Please support our Boyle Traders of the Day, 19th October, 2018

Ardcarne Garden Centre : Boles of Boyle : Brogans Pharmacy : Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant : Drumderrig Nursing Home : Abbey Haven Nursing Home

Run Walk n Roll 2018

The Annual Run Walk n Roll in aid of Cancer Research will take place on today Sunday 21st of October at 3pm .Registration will take place in St Joseph’s Hall from 1.30pm with entry fee being €10 for adults and there are concessions for under 16’s and families. Each participant will receive a wristband and there is a medal for first 350 finishers.This is a non competitive fun event open to all ages and abilities.There will be refreshments served in St Joseph’s Hall afterwards. Please support. For more details contact Damian 086 394 2388


Úna Bhán Community NotesUnaBhan

Una Bhan report: “Boyle Town Team has been awarded €10,000 to assist in making Boyle one of the first cycle friendly towns in Ireland. The money has been allocated under the Healthy Ireland Fund 2018 and is in preparation for the anticipated increase in cycle tourism that will take place in Boyle when the Lough Key to Boyle Greenway is constructed A subcommittee from Curlieu Wheelers Cycling Club has been formed to assist the Town Team in its efforts.”

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Have you read “The Democrat” … it’s online!

Strokestown, Roscommon, Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford are now being served with Emmett Corcoran’s Free weekly “The Democrat”. Emmett is an enterprising young man and I wish him well. His aim is “Reviving local print media in the 21st century”.
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Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

Minister Denis Naughten [Facebook…][Twitter…Eugene Murphy TD  [Facebook…][Twitter…Michael Fitzmaurice TD  [Facebook…][Twitter…Senator Maura Hopkins [Facebook…][Twitter…Senator Frank Feighan  [Facebook…][Twitter…Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP [Facebook…][Twitter…Mairead McGuinness MEP [Facebook…][Twitter…]

Fundraising Comedy

Saturday 20th: Acorn Players will present their hilarious comedy ‘Loophole’ by John McManus in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle on October 20th at 8.30pm. Raffle on the night with lots of prizes. This fundraiser in Aid of Roscommon Safe Link.

Carrick Cineplex

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The Stairs Gastro Pub, Boyle – open Thursday through Monday from 5pm


The 8 at 8: Friday

Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.
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National Slow Down day

National Slow Down day, an operation aimed at getting motorists to watch their speed on roads, got under way this morning. The 24-hour operation came into force at 7am and will continue until 7am tomorrow.
It consists of high visibility speed enforcement in over 1,000 enforcement zones, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media.

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Explainer: 10 things you need to know about the blasphemy referendum

On Friday, October 26th, the country will be hitting the polls for both the presidential election and the blasphemy referendum. What is the referendum about and what are we voting for?

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The Toon Team – ‘Banksy’ Michael D.


Boles of Boyle Autumn 2018


‘Banksy’s’ Michael D.
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You are famous when Banksy treats you to a ‘portrait’

Feighan welcomes good news for Gurteen Post Office

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed confirmation from An Post that Gurteen Post Office will remain open until January 31st 2019.
“This is very good news for Gurteen Post Office and the local community. I want to commend the work of the local action  group and everybody who has fought so hard to date to save the Post Office and its services. From my correspondence with members of the action group, I am aware of the deep determination to save this rural service. I also fully concur with the action group’s appeal that the community maximise the services that it provides in order to prove to An Post that Gurteen Post Office is a viable business.”
Senator Frank Feighan has also welcomed the announcement by Eir that it is to create 350 new jobs in Sligo town. “This is great news for Sligo and the region. Eir is to create 750 new jobs in total for regional hubs in Sligo, Cork and Limerick. 350 of the positions coming to Sligo town will be mainly in customer service.”

Referendums on 26th October

On 26 October 2018, you will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland in relation to the issue of blasphemy.
You will also have the opportunity to vote in a presidential election on the same day.
At present, the Constitution says that publishing or saying something blasphemous is an offence punishable under law. Blasphemy is currently a criminal offence.
Blasphemy is defined as being very insulting or abusive about things which are sacred to a religion. It is deliberately hurting the feelings of people who follow that religion.

350 Eir jobs boost for Sligo

A major new jobs announcement for Sligo is expected to be made. Eir is to create 350 new positions at its new state of the art facility in Rathedmond in Sligo Town. Sligo/Leitrim Fine Gael TD says it will be a massive boost for Sligo, coming on top of more than 1,100 jobs already announced since the start of this year.

Italian Language Classes

Italian Classes

Frederico wrote: “I am an Italian guy living in Leitrim. I am offering Italian lessons in Boyle and Carrick, one-to-one and in a group”

The Toon Team – Presidential Hopefuls


Canada legalises marijuana for recreational use

“We’re not legalising cannabis because we think it’s good for our health. We’re doing it because we know it’s not good for our children. We know we need to do a better job to protect our children and to eliminate or massively reduce the profits that go to organised crime.” – Justin Trudeau
What are the effects of cannabis?
• Regular recreational cannabis use increases the risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, according to the NHS.
• This risk is higher if it is used by teenagers and younger people as the drug interferes with development of the still-growing brain.
• Long-term use can also affect the ability to learn and concentrate.
• Effects of using the drug can include a feeling of happiness and relaxation but it can also make users feel sick, faint and sleepy and cause memory loss.
• About 10% of regular users of cannabis become addicted to the drug, the NHS said.
• Withdrawal symptoms can include mood swings, restlessness and difficulty sleeping.

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Kelly’s Londis Massive Sale this Friday

Firewood For Sale

Well seasoned Firewood available near Boyle Town, cut into small blocks and very suitable for open fires, stoves, Rayburns etc. Currently stored in shed.
€30 for a large bag : Call to order 085 138 4972

Chris O’Dowd – Career stories

The Toon Team – Liadh NíRiada

Liadh Ni Riada

The Moorings Restaurant, Knockvicar, Boyle


Psychic Mediumship Readings & Psychic Healing

Call Liam on 089 428 0559 for appointment.
“I offer professional psychic services. If you are interested to know what your future could be, or want to connect with a deceased loved one to find solace, or need help moving forward in life, then I might be able to help you.”

Woman’s Group Cake Sale

Boyle Woman’s Group will have a Cake Sale starting at 10.30am Tuesday 23rd October in St. Joseph’s Resource Centre, Abbeytown.
All proceeds in aid of Missionary Projects in India. Please come along on the morning.

The Toon Team – Presidential debate


Boyle GAA Club Update

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Boyle Golf Club update 8th October

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Cancer survivors unite for Run Walk N Roll

The 23rd annual Run Walk N Roll returns to St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle at 3pm on Sunday 21 October. The 5.4km event has raised over €165,000 for cancer research over the past 22 years and this year’s theme is ‘We Won’t Give Up Until Cancer Does’. The Run Walk N Roll is open to runners and walkers of all abilities, with cancer survivors from all generations taking part in the event through the streets of Boyle.
• Local cancer survivor Pearl Anderson has been taking part in the walk since it began as the Terry Fox Run back in the 1990s. But the event has taken on special significance for her after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001.

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St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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Roscommon Social Inclusion Awareness Week 2018

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Roscommon County Council, Social Inclusion Unit will run Social Inclusion Awareness Week this year from Monday 15th October – Sunday 21st October 2018. The purpose of the week is to increase awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity within the County. The theme for this year’s event is “Healthy Roscommon” We are particularly interested in healthy initiatives which aim to combat social isolation and promote positive mental health.

The Toon Team – Sean Gallagher campaign


The Moorings Restaurant, Knockvicar

The Moorings Restaurant

• Now taking bookings for Christmas Parties … Call 071 966 7865 to book a meal and a special occasion you will enjoy.
• With it’s relaxed atmosphere, The Moorings Bar and Restaurant offers diners the finest food & drink, with dishes prepared by celebrated culinary expert Andrew Bradley accompanying breathtaking views of the Lough Key Marina you are sure to remember your visit. Call 071 966 7865 to book a meal you will enjoy
• Thursday 11th October: I enjoyed the ‘open-fire’ warmth, hospitality, excellent food and fast service of this famed restaurant and bar. Yes, I took some photos and  to view them please click the ‘view photos’ link under the following staff photo


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Yoga level 1&2 Cleen Hall

Yoga level 1&2, suitable for beginners and continuers, commencing at Cleen Hall, Knockvicar Tuesday 23rd October 7.30pm.
Improve health and well-being, increase muscle tone, strength, flexibility, mobility and relaxation. Mats and props provided. For info contact Aisling Sharkey 087 753 8845

The Toon Team – Minister Naughten resigns


3.08 pm Thursday 11th October – Minister Denis Naughten has resigned !!! Bizarre and unnecessary ?? !!!

Senator Frank Feighan …

“I am now known as the man who saved Roscommon Hospital”

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€100,000 funding allocated to Town and Village Pilot Residential Occupancy Scheme

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the inclusion of Boyle as one of the six towns included in the Town and Village Pilot Residential Occupancy Scheme. €100,000 funding allocated to develop plans with local stakeholders to attract more people to live in the town centre

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Photos Thursday 11th October

All day breakfast at Margaret’s Cafe on Bridge Street is a super tasty, best value meal that includes Tea and Toast for only €7

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20181011_085154Planning notice posted on the Royal Hotel

There’s more …

• 100 new R&D jobs in Sligo at US tech firm Overstock [here…]
• Pope Francis compares abortion to hiring a hitman [here…]
• Minister ‘did pay’ for broadband bidder’s Dáil lunch [here…]
• Broadband deal ‘has been contaminated,’ claims FF [here…]

The Town Team Trump – weather warning

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Run Walk and Roll 2018 Launch, Tuesday 9th October in The Bazaar, Bridge Street

20181009_111350(Front Left to Right): Arlene Regan, Damian Regan, Terese Regan
(Back Row, Left to Right): Garda Roisin Kelly, Pearl Anderson, Lorraine Gallagher (Irish Cancer Society) Michael Reynolds, Rory Anderson, Garda Michael Pilkington

Boyle Family Resource Centre 071 966 3000

Bereavement Support Group : Spanish Classes : Boyle Breastfeeding Support : Baby and Me : Furniture Upcycling : ASIST (Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training) : Family Support Drop in Clinic : Boyle Food Partnership

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Boyle GAA Nursery Programme (Boys & Girls)

Registration in the GAA Clubhouse, Wednesday 10th October, 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
Registration fee is €20.
It’s open to children who were age 4 or 5 on 01/01/2018 and who will be 6 or under on 31/12/2018.
The Programme will commence on the 15th October and will run until mid March 2019 in the Sports complex.

The Toon Team – Marajuana


The Toon Team – Royal Hotel Plan


Boyle Celtic Draw

Boyle Celtic FC are delighted to announce their new “50/50 Weekly Draw”, commencing Friday 19th October. The first draw will take place in Mattimoes Bar at 10.30pm and subsequent draws at other venues around the town.
Every week, the total money collected is split 50/50 between the winner and the club. The draw will be broadcast live on Facebook from the venue of the night. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5.
Just put your name and number on the front of the envelope.
They are on sale throughout the town and available from our club officials also. If buying 3 for €5, just place 2 envelopes and the €5 into a 3rd envelope and seal it.
The club are hoping to undertake the next phases of its development, with upgrades to facilities at the club, a top priority, due to the increased number of underage, girls and boys teams. Boyle Celtic are catering for over 700 children now and we must keep moving forward with our facilities and equipment to give each child the best opportunity to enjoy their time playing soccer and develop as both an individual and as a valued member of their team.

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The Toon Team


Controversial Decisions Cost Celtic Victory

Roscommon & District Football League Premier Division
Boyle Celtic 2
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By Ronan Flanagan
Boyle Celtic dropped points for the first time this season as they shared the spoils with Kilkerrin United in a Baltic- like Celtic Park on Saturday night.
The away side scored the opener after just four minutes, some slack Boyle defending was capitalised by Aidan Kitt who fired by Kyle Sweeney.
From this, ‘Celtic searched for an equaliser. The biggest chance of them all fell to Enda Smith who did everything right but cleared the crossbar with his shot.
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Boyle Town Centre Development Project €200,000

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Lough Key Halloween Fest


Did you know or realise … ?

FIVE car parking spaces will be lost in Boyle Town Centre when “development” is completed at the Shambles at Boyle Bridge?
… and that a SIXTH space (or more) will be lost to shoppers if Boyle’s single, one-only taxi is awarded a taxi rank in Boyle Town Centre

Stonepark Warrior Challenge

Stonepark Warrior Challenge

Sunday 11th November

Timed Duathlon (28km/8km) Timed Run 8km : Option to cycle only or Fun Walk 8km route (non timed) : Registration from 10:30am in Cloonloo Hall. : Event starts @11:30am sharp. : Entry fee is an Optional Donation : Pre-registration Saturday evening 10th Nov : Refreshments and great prizes to be won! : Money Raised for STOP Suicide and Local Community

There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes !!

Shannonside News: Roscommon County Council has spent more than €12,000 this year on foreign-travel for council officials. Details released under the Freedom of Information Act show the council sent four staff on foreign-travel missions this year – directors of services Martin Lydon and Majella Hunt, head of enterprise Louise Ward and Patricia Bohan, who works in corporate services.

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Survey of Royal Hotel in Boyle reveals extensive vandalism

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Shannonside News: A new structure survey of the Royal Hotel in Boyle has revealed how it has been extensively vandalised. The engineers note how fires have been lit in the building, while glass windows have been broken and there’s other superficial damage.

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Give Blood …

Give Blood

2040 – Nice bones but no meat!

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The current 2040 plan is almost a carbon copy of an earlier ‘plan’. Way back, when Boyle Chamber of Commerce was a vital cog in the success and everyday happenings of this town we love so well, a group of architectural students was commissioned to produce a plan for the future Boyle. Their drawings and beautifully constructed 3D model now lie gathering dust somewhere in King House.
The current 2040 plan is equally attractive but yesterday’s launch in King House did not give answers to the many questions that would have been asked if a Q&A session had been offered.:
• Will RosCoCo clean the hideous front of the Royal Hotel?
• When will the ‘Shambles at the Shambles’ be completed?
• Why will work on 2040 not start until 2019?
• Why is legitimate criticism being used as a diversionary trick in argument and defined as ‘negativity’?

Senator Frank Feighan’s address at the Launch of Boyle 2040

“Minister, County Manager, Cathaoirleach, Deputies, Senator, Councillors, ladies and gentleman, distinguished guests – I am delighted to be here today in my home town for the launch of this ambitious plan for Boyle. This truly is a roadmap for the town, a plan which dovetails perfectly with the Government’s Project 2040 initiative. I lobbied extremely hard to ensure County Roscommon and Boyle were included in the Government’s €4 billion Capital Development Plan.”

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The Toon Team


A timely reminder …



Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy, Boyle


The Stairs Gastro Pub on the Crescent

20180922_193725A hunger-satisfying, beautifully cooked 14oz garnished T-Bone Steak with Pepper Sauce, Garlic Potato, Salad or seasonal veg (and hidden under the steak, Mushrooms and sauteed onion) …

Sean Carty’s Car Of The Week


Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant

Clarke’s Bar open for lunch serving hot food from 12.30pm!!

RTE TV Prime Time

Headline images on the RTE Prime Time programme on Wednesday 18th September showed images of dirty, empty, derelict Boyle buildings – ‘the town we love so well’. “Is Main Street dying” Prime Time asked whether the town centres of Ireland have a future.
• In a follow-up interview Minister Michael Ring and Mattie McGrath stated that a number of named towns are doing very well, thanks in each case to strong community spirit. In the case of Boyle, residents might well ask the oft-repeated question “Is Boyle asleep at the wheel?”
• The 20/40 plan for the regeneration of Boyle was promised for last March, but has not been published. ‘Whispered leaks’ from 20/40 suggest future ‘Enterprise Centre’ occupancy on the Royal Hotel site … but now as we enter the closing days of September, 20/40 looks more like 30/60 !!


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‘Boyle Rooms’ Group

Business representatives calling themselves ‘Boyle Rooms’ are appealing to Roscommon Co Council to develop existing old buildings in the town to provide new accommodation. The front page of this week’s Roscommon Herald features Darragh Kelly’s article on this  potentially great project for Boyle … one of the few towns of its size in Ireland that doesn’t have an hotel.

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Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant – Breaded Haddock Lunch


Kelly’s Londis

Neil wrote: “Hi parents (& Students!) With schools back and the darker evenings approaching, if there is an emergency like your child misses the bus or has no credit to ring you, please tell them to come to the store, rather than have them hang around outside.
• They can call you from the shop and wait for you here. It’s an option to keep in mind so they are safe.
• As our logo says, we are ‘local like you’ !!! ”


Irish Rail – Boyle timetable


Boyle departure times to Connolly Station, Dublin from Sunday 9th 2018:
• Boyle to Dublin Connolly at 6.13, 7.39, 9.38, 11.38, 13.38, 15.38 and 18.36 .
• Connolly to Boyle at 08.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.10 and 19.15.

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA Ireland

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.”

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant


Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant

Tai Chi Court Restaurant

HIQA praises two Co Roscommon nursing homes


The regulator carried out an announced inspection of Abbey Haven Care Centre and Nursing Home in Boyle, which caters for 62 residents. Residents said they were very happy living in the centre and that they enjoyed the comfort of their spacious rooms and surroundings.

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Autumn Training and Free Workshops at Boyle Enterprise Centre

Boyle Enterprise Centre

The following training and free workshops will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre, September – November.
• Frontline Management QQI Level 6, • Time Management/Increasing effectiveness, • Internal Auditing, • Facebook for Business, • Safety Representative QQI Level 4, • Manual Handling • Instructors QQI Level 6, • Team Leadership QQI level 6, • Microsoft Word/Excel/Access. • People Handling Instructors QQI Level 6.
• Free Workshops include Employment Law Essentials, • Exploring Excel and • Introduction to Lean,
• For more information or to express interest please email call 071 967 3440. Courses are organised by Role Skillnet, Learning Network. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses.

Stewarts Oil – Order yours today

Stewarts Oil

Xtra Mile Wash & Valet at Stewarts Oil, Mill Road, Boyle


The Town House, Main street, Boyle

A great place to entertain a family holiday!
• Luxury 2 and 3 bed holiday apartments. Best of both worlds! In the centre of town and beside Lough Key Forest Park for all your family activities, with beautiful family walks, Zipit, Boda Borg, Adventure Play Park, cycling (electric bikes and Segways) , boating, fishing, and much more. An abundance of other cultural / heritage trails, walks, open farms, water and land adventure centres, horse riding and sight seeing nearby.
• Please call us on 087 776 2662     email:

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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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Irish Rail – Boyle timetable


Boyle departure times to Connolly Station, Dublin from Sunday 9th 2018:
• Boyle to Dublin Connolly at 6.13, 7.39, 9.38, 11.38, 13.38, 15.38 and 18.36 .
• Connolly to Boyle at 08.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.10 and 19.15.

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.”

St. Joseph’s Parish Contact Numbers

Rev. Gerry Hanly P.P. 071 966 2218
Rev. Tito Abuda C.C. 071 966 2012
Parish Office & Sacristy 071 966 2643
Parish Office Hours: 9:30am to 12:30pm
24hr Duty Phone Number 086 826 2643
Parish e:mail

Boyle Garda station opening Hours

Monday – Saturday (Inclusive) 9am – 1pm & 7pm – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 1pm
Please note: On occasion it may be necessary for the Gardai working at the station having to respond to a call or incident of an urgent nature. If this arises, they will have to temporarily close the station in order to respond to the incident.
• In addition to providing increased opening hours this will provide greater uniformity and consistency for the public.
• Gardai wish to thank the people of Boyle and the surrounding area for their continued support.