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An Craoibhín : Abbey House B&B : Paul Deane Appliance Repairs : Xtra Mile Wash & Valet Centre : Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant

Roscommon Herald 18th December

Herald-Mast-18th-DecemberThis week’s 18th December edition is one of particular interest and includes several ‘must-read’ articles:
• Extensive coverage of the aftermath of an eviction near Strokestown
• Plans unveiled for the Royal Hotel site and building
• Hundreds take to the streets of Castlerea in a show of solidarity for injured men
• Volunteer of the Year Award for Boyle resident Mary Clifford


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Sale of Castle Island halted after vulture fund forced to withdraw sale


McDermott’s Castle, Lough Key, in County Roscommon, which was set to go up for auction on December 13 along the half-acre of island land it stands on, was taken off the market because of a last-minute objections by the former owner to what he believed was the illegal efforts by the vulture fund which owned the castle to sell it.

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The Toon Team


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Grange National School Christmas Concert

Tuesday 18th December 7pm: Grange National School Christmas Concert “The Happiest Time of the Year”, in the School with refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

Tawnytaskin Community Centre – Flower Demonstration

Wednesday 19th December 7.30pm: Christmas Party Flower Demonstration. Angela East as always will put on a great display. Flo will provide the finger food with mulled wine and all the flower arrangements will be on offer for the raffle.
“Our grateful thanks to Angela who never disappoints and is always so generous. Admission €10 and tickets are available from Adam’s Apple (Boyle),
Boyle Credit Union and any Committee Member. For further information contact Ann on 086 813 005. Please BYOB. Limited seating so it is advised to get your ticket early.”

Violent incident near Strokestown …

Irish Independent: Gardaí are investigating a dissident link to a violent incident at a house in Co Roscommon which was at the centre of a “heavy-handed” eviction last week.
Yesterday morning (Sunday 16th), a group of more than 20 men raided a property in Falsk, Strokestown, armed with baseball bats and targeted security men hired to guard the farm and house on the land.

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Colour at Ardcarne Garden Centre


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View from the Bridge over the N4 – 16th December



St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter 16th December

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St Stephen’s Day Treasure Hunt

The annual charity treasure hunt will take place in Lough Key Forest and Activity Park at 230pm. Clues will be distributed by David, Aisling & team at the entrance to the Visitor Centre. Answers can be handed in at Clarkes’s Bar, St Patrick Street where the results will be announced. In aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice. A lovely traditional event since 1985 (perhaps even before that!).

Carrick Cineplex Fri 14th-Thu 20th Dec

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Christmas Lights Draw

A final countdown to win €1500 in cash for as little as €2 a line
Boyle Christmas Lights Cash Draw will be held on Friday next 21st December, raffle cards are available in all businesses in Boyle and we appeal to all to sell the lines and take part in the Cash Draw of €1500 in prizes. Lines are €2 each or 3 for €5. This year alone over €4000 has been spent on upgrading the lights infrastructure and acquiring our new Tree on the Crescent. The Christmas Cash Draw is the only fundraising done to ensure Boyle lights up for the festive season.
If businesses are in need of additional Raffle Cards please call 087 6352118 or call into Boyle Enterprise Centre, Quarry Lane, Boyle.
The lights team will be calling to all businesses next week and we appeal to all to have your cards and subscription ready to hand over for the Big Draw.

Ecumenical Carol Service 2018

Thursday 13th December: A large congregation enjoyed this year’s Ecumenical Carol Service in Boyle’s Church of Ireland.
The service included short readings by Rev Edward Yondel, Canon Gerry Hanly, Richard Kennedy, David Gillespie, Mary Ryan, a reading in Irish by Micheál O’Tuathail, congregation carols accompanied by Rev Yondel on Church Organ, a wonderful “Isn’t He Beautiful” presentation by Parochial School pupils and a choral presentation by St. Joseph’s Folk Choir.
The Church collection was in aid of Hospice


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Nativity Crib 2018 at Boyle Bridge


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Redevelopment of the Royal Hotel Site

Wednesday 12th December: At a specially convened meeting, members of Boyle Municipal District approved the Chief Executive’s Report on Redevelopment of the Royal Hotel Site, Part 8 Planning.
The proposed redevelopment of the Royal Hotel Site is to include:
• Demolition of outbuildings to the side and rear of the original main structure.
• Refurbishment works to the original main structure (internal and external) into an Enterprise Centre and Exhibition Space
• Works to include; roof repairs, replacement of windows, repairs/painting of interior/exterior walls, replacement of floors, removal of exterior window shutters, installation of a lift to rear of original building and installation of heating/electrical equipment
• Construction of a River Side Promenade with a canoe dock, lighting, seating and landscaping
• Construction of a new Civic Space with acoustic shell, lighting, seating and landscaping to the rear of the original main structure
• All other associated site and ancillary works
Present at the meeting were; Shane Tiernan (Ros Co Director of Services), Pat Murtagh (Ros Co Director of Services),  Philip Fleming (Ros Co local Area Engineer), Adrian Kielty and Alan O’Connell (Ros Co Engineers), Ros Co Cllrs, Michael Mulligan (Chair), John Cummins, Liam Callaghan, Eileen Callaghan (Ros Co Area Recording Secretary)
The meeting was informed that early works have already started with removal of asbestos from the site and that further works will commence early in 2019 with approximately €200,000 available now and later provided the further applied for €2.9 million comes on stream, of which an estimated €600,00 will be required for developing the 3-storey main structure
Cllrs expressed the urgency of the project, and it was suggested that the Royal Hotel project will be a catalyst for further developments in town towards Boyle 2040

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail agree extension to government deal

Shannonside News: The deal keeping the government afloat has been extended by a year with an election to be held early in 2020. Fianna Fáil will continue to support the current government for another budget and through 2019. Micheál Martin said it’s the right decision to provide certainty while Brexit is worked out.

Vodafone to trial 5G services

Vodafone is to trial the use of 5G as a way of providing home broadband access to people living in rural Ireland. The telecom company is to conduct tests in Roscommon, Gorey, Clonmel and Dungarvan covering 20,000 premises.
What is 5G exactly?
It’s the next – fifth-generation of mobile internet connectivity promising much faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections.
Imagine being able to download a high-definition film in a minute or so.
Is it very different to 4G?
Yes, it’s a brand new radio technology, but you might not notice vastly higher speeds at first because 5G is likely to be used by network operators initially
The chief executive of Vodafone here said “5G mobile technology could be used as a complementary rather than a replacement solution for bringing high speed broadband to rural Ireland”.

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The Fairies of Lough Allen & Lough Key

Watch Roscommon and Leitrim open up before your eyes, spilling secrets of long-forgotten saints, crumbling castles and the fairy-filled forests that surround Lough Key and Lough Allen await you on your next adventure!

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Galilee Community – Christmas Prayer and Social Gathering.

Thursday, December 20th at 8pm: You will be welcome to join us in Galilee Community .
The evening will begin with reflection on the mystery of Christmas. We will conclude with a social hour, mulled punch and mince pies.

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St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle – Christmas Crib 2018

St. Joseph's Church, Boyle - Christmas Crib 2018

Assylinn Boardwalk … it has been removed!!

Several years ago amid fanfare and speeches, a wooden 100 metre boardwalk was officially opened mostly for the benefit of anglers. Through the years, and little interest from anglers, the boardwalk became slippily dangerous, and weedful. Though attempts were made to improve the surface, it appears the OPW has finally completely removed the structure

Boardwalk, Assylin, Boyle


North West Simon Community – Little Black Dress Luncheon

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Boyle Ladybirds, Brownies and Girl Guides Christmas Jumper Party 2018


From Facebook … and I couldn’t say it better … a great afternoon !!

“Thank you soo much to each and every person who came to our Christmas jumper party today. We were honoured to have celebrity guests too. We had over 120 children in total. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and made goodies for our cake sale. Thank you to Santa for taking the time to visit us.

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The Crescent Bar Christmas 2018

Abbey Haven Christmas Party 8th December 2018

All around smiles, great music, dancing, food, beverages, free raffle, caring staff par excellence … all were present and evident for everyone in Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home on Saturday 8th December.
The fabulous sound and repertoire of Mary Rose and Enda gave life and a seasonal mix, while the guest appearance of stage fame Patrick Feeney was a delight as always. Traditional music was brilliantly represented with a ‘turn’ by a young lady (I’ll mention her name when my memory kicks in !!!)
Congratulations and thank you to Breege and Danny Mulryan for hosting yet another most enjoyable event




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Station Road Social Housing

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10 new state-of-the-art house are now ready for occupation. All of the 4 bungalows and 6 two storey houses feature the most efficient home heating systems available and were built by Boyle’s excellent Danny Mulryan C

Irish Language Classes (Cúrsaí Cainte Gaeilge)

Thursday 6th December: Participants in Micheál O’Tuathail’s Irish Classes were awarded Certificates for their achievements during the year. These classes have been taking place in Boyle Family Resource Centre during the past 10 weeks. Some students have been attending for the past few years and are continuing. The new programme will resume on February 7th 2019. Beginners and Improvers are welcome to enrol.
I took photos of some of the participants …


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Boles of Boyle Customer Appreciation Day Thursday 6th December


Models Dany and Olivia posed for photos displaying some of the many fashion garments in stock now at Boles of Boyle. The non-alcoholic mulled wine, mince pies and instore music by DJ Dermot were a bonus




Ireland West (Knock) Airport – thoroughly modern

I was delighted to renew my admiration for this wonderful West of Ireland facility. You will not find a friendly customer experience anywhere! On their Facebook page [here…] referring to the Airport’s new Visitor Discovery Centre you can read : “Our new Visitor Discovery Centre, which opened last Friday, is part of our ongoing transformation programme aimed at modernising the airport terminal and making the passenger experience a better one for our customers.”
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Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant


Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, St. Patrick Street, Boyle. Special Lunch and Evening Menus daily. Warm and friendly atmosphere guaranteed !!

Boyle Shop Windows Christmas 2018

Magees Fashion Shop

St. Joseph’s B.N.S. St Vincent de Paul Food Appeal

Please support our annual St Joseph’s Boys National School Food Appeal (non perishable items) for the local St Vincent de Paul, items can be dropped into the school before Thursday 20th December.

Boyle in Christmas Mode


Saturday 1st December: Santa arrived on the Crescent in a “blaze of glory” courtesy of Boyle Fire Service. He was welcomed by hundreds of happy folks, young and not-so-young and performed his traditional turning on of Boyle’s Christmas Lights. Our beautifully transparent lit-up Christmas Tree looks wonderful as well as this year’s street lights thanks to Boyle Chamber’s Lights Committee and David Connolly Electrical.
Activities on the Crescent for the turning on of the lights included the appearance of Elves from the Boyle Scouts providing hot chocolate and Nibbles, as well as face painting by Transition Year Elves from Abbey Community College.

Sean Carty’s Car Of The Week

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The Stairs Gastro Pub – Sunday Lunch

The Brexit Backstop … interpretation by Tony Conboy

A thoughtful well-researched guide to Brexit …

• So what exactly is a hard border?
• Why is the Irish Border such a big deal in Brexit?
• What exactly is the backstop?
• Why would there be a need for border checks?
• What backstop has the EU proposed as a solution?
• Does the UK like the EU’s proposed Backstop?
• Does anyone else NOT like the EU plan?
• What are the UK’s proposals for a wider EU-UK trade deal that might avoid a hard Irish border?
• What backstop has the UK proposed?
• Can a compromise be reached on the backstop?
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Eating out in the Boyle area

We have a number of very fine eateries in the Boyle area. You can be guaranteed a friendly welcome, excellent service and the very best of food from diverse menus in all of them. All establishments are taking orders now for Christmas Parties. Following here are just some of our venues, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER for eating out in the Boyle area …




Tai Chi Court Restaurant

Tara Marina Reataurant & Bar