TODAY – SATURDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER: Mostly dry this morning with mist and fog patches giving way to sunny spells early, however, later outbreaks of rain or drizzle. Rain will gradually extend to eastern parts by evening, with some heavier bursts in the west. Highest temperature of 14 to 17 degrees.
Culture Night 17th September 2021, King House
For me, the highlights of the night were:
• Performances by the youths of Music Generation Roscommon under the expert guidance of Johnny McGlynn, Musician Educator and Katrina Regan Bouchier
• The 17-minute Una Bhan facilitated movie “Escape From Boyle Barracks 1921”, filmed at Boyle locations, with local actors, excellently scripted by Callum Blakely, locations chosen by his mum Anna and filmed by rising star filmmaker Ciaran Casey. The film will be available for viewing soon on YouTube.
Drumderrig House Nursing Home – 2 adverts
St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter
The 8 at 8: Friday
Here’s all the news that you need to know as you start your day.
President Michael D Higgins denies ‘snub’
President Michael D Higgins has denied that he snubbed Queen Elizabeth after refusing to attend a church service in Armagh, saying that a “religious event” had become a “political statement”.
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Michael McPadden R.I.P.
The death has occurred of Michael McPadden in Southampton, United Kingdom (formerly of Boyle, Co. Roscommon) peacefully on the 6th of September 2021. Michael will be greatly missed by his loving parents Michael and Stella, his daughter Robyn and son Max, sister Jackie, brothers Hughie, Alan and Padraig, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.
Michael’s remains will be reposing at his parents home,13 Hanley Avenue, Boyle from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday 19th of September for family and close friends.
The funeral cortege will be arriving to St. Joseph’s Church Boyle for 7pm. Funeral mass on Monday 20th at 11am with burial afterwards to Assylinn cemetery.
The funeral mass can be viewed on www.boyleparish.ie The McPadden family appreciate your support at this difficult time.
William (Willie) Suffin R.I.P.
Please Support Boyle Traders of the Day:
• Ardcarne Garden Centre : Boles of Boyle : Brogans Chemco Pharmacy : Magees Fashions : Marians Fashions : Open Table Restaurant : Sean Carty Cars : Abbey Haven Nursing Home :
• Stewarts Oil : Tai Chi Chinese : Magees Fashions : Drumderrig Nursing Home : The Moorings Restaurant : Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty : Stride-Beyond Coaching : Siobhan Gallagher Coaching :
Where are the Water Troughs?
Many years ago 3 concrete water troughs were presented to the town of Boyle by the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The letters “CSPCA” were chiselled into the side of each trough. I remember them well and am guessing each trough was about 2 metres long x 0.7 metres wide and 0.7 metres deep. One was located on The Crescent opposite Dodd’s Bar (later moved to below the steps at St. Joseph’s Hall. A second trough was located on The Courthouse steps and the third on the triangle at the end of Saint Patrick Street as you head to either Assylin or Mockmoyne.
UPDATE: The Saint Patrick Street trough was moved across the street and can be seen there now.
Eating Out in Boyle
Despite continuing anxiety and concerns regarding Covid, the country is slowly returning to what will be our ‘normal’. Indoor dining is now a ‘normal’, much to the delight of those of us who enjoy Eating Out in Boyle. The attached photo shows a delicious Shredded Beef meal in the Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant on Bridge Street. “You eat first with your eyes”, meaning meal presentation is important.
Coming Soon …
Annual Mass in Killaraght Graveyard
Anna wrote: “Annual Mass in the old Killaraght Graveyard next Sunday at 1pm. People are advised to bring seat with them as all seats were burned in hall fire”
Boyle Training Options/GRETB
Roscommon Herald 14th September
The Toon Team – Sam Maguire
Sunday Lunch at The Open Table
“Busy, Busy” are appropriate words for lunchtime at The Open Table, Sunday 12th September. I chose the Beef Lunch and was delighted with speedy, friendly service and my excellent quality meal.
Boyle GAA Club – Update
Boyle Golf Club
King House exhibition space for Erwin Springbrunn
• Erwin produced substantial commission works for various churches and for Knock Shrine, where, in 2004, the new crown for the statue of the Virgin Mary was unveiled. Other “public” works include replicas of the Tara and Ardagh brooches and special pendants for presidents Robinson and McAleese.
Christmas shoppers advised to buy early
WITH SHIPPING COSTS skyrocketing and world trade gripped by a major supply chain crunch, Irish shoppers are being advised to start planning their Christmas purchases as soon as they can.
Spend Time In Boyle
Plunkett Home, Boyle
Peter REGAN R.I.P.
Tommy Vesey R.I.P.
The death has occurred of Tommy Vesey, Ardagh, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Tuesday, September 7th 2021, peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Tommy, predeceased by his brothers Martin and Michael. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, daughters Diane, Clodagh, Orla, Leonie and Aishling, his son Allan, sister Maureen, son-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives and a large circle of friends.
Rest in Peace
Tommy will be reposing at his home on Sunday September 12th from 2 to 6pm for family and friends. Tommy’s funeral cortège will leave his residence on Monday morning to arrive at St. Joseph’s church, Boyle for funeral mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Aughrim cemetery, Hillstreet, Carrick on Shannon. Family flowers only please.
Donations in lieu if desired to SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust) In compliance with the current Government Guidelines on public gatherings, those who would have liked to attend Tommy’s funeral but are unable to do so due to COVID-19 restrictions can leave a message of sympathy in the “Condolences” section of RIP.IE. The Vesey family appreciate your sympathy, support and understanding at this time.
The Open Table Restaurant
Open now for Breakfasts, Lunches and Afternoons
Boyle Citizens Information – 9th September
“The Royal” 9th September
Roscommon Co Council
“PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR HOUSING PROJECT”
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Boyle Camera Club
Meeting 14th of September
This month’s meeting will be held on Zoom – Zoom link is
Meeting ID: 981 3798 7206
Meetings of concern …
• “A very important meeting with Roscommon Co Council” is set for the Connaught Rangers Association Committee in King House on Friday 10th September at 11am.
• Boyle Town Team AGM to be held via Zoom at 5:30pm on Tuesday 28th September. The Zoom link details as follows:
Meeting ID: 563 179 0967 … Passcode: 502079
Roscommon Herald 7th September
The Toon Team – Phone Hacked
Aaron Sharkey – He’s the Winner
Minister Frank Feighan TD picked Aaron Sharkey’s Boyle GAA/Boyle Celtic draw winning ticket for a new Nissan Quashqai car worth €35,000, a luxury holiday at Fota Island, Cork, worth €3,000, €1,000 holiday spending money plus €3,000 donation to a charity of Aaron’s choice.
• Bonus prizes were won over the months since the draw was launched over the June Bank Holiday.
Croghan, Boyle September 2021
Home Economics & Maths Grinds
Ardcarne Garden Cafe Breakfast
Tony Conboy “An Oblique View”
As always, Tony casts a sensible, practiced, well-tuned eye on happenings Local, National and International.
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St. Ronan’s National School, Cloonloo
Leaving Certificate Biology grinds
Christina Scanlon nee Mc Garry R.I.P.
Let’s celebrate Annie Egan
Let’s celebrate Annie Egan, Woodenbridge Road, Boyle, who in her 98th year, is a treasured, much-loved lady and not adverse to the occasional cigarette.
View from the Gaelic Chieftain September 2021
Double-jabbed halves likelihood of long Covid in adults
Researchers also say people were 73 percent less likely to be admitted to hospital with the virus if they’re fully vaccinated. They analysed data from more than two million people, between December 2020 and this July.
Bulky Goods Collection September 2021
Boyle Civic Amenity Site – Wed 15th Sept from 9.am – 4.30pm
Only the following items will be accepted on the day: Couches & Armchairs, Outdoor Dining Sets, Carpets, Bathroom Suites, Mattresses and Divan Beds, Hard Plastics.
Collection Fee: €10 per Car/Van and Trailer. *Cash only accepted*
For further information contact Environment on 090 6637260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Drumderrig Nursing Home is Hiring Staff
Roscommon Herald 31st August
The Toon Team – PUP
Adult Tennis Lessons
At that stage, the two organisations were developing their fundraising plans independently of each other. But when they became aware of the situation, a unique and historic decision was made to join forces rather than compete against each other.
This forward-thinking outlook reflected the strong mutual respect that existed between the two organisations, along with a willingness to work together for the betterment of the local community.
The two clubs have been overwhelmed by the response so far, particularly from all the locals who got behind the initiative in such large numbers. But also from the sporting community across the country and the diaspora, who have been so keen to offer their support.
Four lucrative bonus draws were held along the way. The first of them was won by a Dublin-based ticket-holder and the prize was a trip for two to New York. The other three bonus draws were won by entrants from the Boyle region and the prizes were a cruise on the River Shannon, a luxury spa break at a Hastings Hotel, and a ‘sports bundle’ that included two All-Ireland Final tickets and two tickets to a Manchester United match.
But the biggest prize of all has yet to be won, and there are still a few days left for people to purchase one of the limited number of tickets still available ahead of the main draw on September 5th.
The main prize is worth over €40,000 and consists of a new Nissan Qashqai and luxury holiday to the beautiful five-star Fota Island Resort in Cork. The lucky winner will also be given €1,000 spending money to take with them on the trip, as well as €3,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty
Ardcarne Garden Centre
Pet lovers – we’ve got you covered at Ardcarne Garden Centre! Come in and have a look at our range of accessories for the special pet in your life.
Boyle Canal seating
Online Piano Lessons
Significant works have been underway at Scoil na nAingeal Naofa and Abbey Community College ahead of reopening for the Autumn term 2021.
1st Years Friday 27th August | 1st, 3rd & 6th Years Monday 30th August | 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th Years Tuesday 31st August
All students Wednesday 1st September
Other schools: Return to School dates to follow
Roscommon Herald 24th August
The death has occurred of George Oliver McKeon
The Toon Team – GAA
The Toon Team – Chain Mail
Drumderrig House Nursing Home
Lough Key – Castle Island
Eating Out (Inside) in Boyle – Tai Chi Chinese
Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home
Streetscape Enhancement Scheme
Motor insurance cost may fall
Drivers could benefit from lower motor insurance costs following an investigation by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). Motor insurers AIG, Allianz, Axa, Aviva, FBD and broker AA Ireland have pledged to reform compliance on foot of a CCPC inquiry into allegations that industry players were “signalling” price increases to each other.
Boles of Boyle
Decision on McDonald’s in Carrick-on-Shannon expected
A decision on the planning application for McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant is due in the next month.
The proposed development consists of a c.0.47 hectare site at the Dublin Road, Rosebank Retail Park in the Townlands of Attirory and Attifinlay, Carrick-on-Shannon adjacent to the N4.
Ardcarne Garden Centre
Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture on the N4
Council greenlight new Carrick on Shannon LIDL
Plans have been approved by Roscommon County Council for the demolition of the LIDL Foodstore in Carrick On Shannon and the construction of a new one. LIDL Ireland had submitted plans calling for the construction of a new discount food store on the site of the previous facility following its demolition, including 124 car parking spaces, 2 dedicated electric vehicle charging points and cycling spaces.National Heritage Week – King House
Ardcarne Garden Centres
Ardcarne Garden Centre teams in both Boyle and Roscommon town have been working hard to create these inspiring plant displays, bringing together lots of different colour themes and also plants to support pollinating insects
👉 Choose your favourites!
👉 Shop for Pollinators here https://www.ardcarne.ie/products/106/plants-for-pollinators
👉 Shop Colour here https://www.ardcarne.ie/pro…/15/seasonal-plants-for-colour
“Constellations” – Vaudeville Theatre, London
The Toon Team – Nanci Griffith
Rosc CoCo sign on the N61 approaching Boyle
“Escape From Boyle Barracks 1921”
Photo of the cast involved in the recent filming, courtesy of Anna Robertson
Brogan’s Chemco Pharmacy, Shop Street, Boyle
Boyle Staff (L-R) Donna Naughton, Mairead McKeon, Megan McKeon, Helena Casey, Trudy Lavin, Edwina Kilcoyne, Mary Early, Aine Noone, Danni McLoughlin, Laura Moran, Ann O’Donnell.
Boyle Cistercian Abbey
The bodies concerned with the Connaught Rangers Remembrance Room FREE exhibition in King House appear to accept that the current location of the CRA exhibition will be vacated – as flagged previously on www.realboyle.com
• We are in possession of a rambling 5-page document signed by CRA Chairman P J Maloney
• Following on from an infantile attack on Sean O’Dowd, the document states that the Connaught Rangers Remembrance Room will be vacated, and moved upstairs in King House.
• The document states: “there was no official meeting with Roscommon Couty Council as was reported. An informal conversation occurred between the manager of King House and committee members. [Three from Galway – one from Boyle and two staff from King House. The Roscommon CoCo Tourism Officer was also present, but not mentioned]
• There is no mention in the document regarding the future for the Remembrance Room, an exhibition of a silversmith’s works
• The document states “We can reassure all members that no items are being moved to Galway or anywhere else …”
• Additionally, www.realboyle.com has been supplied with photos of the current exhibits in King House, and they will be published as well as the 5-page document as required.
The Toon Team – Electric Picnic
“Sweet Rockingham” tearful and memorable. Lyrics by Cormac Callery, Music by Donal O’Connor, Recording by Paul Gurney, and vocals by Grainne Caldbeck The CD will be available at Taylors Jewellers and Una Bhan Tourism for only €5, and all funds raised will be sent to Cancer Care West. A YouTube launch will be announced at a later date.
It is so great that indoor dining is returning to restaurants in Boyle. This evening I chose the Beef Chow Mein with Honey Chilli Sauce at Tai Chi Chinese, Bridge Street … Yum !!
“Assylinn: More than a Graveyard” by Christy Wynne
Radio Garden App
• With your phone’s Bluetooth enabled you can listen to Radio Garden stations on your car/truck and “Alexa” devices
Boyle Harbour – Flower / Shrub Beds
New Flower / Shrub Beds can be enjoyed and appreciated at Boyle Harbour thanks to Waterways Ireland. Works have been underway for some time at the Harbour and Canal that included the provision of beautiful shelters for walkers on each side of the Canal.
John Brady – Atlantic Studios
The initial investment is expected to yield €10 to €15 million per year to Galway’s economy and create between 150 and 200 production jobs.
It’s anticipated that all going well with the planning process, the new studio will become operational by summer 2022.
The Toon Team – Boyle Hotel
Jinny’s Bakery / McGuire’s Cottages, Drumshanbo
“Bottle Cap” Street Art, Carrick on Shannon
The Pleasure Grounds Upgrade
Enhancement works to Boyle’s Pleasure Grounds will commence during August. Works will include widening and resurfacing Pathways, Landscaping, Footbridges and Railings, Clearing the Canal and provision of street furniture. The Grounds will be closed to the public from the 2nd August 2021 for approximately 8 weeks, though Access to the playground area will be maintained at all times.
25% will not reopen indoor dining
Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins has said that a quarter of Irish businesses will not reopen for indoor dining immediately. Bars and restaurants are preparing to restart indoor dining on Monday (26th July).
However, speaking on RTÉ’s The Business, Mr Cummins said he estimates 25% of businesses are unwilling to operate under the current guidelines.
Two Attractions on One Location: Ardcarne Garden Cafe / Ardcarne Garden Centre
Delicious, best-ever, Scrambled Egg with Smoked Salmon and Salad on Sourdough. I suspect a little ‘dollop’ of cream is added before cooking the eggs !!
Sean Carty Cars, Mockmoyne, Boyle
Royal Hotel expected to be complete by March 2022
Roscommon Herald 20th July: “Refurbishment of the Royal Hotel, Boyle [‘building’] is expected to be complete by March of next year.
At a recent council meeting Director of Services, Majella Hunt told councillors that the project will be for start-up businesses and remote working.”
• Read the full article on page 11 of this week’s (20th July) Roscommon Herald.
The Toon Team – Syphilis
Only one medal for Jadotville soldiers
Veterans and their families are expressing deep disappointment at today’s report. Just one Irish Army officer who was involved in the Siege of Jadotville in the Congo 60 years ago has been recommended for a medal of gallantry.
An accident waiting to happen
“An accident waiting to happen” has been reported by a member of the Town Team as motorists move over to the opposite side of the carriageway as they try and negotiate a series of uneven and indented manhole covers.
Road surface from Boyle Abbey to Church Gate
Potholes at the Boat Houses
King House is now open
Through the years Harry and the late photographer Christy Regan travelled the “length and breadth” of the area reporting news items and capturing images. Harry was later to write the foreword to Mary Regan’s second book of Christy’s photographs.
The Toon Team – Crescent Traders
“Disquiet over enforcement of casual trading bye-laws”
Roscommon Herald report : “Considerable disquiet over enforcement of casual trading bye-laws was expressed at a meeting of the Boyle Municipal District” “Even on Sundays traders are coming into town” “But it needs to be looked at before it gets out of hand warned Cllr Cummins” “Businesses in Boyle are paying upwards of €12,000 / €13,000 a year in rates and casual traders are paying as little as €300 and taking up parking spaces.
Shelter at Boyle Canal
Waterways Ireland has erected very attractive shelters on both walkways along Boyle Canal. The shelters are another welcome addition and display Waterways Ireland’s ongoing development to the Boyle Canal facility.
Glencar Waterfall, Co, Leitrim
Glencar Waterfall, 15 metres high, is situated near Glencar Lake, 11km west of Manorhamilton in County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one which is mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’.
• The facilities on-site include a car park, picnic area, public toilets, playground, tea room and Tourist Information Point.
Reprise: The Gazebo
Welcome to Boyle
The ‘boat’ on the N4/N61 Exit
The Toon Team – Cardinal Fraud
Lough Key Forest Park 4th July
The Rockingham Trio
Long gone, but never forgotten. Tommy & May Conroy, Sean Fox.
Connaught Rangers and Boyle Connaught Rangers
• We understand 127 men from the Boyle area were killed and 500 were wounded during WW1
• 30 died in Gallipoli in 1915
• Guillemont 1916, 21 from Boyle died, most at the Somme
• 1917, 21 from Boyle were killed
• Four Wynne brothers from Mockmoyne were killed. one can hardly imagine the tragic loss to one family and the feeling of loss to their mother when she opened another “We regret to inform you” telegram from the war office !!
The Anderson Trees
Questions re the Connaught Rangers (CRA) in King House
#8: Was the CRA asked to vacate the Remembrance Room by 31st July at a meeting with Ros Co Co on Friday 25th June?
#7: Members of the Connaught Rangers Association based in the Boyle area have left the organisation … why?
#6: In the event of downsizing the CRA presence, what items will be on display and where?
#5: Has the CRA consulted its own membership?
#4: If the CRA move out of King House Remembrance Room by the requested July 31st, where will the exhibits be moved to?
#3: Did the CRA or Roscommon CoCo consult or inform the people of Boyle who loaned artifacts to the exhibition?
#2: Was an executive member of Boyle Town Team made aware of possible CRA/Ros Co Co issues during September?
#1: Did Roscommon Co Co ask the CRA to vacate the Remembrance Room?
Lough Key Forest Park 27th June
Boyle Cistercian Abbey
Is Coffee Good For Your Liver?
Summer Sessions at Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen, Co. Sligo.
The Wednesday Summer Session will continue this year on July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 8.30pm Adm €10 . Also this year we have added new Lunchtime Concerts which take place on July 23rd, July 30th at 1pm. Adm € 5. Booking is essential call 071 9182599.
The Visitor Centre and Music Shop are open all year round Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm. Phone 071 9182599 or log on to www.colemanirishmusic.com.
The Toon Team, cover-ups
Rockingham, flowers at the First Gate
“Up and Away” again today from Ireland West Airport Knock
Municipal Districts Funding Scheme 2021
The sum of €73,000 is available to each of the three Municipal Districts (Athlone, Roscommon and Boyle) in 2021. This funding has not been allocated to specific projects and provides elected members with discretionary funding to allocate to projects that aim to benefit communities in the Municipal District.
Schools of the future will be solar-powered.
That’s according to the Green Party which is bringing a bill forward to help get more solar panels on public buildings. The junior coalition party says the move is needed as our planning laws are too restrictive.
• Green Party Senator, Galway’s Pauline O’Reilly says it will help schools to save on their energy bills.
Progress on The Royal building 15th June
St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle
View from the Gaelic Chieftain
Ardcarne Garden Centre & Cafe June 9th
Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough, Smoked Salmon & Salad … A tasty delight !!!
Boyle Man to Serve on Prestigious Irish American Committee
Boyle, Co. Roscommon native, Hilary Beirne, recently became the newest member of the Irish Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), in Washington D.C. He was selected to join the bipartisan committee, which is dedicated to protecting the Good Friday Agreement and maintain an open border on the island of Ireland, based on his recognized leadership among the Irish diaspora in the United States.
A lovely field near Ballinafad
The Toon Team – McGahern
Ballinafad 6th June
PRIMARY SCHOOL IRISH CAMPS 2021
Just to make you hungry
Even the mighty will fall
Eating out – a delight …
Beautiful shopfront and fascia sign
The Violin by Alex Pentek
The steel sculpture on the N5 Bypass outside Longford Town by Alex Pentek represents the upper portion of a giant 20m long violin as if it has been partly unearthed by the newly cut-away embankment. Using a bold, elegant, yet simple visual language this idea aims to communicate Longford’s rich musical heritage as both an expression and as part of the surrounding landscape.
County councillors to get €8,000, a 50% pay increase
City and county councillors will get an 8,000 euro a year pay rise from the 1st of July.
They are currently paid just over 17,000 euro a year – but this will rise to 25,000 euro a year over the summer … a 50% pay rise !!
The Moorings Restaurant
All novice and learner drivers are now subject to a 7 point disqualification limit
Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant
Dangerous Junctions – Tobar Padraig is not alone
Other Boyle junctions of particular ill-repute:
Knocknashee / Shelling Hill (at the Abbey), Mc Donagh’s Corner, The Railway Bridge (Greatmeadow), King House/ Main Street
The Royal Hotel 12th May
Contractors’ containers have moved onto the site … Please note, the scaffolding is on a different building.
Boyle Chamber of Commerce – reopening best wishes
“May Green” – if there is a named colour
Siobhan Gallagher Coaching
40 Shades of Green – Lough Key Forest Park
Sean Carty Cars
Maple Drive, May 2021
Magees Fashion Shop
Stock up on heating fuels …
Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy
Sketches – entrance to L. Key Forest Park from the N4
Does Sunshine vitamin D help put Covid in the shade?
Irish Examiner: “A group of medical professionals and academics is now calling on the government to recommend a daily dose of 20 to 25 micrograms (mgs) of vitamin D for every Irish adult as a preventative treatment for Covid-19. They also want the government to provide vitamin D supplementation to vulnerable groups such as frontline healthcare workers, those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure and older adults, especially those living in nursing homes.”
“Non Nationals” – a short story by John Mulligan
Sketching, for me, is a challenging, occasional activity I have enjoyed since I was a pre-teen. Now in this Covid Lockdown era I find myself “drawn-to-drawing” with a renewed energy. “High Art” … certainly not … !!
Just a gentle reminder – “we would be delighted if you could put a small message on realboyle.com regarding our AA meeting. It takes place every Thursday at midday in St. Joseph’s Hall.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Their stated purpose is to enable “members to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical.”