Upcoming Events in Swinford (Updated)

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As we are over half way through February and looking forward to St Patricks Day and further on to Easter I have put together a list of events coming up: These are in addition to the weekly traditional music session held by Swinford Comhaltas and the regular live music and social dancing in the local hotel and bars and Swinford Cultural Centre.

Thursday Night Comhaltas Sessions:

23rd Feb Quinns Bar

2nd March Horkans

9th March Bolands

16th March Melletts

23rd March Sheepwalk

30th March Gateway Hotel

6th April Quinns

13th April Horkans

20th April Bolands

27th April Melletts

Please keep an eye on the various Facebook pages associated with Swinford for all the latest events.

Saturday 18th February


Table quiz in aid of Swinford Killasser Ladies GAA in Gateway Hotel. €100 Prize for winning table. Reduced entry fee for students.

Friday 24th February


Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC Dinner Dance

Our Annual Club Dinner Dance will take place on Friday February 24th in Julians of Midfield. Presentation of medals to our Double winning Minors and U16s will take place at the Dinner Dance, as will our usual All Star teams and Players of the Year awards. Tickets go on sale this Friday and we hope to see another huge crowd to celebrate the great achievements of all of our teams in 2016

Saturday 25th February


Woodturners Seminar in Gateway Hotel

Saturday 25th February 3pm


All Ireland Ladies Football Champions Cork will play Mayo at Swinford Amenity Park on Saturday at 3pm in Round 4 of The Lidl National Football League

Sunday 26th February

Inter-Provincial boxing makes its long awaited return to Swinford next weekend as the Connacht Ladies Team welcome Leinster for a clash at the Cultural Centre.

Come out and support the Connacht ladies as they take on the might of Leinster on Sunday next 26th February in the Cultural Centre. Both teams will feature multiple Irish champions and the Connacht side our Swinford ladies also.

Parade of teams kicks off at 2pm

Thursday 2nd March


25 card Drive in aid of Swinford Golf Club in Gateway Hotel. €500 in prize money.

Thursday 2nd March 8pm


As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, there is a talk tonight in Melletts upstairs bar by Máire Uí Mhaolruaidh at 8pm. Refreshments served after. All welcome

Friday 3rd March 9-30pm


Fundraiser Quiz for Swinford National School in Gateway Hotel 9-30pm.

Friday 3rd March

Achonry Pioneer Total Abstinence Dinner Dance in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford

Saturday 4th March


Swinford Indoor Country Market at Swinford Cultural centre.

Delighted to announce that the talented Tommy Stenson Sean Nos Dancer will be providing the entertainment for our next market on Sat 4th March………our market coincides with Seachtain na Gaeilge so this will play a part in the entertainment along with some singing from more local talent.

With displays taking place from 11am at the Cultural Centre, then a FREE beginners workshop taking place from 12noon – it will be a great day out for all the family…….
Ever wanted to try out Sean Nos dancing for yourself – then come along & try it out…… event not to be missed. All welcome – please spread the word

Saturday 4th March


Book launch at Gateway Hotel at 4pm. Bernard O’Hara will official launch Jack Foley new book  Swinford Spalpeens: Aspects of Migration and Emigration from the East Mayo area 1815 – 1970.

Thursday 16th March


Table quiz in aid of Swinford Athletics Club upstairs in Melletts bar. Table of Four €40

Thursday 16th March


Information Night 16th March 9pm in Gateway Hotel

Macra na Feirme is an organisation for 17 to 35 year olds. Key activities include agriculture, sport, travel, drama, public speaking, social nights and community involvement. Come along to try out something new, meet new people and have some fun. For more information contact Ciara 0871888082.

Friday 17th March


For the 67 year running Swinford St Patricks Day Parade will begin at 3pm from Tesco and make its way around the town. This will be followed by the Aclare parade and on Saturday 18th the Foxford St Patricks Parade. Charlestown parade is at 1pm on Friday 17th.

Saturday 18th March


Steven Dunleavy Darts Memorial competition on Sat, 18th March at 9pm in Franks Place, Killasser. Come along and play – always a great night of darts and entertainment

Monday 20th March 8pm


Personal Development Presentation:

Who Am I? How can I be more myself? PRH (Personality and Human Relations), a School for Adult Growth offers a method of personal development which helps adults to discover who they are at the heart of themselves and to progress in living more of their true selves. Many people in over 30 countries have experienced the benefits of this powerful means for growth.

There will be a free presentation in the Cultural Centre,Swinford, on Monday March 20 at 8.00pm

All are welcome. Further informationMary Silke, PRH Educator 090 6624937

Friday 24th March


Scoil Muire agus Padraig present Spotlight Variety Show at 8pm. Admission Adult €10 Student/Child/OAP €5

Sunday 26th March


Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC are organizing a Tractor & Vintage Run on Sunday the 26th of March. Following up on the very successful New Years Day Fun Run, which raised over €2000 for Crumlin Childrens Hospital, the girls are this time teaming up with CROI (West of Ireland Heart & Stroke Foundation). So, polish up those tractors; whether Big, Small, New, Ancient or whatever and show your support on the 26th in The Swinford Tractor & Vintage Run

Weekend of 31st March-2nd April


Sean McDermotts GAA Birmingham

We are happy to announce that the Under 14 and Under 16 teams from Sean McDermotts Club in Birmingham will be coming to Swinford on the weekend of 31st March/2nd April.  This is part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Sean McDermotts GAA. On Saturday 1st April we will be hosting a Under 14 tournament between Swinford, Sean McDermotts, Ballyhaunis and Parke Kilcommin. Following this the Swinford Under 16 team will play Sean McDermotts Under 16’s.

Saturday 8th April


Fundraise for Oesophageal Fund Ireland will take place on the 8th of April.
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

Sunday 9th April

Fundraising Cake sale for Swinford Agricultural Show on Sunday 9th April.

Easter Weekend 14th – 17th April


On Good Friday Swinford Tidy towns will have their annual tidy towns clean up and on Easter Sunday they will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the woods at Swinford playground.

Easter Saturday 16th April


80’s Night with local DJ upstairs in Melletts in aid of Swinford Athletic Club with raffle. Tickets €10.


This page will be updated when more details are available.


Author: Douglas Kelly

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