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Monday 22 July 2019

Fingal in focus: Swords, Balbriggan

Steven McLoughlin, Robbie Finnegan and Dave Donnelly at The Complete Stone Roses in the Chalk Venue, Swords
Steven McLoughlin, Robbie Finnegan and Dave Donnelly at The Complete Stone Roses in the Chalk Venue, Swords

Swords: Swords Senior Citizens Centre - The centre is open throughout the Summer so come along and enjoy the various activities: Sunday: Bowls 2 - 4pm Monday: Indoor Bowls 2 - 4 pm. Thursday: Cards (Whist) 2 - 4pm. Friday: Darts 2 - 4 pm.

Recent deaths

The death has occurred of Mr Thomas (Tommy) Hanratty who was well known locally. His funeral took place on June 25th after 10 am Mass at St. Colmcille's to adjoining cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife May and family.

Pilgrimage to Knock

St. Colmcille's Parish Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday August 10th. To book your seat please contact Mary at 087 2711376 or Ita 01 8402268. Coach costs €15.00 and departs 'The Star' at 8 am sharp. Evening meal in Percy French Hotel Strokestown (the cost is not included in the coach fare).

Brackenstown Pilgrimage to Lourdes

takes place from 19th 24th September. Cost per person is €759. For further information contact Susan Keane 01 8407100 or 085 847539.

Swords Folk Group

The Group now sing at the new Saturday evening 6.30 pm Vigil Mass in St Colmcille's Church (3 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.

Aware

A support and self-care group for people who experience depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions takes place every Tuesday at 7.45pm in Senior Citizens Centre. The group is free to attend and no referral is needed.

Books on local history

These make great presents for friends at home and abroad. The current issue of Swords Voices is on sale at the Card & Party Shop, Main Street and Swords Museum, Carnegie Library, North Street. Back numbers also available. Pj (01) 8400080.

Bereavement Support

BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP (Swords Parish) - Have you suffered the loss of someone special through bereavement? Would you like to talk to a trained bereavement support person who will listen and help you understand your grief and distress? You are welcome to attend the bereavement support meetings on second and last Mondays of every month at The Parochial |House Seatown Road, Swords. Start time 7.30 pm. This is a free confidential service and is offered to all Fingal residents. Further information please phone Terri 8403243.

St. Colmcille's group

Their twice monthly meetings are suspended with effect from 25th March until further notice. Hopefully this is a short interruption and meetings will resume as soon as possible

Lectio Divina

(St. Colmcille's Parish) The group have resumed their meetings on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to 8.00pm at the Parochial House, Seatown Road. All welcome to attend if interested in developing scripture in their lives.

Overseas Volunteers

Volunteer Carpenters, Builders, Media Specialists, Early Childhood Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Primary/Secondary Teachers, Accountants, Social Workers, Farmers required for placements in Missionsin Africa, SE Asia, and the Caribbean. No previous experience required no Upper age limit,.Volunteer training programme begins 22nd Sept. in Dublin. Open to all. Contact Viatores Christi 353-1-8689986 or email apply@viatoreschr

Swords Voices

The current issue is now available at the Card & Party Shop, Main Street, and Swords Museum, Carnegie Library, North Street. A varied collection of stories of the Swords of yesteryear. An interesting read at €5.00. Phone 01 8400080 or email: swordsheritage@gmail.com if you have a tale to tell for the next issue.

St Colmcille's parish choir

They need new members. You don't have to be a good singer as with practice you will improve. If you can get to the church for 11.15 Mass on Sundays, why not get in touch with Maurice at 085 8305917.Men and women of all ages are welcome. Starting again Sun. 2nd Sept.

Sunday Mass changes (St Colmcille's)

With effect from Sunday 1st July 2018, a new weekend arrangement is to come into place in Swords/Drynam Parish. SATURDAY Vigil 6.30 pm - Folk Group ( also Parish Schools Sacramental Programmes). SUNDAY 8.30 am Mass; 10.00 am Mass Drynam: 11.15 -Choir.The Sunday evening Mass for the grouping of Swords Parishes will be celebrated in St. Cronan's Brackenstown.

Oral History

Swords Historical Society are working on the 16th Swords Voices, so if you have a tale to tell about Swords of the past they would bedelighted to hear from you. Phone (01) 8400080 email: swordsheritage@gmail.com

Don't forget that Swords Historical Society is always interested in hearing from anyone who has a tale to tell about the Swords of days gone by. Memories are published in the Swords Voices series. PH: (01) 8400080

Craft Fair

A craft fair takes place on the last Sunday of every month from 2-6 pm in the Old Boro National School with a range of different sellers. It is run in aid of LauraLynn the children's charity. We are always looking for new crafters to join. If anybody would like any further information, please don't hesitate to contact Stephanie on 01 8084103. We would love to see as many people as possible come out to support local crafters and an amazing charity.

Swords I.C.A.

We meet in BASE Centre, Brackenstown Road Swords at 8 p.m. each Thursday. . Anyone is interested in joining, contact P.R.O. Mary Nugent at 086 3218167, for information on all their activities..

Swords Museum

The museum is open weekdays from 1.30 to 4.30 pm at the Carnegie Library, North Street. Also Fingal Genealogy for those who wish to trace their Fingallian roots. Phone (01) 8400080 email fingalgenealogy@ gmail.com

Defibrillator

The aim is to have the defibrillator in a housed coded unit in Swords; available to all members of the public should a person go into cardiac arrest. This is a fully voluntary group who respond to 999 calls of cardiac arrest, stroke, choking and heart attacks in Swords, in conjunction with NAS. Volunteers (resident in Swords, vetted, over 18 years and full license) are sought. See Face book page or email swordscfr@gmail.com. Full training given.

Computers for the terrified

If you are frustrated by your lack of computer skills why not check the courses in Computers, iPads & Tablets for older people… Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks and are free of charge. They are held in Balbriggan, Malahide, Swords and various locations in Dublin. Phone (01) 4756989.

Lions club

Swords and District Lions Club is all about giving something back to their community. Its motto is' We Serve' The club meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Maldron Airport Hotel. New members most welcome. If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact Maurice Kealy on 086 8305917 or Sean Quigley on 087 2440835. We are on Facebook.:

St Colmcille's Parish

Legion of Mary invites new members to join the weekly praesidium in the Parochial House, Seatown Road, Swords on a Monday evening at 7p.m

Aifreann Gaelach

All are welcome to attend the Irish language Mass at 11 a.m. each Sunday in the Church of the Visitation, Drynam, Kinsaley.

MEALS ON WHEELS
DRIVERS NEEDED - If you have an hour to spend each week they are looking for drivers to deliver meals to people in Swords area around mid-day. The role is purely voluntary, unpaid. Please contact Paul McCormack at PH: 0857232825.

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society's Driver Service are in need of drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin Hospitals (St. James, The Mater, Tallaght & St. Vincents) Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316642 or email; transport@irishcancer.ie. The society's new shop is now open at Dublin Street, Swords, (beside Eddie Rockets) Open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday. Phone 8902784.

Fingal Genealogy

Why not trace your roots - Office open at the Carnegie Library North St., Swords. Open weekdays from 1 p.m. to 4.30 pm - Extensive range of local records, photos etc. Phone 8400080 email: fingalgenealogy@gmail.com

St Vincent de Paul

The society is in urgent need of volunteers. Ever think of volunteering? It's a wonderful way to give something back, 3 or 4 hours a week is all that is required. Volunteers needed for home visitations and Vincent's shops. Please contact Siobhan Tyrrell at 01 81984814 or Siobhan.tyrrell@svpeast.ie

Vincents

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 Language Conversation Group

Fingallians GAA Club each Wednesday at 9 pm. Suitable for all levels. Further information from Liam at 086 3814422. Failte roimh chách.

O.N.E. meetings

O.N.E. (Organization FOR EX-SERVICEMEN & WOMEN).The Fr. James Gilmore Branch is now recruiting. How you can join 'ONE'. As a full member you must be a former/retired serving member of the Defence Forces, Civil Defence, Red cross and An Garda Siochana. As an Associate-Member open to anyone who would like to be affiliated to a branch of O.N.E. As a friend of O.N.E. open to anyone who simply wishes to support O.N.E. in its work and endeavours. Meetings held on the 2nd Thursday of each month in St. Paul's Football Club, Gracefield Ave., Artane, Dublin, 5 at 8.00 pm. Come along or contact Chairman 086 8444600 Secretary/PRO 086 3619167 Treasurer 087 9611945.

Counselling Service

Do you need help with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties or any life crisis situation? There is a voluntary community service at BASE Resource Centre, Brackenstown, Swords. For appointment please phone 8902596 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or leave a message at anytime. Your call will be returned.

Parish Centre for hire

ST. COLUMBA'S PARISH CENTRE, SWORDS Limited availability of hall hire and meeting room at the Centre. Email: oldboroughschool@gmail.com

East Coast Toastmasters

We 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.

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 contact Seamus 087 8144149 or Eoin 086 0397422,

Adult Ceili classes

Classes at Scoil an Duininnigh, Kinsealy, Swords. Mondays 8.30 pm to 10 pm Beginners welcome. Phone 087 9549066.

Senior Citizen 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 some new friends or meet old friends?

Swords Ladies Club

Members meet every Tuesday upstairs in the Senior Citizens Centre at 8.30 pm 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.

Balbriggan

Music classes

Weekly tin whistle every Wednesday. Children 7.00 - 7.30. Adults 8.00 - 8.30. Then we have set dancing from 8.30 to 10.00. All new members welcome. All the adbove held in the Glebe North.

Writers' Group

The Balbriggan Writer's Group meets every Saturday in the library from 11am until 1pm. New members are always welcome - just come along on the day! Email: balbrigganlibrary@fingal.ie

Junior park runs

The Junior Park Run at Bremore Castle continues this Sunday at 9.30am. Junior parkruns are 2km long and cater for 4 to 14 year olds, free of charge providing a fun and safe environment for children to enjoy. exercise. For further information contact www.parkrun.ie.

Creative Writing Classes

At Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Have you decided this is the year you'll see your name in print, on the cover of a novel or in the form of a memoir or short story?

These classes will help you put a shape to your story and give you the building blocks to fulfil your dreams. Beginners welcome.

Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Saturdays 3-5pm , ongoing. Fee €14 per class

To book, please contact Ross on 085 1395 320. E: ros1_@hotmail.com

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