Monday 20 November 2017

Photo exhibition shows Swords of old

Swords Parishes Brackenstown River Valley

Swords Parishes (Brackenstown, River Valley and Swords) Saturday 7 to Thursday 12 September 2013. Spiritual Leaders: Fr. Michael Carey, Fr. Paul Thornton. Price €695 per person sharing. Bookings: Parishes Offices (01) 8407277 Colette. (01) 8401188 Louise.


See the new exhibition in the window of 'The Star' on Main Street. Let us know if you are in the school photo in the window. Don't forget, Swords Historical Society are always glad to hear from you if you have old photos of the area to loan or donate. Phone 8400080- email:


THE Brackenstown Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes is taking place this year from September 22 to 27. For further details contact Anne Cantwell at 8403379 or 086 07779021.


The annual Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday June 30th at St. Colmcille's.Swords with Mass at 4 pm. This gives plenty of time to attend to tidying your graves.


Tom Cruise has found his roots in the Fingal area; maybe you can do the same. Fingal Genealogy is open weekdays from 1 pm to 4.30 pm at the Carnegie Library, North Street, Swords. Phone 8400080 email www. www.


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


If you happen to have school photos of 1940s especially the girls' school, they would like to hear from you. Phone 8400080. email:


4th June to 11th June 2013. Visit Santiago de Compostela capital of Galicia north west Spain, including the Cathedral and Pilgrim Mass. €795 per person sharing. For further details please contact the Parish Office at Tel: 8407277.


Swords Senior Citizens Club, Chapel Lane, Swords. Tel: 8407589. It has come to their attention that an unknown person has been soliciting funds on their behalf. They would like to make it clear that on no account have they ever given permission for such fundraising and that any person approached for money for the centre should report this to the Gardai.


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 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm to 4 p.m.


The current issue is still on sale at Audrey's Newsagents, North St., Swords Museum, Carnegie Library, and XL Newsagents, Main Street. The next issue will be the 20th is planned to be a bumper edition, so if you have a story to tell or photos to loan or donate please get in touch. Swords Historical Society phone 8400080 email:


Limited availability of hall hire and meeting room at the Centre. Email:


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

Irish Mass

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

Fingal Genealogy

Root Tracing Service for the Fingal area. Open weekdays 1 p.m. to 4.30 pm at the Carnegie Library, North St.,Swords. Phone 8400080 or email www.

Swords Lions Club

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 8pm in the Clarion Airport Hotel. New members are most welcome. If you are interested in joining or would like more details please contact Maurice Kealy on 086 8305917 or Marion Conneely on 087 9687903.

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:

Craic as Gaeilge

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 086 3814422. Fáilte roimh chách.

Fingal Genealogy

A genealogical service for those tracting their roots in the Fingal/North Dublin area. Open weekdays 1 p.m. to 4.30p.m Carnegie Library, North St. Swords, Co Dublin. Telephone 01-8400080, email: / www. Affiliated to the Irish Family History Foundation Ltd.

Bereavement Support

Help is at hand. Bethany trained members are available to provide support to those grieving after the loss of a loved one. This is a free, confidential service. The group meets on the second and last Monday of each month from 8.30 to 9.30 pm at the Parish Office, 42 North Street, and Swords. For further information please phone Mary at 8402652 or Bird at 086 6006397 after 6 p.m.

Fr. James Gilmore o.n.e.

The Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women - the Fr Gilmore Branch meet on the first Tuesday of every month (January-December). Members meet in St. Pauls F.C. Gracefield Ave., Artane, Dublin, 5 at 8.00 p.m. All Ex-Servicemen and women are welcome to become members of the branch. If you interested please contact Conor Swords 086 8634655 or Sean Shinners (01) 8401715.

Swords folk group

The Group sing at the new Saturday evening 6.30pm 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.

Boxing club

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).

Swords Toastmasters

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. Next meeting September 24th. 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

Prayer group meets

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.

Legion of Mary

(St. Colmcilles Parish) If you are willing to do voluntary work for your Parish, the Legion of Mary meets every Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the Parish Office, North Street. You are welcome to come and partake: Contact Angela at 8433024 or Sonya at 8401214.

St. Vincent de Paul

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.

Ceili classes (adults)

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

Meals on wheels

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.

Depression support

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

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 new friends or meet old friends.

Irish dancing

Grainne Griffin, TGRG at St Colmcille's GAA, Swords. 1 Hand Dance Classes starting on Wednesday May 4th 8.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Phone 087 9549066

Swords' ladies' club

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

Mrs Quinn's 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. 087 1394347.


Branch of Cómhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Next Monthly Session will take place on Wednesday with music by The Triskell Céilí Band. All are welcome to come along. Supper will be served. The Branch's weekly tin whistle and dancing classes are running each Wednesday in Glebe North FC Clubhouse, Market Green, Balbriggan. Tin whistle from 7p.m. - 8.30 p.m. and Adult dancing from 8.30 - 10.00 p.m.

Calling all Ladies

Remember Us - Special Needs Youth Group is looking for ladies to participate in the Women's Mini Marathon on June 3rd in aid of the club. All monies raised will go towards club activities and outings. If you wish to participate, you must enter either online or you can get an application in the Evening Herald on Wednesdays or Saturdays. If you are interested, please give Nora a call on 086 0457003 or e-mail for a sponsorship form.

O'Dwyers GAA Club

ARE hosting a Social Night of music and dancing with Liam Carter in their Clubhouse this Bank Holiday Sunday, May 5, commencing at 9.30 p.m. and invite everyone to come along. Supper will be served

O'Dwyers Culture Group

Fiddle and Set Dance Classes take place on Mondays and Tin whistle class on Tuesdays in the Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan. For further information please contact Freda at 086-3249476. 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.

Senior Citizens

Annual Holiday Away will take place to Sligo (The Southern Hotel) from Friday 7th to Tuesday 11th June (Four nights and five days). The cost, which covers transportation, accommodation and meals, is €389 per person - where required an additional single supplement will apply. A deposit of €50 is required as soon as possible to secure a place. For further information please phone 8412745, 086 3724647 or 086 3234590. 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 Scouts

Present The Fashion Show in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan on Thursday,May 16 at 8p.m. Tickets costing €10 per ticket or €50 for 6, are available from the Hotel Reception or any scout leader. All tickets will be entered into a raffle on the night! Please support this worthwhile event.

Flemington Community Centre

Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, May 19th from 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. This event promises to bring plenty of fun with a magic show, puppet show, a variety of bouncy castles, face painters and lots, lots more... This is a free event. However, no parking is available, so everyone is requested to go green and walk or get bus 104.

Fingal Independent

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