Weather Forecast:
Friday: Mainly dry with sunny spells but there will be scattered showers later. Highest temperatures of 16 to 17 degrees with light to moderate northwest winds
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Clarke's Bar & Restaurant - Lunch Platter

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Clarke's Herb Crusted Haddock and Vegetables on the menu for lunch this Friday.

Boyle Celtic - Scanlon's Bar Sponsorship

Scanlon's Sponsorship for Boyle Celtic

Stephen Simpson of Scanlon's Bar, Boyle, has very kindly agreed to sponsor 20 training balls and 20 training bibs for our senior team. The picture above shows Stephen Simpson (centre), Scanlon's Bar presenting balls and bibs to Darren Conway (l), Senior Team manager and Eddie Conroy (r), Treasurer.

This Weekend

> Boyle Farmers Market. 10-2pm. King House Grounds
> Keash, Co. Sligo, 5th International Twin Fest. [website...]

> Boyle Horse, Dog & Summer Show. Entries from 9am opposite Boyle Celtic
> "High Nelly Re.....Cycling Club" Boyle, meet 1pm at the Crescent Boyle
> A seat in memory of the late underage player Eoin Lavin will be unveiled in the Abbey Park on Saturday evening next 23rd August at 8.15pm, after the Boyle v Strokestown O'Rourke Cup game

Boyle Horse and Summer Show

"Up, up and away at Boyle Horse & Summer Show 2013" © realboyle photos

The Showgrounds will be open on Saturday afternoon for our sponsors to come down and erect their business signs.

Jack L and Bernadine Casserly in King House


The Jack L concert in King House last night is one I won't forget easily. Before the show I had read "The Main Salon will once again be filled with Jack’s velvety tones as he performs songs, new and old. Jack Lukeman (Jack L), is an artist with dramatic vocals, Show-goers will be treated to a display of music, song, humor and an enthusiasm for his art that is infectious. He makes song interpretation look easy as he moves between genres effortlessly and has his audience in the palm of his hand." ... I couldn't agree more! Comments I heard afterwards included words like Sinister, Scary, Amazing voice, Hypnotic, Brilliant Singer and Stage Performer.
Jack's show was preceded by Bernadine Casserly who is singing better than ever and preformed a beautiful set of her favourites. View photos from the dimly lit venue [here...]

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

There's a real sense of autumn at the moment, especially when you see the branches of many trees and shrubs laden with berries. Ornamental fruit is of course a great opportunity to bring extra sparkle to the garden - check out our recommendations for fistfuls of colour right through autumn and beyond. Butterflies are plentiful visitors to the garden at this time of year, sipping nectar-rich flowers [Read more...]

Frank Feighan TD - Tribute to Albert Reynolds

The Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, Frank Feighan TD, has this morning offered his condolences to the family and friends of Albert Reynolds, who died this morning.
Deputy Feighan TD: "Albert Reynolds achieved much in business and politics in an extraordinary life, but it is his role in securing peace on our island that will be his most enduring legacy.
During his tenure as Taoiseach, Mr Reynolds made an indelible contribution to the peace process. An accomplished negotiator, he displayed great courage, skill and single-mindedness in keeping the channels of communications open with republicans and loyalists during a turbulent period. His strong partnership with then British Prime Minister John Major led to the signing of the landmark Downing Street Declaration, which would pave the way for the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements.
On behalf of the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, and on my own behalf, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Albert Reynolds."

Piano Lessons

Now Enrolling: Piano lessons available in Boyle area. Experienced teacher. All age groups and standards of playing welcome. Various genres of music covered such as Classical, Jazz, Folk, Film and many more. RIAM piano grade syllabus and exam preparation. Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate instruction.
Contact Laura on 0862614939 or email maynoothpianolessons@gmail.com

Green & Gold on The Crescent


Playground on Shop Street


Albert Reynolds R.I.P

Irish Independent report: Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has died at the age of 81. His family have reported that the Roscommon-born politician passed away shortly before 3am this morning. Mr Reynolds was first elected as a TD for Longford when he was 45 in 1977. A Fianna Fail stalwart, he led the party in two coalition governments.
Mr Reynolds made an enduring contribution to the peace initiative in Ireland.

Tony Conboy's Oblique View

On Thursday mornings, with realboyle viewers, I love reading Tony Conboy's Oblique View Blog. I can be sure to read a special view on events local and otherwise. This week Tony shares his thoughts on visiting last week's All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo, comments on changed Civic Amenity opening hours and his special Sports Review. Read all [here...]

Trad Music in Dodd's - tonight

Dodd's Bar

The regular and very popular Trad Music Sessions will continue in Dodd's Bar on The Crescent this Friday from 10pm-ish.

Fleadh 2014 in Sligo

It's over for another year but already people are looking forward to the return of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann to Sligo in 2015. An estimated 350,000 people attended over last week's Fleadh. Dervish closed the event with a free concert, a week after President Michael D Higgins officially launched the Fleadh 2014.

Roscommon Learning Links

Thinking of Upskilling? Would you have loved to have progressed to further Education?
Read more [here...]

Local Area Plans

Roscommon County Council intends to prepare Local Area Plans in the coming months for the following areas in the County: Boyle, Castlerea, Ballaghaderreen. "We would like to have your input in the formulation of these plans so that they will reflect your views and concerns." Read more [here...]

New Roscommon Writing Award 2014

First Prize - €500: The New Roscommon Writing Award 2014is organised by the Roscommon Writer-in-Residence scheme, which is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM.
The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €50 each)Closing date for entries is Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Enquiries to: gboland@roscommoncoco.ie  or to mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

Brogan's Pharmacy

L'Oreal cosmetic stand now offering 33% off for a limited time
Massive Clearance Sale on Mens and Womens fragrances, huge reductions in store, including Armani, Diesel, Burberry, Ralph Lauren! Prices starting as little as €20.

Winning Streak on RTE One TV

Celebrating 25 years of the Winning Streak TV Gameshow... €1 million to be won on Grand Prize Wheel. A new season of Europe’s longest running TV Gameshow, the National Lottery’s Winning Streak Show, returns to RTÉ ONE on Saturday 30 August 2014, presented by popular TV Gameshow Hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan.
This season marks the 25th year of Winning Streak and hundreds of thousands of people will tune in every Saturday evening to see what lucky Winning Streak contestants from all over the country will win. Players also have the opportunity to win €1 million on the Grand Prize Wheel.

Green Enterprise Workshops in September

Boyle Enterprise Centre will host two free workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs this September. "The Green Customer of the Future" takes place on Tuesday September 2nd from 6.00/8.00pm.This will be followed by a second workshop "Funding & Supports for Green Business" on Thursday September 11th from 7.00/9.00pm. A ;third workshop on alternative sources of funding for Green Business will take place at the Leader Offices in Roscommon on Tuesday September 9th from 6.00/8.00pm.The workshops will be addressed by specialist speakers and agencies and will be followed by Q & A sessions. All three workshops are part of the Accelerate Green Enterprise Programme based at Boyle Enterprise Centre. The programme is funded by Roscommon Leader Partnership. To book any of the events, or for more information, contact Olwen on 087 7997772 or Orla 086 3807802, or email info@boyleenterprise.com.

Assylinn Cemetery, Boyle


High Nelly ride out next Sunday

"High Nelly Re.....Cycling Club" Boyle, ride out Sunday 24th August, meet 1pm at the Crescent Boyle and end at the Boyle summer Show Grounds opposite Boyle Celtic.

Dirty Cars Wanted


Gerard Norton
Gerard Norton © realboyle photos [here...]

Call over to Gerard Norton for expert and thorough car washing and valeting. Gerard is on site daily at Stewarts Oil on Mill Road. A viewer wrote "Even my alloy wheels look like new" ... yes, and mine too! Thank you Gerard!

Vanessa Donoso Lopez Exhibition in King House

View © realboyle photos [here...]

Boyle GAA Update

The following were €20 winners in the most recent Club Lotto draw which was held in Dalys: Gary Sheerin, Michael Smith (Jnr), Sandra McCrann, Martin Supple, Sorcha Ward and Eoin Beirne. The house prize was won by Jessica Daly. The jackpot wasn’t won and it will be at €6,900 for next Saturday night’s draw which will be held in the Moylurg Inn. Team D will be in charge. Read the full update [here...]

Boyle Golf Club update

Well done to the winners of last Weekend’s traders Rumble, John McGuinn, Pat Conroy & Michael Rush 87pts, 2nd Michael Simon, Francie Flanagan & James Shivnan 81pts, 3rd Dave Purser, Ted Hestor & Lewis Shaw 80pts, 4th Brendan Gaffney, Susan Gaffney & Jim Mooney 80pts. The winners of the Ladies Prize were Tish Perry, Liz Dwyer & Moira Egan.Thanks to all who took part and thanks to Joyce Boles and Michael Rush for organising. Thursday night's competition was won by Lewis Shaw 26pts, 2nd Michael Rush 23pts, 3rd jimmy Dwyer 23pts. Friday's Scramble was won by Adrian King, Ted Hestor & Cillian Doyle, 2nd John McGuinn, Pat Conroy & Michael Rush. Read the full update [here...]

Alison Gately R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Alison GATELY (née Butt), Aughnasurn House, Corrigeenroe, Boyle.
Ali will be reposing from 4-6pm in St. Patrick's Hospital Carrick-on-Shannon, on Tuesday. Removal to St. Mary's Church Carrick-on-Shannon, arriving at 7pm. Funeral service at 12 midday on Wednesday, followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Houses private please on Wednesday morning. Family flowers only please, with donations if desired to STOP or AWARE please.

Billy's World Superhero 5k Fun Run

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King House Exhibition

Vanessa Donoso López and Linda Shevlin, Roscommon Arts Centre

Roscommon Arts Centre and Roscommon County Council are delighted to present an installation by Spanish artist Vanessa Donoso López titled Painful Excess of Pleasure as the inaugural "Offsite Exhibition" in the Long Gallery of King House, Boyle.

Skirma - dressmaker, Boyle Shopping Arcade

"Just to let everybody know, I had baby girl and all is well. I am now back to work as usual. Sorry for any inconvenience during my absence from the shop. Open Monday to Friday 9-7pm and Saturday 9-5pm"

Community Games

Rhona wrote: Boyle Youth Choir were delighted to be placed 2nd in the Community Games u13 National Finals on Saturday 16th August. Huge thanks and congratulations to the 17 girls who sang their hearts out thanks to the work of Roisin Egan, Musical Director and Ruth Kielty, Accompanist.
The choir is grateful to the Boyle and Roscommon Community Games Committee for their support, and Boyle Musical Society whose contribution to the choir went towards the fab t-shirts made at Sparkle Prints, Boyle. The contribution from BMS was to thank the choir for their participation in the society's concert on June 27th.
Thanks also to our rehearsal venues at St Joseph's Resource Centre, Abbey Community College and King House. Congrats also to Kate Garavan who came 4th in her art competition (also a member of the choir) and the quiz team, 2nd.

Boyle GAA unveil seat to the late Eoin Lavin

A seat in memory of the late underage player Eoin Lavin will be unveiled in the Abbey Park on Saturday evening next 23rd August at 8.15pm--after the Boyle v Strokestown O'Rourke Cup game. Eoin, whose second anniversary occurs this weekend, played at all underage levels and he was just breaking into the adult teams when he was tragically taken from his family and from us. He was a member of the Boyle County Minor Division 1 Title winning team of 2011 and he had also been a member of the County U16 panel previously. All are invited to this special event.

A tale of two towns

Boyle and Sallins: A nonsensical article has been printed in the Irish Times, contrasting fortunes of this pair of communities, one in Co Roscommon, the other in Co Kildare, show the difference being able to commute to Dublin makes. [more...]



Frank Feighan TD - MBNA statement

Frank Feighan TD calls on Minister to concentrate on job creation in Carrick-on-Shannon following MBNA closure – while efforts to sell off the facility and retain jobs locally must continue. Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has today (Thursday) called on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, to consult with Enterprise Ireland and other stakeholders following the closure of the MBNA call centre in Carrick-on-Shannon. [more...]

Boyle Summer & Horse Show - August 24th

Boyle Summer & Horse Show
View photos and read a special feature in next Tuesday's Roscommon Herald

MBNA Carrick Job losses

MBNA, Carrick-on-Shannon

There was devastation in Carrick-on-Shannon as MBNA confirmed it was closing its call centre at what was once the biggest employer in Leitrim. 160 jobs are to go at the MBNA Call Centre, a subsidiary of Bank of America in Carrick-on-Shannon at the end of November. Their business will now be conducted via the company’s Chester call centre in the UK.
Boyle businesses will also suffer the loss of these jobs. Many MBNA employees live in the Boyle region.
Over 200 jobs at Avant Card in Carrick-on-Shannon will not be affected. The company once employed 1,200 people in Carrick.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said every support will be offered to the MBNA workers in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Battle of the Curlews


The Battle of Curlew Pass was fought on the 15th of August 1599
Today marks the 415th anniversary of the Battle of Curlews Pass in which Gaelic forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell defeated an English army under the leadership of Sir Conyers Clifford, an engagement of the broader Nine Years' War. The site of the battle lies just North of Boyle on the N4 to Sligo. Today, the Gaelic Chieftain monument stands guard over the pass, surveying the battlefield. [more...]

Tony Conboy's Oblique View

This week Tony casts an oblique view on:
‘Trip to Sligo’ by Bernard Flaherty : Maureen O’Sullivan (and other) archive material : Sports Review
Read the complete articles [here...]

Boyle River Cleanup

Boyle River Cleanup

Members of Boyle & District Angling Club carried out a Boyle River Cleanup, Wednesday 13th August
(L to R) Jane Suffin, Derek Winter, Eamon Conroy, Martin Suffin, Billy Reid, Tom Commons


Irish TV - on the Internet

Irish TV can be view on the internet [here...] Of particular interest to this region:
[Roscommon...] [Leitrim...] [Sligo...] [Mayo...] [Galway...]
Irish TV is Ireland’s newest digital media platform. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, IRISHTV.ie is all about connecting Irish communities all over the world and bolstering Irish businesses everywhere. Irish TV promotes Ireland as a wonderful place to live in, to do business and to visit.

The Ian Beirne (R.I.P.) Memorial Tournament

Mark Beirne (dad) 80th birthday last May [photos...]
(Front) Mark & Doris (Rear) Gary, Carol, Lorraine and Jason

The Ian Beirne Memorial 7-a-side tournament commences on Boyle Celtic’s all-weather pitch on Friday 15th August and will run through to the final on Saturday 16th July. Entry is €50 per team with a maximum of 3 SuperLeague players per team - please contact Owen O’Donohoe on 086 220 9211 for further details and to enter. Supporters, please make a note for your diaries – you’ll all be very welcome to come down and cheer on the teams.

Boyle Arts Festival Committee says Thank You

Brendan McGee wrote: Boyle Arts Festival 2014, was a resounding success and on behalf of our Chairperson, Brendan and all the members of the Festival Committee, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all who helped make the 25th annual Festival what it was. Read more [here...]

iPhone 6

New leaked pictures to technology website TechRadar have added to speculation that the new Apple iPhone 6 will have a bigger screen, rounded edges and a slimmer frame - the photos were reportedly taken by an Apple beta tester but their authenticity can't be verified. The iPhone 6 will be unveiled at a "big" media event on September 9, according to reports. It is expected to be released in two different sizes – 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches – the smaller one will be available first.

Twin Fest 2014 in Keash

Its all go in Keash, Co Sligo, as preparations are underway to host the 5th International Twin Fest on Saturday, 23 August. The festival which celebrates twins and multiples has already received numerous online registrations however more will register on the day of the major event.
Read more [here...] View realboyle photos [here...]

Boyle Horse and Summer Show 2014


The Boyle Horse and Summer Show 2014 will be held on Sunday 24th August in the show grounds, Deerpark (opposite Boyle celtic Grounds). The Summer Show schedule has something for everyone. Sow, sew, show - make or bake. Pick wild flowers from the ditch and make a display, or model a work of art from a sod of turf! It's about the participation not the winning. We hope to see you there.
View the Show Programme [here...]
View and download an Entry Form [here...]

Eating out in Boyle - An Craoibhín

Breakfast plate in An Craoibhín
Breakfast platter in the Craoibhín on Elphin Street.

Boyle Courthouse

Courthouse & Town Clock

Roscommon Co Council has granted permission for the Model Railway to be installed in Boyle Courthouse. Though the model railway may very well move from its current location in the Trojan building to the courthouse It is unclear at this stage just when this might happen as the courthouse is need of expensive repairs and reconstruction works before it can house any project.
Development description: Planning Permission for the restoration and repair of the existing building and a change of use to an exhibition hall with associated facilities. Boyle Courthouse is listed in the Roscommon County Council Register of Protected Structures as RPS No. 600249

Boyle Library events

* Roscommon Famine Exhibition running until Saturday 30th August.
* Old Postcards of Boyle (The Lawrence Collection) also on exhibition until Saturday 30th August.

Dog Show

Sunday 24th Aug: In conjunction with Boyle Horse and Summer Show at the Showgronds, Sligo Road, Boyle. 24 Showing Classes. Three all-Ireland Championship Qualifying Classes. Judging will start at 1.30pm Entries on Show Day from noon. Trophies, Rosettes and Dog Food to the winners

Eating Out in Boyle - Clarke's Bar & Restaurant

Clarke's Bacon & Cabbage Lunch
Bacon & Cabbage Lunch in Clarke's ...mmmh!!

Emmett Electrical Services

Ardcarne Garden Centre

Summer seems to pause and hold its breath at this time of year before giving way to autumn. A sure sign that autumn is coming is the arrival of the first spring flowering bulbs here at the garden centre! We've great value daffodil sacks at the moment 2 for only €20 and lots more other varieties for planting in the garden or containers.
Read this week's Ardcarne Newsletter [here...]

Around Boyle on a Thursday evening

St Joseph's Church
St. Joseph's Church

Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home
Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home viewed from church car park

Boyle Bridge
Boyle Bridge with safety barriers


The Crescent, Boyle


Palliative Care / Rehab at Ros Co Hospital get go-ahead.

Shannonside FM report: Projects are part of a 20 million euro investment earmarked for the hospital. The investment also includes an Endoscopy Suite for the hospital where construction is currently underway. The rehab unit which will be the rehab centre for the West of Ireland has been given approval to go to design stage. The new unit will have 47 staff members
Deputy Frank Feighan says the projects will mean a safer environment for patients in Roscommon.

Boyle Diaspora please note


Vacant 28,000sq.ft. (on 1.9 acres) Factory For Sale beside Iarnród Eireann rail station in Boyle. I hear it will sell for an extremely low figure ... great condition inside ... clean it up outside.
If interested, please email ;me sean@realboyle.com and I will put you in contact with the auctioneer

Castle Island

Castle Island on Lough Key is No.9 on a list of 25 beautiful Castles from around the world. Image © realboyle

Details of water charges

Water charges will be capped for families for six months to allow them get used to paying for the water.
* Where water is unfit for human consumption, affected customers will receive a 50% discount on the water supply charge for the duration of the restriction.
* There will be no charge on this drinking water if the disruption lasts for longer than three months. Read more [here...]

Topline at Sloans - Summer Sale 2014

View / Download the full Sale Brochure [here...]

Where to stay in the Boyle area

Viewers have requested a complete list of B&B and Hotels in the Boyle area. View [here...] Please let me know if I missed a premises. I will add Self-catering shortly.



Maire Paul's Blog

A Safari to the European Parliament – a locally guided tour: Some time back, as citizens of one of the 28 EU member states, and at the invitation of Dr. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, German MEP, members of the Boyle and District Angling Club, together with family and friends, went on an entirely different kind of fishing expedition to Brussels. The group spent three days there observing the workings of the world's biggest multinational parliament, the European Parliament.
Read Maire's comprehensive, very informative Blog Post [here...]

Boles of Boyle Summer Sale

Boles Summer Sale


Bridge over the N4

The N4 from the bridge after the first gate
The N4 from the bridge after the Abbeytown gate entrance to Rockingham


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