Please support our Traders of the Day – April 20th

Abbey Haven Nursing Home • Ardcarne Garden Centre • Boles of Boyle

Boyle Musical Society – ‘The Addams Family’


Boyle Musical Society are delighted to announce that this year’s show will be the brand new musical comedy, The Addams Family.
The announcement was made at a well attended annual general meeting in An Craoibhín. Report to follow …

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Boyle Tennis Club

Noreen Hawkins wrote: We will start tennis coaching for adults next Wednesday April 25th at 6.30pm at the tennis club. Coaching will be by a fully qualified Tennis Ireland coach. Any enquiries to Noreen Hawkins on 087 657 3046.

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Discount Voucher Booklet

Boyle Town Team and Boyle Chamber are delighted to offer YOUR BOYLE BUSINESS an opportunity to be included for FREE into a Special Offer / Discount Voucher Booklet that will be available all season in Lough Key and on the Local Link bus to encourage as many visitors to come in to Boyle and support the businesses and outlets on offer. It is FREE for your business to be included.
Conditions of offers to  by 10am Monday 23rd April
We need your quality DEALS / SPECIAL OFFERS / DISCOUNTS for inclusion in the Discount Voucher Booklet.

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Family Picnic Day in Lough Key Forest Park


Bishop Kevin Doran is inviting families across the 37 parishes of the Diocese of Elphin to a family picnic fun day in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle on Sunday 22nd April 2018. The celebration is part of diocesan preparations for the World Meeting of Families which will take place in August 2018. Speaking at the event launch at the Forest Park, Bishop Kevin said, “this is a celebration of family in an atmosphere of fun, sharing and friendship.

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Mental Health Positive at Boyle Library

Positive steps to mind your Mental Health Positive, steps to nurturing your personal health and self-care strategies to reduce stress with Teresa Keane. Taking place in the Boyle Library on Tuesday 24th April at 6.30 until 7.30. This is a Free event and booking is essential by calling 071 966 2800 or email

Boyle Musical Society AGM

2018 show to be announced at forthcoming AGM. The annual general meeting of Boyle Musical Society will take place on this coming Thursday, April 19th at 8:30pm in An Craoibhín.

Trip to Belfast – the Titanic Experience

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Everything is in readiness for Boyle GAA Club’s Social Initiative trip to Belfast on this Friday 20th to visit the Titanic Experience. An added feature of the trip will be a visit to the Titanic’s sister ship Nomadic which is located adjacent to the Titanic Exhibition Centre.
• There has been a magnificent response but due to cancellations 4 or 5 places remain on the Club Rossie bus. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Martin Dolan at 086 241 3529 immediately.
• All those intending to travel are asked to assemble at the Abbey Park entrance at 7.45am on Friday. Those travelling may park their cars in Abbey Park grounds.
• See you there !!

Enhance Health & Beauty

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It is truly a heartfelt decision that after 10 wonderful years Enhance Health & Beauty will cease to operate in Boyle as from Saturday the 21st of April. We are however happy to announce that the premises will be under new management very soon with an exciting new business to Enhance your total Well-being

Weather exactly where you are

THE IRISH PUBLIC will now be able to access a seven-day forecast for their local area with the revamped Met Éireann website and app. Using an interactive tool on the homepage, you can pick a spot anywhere in the country and get a detailed forecast.
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The 8 at 8: Thursday

EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.
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Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant – Burger Lunch

20180417_134055Without doubt, the Burger Lunch at Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant is a delicious freshly homecooked option. I ordered “less veg and just a few chips”, and was so delighted with the above that I just have to share this photo with you!

Roscommon Herald – April 17th

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Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday April 16th 2018

Numbers drawn: 3, 4, 13, 15
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: M. Wilford, S. Clarke, C. Beirne
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Monday April 23rd 2018 at 11.00pm in Wynne’s Bar. Jackpot €13,720

Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle

Galilee Community

Pentecost Celebration: You are invited to four hours of Prayer and Reflection in Galilee Community on Saturday, May 19th (Eve of Pentecost) from 1pm – 5pm. Fr. Willie Moran OCD will be the guide and celebrant. We will conclude with Mass at 4:15pm. Cuppa served midway through the afternoon. Cost €15
Booking essential: Phone 071 966 4101 or 085 883 7226 Email:

Big Tom R.I.P.

The death has been announced of 81 year old Irish country music legend Big Tom. It’s understood the Castleblayney native had been taken to hospital in recent days and passed away early this morning, Tuesday April 17th.

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Boyle Tennis Club

Tennis Racquet

Underage coaching for all ages 5-16 continues every Wednesday afternoon – 3:30pm for 5-8 year olds, 4:30 for 9-12s, and 5:30 for 13-16 year olds… All equipment provided, beginners welcome. All enquiries to Tim on 083-115-5374

Boyle Arts Festival 2018


The line-up for the 29th annual Boyle Arts Festival is beginning to take shape and there can be no doubt that Boyle will be the place to be this summer, July 19th until July 28th
On the popular music programme you will be able to attend and enjoy performances by Sean Keane, Don Baker & Rob Strong Band, Mundy and trad/jazz fusion pianist Kieran Quinn with special guest

Keadue Social Services Bus Route

Please note our bus runs every Monday and Wednesday taking clients in and out to avail of Day Centre facilities here in Keadue.
All welcome to attend classes/day trips or just to have dinner and a chat!
Route covered : Boyle, Ardcarne, knockvicar, Cootehall, Correenigroe, Ballyfarnon, Keadue, Arigina, Drumshanho, Leitrim Village, Drumboylan. Further details contact Julie 071 964 7777 or 086 174 9816

Boyle Celtic U8 girls

Boyle Celtic Soccer Club welcome and enencourage U8 girls to come and try a training session any Saturday at 12.40pm on the astro turf at Boyle Celtic. It’s a great opportunity for your 6 and 7 year olds to socialize and develop fundamental movement skills through fun games and activities. Text or phone 087 629 0423 for more info.

The Toon Team


King House Tea Rooms


“We are looking to hire a chef/cook for our busy cafe, so if you have experience and are interested in joining our team send your CV to”

Boyle Townscape 2018


Following on from a Boyle Chamber initiative some years ago, a new Boyle Townscape document has been produced, with colour suggestions for 21 Boyle shopfronts.

David Gunning wrote: “Boyle Town Team, in conjunction with Fleetwood Paints, have devised a town centre building colour scheme. The colour scheme suggestions apply to buildings in the Town Rejuvenation area as defined under the soon to be displayed ‘Boyle 2040’ plan – Main Street, St. Patrick Street and part of Bridge Street.
The Fleetwood Colour Consultant has made an effort to give commercial properties more impact than residential ones while remaining sympathetic to their function.
The colour choice adds to the flow and compliments buildings adjacent in order for there to be a bright cheery new look to the town centre.
Boyle Town Team would ask any building owner in this area to please consult the scheme document before painting their premises.
The colours are only a suggestion and may be viewed in book format at Una Bhan Tourism office.
Boyle Town Team would like to thank  Taylors Interiors and Fleetwood Paints for their assistance in this project.”

St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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Know your Rights – courtesy of Boyle Citizens Information

Question: How do I check if I can vote in the forthcoming referendum? If I’m not in Ireland on polling day, can I still vote?

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Boyle GAA Club Update 26th March

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Boyle Golf Club Update 19th March

Members of Boyle Golf Club on an outing to St MargaretsMembers of Boyle Golf on the 2018 outing to St Margarets Golf and Country Club

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Monty/Michell Memorial Gig – Thank You

The organisers of the Monty/Michell Memorial Gig which took place in Boyle on April 7th last, in aid of hospice care, would like to thank the large number of volunteers who gave their time to make the night a very successful fundraiser (details of which will be revealed shortly) and a thoroughly enjoyable night for all.

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Darkness Into Light Registrations, Saturday 14th April 2pm to 4pm in SuperValu


(Front:) Nance Hayden, Margaret Hayden (Back:) Melissa Doohan-Beirne, Carmel Goldrick

Colour at Ardcarne Garden Centre – Saturday April 14th

…and coming soon … The Bluebells
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Colour on Main Street – Magee’s Fashion Shop


Boyle GAA Senior Team with sponsor Tony McGovern


Tony McGovern of ‘McGovern Directional Drilling’ sponsor of Boyle senior team, presenting a sponsorship cheque to the team manager Basil Mannion at Boyle’s Abbey Park.

IMG_2465Back; Cathal Horan/ Jonathan Regan/ Peter Lavin/ Donie Smith/ Tadgh McKenna/ Sean Purcell/ Rob Kearney/ David Callaghan/ Ryan Finneran/ Enda Smith/ Cian McKeon/ Michael Hanmore/ Thomas Halligan/ David Kelly/ Adam Simon/ Gerry Emmett Ass. Manager/ Barry Lowe.
Front: Jack Moran/ Sean Mullens/ Evan McGrath/ Mark O’Donohoe/ Seamus Kane/ Dylan East/ Ciaran Cox/ Cian Beirne/ David Furey/ Colin Goldrick/ Cillian Cox/ Aaron Sharkey/ Mikey McGrath

Parking cars and pumping gas

It is always a pleasure to feature one of John Mulligan’s short stories here on This is one you will enjoy … a reality check when you think you are making ‘progress’

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Tony Conboy’s “An oblique view” update

From “The Good Friday Agreement April 10th 1998” and a “Sports Extravaganza” to a “Trip to London 1988”, Tony casts an educated, literate eye.

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Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Irelands Hidden Heartlands logo

Irelands Hidden Heatlands

Fáílte Ireland has unveiled a new tourism brand for the Irish midlands, dubbed ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’. The brand will encompass an area stretching from Leitrim in the north to Limerick in the south, hinging on the River Shannon and Beara-Breifne Way as it seeks to boost tourism and drive visitor growth across the Midlands region.

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Irish Rail – extra service

Shannonside FM News: Irish Rail has confirmed that it will be providing an extra service on the Sligo Dublin line later this year, thus increasing the number of daily services from eight to nine. Communications Director Barry Kenny also confirmed there is no plan to close any stations on the route.

Healthy Ireland event in Boyle Library

Boyle Library

Votail 100 commemorative lecture

Votail 100 commemorative lecture programme King House, Boyle , Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 9.00am till 5.00pm. Over 100 people have shown interest in attending so it might be an idea to phone King House and reserve a seat!

Facebook for Business/Time Management & Personal Effectiveness

• Upcoming training courses at Boyle Enterprise Centre include Facebook for Business on April 18th, cost €40.00 per person and Time Management/Personal Effectiveness on April 24th, cost €90.00 per person.
• Courses planned for May include, Supervisory Management QQI Level 6/Manual Handling Instructors QQI Level 6 and Employment Law Essentials.
• For more information or to book places please email or call 071 967 3440. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide funding and support for training in private businesses.

Writers / Filmmakers collaboration workshop


As part of a new partnership Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils have come together with filmmakers from the three counties with a view to enabling the film sector here to grow and develop.
To support this, the three local authorities are offering a bursary to a filmmaker and writer to collaborate in the development of a new project. The purpose of the bursary is to encourage practitioners to work together, to learn from each other and to seed the development of new ideas that may be made into films in the future. Concepts for film projects in any context or genre will be considered.

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Up Close – Boyle Abbey

Kicking off a new album of photos with this close up of Boyle Abbey


Vacancy at Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Daffodils 2018


The main crop of trumpet daffodils has been late blossoming this year. Temperatures seem to be rising (a little) and this may have prompted a surge in growth. Primroses are blooming too and by the end of the month we may be able to comment on 2018 bluebells.

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Cows see grass after 6 months inside

St Patrick’s Day Committee says thank you

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Time Management/Personal Effectiveness Course – April 24th 2018

This one day course is designed to help participants improve their time management/effectiveness through goal setting, planning, managing distractions, tasks prioritisation and taking control.
Course date April 24th 9.30/4.30 Boyle Enterprise Centre. Cost €90.00 per person. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 967 3440.
• Other upcoming courses include Facebook for Business, Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Barista Training, Supervisory Management, Manual Handling Instructor. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses.

Roscommon Senators Quotes

Boyle GAA – Couch to 5k

As part of the Health & Wellbeing programme Boyle GAA are running a couch to 5K twice a week for the next 8 weeks, starting on Monday 16th April.  This programme is aimed at complete beginners and anyone who needs to get back into fitness.  It is a very gradual build up of running over the weeks.  Initially it will be 25mins on Mondays and Thursdays. Meet at the GAA Clubhouse at 7pm on the 16th April. Spread the word “Lets Get Active”

Temple Bar area, Dublin


Unlike other parts of Dublin’s city centre, Temple Bar is promoted as Dublin’s cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists.
Some might say Tasty, while others might say the area is Tasteless and Tacky. Whether or not, tourists flock to Temple Bar and pay over the odds for food and I guess most things in its many cafes, restaurants and stores.
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“An Ordinary Man” – Crossna Community Centre

BeezneezPatricia wrote: Our Crossna Community committee would appreciate if you would please share this notice and poster on

Boyle Motor Works – Retirement

Vincent/ Sheila McDonagh and family wish to thank sincerely all our customers for their loyalty and custom over the last 38 years. We will miss all of you and assure you that you were valued customers and were deeply appreciated.
The Tyre Centre will continue as usual under the management of Gary McDonagh.

Leaving Cert Courses

Oral Irish Leaving Certificate • Honours English Examination Preparation • History Leaving Certificate • Junior Cert Irish and English Classes running weekly
• Please text or ring Máire on 086 329 2488 to book any of the above

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Boyle Musical Society – Annual General Meeting

The Committee and Production team of Boyle Musical Society are currently considering a number of shows for this year’s production. 2018 will see the Society present their 35th annual musical. All will be revealed at the Boyle Musical Society AGM, which will take place at 8:30pm on Thursday April 19th in An Craoibhín. All past and present members are invited to attend along with anybody interested in joining the Society

Fodder Crisis – Eugene Murphy TD

Farmers will struggle to recover from fodder crisis fallout warns Murphy – Minister is playing catch-up as situation becomes an emergency

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Carrick Cineplex Update Friday 6th – Thursday 12th April

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Boyle Enterprise Centre – Roleskillnet

Manual Handling Instructors Course QQI Level 6 – May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 2018
A five day Manual Handling Instructors Course QQI Level 6 will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre this May. The course will provide participant with the knowledge and skill to provide manual handling training and to manage workplace risks. Course content includes Legislative requirements, Anatomy and back care, Ergonomic principles and risk assessment, Manual handling principles and techniques, Planning and design of manual handling training programmes, Delivery of manual handling training. Course dates May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. Times 9.30/4.30. Cost €550.00 per person. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 9673440.
• Other upcoming courses include Facebook for Business, Barista Training, Supervisory Management, Time Management & GDPR. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses

Boyle Hospice Shop says Thank You

The Management and volunteers of the Boyle Hospice Shop, wish to thank everyone who supported, baked and gave spot prizes on the occasion of their Cake Sale on Holy Thursday, which amounted to €980.50. The Winner of the Easter Cake, was Ciaran O’Connor C/O Trojan
All proceeds to Mayo/Roscommon Palliative Care Services

Neil Lawlor – Slide Guitarist

I had the pleasure of enjoying the music and talent of slide guitarist Neil Lawlor on Grafton Street, Dublin and a cold 16th March 2018

Co. Roscommon House Prices among cheapest in country

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Boyle GAA Trip to Titanic Experience

P4181101This realboyle photo shows a 2012 local ICA group on their trip to the magnificent Titanic exhibition in Belfast – [more photos here …]

Martin Dolan wrote: “Boyle GAA Club is currently making plans for its second annual Social Initiative day out for Club members and friends.
This year’s trip is to Belfast to visit the Titanic Experience and it will take place on Friday 20th April.
We would appreciate if you would confirm your booking to me at 086 241 3529 or by email at , or to Barry Lowe at 086 854 5492, by Friday 13th April. Please note that we will require payment of the fee of €40 by Monday 16th as we have to pay the Titanic Experience in advance of the trip.”

The Toon Team


Darkness Into Light 2018

Cllr Orla Leyden (Chairperson Roscommon Co Council), Darragh Kelly (Roscommon Herald)
with Boyle DIL Committee members Melissa Doohan, Carmel Goldrick and Margaret Hayden
20180328_194614Wednesday 28th March: Darkness Into Light 2018 (Roscommon/Leitrim) was launched in Gleesons Restaurant & Rooms, Roscommon.
Date for your diary: Darkness into Light – Saturday, 12th May 4.15am. Register online now at

Sean Carty Cars – Car of the week



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Western Sunset 27th March


Colour on Main Street


Boyle 2040 – a three quarters town…

“Boyle 2040” suggests a rejuvenation of Boyle Town centre, and has been the subject of research by Roscommon County Council Town Centre Planning Unit for the last 18 months.
• This week’s Roscommon Herald devotes pages 48 and 49 to photos and articles “Twenty-year development blueprint for Boyle unveiled”, “A vision for the future of Boyle” and “Broad welcome for Town Enhancement Plan”. The Herald report says “A key element of the proposed [town] revitalisation will be the creation of three ‘urban quarters’ namely a ‘Frybrook creative quarter’, a ‘King House cultural quarter’ and ‘The Abbey heritage quarter’ designed to link to the town centre”. “The new ‘urban look’ would result in … ‘three crossing points’ the Shambles and Main Street, as well as creating a ‘south bank’ concept at the site of the Royal Hotel.
• It is interesting to note that there was no mention of how much it cost Roscommon Co Council to compile their ‘Boyle 2040’ report. A cautious note was reported stating “costed and developed, depending on the available resources of the Council at that time”

Boyle 2040 – Town Enhancement Plan

Boyle Town Centre“View from the Crescent” photo shows minimal changes to the area since it was taken in 2010

A report on the Boyle Town Enhancement Plan was presented to members of the Boyle Municipal District at their monthly March meeting.
The plan, titled “Boyle 2040”which suggests a rejuvenation of Boyle Town centre, has been the subject of research by Roscommon County Council Town Centre Planning Unit for the last 18 months.
It presents a framework for public realm enhancement to the north and west side of the town to include Main Street, Bridge St and St. Patrick Street.
The plan also includes a vision for the former Royal Hotel site and linkages to the proposed Lough Key to Boyle Greenway. The plan will go on public display in the near future

Royal Hotel site – the future

Roscommon Co Council is finalising plans for what it will do with the Royal Hotel building and grounds as part of its “Boyle 2040” regeneration programme.
A Council source confirmed draft plans suggest that subject to detail changes, the facade and the 3 storey building will be kept. The bar as well as the bedroom suite on the side of the river will be demolished, giving pedestrian access to a new paved / park-type development linking to the current Roscommon Co Co car park beside the Post Office and further on to the Pleasure Grounds.
It is not clear yet what remedial works will be done to the three storey building or the sheds on the Shop Street side at the back of the building.

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Having trouble with alcohol?
Does your drinking worry you?
Is it causing you to get into unpleasant or dangerous situations?
Are family members complaining about your drinking?
• If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above questions then you may have a problem with Alcohol. For information on help and your local meetings, call 01 842 0700 or the Connacht Helpline on 091 767777
• Remember: “You are never alone.”


Facebook for Business Course – April 18th 2018

Boyle Enterprise Centre

A one day Facebook for Business Course will take place on April 18th at Boyle Enterprise Centre 9.30/4.30. The course is suitable for Businesses wishing to use Facebook to grow and develop business profile. Course content includes Facebook Ads, Marketing Strategies, Video usage and measuring success. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 967 3440.
• Other upcoming courses include Time Management/Personal Effectiveness, Human Resource Policies & Procedures, Finance for non-financial Managers, Manual Handling Instructors QQI Level 6, Supervisory Management QQI level 6, Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook.

The Toon Team



Darkness Into Light 2018


Plastic Waste

The Pacific Ocean dump of plastic waste is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined …

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Job of the week: Sow some seeds

The excitement of watching seeds that you’ve sown germinate never diminishes no matter how long you’ve been gardening. Now is the time to get sowing – many flowers and vegetables can be sown directly outside, others prefer to be sown indoors and planted out later. Come and see the amazing selection of seeds we have this season and you’ll find everything else you need from compost to seed trays and the all important labels!

Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden:

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IMI Diplomas – Leadership – Strategy & Innovation

IMI Diplomas in Leadership & Strategy /Innovation take place in Dublin and Galway this April. The programmes are funded through Role Skillnet and are geared towards Business Owners and Managers seeking to grow and develop their businesses. For more information please email info@roleskillnet or call 071 967 3440 / 086 203 9182. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide funding and support for training in private businesses.




Patrick Street Tattoo Company

Since I featured my very first Tattoo, I have lots of requests for more information, so here are some snippets for you ahead of what will be an advert on
• • Joe has been tattooing for 15 years, most of which was in Los Vegas and the West Coast of America. His work has won several awards and has been published in magazines. Having returned home to Ireland in 2016 and his family moving to Boyle, Joe and his partner Aethel decided to set up shop here thus opening Patrick Street Tattoo Co.
• • Contact: Email: — Phone: 085 254 3722 :: Facebook: Patrick Street Tattoo Co — Instagram: patrick_street_tattoo_co