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Brogans Special Christmas Evening


Galilee Community Christmas Reflection

Galilee Christmas Reflection

Boyle Weather Monday 2pm : 6° Centigrade … shur ’tis grand !!

What’s wrong with Met Eireann and the people whom they scare …? At the whiff of a windy day or a seasonal fall of snow it appears the country goes into lockdown … schools close, orange and red status warnings are the norm and traders report lower than hoped for sales figures
• In the past we survived weeks of harsh weather without a groan. We even endured snow and ice for weeks on end, and a windy day blew the bugs away.
• 2010 : The first 10 days of January were the coldest spell Ireland had experienced in almost 40 years with February also breaking records.
• 1881 : 16th January – now that was a cold day! At Markree Castle near Collooney, Ireland’s coldest ever recorded temperature bottomed out at -19.1° C

Boyle GAA Club Update 11th December

Tom and Deidre Kearney, Jason Harrington and Michelle Walsh were €20 winners at the most recent Club Lotto draw in Daly’s Bar. The jackpot wasn’t won. It will be at €2,400 for the next draw on Saturday December 16th which will be held in Moylurg Inn.

The 8 at 8: Monday

Here’s what you need to know as we begin the day. Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.
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The Toon Team – Letter to Santa

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The death has occurred of Dessie HAYDEN

Dessie Hayden R.I.P., (St. Jude’s, Shroofe, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo) December 9th, 2017 (Peacefully) at University Hospital, Sligo; Dessie. Deeply mourned by his loving wife Elizabeth, sons Adrian, Desmond and Ivan, daughters Claire, Nichola, Justine, Ciara and Anne Marie (Boyle), brother Ivan, sisters Gemma and Eucharia

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Sunday 10th December: Orange snow-ice warning

Snow in BoyleSnow in Boyle, 7.30am Sunday 10th December

A status orange snow-ice warning is in place for Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Tipperary. The alert came into effect at 11pm Saturday and is valid for 24 hours.
PS/ The  snow is white – as usual, only the warning is orange status !!!

St. Joseph’s Newsletter – 9th December

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Question: I am planning to extend my home. How can I claim the Home Renovation Incentive?
Answer: The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme enables homeowners or landlords to claim tax relief on repairs, renovations or improvement work that is carried out on their main home or rental property by tax-compliant contractors and that is subject to 13.5% VAT.

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Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

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

Carrick Cineplex Friday 8th – Thursday 14th December

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Annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Collection at all masses this weekend


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Lough Key Parkrun 9th December

PC090042Deirdre Parnell wrote: “A special well done to the group from Leitrim Sports Partnership who completed their first 5k with us today.
Congratulations to Noreen Colreavy and Rosemary Cawley who completed their 50th parkruns this morning too. Special mention to Kate Noone who has earned her purple 25 volunteer t-shirt.


The rise and demise of O’Connell Street, Dublin

PC080003The following paragraph caught my attention: “A group from Newry Helping the Homeless were working alongside them. There was also a team of volunteer barbers and hairdressers – and even a dental technician who fits dentures outside the O’Connell Street landmark (The GPO) each Friday”
Friday 8th December: Many of those who write articles plan their chosen topics and attempts at profundity before committing them to keyboard. However with this ‘treatise’ I have decided on a ‘first impressions, knee-jerk’ approach following a walk up and down O’Connell Street, Dublin …
• From a distance the street looks great with its spire and monuments, trees and paved footpaths, but there its attraction ends for me.
• Gone are several character-filled premises, Clery’s and Kylemore Cafe to name but two. In their places the streetscape is filled with a plethora of fast food joints with designer pretentions, and souvenir shops full of appalling Paddywhackery.
• Maybe I will revisit the Main Street in our Capital City … and publish uptodate photos.

Boles of Boyle, Annual Customer Loyalty Evening 2017


Thursday 7th December: Ever-patient, our excellent models Dany Daniela and Olivia Cregg showed a selection of seasonal tops, jackets etc to best advantage at this evening’s Boles of Boyle Annual Customer Loyalty Evening in Boles very fine premises on Bridge Street, Boyle.

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Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, Christmas Lights 2017

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Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Carols

Ardcarne ChristmascCarols 2017

Sean Carty Cars — Car of the week

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St Stephen’s Day Treasure Hunt – Tuesday 26th December

The annual St Stephen’s Day Treasure Hunt in aid of Hospice will take place in Lough Key Forest & Activity Park at 2.30pm. Answer sheets to be handed in at Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, St Patrick Street, Boyle where winners will be announced.

Whistlers Bar & Grill, The Crescent, Boyle

Whistlers Bar & Grill

Executive Chef Dave Mitchell is now managing Whistlers Bar & Restaurant on The Crescent, Boyle …  and time to think about booking your Christmas party in Whistlers, Boyle. “We have a nice 4 course festive menu on offer.  To book call 086 384 6254 and Dave will happily discuss options or queries.”

View Whistlers Christmas Menu [here…]

Irish Times buys the Roscommon Herald

Shannonside News: “The Irish Times is to buy a number of newspaper titles and radio stations. It’s bought the Landmark Media group which includes the Irish Examiner, Roscommon Herald, the Western People, Evening Echo along with WLR FM and Beat.
The transaction will still have to get the go ahead from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, the Communication’s Minister as well as the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Staff affected were informed of the move by management this afternoon” (Wednesday 6th December)

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Enjoy your Christmas break in The Townhouse, Boyle.

Townhouse self catering

Do you need extra space for visiting family & friends over the festive period or simply a Festive Getaway??
Why not spend your Christmas break in The Townhouse, Boyle. Decorated for the Christmas, The Townhouse is the perfect location for a Family get together over the Christmas Period.
Contact Peter at  townhouse.boyle@gmail.com

€1000 plus Cash draw for Boyle Christmas Lights

Now that we can appreciate our beautiful Christmas Lights in Boyle, the Lights crew are encouraging all Businesses to promote the draw and appeal to the community to buy a line for €2 to be in with a chance to win- any of the Cash prizes on offer. We thank the Community for their continued support over the coming weeks.

Whistlers Bar & Grill
Whistlers Bar & Grill

King House Tea Rooms – Christmas Day Dinner

Roscommon Herald 5th December

Herald-Masthead-5th December

Senator Frank Feighan – Boyle Primary Care Centre will open on Tuesday, January 9th

Boyle Primary Care Centre

Frank Feighan: “The delays regarding the HSE’s operational timelines have been disappointing but I can categorically state that the state-of-the-art facility will now open on this date.
The day before the centre’s official opening, there will be an open day at the centre on Monday, January 8th, to give the people of Boyle and North Roscommon the opportunity to view the facilities at this 17,000 square foot two-storey building.
Boyle Primary Care Centre is a very positive development for the town and the wider North Roscommon area. It will ensure that the local community has improved access to a greater range of health services on their own doorstep and under the one roof. Equipping of the building is being completed at present with Dental and Ophthalmology equipment among the items being commissioned. I also understand staff will shortly receive training on the systems within the building, including Fire Safety training.
Now that we have a firm date for the opening of Boyle Primary Care Centre, I want to extend my very best wishes to all the management and staff who will begin work there in early January.

The Toon Team … Monday 4th December

Wash The Royal Hotel

 Boyle GAA Update 4th December

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Tommy Fleming Christmas Concert – Kilronan Castle Hotel



Sunday 3rd December: the hugely talented singer Tommy Fleming brought his special Christmas Show to a full house in the magnificent Kilronan Castle Hotel. Tommy and his excellent seven-piece group of musicians delighted the audience with several of his memorable songs : The Contender, Bright Blue Rose, Raglan Road, Oh Holy Night, Hard Times They Come No More, Danny Boy, The Isle of Inishfree and many more in a set list that included newly added songs to his repertoire following 25 years as a performer. Tommy’s rapport with the audience and his backing musicians ensured encores and well deserved standing ovations from all present.
• Some of the proceeds from this Concert will go towards Ardcarne Community Childcare Facility

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Boyle Golf Club Update 3rd December

The Gents 18 hole stableford competition held on Sunday the 3rd of December was won by Sean Heslin with a score of 41 points, with second place going to Patrick Egan who had 38 points. Jim Mooney won the gross prize and Owen Garvin took 3rd place with 36 points.
Next Sunday’s competition is the ever popular Christmas Bonanza Ladies and Gents 18 hole stableford competition with prizes for Ladies and Gents 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Everyone who plays in this competition gets to take home something, so if you haven’t featured in the winners enclosure in 2017, this might be as good as it gets! The presentation of prizes will take place afterwards in the clubhouse at 6 pm. Online booking is available for tee-times.

€35,000 allocated to five agricultural shows in Roscommon – Feighan

Boyle Summer Show Loge

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed total funding of €35,000 granted to the five agricultural shows which take place across the county every year.
“Castlerea, Elphin, Roscommon, Strokestown along with Boyle Summer Show will receive  €7,000 each to help with the staging of their event next year. This funding is part of a national allocation of €812,000 by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, which will benefit agricultural shows throughout the country in 2018.”

Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree

“We’re so excited… our fresh Christmas trees are now in stock which means that Christmas is just around the corner! All our trees are locally grown, non-shed varieties and available from just €29. Once you choose your perfect tree, we’ll net it for you and help you get it in the car. Job done!”

Tony Conboy’s “An Oblique View”

TonyConboyAnobliqueViewTony’s “An Oblique View” is a ‘must read’ feature on realboyle.com
This week Tony’s references include: Storm Frances (Fitzgerald) : The Bord Gáis Energy, Irish Book Awards on RTE : Blues Sisters No Longer Blue : Boyle Celtic Hitting Fences : Boyle Publicity : A Rare Type of Scam : Christmas GAA Quiz : Boyle Senior GAA AGM : Who is the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration? : Congratulations to Patsy Hanley : Coalition of Sinn Fein and Green PartyRead More Graphic

Job of the week: Plant bare-root fruit trees
Take advantage of the bare-root season to plant great value fruit trees. You’ll find all your favourite varieties and especially those that perform exceptionally well locally. Look out for Apple Katy and Apple Discovery among the selection – both dessert varieties that are simply outstanding croppers.

Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden:
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Tony Conboy – Reflection on the passing of my friend Dr. Bernard McGuire

Tony has written a beautifully evocative, personal, ‘must read’ reflection on the passing of a friend since his college days

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Sean Carty Cars – Free Winter Health Check

Sean Carty Cars- Free Winter Health Check

Defibrillator may need urgent update

Shannonside News: The Health Products Regulatory Authority has issued a warning over outdated defibrillators.
It’s estimated that around 600 AED cardiac devices across Ireland may not work properly in an emergency.

The Bridge by the “Toon Team”

Christmas Party 2017

Ardcarne Garden Centre – Christmas Shop

Inspiration for your home
As always, the Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Shop is a showcase for all the latest styles and trends in Christmas and home decor, chosen from the best international collections. These are timeless pieces you will treasure for many years and will bring back cherished family memories every Christmas. To highlight these newest fashions, the Ardcarne Christmas Shop is beautifully colour-themed and full of inspiration for decorating your home.



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Just A Thought …

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There is a Santa !!

He dwells within our hearts and our hopes for better than the hardships of everyday earthly toil. He is our Number One in Top Of The Pops, He/she is our Northern Star, Our Way Home, our comfort zone, our assuredness that good exists over evil. He grants possibility that each of us can succeed, that a local lad like Chris O’Dowd can rub soulders with the greats … and much much more!
Whew … I didn’t realise I feel like that hahaha!!

€6million to remove pinch points on the River Shannon

Shannonside News: Minister Denis Naughten has announced that Government funding of €6million will be invested to remove 18 pinch points on the River Shannon. The investment, which is spearheaded by Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, is the most significant work to take place on the River Shannon and will have a dramatic impact on the potential flooding in the Shannon Callows south of Athlone.


Ardcarne Garden Cafe NOW OPEN under the management of brother & sister Daniel (Chef) and Carla O’Neill.

Tadhg TV Update 25th November


Whistlers Bar & Grill – Burger

Whistlers Bar & Grill - BurgerI was delighted with Dave’s tasty Burger/cheese/onion/salad & homecut chips

Ardcarne Garden Centre Cafe Re-Opens

The Cracked Pepper

“We’re delighted to announce the re-opening of the Cafe this weekend at Ardcarne Garden Centre BOYLE.
• We’d like to welcome exciting young chef Daniel O’Neill, previously chef at The Venue in Strandhill, and his sister Carla, a trained Barista and specialist in coffee. Daniel has also worked in the five star ‘The Old Port Inn’ in Cavan and in San Francisco.
• The Cafe is newly named ‘The Cracked Pepper’ and Daniel is keen to offer the very best in fresh wholesome food, using the finest ingredients. There will be a hot daily special, homemade soups, sandwiches, scones and pastries. The hand-roasted speciality coffee is supplied from the Art of Coffee in Carrick on Shannon. For more information check out The Cracked Pepper Facebook page”

Christmas comes but once a year …
Boles of Boyle, Bridge Street


Christmas comes but once a year
Brogans Pharmacy, Shop Street


British soldiers train in Ireland

The Irish Defence Forces have confirmed that British soldiers train at its base at The Curragh, in County Kildare. A statement to Ocean FM News says peace keepers from over 56 countries, including the UK, have regularly attended special courses there. The confirmation to Ocean FM News that British personnel train at The Curragh comes in the aftermath of calls from a Donegal councillor for an explanation about the situation.

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Sean Carty CarsLog in frequently to realboyle.com to view photos of Sean Carty’s “CAR OF THE WEEK”

Works start at Ireland West Airport


Work has started on €15 million worth of work over the next three years to transform Ireland West Airport. The money will be spent providing new passenger facilities and upgrading terminals, as well as other improvements across the airport, including to the runway.

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Chair Yoga in Boyle


4 week taster course starting from this Thursday 23rd November till Thursday 14th December 11am in Boyle Yoga Shack. Ring Mags 086 836 0111 to secure your place. Suitable for anyone of any age who has limited or difficulty with their  range of movement, recovering from injury surgery, illness, heart attack etc or who hasn’t exercised recently and would like to get their body to “move” again. We will work with the breath to strengthen and tone the lungs and an introduction to meditation.

Safe Online Shopping “Do’s and Dont’s”

At this time of year, and indeed at all times Online Shopping has become a must for many. However, there are scams and traps to which you may become subjected. Advice is at hand … please read and follow the advice by clicking on the “Read More” link below.

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The Bridge #2 …

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

Mandy Maher and Catwalk Modelling Agency’s Dearbhla. Kellie and Hazel were the stylists and models at three Mini Fashion Shows in Marians on Bridge Street. Full House signs might well have been in place for the afternoon. Perpetua McGee had arranged a wonderful set of shows ahead of Christmas shopping … tasty refreshments and displays of stunning combinations available instore from brand leading designers.

PB180069Hazel, Mandy, Kellie, Perpetua, Katherine and Dearbhla

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Townhouse self-catering, Main Street, Boyle

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

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“A Plate Of Goodness”

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


Hotel for Boyle – step by step, the requirements

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

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

Roscommon council €62-million capital programme

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

‘Christ The King’


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

Save a life … What is CPR?

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

Quotable Quotes

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

Sean Doherty


Mayo Roscommon Hospice Logo

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

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

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

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Jenny’s Deerfolk and realboyle.com

Shortly I hope to share the creative adventures of Jenny Jessop’s fabulous ‘Deerfolk’ with readers on realboyle.com. Viewers will recognise the hugely talented Jenny, formerly Jenny (Jennifer) O’Dowd from Abbeytown and Knockvicar, Boyle.
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Feighan welcomes introduction of new air ambulance service

Frank Feighan TD

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

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

Niamh Flanagan at Ardcarne Garden Centre

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

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

Light and Shadow – Sunday 12th November

Light and Shadow

Boyle Town Team AGM

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

‘Down to Business’ with Bobby Kerr


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

Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Shop 2017

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

PB110106Denise, Dympna and Mary were delighted to sample Ronan’s wonderful complementary Mulled Wine and Nibbles …
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‘It’s very hard to say ‘I need food’’

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

PB110080Congratulations to Ann Bushell who completed her 50th parkrun

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St. Joseph’s Newsletter

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

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

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

The Bridge, episode #1

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

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

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

Ardcarne Garden Centre – Letters to Santa

Ardcarne Garden Centre - Santa Letter

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

Boyle Christmas lights

Christmas Lights 2016

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

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

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

Boles of Boyle – current window display

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

Ireland West Airport in profit


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

Senator Frank Feighan leads political delegation to Westminster

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

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Eugene Murphy TD – Climate Change


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

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

Draft Plan

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

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Ardcarne Garden Centre – Christmas Shop 2017

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Where in Boyle?

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

Boyle Yoga Shack
Boyle Yoga Shack

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

Boyle GAA Nursery Programme

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

Boyle Mens Shed – Friday 3rd November

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

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

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

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


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

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

Gerry says thank you …

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

Health and Wellbeing Monday Evening Walks

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

Hair & More, SuperValu Mall, Boyle

Hair & More

Concern Fast and kick-a-habit for 24-hours

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

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‘Movember’ aka ‘Niamhember’

Movember / Niamhember

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

“Take that …” !!
Katie "Take that"

Future Boyle?

Back in what some have described as the ‘hay day’ of a vigorous organisation, Boyle Chamber of Commerce hosted and paid ‘mega bucks’ for a study of the town by a group of architectural students. Several detailed drawings and a magnificent 3D model of a ‘future Boyle’ were left here and were on display in King House for a short while. Sadly the drawing and 3D model are now ageing in storage, out of sight and possibly never referred to.
Now that the Chamber and its sibling Town Team will shortly have €100,000 government funding at their disposal it is reasonable to hope that plans made several months ago may be actioned and progressed.Read More Graphic

Does Boyle have the x-factor?

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

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Boyle Convent building & grounds for sale

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Know Your Rights: Benefits for carers


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Gerry Golden Building Services
Gerry Golden Building Services


Treat yourself at Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty, Boyle

Carmel's Skincare & Beauty

Self-service libraries?

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

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Boyle Garda Station Opening Hours (Revised)

Monday – Saturday (Inclusive) 9am – 1pm & 7pm – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 1pm
Please note: On occasion it may be necessary for the Gardai working at the station having to respond to a call or incident of an urgent nature. If this arises, they will have to temporarily close the station in order to respond to the incident.
• In addition to providing increased opening hours this will provide greater uniformity and consistency for the public.
• Gardai wish to thank the people of Boyle and the surrounding area for their continued support.

John Mulligan, multiple award-winning author

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

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Ardcarne Garden Centre  

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

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

Pampas Grass in full bloom

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

Realboyle.com supports Roscommon Learning Link, Boyle

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“My Own Place” – Main Street, Boyle

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

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Facebook, Word, and Excel Training at Boyle Enterprise Centre

Boyle Enterprise Centre

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


The Sports Complex

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

Realboyle.com supports Boyle Enterprise Centre

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

Boyle Enterprise Centre

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

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Boyle’s plans for a ‘scattered hotel’

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

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

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Moone Boy

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

LOOKWELL Dry Cleaners – Special Laundry Offers

LOOKWELL Dry Cleaners

Marians Fashions

Chic Styles at Marians

Boles of Boyle

Boles of Boyle

Stewarts Oil – Monthly Draw

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

Boyle Food Partnership

Boyle Food Partnership

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

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



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

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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