Population Growths

Leitrim has experienced the biggest population increase in the North West since the 2016 census. The county had a population growth of 9.5% over the last six years.
Sligo has a population increase of 6.5% while Donegal had a rise of 4.5%
The population of the Republic of Ireland is now the highest it has been since pre-Famine times. There are now 5.1 million people here, an increase of 7.6 per cent in six years.

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John Patrick (Johnny) Scanlon R.I.P.

The death has occurred of John Patrick (Johnny) Scanlon, Boyle, Roscommon
Peacefully, after a brief illness, in the exceptional care of the staff of Sligo University Hospital, whilst surrounded by his heartbroken family. Survived by his sister Patricia, her husband Paul, their daughter Caroline, extended family, neighbours and friends.
May He Rest In Eternal Peace
Mass cards and condolences can be forwarded to Sweeney Funeral Directors, Boyle. Private messages of condolence & shared memories can be forwarded to sweeneyfuneraldirectors@gmail.com.
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“Black Friday 13” – a novel by John Mulligan

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It won’t be officially launched until July 19th, and it’s currently only available as an advance order from the publishers, but Anna Robertson in the Una Bhan gift shop in King House in Boyle has got her hands on a few copies. The only shop in Ireland to have it so early, Una Bhan on the ball as usual!
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An evening of music and magic at King House

Join Evlana and Michael Harding in King House, Boyle, at 7.30 pm on June 30th for ‘Enchantement’, a summer’s evening of music and magic.

The event will feature composers with a Roscommon connection, such as Turlough O’Carolan and Percy French, as well as performances of works with an enchanted theme, such as Ravel’s ‘Enchanted Flute’, Richard Strauss’s ‘At Sunset’, and ‘Elfentanz’ by Florence Price. There will be readings by Michael Harding and musical performances by Sylvia O’Brien (soprano), William Dowdall (flute), Keith Pascoe (violin), and Isabelle O’Connell (piano).

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The Roscommon Herald 21st June

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The Toon Team – Angels

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Evelyn Regan / Dominic McEvoy Wedding

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Evelyn Regan and Dominic McEvoy celebrated their wedding in St Joseph’s Church, Boyle on Saturday 18th June

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Maria Tivnan and Fregoli Theatre Company

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Fregoli Theatre Company performed a beautiful set of 1 pm, 3pm and 5pm 20-minute street theatre shows starting from the grounds of Boyle Library on Saturday 18th June
ANGELS is part of Live @ Cultural Quarter – a partnership between King House and Discover Boyle funded by Roscommon County Council & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.
Performers: Maria Tivnan, Tracy Bruen, Eimear Finan, Eilish McCarthy and Tara Finn.
Founded in 2007 Fregoli is a Galway-based company that produces and performs energetic and stimulating work that appeals to a large cross-section of the public, focusing primarily on new and original work.

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

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SUNFLOWER DAY COLLECTION

The collection in aid of Hospice which took place at various outlets around town on 10th & 11th June last realised a grand total of €3865. Mayo Roscommon Hospice Boyle Group would like to thank all of the business owners who allowed us to use their premises for the collection, the many volunteers who give of their time and of course the public who contributed so generously to this worthy cause.
Sunflower day is a very important fundraiser for Hospice and all of the funds collected are allocated locally.
Signed
Boyle Support Group
MAYO ROSCOMMON HOSPICE
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E-mail Based scam/Fraud

Gardaí are aware of a current E-mail Based scam/Fraud where individuals are receiving correspondence claiming to be from An Garda Síochána.
This correspondence states that the recipient computer is to be seized in relation to an investigation into Child Pornography – Paedophilia- Cyber Pornography – Sex trafficking or other similar claim.
I would like to advise the people of the Castlerea Garda District that An Garda Síochána does not and will not make contact with a person who is under investigation for any offence in this way.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind the Public of the follow fraud prevention advice:
• Do not respond to any unsolicited email seeking personal, financial or security advice.
• Never click on a link or attachment from an unsolicited email.
• Independently verify any request for any sensitive information be it personal, financial other sensitive information. Independently means independent of any contact details supplied to you in an unsolicited email, text or phonecall.
I would encourage any member of the public who believes they may have engaged with this scam or any similar scams to contact their bank and report the matter immediately and then contact their local Garda Station. Castlerea Garda Station can be contacted 24/7 on 094 9621630.
Further Fraud prevention advice can be found here https://www.garda.ie/en/crime/fraud/
Superintendent Tom Colsh
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Ireland County by County – Roscommon

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Angels

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ANGELS this Saturday 18th June! Please note our NEW meeting point is King House Courtyard! ANGELS is a FREE and family-friendly promenade theatre experience.
Performance times: 1pm, 3pm and 4pm on Saturday 18th of June (shows are only 20 mins long)
ANGELS is part of Live @ Cultural Quarter – a partnership between King House and Discover Boyle funded by Roscommon County Council & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.
Performers: Maria Tivnan, Tracy Bruen, Eimear Finan, Eilish McCarthy and Tara Finn.
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Roscommon Herald 14th June

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Retirement Party

Retirement party to celebrate Mary Gallagher’s teaching career will be held in The Mayfly Inn, Ballinafad on Friday night 17th June at 9.00pm. All welcome.
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Parking cost to rise in Carrick-on-Shannon

The rules will see on-street parking increase to €1 an hour, with ticket machines currently being upgraded to accept both coins and card.
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Boyle Arts Festival – Open Art Exhibition

Boyle Arts Festival is back in full swing again this year and we are delighted to say that the very popular Open Art Exhibition is going ahead once again. This exhibition is extremely popular and showcases many diverse and exciting styles of art in a number of mediums, attracting entries from all over Ireland.

This year we have secured a new venue, which is the corner building of Bridge Street and St. Patrick Street (former National Irish Bank – beside Boles of Boyle).

Handing in day for your art submission will take place in this venue, on Sunday 26th June from 3pm to 5pm and all work must be accompanied by an application form, which is available from ÚnaBhán Tourism in the grounds of King House, or by emailing unabhanmanager@gmail.com

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The Toon Team

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Boyle Golf Club

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Boyle GAA Club – Update

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

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Cootehall NS and Drumboylan NS Annual trip

Thursday 9th June was a special day for pupils of both Cootehall and Drumboylan National Schools. Following 2 years of Covid restrictions pupils were visited by Cllr Joe Murphy, Chairman of Roscommon Co Council who, with teacher permission, granted the pupils a special ‘no homework tonight’ In a state-of-the-art bus, the pupils took a familiarisation trip to nearby Ardcarne Cemetery. Also present were teachers Cian Duffy, Arlene Gilhooly (Cootehall NS) and Anne Murray (Drumboylan NS) Tony Bambrick, Jim Reynolds, Stephen Langan and Laura Egan.

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Marc MacSharry TD – reduction on fuel taxes

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Sligo-Leitrim TD, Marc MacSharry is calling on Government to examine further reduction on fuel taxes, as fuel prices continue to rise nationwide. Levies and taxes on fuel should be eliminated or substantially reduced on a temporary basis, according to the TD.

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Eir price increases

Eir to hit millions of customers with raft of new price increases: Now it is increasing its landline, television, broadband and mobile charges by €5 a month for residential customers. This rise, which includes VAT, will mean customers will pay an extra €60 a year, adding more to the cost of living. Small businesses have been told their landline charges will rise by €5 a month excluding VAT.

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Junior and Leaving Cert exams

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A record number of students are sitting this year’s State examinations, with 131,431 candidates across Leaving Cert, Leaving Cert Applied and Junior Cycle.
At this stage, advice has been given to students: get a good night’s sleep, eat sensibly, avoid post mortems after each paper etc etc and in ten years from now you probably won’t remember what you got.

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Paddington 2

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Many have viewed the brilliant Queen Elizabeth social media video ‘marmalade sandwich’ with Paddington Bear.
They may also decide to view the full ‘Paddington 2’ on movie Netflix … a very family-friendly film that has everything for everyone. From comedy/action to fantastic acting and thought-provoking subject matter; it’s a masterpiece of storytelling/cinema and it’s told through a story with an animated talking bear.
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Green area grass cutting in Boyle

Roscommon Co Co used to cut the grass every year in managed housing developments etc in Boyle, but that was fadó, fadó … well until last year. The featured photos here show green areas Tobar Padraig, and the area near Boyle Rail Station.
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Roscommon Herald 7th June

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The Toon Team – Knock

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Coffee Concert with Lenny Chen

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Boyle Arts Festival is delighted to present Lenny Chen in concert at King House on Saturday, July 16th at 11am.
Admission includes coffee and tickets are available now on www.boylearts.com or by following this link
Lenny is a very talented young man from Boyle with a bright future as a concert pianist. He will play compositions by some of his favourite composers, along with popular classics.
The programme will include,
Frédéric Chopin: Waltz Op.Posth.in E minor: Waltz no.10 in B Minor Op.69 no.2
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J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D minor (WTK, Book I, No. 6), BWV 851: Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in G K 283 1st movement, and many more.
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Apart from his success in national piano competitions during this year, such as the RIAM PianoFest, Newpark Festival, Féis Ceóil, Henle Competition and the Irish Youth Piano Festival, Lenny has great interest in his St. Joseph’s BNS projects and still finds time to play Gaelic Football and Hurling for Boyle GAA.
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White PVC doors on Boyle Courthouse  ??

Sometimes I hesitate from passing comment on situations or happenings that are ‘Real Boyle’ rather than ‘Boyle through Rose-Tinted glasses’.
Do you think the white doors are inappropriate, and out of character with this old building?

 

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Man demonstrates basic chair ‘trick’ to stop potential school massacre

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Roscommon Herald 31st May

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Food Fusion open Wednesday-Sunday for Takeaway/Delivery

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A welcome addition to our Boyle restaurant listings comes the news that ‘Food Fusion’, authentic Indian Restaurant  Takeaway / Delivery is open for Asian Food Takeaways and Delivery, 5pm to 10pm Wednesday through Sunday on The Crescent, Phone 071 967 0833 or 085 251 6251.

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King House, Boyle

Former Roscommon County Manager Donal Connolly decided to refit and develop King House and its surrounds instead of a creating a proposed car park on the site. Mr. Connolly would surely approve the current position King House holds as a premier local and national attraction. Roscommon County Arts, Heritage and local Management Teams continue to develop and offer the venue as a major town centre asset.

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King House – Paper & Wire Sculptures

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Hilary Beirne to open Boyle Arts Festival in July

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The Committee of Boyle Arts Festival is delighted to announce that Hilary Beirne will officially open this year’s Arts Festival on Thursday, July 14th.
The event which will take place at King House will also mark the official opening of this year’s Visual Art Exhibition entitled ‘Past, Present & Future’. Boyle Arts Festival will continue until July 23rd.
Hilary (formerly of Oatland Villa, Boyle) is well known for his extensive work with the Irish community in the United States. He is the founder and Chairman of NYC St. Patrick’s Day Foundation and has been the principal orchestrator of the world’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. He is an active member of the “Irish Ad Hoc” Committee in Washington DC, a member of the Executive Board at VotingRights.ie, an honorary member of the famed “Fighting 69th Regiment” and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the 69th Historical Trust.
Hilary said earlier “I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to play an active role by the organising committee of the Arts Festival in my home town of Boyle in Co. Roscommon.”
He continued by saying “It will be an honour for me to welcome everyone to the town of Boyle and open the Festival on July 14th and I am looking forward to meeting old friends and renewing acquaintances, some of whom I haven’t seen or spoken to in years.”
Hilary will also be the special guest of RTÉ News Journalist, Carole Coleman during this year’s ‘In Conversation’ event on Friday, July 22nd and tickets are available now at www.boylearts.com
Boyle Arts Festival is supported by The Arts Council, Local Sponsors, Roscommon Co. Council and Fáilte Ireland.
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Complaints to Ombudsman reached record high in 2021

4,004 complaints were received by the Office last year, the highest ever in the 38-year history of the Ombudsman. The annual report published by the Office of Ombudsman shows that complaints were up 17% compared to 2020.
• The largest proportion of the increase in complaints were about local authorities (including Roscommon Co Council) – they rose by 45%

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Jobs available at Drumderrig

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The Toon Team – Free Travel

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N4 Carrick to Dromod project

Weekend road users will be delighted that tailbacks into Carrick will cease in the future!!
Details of the Preferred Transport Solution will also be available on the project website www.carrickdromod.ie including information boards, maps, brochure and an interactive webmap.
Public Display material including the maps available to view in Leitrim County Council Offices at Áras an Chontae, St. Georges Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41 PF67, from Friday 20 May 2022 until Friday 10 June 2022.
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Boyle Arts Festival – GoFundMe Page

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Boyle Arts Festival will return on the 14th of July with a full Festival programme. Headline events can be viewed at www.boylearts.com., and tickets can be purchased and are already selling quickly.

The success of the Festival will, as always, be dependent on local financial support in the form of sponsorship and donations. The GoFundMe option makes it a simpler process for people to donate and we hope that you will consider contributing to this fundraising effort as you have in the past.
• Here is the link to the GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/boyle-arts-festival-2022
The latest date for receipt of donations for inclusion in our programme is 7th June. If for any reason you are unable to donate on this page, you may contribute as usual to any of our Committee members and it will be fully acknowledged. We thank you for your continued support.

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Job Vacancy at Ardcarne Garden Centre BOYLE

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Ardcarne Garden Centre has a vacancy for the following position: Till Assistant (Boyle Branch). A friendly, enthusiastic manner and passion for assisting customers are essential. The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for till duties and previous experience would be beneficial. The position is part-time with flexible working hours and would include some weekends.
Please apply in writing, or email your application, including your current CV, to

Mary Frances Dwyer, Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Email: purchases@ardcarne.ie
Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th May.

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Job Vacancy at Ardcarne Garden CAFE
Ardcarne Garden CAFÉ located at Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle has a vacancy for the following position:
Cafe Assistant. The role will involve a variety of tasks including food preparation, taking customer’s orders, serving food & beverages and general housekeeping duties for our busy café. The successful applicant should be experienced in food preparation, have a friendly enthusiastic manner, a passion for food and enjoy working in a busy environment. The position is part time and includes some weekends.
Please email your application, including your current CV, to
Carol Ganly
Ardcarne Garden CAFE, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Email: cafe@ardcarne.ie
Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th May.
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The Toon Team – Sinn Fein 27

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Boyle, May 2018

Reprise from May 2014
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Some photos are worth repeating. I set up this still life photo on a small table using two black t-shirts – one on the table and the other behind the objects. Info: 14-54mm Zuiko Kit Lens on an old Olympus E-3  camera and FL-50 flash through white umbrella from left.

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Ardcarne Church, BoyleArdcarne Church 30th May 2021

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Patients rate Roscommon Hospital as one of the best in the country

Roscommon University Hospital’s satisfaction rating is unchanged at 9.2 – the third highest in the country.
The hospital scored the highest approval rating in the country among patients for ‘care on the ward’ at 9.3 out of a possible ten.

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The Toon Team – Stormont

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The Toon Team – Katie Taylor

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Boyle Canal Walk/Cycleway

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With rain forecast this May Holiday weekend, walkers and cyclists along Boyle Canal might be delighted to take time in a shelter. There are two of them, one on each side of the canal, placed close to halfway between the harbour and the N4 bridge.
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Dail hears local woman’s electricity bill went from €123 to €3385

Speaking in the Dail, Independent Deputy Denis Naughten highlighted a case where an elderly woman from the Shannonside region is being pressed to pay an electricity bill in the thousands of euro.

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Parochial School, Boyle – teachers

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Parochial School, Boyle … my neighbours on Military Road, Boyle – Daphne Barden, Mary Carty, Mardette Lynch, Sarah Rice
The background image is the school’s beautiful wall mural by Friz
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The Toon Team

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King House, Boyle / Connaught Rangers

King House from the Pleasue Grounds“We are currently upgrading the Connaught Rangers Exhibition ‘The Devils Own’ with new installations. It is planned the exhibition should be ready by early May. We are really looking forward to this and thank you for your patience.

The Connaught Rangers ‘The Devils Own Exhibition’ spans three main rooms – the first room gives the visitor an outline history of the regiment while the second delves deeper into the individual campaigns and achievements through targeted displays. The third room is the remembrance room – where the visitor can reflect on those who served with the regiment and acknowledge those who never returned home.”
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The Toon Team – Payment

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The Toon Team – Ukrania

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Center Parcs, Longford

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Any words I might offer will fall short of the well-deserved superlatives due to this Co. Longford holiday resort. Hopefully the attached photos will give a brief indication of some of the delights available ‘down the road’ from us …

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Drumderrig House Nursing Home

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Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home

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Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant

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Stride-Beyond Coaching

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Stewarts Oil

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Siobhan Gallagher Coaching

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Sean Carty Cars

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Marians Fashions

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Magees Fashion Shop

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Reprise

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“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 …

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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 … !!