Weather Forecast:
Saturday: patches of light rain will die out this morning to give a dry day with sunny spells. Cooler and fresher than of late with highs of just 15 to 18 Celsius in moderate northerly breezes.
Sunday: Any mist and fog will clear early to give another dry bright day with sunny spells. Highs of 16 to 19 Celsius in light breezes.
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Games Arcade now open for youngsters


Simpson's Games Arcade is now open on Main Street. For many years we have listened to the call for "something for young people to do" in Boyle. Certainly we are blessed, having excellent sports clubs, their dedicated management teams, coaching, indoor and outdoor facilities. We also have music classes, NYP and are delighted to note Lisa McDermott's new creative group, but here was still a gap ... somewhere for youngsters to meet up, hang out, and develop social skills in a less structured atmosphere. The newly opened Games Arcade may well become the venue to fill that gap.
The Games Arcade has three pool tables, a juke box, air hockey and the like, but NO gambling machines. View a set of opening night photos [here...]

Aerial survey

An aerial geological survey is in progress now over counties Roscommon, Longford, and Westmeath. The airborne geophysical survey will continue for the next three months using two small aircraft. Owners of sensitive livestock such as horses, and other animals are being encouraged to contact the Tellus North Midlands team if they have any concerns on www.tellus.ie or 1800 303 516.

Boyle Sports Complex re-opened

Boyle Sports complex was officially re-opened (Friday 19th) following a re-furbishment project during July and August. The project, funded by the National Lottery and user organisations included the installation of new lighting, re-painting of the sports hall and full re-furbishment of the sports hall floor. The complex, originally built in the 1970’s, is used by Abbey Community college and local sports clubs and organisations. It has also been the venue for regional sports events and was used for Sunday Masses between 1977 and 1980 when St Joseph’s Church was burned. The complex was previously refurbished in 2007. The Chairperson of the Complex Eileen Callaghan thanked all those involved in the project and complimented the high standard of the work. She thanked the National Lottery for its funding and all those who use the complex for their great support. She thanked the management committee for managing the complex and for their guidance during the work. The complex, she said "is a tremendous facility for the town and a wonderful venue for all who use it!". Special tributes were also paid to all those who were previously involved in the construction and management of the complex. "Without their foresight", she said, "we would not have the facility we have today"
As part of the project the complex now has a one wall handball facility to support renewed interest in the sport and the handball & squash courts have been re-wired. The complex is owned by St Joseph’s Pastoral Council and it is managed by a committee made up of organisations using the complex and members of the parish council. The project manager was Brendan Maloney of Archer Associates.

Weekend Diary


> King House "The Great War Roadshow" 9.45am - 4.30pm
> 'Folk For Hospice' Concert, St. Joseph's Hall from 8.30pm


> High Nelly ... Cycle Club - Ride out 12 noon from the Crescent

Folk For Hospice Concert - Saturday 20th

Folk For Hospice Concert
(Left to Right) Greg O'Donnell, Niall Sheerin, Johnny McGlynn, Derek Cardbeck
James Carty, Brendan Maloney, Seamie Simon
View large version [here...] Graphic © realboyle.com

Culture night 2014 - tonight Friday


King House: Free one hour guided tours of King house starting from 5.30pm

King House: at 7pm - Exciting talk entitled ‘Robert and Caroline King – Feuds, Feminisam and Frankenstein’. John Clapison and Triona Mullaney-Dignam will give their very informative and interesting talk on the marriage of Robert King to Caroline Fitzgerald. Their marriage ensured that the King family would become one of the wealthiest land-owning families in Ireland.

King House:
Meet artist’s resident in the new Harrington Studios in the courtyard of King House and talk to them about their work. Artists Gavin Porter and Dr. Susan Mannion will be on site from 6pm – 8pm

Boyle Library: Writer In Residence with Roscommon County Council Gerry Boland will review 5 books in Boyle Branch Library.

Dodd's Bar: a night of Traditional Music in Dodd's, The Crescent Bar from about 10pm. All will be welcome.

Sports Complex reopening tonight

Boyle Sports Complex at dusk, 800 ISO

September 19th at 6pm: Re-opening of the Sports Complex next Friday, following its recent re-furbishment that included a new lighting system, repainting of the interior and re-furbishment of the sports hall floor. The handball/squash courts were rewired as part of the project. The work was funded by the National Lottery and users of the Complex.

Simpson's Arcade opening tonight

Simpson's Arcade
Simpson's Arcade: Air Hockey, Juke Box, Boxing Machine, Pool Table

Culture Night readings with Gerry Boland

pic: Our Lady of Mercy Primary

Friday 19th September, 6 and 8pm: If you like books, then you may be interested in a Culture Night event in Boyle Library on  at 6pm. Gerry Boland, Roscommon Writer-in-Residence, has chosen five library books and will review and read extracts from them. The titles of the books will not be revealed till the night, but the five will include a recent and acclaimed novel, a well-known collection of poems, a collection of short stories, a memoir and a fascinating book about animals. Three of the five are by Irish writers. It promises to be an interesting and entertaining evening. The choice of books is deliberately varied in the hope that there will be something for most readers to relate to and to enjoy. This event, as with all Culture Night events, is free. There is no need to book, just turn up at 6pm or as near to as you can manage.

Living The Scriptures Joyfully

A series of talks in Galilee Community on 6 consecutive TUESDAYS beginning on Sept 30th. The speakers are Sr. Moya Hegarty, Fr. Vincent Sherlock, Fr. Noel Rooney, Ms. Carole Barry, Fr. John Coughlan. Sessions begin at 8pm and conclude at 9:30pm. Donation €5.

Smash and Grab at Taylors Jewellers (Thursday 18th)

Taylors Jewellers

Taylors Jewellers were victims of a Smash and Grab raid before 4am this morning. A thief or thieves broke a shop window and stole several thousand euros worth of gold rings, chains and some watches. They did not enter the premises, and left a hammer on the ground afterwards. Garda investigations are underway. CCTV cameras were in operation at the time.
Please contact Boyle Gardaí if you noticed anything suspicious in the area last night by calling 071 966 4620

Roscommon / Sth Leitrim by-election

The Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election has been set for Friday October 10th. The person elected will fill the seat vacated by Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

The cast of Boyle Musical Society's 'Grease'

Grease advert
new graphic © realboyle.com

Boyle Musical Society are delighted to announce that all the principal parts have now been cast for their forthcoming November production of 'Grease'.
Adrian King will play Leading man, Danny
Colette Noone will play Leading lady, Sandy
Marc Egan will play the part of Kenicke
Grainne Caldbeck will play the part of Rizzo
Ceara Conlon will play as Marti : Robert Reid will play as Roger : Darragh Beirne will play Doody and newcomer to BMS, Tracey Gunning will play Jan.
Edel Dwyer will play as Frenchie : Conor Durkin the character Sonny : Gavin Ward will take on the role of Eugene and Kayleigh Geoghegan will play Cha-Cha and Brendan Reid Teen Angel
There are still a few more parts to be cast and we will keep you updated over the coming days. 'Grease' will open on Wednesday November 19th and continue until Sunday November 23rd.

Yoga for Beginners Thursday 18th


Tony Conboy's Oblique View, 18th September

This week Tony sadly remembers 'The Passing of a Friend ... Sean McNama / Roscommon Victory of 1944 / Kerry v Donegal and the Scotland Vote. Read Tony's Blog column [here...]

Jim (Jimmy Barry) Corrigan. R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Jim (Jimmy Barry) Corrigan, Drumderrig Nursing Home, Boyle and formerly of Marian Road, Boyle. Reposing at Mahon’s Funeral Home, Boyle on Saturday from 3.30pm until 5.30pm with removal arriving to St. Joseph’s church, Boyle at 6.15pm. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday 11am. Funeral afterwards to Assylinn cemetery.

Ardcarne Massive Autumn Sale


For this week

Friday > Hospice Coffee mornings at several Boyle locations
> Simpsons Games Arcade, Main Street opening 6pm
> Boyle Library Gerry Boland "If you like books" at 6pm
> Sports Complex reopening at 6pm
Saturday > King House "The Great War Roadshow" with Dr. Myles Dungan

> High Nelly ... Cycle Club - Ride out 12 noon from the Crescent

Co Cllr Maura Hopkins - Boil Boyle Water update

"I wanted to let you know as soon as I heard this important news. Homes affected by long-term boil water notices will be 100% exempt from water charges with immediate effect."
Read more [here...]

Stewarts Oil continues to grow

Stewarts Oil

Stewarts Oil is a growing and expanding Boyle company supplying Home Heating Oil, Agri Diesel and Auto Diesel throughout Roscommon and surrounding counties Sligo, Longford, Leitrim and East Galway. More recently they have opened Stewarts 24 Hour forecourt sales supplying Auto Diesel 24 hours a day, a first for Boyle. Many of the original mill staff remain and extra staff are currently employed working in Stewarts office, sales and oil delivery departments.
The Stewart family have been trading in Boyle since 1880. Reflecting markets in their time they started with batteries, grain drying,  generating Boyle electricity and through to latter years producing and distributing a premium range of quality animal feed rations. It may seem sad to see the end of milling in Boyle and an auction of milling machinery on 2nd October [details...] but Boyle Mills feed continues be manufactured by Lakelands Mill.
Who knows what's next for the Mill building! ... watch this space!

John Murphy Retirement - [more...]

John & Maura Murphy at John's retirement from Boyle CIC
© realboyle photos

John Murphy retired today from Boyle Citizens Information Centre after 35 years of distinguished volunteering. Glowing and well deserved tributes were paid by manager Richard Regan to this ever-calm, always caring and humorous Boyle man. I count myself blessed to be a friend of John's.
> View photos [here...] Read more [here...]

The Railway Bar, Elphin Street

The Railway Bar, Boyle
pic © realboyle photos

This is the Railway Bar's excellent new window graphic. I enjoyed the Liverpool match and a chat with Peter and Eddie in the Railway Bar on Elphin Street ... try it ... you'll like it

The Violin

The Violin by Alex Pentek
pic © realboyle photos

The steel sculpture on the N5 Bypass outside Longford Town by Alex Pentek represents the upper portion of a giant 20m long violin as if it has been partly unearthed by the newly cut-away embankment. Using a bold, elegant, yet simple visual language this idea aims to communicate Longford’s rich musical heritage as both an expression and as part of the surrounding landscape.

The Irish Experience of the Great War

Dr Myles Dungan Lecture
© image greatwarroadshow.ie

Lions, Donkeys and Paddies: This lecture on Saturday in King House will examine the principal military engagements in which Irish soldiers participated in World War 1. Dr. Myles Dungan offers an assessment as to the performance of these soldiers at all levels – from the foot soldier through to the higher command echelons.
His talk address the issue of the Irish military contribution to the Great War in numerical and proportional terms. Were Irish soldiers more or less efficient than their British, Australian or American counterparts? Were they well led, or ‘lions’ under the command of ‘donkeys’? Did Ireland make a similar contribution in terms of recruits and fatalities as the other nations who came to make up the Entente forces?

"High Nelly .....Cycling Club"

Ride out Sunday 21st September at 12 noon. Meet/start the Crescent Boyle to Lough Key Forest Park.

Speech & Drama classes

The Dwyer School of Speech & Drama will recommence with enrolment on Thursday, 18th September between 7 & 8pm in the Convent Primary School, Boyle. Classes aim to build confidence & will include voice & speech work, mime, acting & preparation for Speech & Drama exams & performance. Classes are divided into Juniors (4-7 years), Middle (7-10 years) & Seniors (Over 10 years). Post primary students also catered for. Small classes are guaranteed. For more information, please contact Bernadette on 071 966 6040 or 087 221 9911

Roscommon Learning Links - Invitation -

Learning Link

Open Day Tuesday 16th September to encourage anyone currently unemployed to pop in and chat to us in relation two Courses:
> Level 4 Major Award in Information & Communications Technology
> Level 5 Major Award in Information Processing

These will be Full Time courses, Monday-Friday over 34 weeks
For further details please contact Siobhan or Martina at Roscommon Learning Links, (next door to Trojan and across from Citizens Advice Office) Elphin St, Boyle or call 071 966 4510, or just drop in on Tuesday 16th anytime between 10am and 4pm

Boyle Golf Club Update

The weekend's two ball scramble was won by John McGuinn & Pat Conroy with 59pts, 2nd Aisling Gaughran & Charlie O’Donnell 63.5pts, 3rd Sean Heslin & Michael Rush 64.75pts. Thursday night's Competition was won by Gary Carty 23pts, 2nd Owen Garvin 20pts, 3rd John McGuinn 20pts. Well done also to Peggy Feely who had a hole in one in Castledargan. [more...]

Boyle GAA Update

The following were €20 winners at the most recent Club Lotto draw which was held in Dodds; Gary Sheerin, William and Martina Beirne, Jim Brennan, Saoirse Noone, Ryan Daly and Liam McNamara. The house prize was won by John Joe Queenan. The jackpot wasn’t won and it will stand at €7,100 for next Saturday night’s draw which will be held in Bruno’s Bar and Restaurant. Team A will be in charge.
Congratulations to Boyle Ladies player Mairéad King and Colm Sheerin who got married last Friday. Full update [here...]

Martin Wynne's “FIFTEEN YEAR WAIT”

Michael Gilmartin wrote: Martin Wynne finally ended a fifteen year wait for a second mini major at Boyle Golf Club this when he beat Jonathan Egan in this year's King Harmon Final. Commiserations to Jonathan but well done to Martin on a a great victory. Sorry must dash, Aisling on the phone looking for Martin’s address

Bobby Flaherty R.I.P.

Robert (Bobby) Flaherty. Forest view, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Saturday, September, 13th. Reposing at Mahon’s funeral home, Boyle today (sun) from four o’clock until six o’clock. Removal tomorrow morning (mon) to St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle for eleven o’clock mass. Burial afterwards in Caldra cemetery. House private please.

Croí na nÓg Kindergarten - Photos [here...]

View an album of photos © realboyle.com [here...]

Croí na nÓg Kindergarten, welcomes a new teacher this year, local lady Aisling Archer. Aisling, a mother herself, is a highly qualified preschool teacher with many years experience in the early years setting. Croí na nÓg is a Steiner influenced Kindergarten, offering children from 3-years of age, the opportunity to grow, learn and make friends in a homelike environment.
The playroom is filled with carefully chosen toys in simple forms, all made from natural materials that help to develop children's imagination and creativity. The garden where the children play daily making roadways in their sandpit, setting up home in their willow hut or planting bulbs and herbs, provides a great outlet for all their energy as well as developing an awareness of nature and the changing seasons.
Croí na nÓg is a HSE approved preschool and a lot more, it is a welcoming and beautiful place where the essence of childhood is treasured and nurtured. Free ECCE places are available at Croí na nÓg. For further information please contact: Teresa Singleton 087 915 2825 or Anne Marie Murphy 087 632 7834

John Reilly Plaque unveiled - Photos [here...]

John Reilly Plaque Committe
View a larger version [here...]

The John Reilly plaque was unveiled on Saturday 13th at Bruno's on the Crescent, Boyle. The event was attended by a large number of people in beautiful sunshine. The organising committee members are pictured here (Left to right) Kevin Flynn, Fergus Lyons (who designed the plaque) Helen Grehan, Bernard Flaherty, Gerry O'Daly. Photos [here...]

Dr. Ian Paisley R.I.P.

Tributes are being paid to Northern Ireland’s Former First Minister – Dr Ian Paisley – who has died following a long illness at the age of 88. Former President, Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese said 'Dr. Paisley will be remembered by many people in Northern Ireland as a controversial figure, a political giant and spiritual leader'.

Computers for the Terrified!

Age Action Ireland organises beginner computer classes for the over 55’s. The aim of the “Getting Started” programme is to introduce older people to the basics of internet and email. Participants will be taught in small groups by trained volunteer tutors. The course normally runs for 2 hours once a week for 4 weeks and costs €20.
Classes run in Boyle To book a place, Please call Age Action on 091 527 831


Ardcarne Garden Centre

Everyone loves roses and this weekend you can pick yourself up a real bargain during our Rose Sale. All roses are 25% Off and as usual you can choose from one of the best range of rose varieties in the country, including the world famous David Austin roses, renowned for their fragrance, long flowering and old rose appearance.
Saturday September 13th, 11am: You can also join a Free Bulb Talk this Saturday. This is the best time of year to plant spring-flowering bulbs and you can find out how to make the most of them in your garden and containers. Hope to see you soon.
Saturday 13th September, 11am: FREE bulb event this at both Ardcarne Garden Centre BOYLE and ROSCOMMON TOWN. Discover the best varieties for naturalising in grass and ways to use bulbs in the garden and containers for maximum colour and impact. Now is the best time for planting bulbs and you'll also find the best selection at this time of year.

BBC World Service filming in Boyle

(L-R) Sam Jones, Alison Clarke and Diarmaid Fleming.
Sam is a film cameraman and Diarmaid a journalist with BBC World Service

BBC World Service have seen fit to highlight the water situation in Ireland. A segment in a scheduled online live programme on October 1st is set to focus attention on water in Boyle and our need to 'Boil Boyle Water'.a


Nice wall paintings at the Bazaar

One of Michelle Simon's wall paintings at The Bazaar. Bridge Street

The weather is promised good again today. I will definitely be one of many who will enjoy a cuppa and a 'calorie-free' {joke!) snack bar at The Bazaar on Bridge street. I will enjoy the peaceful oasis Glen and Diane have created in the newly decorarted courtyard through the back door of their coffee shop. I really like the ambiance of this space helped along greatly by Michelle Simon's continental-flavoured wall paintings. Sample it for youself while the good weather is still with us.


Coffee mornings for Hospice

Mayo/Roscommon hospice appeal for your support at one of the venues in Boyle taking part in the nationwide hospice coffee morning.  
Thursday 18th September - Clarkes, St.Patrick St :  Dalys, Bridge Street :  An Craoibhin, Elphin street.  Stewarts Oil and the Family Life Centre.
Friday 19th September: Loftus Medical Centre
Thursday 25th September: Auntie Bees Cafe, King House.
All proceeds will go towards the local Pallitative Care service.

Ireland and the Great War

Great War
Image: Roscommon Co Council


John Mulligan wrote:

"Irish water estimates that 20,000 consumers are affected in Ireland. Local data shows just over 20,000 people affected in Roscommon, so effectively the problem is confined to one small region in Ireland, a triangle encompassing Castlerea, Boyle and Strokestown. If every other county council in ireland was able to provide clean water, this debacle points to one thing -- incompetence by Roscommon County Council and the unwillingness or inability of the elected councillors to deal with that.
I debated this on the Matt Cooper show with councillor Pascal Fitzmaurice earlier in the week, but he still doesn't get it; he is still in denial as to the reason why our water is undrinkable.
I thought we got rid of most of the non-performers in May, but maybe we missed a few."

'An Oblique View' by Tony Conboy

Again this week Tony Conboy has his eye on the ball and scores a winner with articles on: The Scottish Referendum / All-Ireland Hurling Final / Sheepdog Trials / Boyle GAA Ladies
Read more [here...]

Dead Poets Society Fundraiser

Thursday 18th September: Dead Poets Society Fundraiser Screening at Carrick Cineplex. In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, Carrick Cineplex would like to announce a special film screening of one of Robin William's finest films, 'Dead Poets Society', next Thursday  at 8.30pm. Robin Williams stars in this Academy Award winning drama English teacher John Keating, who inspires his students to develop a love of poetry and to seize the day. Admission is a suggested donation of €10 on the door in aid of Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm. Please support this worthy cause!
Carrick Cineplex  -  www.carrickcineplex.ie   -  071 96 72000

Did you catch the Bus?

Joe Regan
Joe Regan at Boyle Country Meats. Pic: Helen McIntyre

Boyle Town & More is delighted to announce that the Boyle / Lough Key Shuttle Bus service has successfully completed its inaugural pilot season. It providing over four hundred passengers with the opportunity to avail of a valuable service for a nominal fee of only one euro per trip, twice daily, six days a week during the months of June, July and August 2014. The Shuttle Bus timetable was decided on to ensure that it coincided with national bus & train schedules.
Read the Boyle / Lough Key Shuttle Bus 2014 report [here...]



Bruno's Beef Stew

Bruno's Beef Stew
Bruno's Beef Stew Lunch is a winner ... and for all the right reasons this!
Thank you Bruno and Vanessa :-)

Tennis Coaching

Tennis coaching for children will recommence on Monday Sept. 15th for six weeks. Times are; age 5yrs. to 9yrs.from 4pm to 5pm and age 9+ from 5pm to 6pm. The cost is €20 for members and €30 for non-members which will include membership until March 2015. Any enquiries to Noreen on 087 657 3046

Is this your cat?

Missing Cat

Niamh wrote: "This lovely cat has found its way to our house in Carrickmore. It's a real pet and I'm sure someone is missing him.If anyone knows who he belongs to please contact Niamh at 086 803 7463."

Tawnytaskin Community Centre

"We will show a video of the famous Mock Wedding we held in the Forest Park Hotel in 2002 on October 24th - the Friday of Bank Holiday weekend in Tawnytaskin Community Centre. Further details to follow."

Pilates in Boyle

Pilates classes for Beginners/Intermediate and Back Care commencing Wednesday 17th September in Boyle. Booking essential. For details contact Ann - 086 308 8873

Loftus Medical Centre coffee morning.

Friday 19th from 10am-12.30pm. "Come along for some cake and craic" proceeds to Mayo Roscommon Hospice ... I will remind you of this again closer to the 19th!

Lough Key Marina

Lough Key Forest Park Marina on Tuesday 9th September
[Lough Key Forest Park 2014 photos...]

Apple's new iPhone and Apple Watch

At an event in California, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "Today we're launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone." The new iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen, compared to the four-inch screen of the current generation iPhone 5s. Apple also introduced the iPhone 6, which is also larger, now coming with a 4.7-inch screen. Both devices also have what Apple call "ion-strengthened glass" screens.
The Apple Watch was described as a comprehensive health and fitness interface, and the traditional watch crown, which Apple calls the Digital Crown, is used to control the interface. [read more...]

'Children Come First' event

Friday 12th at 4.30pm: 'Cut Curls For Children Come First' charity at the shop on St. Patrick Street.

Castle Island, Lough Key

Castle Island Lough Key on Tuesday 9th September

Boyle Scouts Registration Night

Registration Night for all New and Existing members will be held on Wednesday 17th September between 7.00 and 9.00pm in the Scout Den. All Parents who wish to enrol a child for the coming year must please register them on this night.
Please note that while we are accepting registration of New Members, places will be dependent on returning member numbers and therefore cannot be immediately guaranteed.
Weekly meetings will resume the following week, beginning Monday 22nd September. Anyone who may be interested in becoming a Leader in any of the Sections would be most welcome and can contact the Group Leader on 086 836 0222 or any Leader.

Yoga Classes

Yoga commencing Tuesday 16th Sept in Convent Primary School Gym. 7.30 for Ladies and 9pm for Men. Please bring a rug or mat. Contact Liz at 086 869 0804

Autumn Leaves, Lough Key Forest Park

Autumn Leaves on Tuesday 9th September


Lecture in Boyle Library

Thursday September 18th at 7pm: "Irish Soldiers in World War One" by Neil Richardson. Please call Patricia on 071 966 2800 to signal your intention to attend. Neil is the author of"Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall : Stories of Irishmen in WWW1.

Boyle Celtic says 'Thank You'


Eddie Conroy wrote: The 2nd annual Boyle Celtic to Croagh Patrick challenge was a huge success with the weather providing a welcome boost to the brave souls who departed at 8am (ish) last Saturday. Participants had a brilliant day out. We wish to extend a huge thanks to all of our helpers and sponsors. Read more [here...]

Award for Keadue's Paraic Noone

Paraic Noone
Photo courtesy of Danielle Byrne

Danielle wrote: Paraic Noone of Keadue TidyTowns Committee was awarded a SuperValu TidyTowns Hero award today (Monday, 8th September). The award was granted to Paraic in recognition of his endless motivation and commitment to the village of Keadue. Under Paraic’s guidance, Keadue has developed community composters and vegetable allotments and has won at least one award every year since 1987.
I have taken many photos in the Keadue area. View as a small selection [here...]

Tidy Towns 2014

Boyle was awarded 290 marks, 30 marks more than the 260 awarded in 2013. Buildings to receive special praise included Abbey House B&B, Boles of Boyle, King House, Scoil na nAingeal Naofa, Wynnes Bar and Creightons on the corner which boasts a lovely array of hanging baskets. The GAA Park was noted as were the bridge over the river Boyle. The Convent and grounds, St. Joseph's Resource centre and St Joseph's Boys School received favourable comment. The Court House holds a prominent position in the town surrounded by lanterns looked well. One of the lanterns is in need of repair and the grass growing on the roof of the Courthouse takes from this location. More planters would also bring colour to this central area of the town.

Brogans Pharmacy - Special Offers

Brogans Pharmact - Specials

Smartphone Battery Charging

A new type of charging technology that utilises ultrasound to power devices from a distance has been developed into a fully functional prototype. It works by taking electricity and converting it into audio that is then transmitted through the air via ultrasound. A receiver on the device then converts the sound back to electricity for charging the battery. If wireless power is everywhere, then the size of your battery can shrink because it's always charging. You'll never need a cord again, and you won't need international charging adapters. [more...]

Boyle GAA Update

Our U12 B Team had two outings in the Division 5 Championship during the past week. They lost narrowly to Kilglass Gaels in Kilglass on Wednesday evening and they drew with Kilmore in the Abbey Park on Saturday. They are scheduled to play St Brigids on Saturday next at 11.30am in the Abbey Park in the next game in this competition. We are awaiting the fixing of a date for the Keenan Cup Final, which is always a big event for the Club. The U16s lost to Michael Glaveys in the Division 3 Championship in Ballinlough on Wednesday evening last. [more...]

Boyle Golf Club Update

Last Sunday’s King Cup was won by Tom Kearney with 43pts, 2nd Adrian King 41pts, Gross Gary Carty, 3rd John McGuinn 41pts. Thie result gives Tom Kearney a seven point lead over Gary Carty on the Golfer of the Year leader board with Gerry Carty in 3rd place. Full update [here...]

Lough Key Tri 2014 - Slideshow [here...]


(left to right) Ciaran McCloskey (2nd) Sean McFadden (1st) Raymond Byrne (3rd)

(left to right) Kitty Perle (2nd) Laura Tighe (1st) Lorraine Carey (3rd)

Boyle man Aaron O'Connor was one of a number of locals to complete the race

The 2014 Lough Key Triathlon attracted an countrywide entry of 330 including an 83 year old man from Carrick-on-Shannon. The well organised and managed event took place in beautiful Lough Key Forest Park under glorious autumn sunshine. Results:

1. Sean McFadden  1 hour 10 min
2. Ciaran McCloskey  1 hour 10.09 min
3. Raymond Byrne  1 hour 10.42min
1. Laura Tighe  1 hour 14.31 min
2. Kitty Perle  1 hour 17.54 min
3. Lorraine Carey  1 hour 18.14 min
[here...] Slideshow [here...]

Do birds talk to each other?


We know so much and yet we know so little! The chitter-chatter of these birds caught my ear and eye. Obviously there was some form of communication going on, but I had to wonder whether they are able to talk to each other.
They may have been assembling for a pre-flight briefing before flying to some location far south of Ireland! Isn't it amazing the brain in those tiny heads is able to direct them to exact locations thousands of miles from here!?

New Film with Chris O'Dowd

St Vincent, the new comedy starring Bill Murray, Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O'Dowd, received a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday. Murray's performance has been hailed as the finest of his career, with O'Dowd's turn as teacher Brother Geraghty described as "hilarious" by Deadline.com.
Read more [here...]

Eating Out In Boyle

Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant

We have plenty of places to eat out in Boyle. Above was my Honey and Chilli Beef with Fried Rice in the Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant over Scanlons pub on Bridge Street.
View an evolving set of photos taken recently [here...]

Knock Airport / Ballaghaderreen bypass


I took a trip to check out the newly opened Ballaghaderreen bypass. it's a great road through lovely Mayo countryside and cuts 10 minutes off the Boyle to Knock Airport travel time. Mind you it then took more than an extra 6 minutes to locate a parking space and walk to the terminal building because the car park was almost full. I forgot to bring my camera, so I photoshopped  a couple of photos from my phone for you (above & below).


Mini-Breakfast in Knock Airport was 'mini' except for the price - €7.95.
Rasher, sausage, egg and puddings had been cooked a long time before I got them. The service was dour, 'snappy' and impersonal ... not a great 'Welcome to Ireland' for visitors!!]

John Reilly plaque

John Reilly plaque

A Plaque for the late John Reilly Traditional Singer will be unveiled on Saturday the 13th of September 2014 at 3pm at Bruno's Bar formally Grehan's Bar on the Crescent in Boyle. On the morning on of the unveiling Charlie McGettigan will have the Grehan Sisters and others on his Shannonside Radio Show speaking about John Reilly's life, so tune into Shannonside Radio on Saturday Morning the 13th of September 2014 at 10am. Read more [here...]

Piano lessons in Boyle town

Piano lessons are available in Boyle town. Experienced teacher currently studying final year music in Trinity College Dublin. Please contact me if you are looking for lessons tailored towards completing your RIAM grades or other examinations, or you just want to learn to play the piano for fun. All age groups are welcome. Contact Ella on 087 683 0309 or email millete@tcd.ie .

Ardcarne Garden Centre newsletter

September is here and that means one thing in the garden - time to start planting bulbs! As usual you'll find a huge selection at Ardcarne Garden Centre, whether you want to create a magnificent drift of daffodils, turn heads with ornamental onions (like those above) or just want something to bring a bit of glamour to your containers in spring. Remember, the earlier bulbs are planted the happier they are! Read the full newsletter [here...]

Tony Conboy's Oblique View

In addition to local and National Sports reviews, Tony comments on Greatmeadow road works and the Ballaghaderreen bypass. additionally he sends greetings to some of our friends overseas: Darren Dockery in Dubai, Tadgh Egan in Canada, Killian with a 'K' Egan, Seamie Gallagher, Damien Keenehan, Ciaran Keenehan, Ciaran Conlon, J.S. Lyons and Karl Keenan in Oz. "My gender balance is pitiful as I do not know the Boyle ladies in those places apart from my neighbour Aoife Brady in Dubai"
Read Tony's update


A new phenomenon is developing in Europe and North America - clearance penny auction websites. Through the web, in blogs etc you can read stories about happy winners who 'won' amazing products, usually quite expensive, for a pittance. "On MadBid the items come from closing stores, clearance auctions and bankruptcies. It’s because they get their products so cheap that they are able to offer such low prices compared to the usual selling price."
Don't blame me if you get stung, but first read the article [here...]

Boyle Golf Club

Breaking news: "We have a new Granny and Grandad in the Club. Congratulations to Lisa and Lorcan Egan on the arrival of Baby Orla on Tuesday and to Granny & Grandad Moira and Vincent at the top of the road."

Keep cosy and warm this winter


Keep Cosy and Warm this winter

These are some of Stewarts Oil delivery drivers with Tom Beirne (the face behind the phone) ... a happy bunch of guys who bring warmth to households throughout the region. Order your central heating oil now from Stewarts Oil. Call 071 967 0100
"There's No Oil like Stewarts Oil" ...

Maura Hopkins selected as Fine Gael Candidate

Maura Hopkins and Mairead McGuinness MEP
Maura Hopkins and Mairead McGuinness MEP

Newly elected County Councillor Maura Hopkins has been selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election. Maura is an occupational therapist and was elected in May to represent the Boyle electoral area. Councillor Hopkins said: "I care deeply for the future of my town, my county, my region."
Maura Hopkins has been very visible in the Boyle area for quite some time. I have not seen Ivan Connaughton and John Kelly in the area sinc the last election, but maybe that's just me! I guess they will appear before election day.

Concert - Folk For Hospice

Saturday 20th September in St. Joseph's Hall, start time 8.30pm. This promises to be one helluva gig. You will enjoy great local performers singing and playing as you have not heard them before. Derek tells me the programme will comprise folk music and song, a la Clancy Bros, Dubliners and many more ... but no Aran Sweaters. With Derek Caldbeck on the night will be Johnny McGlynn, Donal O'Connor, Brendan Maloney and special guests.
Tickets will be available at the door and Hospice shops. Mark the date in your diary (Saturday 20th September). Come along and support Palliative Care Services in the community.  

Cameras and photographs - some home truths

1. All modern cameras are marvels of technology
2. All cameras are CRAP when compared to what human eyes can see.
3. Good photographers know how to take well composed photos and edit them with software so that the final images correspond as near as memory serves to the scene at time of taking.
4. Editing photos is a stand alone topic. Computer software can be used to manipulate images to what may be referred to as Visual Art, which includes the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography etc.
5. The three pillars of photography are Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Get to know how to use them properly and your camera will give its best results
6. Buy / download software to edit every photo you take and learn how to use it. While there are many photo editors, (free and pay for) beginners might consider Photoshop Elements which is a watered down and cheaper version of full Photoshop used by many professionals.
7. For a first "quick fix", learn how to adjust the Levels control to your advantage.

Boyle Buildings, Autumn 2014


Over the past few weeks I have taken a number of photos of commercial and public buildings around Boyle. The goal was to get as many as would show Boyle during Autumn 2014. I still have to add more to the set [here...]

Over aged 85 numbers to double

A report by Social Justice Ireland forecasts that in just over a decade, the number of people in Ireland aged over 85 will have doubled - meaning greater demand for healthcare facilities and services. Social Justice Ireland is urging the Government to develop longer-term strategies to deal with long-term unemployment and the impact of people living much longer.

#Say When Sooner

Frank Kelly, the actor who played a constantly inebriated priest in Father Ted says people do not need to be drunk to enjoy a drink. September is Irish Heart Month and Frank Kelly spoke to remind the public that "the heart can't drink like you can".

Magees Fashions, Main Street

realboyle photos. We have over 25,670 © images [here...]

Boyle Civic Collection / Fergus Ahern

Image © courtesy of Tony Murphy

The RHA Gallery in Dublin is host an exhibition of works selected from The Boyle Civic Art Collection by RHA Director, Patrick Murphy from 5th September – 19th December 2014. There is an article in the current issue of Irish Arts Review about the event written by Frances Ruane. The article is also a tribute to Fergus Ahern and the Boyle Arts Festival


Irish Times report: Supervalu and Tesco are just two of the businesses the National Consumer Agency have pulled up over overpricing some stock.

Boyle Courthouse building [photos here...]


The National Inventory of Archictectural Heritage reported: "Detached three-bay two-storey courthouse, built c.1830, with flanking recessed single-storey entrance bays, Hipped slated roof with rendered chimneystacks to rear. This refined court house is of social and historical significance to the town of Boyle. Set back in an open location allowing for a fuller appreciation of this finely-executed building, the court house, with its garlands of chains tells the sombre storey of the use that this public building had, and uses symbolism to portray the part it played in the Irish judicial system." View Photos [here...]

Boyle Civic Art Collection

Boyle Civic Art Collection Trustees Barry Feely and Conor Dowling
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Boyle Civic Art Collection Exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. 5th September – 19th December 2014.
The Boyle Arts Festival was established over 25 years ago as a small event providing a platform to local poets, singers and visual artists. Alongside the art exhibition, the Boyle Arts Festival also developed a well-regarded national profile. In 1990 it was decided that the commission made on the sale of paintings would be used to acquire works of art for the town of Boyle. The first two paintings were purchased in 1990 by Mr. Fergus Ahern and Mr. Barry Feely.
Read the full Press release [here...]

Marians Fashions

Marians Fashions


Church of Ireland Building & Roof Works


Building and roof works are ongoing and well advanced at Boyle's Church of Ireland. Pictured onsite are Canon Ronnie Burke (third from left), engineer Michael Archer, Rory Anderson, contractor Joe Sweeney and staff. [more...]


New Roscommon Writing Award 2014

First Prize - €500: The New Roscommon Writing Award 2014is organised by the Roscommon Writer-in-Residence scheme, which is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM.
The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €50 each)Closing date for entries is Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Enquiries to: gboland@roscommoncoco.ie  or to mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

There's a real sense of autumn at the moment, especially when you see the branches of many trees and shrubs laden with berries. Ornamental fruit is of course a great opportunity to bring extra sparkle to the garden - check out our recommendations for fistfuls of colour right through autumn and beyond. Butterflies are plentiful visitors to the garden at this time of year, sipping nectar-rich flowers [Read more...]

Green & Gold on The Crescent


Playground on Shop Street


Assylinn Cemetery, Boyle


Dirty Cars Wanted


Gerard Norton
Gerard Norton © realboyle photos [here...]

Call over to Gerard Norton for expert and thorough car washing and valeting. Gerard is on site daily at Stewarts Oil on Mill Road. A viewer wrote "Even my alloy wheels look like new" ... yes, and mine too! Thank you Gerard!

Eating out in Boyle - An Craoibhín

Breakfast plate in An Craoibhín
Breakfast platter in the Craoibhín on Elphin Street.


Eating Out in Boyle - Clarke's Bar & Restaurant

Clarke's Bacon & Cabbage Lunch
Bacon & Cabbage Lunch in Clarke's ...mmmh!!


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