swinford 250

 Swinford celebrates 250 years with a year-long calendar of festivities – come and be a part of it!

Drenched in history Swinford has a rich cultural heritage dating back to 1769 and beyond.  This year, in a year-long celebration of its history as a bustling market town in the heart of East Mayo, the people of Swinford are throwing open their arms and inviting anyone with a connection to the town and county to visit and participate in “Swinford 250 & More”. The official launch of Swinford 250 & More, hosted by Angelina Nugent, will take place on Thursday 14th March  from 7-9pm in the Gateway Hotel,

‘Swinford 250 & More’ was the brainchild of the Swinford community, which enthusiastically has come together to develop, not just a single event but a series of celebrations of Swinford’s rich cultural story taking place throughout 2019. The programme is varied and diverse. There are family reunions, clan gatherings, sports fixtures, conferences, music festivals, craft and interactive historical events, all with a unique and vibrant Swinford flavour.

Chairman of the ‘Swinford 250 & More’ Committee, Cathal Kelly, said; “ 2019 is an opportunity for Swinford people to celebrate, remember, commemorate and leave a legacy.  Everyone Past Present and Future has something to offer.  Let’s make it a major moment of civic pride and a brilliant recognition of everything we love about Swinford and our fantastic community.  Be a part of Swinford 250 & More.”

The initiative is primarily directed at the Irish diaspora worldwide and those with links to the town and county, with the hope of encouraging them to reconnect with the town.  The organisers are also eager to enhance the experience of tourists and other visitors to the Swinford region by giving them opportunities to enjoy Swinford’s hospitality and partake in events.

Swinford has traditionally been the gateway to North Mayo. By channelling Swinford’s proud cultural and musical heritage it is hoped that the ‘Swinford 250 & More’ initiative will bring economic revenue into the town, commemorating historical connections, forging new ones and creating a reason for visitors to return to the town in future years.

More information on the year-long programme can be found on the Swinford 250 & More Facebook page or www.Swinford.ie/250.

14th – 17th March – Swinford St. Patrick’s Day Festival Weekend
14th March – Press Night
Venue: Gateway Hotel Swinford, Time: Thursday 8.00 p.m.

15th March – Swinford Drama Group
presents “For Better For Worse”
Venue: The Front – Gateway Hotel Swinford, Time: 8.00 p.m.

16th March – Launch of Conor Walsh’s New Album
“The Lucid”
Venue: The Front – Gateway Hotel Swinford, Time: 8.00 p.m.

17th March – Swinford St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Theme: Past, Present and Future
Venue: The Streets of Swinford at 3.00 p.m.

13th April – Swinford Comhaltas Spring Show
Theme: Anois teacht an tEarraigh.
Venue: Swinford Cultural Centre 8.30 p.m.

21st April – Easter Sunday Kiddies Easter Egg Hunt
250 and More Eggs up for grabs
Venue: The Woodlands Swinford, Time: 2.00pm

11th May – Swinford’s First Darkness Into Light Walk
Venue: Swinford Town and Brabazon Park, Time: 4.15 a.m.

31st May – Visitors Welcome Home Session
Venue: White House 8.00pm.

1st June – Bank Holiday Saturday, Film Screening
“All Our Yesterdays”
Venue: Gateway Hotel Swinford, Time: 7.00p.m

2nd June – Bank Holiday Sunday –
“An American Wake”
Venue The White House 8.00p.m.

23rd June – Bonfire and Barbecue
Venue: Community Centre, Time: 8.00 p.m.

1st – 7th July – Connacht Fleadh Cheoil
Venue: Various town locations throughout the week

22nd – 26th July – Cúl Camps
Venue GAA Pitch 9am – 3.00pm

29th July – 2nd August
Síamsa Sráide Creative dance
Venue: Swinford National School 10am – 1.pm

29th July – 2nd August – Scoil Ceol
Venue: Swinford National School 3.00pm – 6.00pm

1st – 7th August – Síamsa Sráide
Venue: Various town locations throughout the week

25th August – Swinford Agricultural Show
Show Ground. Time: 8.00am- 6.00pm

6th & 7th September – Market/Chapel Street Reunion
Venue: Market Street, Time: all weekend

24th – 28th October – Féile Na Samhna
Venue: Various locations in Swinford town

29th November – 7th December
Swinford Shopping Bonanza
Venue: Various town locations throughout the week

29th December – Swinford 250 & More Gala Night
Venue: Gateway Hotel, Time: 7.00pm