Swinford Notes April 10th 2019

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Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation

Heartfulness, Relaxation and Meditation continues on Monday April 15th 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 & District Gardening Club


The next meeting of Swinford & District Gardening Club, in the Gateway Hotel, will take place on Tuesday 30th April at 8.30pm.

Margaret Mc Hugh will speak on ‘Growing Your Own’- vegetables, shrubs, flowers etc. She will be happy to answer your gardening questions on these topics. Everyone is welcome to attend. Non members €5.

Swinford & District Gardening Club Trip

Swinford & District Gardening Club will be taking a day trip to Loughrea on Saturday 4th May. We will visit Woodville House and walled gardens. A guided tour of the garden with the Head Gardener will be included. There will also be a tour of Dartfield Horse Museum and the beautiful Loughrea Cathedral. Breakfast and dinner included. Cost €65 euro. Enquiries or to book a place, please contact Angela on 0877917136

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.


Resilience Building Course for Children in Swinford Cultural Centre –

Course Starting on Tuesday 14th May 2019. 10 session programme run over 5 weeks, 2 days per week, with the aim of assisting 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 8-10 year-olds and from 5.30 to 6.30 for 11-13 year- olds.
Saturdays at 10am – 11am for 8-10 year-olds and from 11am to 12 midday for 11-13 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 5-week course is €120 (€20 deposit required to secure a place).
For more information about the course please click here.
Laura will also be running a Resilience Building Summer Camp in July, click here for more details.


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 fun games including Boccia, skittles, ball and bean bag games which are part of the Go for Life Games. A new parachute game was added in January where the idea is to balance a ball and other items on the parachute. We also added a horse-racing game and others. All games are designed to be played sitting or standing. Individuals and groups welcome.
Dates for the next few games held at the Cultural Centre Swinford 10.30am to12.30pm.
Thursday 11th April-Tomorrow
Thursday 9th May – Bealtaine Festival open day – includes demos of games music and dance session led by an experienced leader
Thursday 13th June
No expertise needed. Refreshments served including homemade cakes.
Further information contact Bridie 087 9049723 or come along and give it a try.

Swinford Comhaltas

This weeks Thursday evening Seisuin (11th) is in Horkan’s from approx. 9-30pm.

Thursday April 11th Horkans

Thursday April 18th Bolands

Thursday April 25th Melletts


Swinford Comhaltas News.

Michael Davitt CCE are hosting the Connacht Fleadh Cheoil in Swinford from July 1st to 7th and as part of our preparations we will be presenting a Spring Show – “Anois teacht an Earraigh” in the Cultural Centre on Saturday April 13th at 8.30pm.

The show will be a feast of music, song, dance and storytelling and the theme will be based on the customs, traditions and stories associated with Spring and the various feast days from St Stephen’s Day up to May Day. If you have any stories or know about traditions etc we would love to hear from you.


Musical Theatre Summer Camp/Workshops.

The Railway Players Variety Group in conjunction with Flare Musical Theatre Productions will run a Summer Camp for young people and a series of workshops for older teens and adults from August 12th to 16th. Participants will enjoy fun filled hours of choreography, singing and acting. More details to follow.

Swinford had a long and proud tradition of musical shows/pantomimes and The Railway Players are looking forward to reviving that tradition during this special Swinford 250 year of celebration


Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in Gateway Hotel and Julie Ryan won €544. The winning envelope was sold online.
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 Moores on Tuesday April 16th
Draw envelopes are available at €2 and 3 for €5 and online at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford GAA Fixtures: (subject to change)

Under 14 League Div 2

11th April 6-30pm Swinford v Kiltimagh

Minor League Division 3A

12th April 7pm Ballinrobe v Swinford

Under 14 Div 6

13 April 11-30 Aghamore v Swnford

13 April 12-15 Kiltimagh v Swinford in Aghamore

Under 16 League Div 3B

14th April 10-30am Swinford v Eastern Gaels

Intermediate Championship

14 April 3pm Ardnaree v Swinford

Under 12 Spring League

15 April 6-45pm Aghamore v Swinford

Under 16 League Div 3B

16th April 7pm Ballaghadereen v Swinford

Under 14 League Div 3

18th April 7pm Erris v Swinford

Minor League Div3A

19th April 7pm Balla v Swinford

Senior League Div 3

20th April 7pm Bonniconlon v Swinford

Minor League Div 3A

22nd April 2pm Swinford v Kilmeena

Under 12 Spring League

22nd April 7pm Swinford v Claremorris

Under 16 Div 3B

23rd April 7pm Swinford v Parke Keelogues Crimlin


Swinford Community Lotto

Swinford Community Lotto results for April 8th 2019

No winner of the Jackpot.
Winning Numbers


€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners

Terry Mellon, Meelick

MA & M.Clarke, C/O Andy Madden

3 Number winners

B.Henry Midfield


Next weeks Jackpot is €11,400

Next draw is on Monday 15th April in Moore’s Pub.


Swinford Golf/Soccer 250 Draw

Results of Draw No.3 in the Swinford Golf / Soccer 250 Draw which was held in the Sheepwalk Bar on Sunday 7th April 2019

€1000 Swinford GAA Club

€300 Sally and Paula Dunleavy, Castlebar

€200 Lorna Benson, Claremorris

Thanks for supporting our draw. All results are available on the Golf and Soccer websites. There are 2 draws every month for 12 months.

Golf Club Card Game

Results from Thursday 4th April were Peter Geraghty & Michael O’Neill, Brian Rowley & Gerry Ronayne, Tom Bredican and Philip Moore.

Sports were won by Gerry Ronayne & Brian Rowley, Carmel Timoney and Ronan Monaghan

Raffle prizes were won by Brian McNulty, Phyllis Bredican and Josie Prendergast

Game continues every Thursday night at 9pm


Swinford AC Spring Series

The Swinford AC Spring Series of runs continue. Below are the dates of each run.

Wed April 10th- Cloontia-6km

Wed April 17th- Midfield- 5km

Wed April 24th-Straide-5km

Wed May 1st- Callow-6km

Wed May 8th -Foxford-5km

Wed May 15th – Killasser-5km

Runs start at 7.15pm, Registration at 6.45pm at all venues. Entry fee: Members €2, Non Members €5.

Refreshments served after race. Everyone welcome to Walk, Jog or Run. All U-12’s must be accompanied by an Adult.

Contact: Peter Hynes-0879014211, Susan Nolan-0861797397, Michael Oliver-0868196511 for further details.


Swinford Cultural Centre

Below is a list of events happening this week in Swinford Cultural Centre, all in the cultural centre hall unless stated.



9am-2pm-MCC Meeting (Meeting Room)

10.30am-12.30pm-Swinford Go-Getters, “Go for Life Games”

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby-Bums & Tums

3.30pm-8pm-Morrison Ballet

7pm-9pm- Meeting (Meeting Room)

FRIDAY 12th:

8.30am-10.30am- Slimway


10am-4pm-ECM Dance

7pm-10pm-Swinford Comhaltas Concert

MONDAY 15th:

1pm-2pm-Pat Kirby Fitness-Yogalates


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

7.30pm-8.30pm-Pat Kirby Fitness-Yogalates


11am-5pm-ECM Dance

11am-12pm-Mother & Baby Group(Meeting Room)

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


1pm-4pm-Artists at Heart (Meeting Room)

7.30pm-8.30pm- Zumba with Magda

8pm-9pm- Active Minds (Meeting Room)


For Booking information contact: (094) 9052006/087-4007045 (9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday).


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.

Get Connected’ in 2019 – Computer/Internet classes for older learners

Age Action runs beginner and refresher computer/Internet classes (for people aged 55+ who have little or no computer experience, want to learn how to use their device or who are apprehensive of technology. Continuing in March 2019, classes will be held in Swinford Library on Wednesdays from 10:0 0 – 12:00pm. Each course runs for 5 consecutive weeks (2 hours per week) and there is no fee. Participants are generally taught on an individual basis (1:1) so this is a great opportunity to have your own tutor to help you ‘get connected’ in 2019. Laptops/iPads/iPhones/Tablets/Smartphones all welcome OR if you have no device we can provide one for you. For further information or to book a place on our waiting list, call Age Action on 091 527831. Spaces Limited. (NOTE: these classes are for beginners or for people who wish to refresh/build on their basic skills. One course per person – If you have already taken a course with Age Action since January 2017 you are not eligible to apply.)
At the moment we still have places for March classes in Swinford Library.


Healthcare Support Training

Mayo North East is organising a free Healthcare Support Training Course in Swinford for unemployed people or people in part-time employment. On successful completion of the course learners will have gained a Healthcare Support QQI Level 5 Major award.  Garda Vetting must be successfully completed. Training will commence one day per week in April  2019 and conclude October 2019. Please contact Dolores McNicholas on  0877704251 or email dmcnicholas@mayonortheast.com to register for the course. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

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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