Predicting is not a science, nor is it an art. It’s just about looking into the glass jar trying to get an insight into what could happen. Apart from all that is planned for Swinford in 2019, and especially the events surrounding the 250 year celebrations of the town where all that is promised will happen, National and International events will pop up which may or may not have a bearing on us all.

In local matters, the town will experience a year of celebrating with births, marriages, reunions, festivals, etc. There will also be the usual passing away of both old and not so old. Ce La Vie.

‘The History of Swinford’ by Michael Comer will be published.

A new Bishop of Achonry/Killasser will be appointed.

The weather will be on a par with 2018 with a cold spell in March/April and a glorious summer lasting until the end of September. Builders will rise earlier and end their days work by 2pm.

Realisation and inevitability will finally dawn on the Tory Party and common sense will prevail. Brexit will not happen and calm will return to all spheres. Serious monies will be made overnight for all who have purchased sterling and shares before the decision is made.

The European and Local Elections will see many changes of personnel. In the Swinford Electoral Area one sitting Mayo County Councillor will be deposed due to a raft of new and talented candidates. Fine Gael will become the leading party in Mayo County Council. The European Elections will see several right wing candidates entering the contest and threatening the present structure. Immediately afterwards, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will call a General Election and will go within a shout of getting an overall majority. In Mayo, results will go down to the wire and only after protracted recounts and legal challenges.

President Donald Trump will board the impeachment bus and settle in Co. Clare.

Property prices will stagnate nationwide.

Thousands of new affordable homes will become available and have a huge effect on the plight of the homeless.

Non alcoholic lager will be widely available on draught.

Aras Attracta will remain open.

After an objection is overruled, the construction of a new bridge at Cloongullane will finally commence.

In sport, all of our local champions, Eoghan Lavin, Michaela Walsh, Maeve Gallagher will continue to break records and are on the verge of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

All bicycles will have a number plate.

Mellett’s Darts Team will qualify for the final stages of the league.

Swinford Men’s Footballers will qualify for the county final and with the result down to the wire; it will go to a replay. A player from the team will get called up by James Horan.

Rugby will continue to prosper with a major match being played in Swinford.

The Amenity Park will allow the men’s GAA to use the facility.

On the national GAA front, a motion will be put to congress to allow lady footballers to be allowed to play with their male counterparts in the Championship. The proposal will be defeated but only narrowly, leading to many questions being asked, and in particular are the women of Ireland gaining overall control of everything?

Dublin will be defeated, with the All Ireland being contested by Mayo and Kerry. Galway will triumph in the hurling.

Rachel Blackmore will tackle the Aintree fences and the Grand National will be won by a 100/1 outsider. Gordon Elliott will be the leading trainer at Cheltenham and Galway. Battle Over Doyen will win the Supreme Novice Hurdle.

There will be a major lotto winner in Swinford.

Mellett’s Emporium will move closer to celebrating its 225th Anniversary.

It’s probably all far fetching but you never know. Let’s review in January 2020.


Go meirimid beo ar an am seo arís.


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