Tuesday 23 January 2018

In Brief

Rantin & Ravin by Lorcan Farrelly, a CD of humorous poems, is on sale in aid of AWARE. If you would like support a good cause you can buy the disc for €10. Phone Lorcan AT 087 0531322 email:


Rantin & Ravin by Lorcan Farrelly, a CD of humorous poems, is on sale in aid of AWARE. If you would like support a good cause you can buy the disc for €10. Phone Lorcan AT 087 0531322 email:


The 20th Swords Voices was launched recently and is now available at Audrey's Newsagents, North St.,& 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.


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


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


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


Change of arrangement for booking baptisms: 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 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm to 4 p.m.


The Club for retired professional and business people meet on alternate Wednesday at the Carnegie Court Hotel, North Street, Swords.


Irish mass takes place at 11 a.m. in Church of the Visitation, Drynam on Sundays.


Root tracing service for the Fingal area. Open weekdays 1 p.m. to 4.30 pm at the Carnegie Library, North Street, Swords. Phone 8400080 or email


Swords Lions Club is all about members giving something back to their community. Its motto is 'We Serve'. The group meets on the second Monday of each month, at 8 p.m. in the Clarion Airport Hotel. New members are most welcome. If you are interested in joining or would like more details, contact Maurice Kealy on (086) 8305917 or Marion Conneely on (087) 9687903.


We meet on alternate Tuesdays at Airside Premier Inn. If you wish to improve your speaking skills why not check out their website:


Fingallians GAA have an Irish Language conversation group for all levels in the clubhouse each Wednesday at 9 p.m. Fun and free. For further information contact Liam on (086) 3814422.


The group 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.


Training on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8. pm on Thursdays at River Valley Community Centre, Swords. Please phone for further details 8401065 (Mick Farrell).


Does the thought of public speaking or making a presentation terrify you? Public speaking and presentations are a part of life for most students, business people and many volunteers. There is a simple solution to glossophobia (fear of public speaking). It's not only simple it's fun, it's supportive, it's not expensive and you set your own pace. Join Swords Toastmasters and improve your public speaking, presentation and leadership skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

We meet in the Carnegie Court Hotel every second Monday. Come along and have a look! No commitment and a great welcome. We'll even give you a cuppa, call Robbie on 086 4021225 or e mail us on


Meet every Wednesday night at 8 pm in the Emmaus Retreat Centre in Swords. This is a Charismatic prayer group and new members are very welcome.


Supporting the work on the Society of St Vincent de Paul, 1 Castle Shopping Centre, Swords. Phone 8400752. Large range of stock available. Why not give them a call.


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


Volunteer drivers are always needed to deliver meals in the Swords area around mid-day. It would take no more than an hour of your time and can be done on a fortnightly basis. Please call Joan on (087) 6963813.


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


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 appointment please phone 8902596 10 a.m. to 1 pm or leave a message at anytime.


Members meet every Tuesday upstairs in the Senior Citizens Centre at 8.30 pm New members always welcome.


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. 087 1394347.



The Christmas Season will get under way in Balbriggan at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 22, with the arrival of Santa Claus to Balbriggan Town Centre just in time for the turning on of the Christmas Lights. Georges Square will come alive for a wonderful festive event for the whole community to enjoy with a variety of Christmas musical and street entertainment. Balbriggan Town Council and Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce with the support of Fingal County Council are making a special effort again this year to promote Balbriggan during the busy Christmas Season and everyone is urged to support local businesses this year. For those attending the turning on of the Christmas lights and the festive event, free parking is available at the church car park and the Quay Street car park. Don't forget to enter the very popular Christmas Lights competition, where one lucky child will be selected to turn on the Balbriggan Christmas Lights and receive a fabulous prize of a Sony Playstation 3. Entry forms for the Christmas Lights Competition are available in the Town Hall, Goldsmiths Jewellers and Supervalu.


Balbriggan Senior Citizens Group Social will take place on Sunday next in the Senior Citizens' Hall, High Street, Balbriggan at 4 p.m. All aged 60 plus are welcome to come along.

Balbriggan Senior Citizens Annual Christmas Party for those 66 or over will take place on Sunday, December 15th at 5p.m. in The Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan. Tickets cost €15 each. Those interested in attending should contact any of the Committee or call 086 3234590, 086 3724646 or 8412745, as booking is necessary.

Balbriggan Senior Citizens Group invite all senior citizens over the age of 60 to drop-in to the Senior Citizens Hall, High Street, any weekday morning from 10.00 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.

Balbriggan Senior Citizens Group 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 and District Horticultural Society present an illustrated talk 'Winter Colour in the Garden' by Miss Dominica McKevitt, Head Gardner Ardgillan, in the Scout Den, Market Green, on November 21st at 8.30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and a raffle. All are welcome to come along. There is a Table Quiz in aid of Remember us in Skerries Rugby Club on Saturday 23rd November club at 8.30 p.m. sharp. The cost is €5 per person and everyone is invited to come on out and support this worthwhile cause.


The fifth Balscadden Community Hall Christmas Fair is taking place on Sunday 24th November between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plenty of home baking, needle work, bottle stall, lucky dip, raffle, crafts and a lot more, all donated by the local community for sale to raise funds for the local St Benignus School, Balscadden, community facilities and St Marys Special School. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be available.


Balbriggan Branch of Cómhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann weekly tin whistle and dancing classes are running each Wednesday in Glebe North FC, Clubhouse Market Green, Balbriggan. Tin whistle from 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. and Adult dancing from 8.30 – 10.00 p.m. All are welcome to come along.


Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Christmas Cards and 2014 Calendars are now on sale throughout North County Dublin. Packs of 8 assorted cards which cost €6 and the calendar costs €8 can be purchased in Balbriggan from Joe and Teresa Corcoran's Pet Shop, High Street; Pat Baxter Butcher, Clonard Street; Imelda's Hair Salon, Bridge Street; Wishes Gift Shop, Dublin Road; Cuddles Pet Shop, Millfield Shopping Centre; Hayes and Associate's Podiatry/Chiropodist. Clonard Street; Lissenhall Vets, Dublin Road and Swords. In Skerries - Stacks Pharmacy; Skerries Hardware; Strand Street Pharmacy, Lissenhall Vets, Rush - Skerries Road and from Gerard in the Pictures and Framing Shop Skerries (opposite Super Valu). In Rush – from Carmel in Stitch Alterations, Main Street; and Trevor in Or Design, Rush. For further information on the Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind contact 085 766 3107 or email


O'Dwyers GAA Club Culture Group's fiddle classes run each week in the Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan 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.


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.


Balbriggan Indoor Craft Fair will take place each Sunday from 10a.m. - 3.p.m. in Glebe North FC on Market Green. Come along and support all the Local people who put so much effort into their crafts. Free parking.


St George's Annual Table Quiz will take place on Thursday 28th November at 8.00 p.m. in The Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan. Table of four costs €40 and all proceeds are in aid of St George's Church, Balbriggan. For further information please contact Mr Robert Cashell on 086 2421880.


Balbriggan Meals on Wheels Chrisitmas Fair will take place on Saturday 30th November at 2.00 the Order of Malta Hall. Admission is €2. All Welcome!

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