Saturday’s Weather

TODAY – Saturday 3rd December: Largely dry today, although some patchy rain or drizzle is expected in the afternoon and evening. Staying mostly cloudy with just the occasional bright spell. Fairly cool with highs of just 6 to 9 degrees.

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

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Boyle Christmas Lights 2022

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November to December is somewhat of a “crossing the rubicon” as we head towards yet another Christmas. Businesses and homes take on their Christmas garb with lighting and decorations.
I will add photos daily as we approach the Holy Season

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Boyle Active Age Group

Thursday 8th December at 2.30pm in the Family Resource Centre, Military Rd., Boyle.
Having completed a nine-year circumnavigation, with his late wife Olivia, renowned sailor & adventurer Pat Murphy’s part one presentation on their 18-month 8,500-mile sail from Ireland through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean promises to be a most enjoyable and informative presentation for both sailors and NON SAILORS alike. EVERYBODY WELCOME.
Pat can be contacted at 087 253 13 41 or email; at patandolivia@hotmail.com
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Drugs in every town & village in Ireland – Feighan

Junior Minister of State Frank Feighan says that there’s a problem with drugs in every town and village in the country.
Minister Feighan says it’s clear that illegal drug use is no longer confined to urban areas, and that the Government plan to tackle this through a health and education approach.

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New drug testing device

Gardaí will deploy a new drug testing device for drivers from today, to coincide with the start of their Christmas and New Year road safety campaign.
They deliver results in around eight minutes and can test for cannabis, cocaine, benzodiazepines and opiates, as well as amphetamines and methamphetamines for the first time.
Conviction for drink or drug-driving carries automatic disqualification.

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Kitty Flannery (née Christie) R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Kitty FLANNERY (née Christie)
Silveroe, Boyle, Roscommon
– November 29th 2022 –
Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff of Plunkett Home Nursing Home, Boyle.
Predeceased by her loving husband Paddy, brothers Fr. Jim and Jack, sister-in-law Mary Kneeshaw and her husband Fred.
Kitty is sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her brother Peter (U.K.), sister Mary Spellman, (Boyle), sisters-in-law Ann Mc Dermott (Sligo) and Nora Mulligan (Grange), extended family, neighbours, and friends.
May Kitty’s Gentle Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.
In accordance with her wishes, Kitty has kindly donated her body to medical research. Her funeral will take place at a later date.
Messages of sympathy may be expressed through the condolence section below or cards and messages of comfort can be sent to Mahon’s Funeral Home, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
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Burglaries in Roscommon/Longford area up almost 50%

According to the report, burglaries in Roscommon and Longford increased by 47% from January to June this year, one of the highest increases in the country.
The report also points out that 1 in 10 homes in the country have been burgled in the last 10 years, and 3 out of every 4 homeowners are concerned about being burgled.
It encourages homeowners to be extra vigilant, including locking doors and windows even when at home, and to make use of house alarms.

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Unsolved: 840 missing person cases active

In the last decade alone, a total of 38,929 people were reported missing. From 2012 to July 2022, up to 242 of these cases remain unsolved.
“A missing person investigation commences when the incident is reported to An Garda Síochána and is constantly reviewed at superintendent level, in the relevant garda district at specific junctures,” Minister McEntee said.

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Sheila Murphy (née Bushell) R.I.P

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The death has occurred of Sheila Murphy (née Bushell)
Sheila, Carnamadda, Carraroe, Sligo and late of Boyle, Co. Roscommon, peacefully at Sligo University Hospital, after a short illness.
Deeply regretted by her loving husband Christy, daughter Cathi, sons Christopher and Ronan, sister Deirdre (Smyth), Nuala (Deceased), brothers Fergus and Ronan, son ln law Larry, daughters-in-law Ailson and Maggs, grandchildren, Jayme, Clodagh, Kate, Sorcha, Sarah, Fiachra and Faolan, brothers in law Peter, Damien and Al, sisters in law Regina & Irene, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Rest in Peace
Remains reposing at her family home in Carnamadda, F91 YP82 on Friday from 3pm until 8pm. Removal on Saturday afternoon to St. John’s Church, Carraroe arriving for 2:00 pm Funeral Mass followed by burial in Scarden Cemetry, Strandhill Road, Sligo.
Funeral Mass can be viewed on https://www.churchtv.ie/carraroe/
One-way system in operation from Carraroe.
Sheila enjoyed bright and happy colours, so feel free to come and celebrate her life with colour.
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Community library in Boyle has received funding of €4,335,851

FhSHXLIX0AA1cxERoscommon County Council’s application for the development of a new community library in Boyle has received funding of €4,335,851.
The new library will be located to the rear of the former Royal Hotel, will face out onto the river walk and will form a prominent part of the suite of public realm enhancements in the centre of the town.
It will be accessible, flexible, and suitable for the provision of innovative library services into the future. It will provide a modern cultural and community space in the heart of the King House Cultural Quarter. Alongside traditional library services, the facilities offered in the new multi-functional library with include meeting, workshop and event spaces, technology and research spaces and indoor and outdoor sensory spaces. The new library will be a place for people to gather, to learn, to relax, to enjoy and to create.
Minister Feighan stated,
“I am thrilled to another regeneration project for my hometown of Boyle which sees another significant investment of €5,444,814 in the town centre with the provision of a much-needed modern library facility for the town, I am delighted that Minister Humphreys has taken on board my representations regarding the need to regenerate the town centre of Boyle which is needed.
“My hope is that the King House Cultural Quarter with an investment of well over €11m to date will attract people into the town centre to visit, I am confident in time this will encourage private investment to compliment the large among of public funding” concluded Minister Feighan.

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SVP Annual Appeal – 2022 (Society of St. Vincent dePaul)

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This Christmas, please support St. Joseph’s Conference Boyle Annual Appeal. Our collection will be in St. Joseph’s Church on the weekend of 10th / 11th December where envelopes will be available in the porch. Envelopes received through the post may also be returned to the church. Alternatively, you can donate directly to the Boy Conference by phone to 081 817 6176.
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Run Walk n Roll 2022

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“Run Walk n Roll 2022 in aid of Cancer Research has been another great success. Together we raised a grand total of €5896 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society Research Fund. Thank you to each and everyone who helped out, supported, participated and helped make our 27th event possible.
I would like thank all our supporters and sponsors Better Buys, Kelly Londis, Cooneys Centra, Kelly SuperValu, Corrib Oil, Applegreen, Lena’s Tearoom Carrick on Shannon, St. Joseph’s B.N.S, Paul Byrne signs, St. Joseph’s Hall, Tommy Egan, DJ Stan, Mc Gees Jewellers, Kearneys, Boyle Gardai, Roscommon County Council, Order of Malta, RosFm, Roscommon Herald and all the local media.
To the principal Gerry Clifford, Maura Casey (school event co-ordinator), and all the staff and pupils of St. Joseph’s B.N.S for their support and raising an amazing €2600.”
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Roscommon Herald 29th November

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Today’s Roscommon Herald has several articles and photos of particular interest to Boyle readers.

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The Toon Team – Armed Gardai

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Chris O’Dowd wins a BAFTA

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Roscommon Herald 27th November:
“There has been success for Chris O’Dowd at tonight’s BAFTA Children and Young People awards. The Boyle native has been named as the winner in the Performer category for Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.
The story is centred around a precocious seven-year-old Finn who, over the course of Earth Day, learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents and from a mysterious exhibit at the aptly titled Museum of Everything.
O’Dowd does the voice of Finn’s Dad, while Meryl Streep (narrator) and Ruth Negga (Finn’s Mum) also feature.
The animation is based on the best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers.
The awards ceremony is a celebration of UK and international content for children and young people spanning film, games and television, and was hosted by TV and radio presenter Lindsey Russell.
In a Tweet this evening, O’Dowd said: “Thanks Folks! As always, the writer did most of the work, so congrats @OliverJeffers and team.”

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TEMPORARY CLOSING OF BOYLE-FRENCHPARK ROAD

Roscommon County Council has decided to close the R361 Boyle-Frenchpark Road in order to facilitate necessary road improvement works as part of the 2022 roads programme.
Diversions will be in place and all Local and emergency access will be facilitated at all times. There may be an increased likelihood of delays on these roads as a consequence.
8:00am on Monday 28th November until 17:00pm on Friday 2nd December 2022
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The Gulf Stream

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The Gulf Stream is an Atlantic ocean current typically 100km wide and 800 to 1,200 deep with a fastest maximum speed of 5.6 mph. It ensures that the climate of Western Europe is much warmer than it would otherwise be.

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King House Piano Concerts December 18th

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Boyle GAA Club – Update

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Boyle Golf Club

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Sheila Bohan R.I.P.

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The death has occurred of Sheila Bohan, Glen Oaks, 30 Curlew View, Abbeytown, Boyle and formerly of Church View, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. -November 26th 2022- Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.
Predeceased by her parents Charles and Mary.
Sheila will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her brothers and sisters, Bobby, Gloria, Peggy, Gerry, Vera, Marty, Brian, Declan and Sandra, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins, friends and the staff and her friends of the Brothers of Charity, Boyle.
May Sheila’s Gentle Soul Rest in the Peace She So Richly Deserves.
Sheila will Repose at her residence in Abbeytown (F52VK57) on Sunday (November 27th) from 5pm until 9.30pm. Removal to St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle, for Mass of the Resurrection on Monday at 11am with burial afterwards in Carrigans Cemetery, Cloughboley, Co. Sligo.
House private Monday morning please.
Funeral Mass will be live-streamed via webcam on www.boyleparish.ie
Messages of sympathy may be expressed through the condolence section below or cards and messages of comfort can be sent to Mahon’s Funeral Home, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
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King House Christmas Craft Fair 2022

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The Christmas Craft Fair in King House, Boyle marks the first signs of Christmas for many, providing excitement, family fun and a great buzz.
It takes place over two dates: Friday evening Nov 25th from 5pm to 9pm (just in time to get home to watch the Late, Late Toy Show) and on Saturday 26th from 10am to 5pm.
This year we are especially excited to offer “A Christmas Mascot Experience” on the Friday evening, with many exciting Christmas Characters including Elf on the Shelf for you to meet and pose with. We will have music by local singer Kate Curran and others on Friday evening. The Sligo Concert Band will provide Yuletide melodies on Saturday. We will also have a performance by the very talented young local pianist Lenny Chen on Saturday afternoon.
Let a visit to King House Christmas Craft Fair take all the stress out of your Christmas shopping combining a lovely festive atmosphere with a variety of crafts and design.
King House Christmas Craft Fair always provides a lovely evening or day out for the whole family and we will be delighted to see you here.
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Guys and Dolls

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They say Guys and Dolls is for grown-ups. It is sassy, sexy, and full of men being men and women being strung along.
Guys and Dolls is a great musical.
The Boyle Musical Society’s version was great to look at and listen too, packed with memorable tunes and dance numbers – and was thoroughly enjoyed by a full house St. Joseph’s Hall audience.
From the 8pm curtain-up to the 11pm (including intermission) final song & dance and a well-deserved standing ovation, it was a treat to experience the talent and performance of all involved.

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Chris O’Dowd – Sunday Times 20th November

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New Art Gallery, Boyle

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Roscommon Herald 22nd November

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Plunkett Avenue November Rosary

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The annual November Rosary was prayed on Sunday 20th & will also on Sunday the 27th, at 11am in Plunkett Avenue.
“Let us gather to remember our family, friends & neighbours of our parish gone before us marked with the sign of faith.
Where two or more are gathered I am with you” (Matt 18 .19 .20 .)

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Night and Day Festival 2023

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“We’ve got a new home… and a new date!
We’re excited to announce that Night and Day has found a new home in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park
We are also moving earlier in the year to the summer solstice weekend of 24 & 25 June!
A very limited amount of super-early bird tickets are on sale now at www.nightandday.ie/tickets
We can’t wait to see you all again!”

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Solstice Choir to perform in Boyle

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Over the past few years the Church of Ireland organ has fallen into disrepair & now requires major restoration. This work is being overseen by the Rector, Canon Edward Yendall, who is an accomplished organist. Roscommon Solstice Choir is performing a concert in Boyle Church of Ireland on Friday 2nd December at 8 p.m. Tickets €10, available at Brendan McGee Jewellers, Una Bhan King House, Pearl Anderson 071 9662326 or any parishioner.

BOYLE CHURCH OF IRELAND situated in Green Street, completed in 1773 is one of Boyle’s oldest buildings. The parishioners are currently undertaking the restoration of the organ to celebrate the Church’s 250th Anniversary in 2023. The Organ came from Christ Church, Londonderry in 1886 and was erected by Telford & Telford Organ Builders.

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Catching up on the news etc

Wednesday 16th November: I will spend time checking various sources for what has happened locally and elsewhere since last Friday.
• With my family I spent the past days in the little-known but absolutely beautiful Co. Cavan holiday resort CABU CABINS located not too far from Killeshandra.
• Coillte built and developed wooden cabins in Killykeen Forest Park before selling ‘Cabu By The Lakes’ to its current owners. Further developments followed and continue even today.
• Apart from having my 14th November 81st birthday there, I enjoyed a superb evening meal by renowned chef Richard Corrigan, a spectacular high wire outdoor entertainment, the company of CEO of Irish Distillers and executives, Chris O’Dowd and the launch of 17th November Redbreast Whiskey Day 2022, Thursday 17th November
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“The Royal” – scaffolding is gone

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Now that the scaffolding is gone, traders and others are delighted to note progress on “The Royal”

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The Toon Team – Twitter

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Roisin Wynne will head to Kenya

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Roisin Wynne, member of the Boyle Senior and Roscommon Intermediate Ladies will be travelling as part of a group 50 male and female Inter-County Gaelic Games players from all four codes taking place in the first-ever inter-county Gaelic game to be held in Kenya from the 19th to 27th November.
The Games are the creation of Alan Kerins and his organisation Warriors for Humanity in partnership with Self Help Africa and the GPA, enabling players to leverage their influence in support of one of the biggest challenges of our time – that of climate change.
Each player participating in the games has committed to raising €10,000. The funds raised will go to Self Help Africa to support the planting of 1 million trees, essential not only to combating the increasing impact of climate change but also as a way of providing sustainable income for local communities. These trees will also provide food, shelter, tools, and help improve soil quality for communities that contribute the least to, but are most affected by climate change.
They are seeking support from national and local businesses and communities.
A fundraising page in support of the Warrior for Humanity, Plant the Planet Games has been set up and donations for those wishing to support can be made
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“My Father’s Dragon”

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From five-time Academy Award-nominated animation studio Paul Young’s Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers). Now showing in the Gaiety Cinema, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Run time 99 minutes : Show Times 13.15, 15.45 and 18.15

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Gunpowder Gin wins international awards

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The Leitrim brand beat other top international brands like Moët and Jägermeister to take home top honours. Drumshanbo is celebrating as Gunpowder Irish Gin has won two awards at the Oscars of the Spirits industry.
The firm, founded by J.P. Rigney, won the International Spirit Brand of the Year at the prestigious 2022 Wine Enthusiast Star Awards.
They also won Distillery of the year at the same awards which were live-streamed from Florida.

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Connacht Ladies Intermediate GAA Semi-Final

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Boyle 0.06 : Charlestown 3.07
In front of one of the largest crowds present in Abbey Park for quite some time, the Boyle Ladies were a credit to themselves, their mentors, the club and Boyle Town. Sadly, victory was not to be theirs today, but they can be assured of staunch support in future competitions.
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Tickets for ‘Guys & Dolls’

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“With just over three weeks until opening night, tickets for ‘Guys & Dolls’ will go on sale from 10am on Saturday, November 5th.

Our Booking Office is once again located at the Únabhán Craft Shop in the grounds of King House. Tickets can be purchased or bookings can be made here from 10am to 4pm every day excluding Sundays, until Saturday November 26th.

Tickets can also booked by telephone on 071 9663033. This line will be open during booking office hours only.  We accept credit and debit card bookings.

‘Guys & Dolls’ will be staged in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle from Wednesday, November 23rd to Saturday November 26th and the performances will be at 8pm nightly.”

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Boyle Faces #1

Sadly some of the people photographed here have died since I created this set of 348 photos several years ago. May they Rest In Peace.

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Autumn Leaves

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The Toon Team – Boris for County CEO

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Tony Conboy “Reflections on Boyle’s Long Journey into the Light”

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“Through the decades there were hundreds who enabled the Club to grow with a recent surge helping to make it the fine club that now exists.”

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The Toon Team – Courses

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Mattimoes, Bridge Street, is For Sale

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Mattimoes Bridge Street is For Sale: Prime Licensed Premises with Residential Accommodation.
Since moving to Boyle Gerry and Alice developed an outstanding business and many, many friendships.
Call the auctioneers SMITH KELLY on 071 966 2124
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Strokestown Park: The National Famine Museum

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Saturday 15th October: I visited the splendidly restored / upgraded Strokestown Park National Famine Museum
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Strokestown Park House – Tour

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Saturday 15th October: The 45-minute tour of the fabulous Strokestown House included artifacts and gems of historical information delivered by our well-informed tour guide Sarah. Works on the upper storey of the building are in progress at the moment, limiting tours to the ground floor and basement, but nevertheless, a very worthwhile trip.
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Tony Conboy – The Match

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Realboyle correspondent Tony Conboy will be here on Monday 17th, with his thoughts on this year’s Senior Roscommon GAA Football Final
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Chemco Pharmacy Cheque Presentation to Boyle GAA

Chemco Pharmacy on Shop Street were delighted to present a €500 cheque to Boyle GAA ahead of the club’s 23rd October County Final. The cheque was accepted by star Boyle player Cian McKeon in the presence of some of the Chemco staff.
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The Toon Team – Putin Crimea

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Tradalac in King House

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More!, More!!, More!!! we called as supergroup Tradalac finished an astounding set in the Grand Salon, King House on Saturday 8th October. Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Slow Airs, Songs and Lilting like never before left us on a particular kind os ‘high’ that will be remembered by an overjoyed audience. Adding in Keith on sound and Brendan on stage lighting, all that would have been a bonus would have been an appearance by Michael Flatley adding to our realisation that our traditional entertainment is world-class and will last forever. Being present for her first Tradalac concert Sarah, an experienced fiddle player said “I have never heard anything as good as this. I agree with you Sarah …
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Hilary Beirne – “Dear Minister Martin and Minister Brophy

We are writing to express our disappointment that the Irish State has not held an official centennial event honouring the role of Irish emigrants in the creation of the Free State as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme. We find this omission lamentable given the enormous contribution of Irish emigrants during the critical years of 1916 to 1922 – and ironic given that Easter Proclamation makes an explicit reference to being “supported by her exiled children in America.” We recognize that much has been done to commemorate the Decade of Centenaries and you are to be commended for your many efforts, but the omission of the role of emigrants is striking. Emigrants would like to be written back into Irish history …”

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The N4 to Dublin

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Brogan’s Chemco Pharmacy

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Drumderrig House Nursing Home

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Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home

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Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant

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Stride-Beyond Coaching

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Stewarts Oil

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Siobhan Gallagher Coaching

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Sean Carty Cars

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Marians Fashions

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Magees Fashion Shop

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The Toon Team

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The Toon Team – Charlie McGettigan

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The Toon Team – “Back At School”

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The Toon Team – Robert Troy

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Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway

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Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway and surrounds are magnets for me. It is a developing magical facility between LEITRIM Village and Beirnes of Battlebridge … a true ‘getaway from it all’.

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The Toon Team – Handsome Jack

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The Toon Team – Second Gate

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Drumhierny Woodland Lodges

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I spent this morning (26th July) in a gorgeous new woodland retreat just 1 mile from Leitrim Village. While there I was delighted to take some photos and meet up with staff members Michelle, Tarah (with an ‘h’) and Cathal … three welcoming well-informed professionals !! Wording from the Drumhierny Woodland website: “Discover your new sanctuary at Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway, a 100-acre estate, just waiting to be explored. This exclusive Hideaway offers 16 lodges nestled within their own private area of the woodland with 5km of tracks & trails throughout the Estate leading you to hidden fairy forts and on all sorts of adventures” https://www.drumhiernyhideaway.ie/en/ I look forward to a stay in one of the beautiful lodges and suggest you might too. Beautiful Leitrim Abú …

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The Toon Team – AIB

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The Toon Team – Black Friday 13

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Center Parcs, June 2022

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Center Parcs Longford Forest Holiday Resort is located a few miles from Ballymahon, Co. Longford. We thoroughly enjoyed an end-of-June family holiday there. Grandparents, Parents and Grandchildren agreed that Center Parcs Longford Forest is a magical place and well worth time spent there. We enjoyed loads of activities, restaurants and beautiful Timber-clad Lodge accommodation options tucked away amongst the trees, offering everything for a perfect short break, including Ireland’s largest water park, a Subtropical Swimming Paradise …

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Sketches – entrance to L. Key Forest Park from the N4

 

“Non Nationals” – a short story by John Mulligan

Listen to John Mulligan’s beautifully written and spoken story of a generous Christmas charitable act to fellow, but less fortunate humans …

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Sketching, for me, is a challenging, occasional activity I have enjoyed since I was a pre-teen. Now in this Covid Lockdown era I find myself “drawn-to-drawing” with a renewed energy. “High Art” … certainly not … !!