Swinford Weekly Notes 16th August

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Siamsa Sraide 2017

Siamsa Sraide 2017 was a fantastic few days, the sun shone and the craic was mighty.
Lots of thanks have to go to the organising committee and especially Brid and Brendan for all their hard work. Thanks to Diane and Ann & Alan for all the work that went into the childrens events.
Thanks to all our social media promoters for all the great pictures and videos.
Credit to Swinford Tidy Towns and Mayo County Council for all their work in keeping the town so well.
There are many many people who helped out during the festival and the last few months. Everything went smoothly due to all that hard work.
The music was of the very best, to all the acts that performed on the big stage and to the musicians that played in the pubs and hotel a great thanks.
We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and will tell all your friends about Swinford and Siamsa Sraide 2018.
Remember Swinford Comhaltas have a weekly traditional Music session every Thursday Night throughout the year and there is live music every weekend in Gateway Hotel and Quinns Bar. There are regular events in Swinford Cultural Centre with a Country Market on the first Saturday of each month and craic to beat any place in the world every night in all the pubs of Swinford and Killasser and Midfield.
Goodbye for now and see you all again in August 2018. Feel free to share and like all the videos and pictures on the Facebook page.

Swinford Tidy Towns

The National Tidy Towns competition is underway. The Adjudicators can arrive in Swinford at anytime. We are asking everyone to help us out, in any small way. Add a window box or hanging basket, pick any weeds that maybe growing, even along the kerb. If you see any litter, pop it in a bin. Every small thing helps us greatly. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped out in any way, it makes such a big difference. Its great to hear such positive feedback from tourists and visitors to Swinford

Swinford Tidy Towns would like to thank all our volunteers who were out morning and evening during the Siamsa Sraide festival. We would especially like to thank the Swinford staff of Mayo Co Co who made sure all the streets were swept clean and all the bins emptied bright & early every morning. We’d like to congratulate all the Siamsa Sraide committee for such a hugely successful festival again this year, and thank them for all their continued cooperation with us here in the tidy towns.

For a second month in a row, Swinford has done very well in the Mayo Litter Action League scoring 75 points for the month of July. Judging continues during August

Month: July_ Area: Swinford Mark 75 ____

Swinford was inspected in the morning.

From the speed limits on the Kiltimagh Road at Tesco up along Chapel Street and Market Street 6 pieces of litter were noted, these consisted of drink cup and plastic bottle, sweet paper wrappers.

6 pieces of litter noted Main Street had, these consisted of sweet wrappers, plastic wrappers, and cigarette box.

3 pieces of litter noted along Station Road and Circular Road there was, these consisted of paper and sweet wrappers.

pieces were noted along Brookville Avenue, brown paper wrapper, sweet and take away drink cup and lid.

Davitt Place to Kilkelly Road 5 pieces of litter were noted, these consisted of plastic bottle, drink cup and sweet wrappers. The area around the bottle banks and car park were clean and litter free. Bridge Street this was litter free.

Swinford Agricultural Show

The show will take place on Saturday 19th August at Heerans Farm, Kiltimagh Road, Swinford. The show office is on Market Street (beside Vodafone).

Killasser Community Centre News

KCC-July 2017 50/50 Draw
The winner of the Killasser Community Centre July Draw, which took place in Frank’s Place on Sunday 6th August 2017, was Iarla Keaney who received €700.00. Well done to Iarla! John Tansey received a €20 cash prize from the 50/50 draw. The August 50/50 Draw will take place in Frank’s Place on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Envelopes are available from the usual outlets and annual subscriptions, costing €60, can be purchased from the committee. Follow us on Facebook/Killasser Centre. Your support is very much appreciated.

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.


Paediatric First Aid Training

A Paediatric First Aid training course will take place in the Cultural Centre, Swinford at 9.00am on Friday the 18th August 2017. Training is free to jobseekers wishing to work with young children or people who are working part-time.
Places are limited and must be pre-booked by contacting Dolores McNicholas at 0877704251 or email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com
This training is delivered by Mayo North East and is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

Last week’s draw was held in Moores where Bob McCallion of Park Road won €527.  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 Quinns on August 22nd.

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

Swinford GAA Fixtures



Keep an eye on our facebook page and swinfordgaa.ie


Swinford Football Club Fixtures

Swinford Soccer Club Crest

Swinford F.C

Week 33 Fixtures

Tuesday, 15th August @ 7pm – Mayo Under 16 Girls League Division 1 – Round 3 – Straide & Foxford United v Swinford FC

Wednesday, 16th August @ 7pm – Mayo Under 14 Boys League Division 1 – Round 5 – Swinford FC v Iorras Aontaithe

Thursday, 17th August @ 6.30pm – Mayo Under 19 Mens Cup Semi Final – Swinford FC v Manulla

Friday, 18th August @ 7pm – Mayo Under 12 Boys League Division 1 – Round 7 – Swinford FC v Straide & Foxford United

Saturday, 19th August @ 12 noon – Mayo Under 16 Boys League Division 1 – Round 6 – Swinford FC v Glenhest Rovers

Saturday, 19th August @ 2pm – Mayo Under 14 Boys Cup – Round 1 – Swinford FC v Manulla

Saturday, 19th August @ 4pm – Mayo Under 14 Boys League Division 4A – Round 3 – Swinford FC v Bangor Hibs


Athletics Club Harvest Run

The 2017 Harvest Series continues this evening (9th)with the Siamsa Sraide Run.
Below is a list of the remaining runs.
Wednesday August 9th Siamsa Sraide Run 6km
Wednesday August 16th Shraheens 5km
Wednesday August 23rd Killasser 5km
Wednesday August 30th Midfield 5km
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 9th August Swinford AC 50/50 winner was Caoimhe Hanley of Killasser winning €150. Next draw Wednesday 16th.

First Aid Training

Premier First Aid Training are holding two training days on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of August.
Paediatric First Aid 16/08/2017 price is €60
Occupational First Aid Refresher on 17/08/2017 price is €60,
both training days will take place in Swinford Cultural Centre, starting at 9:00am.
Contact: Tom on 086 2434762 / 0879664150

Swinford Comhaltas Weekly Traditional Music

17th August Horkans

24th August Bolands

31st August Melletts

7th September Sheepwalk

14th September Gateway Hotel

21st September Quinns

Swinford Cultural Centre

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

THURSDAY 17th: 1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness
8pm-9pm- That’s So Shelly Fitness

FRIDAY 18th: 9am-5pm- Paediatric First Aid (Meeting Room)

MONDAY 21st: 10.30am-4pm-Leaving Cert French 2 Day Course (Meeting Room)
1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness
7pm-8pm- Pat Kirby Fitness
8pm-9pm That’s So Shelly Fitness

TUESDAY 22nd: 10.30am-4pm-Leaving Cert French 2 Day Course (Meeting Room)
7am-8am That’s So Shelly Fitness-Boot Camp
7pm-8pm- Pat Kirby Fitness

WEDNESDAY 23rd: 10am-11am That’s So Shelly Fitness

All in Cultural Centre unless stated.

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


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.


Teenage Workshop

Charlene Flanagan Makeup will be holding a Teenage Workshop in Swinford Cultural centre on the 8th September from 7-9pm. All you need to bring to the class is your own set of Make up Brushes. Booking is essential. Tickets are €35.00 per person. Limited spaces are available. To book your place and ticket please contact 0949060305/0863775702. All proceeds raised will towards supporting Family Carers in the Mayo area.


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Author: Douglas Kelly

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