Why Choose Boyle?
Here are some reasons: Boyle’s West of Ireland location, beautiful local scenery, access to the N4 National Primary route, all of the 7 up and 7 down daily trains stop at our railway station, we are 25 miles from Sligo City and Atlantic Ocean seaside resorts, 45 minutes from Knock International Airport, close to us are the River Shannon and 3 large famous lakes, a plethora of historical treasures, sports and social clubs abound.
• We have prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park We have leading edge schools, houses for sale, an active Chamber of Commerce, High Speed Broadband, no pollution, a friendly “live and let live” attitude, fine shops and services, many highly talented inhabitants as well as excellent accommodation providers, restaurants and services.
• View our album of Boyle Area Photos [here…]
The Courtyard Market – on King House Grounds
The Courtyard Market in now 11 years old and runs every Saturday from 10am-2pm on the grounds of King House
Parkrun Saturday 25th June
Saturday 25th June: Another perfect morning for the weekly 5km Parkrun in beautiful Lough Key Forest Park
Boyle Country Meats Special Offers
Murphy calls for careful analysis of impact of Brexit
Fianna Fail TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has called for a calm and careful analysis of the impact of Brexit on the Irish economy. Deputy Murphy said that the overall economic fallout for Ireland of the UK decision to leave the European Union (EU) will take time to become clear and will require careful economic and political management. Deputy Murphy said that the result of the UK referendum would have major consequences and was disappointing from an Irish perspective.
Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 24th June
Always entertaining, always observant, Tony Conboy writes “An Oblique View” … a ‘must read’ and widely read feature on realboyle.com every week.
Philip Donnelly to play in Daly’s lounge Saturday 25th
Some of us will remember the famous Philip Donnelly incident that evoked the Roscommon Herald headline “Nashville Musician Blamed for Late Hours”. In a nutshell here it is for you … On an Easter Sunday night long ago, I met world-renowned Nashville musician Philip Donnelly with Chris Meehan (of Rednecks fame) in L.Key Forest Park and persuaded them to play in the Ceili House Bar. Brendan O’Dowd provided instruments & amplification. The music was brilliant – full house – and ran late. A conscientious member of the Gardai raided the premises, took names for the court case that followed, and thus the headline was born!
Anyway, super musician Philip Donnelly will play in Daly’s on Saturday night, an event you really should attend … free admission … see you there!
Image downloaded from http://www.ibtimes.com/
What next? … GB survived before EU and will survive following Brexit
1. Ireland must think of maximising its future within an ailing EU, or leave as well.
2. Our good relationship and trading arrangements must continue with GB.
3. Our recent General Election was a clear indicator that change is endemic and that strong, intelligent leadership and transparency will be called for … even in little towns like Boyle.
On a lighter note …
Breaking News: Ireland -v- France …
• It is reported today that Ryanair will operate a hand-luggage-only policy in honour of Thierry Henry.
Minister Denis Naughten – public meeting in Boyle
Minister Denis Naughten attended a public meeting in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle on Thursday 23rd June.
Topics discussed and dealt with comprehensively by the minister included Broadband, Industry for Boyle, Garda Station opening hours, Future of the Military Barracks, Boyle Courthouse Project Early Train to Sligo, Hotel for Boyle, and the possibility of recovering heritage items for display in a museum-type environment in Boyle.
All were welcome to attend and as was pointed out by several at the meeting – it is not often we get a government minister to come and attend a public meeting here. When asked, the minister said that he considered the meeting a very good one. He said the agenda and questions from the floor included valid issues of local concern that he will address and that he will return here in the future.
Tai Chi Court Restaurant, Boyle
Beautiful presentation, very tasty meals, pleasant surroundings and excellent service are reasons to eat out at the Tai Chi Court Restaurant in Boyle. The Tai Chi is just one of a number of Boyle restaurants you might choose as you eat out in Boyle
New signs for our Local Link Bus Service
Cloonloo – North West Hospice Annual Charity Walk
North West Hospice Annual Charity Walk on Friday June 24th from Cloonloo Hall at 7.30pm (Registration from 6.30pm). This is a lovely walk that takes place annually in Cloonloo. Get together afterwards for a catch up and a cuppa. Your support would be very much appreciated. If you need any further information please contact the organisers Linda Shannon 086 600 9940 / Christina McLoughlin 086 391 1500. Hope to see you all there. Many Thanks
Cavetown Charity 5km Walk
(In Loving Memory of Kit O’ Beirne)
Sunday 26th June: 5km walk around Cavetown Lake, Croghan – Commencing at 11am from the Amenity Area. Donations on the Day or you can also donate to: Oliver Donagher, Rita Sharkey or Ita Commins. In aid of local Hospice/ Palliative Care Services. Refreshments to follow. Please Support
Wageningen University Students in Co.Roscommon
Else Lotte Faasse wrote: We meet the other day in King House Tea Rooms and you helped me to find my phone 😉
At the moment there is a group of 39 students from Wageningen University (The Netherlands) in County Roscommon. As a part of their Bachelor degree, they research on a topic of their choice relevant for the area/town in which they are located. The students are spread out over the county and there are only 4 in the Boyle area. Within two weeks, these students try to collect as much information as possible by doing interviews and observations. I am one of the students staying here and doing my research on a new project: Boyle Age Friendly Town, which is originally a WHO initiative and is meant to improve the age friendliness of the town.
Scoil na nAingeal Sports Day 2016 – Thursday 23rd June
The weather almost forced a postponement of this great day for children in Abbey Park, but thankfully the clouds rolled back, the sun shone through close to lunchtime and a great Sports Day was enjoyed by teachers and their eager, enthusiastic pupils. This was a great bonding occasion for teachers and pupils outside the daily school routine. We had all of the traditional events … egg & spoon, wheelbarrow, one-legged, three-legged, relay races etc etc. Well done to all involved.
Carrick Cineplex Update Friday June 24th – Thursday 30th
Captured in Verse & Prose – King House
Gerry Boland (Ros Co Writer in Residence) Mary Mullins (Ros Co Arts Officer) Paddy Kilduff (Ros Co Chairperson)
Writers who were born in Roscommon or who have a strong connection to the county were invited to visit any one, two or all three of the 1916 exhibitions (these were in King House, in Strokestown House and in the new Civic Offices). Their brief was to respond in whatever manner they chose, in poetry or prose, to any exhibit, or indeed to the exhibition as a whole. Eight writers responded. Some of the writers were moved to write a poem, others composed short prose pieces, and in one case, an entire short story arose out of the experience.
Taize Prayer at Galilee Community, Friday 24th
There will be an hour of Taize Prayer in GALILEE COMMUNITY on Friday, June 24th from 9pm-10pm. Praying for the healing of hate in our world. You are invited …
• Sisters of Mercy, Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle, Co Roscommon
• Phone: 071 966 4101 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.galilee.ie
Boyle Chamber Lotto Results, Monday June 20th 2016
• Numbers drawn 5, 6, 7, 29
• Match Three winners B. Madden
• Jackpot winner None
Thank you to all who support the draw
Next draw Monday June 27th at 11.00pm in Dodd’s Bar (Party Night). Lotto Jackpot €17, 360
Emma Tiernan wrote
“The day has finally come that I’m heading off to Africa. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind donations and well wishes. This trip wouldn’t be possible without the support of everybody and for that I am grateful. I will be back in August and without a doubt I will have plenty of story’s and pictures to share with everyone. Thanks again, Emma Tiernan.”
St. Joseph’s BNS Boyle – Soccer 7 a side Champions 2016
Gerry Boland “The Secret Lives of Mothers, and other poems”
Gerry’s is a wonderful collection of poems for children and an invaluable teaching resource for all teachers. It contains fifty funny and engaging poems for all ages. Also, there are spaces in the book where the reader can illustrate some of the poems. It retails for €8.50 and signed copies are available in the Úna Bhán shop on the grounds of King House
L.Key Forest Park – Wednesday 22nd June – before the rain came tumbling down
Captured in Verse and Prose – King House
Gillian Hoare wrote: Part of the 1916/2016 Centenary Programme for County Roscommon, inviting responses in poetry and prose to the theme of 1916/2016 from Roscommon writers. A fascinating exhibition opens in King House on the evening of Wednesday 22nd June at 6pm and will run until just before the Boyle Arts Festival opens in late July.
Writers who were born in Roscommon or who have a strong connection to the county were invited to visit any one, two or all three of the 1916 exhibitions (these were in King House, in Strokestown House and in the new Civic Offices). Their brief was to respond in whatever manner they chose, in poetry or prose, to any exhibit, or indeed to the exhibition as a whole.
Kickass Laura Cox – turn up your speakers for this live performance
Boyle Holiday Group – The Kerry Trip
Edward wrote: “Hi Sean I attach few photos of Boyle Holiday Group; consisting of members from Gurteen, Roscommon, Ballyfarnon and Boyle. Photos wers taken at Bantry House, Healy Pass in Ring of Beara, Michael Collins Beal Na Blath Memorial and Waterville, Ring of Kerry
Boyle Courthouse – basic repairs in progress
Building contractors are currently carrying out essential repairs to the front windows of Boyle courthouse. The old wooden lintels are being replaced with concrete lintels. The building is in poor condition at the moment. The Courthouse Action Committee are actively seeking funding so the this iconic, historic building will be given the attention it deserves.
Victory for St. Joseph’s BNS
St. Joseph’s Boys National School, winners of the Cumann na mBunscoil final. Well done to the boys and their management team Sean Melia and Hugh Murphy. History was set with this win as our Boys NS gets its name on the coveted plaque for the first time.
Roscommon Solstice Choir
Friday June 24th, 8.30pm: Roscommon Solstice Choir concert in St. Joseph’s Church. Admission €10 with all proceeds going to Boyle Church of Ireland Restoration Fund and TOUCH Ireland (Shannonside Group). Tickets are available from various local outlets
Minister Simon Harris to open endoscopy unit
Shannonside FM report: The Minister for Health will open the new endoscopy unit at Roscommon County Hospital. The suite, which was built at a cost of over 5 and half million euro became operational this month and once fully resourced, 30 endoscopies will be carried out there a day compared to 16 at the moment.
Family Fun Cycle
A thank you for Boyle GAA Féile Sponsors
At a special Monday 20th June event in its clubrooms, Boyle GAA Club Vice Chairperson Kathleen Hanmore thanked most sincerely the main and associate sponsors for their participation. Realboyle.com wishes ‘bon voyage’ and the very best of luck to our Féile team who head to Mallow, Co. Cork this Thursday 23rd for Finals 2016.
• Main Sponsors: Cooney Motors / Associate Sponsors: Boyle Credit Union, John Keville Engineering, Callan Tansey Solicitors, Feelystone Ltd., Kieran Feely
Today’s Summer Solstice
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year – the day in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight. It might seem like good news, but for those of us in the northern hemisphere this is the time when the sun’s path stops moving northward in the sky and the days begin to slowly shorten.
A public meeting with Minister Denis NAUGHTEN will be held in St. Joseph’s Hall, BOYLE on Thursday – 23rd. June at 8 p.m. Items for discussion include : Broadband, Industry for BOYLE, BOYLE Garda Station, Military Barracks, Boyle Courthouse, Early train service to Sligo, Hotel for Boyle, Any other matters. All members of the public are invited to attend.
Roscommon Herald 21st June
Read the full articles and pictorials in this week’s Roscommon Herald
Boyle Arts Festival 2016
The nationally renowned Festival, which will be officially opened on July 21st by former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, will continue until July 31st. The programme is already packed with over 50 events including an eclectic mix of visual arts, music, drama, film, comedy, workshops, poetry, spoken word events and much more! Headline acts appearing this year include Phil Coulter, Paddy Casey, Ensemble Avalon, Deirdre O’Kane, Frances Black, Kieran Goss and Sharon Shannon.
Boyle Golf Club Update 21st June
For this week’s update and the realboyle.com archive of past updates …
Boyle GAA Update 13th June
For this week’s complete update and the realboyle.com archive of past updates …
Tadhg TV Update 20th June
Higgins & Sons – New Funeral Home
John & Marty Higgins at their modern, stylish Funeral Home in Ballinameen.
Boyle Musical Society – Award Winners at AIMS 2016
Congratulations to Boyle Musical Society who come home from this year’s AIMS in Killarney, winners of the Best Stage Management Award … Clive Flynn and Damien Regan
View 123 realboyle photos from the show …
The Courtyard Market on King House grounds
Saturday 18th June, 10am-2pm: “The Farmers Market” has been rebranded and will be know from now on as ‘The Courtyard Market”. The sun shone warmly for Saturday’s large number of shoppers. All were present for a special enhanced 11th birthday market and were treated to a great morning and early afternoon celebration.
Open Water Swim Saturday 18th June
120 avid open water swimmers enjoyed the 10am / 11am 750 metre and 1,500 metre swims from the harbour shoreline towards Green Island, Castle Island and back. Several of the swimmers competed in both events.
Parkrun 18th June in Lough Key Forest Park
Saturday mornings are special for everyone involved in the Parkrun movement. There were 126 starters (and finishers) on Saturday 18th June. This very well organised 6th run started promptly at 9.30am from fairly close to the Visitor Centre, circled Drumman’s Island and ‘home’. Parkrun welcomes all and will continue ‘hail or shine’ through the year, from 9.30am in our beautiful Lough Key Forest Park.
Opening of new Roscommon Co Council HQ
Reportedly up to 5,000 people attended the open day and official opening at the Aras an Chontae building in Roscommon town today, Friday 17th June. Officials took those attending on tours of the award-winning building. Many visited stands from Roscommon county arts and crafts businesses, tourism providers, fire, civil defence and other services. They also enjoyed choral and dance performances and afternoon refreshments. Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment performed the official opening.
• I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to this very impressive building, and the friendly welcome I received from Council staff and officials.
Flag raising at Boyle Parochial School
Friday 17th June was a very important and significant day at Boyle Parochial School on Military Road. Special guest Pam Stewart raised the school’s Green Flag (level 6) – a magnificent achievement with great credit due to teachers Mary Burke and Mardette Lynch. Friday was also Annual Sports Day for the school’s pupils.
• However, the day was tinged with sadness when those present were told that school principal Mary Burke is leaving after her 16 years in the school, and in September will become school principal in Coollooney.
• View an album of photos on Flickr [here…] or on Facebook [here…]
Job opportunities in London
Wanted: 2 Experienced Carpenters -or- 1 Carpenter & 1 Tiler for a two month contract – August & September – in London. Excellent rates of pay and Accommodation Provided, Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Úna Bhán Notes 10th June
Date for your diary
Saturday 18th June: Festival of Food and Family Fun Day Event in the Grounds of King House, Boyle at the Courtyard Market.
Increase in King House visitor numbers
Shannonside FM report: Visitor numbers to King House in Boyle have increased by over 2,000 since the arrival of the Mary McAleese collection. The 17 items, which were unveiled in October include A Mother of Pearl Icon of Bethlehem gifted by Yasser Arafat, a Bronze Bust of JFK gifted by Senator Edward Kennedy and a Jade sculpture gifted by the Ambassador of China.
Abbey Haven Nursing Home – Vintage Day 2016
Thursday afternoon 16th June was very special at Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home. Boyle. vintage Day was celebrated in style … staff, and several of the residents dressed in period costume, Colin Sparrow brought along his twin-exhaust Jaguar cars for photo opportunities, a display of very interesting old articles was set up in the reception area (alongside the refreshments table) and residents were treated to music and dancing courtesy of May Harte, Liam Purcell and friends. All in all, a lovely afternoon in great company and in a very special location.
Philippas Hair Design, St. Patrick Street, Boyle
Know Your Rights
I have applied for a means-tested Jobseeker’s Allowance but I was told that I’m not eligible because of my live-in partner’s earnings. We live together but we are not married and we split our expenses equally. Why is this?
The Department of Social Protection (DSP) treats married and unmarried couples in the same way when assessing entitlement to a means-tested social welfare payment.
Know Your Rights: Boyle Citizens Information Centre provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 076 107 6330, Elphin Street, Boyle.
Victorious Grange National School
Happy smiles all … and deservedly so for their successful Allianz Schools Competition result
Win a training session with Katie Taylor
Picture Credit: Marc O’Sullivan
Schools and Clubs can win a once in a lifetime prize, a training session with Olympic gold medallist, Katie Taylor. Procter & Gamble, Top partner of the International Olympic Committee, recently launched the competition in association with your local SuperValu.
Hot Topic #16: Reasons to Invest in a Pension
New Businesses in the area
• Higgins & Sons, Funeral Directors will have the official opening of their new Funeral Home in Ballinameen next Sunday at 3pm. Photos to follow …
• JP Motors, Green Street offer a full service: Mechanics, Diagnostics and Servicing. (Former East Bros premises).
Boyle GAA Monster Auction
Our Boyle GAA Club Volunteers provide an invaluable service in team building and personal development for its members. Funds raised at this Monster Auction and other fundraising activities allow the club to develop its facilities and is to be applauded.
• Items for auction should be donated by Monday 4th July, and brought to the attention of Mary on 086 821 1683. Please note: All items donated should be of saleable quality!!
Rockingham, a Maiden Voyage
For you, a beautifully written, historically important glimpse into the day to day workings of staff in 1950 Rockingham House and Estate, recalled by Christy Wynne on his first visit ‘inside the gates’. Christy’s sharp memory provides us with a unique insight to a time long gone and the grandeur that was Rockingham.
Ardcarne Garden Centre – what to do in the garden this week
Job of the week: Thin lettuces
Lettuces are easy to sow outdoors, straight into the soil where they are to grow. But once seedlings are up above ground they quickly start jostling each other for space, even if you’ve sown them quite thinly. Give them the room they need by gently pulling or pinching out surplus seedlings to leave the remaining ones at about 10cm apart.
For expert advice on Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden:
• Remove faded flowers from marginal pond plants like marsh marigold
• Continue weekly mowing, tipping the clippings into the compost bin
• Watch out for caterpillars and cover vulnerable crops with insect-proof mesh
Read this week’s Ardcarne Garden Centre Newsletter in full [here…]
Writing to Publish Workshop
This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to write but is unsure where to start. Explore the techniques involved including finding your voice, choosing the correct genre, learning the art of choosing the correct title cover and writing a blurb. It will be an amazing workshop that can span from just getting to understand how to write to actually getting published. Mondays 10am-1pm in the Family Life Centre, Boyle 071 966 3000. Cost: €10 each session. For further information contact Susuana at email@example.com for further details
Lough Key parkrun
Patricia wrote: Lough Key parkrun is a free, timed, weekly event every Saturday morning at 9.30am. It’s all inclusive so walkers, joggers, runners, athletes are all welcome as are mums and dads with buggies, and of course, children. Children under 11 have to be accompanied by an adult though for safety reasons. It kicked off on the 14th May and is run each week by volunteers. Usually just an hour on a Saturday morning if anyone would like to volunteer just drop me a message by searching for our page – Lough Key parkrun (always a small ‘p’) on Facebook.
Boyle Celtic Summer Soccer School 8th-12th August
Boyle Golf Club – for Beginners & Improvers
• €8 per session. Own equipment not necessary.
• Each Wednesday Evening (Number of weeks TBC but three minimum).
• Membership not required, but competitive membership packages are available to participants if they wish to pursue the game further.
• Junior classes continue each Wednesday at 6 & 8 pm also.
• Contact Gary on 086 068 2116 to book or for more info.
Eileen McGowan wrote: You are promised an evening of wonderful music by Roscommon Solstice Choir who will generously perform without charge. All proceeds will go to ‘Touch’, and established Boyle-based childrens charity, and the Church of Ireland Restoration Fund. Tickets priced €10 and are available from: Martina Morris 085 775 3066 : Pearl Anderson 071 966 2326 : Boyle Motor Works : Cooney Motors -or- at the door on the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated
VOTE for Boyle GAA U12’s to win €1,000
Voting is UTTERLY confusing and you must have Facebook, but I voted by clicking the link on the page [here…]
Please follow the link and vote for Boyle …
Maura Casey wrote: I really need you help big time… Boyle GAA U12’s have a chance to win a grant of €1,000 to purchase a new set of jerseys, problem is it is only the top 4 that have applied for the grant that will receive it, we are currently in 5th place and slipping by the day into 6th place, we need at least 300-400 VOTES to win this. It is going very slow for us at the moment so can you please put up a big notice of your page for it. Please put in big, bold writing to hit the “VOTE” button when you go into the video link as liking it does not give us a vote. Please please help me.
• Maura Casey, Boyle Minor Club Secretary
Celebrating Community Event 28th June
Tuesday 28th June 2016, 6pm-8pm: Roscommon Leader Partnership, Roscommon Brothers of Charity and Roscommon Older People’s Council wrote : Training and Information Event “Celebrating Community”, in King House, Boyle. We would be delighted for you to attend. Tea and Sandwiches will be serviced on the evening.
Boyle Arts Festival 2016
Visit King House, and enjoy …
I spent a pleasant while in King House on Tuesday afternoon, 7th June and reacquainted with the excellent models and presentations. The guided tour costs only €5 per person (€3 for OAP’s etc) and is great value for money. This collection of realboyle photos shows “heads & shoulders” of just one section of models and I will add other sections over the next few days.
The McAllese Collection “Intertwined” is one you shouldn’t miss … and it’s FREE !!
Gifts presented to Mary McAleese while she was President of Ireland
Drumderrig Nursing Home – expansion in progress
Building Contractors are busy at Drumderrig Houe Private Nursing Home, Abbeytown. They are adding a new multi-room wing to this very fine facility.
Tony Conboy, Essays & Observations
Read Tony’s special article on Eoin Kennedy, handball champion, son of Eugene Kennedy and grandson of the late Paddy Kennedy, Elphin Street, Boyle. (Information supplied by Joe Kennedy)
Boyle Cistercian Abbey 3rd June
Boyle Primary Care Centre
Image source shannonside FM website at www.shannonside.ie
Shannonside FM Report: Boyle is to get a new Primary Care Centre within the next two years. Work is expected to start from the end of this month.
The aim of this and another 13 centres around the country will be to provide patients with a variety of health care services locally, eliminating the need for them to have to attend at hospitals.
• It is great news that people in the Boyle area are being favoured with this development, and that our own Frank Feighan was one of two prime movers in having the site placed high on the list of preferred locations … well done Frank!
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