Swinford, a former market town, is situated on the N5, on a tributary of the famous River Moy. This lively town is only 10 miles from Knock International Airport, and 20 minutes drive from Mayo's capital town, Castlebar. Its range of quality services and activities make it ideal for holiday makers. Swinford is renowned for its fishing waters, in particular the Callow lakes which yield excellent brown trout. Swinford is also within close proximity of the great fishing lakes of Conn and Cullin.
Congratulations to the town of Swinford which will host the Mayo Fleadh Cheoil 2014 from May 9th to May 11th.
Preserving and celebrating Irish folklore is the inspiration behind a book published in Ireland for Midfield, Swinford, A Story Told to Us Last Night
A superb 9 hole golf course is one of Swinford's finest features and is located in Brabazon Park, near the town centre.
Pony trekking and nature walks are among the many activities open to the visitor, and in the evenings there is often Irish traditional music in the town's pubs.
A wealth of archaeological sites are within walking distance of the town, which is an excellent base from which to tour many of Mayo's visitor attractions including Croagh Patrick, Ceide Fields and the Foxford Woollen Mills.
Swinford hosts one of the County's largest summer festivals: Siamsa Sraide Swinford, (Fun in the Streets of Swinford). This Street Festival takes place annually over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. This is a festival of Pageantry, Ceili Dancing, and Heritage Displays depicting much of the tradition of East Mayo.
During the festival a special day is devoted to Swinford's heritage, called "Beal Atha na Muice, Fado Fado", where visitors are invited to step back in time as shop fronts are changed and vintage cars as well as many historical and heritage items are on display.
Highlights include Open Air Dancing to some of Ireland's well known bands, and an International Busking Competition.
Siamsa Sraide provides entertainment for all the family and visitors will bring away many fond and lasting memories of their visit to this progressive town.