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“A Plate Of Goodness”

Open Sandwich on Brown Bread at Lakeside Cafe, L.Key Visitor Centre… thank you Chloe

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Hotel for Boyle – step by step, the requirements

  1. You must have plenty of money, and a marketing plan/dream
  2. Buy a suitable site (Oh, WE HAVE ONE!!)
  3. Apply for Planning Permission (Oh, DONE YEARS AGO!!)
  4. Employ and pay Interior Design Specialists to modernise the existing  Royal Hotel (For a start, CONTACT OUR OWN NEVILLE KNOTT)
  5. Get on with the job and cut the waffling after you ignore the village idiots, motor mouths, wannabe journalists and ‘hurlers on the ditch’ who know nothing about hotels

In 1975 the Royal Hotel was gutted by fire. The owners, Michael and Peter Regan were devastated, but immediately set about rebuilding and restoring the building to high standards for its time, and for many years the Royal Hotel continued to be an important Town Centre Hub of activity
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Fundraiser for Cloonloo National School

Sunday 19th November: Indoor Carboot and Bake Sale in St. Joseph’s Resource Centre, Abbeytown, Boyle, 10am and 1pm. It is hoped to raise funds for a Special Educational Needs Classroom at St. Ronan’s National School, Cloonloo to accommodate the children attending the school. There will also be a Tombola with some lovely prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses. Your support will be very much appreciated.


The 8 at 8: Friday

Here’s what you need to know as we begin the day. Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.
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Tony Conboy “An Oblique View”

TonyConboyAnobliqueViewTony’s “An Oblique View” is a ‘must read’ feature on realboyle.com

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Marians Fashions Mini Fashion Shows – Saturday 18th November at 12.15pm, 2pm and 3.15pm

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Boyle Chamber of Commerce …
“Lend your support to re-instate a Hotel in Boyle -It’s as easy as 123”

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“Boyle Chamber of Commerce, is strongly in favour of having a Hotel re-instated on the site of the Royal Hotel and has made a submission to Roscommon Co Council stating this.
A Hotel is vital for Boyle from both an economic and social perspective and as the second largest town in the County we are disadvantaged by the lack of one.
As the drive continues, in conjunction with Roscommon Co Co, to regenerate Boyle, we need a hotel to compliment the attractions. Historically the Royal Hotel has been a landmark in the town and every effort should now be made to re-instate it on a site that is, and has always, been renowned as a Hotel location.
We urge all Businesses and individuals to lend your support and/or express any views you have, by simply visiting the link below and completing and submitting  same on or before 5pm Friday 17th November 2017″
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Ardcarne Garden Centre Bird Event

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FREE Garden Bird Event, Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle, Sunday 26th November at 2pm. Join Jamie Durrant from BirdWatch Ireland and find out how to feed birds effectively with the best types of food and feeders. You’ll also discover how to identify different birds and how to encourage them to nest in your garden. All welcome.


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Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has said the importance of community based CCTV schemes must not be underestimated in the fight against rural crime.

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St. Joseph’s BNS Parents Association Christmas Draw

Students from the school will be out and about from Friday 17th November selling lines for this draw. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Monster Christmas Draw Thursday 21st December in the school. Proceeds go towards ICT equipment for the school.
1st Prize: €150 Voucher to Tayto Park and €150 Voucher for Pillo Hotel (5 minutes from Tayto Park)
2nd Prize: €100 One for All Voucher Sponsored by Trojan IT Business Solutions.
3rd Prize: €100 One for All Voucher Sponsored by Vention.
4th Prize: €100 One for All Voucher Sponsored by Vention
5th Prize: 4 Green Fees for Carrick Golf Club (Sponsored)
6th Prize: €50 Hamper from Brogans Pharmacy (Sponsored by Brogans)
7th Prize: €50 Voucher for Zipit (Sponsored by Zipit)
8th Prize: €50 Sports Direct Voucher (Sponsored Top in Town Foods Ltd. Meath)
9th Prize: €40 Voucher Clarkes Bar & Restaurant (Sponsored by Clarkes)
10th Prize: 6 passes to Carrick Cineplex (Sponsored by Carrick Cineplex)
11th Prize: Hamper sponsored by Surprises Giftware (Sponsored by Surprises)
We the Parents Association would like to thank our sponsors for their extreme generosity.


Roscommon council €62-million capital programme

RoscommonCoCo logoShannonside news: Included in the article …”As well as new builds, the council says unfinished estates continue to provide possible sources of supply, in addition to resolving issues of dereliction and antisocial behaviour.
Fifty such units – in Roscommon, Boyle, Ballaghaderreen and Strokestown – are in the process of being directly acquired, while the council has submitted a proposal for a new turnkey project proposed for Boyle.”
• The article does not specify details of the turnkey (housing) project proposed for Boyle. Details to follow!!


‘Christ The King’

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The iconic ‘Christ The King’ statue on Carrick Road will probably be relocated, possible to within the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church when the future of the former Convent of Mercy is decided.


Boyle Celtic U-12 girls

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Sligo- Leitrim League, Girls U-12
Boyle Celtic 1 : Ballymote Celtic 2
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Boyle Celtic U-12 girls were unlucky to lose to near neighbours Ballymote Celtic on Saturday last at Celtic Park. Both teams started well with the goalkeepers at each end hard to beat.
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Save a life … What is CPR?

CPR is a simple, easily learned emergency procedure used when someone’s breathing and heartbeat stop suddenly (cardiac arrest).
• CPR involves pressing hard and fast on the centre of the person’s chest and providing rescue breaths to help save their life.
• You can triple their chance of survival.

Tony Conboy – Essays and Observations

Read Tony’s memories of his departed father … from an article written in June 2009
Some years ago I was delighted to publish ‘Essays and Observations’ a series of articles written by Tony Conboy. Newer viewers to realboyle.com might not be aware of this very well written, thoughtful, informative series, and though they are quite old now, they are still worth a read. I propose republishing additional articles each weekend for your enjoyment.
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Quotable Quotes

From a vast collection of Quotable Quotes, here is my first, and one of my favourites – featuring my old friend Sean Doherty (29 June 1944–7 June 2005) R.I.P.

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MAYO ROSCOMMON HOSPICE – BOYLE SUPPORT GROUP NEWS

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“The Boyle Support Group are delighted to welcome Martina Jennings, CEO of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, for an information evening on Monday, 20th November at 8pm in Dodds, The Crescent, Boyle.
We would like to invite our many helpers who come out each year to help with fundraising events to join us on the night. If you are coming along please text us on 086 784 7827 before the 15th as we will need to establish numbers.
Shine a Light envelopes are available at Brogan’s Total Health Pharmacy & Ryans Pharmacy.
Christmas Cards are available at SuperValu, Boyle. They will also be available at the annual Christmas Fair in King House. Our Christmas Cake raffle is always very popular and lines will be available at the Hospice Shop, Boyle from next week and at the Christmas Fair.
Your continued support is very much appreciated by the Hospice, and all funds collected locally are used for Hospice services in the locality.”


Naughten confirms Cabinet approval to extend maternity benefit to mothers of premature babies

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed the Government has this morning (Tuesday) approved an extension of maternity leave and maternity benefit to mothers of premature babies. The Government approved the measures at its weekly Cabinet meeting as part of discussions on the Social Welfare Bill 2017.
“This means a mother of a premature baby is entitled to receive an extra period of maternity leave and maternity benefit in addition to the current statutory 26 weeks of paid maternity leave,” explained Minister Naughten. “Under the new measure mothers of premature babies born after October 1st 2017 would begin their 26 weeks maternity leave and any additional weeks of benefit due, at the end of the existing 26 week entitlement. This means that the first additional payments would be due from 30 March 2018 onwards.”

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Boyle Ladies GAA – AGM

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Boyle Ladies AGM will take place in the clubhouse on Sun Nov 26th at 5pm. All coaches, players, parents and everyone interested in the development of ladies football in Boyle is invited to attend. This will be a great opportunity to discuss new ideas and initiatives for the club.


Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

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Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday November 13th 2017

Numbers drawn: 9, 14, 15, 22
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: M. Masterson, E. Beirne, M. Flynn
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Monday November 20th 2017 at 11.00pm in Creighton’s Bar. Jackpot €10,990


Boyle Musical Society – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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With just over one week until opening night, St. Joseph’s Church in Boyle is being transformed into a spectacular venue for ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’.
The show will open on Thursday November 23rd and continue until Saturday, November 25th and the performances start at 8:30pm, nightly.
We are delighted to be able to bring this Old Testament saga of Joseph and his coat of many colours to life, in these beautiful atmospheric surroundings. The story is both timely and timeless and we are confident that audiences will appreciate that St. Joseph’s Church is the most appropriate place for an event like this.
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Roscommon Herald

Do you support your local weekly newspaper? .. you know it is compiled and edited in Boyle … This is today’s Masthead … Buy your Roscommon Herald at newsagents through the country

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Boyle’s Royal Hotel site

Shannonside News: “The majority of submissions to Roscommon council about the future use of the old Royal Hotel in Boyle are in favour of a new hotel on the site. That’s according to Roscommon Director of Services Martin Lydon who says that around 40 submissions have been received at this stage and over 60% are in favour of the site being used for a hotel.”


FitHit Tennis is coming to Boyle!

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Fiona wrote: FitHit tennis events are open to all from ages 6-16years whether you have played tennis before or not! Events are coach led fun blitzes and involve playing the game, taking on the FitHit challenges and meeting new friends. This Saturday the FitHit series comes to Boyle Tennis Club from 2-3.30pm costing €5 per person with all equipment provided. To enter simply text 086 351 4123. The more the merrier so bring a friend!!


Jenny’s Deerfolk and realboyle.com

Shortly I hope to share the creative adventures of Jenny Jessop’s fabulous ‘Deerfolk’ with readers on realboyle.com. Viewers will recognise the hugely talented Jenny, formerly Jenny (Jennifer) O’Dowd from Abbeytown and Knockvicar, Boyle.
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Courthouse Committee AGM

AGM  will take place in Boyle Enterprise Centre on Tuesday, 28th November at 8pm. All are welcome to attend and have a say in the future of Boyle Courthouse.


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Dear Sean, I heard you on the radio recently and thought I would contact you. Although a Dub, I have a little cottage in Keash for the last 20 years, and everytime I pass through Boyle, I am dismayed at the number of shops closed down. To get tourists into the town, I have the following idea:
A local museum would be perfect in the newly refurbished courthouse – something on the same lines of The Little Museum of Dublin, which has proved to be spectacularly popular. Trevor White, the founder, gave a ‘shout out’ on the radio and requested that listeners donate any objects, ephemera etc relating to Dublin, and they did, in droves, which also reduced the cost of set up. it has been a great success.
Best regards, Riona Coggin


Feighan welcomes introduction of new air ambulance service

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Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the HSE’s introduction of a new air ambulance service specifically for patients here requiring life-saving transplants in another country.Contact: Senator Feighan (086) 833 1234.

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Boyle GAA Update 13th November

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The Bridge #02TheBridge_02

Please log in every Monday to view “The Bridge” – a cartoon strip exclusive to realboyle.com


Niamh Flanagan at Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Cancer patient Niamh Flanagan at Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Shop, Sunday 12th November

Ardcarne Garden Centre wrote: “A BIG thank you to all our customers who supported our local hospice & Niamh’s Journey There at our Christmas shop opening over the weekend! Thank you Niamh for coming along today. We wish you all the very best.”


1916 Plaque Unveiling

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Sunday 12th November: The 19th Infantry Battalion association unveiled a 1916 memorial plaque in Boyle. The ceremony took place adjacent to the Garda station at 12.30. This was the last of three plaques to be unveiled in the Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon areas covered by the 19th Battalion. Sunday’s ceremony was organised by members of the association from the former A and E Companys of the 19th.


Boyle Golf Club Notes


The Men’s 18 Hole Stableford held on Sunday the 12th of November was won by our new Greens Convener, Michael Rush, with a score of 39 points.
In second place was Gary Carty with 38 points, the best gross score went to Patrick Egan, and in third was Frank Flanagan with 37 points.
Our nine hole stableford Winter Open can be played from Monday to Saturday every week throughout the Winter, and a men’s 18 hole stableford competition will be held next Sunday, the 19th of November.
The Club AGM will take place on Sunday 19th at 5 pm in the clubhouse. This is the AGM of the “parent club”, i.e, the combined men’s and ladies sections and all members of the club are very much encouraged to attend.

Tommy Fleming to perform in Kilronan Castle

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Tommy Fleming will bring his special Christmas Show to Kilronan Castle on Sunday 3rd December, 2017. Tickets are currently on sale at Boyle Motor Works and Kilronan Castle. Some of the proceeds from this Concert will go towards Ardcarne Community Childcare Facility.


Light and Shadow – Sunday 12th November

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Boyle Town Team AGM

Boyle Town Team AGM will be held in January 2018. The public may well be invited to attend and have their say in the future membership of Roscommon Co Council’s child,  the Boyle Town Team


‘Down to Business’ with Bobby Kerr

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I was delighted to attend and be interviewed on Newstalk from the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon Town discussing business with Bobby Kerr on ‘Down to Business’!
Bobby discussed the history and success of the realboyle.com website and we had a chat about my son Chris O’Dowd.
• Newstalk Podcast [here]


Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Shop 2017

The large attendance was testament to the quality, hospitality and spectacle available for all at Ardcarne Garden Centre’s Christmas Shop 2017

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‘It’s very hard to say ‘I need food’’

Irish Times: An ad-hoc food bank at the Boyle Family Resource centre has seen a surge in demand from local families and beyond
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Lough Key Parkrun 11th November

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St. Joseph’s Newsletter

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Boyle Musical Society “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

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Tickets are on sale now. Don’t leave it until the last minute to get yours at the door. Pre-purchased tickets will give you access to a reserved area for the show.
Tickets are €15, with special concessions of €10 available for children, students and senior citizens for the Premiere on Nov. 23rd.
• Tickets available from Taylor’s Jewellers, Mary Magee’s and Únabhán.
Credit card sales on 087 2736740.


A wake up call … and a look into the future!

• Are we reaching the end of the line for marketing through Facebook?
• Email is proving over and over again that it packs a bigger punch than social media

Many online users are now closing their social media accounts or, at least, limiting the time they spend checking them. Instead one-to-one communication, such as that offered by the traditional email, is much more likely to be heard and read than a marketing drive on social media.
According to business consulting giant McKinsey an email is 40 times more effective at acquiring new customers than Facebook or Twitter. That’s right – 40 times. And when it comes to purchases made as a result of receiving a marketing message email has the highest conversion rate (66%) when compared with social media or direct mail. That’s according to the US-based Data and Marketing Association.
• A message is five times more likely to be seen in an email than say via a social media platform such as Facebook.


The Bridge, episode #1

TheBridge_01A promo for the new lightly-flavoured, sometimes with a bite, cartoon feature for future Mondays on realboyle.com “The Bridge” by the “Toon Team”, John Mulligan and Sean O’Dowd.


Pay for a TV licence, even if you don’t have a TV?

Shannonside news: Every household in Ireland will have to pay a licence fee, even if they don’t have a TV. A Dail report on the future of public service broadcasting suggests a household charge that factors in laptops and tablets, while a ‘culture tax’ would be imposed on internet service providers.
According to the Irish Independent, there’s also an indication that the current fee could increase from € 160 to € 175.


Boyle Golf Club – Men’s AGM


The men’s AGM was held on Sunday 5/11/17 in the clubhouse presided over by the outgoing captain Gerry O’Hara. Condolences were expressed to the family of our past Captain, Michael Archer, who passed away in 2017. Gerry in his report thanked those who had supported him during the year, and mentioned developments in the club during 2017 which included the display of photos of previous Captains and Lady Captains in the clubhouse, and most especially the successful completion of course development works, part funded by the National Lottery Sports Programme.

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Ardcarne Garden Centre – Letters to Santa

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We’ve an Official Santa Post box and stationery this year for children to post their letters to Santa.


Boyle Christmas lights

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The Boyle Christmas Lights Team will distribute Raffle cards to ALL Businesses over the coming days for the Annual Cash Draw with prizes in excess of €1,000 to be won.

The team appeals to all Businesses to promote the raffle and encourage maximum sales. The annual running costs of the lights is approx. €5,000 and we are this year faced with an additional cost of installing a new infrastructure/upgrading system to accommodate the lights to a RECI approved standard.

The erection of the lights commenced Tuesday 7th November in Boyle and again we appeal to anyone, especially Boyle business owners who can lend a hand for a couple of hours. If you’d like to get involved please call Dara on 086 406 6976. The scheduled nights over the next 10 days are this evening (Wednesday 8th) at 6.30pm at the Crescent and Tues 14th & Wednesday 15th November. It takes approx. 500 voluntary man hours to erect and take down the lights, thus help would greatly be appreciated.


Boles of Boyle – current window display

Boles-of-BoyleThe excellent window displays at Boles of Boyle are a credit to management and add greatly to the Boyle streetscape


Ireland West Airport in profit

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It’s reported that pre-tax profits at the company that operates Ireland West Airport last year increased more than five-fold to nearly €643,000.


Peter Horan & Fred Finn celebratory weekend

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Peter Horan & Fred Finn Celebratory Weekend in Gurteen, Co. Sligo –  Teach Murray, The Roisin Dubh, The Cross Bar – Friday/Saturday/Sunday – 24th/25th/26th November, featuring a host of local and visiting Irish Trad musicians. Enquiries 086 264 4963. Facebook [here…]


Senator Frank Feighan leads political delegation to Westminster

Frank Feighan TDSenator Frank Feighan led an Oireachtas cross-party delegation to Westminster on Monday, involving bi-lateral talks with political leaders in the UK which included an hour long meeting with British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.

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Eugene Murphy TD – Climate Change

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Infrastructure investment must be made a priority in dealing with climate change. Flood defences and prevention measures need to be upgraded

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Ireland 2040 Draft Plan needs to take greater account of Rural Areas – HOPKINS

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Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Damien English TD was in Ballaghaderreen Friday (October 27th) to address the Northern and Western Regional Assembly and to engage with elected representatives on the Ireland 2040 Plan.

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Realboyle.com supports our local newspaper … do you?

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Ardcarne Garden Centre – Christmas Shop 2017

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Where in Boyle?
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The bags in the background might offer a clue … Answer = Ardcarne Garden Centre.


Boyle Yoga Shack
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We offer Beginner and Intermediate Yoga classes to both ladies and gents to suit all levels. Classes span across the week, Monday to Friday with both evening and daytime classes.
• If you are interested in joining us just ring/text
Christine 087 225 1138 : Mags 086 8360 111


Skeleton Trees

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 I searched through the skeleton trees, where you were looking down on me
– Chrissey Pinney


Boyle GAA Nursery Programme

Boyle GAA Nursery Programme got off to a great start with over 60 young boys and girls having great fun while playing games and doing activities specifically focused on improving their agility, balance and coordination. The children had a special visit from Boyle GAA Captain Roch Hanmore who brought the O’Gara Cup with him and gave us plenty of opportunities for photographs much to the children’s delight.
• We would like to thank our speakers who spoke with parents on the night. County Coaching Officer Padraig Mitchell gave a very informative talk on the proven benefits of exercise and team sports for children in their physical, mental and emotional development. Roch and his sister Catriona told parents how playing GAA with Boyle had been a very important part of their youth and continued to be into their adult lives. The camaraderie and friendships they formed with their teammates since joining as young children at U12 are still there today.
• The nursery programme is open to all young children aged 4-6 years of age and will run for 16 weeks each Monday from 6-7pm in Boyle Complex.  There are still some places available, just come along at 6pm


 

Boyle Mens Shed – Friday 3rd November

I was delighted to accompany a group from Boyle Mens Shed and enjoyed an early Christmas gathering, excellent food, a few drinks, Brendan’s Music and the inevitable but welcome repartee from host Gerry Emmett in An Craoibhín

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(L-R) Brendan, Owen, Sam, Arthur, Billy and Tony


Job Advice & Support
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A drop in Job advice & Support Service will be available over the coming weeks in Roscommon Learning Links-dates for next week are:
• Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th , Thursday 9th and Friday 10th anytime between 10am and 1pm.
• Anyone looking for advice on Job Applications or CV’s and who are currently unemployed are very welcome to drop by and meet with Sonia or Jen at Roscommon Learning Links, Elphin Street, Boyle (next door to Trojan).

‘Ireland’s Refugee Hotel’ Ballaghaderreen

Ireland’s Refugee Hotel’, a highly emotive and powerful documentary co-produced with the BBC will aired on TV3 tonight, Thursday, November 2 at 9pm.

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Carrick CCTV project

Leitrim Observer: The Carrick-on-Shannon community has to raise an additional €24,000 in just over a week if plans to secure additional funding for a specialist CCTV system for the county town are to proceed.

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Padraig Sweeney has very kindly donated 5,000 to Boyle Celtic.

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Pictured here are (Left to right) Sean Kerins, Kyle Sweeney, Jim Sweeney and Richard Kelly.

Boyle Celtic are delighted to accept Padraig’s generous gift and wish him and LandEscape Pty Ltd continued success … far away in Australia.


Gerry says thank you …

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“From Monday December 4th, An Craoibhín will be under the new and capable management of Aileen and Enda Madden.
• I wish to sincerely thank our Shop Local suppliers Kelly’s Londis, Langans Vegetables, Boyle Country Meats and others.
• I thank YOU our customers and staff with a special word of thanks to my wife Phil. Without you our business would not have been fun and such a great pleasure”


Health and Wellbeing Monday Evening Walks
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Jackie wrote: As part of Boyle GAA Health and Wellbeing initiative and in conjunction with the Nursery Programme we are running weekly walks from 6pm-7pm on a Monday evening from the complex. There will be routes for all ages so come and join us for a bit of exercise and a chat with friends.
All welcome starting Monday 6th November


Hair & More, SuperValu Mall, Boyle

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Leitrim Observer report: Leitrim people are being asked to take part in this year’s Concern Fast when they can give up any habit or activity for 24-hours to raise vitals funds for children suffering from hunger around the world. The annual Fast campaign – one of Ireland’s longest running fundraisers, which is run by aid agency Concern Worldwide – takes place this year on Thursday, November 23.

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‘Movember’ aka ‘Niamhember’

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For the month of November a group of Boyle gentlemen will be attempting to grow and tame some moustaches in a  ‘Movember’ campaign or ‘Niamhember’ as they are calling it to raise funds in aid of Niamh’s Journey There.
Let’s hope there is good growth during November and it brings with it a whole host of silly, bizarre, and overly ambitious moustache attempts! Please support anyone you see during the month with any sort of an attempt at a moustache!


“Take that …” !!
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Future Boyle?

Back in what some have described as the ‘hay day’ of a vigorous organisation, Boyle Chamber of Commerce hosted and paid ‘mega bucks’ for a study of the town by a group of architectural students. Several detailed drawings and a magnificent 3D model of a ‘future Boyle’ were left here and were on display in King House for a short while. Sadly the drawing and 3D model are now ageing in storage, out of sight and possibly never referred to.
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Does Boyle have the x-factor?

Westport has the x-factor: Despite the economic recovery, many regional towns across the country, particularly in the west, are still in decline, with shops closing and young people leaving for opportunities elsewhere.
• Simon Wall, an architect with Mayo County Council with responsibility for Westport, said the town’s development had stemmed from a single, clear plan. Simon Wall was guest speaker at a meeting in Lough Key Visitor Centre some years ago and  gave an informative, illustrated presentation on the ‘secrets’ of Westport’s success.


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Boyle Convent building & grounds for sale

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Know Your Rights: Benefits for carers

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Treat yourself at Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty, Boyle

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Self-service libraries?

Self-service libraries look set to be introduced in Roscommon because the council is currently tendering for such equipment

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Boyle Garda Station Opening Hours (Revised)

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.


John Mulligan, multiple award-winning author

Realboyle viewers will know John Mulligan as the face behind many newspaper and magazine articles. John is also ideas-man and lobbyist par excellence on behalf of Boyle. Trinkets in the form of short stories – a hobby of John’s – have come my way and I am delighted to add to a developing catalogue that includes: “The next big thing” : “Looking at heaven through a paper telescope” : “Serene suburban Sundays, Spring Street” : “Hey Jude” : “Give a sucker an even break”. Read and enjoy the work of a consummate professional …

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Ardcarne Garden Centre  

Job of the week: Rake up leaves
Rake up leaves and compost them. Ideally mix with other green material in your compost bin or make a simple frame about 1m x 1m from chicken wire and posts and place all your leaves in there, They’ll rot down into lovely crumbly compost in about a year.
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Self Care to wellness management course

A Self Care to wellness management course for people living with an on-going or long term health condition will start on Monday 6th November at 10.30am in St Joseph’s Resource Centre, Boyle … 2.5 hrs for 6 weeks.  For further information contact Jackie: 083 847 8076 or email selfcaretowellness@rsg.ie


Pampas Grass in full bloom

Pampas GrassIn spite of, or despite the Ophelia and Brian ‘storms that didn’t amount to much in this area’, my Pampas Grass is in full bloom at the moment. The large clumps of lush, grass-like foliage and fragile-looking creamy white feathery plumes appear to be super-easy to grow. In fact I cut mine  ‘down to the stump’ a few years ago, gave them no attention and now the stand proudly 10 feet tall.


Realboyle.com supports Roscommon Learning Link, Boyle

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“My Own Place” – Main Street, Boyle

Christy Wynne HeaderLose yourself for a while as you read memories of an almost forgotten Main Street, Boyle, by gifted Boyle writer Christy Wynne
“Boyle town has been through the wars; battered, bruised and scarred, but still standing; a born survivor. Within her lies an unconquering hope that will see her overcome every obstacle no matter how great. Lord Tennyson said it once in a few words: To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

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Pilates/ Tabata

Continuing this week with the next 6 week block starting this Wednesday 25th. Pilates 7pm – 8pm, Tabata 8.10pm. Also Pilates Thursday morning 26th 7am – 8.50. Convent Primary School Gym.
To Book please contact Ann 086 308 8873

Microsoft Word Training (Intermediate)

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• Microsoft Word Training (Intermediate) will take place on this Wednesday October 25th at Boyle Enterprise Centre. Course topics include: Creating Forms, Mail Merge, Using Tables, Word Templates, Working with Macros, Working with Graphics and Advanced Page Layout Tools.
• Course times are 9.30/4.30. Cost €40.00 per person. Discount for two or more participants.
• For more information, course content or to book places please email info@roleskillnet.com call 071 9673440.
• Upcoming courses include Advanced Excel Tuesday November 7th and Facebook for Business Tuesday November 14th.

An Craoibhín under new management from 4th December 2017

An Craoibhin

Aileen Madden wrote: Exciting times ahead. Enda and I will be taking over An Craoibhin from the very capable hands of Gerry and Phil in December. Really looking forward to this new challenge. We will ensure that the Craoibhin continues to deliver the quality food and atmosphere that Gerry and Phil are renowned for and will also put our own mark on it with the help of the wonderful team who work there. We look forward to seeing you there in the not so distance future for good food, drink and a friendly atmosphere, roll on December 2017


Boyle Musical Society – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

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King House – Saturday 21st OctoberZ1210002-1View Photos graphicZ1210013-1A happy group from the Mid-Ulster Connaught Rangers Association visited and included a wreath-laying ceremony on the grounds of King House


Fundraisers etc …

While the community are to be commended for the 120% support they are giving to the most worthwhile/deserving ‘Niamh’s Journey there’ campaign, we might consider for a moment and think of several other locals who are currently being treated for cancer and many other illnesses.
• Whether it be a family member or someone you know of, let’s wish each of them well on their individual journeys. Having spoken with Niamh, I know she would wish you to remember others too.


Ardcarne Garden Centre

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The Centre will host a FREE Mini Garden Design Consultation every Wednesday up until 25th October commencing at 11am until 12.30pm. Bring along photos and an outline sketch and get 30 minutes of ideas and inspiration from our professional Garden Designer on how to create your perfect garden.


Facebook, Word, and Excel Training at Boyle Enterprise Centre

Boyle Enterprise Centre

Facebook, Word, and Excel Training will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre as follows:
• Microsoft Word (Intermediate) Wednesday October 25th
• Microsoft Excel (Advanced) Tuesday November 7th
• Facebook for Business Tuesday November 14th.
For more information, course content, or to book places please email info@roleskillnet.com call 071 967 3440. Courses are organised by Role Skillnet, Training Network. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses


Tawnytaskin Community Centre:

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Friday 10th November, 8pm: Community Mass will be held in Tawnytaskin Community Centre – a lovely evening to meet and chat neighbours and old friends. All very welcome to come and join us for a visit and cuppa. Contact Ann on 086 813 0005.


Boyle Musical Society “Joseph”

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FIVE WEEKS TO OPENING NIGHT …
• Rehearsals for ‘Joseph…’ are continuing several nights each week, in St. Joseph’s Hall. This year, we have a cast of nearly ninety, including over fifty children and we can promise that this will be a spectacular production!
• ‘Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ will run from November 23rd to 25th in St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle


Boyle employer to expand

Shannonside News: Vention Medical, which was recently acquired by the Nordson Corporation for about €595 million, currently employs 140 people in Boyle. The medical-device company’s base in the town has grown by 20 per cent over the past year, and it currently has about six vacancies.


Niamh’s Journey There

Boyle Bingo Committe

Boyle Bingo committee donated €1000 to the Niamh’s Journey There fund


Boyle Credit Union / Shannonside FM

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Back Row: Anne Walsh, Anne Norris Joe Currid, Mary Smith

PA190042Anne Walsh, Martin Dolan, Anne Norris, Joe Currid Bill ReidView Photos graphicThursday 19th: Boyle Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day. Anne Norris, Shannonside FM, broadcast live from Boyle 9am to 11am. The Neston Cup was on display and refreshments were served all day


Phone scam sweeping across Ireland

The scam is a ‘premium call back’ scam designed to have people return missed calls which are charged at extremely high rates.

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Fotofit / Brothers of Charity visit to exhibition of Photographs

Portrait of a Century Exhibition(L-R) Peggy, Veronica, John, Stephen, Maureen, Padraig, Owen, Barry, Tomás

Wednesday 18th October: I had the pleasure of accompanying the Fotofit / Brothers of Charity group to the highly recommended Portrait of a Century Exhibition in Collins Barracks, Dublin. We are an active, friendly group who meet regularly to discuss aspects of camera use and matters photographic.
• The Exhibition is the story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 told through the faces of its people with photographs by Kim Haughton. Each photograph represents the birth year of the person in it and the series as a whole spans a one hundred year time frame from 1916 to 2015.


CIE Tours International

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Neil wrote: “The final CIE Tour of this Season will arrive in Boyle next Sunday 22nd, at approx 4.30pm. There are no CIE Tours planned for next year for Boyle. Instead, they will visit the Arigna Mining Experience and Carrick-on-Shannon.”


Is my car insurance void if I drive in a red weather alert?

INSURANCE IRELAND HAS advised that motor insurance cover operates AS NORMAL today and is not impacted by the weather conditions.
The clarification comes after a post on Facebook and Twitter was doing the rounds stating that car insurance is void if the motorist drives during a red weather alert. This post is not correct.

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Male Breast Cancer

Aideen Rushe wrote:
“My amazing, brave, inspirational partner in crime and boyfriend has shared his story of courage and positivity on his battle from living with cancer on Ryan Tubridy’s show on RTE 1. Well worth a listen & most importantly give yourself a feel up once and a while!
Radio RTE .ie report:
‘It’s good to talk about the fact that men can get it and it’s okay to talk about it and it’s okay to get checked out.’
Imagine discovering a lump on your breast, going to your GP, getting a referral and being told you have to wait nine months to be seen. Nine months worrying about a lump on your breast. This is what happened Boyle coffee-shop owner Mick Reynolds last year, as he told Ryan Tubridy on Thursday morning. (12th October)
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Roscommon council staff to strike

Shannonside News: Staff at Roscommon County Council are set to take industrial action in two weeks time in a dispute over flexible work practices. In July, the longstanding row appeared to be settled after the Labour Court’s intervention.


Boyle resident Gerry Emmett

Gerry EmmettGerry Emmett at the Boyle Golf Club Centenary in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle Saturday 29th October 2011. Now 6 years later, Gerry still looks the ‘dapper gent’ and is undoubtedly one of Boyle’s great characters. Gerry and his ‘long-suffering’ wife Phil  own and manage an excellent Bar & Restaurant ‘An Craoibhin’, on Elphin Street, Boyle


The Sports Complex

To book or hire this venue for sports  / special events, please call 086 836 0222 -or- 086 260 3403P9120690
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Realboyle.com supports Boyle Enterprise Centre

Boyle Enterprise Centre is one of a number of favoured venues for meetings and events in Boyle as well as the Sports Complex, St. Joseph’s Hall, King House, St. Joseph’s Resource Centre (Abbeytown), The Moylurg Room (L.Key Visitor Centre) and Boyle Library. Regular club meetings are held also in King House Tea Rooms, The Moylurg Inn, Daly’s Lounge, The Patrick’s Well Pub,  GAA clubrooms and Boyle Celtic clubrooms

Boyle Enterprise Centre

The aim of the Centre is to support economic regeneration in the Boyle and North Roscommon area and stimulate much needed job creation. Boyle Chamber of Commerce developed a space where emerging entrepreneurs can locate in an affordable enterprising setting.
• Rates are flexible and affordable with refreshments available on site
• Our Tenants offer a wide range of business services incl, computing, finance, marketing & training. The Centre houses rooms for training, meetings, presentations and product launches.
• Quarry Lane Boyle Co. Roscommon 071 967 3100 info@boyleenterprise.com

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Boyle’s plans for a ‘scattered hotel’

A Galway consultancy firm has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study with a view to creating a ‘scattered hotel’ in Boyle, and ten properties in the towncentre have been identified for phase one of the project.
Thursday 26th January: Damien English, Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government  hosted a meeting with representatives of the Boyle Albergo Diffuso Alliance in his office in Dail Eireann. The project already has the support of Roscommon County Council as well as a critical mass of property owners in the town.

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L/R: Minister Damien English, John Mulligan, Alison Clarke O’Shaughnessy, Maire Paul, Margaret Mulligan

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Christmas Club now open at Brogans Pharmacy

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It’s out!!! The new Moone Boy book

Moone Boy

It’s out!!! The new Moone Boy book hits the shelves today, along with some gorgeous illustrations from Cartoon Saloon. And the good people at Macmillan sent over a bottle of booze to finally put an end to the nightmare of sober baths – so that’s me done for the day!


Castle Island, Lough Key – a winter view


Filming in Boyle – The Legend of Úna Bhán

Continuing on from a number of film crews visiting and ‘shooting’ material in the Boyle area, I suggest there is material for another still-to-be-made film in the area … The Legend of Úna Bhán … “MacDermott was the Chieftain of Moylurg, a Celtic Kingdom in North Roscommon. He had a beautiful daughter, Úna Bhán – so named because of her long blonde hair. His neighbour was Tomas Laidir Costello, a good and sincere man, handsome and strong. Úna Bhán and Tomas Laidir fell in love and wished to marry but MacDermott would not allow the marriage because he believed Tomas Laidir was not good enough for his daughter. Tomas Laidir was banished from the area and MacDermott had Úna Bhán confined on Castle Island, Lough Key, then called “The Rock”, which was located in the centre of MacDermott territory.”

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 Sunset near Strandhill

Near Strandhill 27th September


King House Christmas Fair 2017

This year’s Christmas market will be held on the 1st and the 2nd of December – Friday night 1st December 5pm to 9pm and all day Saturday 2nd December 10am to 7pm.
Craft traders are invited to apply for a table in our long gallery in King House.
Preference will be given to crafters that produce/make their own crafts.

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Knock Shrine

Important Notice: Knock Parish Church and Apparition Chapel will be closed from Monday 2nd October until April 2018 for necessary refurbishment works. Masses will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and the Basilica during this time. Find out more about Mass times and locations here: http://bit.ly/2wLWbTA


Gaelic Chieftain on the N4

Gaelic Chieftain


Townhouse self-catering, Main Street, Boyle

Spend your mid term, the festive period or just a lovely getaway break in the lovely heritage town of Boyle. The Town House is a perfect venue for a self catering holiday. Luxurious two and three bed apartments finished to the highest standards that can sleep comfortably a family of 5 and 7 and groups of 12. Great for friends, families or groups spending time away together … or need that extra space in town for visiting families or friends!
• Contact: townhouse.boyle@gmail.com : Peter : 087 776 2662

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LOOKWELL Dry Cleaners – Special Laundry Offers

LOOKWELL Dry Cleaners


Marians Fashions

Chic Styles at Marians


Boles of Boyle

Boles of Boyle


Stewarts Oil – Monthly Draw

Stewarts Oil Monthly DrawTo order your Stewarts Heating Oil please call 071 967 0100


Boyle Food Partnership

Boyle Food Partnership

Boyle Food Partnership was established in July 2017, following the realisation that some households are experiencing food shortages due to a lack of money.
• Our food supplies are limited and available to those most in need, those who are going without today … not to replenish a cupboard for an unidentified rainy day.
• We look forward to serving you. If you or anyone you know is going without food due to economic or other hardship, please let them know we are up and running and ask them to get in touch. We will help as best we can.
• This service is confidential. Tel 071 966 3000 or text 086 738 7910. Email hiddenpoverty@gmail.com or Facebook messenger Poverty and Homelessness. All messages will be responded to on the date of receipt.

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Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, St. Patrick Street, Boyle

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Stewarts Oil : order now to keep cosy & warm this autumn & the winter ahead

20150903_083512To order, please call Stewarts Oil on 071 967 0100


Tai Chi Court Restaurant – Open 7 Days 5pm to 11pm

Tai Chi Court Restaurant

 


“Homeward Bound”

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River Lane, Barrack Lane or whatever is its correct name – it looks great at night from Boyle Bridge.


Joe Simon Building Supplies

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Boyle Library Opening Hours

King House, Boyle, F52 HN50
Senior Library Assistant: Matthew Gammon
Tel: 071 966 2800
E-mail:boylelibrary@roscommoncoco.ie

Tuesday/ Thursday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday/ Friday/ Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm


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.



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