of Meditation, Heartfulness and Relaxation on Monday Sept 11th at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford. Free and open to all over 16 years.
Contact 086 0700681 if you require further information.

Swinford Cultural Centre

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

All in Cultural Centre unless stated.

For Further Details Contact: 087 4007045 or email sccbookings@mayococo.ie

THURSDAY 7th: 1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby Fitness
5pm-6pm-Jiving Juniors (Meeting Room)
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness
MONDAY 11th: 10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness
1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby Fitness
7pm-8pm- Pat Kirby Fitness
TUESDAY 12th: 4.30pm-6.30pm-Resilience Building for Children (Meeting room)
7pm-8pm- Pat Kirby Fitness
7.30pm-9pm-Meditation (Meeting Room)
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness
WEDNESDAY 13th: 10am-11am -That’s So Shelly Fitness
5pm-9pm-Giggles Drama Class
5.45pm-7.45pm-Tusla-Parenting Course (Meeting Room)
8pm-10pm- Open Minds (Meeting Room)


There is a 6 week “living well with arthritis” course starting Wednesday 13th September 2017 and for 6 consecutive Wednesdays in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford from 10.30am – 1.00pm. Book online at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/living-well-with-arthritis-course-swinfort-tickets-36403846886 or call 01 6470206 between 9.30-5.00pm


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.


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Author: John Dunne

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