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Saturday: trong and gusty southwest winds. Any early rain soon clearing, giving way to occasional showers. Some bright or sunny spells developing too. Highest temperatures of 12 to 13 C.

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Old Sligo Road, Boyle, Friday 24th October

Old Sligo Road, Boyle = autumn
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Operation Slowdown

From 7 o'clock this morning until 7 o'clock tomorrow morning Gardaí will mount high visibility speed checks on both national primary and secondary roads to detect drivers who are speeding and people who aren’t wearing seatbelts.

Busy Weekend
Fri 24th  

• Magees Fashion Shop - Fantastic Friday Special Offers all day
• James Kilbane in Concert - Church of Ireland at 8pm
• "Mock Wedding" 2002 video Tawnytaskin Community Centre 8pm

Sat 25th  

• The Úna Bhán Moone Boy Fest in St Joseph's Hall
• Tickets for Boyle Musical Society's ‘Grease’ available from 12pm
•  Marian's Instore event with Katherine 12-2pm - Special discounts
• "A Delicate Wildness" book signing, Creighton’s Bar, 4.30pm
• "Moone Boy - The Blunder Years" book signing with Chris, Nick and many of the cast at 8pm

Sun 26th  

• 19th Infantry Battalion FCA Assn. Visitor Centre launch, 6.30pm
• Ireland's Fittest Families semi-final (from Lough Key) on TV
• Creighton's Bar - live music with Dave Byrne
• The Psychonics and Halloween Fancy Dress in Daly's Lounge

If I missed an event please email sean@realboyle.com with details


An Oblique View - Tony Conboy - 2rd October

This week's is another 'Must Read'. Tony casts his well informed, intelligently analytical and clear-thinking eye on the recent events in the area and beyond

Boyle Country Meats - Holiday Weekend Specials

Boyle Country Meats
graphic © Sean O'Dowd

Boyle TM Mega Christmas Draw

The deadline for donating prizes for Boyle traders Mega Christmas Draw which is currently being planned to fund New Christmas Lights for Boyle is TOMORROW FRIDAY 24th Oct by 4.30pm. To allow Boyle TM proceed with placing the order for the new lights, we need to be assured of your continued support.
If you are in a position to donate a prize from your business or any of your suppliers, please confirm same with Brian Kelly-Betterbuy/Surprises before tomorrow evening at 4.30pm. We have arranged for Raffle cards to be printed over Bank Holiday weekend. We look forward to your continued support. Thanking you on behalf of Boyle TM :- Brian Kelly, Cecil Draper, Stephen Bohan, Dara Callaghan, Patricia Golden & Siobhan Gallagher

Ardcarne PlantsPlus Garden Centre

Drawing Classes at Ardcarne Garden Centre
graphic © Sean O'Dowd

Freedom of Co Roscommon for Chris O'Dowd

We are delighted that Roscommon Co Council honoured Boyle actor Chris O'Dowd for making what it says is an 'outstanding contribution to the county's standing at home and abroad'.
By implication, the O'Dowd family as well as the people of Boyle were honoured as this was the community that made it possible for Chris to grow up and mature in an atmosphere where creativity is encouraged and recognised.

Kelly's Londis - Sale on Friday

Kelly's Londis Sale

Carrick Cineplex - "Of Mice and Men"

Of Mice and Men

Carrick Cineplex is delighted to announce a very special 'Theatre Stage to Screen' film event starring one of our favourite actors! Boyle's own Chris O'Dowd treads the boards in the hit Broadway production OF MICE AND MEN, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live, screening in Carrick Cineplex on Thursday 6th November at 7pm - tickets go on sale tomorrow at www.carrickcineplex.ie

Meet West 2014

Meet West
pic: Meet West

MeetWest, the largest business networking event in the West of Ireland brings a wide range of companies from the West of Ireland and further afield together to network and do business. In its fourth year, MeetWest offers participating companies a full day of tailored one-to-one networking meetings complimented by a wide range of presentations, consultation areas and a networking dinner. The event offers delegates an invaluable opportunity to meet and connect with other businesses.
Who is MeetWest for? Companies From All Sectors: Representatives of Business Networks: Micro-enterprises, Small and Medium-sized Companies: Large Companies, Multinationals


Fine Gael senator Martin Conway saidon the Vincent Browne show last night that "Water does not fall out of the sky." !!! ... maybe he thinks it gets made in a factory ... like milk ... and eggs :-)

Frank Feighan TD

Frank Feighan TD

Roscommon South Leitrim TD Frank Feighan has been appointed as the new Irish Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly. He was formally ratified at the Assembly’s 49th Plenary Session in Ashford in Kent.
Deputy Feighan joins Westminster co-Chair Laurence Robertson MP in setting the direction of the Assembly, which works to foster links and dialogue between parliamentarians and groups across the two countries.

Frank Feighan
pic: Frank Feighan / Paul Hand

James Kilbane Church of Ireland Fundraiser

James Kilbane
graphic © Sean O'Dowd

Tickets are also on sale in the Roscommon Herald on St. Patrick Street.
Special arrangements: In order to ease parking outside the Church of Ireland, buses have been arranged to ferry those attending the concert. One will be stationed at Green Street Car Park and a second one at Lowparks close to the Green Veterinary Centre.

Brogans totalhealth pharmacy

Brogans Pharmacy
edited graphic from Roscommon Herald advert © Sean O'Dowd
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Galilee Community

TAIZE PRAYER in Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle on Friday, October 31st from 9pm -10pm.

Do you own a bike? Maybe you own more than one?

Is there anything worse than your Sunday spin been cut short due to mechanical failure… and that's just the beginning, you then have the increasing cost of having your pride and joy repaired.
Well folks it doesn't have to be that way! The majority of mechanical failures are due to poor maintenance so why not make the most of the long winter evenings and learn to maintain your own bike.


Recruitment underway for 550 jobs

Shannonside FM report: Recruitment is underway to fill over 550 jobs in the public sector. The positions are at entry and graduate level – and will be filled over the next two years. Further information can be found on the Public Appointments Service website – public jobs dot ie.

Boyle GAA Club - Update 20th October

The highlight of the weekend was the 5 point victory by Boyle’s National Automation Limited Minors over Michael Glaveys in the County Minor Championship Division 3 Final in Knockcroghery on Saturday. Congratulations to the entire panel and their management team of Donal Kelly, Kieran McKeon and Cathal Horan. Thanks also to the many supporters who went along to support the lads.
• Congratulations also to the U12 Boys and their Management Team of Gerry Cregg, Odran Feely and Simon O’Donnell on their magnificent victory over Clan na Gael in the County Final on Sunday in a thrilling football game.
• Well done also to the U14s on their victory over Eire Óg in Loughglynn in the Garda Cup second round.


"Moone Boy - The Blunder Years" - FULLY BOOKED

Chris O'Dowd & Nick Murphy
pic Urmston Bookshop

"Moone Boy The Blunder Years" is the book written by Chris O'Dowd and Nick Murphy. They will attend a book signing on Thursday October 23rd in King House, 10am to 12pm. This event is for SCHOOLS ONLY and is now FULLY BOOKED!
• "Moone Boy - The Blunder Years" book signing with Chris, Nick and many of the cast on Saturday 25th in St. Joseph's Hall at 8pm

Boyle Golf Club - Update 19th October

Winter League winners, Michael Simon and Paddy McLoughlin. Gary Carty and Michael Rush were 2ndand Michael Reid and Lionel Lynn came 3rd . Daily prize winners were Sean Heslin and Ted Hestor, Gerry Carty and Eamon Perry, and Charlie O’Donnell and Tish Perry. Thanks for all who took part and special thanks to Michael Rush for organising.
• The weekly nine hole was won by Owen Garvin 22pts, 2nd James Shivnan 21pts.Next weekend's is a club fundraiser, played Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday. Format will be a three ball “Shambles”, entry is €15 per person with a €5 re-entry. The weekly nine hole runs from Monday to Saturday.
• The 16th teebox is being extended and the bunkers are out of play. They will be re-sanded in new year.
• Club EGM, Sunday November 9th. The AGM’s of the Ladies and Mens Club on the same day, Sunday December 7th.

Tommy Kenoy - Insiders TV on Tuesday

Insiders on RTE TV on Tuesday at 7 will deal with Roscommon’s Tommy Kenoy and his drive to open up Croke Park to rugby and soccer during the rebuilding of the Aviva stadium and the eventual visit of the Queen of England to Croke Park.

Ireland's Fittest Families semi-final - TV next Sunday

Ireland's Fittest Families semi-final using Ireland's Toughest Muckers course in Lough Key Forest Park will be screened on RTE next Sunday the 26th rather than the following weekend. This is great it will be shown one week before Ireland's Toughest Muckers next challenge on the 2nd of November.

Boyle GAA

u12 Boyle GAA
Click photo for large version © Tony Murphy

Boyle GAA U-12 beat a gallant Clan na Gael (1-8 to 1-4) to become champions in the Roscommon County Summer League finals held at Oran GAA club on Sunday 19th October. Team captain, Luke Glennon, holds the shield high in reward for a well deserved victory!
Tony wrote: "It was a great game with some fine football played, worthy of much older lads … we were all very proud of them."

Boyle Musical Society

Grease advert
graphic © realboyle

Premium Tickets for ‘Grease’ available from 12pm on Saturday October 25th!
With just over four weeks to go until opening night, tickets for Boyle Musical Society’s eagerly anticipated new show, the hilarious comedy musical, Grease, will go on sale on this Saturday October 25th at 12pm. They will be available to book or purchase from the BMS ticket office, which is situated beside Marian’s on Bridge Street. The office will remain open until 3pm.

Why Boyle?

Boyle town has a 'heritage' feel, and is a very pleasant place to visit, live and work. To its 2,500 population it is home. The Boyle area is a special place and can boast its attractions King House, Boyle Abbey, Lough Key Forest Park Visitor and Activity Centre, Fine Shops, Schools, Housing, Services, Accommodation Providers and places to eat out, and three great nearby lakes with superb fishing.
Just a short drive from Boyle are Carrowkeel and the Bricklieve Megalithic Cemetery, The Arigna Mining Experience, Douglas Hyde Centre at Frenchpark, the Coleman Centre in Gurteen, Cromleach Lodge Hotel, Kilronan Castle Hotel and much more.
• Read a short history of Lough Key and Castle Island [here...]
• Read the Local Legend of Úna Bhán [here...]
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]

Please Support your Local Traders

Taylors Interiors - Cookware Offer

La Cuisine Cookware


Eating Out in Boyle - Tai Chi Court

Tai Chi Court - Beef Chow Mein
Beef Chow Mein at the Tai Chi Court © realboyle photos

Moone Boy Fest

October Bank Holiday weekend. This event is being organised by Una Bhan Tourism and plans are in motion for a memorable weekend with a difference! Moone Boy Fest, Celebrating all things Moone Boy, Saturday, October 25th

Boyle Country Meats

Boyle Country Meats


Boyle Camera Club AGM

Our very successful Boyle Camera Club held its AGM last Tuesday

Boyle Camera Club
Photographers of the Year - From left; Sally Moffitt, Tony Murphy, Noreen McNamara with club Chairperson, Andy Rimmer.

Boyle Credit Union


The current Board of Directors, Oversight Committee and Management Staff at the unveiling of a specially commissioned wooden sculpture honouring the Boyle Union's past chairpersons.
Manager Joe Currid welcomed those present and outlined current Credit Union developments that will benefit members into the future, including online banking, bill-pay facilities and the planned provision of Debit Cards. The branch now has 5,000 members and capital of €13 million. Also present at the ceremony were eight of the Union's ten past chairpersons since its foundation in 1978 as well as current chairperson Bernie Mullins.



Cash For Clobber - St. Joseph's Boys National School

Items that can be collected are:- New and Used Men’s and Women’s & Children’s Clothing, Footwear, Belts, Handbags, Hats, Household Textiles (curtains, blankets etc), Mobile Phones (put these in a separate bag or hand into reception in the school).
All bags can be left outside the side gate at of the school on or before THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

Boyle Country Meats

Boyle Country Meats
This week's Special Offer ... Spend €25 and get 5kg Potatoes FREE !!
© realboyle photo shows Joe Regan and Cyril Heviken

An Oblique View - Tony Conboy - 16th October

This week's is a 'Must Read'. Tony casts his well informed, intelligently analytical and clear-thinking eye on the recent by election, the forthcoming general election, GAA matters of interest, next week's events in Boyle and offers special congratulations for 'jobs well done'

Boyle GAA update - 13th October

Congratulations to Club Officer Aidan Lavin on being the recipient of a special award from the National Blood Transfusion Service for having reached 50 blood donations. The GAA strongly encourages blood donation and the Club urges all our members to make a conscious effort to give blood at the nearest available blood transfusion clinic.


Boyle Credit Union

Boyle Credit Union

A specially commissioned wooden sculpture will be unveiled at a ceremony in Credit Union offices on Green Street at 5.30pm. The sculpture honours the Boyle Union's past chairpersons:
1978-1984 Fr Bobby Jones
1985-1988 Mae Morris
1988-1991 Pat Wynne
1991-1993 Jack Fallon
1993-1995 Anne Ryan
1995-2002 Paddy McDermott
2003-2004 John Keville
2004-2005 Tom Commons
2005-2008 Pat Wynne
2009-2011 Billy Reid
2012 to date Bernie Mullins

Boyle Fire & Rescue Service say Thank You

Tommy wrote: A very successful Charity Car Wash was held last Saturday October 11th. Darren O'Flaherty, Mark McGovern, Martin Supple, Tommy Sheridan, and Gerry Kiernan would like to thank people who helped out: Paul Byrne for the donated advertising signs, SuperValu for the treats, Gerry Gunning for sponsoring the car shampoo, Sean O'Dowd and realboyle.com, Aaron Sharkey, Gary Neary, Dylan Thomas + Rourke for their extra hands and the Casey family for their help.
We have raised €2226 to date and thank all for their generous support for the Kyle Casey Fund. Very best wishes to Kyle and his family going forward.

Roscommon Community Tourism Network AGM

The forthcoming AGM of the Roscommon Community Tourism Network, will be held on Thursday 30th October, 2014, at 8.00pm in Gleeson’s Townhouse, the Square, Roscommon.

Boyle Bridge Wednesday 15th morning

Boyle Bridge

One side of Boyle Bridge has now been repaired and preparations are being made to lay a new footpath. Congratulations to  Feelystone, Boyle who repaired damaged sections of the bridge and NRA contractors Jons Civil who will lay new footpaths.

"A Delicate Wildness" book launch in Creighton's

"A Delicate Wildness - The Life and Loves of David Thompson." How fitting that Julian Vignoles author of “A Delicate Wildness” should choose Creighton’s bar in the John Cryan building as the perfect venue for his book signing October 25th, 2014 at 4.00pm.

Boyle Books for Christmas

Three books of particular Boyle interest will be available in the near future, and well before Christmas. You might consider adding one or all to your 'must have Christmas present list'.
• "Moone Boy" by Chris O'Dowd and Nick Murphy Boyle launch on Wednesday October 22nd
• "A Life In Stone" by Barry Feely, launch in King House, Friday 7th November
• "Christy Regan" by Mary Regan with a King House launch on Friday 28th November

Kelly's Londis - This week's Special

FOXS BISCUITS - Kelly's Londis

Sloan's October Sale

Sloan's October Sale


Repairs to Boyle Bridge

Boyle Bridge Repairs
Shane Feely at Boyle Bridge © realboylephotos

Shane Feely and Feelystone Ltd., Boyle are carrying out excellent repair work on the damaged Boyle Bridge. In addition to repairs, craftsmen at Feelystone had to carve four new pillars similar to the existing ones. Shane tells me works will be completed quickly. The repairs will be noticeable for a time, but will age gracefully.
Contractors will also replace the footpaths on both sides of the bridge

Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle

Thursdays At Galilee: We continue to explore the Sunday scriptures in light of the needs of our time. Cuppa at 7.30pm, session at 8pm followed by a prayer.

Ardcarne Garden Cafe


Nessa O'Brolcháin and Cliodhna Quinlan now operate the cafe at Ardcarne Garden Centre, 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5pm on Sundays. Visit Ardcarne Garden Cafe for Hearty, Healthy, Homemade specials, Salads and Desserts. Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are available. Oh what a lovely venue to visit and relax in a garden setting while you enjoy great food options.



Towns in Co. Roscommon - Information & Photos

Four years ago I had the pleasure of gathering photos and information as well as creating a website for Roscommon Co Council/Look West, about ten towns in County Roscommon. Information on each needs to be updated. Please let me have current information and suggestions by emailing sean@realboyle.com Yes, I know Frenchpark needs to be included and I will develop information and take photos. Click on any or all of the town links named below:
Ballaghaderreen : Ballyleague : Boyle : Castlerea : Cortober
Elphin : Knockcroghery : Monksland : Roscommon : Strokestown

Roma Grill Takeaway has reopened

Roma Grill, Boyle

Our excellent Roma Grill Takeaway on the Crescent has reopened following extensive renovations. The shop looks great and Lucio's chips etc etc are excellent - you won't find better! Opening hours: 12 noon till late, 7 days a week. New photos to follow.

Area Information

• Read a short history of Lough Key and Castle Island [here...]
• Read the Local Legend of Úna Bhán [here...]
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]

Boyle Cistercian Abbey
Image © realboyle photos

Information about Boyle Bridge

Boyle River & Bridge

The bridge over the river Boyle in the centre of town has been the subject for countless photographs, postcards and featured in many publication. The bridge was damaged a few months ago. Restoration works are now underway.
Local historian Frank Geelan has supplied information about the history of the bridge.
In 1763, Sir Edward King had a statue of King William erected on the bridge of the time, possible a wooden structure. This statue was moved to a site on top of a stone plinth in what was know as the Town Park, and now named the Pleasure Grounds. The statue was moved before the rebuilding of Boyle Bridge in 1834.

FCA Visitor Centre Launch:


The Visitor Centre at the 19th Infantry Battalion FCA Association will be launched on Sunday 26th October at 6.30pm by Colonel Brendan McAndrew, ADC to President Michael D Higgins. Col McAndrew is a Ballymote native and served previously with the 19th Battalion. The event will be attended by members of the Battalion, the county Librarian, armed forces personnel and specially invited guests.


Paul Deane, Domestic Appliance Repairs

Paul Deane Domestic Appliance Repairs

Why Choose Boyle?

Here are some reasons: Boyle's West of Ireland location, beautiful local scenery, access to the N4 National Primary route, all of the 7 up and 7 down daily trains stop at our railway station, we are 25 miles from Sligo City and Atlantic Ocean seaside resorts, 45 minutes from Knock International Airport, close to us are the River Shannon and 3 large famous lakes, a plethora of historical treasures, sports and social clubs abound.
• We have prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park We have leading edge schools, houses for sale, an active Town Council and Chamber of Commerce, High Speed Broadband, no pollution, a friendly "live and let live" attitude, fine shops and services, many highly talented inhabitants as well as excellent accommodation providers, restaurants and services.

Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy

Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy

Moone Boy Fest - Úna Bhán

Landscape format poster

James Kilbane Church of Ireland Fundraiser

James Kilbane
Graphic © realboyle.com

Boyle Branch Library


King House, Boyle: Senior Library Assistant Patricia O'Flaherty. Tel: 071 966 2800 E-mail:boylelibrary@roscommoncoco.ie
Tuesday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thursday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm
Friday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Taylor's Interiors

Taylors Interiors
Price reductions on all prints in stock


Car Valet - Dirty Cars Wanted


My car may be eleven years old, but inside it looks like new ... following a valet by "Dirty Cars Wanted" at Stewarts Oil, Boyle.

Dirty Cars Wanted

FREE car Freshener with every wash. Loyalty cards available

The value of advertising

Advertisements are not only 'ads', they are news items letting you know that special Products, Services and Offers are available to you. Here on realboyle.com we are delighted to feature advertising material from our valued supporters. "If you are in, You can win!". To widen your business exposure and spread the Good News, become a realboyle supporter by calling Eilish for details on 086 377 6944

Keep cosy and warm this winter


Keep Cosy and Warm this winter

These are some of Stewarts Oil delivery drivers with Tom Beirne (the face behind the phone) ... a happy bunch of guys who bring warmth to households throughout the region. Order your central heating oil now from Stewarts Oil. Call 071 967 0100
"There's No Oil like Stewarts Oil" ...

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