Please support our Boyle Traders of the Day, 19th September, 2018

Joe Simon Building Supplies : Kelly’s Londis : Lookwell Laundry & Dry Cleaners : Magees Fashion Shop : Marians Fashions : Sean Carty Car Sales : Stewarts Oil

12.30pm Wednesday 19th September

Storm Ali has passed and the sun is shining on Boyle. Now for the cleanup of debris and carving of fallen trees …

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant

Wednesday 19th September Clarke’s Bar open for lunch serving hot food from 12.30pm!!

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RTE TV Prime Time

Headline images on the RTE Prime Time programme on Wednesday 18th September showed images of dirty, empty, derelict Boyle buildings – ‘the town we love so well’. “Is Main Street dying” Prime Time asked whether the town centres of Ireland have a future.
• In a follow-up interview Minister Michael Ring and Mattie McGrath stated that a number of named towns are doing very well, thanks in each case to strong community spirit. In the case of Boyle, residents might well ask the oft-repeated question “Is Boyle asleep at the wheel?”
• The 20/40 plan for the regeneration of Boyle was promised for last March, but has not been published. ‘Whispered leaks’ from 20/40 suggest future ‘Enterprise Centre’ occupancy on the Royal Hotel site … but now as we enter the closing days of September, 20/40 looks more like 30/60 !!


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‘Boyle Rooms’ Group

Business representatives calling themselves ‘Boyle Rooms’ are appealing to Roscommon Co Council to develop existing old buildings in the town to provide new accommodation. The front page of this week’s Roscommon Herald features Darragh Kelly’s article on this  potentially great project for Boyle … one of the few towns of its size in Ireland that doesn’t have an hotel.

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Roscommon Herald 18th September

Herald-MastPacked with news, photos and vital Roscommon news … get your copy today …

I am particularly impressed with John Mulligan’s page 46 analysis/comment article “We’re all getting older, but no wiser” dealing with the fact that Boyle has the highest percentage (9.31%) of people aged 80 and above in Ireland.

The President’s new website


President Michael D Higgins has reactivated his Twitter account and opened a new website as he kick-started his campaign to be returned to the Áras.

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Boyle Whispers


Margaret CASEY (née Mc Tiernan) R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Margaret CASEY (née Mc Tiernan) Sheegora, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. September 16th 2018. Peacefully, surrounded by her devoted family and in the tender care of the staff of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. Predeceased by her brothers Alphie and Jim. May she rest in peace

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We’re Hiring …

Experienced chef de partie required to work as part of a team.
• Ability to prepare and produce meals to a high standard and be familiar with HACCP.
• New restaurant and bar opening in Boyle shortly.
Phone; 086 853 0349

Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday September 17th 2018

Numbers drawn: 1,5, 6, 14
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: None €390 next week
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Monday September 24th 2018 at 11.00pm in Dodd’s Crescent Bar. Jackpot €3580.00

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With our Minors and U14’s competing in the respective division finals over the next few weeks we ask all local business to fly the Boyle colours outside their premises to show our support for the lads and that wish them the best of luck

Boyle GAA Club Update


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Coffee Morning – Mayo Roscommon HospiceCoffee morning

Please support the National Coffee morning on Thursday next 20th September. Join us for some Tea, Coffee & goodies at the FAMILY LIFE CENTRE BOYLE from 10am to 2pm. The following outlets have also very kindly agreed to host a Coffee morning again this year and we would appreciate if you can please support their great effort for Hospice;
• Clarkes Bar & Restaurant
• Daly’s Bar
• Loftus Medical Centre (to be held at a later date)
• The Plunkett Home
• Drumderrig Nursing home
• Stewarts Oil
• Open Table.
• The Hospice Shop.
Other workplaces around town hold their coffee mornings privately in support of Hospice on this day . If you would like to host a coffee morning in your workplace please do contact us. Your continued support is very much appreciated by the Committee and particularly by those families in our locality who use the services of the Hospice.
Contact; Belinda 086 784 7827 or Peggy 086  257 7059

Dementia and Staying Connected

Boyle Primary Care Centre and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland will run a short workshop focusing on how to stay connected with your friends, family and community if you have dementia.  The workshop is for people with the dementia, their family, friends and community and all are welcome.  You will leave the workshop with a clear idea of why staying connected is important for people with dementia and what you can do on a day to day basis to help.
The workshop will take place in Boyle Primary Care Centre on Wednesday September 19th from 1130 to 1pm.  All are welcome, no booking necessary and any questions can be directed to John Brennan on 071 967 3531.

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Boyle Branch Ex-Service Personnel (O.N.E.) Meeting

The next Meeting of the Boyle Branch of O.N.E. (Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) will be held in Daly’s Lounge, Bridge Street, Boyle, on this Wednesday night, 19th September at 8.30pm. All members are requested to attend.
Any former members of the Army, FCA, RDF, Civil Defence, Red Cross or Garda Siochana wishing to join are welcome to attend.

Climate Change Conversations – Time to listen, talk & decide on action.


Date/ Time: Saturday, October 6th 2018( 9:30am – 4:00pm)
Venue: Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim
Guest speakers will include, Minister Denis Naughten & Professor John Fitzgerald
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Courtyard Market Sat 22nd September

Flo who is a Chef who hails all the way from France has worked in such places as Cromleach Lodge and Temple House, she will be cooking a Starter, Main Course and Dessert here at the Boyle Market using and showcasing all the stallholder’s products. There will also be a talk on Fermented Food. There will be lots samples throughout the day giving you the opportunity to have a chat with all the traders. The Curlew Mountain Forge will also be here doing a demonstration.

Scaffolding at L.Key Forest Park 16th September 2018


The death has occurred of John BEIRNE R.I.P.

John Beirne, Knockglass, Ballinameen, Boyle, Roscommon Peacefully at Drumderrig Nursing Home, Boyle. Sadly missed by his brothers Cyril and Tommy, nephews, nieces, sister in-law, relatives and a large circle of friends. R.I.P Reposing at Mahon’s Funeral Home, Boyle on Tuesday, September 18th from 5 o’clock until 7 o clock. Removal to St.Attracta’s Church, Ballinameen, arriving at 8 o’clock. Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to Caldra Cemetery.

Boyle Library FREE Events


Tuesday 25th September, 6.30pm: Positive Ageing Week will take place in the Library. Presentation and Treatment of Osteoarhritis of the Knee with John O’Hara who is the Senior Physiotherapist at Boyle Primary Care Centre, in conjunction with Roscommon County Council Age Friendly Strategy. FREE EVENT so booking is essential on 071 966 2800
Saturday 6th October from 2.30pm until 3.30: Louise is a children’s mindfulness teacher and the author of Ireland’s first Mindfulness series for children, the “Mindfully Me” series. Louise will read from her books and help children to learn fun and creative ways to calm, relax and deal with worries. Children will also explore thoughts, feelings and how to feel good about being themselves using art, craft and stories. FREE EVENT. Booking essential 071 966 2800.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Boyle Support Group Coffee Morning

Please support the National Coffee Morning on Thursday next 20th September. The following outlets have also very kindly agreed to host a Coffee Morning again this year: Clarke’s Bar and Restaurant, Daly’s Bar, The Plunkett Home, Stewarts Oil, Open Table. Loftus Medical Centre will host at a later later.

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant – Breaded Haddock Lunch


Access to Psychological Services Ireland

This is a a free HSE service for adults aged 18+, who are experiencing mild-moderate mental health difficulties. They provide short-term cognitive behavioral therapy and guided self help. Individuals who would like to attend the service can self-refer by phone or refer via the walk-in clinic in Roscommon Town. The service is free for residents of Roscommon and the Boyle area. For further details contact 090 666 5020.

Úna Bhán Community NotesUnaBhan

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Traffic diversion for funeral

Damian Regan wrote: “There will be a one way system in operation on Friday 14th September from 4pm for the funeral of the late Paddy Callery R.I.P. with traffic directed to Grange School turning right for Boyle / left for Ballinameen”

Ardcarne Garden Centre – Job of the week: Plant bulbs

Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs and you’ll have the best choice at the moment. Bulbs are some of the most rewarding, hard working and long-lived plants you’ll ever plant in your garden – returning year after year to fill the garden with fresh colour. They are also easy to grow and are perfect for tucking into containers for an extra splash of spring colour.

Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden:
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The 8 at 8 – Friday

Here’s what’s making the news this morning. brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

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Carrick Cineplex

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The annual Run Walk n Roll in aid of Cancer Research will take place in Boyle on Sunday the 21st October. More details later.

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Enda has marked Autumn with seasonal flower display boxes on windows at this popular venue.

Advanced Excel Course – Wednesday September 19th

A one day Advanced Excel course will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre on Wednesday September 19th from 9.30/4.30. Cost €40.00 per person. The course is organised by Role Skillnet and is suitable for excel users wishing to upskill. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 9673440. Other upcoming training includes Manual Handling Instructors, People Handling Instructors, Lean Business, Employment Essentials and Exploring Excel. Role Skillnet is a learning network providing funding and support for training in private businesses.

Culture Night Co. Roscommon 21st September 2018Culture-Night

“We will celebrate a programme of free events for the family celebrating culture, creativity and the arts.”
• King House, Boyle: 4pm to 8pm. This magnificently restored Georgian mansion will offer free tours of the house throughout the day and evening. Visitors can enjoy a range of interactive exhibitions featuring life-size figures, special effects and activities as well as explore and experience the exciting Mary McAleese Collection.
Booking essential for tours – 071 966 3242 (last tour at 7pm).
• Doon Shore, Lough Key. FIONA MCDONALD: ‘AUGMENTED REALITY’ 7.30pm to 9.30pm. View an “augmented reality” work developed by the Artist Fiona McDonald where you can see via a smart phone app the proposed UFO portal off Church Island discovered by the later Betty Meyler, President of the UFO Society of Ireland.

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Roscommon County Council, Social Inclusion Unit will run Social Inclusion Awareness Week this year from Monday 15th October – Sunday 21st October 2018. The purpose of the week is to increase awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity within the County. The theme for this year’s event is “Healthy Roscommon” We are particularly interested in healthy initiatives which aim to combat social isolation and promote positive mental health.

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Ardcarne Garden Centres Boyle & Roscommon

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Free Vegetable Growing Event at Ardcarne Garden Centres, Boyle and Roscommon Town, Saturday September 22nd 11.30am – 12.30 pm. Discover how to harvest and store your vegetables and what to be planting and doing now in the edible garden. Free Event – All Welcome.

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Sean Keane in Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen

Sean Keane

Sean Keane and his band will perform his unique blend of traditional Irish and contemporary folk music and song in the intimate setting of Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen on Saturday, September 29th at 8.30pm. Growing up in a family of singers and musicians, Seán learned the sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. Singing was his life, even in early childhood. By the time Seán reached his teens, he had collected thirteen All-Ireland medals in Fleadh Ceoil competitions. He was by then an accomplished whistle and flute player as well and had taken up the uilleann pipes and bodhrán. Seán Keane continues to delight audiences all over the world with his live performances and recorded work.
For Bookings call 071 918 2599

Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

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Boyle Tennis Club will host a Family Fun Day and Cake Sale at the Tennis Club on Saturday 22nd Sept from 2pm until 4pm. This is to continue raising funds for much needed improvements to club facilities. Come and see what we have achieved to date. All donations welcome.

Roscommon Herald … your local weekly newspaper


Kelly’s Londis

Neil wrote: “Hi parents (& Students!) With schools back and the darker evenings approaching, if there is an emergency like your child misses the bus or has no credit to ring you, please tell them to come to the store, rather than have them hang around outside.
• They can call you from the shop and wait for you here. It’s an option to keep in mind so they are safe.
• As our logo says, we are ‘local like you’ !!! ”


Dementia Support Group News

Dementia is a decline in thinking, reasoning, and/or remembering. People with dementia have difficulty carrying out daily tasks they have performed routinely and independently throughout their lives. Alzheimers Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour.
• September is World Alzheimers month. It was therefore fitting that the Dementia Support Group in Boyle held an information session on Wed Sept 5th.

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Boyle Golf Club update 10th September

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King’s Trail Theatrical Heritage Bus Tour from Boyle





Saturday 8th September was our last chance for 2018 to take this excellent guided, theatrical heritage bus trip around some of Roscommon county attractions.
• I was delighted to join a very satisfied trail group for this last trail for the current season and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We visited five sites and were entertained royally at each one; Rathcroghan Mound, Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Strokestown House and Famine Museum, Lough Key Forest Park Fishing Lodge and King House.
• Congratulations to Úna Bhán Tourism and Marketing Officer Sabrina Brady who travelled with us and who organised this unique July to September King’s Trail assisted superbly on each trip by tour guide John Clapison. John’s lively and informative commentaries on the bus between venues in addition to each venue’s period-costumed, Bernadette, Trick Tom, Rachel Bolger and King House theatricals left us promising that we will ‘spread the word’ as we look forward to what I know will be a great 2019 King’s Trail season.

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Slick Celtic hit Shiven for Six

Roscommon & District Soccer League Premier Division
Boyle Celtic 6 v Shiven Rovers 1 … (By Ronan Flanagan)
Boyle Celtic made it two wins out of two in the Roscommon & District Soccer League Premier Division with a resounding six goals to one victory over Shiven Rovers at Celtic Park on Friday evening, 7th September
• A special presentation was made to Aughanagh U13’s Futsal Community Games Team in recognition of their brilliant achievement of becoming All Ireland Champions prior to kick off. Six of the eight players play for Boyle Celtic’s underage teams and a presentation was made to all eight players. Congratulations to all involved.


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St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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Coming Soon …



Mná na Buille

Úna Bhán Tourism is conducting a project called Mná na Buille, a celebration of the culture and creativity of the women from the community of Boyle, especially those born prior to 1940. The project will capture their stories and experiences through different times and situations, often funny, often sad, but all amazing.

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Maths and Biology Coaching

Maths and Biology – all levels – also small classes – Boyle. Please contact Ann on 086 877 0252

Door Security and Guarding Course

A FREE Door Security and Guarding Course commences at Boyle Enterprise Centre on Monday September 17th.
The course is suitable for those interested in working in the security sector. The course runs for ten weeks. For more information or to express interest please call 091 706 200 or visit

Speech & Drama classes

Speech & Drama classes in Convent Primary School, Boyle on Thursday evenings beginning September 28th. Both primary & secondary pupils welcome. Registration on Thursday 21st at 6.00pm. For more information contact Dwyer School of Speech & Drama on 071 966 6040.

Car break-ins at Lough Key Forest Park


A viewer report: “There have been a number of car windows broken and property stolen from cars parked at this location close to the Marian Shrine in Lough Key Forest Park”
• Runners, walkers and visitors to the park are asked to make sure there are no items of value visible in their vehicles when they visit Lough Key Forest Park. Thieves should be aware that there are now CCTV cameras in place and that there are random visits by Gardai to the park.

Irish Rail – Boyle timetable


Boyle departure times to Connolly Station, Dublin from Sunday 9th 2018:
• Boyle to Dublin Connolly at 6.13, 7.39, 9.38, 11.38, 13.38, 15.38 and 18.36 .
• Connolly to Boyle at 08.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.10 and 19.15.

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA Ireland

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.”

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Film at The Olive Tree, Carrick-on-Shannon

City Lights

Sunday 9th 5pm/ Friday 21st 8pm … €5
Classic Silent Film experience! “CITY LIGHTS” … Charlie Chaplin’s romantic comedy at The Olive Tree in the Market Yard, Carrick-on-Shannon with live piano performance by Mark Murphy.
• “Please Call (071) 965 0525 to book as space is very limited. We will be serving wine, coffees, teas and soft drinks. For anyone looking to eat we will have a curry, a stew and some limited tapas available as well as our great range of cakes and ice cream.”

“The Stairs” Opening September

The Stairs

Exciting news for diners and imbibers … “The Stairs” Gastro Pub on The Crescent will open during September under local management and serving the best food prepared by a well-known chef from the general area. We will be delighted to give full details and sample menus closer to the opening date.

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant


Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant

Tai Chi Court Restaurant

Open Table Restaurant

Open Table Restaurant

Boyle Junior Tennis Coaching


A new 8 week term of junior tennis coaching is commencing on Wednesday 5th September. Group times are 3:30/4:30/5:30pm depending on age and standard. All equipment is provided. To sign up please call our tennis coach Tim on 083 1155374 . Term cost is €40 members or €50 non members, easy pay options available please just ask.

HIQA praises two Co Roscommon nursing homes


The regulator carried out an announced inspection of Abbey Haven Care Centre and Nursing Home in Boyle, which caters for 62 residents. Residents said they were very happy living in the centre and that they enjoyed the comfort of their spacious rooms and surroundings.

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Autumn Training and Free Workshops at Boyle Enterprise Centre

Boyle Enterprise Centre

The following training and free workshops will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre, September – November.
• Frontline Management QQI Level 6, • Time Management/Increasing effectiveness, • Internal Auditing, • Facebook for Business, • Safety Representative QQI Level 4, • Manual Handling • Instructors QQI Level 6, • Team Leadership QQI level 6, • Microsoft Word/Excel/Access. • People Handling Instructors QQI Level 6.
• Free Workshops include Employment Law Essentials, • Exploring Excel and • Introduction to Lean,
• For more information or to express interest please email call 071 967 3440. Courses are organised by Role Skillnet, Learning Network. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses.

Stewarts Oil – Order yours today

Stewarts Oil

Xtra Mile Wash & Valet at Stewarts Oil, Mill Road, Boyle


The Town House, Main street, Boyle

A great place to entertain a family holiday!
• Luxury 2 and 3 bed holiday apartments. Best of both worlds! In the centre of town and beside Lough Key Forest Park for all your family activities, with beautiful family walks, Zipit, Boda Borg, Adventure Play Park, cycling (electric bikes and Segways) , boating, fishing, and much more. An abundance of other cultural / heritage trails, walks, open farms, water and land adventure centres, horse riding and sight seeing nearby.
• Please call us on 087 776 2662     email:

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Parking cars and pumping gas

It is always a pleasure to feature one of John Mulligan’s short stories here on This is one you will enjoy … a reality check when you think you are making ‘progress’

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Irish Rail – Boyle timetable


Boyle departure times to Connolly Station, Dublin from Sunday 9th 2018:
• Boyle to Dublin Connolly at 6.13, 7.39, 9.38, 11.38, 13.38, 15.38 and 18.36 .
• Connolly to Boyle at 08.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.10 and 19.15.

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.”

St. Joseph’s Parish Contact Numbers

Rev. Gerry Hanly P.P. 071 966 2218
Rev. Tito Abuda C.C. 071 966 2012
Parish Office & Sacristy 071 966 2643
Parish Office Hours: 9:30am to 12:30pm
24hr Duty Phone Number 086 826 2643
Parish e:mail

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.