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Change the Future - Astonishing Fact - April 25th

• Montana's Glacier Park now has only 27 glaciers, but had 150 in 1910. In the Northern Hemisphere, thaws occur come a week earlier in spring and freezes begin a week later than they used to.

Facts Courtesy of Abbey College students James Bolger, Luke Connelly and Cillian Doyle.



King House - this morning

King House

Tadhg TV

Our realboyle TV reviewer Tadhg Griffin comments on next week's TV programmes -- it's a gotta read as always!

Gold Ring found

A gentleman found an old gold ring on St. Patrick Street this evening (Friday). If it is yours please call 086 169 7294.


Blue and Green

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Busy Day in King House

Today, Friday 24th was a busy one in King House with the running of three special events.
• Gallipoli Beach diorama in the Connaught Rangers Room
• Harrington Studio Launch
• Roscommon Co Enterprise Award


Úna Bhán Community Notes [here...]


Boyle Country Meats Weekend Specials

Boyle Country Meats Specials
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What's on Diary

BOYLE FARMERS MARKET: King House Grounds, 10am-2pm
BALLINAFAD: Saturday 25th April, Concert at 7.30pm in Ballinafad Church with The Millennium Choir and friends.
ROSCOMMON V DOWN: Croke Park on Sunday for the NFL Division 2 Final. TG4 at 2pm
GRANGE NS: Sunday April 26th, Family Fun Day. 1pm seven a side. 3pm events for all ages.


It's Bluebell time 2015 - check them out at Derreen Wood and L. Key Forest Park
Photo album of our bluebells from various local locations to follow ...


Tony Conboy "An Oblique View"

This week I am delighted to publish one of Tony's most-informative-ever articles. I highly recommend that you should read it. Among his articles Tony gives us "Lá ar an bPortach" ... a detailed account of old fashioned turf cutting.



Taize Prayer

Friday, April 24th. Taize Prayer in Galilee Community 9pm-10pm Special time of Prayer for the migrants who were drowned recently in the Mediterranean.


Scanlons Bar Reopening

Scanlons Bar reopening, Friday (24th April) under new management


Local attractions

Ballinafad Playground is a great place to bring your children

As well as others I have been guilty of limiting the list of local attractions to the 'Big Three', King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough key Forest Park. In future, I will include and recommend visits to Ardcarne Garden Centre, Doon Shore, Ballinafad Playground, maybe the Drumanone Dolmen and certainly Tullyboy Farm that I hope to visit in coming days with photos to follow.


"What it says in the papers"



Trad Music Session

Dodds Bar Trad Session
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DODD'S BAR: The board has decided there will be a Trad Music Session on Friday 24th April, from 10pm(-ish). No arguments, just be there :-)


Boyle Golf Club fundraiser

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Boyle Golf Club will hold a club fundraising classic May Weekend (Sat 2nd- Mon 4th) with a prize fund of €1200. Format will be a four ball rumble with a cost of €100 per team including hot meal. The competition can be played Saturday, Sunday or Monday and re-entry is €10. Prizes are for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Best Ladies Team, Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive. Tee-times can be booked on line at The weekend will start with a “Quiz & Curry Nite” on the Friday evening; tickets are €15 including free entry for the scramble. Funds raised will go towards ongoing course improvements including greens, teeboxes and bunkers. All support appreciated.


Collectors wanted

MARIAN WROTE: I am looking for help for this weekend 25th & 26th April - Bucket Collectors to cover Mass times at St Joseph's Church Boyle on behalf of the Irish Society for Autism ( If anyone can spare a half an hour please contact Marian on 086 258 8498


Longer Sentences for burglars

Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/south Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has said that the planned longer prison sentences for burglary will help to deter burglars and keep our homes safer. Deputy Feighan was speaking after the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, published the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill.


Feighan welcomes funding approval

Roscommon/South Leitrim Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, has warmly welcomed the European Investment Bank’s approval of €70m in loan funding for 14 new Primary Care Centres, which includes the new facility planned for Boyle.


Everything Brass, except a Brass Monkey

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Brass galore with this stall holder on the Crescent Wednesday 22nd April ... but no brass monkey!


"Creative Momentum"

Funding of €2 million euro has been announced for a new three year project to support the creative industries sector in the Western Region. The project which is called “Creative Momentum” with the aim of allowing craftspeople, designers, artists, film makers, and musicians to access a new range of opportunities, and in turn help to sustain job creation in rural areas.


Readers Writes

Probably all newspapers feature a "Letters to the Editor" section, so strange indeed that I don't have a similar section here on realboyle. Let's remedy that now and into the future with our "Readers Writes" ... a strange title, but I'm sure you get the point.
A viewer wrote:
"Sean, I see you are promoting the RTE Carrick Video on Facebook. Will RTE ever come to Boyle and give the town national TV coverage. Fair play to your son Chris for the worldwide success of Moone Boy featuring Boyle and John Spillane's programme last year, but there should be a sustained effort to keep the town to the forefront of people's minds nationwide - every year, especially ahead of the tourist season"
"Yes" I replied, "and I frequently refer to our good neighbours in Carrick-on-Shannon" Regulars will know that I feel Boyle and Carrick are so close to each other and have complimentary attractions. If it can't be found in one town, it may be available in the other.


Contributors to

Like me, viewers are delighted to enjoy articles and poems written by locals. Among the best are previously published articles written by Tony Conboy and the late Frank Conroy to mention just two. Oh yes, our list of contributors is expanding, but more on that topic anon.
Today please read and enjoy a very creative article sent to me some years ago that is as fresh and insightful as any I have published ... Frank Conry's "Tale of one Turkey"


Ireland's Toughest Muckers - register now

Muckers 2015

Next event, 13th of June 2015 in Lough Key Forest Park Boyle. Registration opened, Wednesday 22nd April.
• Ireland's Toughest Muckers will attract entries countrywide. The event is a strength and endurance challenge set over a distance of 10 km with 15+ obstacles for competitors to overcome. First wave will off at 12.00 noon and there will be 10–15 mins given between each wave of competitors.
• There will be food and drink at the finish line, music and entertainment after the event while waiting for all competitors to finish.

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Abbey Haven Nursing Home


Experienced Health Care Assistants wanted: Applicants must have FETAC level 5 qualification in Healthcare Support with experience. The post is full time, requiring day or night duty roster. To Apply: Send Curriculum Vitae with Covering letter. (No telephone calls) to, Director or Nursing
Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home, Carrick Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon


Brogans Pharmacy, Special Offer

Confirmation Photos
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Call in with your camera or disk and select your favourite photos before printing.


Abbey College Student Project


Facts Courtesy of Abbey College students James Bolger, Luke Connelly and Cillian Doyle.
Their project "Change The Future" has been shortlisted for inclusion in the top 20 entries in the national final. They will have to present their findings to the judges on May the 7th in Dublin Castle.
As part of the project they had to compile a video which was sent to the co-ordinators of the competition. As a result of this video they have been selected to represent their school in the final 20 presentations. Initially there were over 500 entries from schools around the country, so to be included in the final 20 is a great achievement.


Easter Concert

Aughanagh Parish Ballinafad, Easter Concert on Saturday 25th April at 7.30pm in Ballinafad Church with The Millennium Choir and Friends with Tea and Coffee after in the Community Centre. Tickets €10 are available from Carty's Shop or Parish Council Members. The proceeds are in aid of the parish refurbishment fund.


Boyle from above

Super work here from Darren Purcell - I never saw Boyle looking as well !!


Class of 1980 - 1985 School Reunion

Angela wrote: "Date set for Saturday 1st August 2015 in Creighton's lounge 8pm. We have had such a huge response so far, but still few more people to reach, and would like to reach the whole class year. Please contact Angela Gilmartin - 086 616 6812 or; or Michelle -; Facebook: Scoil Chriost an Ri. If anyone has any photos or anything else you might think relative for a little film for the night, please forward to "


Precision Mowing


Precision lawn mowing beside Boyle Abbey. Well done John Mitchell, Abbey House B and B.


Family Life Centre, Boyle


Are you aware of the range of Counselling Services, Support Groups, Workshops and Activities currently available at the Family life Centre on Military Road, Boyle? Thanks is due to its volunteers and staff who ensure the Centre's Vision Statement is lived out of and lived up to each new day...


Snippets from St. Joseph's Parish Newsletter

• Diocesan Office for Safeguarding Children [here...]
• Daffodil Day organisers say thank you for recent contributions of €6783.50
• Seniors Louth Tour: 8th June for 5 days, to book call 087 209 5219 or 086 221 5654
• Star of the Sea Summer School for students [here...]
• Beginners Yoga with Christine, Tuesdays at 10am in St. Joseph's Resource Centre
• Irish Cancer Society - Volunteer Drivers wanted to drive local patients to and from their treatments in Mayo General Hospital. volunteers are paid! for info please call Rebecca on 01 231 6642


Grange National School

Family Fun Day planned for Grange NS on Sunday April 26th.
• 1pm: Seven-a-side Tournament on the Astro Turf Pitch> Past and present pupils please contact Mrs. Campbell to sign up.
• 3pm: Events for all ages at Grange National School. FREE entry, all welcome.


The Tourist Trail


Any trip around Co Roscommon should include a visit to Strokestown and the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House.
• The Great Irish famine of the 1840's is now regarded as the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe. Between 1845 and 1850, when blight devastated the potato crop, in excess of two million people – almost one-quarter of the entire population – either died or emigrated. The Famine Museum is located in the original Stable Yards of Strokestown Park House. It was designed to commemorate the history of the famine of Ireland and in some way to balance the history of the 'Big House'.


Home wanted for 2 placid dogs

“Loving home sought for two little Jack Russell dogs (Ages 6 & 7). The dogs are very placid, kind and very content in each other’s company. Both have been fully vaccinated with vaccination records available. Kennel, bowls etc. will also be provided. Please contact Brendan Scanlon on 085 171 5144 for details.”


Thought - from St. Joseph's Parish Newsletter

The most transformative word in this Gospel is 'Shalom' - Peace be with you. Using this word, Christ changes the atmosphere. The fear among his followers dissipates, for there is no retribution or vengeance in his heart, only love and compassion.


Confirmation Sunday in St. Joseph's

Cameras of all shapes an sizes were clicked on a beautifully sunny 19th April.
Photos here are those I took during Confirmation Service in St. Joseph's, Boyle.



Ashford Castle Makeover

The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, in nearby Co. Mayo. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. With 82 guest rooms, a wealth of activities and thoughtful touches, enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.


Open Table Restaurant, The Crescent, Boyle

Open now on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights for à la carte meals


Process Assurance operators wanted at Vention

Vention Medical Ireland is a dynamic and rapidly growing manufacturer of sterile medical devices and components for worldwide markets. Based in Boyle, 25 minutes from Sligo Town, the Company is fully integrated covering all aspects of device manufacture from design and development, to sales. Start Date: ASAP All Vacancies would involve shift work. Please submit CV to


Boyle Landmarks - King House

King House

King House is a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion located in Boyle, County Roscommon. It was built in the early 1700’s for Sir Henry King, whose family were one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland.

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Recent Photo Albums

Shanley Christenings

Joe Simon Expert

Easter Tea Party


Frank Feighan TD is a man of conviction

Yes, Frank Feighan TD is a man of conviction. In recent weeks you may have read a letter he wrote to the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. I am delighted to republish it here on realboyle. Please read what he has to say before jumping on any bandwagon, or attempt to play on your 'superior knowledge'. I can assure you that I am not a 'party hack' and am not affiliated to any political party!



East Bros Machinery


Just as the year has turned towards grow time, our thoughts turn towards the outdoors and East Bros ... their services and huge stocks of leading brand Tools For Hire, Lawnmowers, Chainsaws, Generators, Tillers, Outboard Engines, Farm Machinery Spares Lubricants & Accessories. Visit their showrooms, Doon Boyle (Just off the N4)and browse for your current and later requirements. Tel: 071 966 2710




Una Bhan - Boyle Business Cards
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Joe Simon Home, Garden and Build



Home deliveries from the Roma Grill


Lucio wrote: "We will be delighted to deliver food to your home, 6pm -12 midnight.
Delivery service 7 days a week, €1.50 local. To order please call 071 966 2147


Boyle Golf Club Incentive

Boyle Golf Club has introduced a new incentive for local clubs and organisations. For every new member who joins Boyle Golf Club  in 2015 the club will pay 50% of the member’s first year fees to a local club or organisation. The new member will nominate the club to receive the donation. To date Boyle GAA, Boyle Badminton and Shannon Gaels have benefited from the scheme.
It is hoped the incentive will bring new members to the club and provide support for local clubs and organisations. For more information on how your club or organisation can benefit please call 086 2039182
The Club also introduced a new under-30 category in 2015. The rate is €250 including poll tax. Beginner’s rate is €145. A full list of rates is available at


Bafta Television Awards 2015


Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy has been nominated for the best Scripted Comedy Award. The 2015 Bafta awards ceremony will take place in London on May 10th


  King House / Boyle Mens Shed


Boyle Mens Shed model builders have been busy and are putting the final touches to a section of a wonderful new set of displays in King House ... tributes to the 126 who died from the Boyle area in World War One, and a War Graves 'Then and Now' tribute 'Gallipoli 1915'



Boyle Courthouse Project

Boyle Courthouse and Town Clock

GERRY WROTE: Since the setting up of Boyle Courthouse Development Committee in 2012, the committee have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the courthouse building will have the necessary building works completed to provide a premises that will incorporate a new tourist attraction. The attraction will further enhance the tourism product in Boyle.


Primary Care Centre for Boyle

Frank Feighan TD

FRANK FEIGHAN TD, has been informed by the HSE that it is will shortly have a preferred contractor in place to build the state-of-the-art Primary Care Centre for Boyle and surrounding areas.

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Magee's Fashion Shop

Magees Fashion Shop

Magee's Fashion Shop - current display includes the winner's cup for Best Window Display for last week's St. Patrick's Day. The St. Patrick's Day Committee thank you [here...]


Joe Simon Building Supplies, and more


Joe Simon Building Supplies is a premium Boyle company, well know as Boyle's largest indoor/outdoor store and renowned as a leading supplier for products and supplies for Home, Garden and Building Contractors ... without doubt, one of our best businesses.
Recently Joe Simon Building Supplies joined the Expert franchise in this region. Expert are Ireland's largest electrical retailer with over 60 stores nationwide. Its members are independent retailers who through expert are able to combine purchasing, marketing, and general market information. Their goal is to deal with market leading brands and offer customers the best value for money available.


Boles of Boyle - Moone Boyle


Only at Boles of Boyle ... the handknit Moone Boyle hat/ keyring ... a gift that you and your friends will love ... and it costs only €3.99 ... Call today or order yours, phone 071 966 2011


Improved services needed in Roscommon

The head of the Irish Heart Foundation says improved services are needed to treat stroke patients in County Roscommon. Figures show that in Roscommon, almost twice the number of women as men die from strokes.


Abbey Community College students James Bolger, Cillian Doyle and Luke Connelly gave excellent presentations on Climate Change to students in the region.
They are pictured above with Boyle Parochial School students..


Atlantic Light

Many thanks to Roch Hanmore for direction my attention to this powerful, staggeringly beautiful, magnificent video. Turn up your speakers and enjoy!



Fish from the Trawler and cooked to perfection


 "We will cook delicious Smoked Cod and Ray for you!"


Boyle GAA Update - 13th April

The McGovern Directional Drilling Seniors lost to a stronger Clan na Gael outfit in the Division 1 League (O’Rourke Cup) in Johnstown on Sunday.

The Cooney Motors/ Cooney’s Centra Juniors will travel to Mulhern Park to play Fuerty on Friday evening next at 7pm in the next round of the Division 5 Adult Football League.

The U16s had a good win over neighbours St Michaels in the Division 4 League in the Abbey Park on Sunday.

The U14 Division 1 team got a walkover from Eire Og last week in the Division 1 League. Their next outing will be at home to Oran in the Abbey Park on Thursday at 7pm.

The U14 Division 4 team will play Clan na Gael in Johnstown on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

The U12 Division 2 team started their Spring League campaign with a comfortable win over Eire Og on Friday evening last in the Abbey Park. Their next scheduled outing will be away to Strokestown on Thursday evening next.

The U12 Division five team are scheduled to play Western Gaels in the League on Friday evening. Both of the aforementioned U12 fixtures will be confirmed during the week.

Best wishes are extended to the Roscommon Seniors in the National League Division 2 Final in Croke Park on Sunday.

The Club is making arrangements to monitor and provide updates on the performances of all who have entered the “Know Your Sport” sports prediction competition. Log on to regularly for updates.

The Club is encouraging all who have previously participated in the Club Rossie draw to join up immediately in order to be in the draw which will be held shortly. Club officers will make contact in the coming week. New members will be especially welcome.

The Club will be holding a used clothes collection in the coming weeks. Those who wish to dispose of used (clean) clothes and footwear should put them in plastic bags and bring them to the Clubroom by arrangement with Club officers.

The Club has been asked to assist in the hosting of this year’s Warriors Run 10k Race in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. A special meeting to commence the making of arrangements for this event will be held in the Clubroom on this Tuesday at 8pm. The Club invites not only our own Club members, but also representatives of other sporting organisations and those generally interested in assisting, to attend the meeting.

Basic first aid and AED (defibrillator) training for coaches will be held in the coming weeks. Further details to follow. Anyone interested to contact Jan Flanagan.

The Club wishes to thank Fergal O’Donnell for his excellent presentation regarding coaching held recently.

Sympathy is extended to the Hayden family, Marian Road on the death of Paddy, and with the Spellman family, formerly of Elphin Street on the passing of Jim.


Boyle Golf Club Update - 19th April

Last Sunday’s Golfer of the Year was won by Terry Bright with a score of 65, 2nd Gary Carty 66, Gross Jim Mooney, 3rd Paddy McLoughlin 67. Competitions for this week will be the Mens 12 Hole on Thursday, 9 Hole Scramble on Friday, Next Sunday Mens Voucher. Format is three ball max. The King Harmon draw this Thursday evening April 23rd after the men’s competition. The second round of the foursomes competition is to be played on or before next Saturday April 26th.

Club fundraiser May Bank Holiday (Saturday – Monday). Format, four ball rumble, Teams €100 including hot meal. Re-entry €10 per person. All support appreciated. Funds will go towards ongoing course maintenance. To start the weekend a quiz and curry nite will take place on the Friday May 1st. Details on noticeboard and on the website. In Ladies news well done to Sandra McCrann who won the Lucky Strike. Tuesday is an 18 Hole Stableford and a 9 hole qualifier. There is a weekly 9 hole running Monday 20th – Sunday 26th.


Profile of Co. Roscommon

Population 64,065
10.8% are Non-Irish Nationals
13.7% have a Disability
9,396 Older people & 28% live alone
6,257 One Person Households
2,950 Households without a car
7,468 Households without a PC
34% Households have no Internet access
719 individuals with no formal education
25% of the population have 3rd level education (???)
13% of college graduates receive their first job in the county
4,579 over 25's on the Live Register September 2014 (Castlerea highest rate signing)
1,371 under 25's signing September 201


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