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Mary (Ciss) TANSEY R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Mary (Ciss) TANSEY (née Brennan)
Annamoe Road, Cabra, Dublin / Boyle, Roscommon

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New bench in Lough Key Forest Park


St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle.


Works are proceeding nicely at the entrance to the premises. Showing here are the new steps and to the right there is a new ‘soft slope’ wheelchair ramp

Lough Key Parkrun 24th June

Lough Key Parkrun 24th June 2017

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Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 

TonyConboyAnobliqueViewI look forward to reading Tony’s blog here on realboyle.com every weekend – as do our viewers!
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Troy Takeaway, Shop Street

Troy Takeaway

Funding approval to refurbish 12 Boyle houses

Frank Feighan TD

Senator Frank Feighan: I am delighted that the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council funding approval of €1,422,600 to refurbish 12 houses at Silveroe Estate in Boyle.The new homes will comprise 6 x 3 Bed Houses and 6 x 4 Bed Houses

Philippa’s Hair Design


Hair & More – Hair, Beauty & Nails


Enhance Health & Beauty

Enhance Health & Beauty

Hair & More – Hair, Beauty & Nails


Bonfire Night – 23rd June

_623151123rd June 2010 – these Boyle lads are now 7 years older … and wiser!

Boyle GAA – The Road to Croker

Boyle GAA "The Road To Croker"

Eating out in Boyle – King House Tea Rooms

Continuing the realboyle.com “Eating out in Boyle” series, you should definitely include King House Tea Rooms on your list of eateries to visit, before or after a tour of King House, or at any other time – open 7 days

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Eating out in Boyle – an Craoibhín

19390673_1936414933262831_500335018240776057_oA top favourite meal – Steak, Onion Rings, Homemade Chips and Mushrooms (under the steak) — cooked perfectly and delicious !!

 Lough Key – in the Car Park


Wood-Mizer has brought personal and portable sawmills to people all over the world who want the freedom of sawing their own timber for projects

Clever Sign – Strandhill


County Roscommon National Playday

As part of National Playday – County Roscommon will celebrate their 10th Annual Playday on Sunday 25th June 2017  Lough Key Forest Park 1.30pm-5.30pm – Official Opening by Cathaoirleach of RoscommonCouncillor Tony Ward The theme for 2017 is ‘Fun and Active’.
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“Making Hay while the sun shines”

Making Hay while the sun shines - Rockingham 20th June

realboyle.com photo – Rockingham 20th June

Donegal Atlantic Challenge Ultra Race by Team Trojan

Many of us will know of someone who has been affected by Downs Syndrome, and for some, it might be a close family member. On June 23rd Team Trojan members Eddie Conroy, Martin Lannon, Des McLoughlin and Declan Noone are going to undertake the gruelling 555K Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race (https://donegalatlanticwayultra.com/) in aid of Down Syndrome. The team will be supported by a three man crew, drivers Enda Madden and Oliver Donagher and navigator Michael Sweeney. Team Trojan are aiming to complete the challenge in less than 24 hours.
We are aiming to raise €5 for every kilometre cycled, so €2,775 is our target. All of the funds raised will be used to provide extra speech therapy classes to individuals affected by down syndrome. It’s a tough challenge but the more money we raise, the more encouragement we will have to complete the race within 24 hours.
• We would be delighted if all of you who view this article would sponsor us for one kilometre, but we will be grateful for any contribution you’d like to make. Equally, if there’s anyone on your contact list that you think might be interested in helping our challenge, we would really appreciate you forwarding this email to them.
• To find out more or to make a donation: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/team-trojan-for-down-syndrome

Snippets from Una Bhan Community Notes

The Boyle Summer Show is now accepting applications from stall holders for the Summer Show, Sunday 20th August
You are cordially invited to the Exhibition Launch of “Beauty in the Commonplace” by Matthew Gammon in King House on Friday 23rd June at 7pm.
The Office of Public Works announced that on the first Wednesday of each month. Boyle Abbey is open daily from 10am until 6pm with last admission at 5.15pm.
Castlerea Festival will return to Lough Key for National Play Day on Sunday the 25th of June
Fantastic Concert in St. Joseph’s Hall on Sunday 25th June at 3pm by McDermott’s School of Classical Ballet & Dance. For more information www.mcdermottballetschool.com

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Online bullying factor in teen suicide

Shannonside news: Dr Greg Kelly, an activist on mental heath issues said cyberbullying can cause a lot of stress and lead to depression in teens

Roscommon Herald 20th June

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Intermediate Excel Course Wednesday June 21st

A one day Intermediate Excel Course takes place this Wednesday June 21st at Boyle Enterprise Centre from 9.30/4.30. Cost is €40 per person. For more information or to book places please email info@roleskillnet or call 086 203 9182

Remember when Boyle was a heritage town?

A viewer wrote: “I was delighted to visit Boyle, my hometown recently. While I was delighted to observe many changes since my last visit, I was also disappointed with some aspects of Boyle – the many derelict buildings including The Royal Hotel and empty premises on St. Patrick Street, Main Street and ‘Shop Street’, the Heraldworks and the Courthouse.
My last trip included an appreciation of a Boyle Heritage Day with appropriate stalls through the town. What a pity the Heritage day no longer happens. My youthful memories of Ned Kelly, your town crier with his brass bell calling for attention while announcing events to happen – the donkey carts loaded with turkeys for the Christmas market along Military Road – the Wool collection in the Shambles yard – the fair days on the Crescent – Stephen Maughan on his bike selling eggs, rabbits etc – sleigh riding down the Crescent during the snow season – and a list of things and people as long as your arm that keep me tied to Boyle, The Town I love So Well.”

Boyle Celtic Youths AGM, Friday 23rd June at 7pm

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We are calling on anyone interested in helping the club’s youth section in a coaching or administrative capacity to come along to the Youth Section AGM this Friday 23rd June at 7pm in the Clubroom.
The 2016-17 season has been one to remember for Boyle Celtic FC.  Our senior team reached the semi finals of the FAI Junior Cup,our under 13s won the league shield and we have been chosen as one of 8 shortlisted clubs for the FAI Club of the Year award.  The club hopes to build on this great success and the foundations of every great club are built on a good under age or youth structure.  Boyle Celtic is one of the few clubs in the Sligo Leitrim League who have entered teams at every age group from U10 to U18 in boys with U14 and U16 girls teams. This means that far more children get game time but does place huge pressure on recruiting coaches every season. 

Boyle GAA Update 19th June

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Know Your Rights: Medical card and Domiciliary Care Allowance

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Abbey Community College

June 15th (David Harding, College Principal): “Brilliant news today where I can formally confirm the granting of funding for our new state of the art ASD unit. This will be a new build, dedicated unit with two rooms, toilets, showers, multi sensory room, storage and utility room….It will be attached to the main school (location tbc) and will mean we can provide the most modern facilities for our special needs students and will enhance our existing provision of modern first class education for all. Thanks to all who helped secure this very significant funding. The build project will commence immediately and we are looking at an 18 month ish…timeline”

Corpus Christi Procession, Sunday 18th June

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Sunday 18th June: the Feast of Corpus Christi. “The Procession took place after the 11.30am Mass . The route this year was as follows: leave Church grounds by Abbeytown gate, down Warren , concluding with Benediction in the green area of the Warren Estate opposite Drumderrig Nursing Home. There was a community gathering afterwards in St. Joseph’s Resource Centre with a cuppa, chat and bouncy castle for the young people. All were welcome and especially the children.”

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St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter 18th June

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Geevagh Honda 50 Run

Sunday 18th June: In aid of the Sligo branch of the Irish Kidney Association. Registration 1030am, Start 12.30pm. 50’s, 70’s, 90’s and Big Bikes Welcome. Spot prizes / refreshments afterwards in Paddy’s Bar. For info please call John on 086 312 5293

Lough Key Parkrun 17th June


Today’s was a special run since it coincided with a 50th birthday for core member Adrian Lyons. Adrian succeeded in his target of a personal best sub-25 minute run. Afterwards we enjoyed sharing Adrian’s special Birthday Cake – his favourite, chocolate of course, beautifully decorated for the occasion.

P6170388Lough Key Parkrun Core Group 17th June with race Director Helen O’Gara

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Boyle Camogie Club

Angela wrote: “Boyle Camogie Club have entered a competition by designing a kit for the kids (we don’t have one yet) and the kit with the most likes wins. Could followers please support us and click ‘like’ in the link [here…]

Top Gaelic Football Pundits for Boyle Event


All roads will lead to St Joseph’s Hall in Boyle on Friday June 30th for what will be a very enjoyable night for all Gaelic Football supporters. The ‘Road To Croker’ event brings together a range of household names in Gaelic Football for an evening that is not to be missed.
•The Sunday Game pundits Joe Brolly and Martin Carney, two time All Ireland winning manager John O’Mahony, former Dublin captain Collie Moran, Roscommon’s inimitable Shane Curran, leading GAA administrator John Prenty and former Galway stalwart Brian Talty will all bring a wealth of Gaelic Football knowledge and experience to St Joseph’s Hall in Boyle for what promises to be a very entertaining evening. Topics on the agenda will include championship formats, team preparation, the current state of the game and of course the upcoming provincial finals in all four provinces.

• Speaking at the launch of the event, kindly sponsored by Cooney Motors, Boyle Kathleen Hanmore, Chairperson of Boyle GAA Club commented ‘‘We’re delighted to host this Gaelic Football forum and feel that this evening will yield invaluable insights into the game given the vast experience of our star- studded panel of speakers. Above all, we look forward to a wonderful night of entertainment. We are also very pleased to announce that a donation from our proceeds will be made to the Irish Kidney Association’.
• In addition, somebody in the audience will end up on the road to Croker themselves with the attractive raffle prize of an All-Ireland Football Final weekend in Dublin with two tickets for the final.
• Tickets for this one-off event are just €10 and are available from Boyle club members. For further information on tickets you can email boylegaatreasurer@gmail.com or telephone 086 852 6329/ 086 816 4541.


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Perpetual Adoration in St. Joseph’s Church

To mark a new chapter of Adoration in our Parish, there will be a Holy Hour concluding with Benediction here in the Church on Friday evening 23rd June after the 7.30pm Mass . Everyone will be welcome whether you are a regular adorer or not.


Murphy calls for clarification on withdrawal of services for rural BOI branches

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has called for Bank of Ireland to clarify the position in relation to proposed withdrawal of counter staff and cash facilities from a number of rural branches across the country. “It is understood that BOI has proposed to withdraw a number of services from up to 100 small rural branches throughout the country. This would be a retrograde step by the bank and place another major obstacle for businesses already struggling to survive and operate in rural Ireland.  Many rural businesses are already crippled with rising commercial rates as well as appalling broadband connectivity and now they are going to have another obstacle in their way by the banking sector – it simply beggars belief – we should be encouraging and supporting small businesses in rural Ireland not making them continually jump through hoops.”

Eating out in Boyle – Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant

Lunches & Evening Meals, Friendly Service, Quality Homemade Food, Full a lá Carte & Wine Menu. Call Clarke’s on 071 966 2064


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Johnny Gallagher and The Boxtie Band

Johnny Gallagher is one of the very best. He’s from just up the road and with his Donegal band Boxtie, you won’t hear a better version of this song … performed and recorded live at the recent Rory Gallagher Festival 2017 in Ballyshannon. Johnny has performed, memorably in Boyle twice that I am aware of, at Boyle Arts Festival and in St. Joseph’s Church.

Government of Ireland – June 2017

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Carrick Cineplex Friday 16th – Thursday 22nd June

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Done Roaming – is this the end of EU roaming charges?

It has taken ten years of work, as well as very many instances of mobile users suffering from “bill shock.” But finally this week roaming charges in the EU will, in the main, be no more.

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GPs caution against daily aspirin use

The Irish College of General Practitioners has advised that people should not take aspirin daily, on their own initiative, to prevent a heart attack or stroke. It follows research in the UK warning of the danger of serious intestinal bleeding.

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Drumderrig Nursing Home – care assistants required
Drumderrig vacancy


Eating Out in Boyle

I am delighted to add this new ‘occasional’ feature to realboyle.com – “Eating Out in Boyle”. Photos of prepared meals and interiors will be shown from a number of Boyle restaurants and realboyle.com supporters. Today view meals served in the Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant on Bridge Street.
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OPEN SEVEN DAYS – 5pm to 11pm
Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant – 071 966 3123 

When your tastes say “Asian Food” you will be delighted with your choices at the Tai Chi Court Restaurant on Bridge Street. Sit down, Takeaway and Home Delivery Service [photos…]

OPEN SEVEN DAYS – 4pm until late
Troy Takeaway, The Mall, Shop Street – 087 981 1351

• Delicious Pizza, Burgers, Chips, Fish, Kebebs, Paninis, Kids Meals and more. Free can of mineral with any pizza.
• Catering for Parties and All Occasions • Open 7 days from 4pm • Home Delivery Service

King House Tea Rooms – 8am to 5pm – 087 643 0326

Breakfasts, Lunches and Afternoon Tea Delights.

Thank you from the Blood Transfusion Service

A very sincere thank you to all of the kind donors who gave blood at the recent clinic in Boyle. 117 attended including 12 new donors – the highest number of first time donors recorded at the clinic and for that we are deeply grateful. Two awards were presented – Gold pin to Tony Corry and Silver pin to Aaron Calpin.
The next clinic will be during September on a date to be announced later.

King House Pre-Book launch

“We are extending an invitation to you to join and participate at the “Pre-Launch of our book “The Journey Behind the Red Door” at the King House, Boyle Town, On the 15th July. 5-6pm.
The “Launch of our collective book published from our Creative Writing to Publish workshop to engage the community in using the act of writing as a cultural exchange in communicating their diaspora experience. This is a short but sweet book, published to motivate the participants of the works of the possibility of becoming a published author. We believe in working with people to excel and make a different for themselves. 

Sunflower Day

Peggy Feely wrote: “The total amount collected on Sunflower Day, Friday 9th June, amounted to €3,005. The committee sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this collection. Please be assured that 100% of the proceeds go towards the patient services of Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Many thanks to all our collectors who give of their time each year and to the local shops who allow us collect to at their premises. We are very grateful.”

…Boyle Support Group, Mayo/Roscommon Hospice

Glass Cleaning at Boyle Abbey

If you ever wondered how the glass would be cleaned at Boyle Abbey, wonder no more, simply view this photo …

No ‘firm’ plans for Royal Hotel site

Shannonside News: “Roscommon County Council claims it has no firm proposal for the site of the Royal Hotel in Boyle following its purchase for €100k. In a statement to Shannonside FM this afternoon (Monday 12th), the council claims that while there is no firm proposal for the site, the local authority hopes to develop a project to ‘enhance the center of Boyle town’ through the relevant planning application processes in the next 12 months.”

Poverty and Homelessness

Tony Scanlon wrote: “Can I ask that if any of you are aware of any individual or family who are going without food that you let me know. It is my intention that all identified individuals would have food delivered to them as quickly as possible. Food supplies are available in Dublin where non perishable food is given for free. I would ensure that the food supplies are collected and delivered as quickly as possible”

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Boyle Golf Club – The President’s Prize 2017

“The Presentation for Seamus Gallagher’s President’s Prize took place on Sunday Evening. Seamus thanked everybody for their support over the weekend and he also thanked all who work on the course and all who help out in the clubhouse. Congratulations to Vincent Egan on winning his 1st Major after 40 years. I am sure Vincent would say himself it was worth the wait.”

Vincent Egan / Seamus GallagherVincent Egan / Seamus Gallagher : realboyle edited photo from Boyle Golf Club Facebook

The Alley Bar – reopening

Socialisers will be delighted to know that Boyle bars will back to full numbers following the imminent reopening of The Alley Bar on Bridge Street

The Alley Bar

St. Joseph’s Hall – works in progress

St. Joseph's Hall - works in progress

Major fires in Boyle

Boyle has had its share of major fires through the years including : Rockingham House (twice), The Royal Hotel, Taylors Hardware, a house on Green Street, The Herald Works, The Boys National School in Mockmoyne, D.H.Burke’s Supermarket and St. Joseph’s Church.

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St. Joseph’s Church after the fire in April 1977

The Royal Hotel – SOLDRoyal Hotel

Roscommon Co Council has bought the Royal Hotel. It has been on the property market for the past two years, initially priced at €250,000, on the instructions of Grant Thornton.
• I understand that Roscommon Co Council do not have immediate plans for what they will do with the building.
• Some have suggested that it be developed as a startup premises or as a location for small businesses and offices similar to the nearby Boyle Enterprise Centre or “The Hub” in Carrick-on-Shannon. With a large rear carpark, 3 floors, two ballroom/conference rooms, kitchen area and more than twenty ‘bedrooms’ the site would appear to be an ideal location for a County Council-led development in Boyle.


OPEN SEVEN DAYS – 4pm until late!
Troy Takeaway, The Mall, Shop Street, Boyle

• Delicious Pizza, Burgers, Chips, Fish, Kebebs, Paninis, Kids Meals and more. Free can of mineral with any pizza.
• Catering for Parties and All Occasions • Open 7 days from 4pm • Home Delivery Service

Troy Takeaway

Bishop Kevin Doran has announced the following diocesan appointments:

Fr Innocentes (Tito) Abuda CC (Rosses Point) to be CC in Boyle (30th June)
Fr. Dónal Morris Adm. (Loughglynn) to be allocated a short period of sabbatical leave (30th June)
Fr. Martin Mulvaney PP (Croghan) to be PP of Saints Peter and Paul, Athlone (30th June)
Further appointments will be announced at the beginning of July.

Boyle Celtic’s Niall Brennan named in Irish squad for UEFA Regions Cup

Republic of Ireland Amateur international team manager Gerry Davis has named his squad for the forthcoming UEFA Regions Cup Finals in Turkey which includes Boyle Celtic’s Niall Brennan.

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Boyle Municipal District Funding 2017

Boyle Municipal District Funding

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Tai Chi Court Restaurant – Open 7 days, 5pm to 11pm

Tai Chi Court Chilli Beef Chow Mein

Superclean on Stewarts Oil Filling Station campus


Job of the week: Harvest new potatoes
First early, or new potatoes should be growing strongly by now, and depending on when you planted you can start thinking about harvesting them. Test to see if the tubers are ready by burrowing close to the plants with your fingers. If you can only feel tiny tubers, leave the plant in the ground to grow a little longer: But once they reach around hen’s egg size, dig up your plants and enjoy that mouthwatering new potato flavour.
• Read this week’s Ardcarne Garden Centre Newsletter [here…]

What to do with your Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden
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Boyle Diaspora – informal Boyle evening in London

Chris Toolan (London, formerly Boyle): “I’m arranging an informal Boyle evening at Philomena’s in Covent Garden, central London on Friday 18th August from 7pm. Everybody welcome, an opportunity to catch up, discuss old times and raise a glass or two. Ideally, I would like an idea of numbers, so if people are interested could you ask them to either email me (Christoolan@btinternet.com) or inbox me on Facebook.”

Facebook updates from our area politicians

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

Boyle Rail Station

Our Boyle station is looking fabulous as always. Full credit to Joe Beirne who takes pride in his place of work through the year. The greenery on both platforms are a credit, and the new flower baskets will soon spill over in glorious colour and become outstanding features for our visual enjoyment


Rhododendrons 2017 in Lough Key Forest Park



Community Games Track & Field County Final 2017

athletes representing Boyle in Roscommon County Community Games FinalsSome of the Boyle Athletes who competed in the Community Games Track and Field County Finals 2017

4th June in Ballyleague: Boyle had a very successful day at the Community Games Track and Field County Final held in Ballyleague. Boyle athletes came away with 3 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Gold Medal Winners
All U14’s: Oisin Cregg 800m, Caoimhe Cregg 100m Hurdles & Aisling Feeley 800m.
Silver Medal Winners:
Tiernan Henry U16 100m; Daniel Casey U14 100m Hurdles; Emma Duggan U10 60m hurdles; U13 Mixed Relay Team (Mark Halligan, Daniel Casey, Caoimhe Cregg & Clare O’Gara).
Bronze Medal Winners:
Mark Halligan U12 600m; Emma Caslin U8 80m.
• Congratulations and well done to all the athletes that traveled to Ballyleague to represent Boyle in the various competitions. Thank you to all the parents who went to support and cheer them on. Boyle Community Games would like to extend a special word of thanks to Jackie Valentine who spent the day coordinating the Boyle Athletes ensuring they all got to their starting points in time.

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Boyle Community Games 2017

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View submitted report and Results List [here.

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Darkness Into Light Banners Of Hope

On the morning of Saturday 6th May, over 748 people took part in the Darkness Into Light 5km walk in aid of the Pieta House suicide awareness campaign and raised €14,199.40
This photo shows the autographed Banners of Hope on display in Brogans Pharmacy and some of the realboyle.com photographs taken during the event.

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Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant –  Moone Boy Burger Meal

Clarke's Moone Boy Burger Meal

JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A Victim of The Crescent Bollard

The Crescent Bollard

A viewer wrote: I felt that I could hardly be the only one after I had a sad encounter with The Bollard On The Crescent. On enquiry I found out that it was a ‘join the queue experience’
• Exiting a small two-car-park-zone and turning left I had not allowed enough space or forgotten the existence of the said Bollard until I heard metal on metal. Inspection showed the impressive scar around midway on the passenger door. It was a costly replacement door lesson.
• Apparently there are many victims of that robot-like Bollard. I wonder how many? Perhaps we could start a ‘Victims of The Crescent Bollard’ campaign!

Abbey Haven Nursing home – Boston Tea Party


Thursday 1st June: Another most enjoyable, well-organised, fun event and a joyous one too for those confined to wheel chairs.

We had the fabulous ‘old time country’ dressed ladies and stetson hatted males, great music from Jimmy Newman, line dancing and jive instructions by pro-dancer Nial Doorley, guest performances by “Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers”, songs from Michael Beirne, and a fabulous barbeque/salad and desserts by chef Stephen, Patricia and catering staff.

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Hollywood Guide to Ireland

Chris O’Dowd – from an interview with The Guardian: Close to where I’m from are the Curlew mountains between Roscommon and Sligo, which look over these glistening little lakes – you can walk or cycle up around there. The west of Ireland has a landscape like nowhere else in the world. It’s really quite magical.”

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Autism & ADHD Summer Camps

Boyle Camps 16th/17th August: Summer camps are aimed at inclusion and equality so are open to both children with Special Needs and siblings. Camps are run over two days 10-3pm and include all materials, gift at the end and certificate of participation for every child. Price: €90 per child and siblings €45 per child for the two days. Please register on 057 874 1470 or email info@nolimitsac.com

Thank you from realboyle.com …

Thank you for choosing to visit realboyle.com – your ‘go-to’ Boyle website.
Every day is a busy day as I publish bloat-free and waffle-free news items, photos and much more on Boyle’s only First-Place, National Award-Winning Website. It will get even busier over coming days as I get around to creating new graphics for businesses and interested supporters. Please watch this space for emerging details of recommended, trusted Boyle traders.

King House Tea Rooms – al Fresco

Pick your table in the sun and dine outside on King House grounds …

King House Tea Rooms

Boyle River from the N4 – 28th May

Boyle River from the N4 - 28th May

 Irish Language Summer Camps

Irish Language Secondary School Summer Camp: Enrolment is now open for an all Irish summer camp  which will take place from Monday 26th until Friday 30th of June  in Boyle.
Irish Language Primary School Summer Camp: Enrolment is now open  for an  all Irish summer camp  which will take place from Monday  3rd until Friday 7th of July  in Boyle.

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Good News – Honesty in Boyle

Richard Connolly handed me a mobile phone this morning. “Sean, he said, I found this new Samsung phone at the Bank of Ireland ATM, and maybe you will be able find its owner”
• I located the owner (Ina M.) and left the phone with Dorothy in King House Tea Rooms for collection.
• Ina collected her phone saying “I can’t believe how honest people are. The phone was at the ATM since yesterday evening, and nobody took it away with them”
• Well done to Richard Connolly, all who used the ATM and King House Tea Rooms !!!

Chris O’Dowd – “Get Shorty”

Based on Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times bestselling novel, GET SHORTY is the story of Miles Daly, played by Chris O’Dowd, who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada and attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. Three-time Emmy award winner Ray Romano stars as Rick, a washed up producer of low quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.
Watch Get Shorty premiering August 13th on EPIX.

Lough Key 19th May 7am


What a difference a day makes! Yesterday there was glorious sunshine, but today …! However, by 8am, the sun was up and the fog had cleared, revealing a smooth-as-glass surface on the lake

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Lough Key at 7am

Colour in various towns

Visionary PhotoLooking great on The Crescent, Boyle – Visionary Studios

Please click on a town name : Longford : MullingarRoscommonSligoWestport, I took photos in in towns over a number of weeks. Housebound, international and local viewers may be interested to see how they look at the moment and in some cases may consider adding colour to their own premises.

Colourful, Crafted Signs

Traditional-style signs are objects of beauty and lettering art. Shop Signs Pub Signs : Truck & Van Signs  

Garda Vetting Information Briefing & Charities Regulatory Training

Garda Vetting is legally mandatory for everyone who works or volunteers with children and vulnerable adults.
Training will take place from 2-5pm on 25th May in Roscommon Leader Partnership Office, Golf Links Road, Roscommon Town
Training is free, but places are limited. To book your place, contact Bridie on 094 986 2565 or email bridie@ridc.ie or Linda on 090 663 0252 or email linda@ridc.ie

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Lough Key Visitor Centre

Lough Key Visitor Centre

Lough Key Forest Park – funding approved

Lough Key Forest Park

“The management and staff of Lough Key Forest & Activity Park are delighted to have received the news that we were successful in our application to receive some funding from the Government Heritage grant scheme for some restoration works to commence on Rockingham church to save the church from demise. This initially will include masonry work to make it stable and safe and enable the removal of the fence. This is the first stage of a bigger plan to hopefully bring it back to its former glory.”

John Mulligan wrote in the Roscommon Herald :-

“Another useful tip I learned along the way was that if something isn’t on a plan or a list, it doesn’t get done”
“I was delighted to see a list of projects planned by the town Team and Chamber of Commerce … but why limit ourselves”

Colour in Lough Key Forest Park



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The Great Blizzard Revisited

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L. Key Forest Park – Gazebo

The Gazebo, Lough Key Forest Park



Point-and-shoots may be the best selling type of separate camera, as distinct from camera phones. They are popular with people who do not consider themselves photographers but want easy-to-use cameras for snapshots. Point-and-shoot camera sales declined after about 2010 as smartphones overtook them for such uses.
This photo demonstrates the failure of a point-and-shoot to display the full dynamic range of the scene before me as I took the photo earlier today
However, I still like the photo

Boyle Arts Festival 2017 – July 20th to 30th

Boyle Arts Festival

Once again, Boyle will be the place to be this summer, with appearances by Anúna, Declan O’Rourke, Miriam O’Callaghan, Eddi Reader, Brian Kennedy, Rackhouse Pilfer, Regina Nathan, The Celtic Tenors, Michael McHale, The Inishowen Gospel Choir, Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy all lined up for the 28th annual Boyle Arts Festival, which will take place from July 20th to 30th. More details of very exciting and diverse events will soon be announced when the official programme is launched, in June.

The Festival calendar is already bursting at the seams with almost fifty events, including an eclectic mix of visual arts, music, drama, film, comedy, workshops, storytelling, children’s events, poetry, readings and much more! If you are planning a visit to Boyle this summer, then make it late July, so you can enjoy as much of BAF 2017 as possible!

• Visit the Boyle Arts Festival 2017 website [here …]

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Stewarts – from Milling to Whiskey

Stewarts Distillery

Joseph Stewart & Co have applied to Roscommon Co Council for planning permission for a change of use for Stewarts Mill to Stewarts Distillery. The company plan to produce the quality craft triple pot stilled Whiskey. They will seek a Strategic Partner who will invest and assist them in achieving success for the development.
No new buildings are required on the Stewarts Mill campus.
Neil Stewart says Boyle has a lot to offer from its history of the Boyle Abbey Cistercian Monks who brought distilling to Ireland, the clean environment and a great community.
When researching the project Neil visited many distilleries in Ireland and Scotland and met with many Whiskey industry entrepreneurs. He also attended drinks shows in Germany and Spain.

The Big Tree – Lough Key Forest Park


A hotel for Boyle – Albergo Diffuso Alliance

20170126_123919L/R: Minister Damien English, John Mulligan, Alison Clarke O’Shaughnessy, Maire Paul, Margaret Mulligan

Damien English, Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, last week (Thursday 26th.January) 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.
The ‘Albergo Diffuso’, or scattered hotel, is an Italian concept that has successfully revived over forty towns in Italy to date and has been copied in Croatia, Switzerland and Mexico. In essence, it consists of a high-end hotel with a central reception area and with the hotel rooms scattered throughout various buildings in the town centre, over shops and in empty houses. Minister English had already expressed a keen interest in this Boyle initiative, seeing it as an effective way to provide key tourism infrastructure in heritage towns while helping to preserve town centre buildings and put them back into use. The meeting was arranged to brief the Minister on Boyle’s readiness to implement this project once support from government is forthcoming, and to show that the town is well placed to develop a pilot model that can be applied across rural Ireland.
The Minister said that Boyle appeared to be a perfect town for an Albergo Diffuso project, given its intact historic streetscapes, its valuable tourism and cultural hinterland, and the lack of an hotel in the town. He thanked the group for their valuable input and added that he is committed to find a way to make this project happen for Boyle.

Stewarts Oil : order now to keep cosy & warm all through the year

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Boyle Diary, courtesy of Úna Bhan Tourism

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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.

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