Swinford Weekly Notes 5th April

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 Social Dancing and Dance Classses

Social dancing and dance classes take place every Sunday night in Bohola Community Centre from 8pm to 10pm. Beginners are welcome. Jive, Waltz, quick step andmore. Learning for the first hour following by a dance afterwards.  Contact Frank on 087 9809432.

 Camino for Hospice

Mayo Roscommon Hospice have orgnaised an information evening on the Camino Walk in Bosh Bar Castlebar (upstairs) on Wednesday April 12th at 8.45pm.  Contact 094 9388666 for more information.

 Aras Attracta 25 Drive

Results of the game played on Sunday, March 26th.  Spots were won by Francis Rowley, Jimmy Jordan, Virginia Heerin and Mary Byrne.  Raffle: Jimmy McDonnell, Tom Durkin and Francis Rowley.   Jimmy Jordan, Padraig and Peggy O’ara, Tom Durkin, Willie Creighton, Dette Ryder and Rosaleen Horkan.

Swinford Macra na Feirme

Swinford Macra Na Feirme would like to thank all the new members who came along to their first meeting last Friday 31st March. Great to see a mixture of girls and lads and so eager to take up club officer roles!! Exciting times for Swinford ahead.  Registration will take place again next Friday 7th April at 9pm in Melletts. Everyone is welcome!!  Macra Na Feirme includes activities ranging from sport in your local centre to big national events. For more information contact Ciara 087 1888082.

Call out for Actors/Actresses

A production team will be filming a docudrama in Swinford Courthouse on the 10/11/12 May  and are looking for extras to appear in a court scene. This is paid work.
Any one interested should e-mail Mairead at westcoastcastingireland@gmail.com
Please include:
A recent photo
Full costume sizes
Contact details
Acting experience
any other information you think might be relevant
Please include “Swinford” in the subject bar of your e-mail.
There will be an open casting in Swinford, (date to follow) and any successful applicants will need to come for a costume fitting.

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Monday April 10th   at 7pm in the Parochial House Swinford. Free and open to all over 16 years.

Contact  086 0700681 if you require further information

County Montessori

County Montesssori Preschool at Collagh, Swinford is now taking enrollments for the September 2017 ECCE Free Pre-school year.   The service runs morning and afternoon sessions.  Early booking is advised.   Call Mary Sheedy on 086 1773935

Action on Dementia in Mayo

Community Action on Dementia in Mayo is looking for volunteers to spend quality time with people diagnosed with dementia, helping them live as independently as possible and maintain activities and hobbies they enjoy.   Anybody who has a spare hour, and would like to help should contact Community Action on Dementia in Mayo on 086 836 6312 or email  eac.dementia-mayo@gmail.com  Appropriate training and mentoring is provided.

Swinford Golf Club Card Game Results

Results from 30th March

Winners 1st Sean Quinn Matt Duggan 2nd Mary and Michael Lynskey 3rd Detta Ryder Geraldine Turbitt
Spots were won by Michael O’Neill Peter Geraghty Philip Irwin Ann Rowley
Raffle prizes were won by Margaret Sweeney Mary Doyle
Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm.

 Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This week’s 50/50 draw held in Quinns was worth €711 and was won by Boland Family, Bridge Street.

The next Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw will take place in Sheepwalk on Tuesday 11th April.

Draw envelopes are widely available in Swinford’s shops and businesses at €2 each or 3 for €5. You can also get your tickets online through the Swinford GAA store where tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10, 20, or 52 weeks.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated and who knows next week you could be the lucky winner!

Swinford Foroige Club

Swinford Foroige Club meet every Friday evening in Swinford Community Centre.

If you would like your child to join or require further information before enrolment please contact Tina on 087 2056681.

Swinford GAA Fixtures

Swinford GAA Crest

Swinford GAA Club

Thursday 6th April 6pm

Under 14 Div 3B Round 2

Swinford v Achill

Thursday 6th April 6pm

Under 14 Div 6B Naomh Padraig v Swinford in Killala

Saturday 8th April 6pm

Senior League Div 1C Round 1 Swinford v Shrule Glencorrib at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Saturday 8th April

Under 14 Feile Venue TBC

10am Eastern Gaels v Swinford

11am Swinford v Kilmovee Shamrocks

12pm Ballyhaunis v Swinford

Sunday 9th April 2pm

Senior League Div 1E Round 1 Swinford v Breaffy at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Sunday 9th April 11am

Under 16 Div 3 Round 4 Swinford v Ardnaree Sarsfields at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Any changes to the fixtures will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Facebook, Twitter and Website.

Match reports, when available, will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Website.

Swinford Football Club

Swinford FC - Soccer Club

Swinford FC Club Crest

Week 14 Fixtures

Wednesday, 5th April @ 7pm – Mayo Under 15 Boys League Division 3 – Round 1 – Swinford FC v Kiltimagh Knock United ‘B’

Friday, 7th April @ 6.30pm – Mayo Under 13 Boys league Division 1 – Round 2 – Iorras Aontaithe v Swinford FC

Sunday, 9th April @ 2.30pm – Castlecourt Hotel Premier League – Round 1 – Bangor Hibs v Swinford FC

Swinford FC Monthly Draw

Results of draw number 24 of Swinford FD 250 draw held in Sheepwalk on Sunday 26th March. €1,000 Tom and Marian Kavanagh, Ballintemple; €300 Tina Kavanagh, Brabazon heights; €200 Kevin Grealy Athlone Golf Club.

Thanks for supporting the draw.

Swinford Athletic Club

The  50/50 draw was held after training at the Amenity Park and was worth €201 to the winner Emma Lavin, Kilbride, Swinford.

Draws will be held every Tuesday, where one lucky person will take half the jackpot home. Tickets are for sale from all club officers and cost €2 for one ticket and 3 for €5. All income from the draw will be used for the future development of facilities at the club

The 2017 Spring Series schedule:

Wednesday 29th March Killasser 5km,

Wednesday 5th April Meelick 5km,

Wednesday 12th April Cloontia 6km,

Wednesday 19th April Midfield 5km,

Wednesday 26th April Straide 5km,

Wednesday 3rd May Callow 6km and

Wednesday 10th May Foxford 5km.

All runs start at 7.15pm. Registration from 6.45pm at the various Community Centres. Entry Fee: €2 Members, €5 Non-Members. All U12’s must be accompanied. After Run Refreshments. Everybody Welcome to Walk, Run or Jog and Enjoy

Any queries contact: Marty Roughneen 087 4188042, Padraic Walsh 086 8738691 or Peter Hynes 087 9014211

Little Athletics

Little Athletics will return on Tuesday April 4th at 7pm on the Amenity Pitch. It will be on the sand based area to the left of the club house. Parents must escort their children to the area, sign them in and are asked to collect directly after training and sign them out again.
Registration for little Athletics takes place on Sunday, April 2nd between 12-1pm at the clubhouse. If you are unable to make this, registration can also be done AFTER the Tuesday training session.
Little Athletics is only open to children from Junior Infants to Second Class.
It will be compulsory for all parents to assist at training on a rota basis this year. You will receive details of this at registration.
Looking forward to welcoming back all our little athletes.

Fundraise for Oesophageal Fund Ireland 8th of April.

80’s Disco

We will be starting off with a family fun walk. This will be take off at the amenity pitch continuing on round the golf course and then around the park and back to the amenity pitch for tea and coffee.
Then later on that night we will be heading to the Gateway Hotel for an 80s disco. Spot prizes and €100 for the best fancy dressed will be awarded on the night.
Anyone interested will be able to buy tickets from local businesses in Swinford and from the Naoinra Montessori in Swinford primary school.
Tickets will cost €10 for adults and €5 for students. Also entry fee will be accepted on the night.
Anyone interested in doing the walk, they can contact Michelle Pidgeon Tina Kavanagh Agnes Odonnell Ellen Mc Donagh Rose Harte Cathal Kelly

An Evening with Brendan Grace

Swinford Cultural Centre is delighted to announce.

“An Evening with Brendan Grace”

On Friday, April 28th at 8pm.

Tickets are priced at €30 and are on sale from The Mayo County Council Office, Station Road, Swinford.

Brendan Grace is a well known Irish comedian and singer who is celebrating 40 years in the entertainment business. He is known for his comedy schoolboy character “Bottler”, and also for his appearance in the sitcom “Fr. Ted” as Fr. Fintan Stack.

For further details

Contact: Swinford Cultural Centre by phone or email.

Tel: 094 9052006

Mobile: 087 4007045

Email: sccbookings@mayococo.ie


Swinford Cultural Centre

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

All in Cultural Centre unless stated

THURSDAY 6th:       12.30pm-1.30pm- Mayo Branch Arthritis Ireland- Pilates (Meeting Room)

1pm-2pm- Pat Kirby Fitness- Bums and Tums.

3.30pm-7.45pm-Morrison School of Ballet

8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

7pm-9pm-Carroll Consultancy (Meeting Room)

FRIDAY 7th:           10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

7.30pm-9pm- Make up with Megan (Meeting Room)

SATURDAY 8t:        10am-2pm-ECM Dance

MONDAY 10th:         10am-11am- That’s So Shelly Fitness

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness- Yogalates

7pm-8pm- Pat Kirby Fitness- Candlelight Yogalates

8.15pm-9.15pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

7pm-9pm-Carroll Consultancy (Meeting Room)
TUESDAY 11th:         7pm-8pm -Pat Kirby Fitness- Tone Zone.

7.30pm-9.30pm Kathryn Gavaghan-Meditation (Meeting Room)

8.15pm-9.15pm That’s So Shelly Fitness

WEDNESDAY 12th: 10am-11am That’s So Shelly Fitness

5pm-8pm Giggles Drama Group

8pm-10pm-Social Group Meeting

7.30pm-9pm-Inclusion Ireland (Meeting Room)

Donor Awareness Week

Donor Awareness Week runs from 1st to 8th April and volunteers will be selling Forget Me Not Flowers on the street of Swinford on Thursday 6th. Please support.

Inclusion Ireland Information Sessions

Inclusion Ireland is pleased to provide a series of information sessions on assisted decision making and practical advocacy supports.

Who should attend? parents, siblings, friends and carers of children and adults with intellectual disability in Mayo and neighbouring counties.

Venue: Swinford  Cultural Centre (Meeting Room), Station Road, Swinford, Co. Mayo.

Cost: Attendance is free. To register interest or for more information call Noirin 083 8236126 or Inclusion Ireland: 01 8559891. E: admin@inclusionireland.ie

Tea/coffee and an opportunity to network with other family members

Additional information will be available at the session


 SATURDAY 6 MAY 2017. 11am-1.30pm. Swinford Cultural Centre (Meeting Room)

Introduction to advocacy – Nóirín Clancy & Mary Lee, Inclusion Ireland

The Role of the National Advocacy Service – Clare O’Neill, National Advocacy Service.

SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017 – 11am-1.30pm   Swinford Cultural Centre (Meeting Room)

 Advocacy Skills for Families -Noirin Clancy & Mary Lee, Inclusion Ireland

Family Advocacy Supports – Speaker t.b.c.


Swinford Drama Group

Are currently in rehearsals in Swinford Courthouse for their production of “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” by Jimmy Keary.

Jam Bands Mayo

Will be in Swinford Cultural centre on Tuesday 18th April 4pm to 6pm and every other Tuesday until June 6th. New faces welcome. Check out their Facebook page Jam Bands Mayo or call 094 9041013 for further details.

B – Fit Swinford

Fitness classes take place in Swinford Community Centre on Monday 8-30pm – 9-30pm and Wednesday 8pm – 9pm, €5 pay as you go. Contact Alan 087 2397225/ Declan 087 6725419.

Swinford Community Lotto Results

The winning numbers for April 3rd

8 15 24 28

€70 local shopping voucher winners:

Eileen Duffy

John Julian

3 number winners:

Marie Philbin

John Whelan

Martin Maye

There were no jackpot winners and the Jackpot now stands at €8,600.

The next draw will be held on Monday 10th  April in Horkans.

Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Children’s hospital

A cake sale in aid of Temple Street Childrens Hospital will take place in Tesco Swinford next Friday 7th April. This is the 3rd year of this event which has been very successful. Once again we are asking for the help and support of the local community to make this another successful year. Thanks to the generosity of the local people almost €15000 has been raised to date in Swinford which has been used to buy equipment for the hospital.

Temple Street Children’s Tea Party

The Gateway Hotel are hosting a Tea Party in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital in the newly refurbished lounge ‘The Front’ this Friday 7th April from 11am to 4pm.
Come along and enjoy a Tea, Coffee and Cake with All Proceeds going to this very worthy cause.
Their will be some great local entertainment on show during the Tea Party

Swinford Agricultural Show

Fundraising Cake sale for Swinford Agricultural Show on Sunday 9th April in Davey’s, Market Square starting at 11am.

All support would be greatly appreciated.

 Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

6th April Quinns

13th April Horkans

20th April Bolands

27th April Melletts

Swinford Gardening Club Trip

Swinford Gardening Club and Swinford Social Services are organising a trip to Carlow and Kilkenny, staying at the Mount Wolseley Hotel from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th June. Among the many attractions are Kilkenny Castle, Altamount Gardens and the Chocolate Garden Workshop. Two nights’ bed and breakfast, two evening meals and entrance to attractions €250 pps (single supplement €50). To book a place contact Angela 087 6520311 or Mary 087 8147463.

Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Draw

The March draw took place on Saturday 1st April in Frank’s Place and the jackpot of €500 was won by Laura Groarke.The €20 spot prize was won by the Gilgunn Family.

The next Killasser Community Centre 50/50 Draw will be held in Frank’s Place on Sunday 30th April.

€5 per entry and guaranteed winner every month!
Your support is very much appreciated.

Draw Envelopes are currently available in Frank’s Place, Padraic Horkan’s, Gavaghan’s Mace, The Sheepwalk Bar, Quinn’s Bar, Swinford Credit Union, Gateway Hotel, Swinford Post Office, Moore’s, Mellett’s Newsagents and Pub.

Further information is available on the Killasser Centre Facebook Page.

 Governance Training For Community Groups

Mayo North East will hold a free Governance training workshop in the Newman Institute in Ballina on Tuesday evening April 11th 2017 from 7pm – 10pm. The training is for Type B community groups. The role of these groups is primarily governance but with some management and operational responsibilities also. They employ one or more full time or part time staff member. This training is funded under the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and will be delivered by the Carmichael Centre.   Places are limited, to reserve a place contact Patricia Crawley on 087 2135960 or email patriciacrawley@mayonortheast.com


Swinford Camera Club

Swinford Camera Club next meeting is on Wednesday the 5th of April. As always new members are very welcome to join the club. Swinford Camera Club is a friendly, helpful and very welcoming group. We meet every 1st & 3rd Wednesday evening at 8pm in the Gateway Hotel. If you are interested in photography, why not come along to a meeting?

Computer Classes

Beginner Computer classes starting in Claremorris Family Resource Centre on Wednesday 19th April from 6pm-8pm. This will take place one evening a week for 5 weeks. To book your place contact 0949060305. This is free of charge to Family Carers. there is limited spaces available. Please contact 0949060305 to book your place.

Swinford Tidy Towns

Spring Clean

Swinford Tidy Towns

The 2017 Good Friday Spring clean will take place on the 14th of April this this year. The annual Swinford Tidy Towns national spring clean begins as usual at 11 am meeting at the “No Name Club” on Chapel Street. We get a great turnout on the day but would always love to see more! If you have an hour to spare, why not come along? Tabard’s, gloves, litter picker’s, rubbish and recycling bags will be provided by the National Spring Clean campaign and Swinford Tidy Towns on the day. More details on www.swinfordtidytowns.com

If you have a forthcoming event or notice that you would like mentioned in next weeks Swinford Notes, please email us at Swinfordnotes@swinford.ie

Author: Douglas Kelly

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