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No increases in income tax or USC rates after pandemic

graphic: Sean O’Dowd

The Government has reiterated its commitment to no increases in income tax or USC rates post-pandemic, the Minister for State at the Department of Health and local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has said.
“As we emerge from the pandemic and return to normality and economic growth, the last thing we need is higher taxes on income, business or savings for people in Roscommon.
“There will be no increases in income tax or USC rates. We won’t see increases on tax on business, on people’s savings, and far from increasing income tax, we are going to index income tax bans.
“Fewer people now will end up in the higher income tax band – this is a solid a commitment in the Programme for Government from Fine Gael.”
Minister Feighan continued: “This commitment in the Programme for Government is as solid as any measures regarding environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions
Frank Feighan 086 833 1234


TODAY – WEDNESDAY 14TH APRIL: A dry day, outside of isolated light showers. Overall sunny this morning and again in many areas this evening, but with cloud building this afternoon. Highest temperatures will range 12 to 14 or 15 degrees Celsius.

The Journal – Wednesday


Roscommon Herald 13th April


AstraZeneca graphic by Sean O’Dowd


Garda Youth Awards

“We are currently looking for nominations for the Garda Youth Awards. If someone local would like to nominate a local young person, an application form is available from members of the Community Policing Unit at Boyle Garda Station. Many thanks & kind regards.”

The Toon Team – Grand National


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Boyle GAA Club – Update 12th April



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A Viewer wrote:

“My beautiful spaniel Molly was killed by poisoning in Knocknashee, Boyle yesterday. Shortly before she died she regurgitated three sausages that she must have found while we were walking together in our field this morning.
The bright yellow colour of the sausages comes from Trodax, often used (illegally) as a bait poison to kill foxes during the lambing season.
The vet confirmed that Molly’s rapid and painful demise was indicative of Trodax poisoning.
I urge all dog owners to be vigilant, and if anybody has any information relating to this crime please contact the Gardaí.”

Shops and hairdressers to reopen at the start of May?

The Government is set to reopen shops and hairdressers from the first week in May, but may initially limit access to fully vaccinated people.


Easter 2021 at Lough Key



St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

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New Government plan – Feighan

Our Rural FutureGraphic assembled by Sean O’Dowd

A new Government plan reflecting changes in living and working patterns during Covid-19 will maximise the recovery for all parts of our country including rural towns and villages in Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and North Roscommon The Minister for State at the Department of Health and local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has said

Minister Feighan said the plan, called Our Rural Future, is the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades


Free Business Training & Events – April & May

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Free online training and events organised by Role Skillnet and Boyle Chamber of Commerce will take place during April and May. Courses include: Microsoft Teams April 9th,  Basic Excel April 13th, Intermediate Excel April 14th, Advanced Excel April 28th, What New in Employment Law, April 26th, Time Management “Finding that 25th hour” May 11th, Remote Working DSE & Ergonomics May 3rd, Taking Control May 17th/18th 19th and Excel Tips & Tricks April 20th/22nd.
For more information or to book places please email or call 086 6064810.
Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide funding and support for business training. All Courses are funded through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.



Boyle Courthouse

Boyle Courthouse

Business reopenings/closures

Apart from Covid, the normal thrust of business opening and closure issues, Boyle is similar to other towns. New businesses will open, while some will close for a variety of reasons: Maybe a trader gets a job with a different employer: A trader decides to move on to other things: Inheritance disputes dictate selling out etc etc.

Radio Garden — WOW !!!

Radio Garden is a downloadable app (Computer or Smartphone) that allows you to listen to thousands of live radio stations worldwide by rotating the globe. You do not have to be connected to wi-fi to get this app to work
Every green dot represents a city or town. Tap on it to tune into the radio stations broadcasting from that city. There is also a search facility that allows you to locate a radio station by Country / City / Station

Daffodils 2021


The Toon team – Harry & Megan

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***Win A New Camper Van***

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The Éire Óg GAA Club in the parish of Loughglynn Lisacul and Gorthaganny in West Roscommon launched a very innovative online fundraiser  on their social media channels.
The fundraiser named has a top-of-the-range brand new 6 berth campervan as the prize. The New Peugeot Boxer Compass Avantgarde 196 6 Berth is valued at over €70,000 with tickets priced at just €25 each or 5 for €100. A maximum of 12,995 tickets are available for the draw.
Speaking ahead of the launch Club Chairman Pat Finan said “ we’ve put in a lot of work getting ready, we believe we have a good prize, and we also believe that there is an appetite for campervans in this era of Staycations. I would urge everybody to go to our website and buy a ticket it’s very simple.

Boyle Rail Station, 18th March



Daffodils in the fence outside the Rail Station

Station Road, Boyle, 17th March



Lough Key Forest Park 15th March 2021

Lough Key Forest Park

Tidy Towns and Amenity Grant Scheme 2021

Roscommon County Council is currently accepting applications under the Tidy Towns and Amenity Grant Scheme 2021.

St. Patrick’s Day Daffodils



Daffodil …

Daffodil - nice to see you!

The Isles of Lough Key – Henry Fitzpatrick

Lough Key from Rock of Doon

The Isles of Lough Key – Henry Fitzpatrick
“The emerald green valley lay smiling,
‘neath the shade of a beautiful moon,
As I wandered along to the hillside,
Which cradles the grey Rock Of Doon.


Roscommon CoCo: Covid-19 Rates Waiver Appeal 2021

A three-month waiver will apply to eligible businesses and will take the form of a credit in lieu of rates


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

Does Sunshine vitamin D help put Covid in the shade?

Irish Examiner: “A group of medical professionals and academics is now calling on the government to recommend a daily dose of 20 to 25 micrograms (mgs) of vitamin D for every Irish adult as a preventative treatment for Covid-19. They also want the government to provide vitamin D supplementation to vulnerable groups such as frontline healthcare workers, those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure and older adults, especially those living in nursing homes.”


“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 …

Feighan welcomes the decision of the Government to expand access to medical cards


Minister for State at the Department of Health and local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has welcomed the decision of the Government to expand access to medical cards, making them available to all those who are terminally ill and have a prognosis of up to 24 months.


The Toon Team – Royal Hotel


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Plan Your Future – 2021



Know your rights: Claiming tax relief on utility bills when working from home

If you are working from home (also known as e-working or remote working), you may be able to claim tax back on your broadband, heating and electricity bills.You qualify for the tax relief if your employer formally requested you to work from home and you:

Log onto a work computer remotely
Complete your duties from home
Work at home for substantial periods of time
This applies to part-time and full-time workers.




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 … !!

The Toon Team – Royal Hotel 2021


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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics anonymous

Just a gentle reminder –  “we would be delighted if you could put a small message on regarding our AA meeting. It takes place every Thursday at midday in St. Joseph’s Hall.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Their stated purpose is to enable “members to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical.”