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Swinford, historically called Swineford, is a town in County Mayo, Ireland. It is surrounded by the settlements of Midfield, Meelick, Culmore, Cloonaghboy, Killasser and other villages. It is on the N5 road, located 18 km (11 mi) from Ireland West Airport Knock (formerly known as Knock International Airport). Situated on a tributary of the River Moy, Swinford is known for its fishing waters, including the Callow lakes and the lakes of Conn and Cullin. Swinford was bypassed in 1993 by the N5 route and was the first town in Mayo to be bypassed. The town was the only urban centre in County Mayo to experience a population decline in the 2011 census.Swinford is used for the filming of TV show Hardy Bucks, as the fictional town of Castletown.EventsSwinford hosts one of County Mayo's largest summer festivals and has done since the mid-1980s: Siamsa Sraide Swinford, . This Street festival of pageantry, céilí dancing, and heritage displays depicts the traditions of East Mayo. This five-day festival takes place in the first week of August and features live bands playing open-air concerts as well as a heritage day, history walks and an international busking competition.EducationUp to the mid-1980s the town had 3 second level schools: St. Patrick's college, St. Mary's Convent and the Vocational school. All 3 schools amalgamated in August 1992 to Scoil Muire agus Padraig.TransportSwinford railway station opened on 1 October 1895, closed for passenger traffic on 17 June 1963 and finally closed altogether on 3 November 1975. At present there is work being carried out to reopen the line.
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