Traders of the Day – Tuesday 20th March

Abbey House B&B • Paul Deane Appliance Repairs • Whistlers Bar & Grill

Roscommon and Sligo coldest in Ireland this morning

Shannonside News: The Mount Dillon weather station on the Roscommon Longford border and the Markree station in Sligo were both recording -6 degrees celcius at 7am this morning.

Roscommon Herald 20th March

Herald_mast supports the Roscommon Herald. This week’s edition is packed with news, photos, articles of interest from around the county and more …
The county’s only award winning weekly, the Roscommon Herald is edited here in Boyle at its offices on Bridge Street.

Lough Key Campsite has reopened

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“Our Campsite men Joe and David have been hard at work the last few months getting our Caravan and Camping Park ready for the New Season. We are delighted to say we are now officially open from this weekend the 16th March. For more information you can contact the campsite on 071 966 2212 or email”

Ireland – The Road Not Taken

19th March – “Full Irish” breakfast platter at An Craoibhín, Elphin Street


Boyle Golf Club Update 19th March

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Boyle GAA Club Update 19th March

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The Toon Team – Tattoo


National Daffodil Day 2018

Daffodil Day

The National Daffodil Day Collection will be held in Boyle on Friday next 23rd March. Your generosity has always been appreciated.

Data Protection Officer – Job Advertisement

The Dioceses of the Western Province are recruiting for a Data Protection Officer. The purpose of this role is to assist a number of Dioceses of the Western Province (Tuam Ecclesiastical Province) and their constituent parishes and agencies in achieving compliance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). See for full job description and advertisement.

Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Having trouble with alcohol?
Does your drinking worry you?
Is it causing you to get into unpleasant or dangerous situations?
Are family members complaining about your drinking?
• If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above questions then you may have a problem with Alcohol. For information on help and your local meetings, call 01 842 0700 or the Connacht Helpline on 091 767777
Remember: “You are never alone.”

Boyle & District Angling Club – Easter Pike Festival 2018


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Boyle and District Angling Club will once again host its Pike Festival this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, March the 31st and April 1st with €5000 in prize money up for the winning. The festival will start at 11am on Saturday from Doon Shore on Lough Key and conclude on Sunday afternoon with the prize giving.

Ardcarne Garden Centre 18th March

They say it will snow later, and maybe it will … it feels cold enough. Whatever the forecast, the sheltered area at Ardcarne Garden Centre is a colourful visual delight as always.


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Eugene Murphy TD


New information obtained by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on OPW and Flood Relief Eugene Murphy TD … Homeowners still waiting for Government help over two years after floods. No homeowners have benefited from Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme. Pilot projects for flood defences remain incomplete.

2018 Daffodils

They have been reluctant to bloom this year – probably to do with the weather. However here are some nice blooms photographed on 18th March.



Boyle Cistercian Abbey, St. Patrick’s Night 2018


 St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018

This year’s parade was a resounding success for the new committee, despite the bitterly cold day and TV viewing competition – Ireland’s brilliant 24-15 rugby Grand Slam victory. Congratulations to all involved including the organising committee, those to paraded and the hundreds who braved the cold.

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He’s back and welcome as the shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day


Úna Bhán Community Notes – 17th MarchUnaBhan

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Dublin Friday 16th March

20180316_145948Jim Fitzpatrick’s Stained Glass window in Bewley’s Grafton Street

20180316_153107As real as Santa Claus, St. Patrick strolled along Grafton Street !!

I visit our capital city about once a month. I like to feel its energy and take photos of a selection of scenes that I find interesting and enlightening.
Today I strolled along Grafton Street and Wicklow Street, stopping off at the €12 million splendidly refurbished Bewley’s Grafton Street
I enjoyed listening to several excellent street musicians and marvelled at the slide guitar playing of the quietly spoken Neil Lawlor … his guitar spoke volumes – brilliantly !!
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Myths about St. Patrick


Saint Patrick was Irish:
Actually – no. Ireland’s patron saint was a “non-national” Of uncertain origin, he may have been from (what today are) Britain or France, maybe even Spain. And first came as a slave.
Patrick is a Canonized Saint:
No, not really – the process of elevating somebody to “official sainthood” (as we know it today) was only established hundreds of years after Patrick became Saint Patrick.
Saint Patrick Brought Christianity to Ireland:
There is documentary evidence that at least one missionary was sent to Ireland before Patrick was tasked with spreading the gospel at (what was then) the end of the known world.
Saint Patrick Drove the Snakes From Ireland:
Now this would have been a miracle indeed … as there were no snakes in Ireland, ever. At least not after the last ice age
So if you read “Saint Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland” as “Saint Patrick drove Paganism from Ireland”, you might be nearer to the truth.

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 – Shop window displays

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Digitise the Nation


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Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter


3.40pm Thursday 15th … an Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter landed in Abbey Park to take on board and transfer a person to hospital

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 – Shop window displays

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Marians Fashions, Bridge Street, Boyle

Drama Over Knocknarea – Wednesday 14th March


Can’t Stop the Beat


Wednesday 14th March: Students from Beat It Dance School aged from 3 to 18 years, including three of my grandchildren, performed magnificently in the Hawk’s Well Theatre from their repertoire of hiphop, breakdance, commercial, jazz & lyrical dance

Abbey Crowned Connacht Kings Once Again

Abbey Community College 8 : St Joseph’s Foxford 5

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Ronan Flanagan at The Sportsground.

Abbey Community College retained the Top Oil Junior Emerging Cup for the second year in succession following a hard fought three point win vs St. Joseph’s Foxford in a wet and windy Galway on Wednesday. Ironically, the North Roscommon school defeated the same opposition in last year’s decider at the same venue.

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St. Patrick’s Day 2018 – Shop window displays

As we ease towards St.Patrick’s Day, several Boyle traders are feasting us with creative shop window displays. Log in for more photos tomorrow …

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New Business in Boyle – Charlie Bracken – Bio Energy Therapist

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Darkness Into Light Launch in Roscommon

Darkness Into Light

Wednesday March 28th at 7pm : Gleesons Townhouse Hotel, Roscommon
At 4.15am on the morning of Saturday, May 12th, 2018, people all over the world will take part in our movement against suicide.
Please join us to launch Darkness Into Light in Roscommon

“The Show”

The ShowThe Dancing Queens and their choreographers Aoife Roddy and Letty Hill

St. Joseph’s Hall Friday the 23rd of March at 8pm:
Abbey Community College and the Brothers of Charity Services Boyle have something for everyone in the audience. Music, Dance, lip sync battles and so much more…
Focusing on ability, togetherness and fun the transition year students of Abbey Community College and the clients and staff of the Brothers of Charity Services Boyle have put so much effort into getting the THE SHOW ready for public consumption. So come along and put your weight behind their valiant efforts…
“THE SHOW must go on! ” Tickets on sale in STYLE FOR LESS, ABBEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE and on the door (if there’s any left)Adults €10 : Students/OAPS/Children €5 : Family €20
See you there !!

Boyle Abbey – St. Patrick’s Weekend

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Micheál Martin TD., FF Party Leader visited Model Railway

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20180313_164626Frank Geelan, Eamon Scanlon TD., Neil McGarry, Patricia Golden, Dara Callaghan, Micheal Martin TD., Cllr John Cummins, Mary Clifford,  Marc McSharry TD

Tuesday, March 13th, Mr. Micheál Martin TD., FF Party Leader and his group visited the Boyle Area and Boyle Model Railway following a town walkabout guided by local Co Cllr John Cummins. Model Rail and Courthouse Committee Chairperson Frank Geelan demonstrated the working model railway and toured the Courthouse stressing the need for funding to complete courthouse restoration.
• Members of the public have been invited to meet with Mr. Martin at 8.00pm in Dalys Lounge, Bridge St., Boyle where he will address Party members and supporters. He will be accompanied by local Cllrs and Oireacthas reps. Your attendance would be appreciated. Please pass on this message to supporters in your area.

Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday March 12th 2018

Numbers drawn: 8, 12, 13, 27
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: V. McDonagh, J & C Morgan, L. Gannon
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Monday March 20th 2018 at 11.00pm in The Moylurg Bar. Jackpot €13,070

Ardcarne Garden Centres presentation to Hospice


Liz Dwyer (left) and Mary Frances Dwyer (right), from Ardcarne Garden Centre, presenting a cheque to Belinda McCauley, Mayo-Roscommon Hospice, for €710.00. The amount was raised recently by customers and staff of Ardcarne Garden Centre at Boyle and Roscommon Town.

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Roscommon Learning Links winding down

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The Board together with one of the founder members Siobhan Gallagher and Martina Mc Gee who has been employed with Boyle 2000 since 2008, take great pride in the accomplishments of the group with the initial objectives achieved. They now feel it is time to draw down the curtain on what was initially an innovative project at the time.
Siobhan & Martina thank all who supported the project over the years – to the schools, to past employees, past board members the GRETB, Roscommon Leader Partnership, Boyle Chamber of Commerce, Roscommon County Enterprise Board, DSP Employment Services and to the many students who entrusted with them their 2nd chance at gaining certification to allow them progress to employment or further Studies. The outcomes achieved since Boyle 2000’s foundation have greatly exceeded all expectations and those involved are happy to take pride in its successes and move forward with other ideas. With great increases in job opportunities and unemployment figures decreasing since operations commenced at the full-time Adult Education Training programme, they feel the time is opportune to wind down the project this Summer.
Boyle 2000 Board together with Siobhan and Martina thank sincerely the Community of Boyle for their support over the years,

The Toon Team

Refugee Centre

Pete Higgins – another brilliant Boyle singer and musician … listen and enjoy !!

Community Games updates – 11th March – courtesy of Claire Toman

• Boyle Community Games held their Quiz night on the 23rd February in St Joseph’s Resource Centre. Well done to all the children who came out and thanks to all the parents who came out to support. A special word of thanks to Martin Dolan.
• Congratulations to all the basketball teams that represented Boyle in Castlerea last Sunday 4th March.  The U-13 boys will be competing in the final Monday 19th March in Castlerea. Again a huge thanks to all the coaches and  parents for their ongoing support.
• Congratulations to the U-10 boys who won games against Ardcarne and Drum in Strokestown yesterday and have secured a place in the final today at 2pm against Elphin.

St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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Patrick Street Tattoo Company

Since I featured my very first Tattoo, I have lots of requests for more information, so here are some snippets for you ahead of what will be an advert on
• • Joe has been tattooing for 15 years, most of which was in Los Vegas and the West Coast of America. His work has won several awards and has been published in magazines. Having returned home to Ireland in 2016 and his family moving to Boyle, Joe and his partner Aethel decided to set up shop here thus opening Patrick Street Tattoo Co.
• • Contact: Email: — Phone: 085 254 3722 :: Facebook: Patrick Street Tattoo Co — Instagram: patrick_street_tattoo_co

“The Weir”

Congratulations to Boyle actor John O’Dowd and the award-winning play performances in “The Weir” The play has been running for several months in London and has toured many locations in the UK.

Curlew Mountain Forge


Congratulations and very best wishes to Boyle students Jake Kennedy and Jack Murphy who are off to the All-Ireland Student Enterprise finals
With family backgrounds steeped in creative activity it must surely hearten their talented parents that the ‘next generation’ is following their lead :  Chantelle & Peter Kennedy (Pure Flowers) and Tony & Anne Marie Murphy (Tony Murphy Photography)

Fotofit at King House


Friday 9th March: I enjoyed the company of the Fotofit group for a photoshoot and camera demonstration in King House

Time Management/Personal Effectiveness Course – April 24th 2018

This one day course is designed to help participants improve their time management/effectiveness through goal setting, planning, managing distractions, tasks prioritisation and taking control.
Course date April 24th 9.30/4.30 Boyle Enterprise Centre. Cost €90.00 per person. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 967 3440.
• Other upcoming courses include Facebook for Business, Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Barista Training, Supervisory Management, Manual Handling Instructor. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses.

Daly’s Drinks  – Thursday Tunes

Dalys Thursday TunesEilish, Eileen, John and May entertained us with a varied selection of well known tunes and trad

“Join us for our Thursday Tunes Music Session. By popular request it’s an early one – 7.30pm to 9pm”  Yes, I was there and thoroughly enjoyed the early-night session, the company and the music, dancing and songs. Daly’s Thursday Tunes is set to continue on the second Tuesday of every month – see you there!!

Boyle Hospice Shop – Cake Sale

Boyle Hospice Shop will hold a Cake Sale on Holy Thursday 29th of March in the Premises on St. Patrick Street from 10am onwards and appeal to anyone who would like to bake to get in touch, All help will be much appreciated. Contact Catherine (Hospice Shop), 089 701 7159. ALL PROCEEDS TO MAYO/ROSCOMMON PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES.

Royal Hotel site – the future

Roscommon Co Council is finalising plans for what it will do with the Royal Hotel building and grounds as part of its “Boyle 2040” regeneration programme.
A Council source confirmed draft plans suggest that subject to detail changes, the facade and the 3 storey building will be kept. The bar as well as the bedroom suite on the side of the river will be demolished, giving pedestrian access to a new paved / park-type development linking to the current Roscommon Co Co car park beside the Post Office and further on to the Pleasure Grounds.
It is not clear yet what remedial works will be done to the three storey building or the sheds on the Shop Street side at the back of the building.
The full “Boyle 2040” regeneration programme will be available and on public display by the end of March or asap.

Whistlers Wednesday Specials – Two universal favourites

Wednesday soup special: French Onion Soup  ::  Main special: Bangers & Mash


Monty & Michell Memorial Gig

A Monty and Michell Memorial Gig will take place in St. Joseph’s Hall on Saturday April 7th, 8.30pm, remembering the late Monty and Michell Montgomery. Admission optional. Proceeds in aid of North-West and Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.
Artists performing will include: Helen Grehan, Frankie Simon, Michael Harrington, Brendan Howley, Bernard Flaherty, John Costello, Derek Caldbeck, Brendan Maloney, Brendan McGee, Matt Burke, Seamie Simon, Dodd’s Traditional Session Group, Billy McAuley (Mullingar), David Byrne, Francie Lenehan, Johnny McGlynn, Donal O’Connor, Sean Nicholson, George Mullaney, Pat Hever, Seamie Carr and more BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle).

Boyle Ladies GAA


COACHES required for U12 & U14 girls teams.
If you would like to coach a great group of girls with lots of potential please contact Noel Scally 087 222 8466 or any committee member.
The club has had great success at underage over the past number of years but urgently needs additional coaches to ensure continued success in 2018.

Steven McGowan Fundraiser

Steven McGowan Fundraiser supports Boyle Business

Herald Mast

Did you get yours today? Roscommon Herald, compiled and edited in Boyle.

Boyle 2040 – Town Enhancement Plan

Boyle Town Centre“View from the Crescent” 2010 photo

A progress report on the Boyle Town Enhancement Plan will be presented to members of the Boyle Municipal District at their monthly meeting in March.
The plan, titled “Boyle 2040” which will see a rejuvenation of Boyle Town centre, has been the subject of research and planning by Boyle Town Team in conjunction with Roscommon County Council Town Centre Planning Unit for the last 18 months.
It presents a framework for public realm enhancement to the north and west side of the town to include Main Street, Bridge St and St. Patrick Street.
The plan also includes a vision for the former Royal Hotel site and linkages to the proposed Lough Key to Boyle Greenway. Following the municipal district meeting, the plan will go on public display.
Town Team chairperson “It is exciting and I have no doubt will be widely welcomed, transforming Boyle Town Centre into one of the most modern in the area over the next number of years.”

Plaques on Boyle Town Clock


The engraved limestone plaques around Boyle town clock became barely visible and have now been cleaned and colour filled courtesy of a local craftsman … as a voluntary act for the town.

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Know Your Rights: Part-time work and social welfare payments

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Boyle Celtic Girls U8

“Boyle Celtic Girls U8 soccer group welcomes new members. We’re looking for 6 and 7 year-olds to join us for fun games and movement activities on Saturdays from 12.40pm on the astro turf. For more information about registration please contact 087 629.0423.
• Our Soccer Sisters Easter Camp will take place on the 3rd and 4th of April for girls age 6 to 14 yrs. An ideal chance to come and try it out. See for more info.”

High-spec guesthouse planned for Frybrook

Frybrook House

Frybrook House (Sale Agreed), a protected structure built in 1753, is a detached three-storey property, set on three acres. It was formerly owned by well-known local businessman Dessie McLoughlin and his wife, Margaret. A gentleman from from Germany who has resided in Ireland on and off for the last 25 years, with his wife, and I have been told, his sister-in-law plan a family-owned high-spec guesthouse for Frybrook

The Toon Team

Drain The Shannon


Regular events …
Monday: Boyle Chamber of Commerce Lotto
Tuesday: Bingo in St. Joseph’s Hall : Das Academy – Kool Kids Classes, Dance, Act, Sing Academy Classes in St Joseph’s Boys National School
Wednesday: Indoor Bowling in St Joseph’s Hall from 7pm : Pilates/Tabata Classes in the Convent Primary School Gym with Ann Wynne from 6pm :
Saturday: Lough Key Parkrun 9.30am :  Courtyard Market on King House Grounds, 10am-2pm : Boyle GAA Lotto
SJ Fitness: Monday through Friday in Daly’s Store House, Quarry Lane [more…]
Fitt Factory: Monday through Friday, off St. Patrick Street [more …]
Yoga Shack: Monday through Saturday, Elphin Street [more…]
Yoga with Liz: Tuesdays in the Convent Primary School Boyle.
Pilates/Tabata Classes: Wednesdays in the Convent Primary School Gym with Ann Wynne from 6pm

Good quality Firewood For Sale

Good quality Firewood for sale near Boyle Town, cut into small blocks and suitable for Open Fires, Rayburns, Stoves etc. Currently stored in shed – €40 each for large bags – Please call 085 138 4972

Boyle Enterprise Centre

Microsoft Office Training March/April 2018

Microsoft Training will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre as follows. Intermediate Excel March 13th, Intermediate Word March 21st, Outlook March 28th, Advanced Excel April 4th, Basic Excel April 25th.
• Cost per course €40.00 per person. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 967 3440.
• Upcoming courses include Time Management/Personal Effectiveness, Employment Law Essentials, Finance for non-financial Managers, Facebook for Business, Barista Training, Manual Handling Instructor. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses.

Boyle Enterprise Centre


email: : Phone 086 193 5452

New post on Niamh’s Journey There (Osteosarcoma)

“When I decided to sit and write this as a blog post, I’ll admit I had no idea what way to start or how to go about things. All I knew was that I needed and badly wanted to, and I felt a sudden urge in the last few days for this particular one to be done soon. It’s unimaginable and wrong for any literally just gone twenty-year-old to ever have to do this but here I am…”

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Christy Wynne – The great Blizzard revisited

It began on the evening of Monday 24 February 1947; the greatest snowfall of the 20th century was about to hit my hometown of Boyle.

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Greetings from Galilee Community.

“Just spoke with Fr. Richard Hendrick who was to give our Lenten Retreat. The forecast is proving to be very accurate and we are afraid to go ahead with the retreat on Saturday.
Fr. lives in Donegal and there is heavy snow there too. We have decided to postpone the retreat until Sunday, March 18th, the only date Fr. Richard can come before Easter.
LENTEN RETREAT on Sunday, March 18th from 10:30am to conclude with Mass at 4:00pm.”


Another beautiful car for you at Sean Carty Cars, Boyle

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Feighan welcomes €370,000 in funding for roads

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed a further funding allocation of more than €370,000 to improve local roads in Roscommon.  “I very much welcome this additional funding provision under the Local Improvement Scheme. This scheme should not be underestimated, as it provides valuable access for people in rural areas to homes and farms as well as amenities such as lakes and rivers. Having a funding stream on a continuous basis will help build a sustainable future for our most rural areas.”

Did you know …

A total of 77 garda stations don’t have access to the Pulse computer system due to problems getting broadband in rural areas.

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The Toon Team


Western Alzheimers

“We are currently recruiting for Healthcare Assistants in the community throughout County Roscommon. If you would like to find out more, please call us on 090 66 27816 or email us at

Clarke’s famous Moone Boy Burger

Get the Real Taste Of Boyle …

20180224_184953It’s a Whopper, it’s a Burger Beyond Equal … it’s the Moone Boy Burger and only available in Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant …
A great tasting homemade burger with added bacon, fried egg, salad, special spread and toasted bun. It comes with delicious homemade fries and a tasty salad …You won’t get better … anywhere!!

Das Academy – Kool Kids Classes

The Dance, Act, Sing Academy Classes take place on Tuesday’s in St Joseph’s Boys National School, suitable for 3 up to 17 year olds. Classes 3.30pm to 7.30pm. For further information contact: 086 326 6146 or email

Boyle Marina

20180225_133035If one were to make a weather forecast based on this photo I took 8°C on Sunday 25th February at Boyle Canal, the forecast would not include an impending bitterly cold week with snow, snow and more snow !!

 St. Patrick’s Day and Night?

20180224_141308O’Connell Street Dublin ‘fashion ideas’ for you and yours 

The Town I Love So Well … (part three)

A recent published report stated that “a plan – Boyle 2040 will be unveiled to the public in the next few weeks”. This will make an interesting read, even though a guestimated 1,000 Boyle citizens will have passed to their eternal rewards by 2040. Let’s hope it will be more than a rehash of a never-ending same old plan.
In the meantime we might ponder on Boyle Chamber of Commerce / Town Team April 2017 development plan. A number of items were discussed then. Some have since joined the flotsam of good intentions. Others are still alive but awaiting funding, and some thankfully, have become reality.
Here is a list of the 2017 planned projects: Boyle Greenway €215,000 (that has since become €300,000) : Age Friendly Town (dare I say ‘dead in the water’?) : Courthouse Upgrade (building now closed for lack of funding) : Town Regeneration (no progress reported) : Second Gate Lodge (no progress reported) : Scattered Hotel (A funded study appeared to imply ‘not suitable for Boyle’) : Street Art Project (Ahh, success – a lovely €800 mural and a childrens painting were completed on Quarry Lane) : Train the Ambassador (no progress reported) : Calisthenics Gym (no progress reported)
• It is to their credit that the Chamber of Commerce and Town Team are determined to upgrade Boyle in the above and other ways, and I commend them for that. I am a now-retired, past member of several Boyle Committees, but most people choose to sit on the fence and let others carry development burdens. I guess that will always be what happens.

The Town I Love So Well … (part two)

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.
• Prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park
• We have leading edge schools, an active 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.
Ahh, The Town I Love So Well … (part three tomorrow)

The Town I Love So Well … (part one)

Some will remember the old Sinatra song …
“There’s nothing left for me, of days that used to be
They’re just a memory, among my souvenirs”
• The song could have been written with the current town of Boyle in mind, a time when we had two thriving hotels, in excess of 30 pubs, a fish factory, several B&B premises, two corn mills, a Main Street full of shops, All Ireland, County and Connacht Fleadhs, a Town Council … and much, much more
• Back then Boyle was defined as a “Thriving Market Town”
• Now we have no hotel, no fish factory (but thank God for the renamed Vention factory), 14 pubs, fewer B&Bs, no mills, empty shops … a €6 million Health Centre that cannot find a doctor, a Chamber of Commerce and a servant of the Co Council – the ubiquitous “Town Team”.
Ahh, The Town I Love So Well … (part two tomorrow)

St Joseph’s Parish Council Members:

Cathy Birmingham, Karen Brogan, Andrew Carr, Alan Deane, Ann Mc Glynn,
Sean Mc Keon, Joe O’ Donnell, Francis Walshe, Paul Wynne, Sinead Conroy, Mary Cregg, Breege Donoghue, Damien Regan, Mary Regan, Noel Scally, Laura Tighe, Kevin Young.
Chairperson is Breege Donoghue and Secretary is Cathy Birmingham.

Sean Carty’s Car Of The Week


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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.

Lest we forget … Boyle’s plans for a ‘scattered hotel’

A Galway consultancy firm was appointed to carry out a feasibility study with a view to creating a ‘scattered hotel’ in Boyle, and ten properties in the towncentre were identified for phase one of the project.
Thursday 26th January 2017: 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 had 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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“Is Boyle asleep at the wheel”

“Is Boyle asleep at the wheel” is the heading over a Roscommon Herald, John Mulligan article dealing with the Scattered Hotel study/report. “The report holds a very clear mirror up to Boyle, although not everyone will like what they see reflected in it.” The article continues with salient comments: “If this sounds familiar, it is because it is essentially a summing up of small-town attitudes”,  “The draft study has been available for a couple of months, but the citizens are only seeing it now” and “If people don’t wake up, their ‘first-mover’ advantage will be grabbed by a more progressive town somewhere else”

Townhouse Self Catering

Townhouse Self Catering


Stewarts Oil – Monthly Draw

Stewarts Oil Monthly Draw

To order your Stewarts Heating Oil please call 071 967 0100

Tony Conboy – Essays and Observations – Irish Dance Halls

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“My Own Place” – Main Street, Boyle

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“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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email: : Phone 086 193 5452

The Sports Complex

To book or hire this venue for sports  / special events, please call 086 836 0222 -or- 086 260 3403P0004700 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

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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

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



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


Joe Simon Building Supplies

Joe Simon


email: : Phone 086 193 5452

Boyle Library Opening Hours

King House, Boyle, F52 HN50
Senior Library Assistant: Matthew Gammon
Tel: 071 966 2800

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.


email: : Phone 086 193 5452

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