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Published 21/01/2014 | 05:32

BLOOD donor clinic.

A blood donor clinic will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, January 22 and 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Fingallians GAA Club, Lawless Memorial Park, Swords (off Estuary Roundabout). Please help to ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. Donor Line: 1850 731 137.

SCHOOL OPEN DAY

An open day will take place at St. Colmcille's Girls School this Wednesday, January 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. All welcome. Enrolment for girls starting school in September takes place from January 27 to 31 from 9 to 10.30 a.m. each morning. Baptismal Certificate must accompany all forms.

SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Application forms for enrolment for boys starting school at St. Colmcille's Boys School in September 2014 are available at the school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Completed forms must be returned by January 31. Baptismal Certificate must accompany all forms.

RECENT DEATHS

Local historians in the area were sorry to hear of the death of Paddy Weston of Lusk Heritage Group. Paddy was devoted to promoting the history of Fingal for many years. His memories have been included in an early edition of 'Swords Voices'. Sincere sympathy is extended to his family and friends.

The death has occurred of local man Noel Flynn of Glassmore Park. His funeral took place on Wednesday, January 15, to Rolestown Cemetery after Mass at St. Cronan's Church. Condolences to his family and friends.

PARISH HOLIDAY

St Colmcille's Parish (Swords and Drynam) has planned a parish holiday for Tuesday to Tuesday, June 3 to 10. Splendors of Veneto based in Sottomarina on the Adriatic Coast. Price €795 per person sharing. Further particulars from Colette at the parish office Ph: 8407277.

FINGAL HERITAGE NETWORK

An enjoyable and interesting evening was had by those who attended 'Fingal Local History in 19 Items' at the Carnegie Court Hotel recently. Ten Heritage Societies from all over Fingal gave presentations and displayed memorabilia from their own areas. Email. fingalheritagenetwork@gmail.com

SWORDS VOICES

The 20th Swords Voices is available at Audrey's Newsagents, North Street, and Swords Museum and XL Newsagents Main Street. Read Shane Redmond's account of how the town was developed, living on North Street, Frank Redmond's Fingal Fairy Tale, The Lockout in Swords, Seatown Villas, and much more. A great read for €5. Phone 8400080, email swordsheritage@gmail.com.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Bethany trained people are available to provide support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. This is a free, confidential service. The group meet on the second and last Monday of each month from 7.30 pm to 8.30pm at the Parish Office, Parochial House, Seatown Road, Swords. For further information, phone Mary at 8402652 or Brid at (086) 6006397 after 6 pm. Open to all Fingal residents

EX-SERVICEMEN,

Fr. James Gilmore Branch meets on the first Tuesday of Every month in St. Paul's, Gracefield Ave., Artane, Dublin 5 at 8 p.m. Chairman: Dessie O'Hara, (086) 8444600; Secretary: Sean Shinners, (086) 3619167; Treasurer: John Whelan, (087) 9611945. New Members always welcome.

PARISH OFFICE

St. Colmcille's Parish Office is now open at The Parochial House, Seatown Road. Telephone as before 8407277

FINGAL GENEALOGY

Fingal Genealogy is open weekdays from 1 pm to 4.30 pm at the Carnegie Library, North Street, Swords. Phone 8400080, email swordswheritage@gmail.com

AIFREANN AS GAEILGE

Ceilliurfar Aifreann as Gaeilge I Seipeal Na Cuairte Naofa, I n Drinean gach Domhnach as seo amac at 11 a clog are maiden.

Mass in Irish will be celebrated at the Church of the Visitation, Drynam each Sunday at 11 a.m.

BAPTISMS

Change of arrangement for booking Baptisms at St. Colmcille's Church: Parents requesting baptism for their child please call to the Parish Office, 42 North Street to complete a Baptism Registration Form. Please bring baby's Birth Certificate. Parish Office Hours are Monday to Friday 9.15a.m to 12. 30 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm to 4 p.m.

PARISH CENTRE

St. Columba's Parish Centre in Swords has limited availability of hall hire and meeting room. Email: oldboroughschool@gmail.com

PROBUS

The club for retired professional and business people meets on alternate Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. at the Carnegie Court Hotel, North Street, Swords.

EAST COAST TOASTMASTERS

The East Coast Toastmasters meet on alternate Tuesdays at Airside Premier Inn. If you wish to improve your speaking skills why not check out their website: www.eastcoasttoastmasters.com?

PIOSA CRAIC, PIOSA GAEILGE

Fingallians GAA have an Irish Language conversation group for all levels in the clubhouse each Wednesday at 9 p.m. Call: Liam on (086) 3814422. Fáilte roimh chách.

SWORDS FOLK GROUP

The group now sing at the new Saturday evening 6.30 p.m. Vigil Mass in St Colmcille's Church (three Saturdays a month). They are eagerly recruiting musicians and singers to come and join in song. Contact Zita at (087) 6240608 or meet the group after Mass.

FINGAL BOXING CLUB

Now training on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8. pm on Thursdays at River Valley Community Centre, Swords. For further details, call Mick Farrell on 8401065.

SWORDS TOASTMASTERS

Does the thought of speaking in public or making a presentation fill you with anxiety? Public speaking, presentation and leadership skills are especially important particularly in the current economic climate for job interviews, business meetings or as part of a voluntary group. Toastmasters offer you an opportunity to improve your public speaking, presentation and leadership skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Swords Toastmasters Club meet on alternate Mondays at 8 o'clock in the Carnegie Court Hotel in North Street, Swords.

Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information please contact Seamus 087 8144149 or Eoin 086 0397422.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Supporting the work on the Society of St Vincent de Paul, 1 Castle A Shopping Centre, Swords. Phone 8400752. Large range of stock available.

IRISH DANCING CLASSES

Grainne Griffin TGRG is holding classes at St. Colmcille's GAA Club, Swords, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. For further information, call (087) 9549066.

ADULT CEILI CLASSES

Ceili classes at Scoil an Duininnigh, Kinsealy, Swords. Mondays 8.30 to 10 p.m. Beginners welcome. Call (087) 9549066.

AWARE

Support through depression. Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of others, providing vital information and emotional support. If you would like to know more contact John Bennett, Volunteer Support Officer Aware, Ph: 6617211 email: johnbennett@aware.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

Do you need help with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties or any life crisis situation? There is a voluntary community service at BASE (Brackenstown Adult Scene of Education) For an appointment, call 8902596 10 a.m. to 1 pm or leave a message. Your call will be returned.

SENIOR CITIZENS CENTRE

You are welcome to come along and take part in the activities and participate in classes. You may enjoy a cup of tea, a chat, read newspapers or relax after shopping. The Centre opens at 10 a.m. Monday to Friday. For information phone 8407589 or call to the centre at Chapel Lane, Swords. Why not drop in and make new friends or meet old friends?

SWORDS LADIES CLUB

Members meet every Tuesday upstairs in the Senior Citizens Centre at 8.30 p.m. Activities include trips to the theatre, musical shows, talks on topics of interest and activities participating in Federation of Women's Clubs competitions. New members always welcome.

MRS QUINNS CHARITY SHOP

Open at River Mall (opposite Wise Owl). Donations of clothes, bric-a-brac, books etc gratefully accepted. All proceeds in aid of National Council for the Blind Phone 087 1394347

BALBRIGGAN

SENIOR CITIZENS SOCIAL

The Balbriggan Senior Citizen's Group Social will take place on Sunday next in the Senior Citizens Hall, High Street commencing at 4 p.m., to which all those aged 60 and over are invited.

SENIOR CITIZENS GROUP

Balbriggan Senior Citizens invite all senior citizens over the age of 60 to drop in to the Senior Citizens Hall, High Street, any weekday morning from 10 a.m. – 12 noon for a chat, cup of tea, read the papers, watch television or enjoy any of the activities taking place in the centre.

SENIOR CITIZENS BINGO

Weekly Bingo sessions take place on Tuesdays in the Senior Citizens Hall at 8.30 p.m. You do not have to be a senior citizen to attend the Bingo.

BALBRIGGAN MEALS LIMITED

Wish to acknowledge and thank everyone who helped and supported their recent raffle for Meals on Wheels. Congratulations to the winners: Fr Paul Dunne, John Flannery and Greg Vlodowlin. Special thanks to Brian Carrick and staff in SuperValu who sponsored the first prize. Thanks also to Barney Finnegan who sponsored the tickets.

CELTIC BOXING CHALLENGE

The Bracken Boxing Club presents the Celtic Boxing Challenge with the Bracken Boxing Club selection v a Welsh Selection in the Bracken Boxing Club, Station Street, Balbriggan on Saturday, January 25. The first bout kicks off at 7.30 p.m. sharp. Tickets €10 each. All are welcome.

CCE CLASSES

Balbriggan Branch of Cómhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann tin whistle and dancing classes run every second Wednesday in Glebe North FC, Clubhouse Market Green, Balbriggan. Tin whistle from 7 – 8.30 p.m. followed by Adult dancing from 8.30 – 10 p.m. All are welcome to come along.

BLOOD CLINIC

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service need blood donors. IBTS Mobile Clinics will be visiting the North County from February 24 to 27 so please mark this in your diary. Further information will follow. Give Blood to Save a Life.

CULTURE GROUP CLASSES

O'Dwyers GAA Club Culture Group's classes run each week in the Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan; fiddle classes on Mondays at 4.30 p.m.; Set Dancing classes for Juniors (7.30 p.m.) and Adults (8.15 p.m.) are also running on Mondays and all are invited to come along. Tin whistle classes take place on Wednesdays at 4.30 p.m.

BINGO

There is Bingo every Wednesday Night at 8.45 p.m. in O'Dwyers GAA Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan, where Great Prizes can be won. Everyone is welcome to come along.

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