View a larger version [here...] Boyle Senior team and panel Sunday March 22nd 2015 at Boyle’s Abbey Park in the first Senior League game of the season. Boyle 0.13 Tulsk 1.8
Enda Smith, David Kelly, Jim Suffin, Aaron Sharkey, Ben Kearns, Ciarán Beirne, Mark Goldrick, Michael Hanmore, Tadhg Lowe, David Callaghan, Tomás Halligan, Tadhg McKenna, Ciarán Cox, Mark O’Connor, Jason McDermott, Conor McGowan, Roch Hanmore. Front Row:
Liam Conroy, Colin Goldrick, Colm Brennan, Cathal Horan, Dylan Mattimoe, Joe Sweeney, Brian Goldrick, Brian Furey, Seanie Purcell, Donie Smith, Killian Cox, Declan McGovern, Mark O’Donohoe, Stephan Tonra, Evan McGrath.
Manager Ml. Jordan, Eire Og, with Kieran Supple and Peter Gavigan, assisted by Karl Kennedy, Cian Smith, Liam Kearns and Aaron O’Connor.
If every Irish family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gases
Consider buying Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) instead of regular lightbulbs. It will save the planet as well as saving money
Facts Courtesy of Abbey College students James Bolger, Luke Connelly and Cillian
Boyle Country Meats
Daffodil Day Friday at Stewarts Oil
Stewarts Oil, Daffodil Day, tomorrow, Friday 27th March. Come along and enjoy some delicious home bakes and support this oh-so-worthy cause!
Boyle Chamber of Commerce - Garda Station opening hours
"Boyle Chamber of Commerce, together with the community of Boyle, have been alarmed in recent days of a proposal to substantially reduce the opening hours at our Garda Station.
We are extremely concerned at the adverse impact that this proposal will have on policing in the town of Boyle an surrounding area
As a result, and in addition to lobbying our public representatives at both local and national level in relation to this, we have also raised our concerns with the Superintendent directly. He has agreed to meet us to discuss the matter further."
Tony Conboy's "An Oblique View"
This week's update is a 'must read'. 'Joe Brolly and Organ Donor Week' and follow on with his review of GAA happenings 'Boyle win opener', 'Boyle GAA Know Your Sport Quiz', 'Roscommon Dig out Win over Meath' and a run-down on next weekend's games.
In Tony's Errata section, read 'Congrats to Lee McKilleen', 'Tony Blair', 'Quizzes' and the review of Tony's 'Top Sports Books' ... "Kings of September", The Day Offaly Denied Kerry Five in a Row (GAA) by Michael Foley
Magee's Fashion Shop
Magees Fashion Shop - current display includes the winner's cup for Best Window Display for last week's St. Patrick's Day. The St. Patrick's Day Committee thank you [here...]
Chris O'Dowd to join One Direction?
Celebrities the world over weighed in on the news that Zayn quit the 1D boyband last night - with Chris O'Dowd leading the charge on who would replace the singer. The Moone Boy actor JOKED that he would be stepping in alongside Niall Horan and co to make the band a five-piece again.
What's on in Boyle, Thursday 26th March
11am-1pm: Roscommon Women’s Network Info session, Boyle Enterprise Centre 2.30pm-4pm: Knit & knatter Craft Group, Family Life Centre 10am-12.30pm: Childsplay for All, Family Life Centre 7pm-8pm: Adult Irish (Intermediate), Family Life Centre 8pm: Boyle Running Group, meet up in Results Car Park
Upskill and gain certification in 2015
Places available on Full Time Information Technology Courses at Level 4 and Level 5 in Roscommon Learning Links, Elphin Street, Boyle. Anyone who is currently unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Benefits can avail of these Training Courses. For further detail call 071 966 4510 or drop into the Centre (nextdoor to Trojan) any morning. We are located upstairs! Don’t delay ... act today and gain Certification in 2015.
Boyle Camera Club
Sunday 29th March: This month's club photoshoot will take place at historical Athlone Castle, Co. Westmeath. Members will have a special tour and be given full license to photograph this splendid 12th century restored bastion and surrounding environment. Meet on the Crescent Boyle at 9.30am for car pool. Entrance fee to the castle is €6.
Bright Sparks Quiz
Good Friday 3rd April at 8pm in St. Joseph's Hall, Boyle promises to be a great night with lots of surprises in store. A quiz with a difference and a great start to the Easter Holidays. The organising crew encourage all Businesses, Traders, Clubs, Societies and Associations to join in the fun and reserve your table with any of the organisers - Stephen Bohan, Dara Callaghan, Cecil Draper, Brian Kelly. Tish Golden or Siobhan Gallagher. Registration on the night but once your table is reserved,
it’s guaranteed! €40 per table of 4 and all proceeds raised go to Boyle Christmas Lights.
Attention all Coder Dojo participants
Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon Coder Dojos will hold a joint event with Microsoft this Saturday 28th March in King House, Main St., Boyle at 2.30pm. Guest Speaker for the event will be Stephen Howell Academic Engagement Manager at Microsoft.
Boyle Golf Club News
Course maintenance is in progress this week, and includes work to bunkers, paths, 16th teebox and drains. During The course will remain closed until tomorrow, Friday 27th for safety and insurance reasons.
Joe Simon Building Supplies, and more
Joe Simon Building Supplies is a premium Boyle company, well know as Boyle's largest indoor/outdoor store and renowned as a leading supplier for products and supplies for Home, Garden and Building Contractors ... without doubt, one of our best businesses.
Recently Joe Simon Building Supplies joined the Expert franchise in this region. Expert are Ireland's largest electrical retailer with over 60 stores nationwide. Its members are independent retailers who through expert are able to combine purchasing, marketing, and general market information. Their goal is to deal with market leading brands and offer customers the best value for money available.
Ardcarne Garden Centres, Boyle & Roscommon
Flower arranging at FLC
Would you like to make an Easter Basket with your favourite Flowers? Guidance by Professional Florist Angela East who will give tips and help you to complete an arrangement. Monday 30th March, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, cost €10. Booking Essential - call the Family Life Centre, Boyle, Telephone: 071 966 3000
King House to go Blue
Úna Bhán wrote: Delighted to announce that King House, Boyle will be going 'Blue' for World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday 2nd April. Coffee Morning in King House from 10am to 12noon, in support of Autism Ireland. For further information contact Marian Frawley 086 258 8498
A viewer wrote: "Sean, you have not commented on the water charges and the reduced Garda Station Hours". I replied "I pray that God will grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." ...especially when it comes to topics like Water Charges, Garda Station Opening Hours etc...
Boyle Garda Station: Though opening hours to the public at Boyle Garda Station will be reduced, Junior Minister Dara Murphy says there'll still be a 24 hour service at Boyle Garda Station and there will be no reduction in Gardaí numbers. The same level of Garda resources and patrols will be continue to be deployed in the area.
Local Business shortlisted for Award
Money Plus, located on Bridge Street Boyle are the sole Roscommon business to make the shortlist. Commenting on the nomination, Belinda McCauley of Money Plus said “To be shortlisted for this award is a great boost to the team at Money Plus. We like to believe we do a good job for our clients and this recognition further enhances this view.” Money Plus can be contacted at 071 919 4000 www.moneyplus.ie
The St. Patrick's Day Committee thank all who supported and assisted in the financing and organisation of the 2015 Parade. The 2015 Parade was a great success. People travelled from far and near to be with us.
Without the financial support of all Businesses and Traders in the area the Parade could not have happened and for your past and continued support we thank you sincerely. We acknowledge the wonderful support of our Garda Siochana and the team of volunteers who give their time on St. Patrick's Day to ensure the smooth running of the parade.
A huge thanks to all others who assisted: Mike Smith as MC, Ardcarne Garden Centre for their flowers and shrubs, Langans Fruit Distributors for the Review Stand and to all who decorated it, Bernard Murray and Roscommon County Council, Ali Burke and Team for their Disney appearance, our invited Marshals, The Moone Boys David Rawle and Ian O'Reilly and our local GAA heroes - Tadhg Lowe, Donie and Enda Smith, our float and window judges and our money collectors.
We thank all who entered Floats and greatly appreciate your participation. We thank each and every one who contributed to the success of the Parade. Your presence, support and assistance added so much to the day. We welcome the new members to the committee and look forward to working together with the town again next year.
Boil Water Update
Roscommon/South Leitrim Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, has been informed by Irish Water that the Boyle Water treatment plant is currently undergoing "process proving" before the Boil Water Notice can be lifted.
Apparently the Boyle plant has been commissioned and is supplying compliant water since February, but three clear samples are needed by the HSE and EPA before the notice is lifted. Deputy Feighan says this will bring to an end the constant boil water notices which have affected businesses and households for the last number of years.
Boles of Boyle - Moone Boyle
Only at Boles of Boyle ... the handknit Moone Boyle hat/ keyring ... a gift that you and your friends will love ... and it costs only €3.99 ... Call today or order yours, phone 071 966 2011
Improved services needed in Roscommon
The head of the Irish Heart Foundation says improved services are needed to treat stroke patients in County Roscommon. Figures show that in Roscommon, almost twice the number of women as men die from strokes.
Tourism Information Night
This coming Friday, March 27th at 9pm Emmett Corcoran & Daniel Curley in association with a number of local tourism providers and businesses will host an information night in Gleeson's Townhouse, Roscommon Town. The meeting is being held in order to develop an enterprise/social-enterprise lead strategy to promote County Roscommon and the surrounding areas both at home and abroad.
This week's contributor updates
Boyle GAA Club [here..] Boyle Golf Club [here..]Tadhg TV [here...] Tony Conboy's Oblique View will follow later in the week
Following St. Patrick's Day, I kept some of this year's shamrock in a grow container, and now, like "Paddy", it is starting to grow a little wild.
It is said St. Patrick used the three leaved Shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), to the pagan Irish during the 5th Century. The tradition of wearing Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the early 1700's.
Bord Bia Showcase
Over 400 food buyers arrived in Ireland for a special Bord Bia event. The biggest international food buyer event to be staged in Ireland is now underway and involved the arrival of more than 400 food and drink buyers from 30 countries including China, Australia, South Africa and Algeria, as well as the UK and Europe.
If you are wondering whether this region is represented, well I wonder too!
A leading member of the British royal family is expected to attend one of the major commemorative events in Ireland in 2016. "We are not talking about a British royal on the reviewing stand at the GPO on the anniversary of the Rising but about attendance at an appropriate event during the year," a Government source said at the weekend.
Boyle on a Sunny Sunday, 22nd March
Boyle Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1161 by Maurice O’Duffy.
For the past number of days we have been blessed with fine weather, blue afternoon skies and temperature highs of 12-14C. I took a small selection of photos for you.
Sunday Lunch 22nd March
Sunday lunches, indeed lunches ever day are special at the Open Table Restaurant on the Crescent, Boyle, Tel: 086 844 5121. Here is a link to a typical Sunday Lunch Menu ...
Saturday was a gloriously sunny day, full of the hope for many more like it as we cast off those winter blues in preferences for the blue skies of our approaching summer. I spent a pleasant Saturday afternoon taking photos for your viewing ...
Frank McDermott R.I.P.
The death has occurred in England of Frank McDermott, formerly Ardmoyle, Kingsland and former chairman of the Roscommon Association in Manchester. Frank was a frequent visitor to friends and relations in the Breedogue area. Burial following 9.30am mass in Bury, England, Friday 27th March. May He Rest In Peace.
Congratulations to Bernie Casserly
De Dannan wrote: After a few performances with the band we are delighted to have Bernadine Casserly from Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon as part of De Dannan. Bernie wrote: Had a great few days in France with Frankie Gavin and De Dannan... enjoyed the experience...so its official now, they're going to let me stay!!! I'll keep you all posted on upcoming events:)
Boyle Country Meats
Tony Conboy's Oblique View Update
Tony's topics this week include:
Ireland’s Favourite Poem
Spring Clean and Litter Campaign Time
Top Ten Sports Books countdown
Order of Malta Bingo
Sean Donoghue wrote: Order of Malta, Monster Bingo on Good Friday, 3rd April 2015, in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, starting at 8pm. Guaranteed €1,000 Euro jackpot will be paid out on the night. Please support this worthy cause.
Drumanilra Farm Shop
Justina wrote: Popping back up on April Fool's Day and it's no joke!! We are delighted to announce that our Boyle Farm Shop on Bridge Street will be popping back up on 1st April and this time for good!
We will have a range of organic and free range meats, featuring our own Drumanilra Farm produce and organic meats sourced from other local producers. We will also have a small deli counter selling artisan Irish Cheeses, Olives, Salamis, locally baked Breads and Pastries, Free Range Eggs from the farm and Organic Salad and Veg from our own farm and local growers..
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To take part: you must be 18 years and older, ideally possess a smart-phone and are not suffering from any serious medical conditions. If you are eligible, simply email email@example.com indicating your interest.
This study is conducted by a UCL MSc student and is supervised by Dr. Dorina Cadar, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL
Did You Know?
It's a strange old world!!! A friend of mine "in the know" told me:
1. Clonakilty Sausages and Puddings are made in Monaghan!
2. Most of Dennys Pork products are made in ... wait for it ... England!
3. Several of the popular products you see on shelves may have different brand names, but are the same product with a different label
4. The tastiest, real Boxty and Potato Cakes are made by McNiffes, Drumshanbo! They are yummy, taste like potato and available in Kelly's Londis, Boyle.
Thank You from the High Nellies Cycling Club!
Lawrence Presland wrote: "High Nelly Re.....Cycling Club". I would like to thank all the participants that took part and helped us win a prize (in Boyle's St. Patrick's Day Parade) which will go to The Irish Cancer Society.
Adrian MacConmara, Daniela Beadnall, Ann McGlynn, Mary Nicholson, Margaret Egan, Phyllis Harper, Kieran Killoran, Susan & Vitya Malirsh, Peter & Declan Kennedy, Harry & Jack Noone, Tommy Egan, Jason Harington and Gerry Casey for the music
Abbey Community College students James Bolger, Cillian Doyle and Luke Connelly gave excellent presentations on Climate Change to students in the region.
They are pictured above with Boyle Parochial School students.
Roscommon Women’s Network
Roscommon Women’s Network will hold an Information Session as part of The W.I.N.D.O.W project on Thursday 26th March 11am – 1pm in Boyle Enterprise Centre. This project is to support women into employment and education. We hope to run a personal development course confidence building course in Boyle should there be sufficient interest. The project is a one-to-one mentoring service that will support and guide you into a course and/or employment and is completely
would like more information please call Maria on 094 962 1690 or 087 407 3321.
East Bros Machinery
Just as the the year has turned towards grow time, our thoughts turn towards the outdoors and East Bros ... their services and huge stocks of leading brand Tools For Hire, Lawnmowers, Chainsaws, Generators, Tillers, Outboard Engines, Farm Machinery Spares Lubricants & Accessories. Visit their showrooms, Doon Boyle (Just off the N4)and browse for your current and later requirements. Te;: 071 966 2710
Bright Spark Quiz
Friday April 3rd: Boyle Christmas Lights crew are reminding all Businesses, Associations and anyone looking for a fun night out on Good Friday 3rd April to reserve their table for the Bright Sparks Quiz, the annual fundraiser for Boyle's new Christmas lights. A great night guaranteed, full of surprises, commencing 8pm in St. Josephs Hall.
Table of 4 - €40, to reserve yours please contact Stephen, Dara, Cecil, Brian, Tish, or Siobhan
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015
Former Boyle Mayors Maire Paul and Peter Flannery on the review stand
We enjoyed a hugely successful St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boyle. It provided
agreat opportunity to generate awareness of participants and what they do in the community. Our
Mooneboys, David Rawle and Ian O'Reilly led the parade this year alongside Boyle's three Sigerson
Cup Winners, Tadhg Lowe and Donie and Enda Smith.
The weather was favourable and a huge, appreciative 'crowd' lined the streets on the parade ro
ute. MC Mike Smith Jnr thanked the organising committee, all who participated and everyone involved
in ths wonderful event. Prize winners were: Hi Ho Pensions Back to Work Scheme, Plunkett Home,
Tullyboy Farm, High Nelly Goes to Hollywood, Under 16 BeaverS Cubs And Scouts, McDermott Ballet
School and Best Shop Window, Magees Fashions.
Way back in 1994, the small hairs on the back of the neck of every Irish man and
woman were set a-tingling with a sensational performance ... one that brought Ireland thundering on
to the world stage in a special way. Proudly we are Ireland and proud we are to have talents like
that of Michael Flatley and Riverdance. Sadly Michael's Sligo dad died last week.
Many thanks to Roch Hanmore for direction my attention to this powerful,
staggeringly beautiful, magnificent video. Turn up your speakers and enjoy!
Priest named King of the Ring
We've had to endure singing priests, radical priests, thieving priests, abu
sing priests and one boring sermon after another. Could they answer their calling and do their
job a little better each day ... now this: "He may be a man of the cloth, but Fr Pierre 'Jalap
eno' Pepper became the king of the ring when he was victorious in a white-collar boxing match at
Frank Feighan TD - Roscommon Hospital
The new endoscopy unit is currently under construction. When constructed,
the endoscopy unit will be able to perform three times as many endoscopy procedures as are
currently being carried out at the hospital. The endoscopy unit is due to be fully operational by
the end of 2015.
Deputy Feighan stated "I look forward to the completion of this 14,000 sq ft. unit which is a
t an advanced stage. This unit is set to become a diagnostic centre for the Western Region."
There are two other flagship projects, namely, a Rehab Unit and a Hospice Care Centre.
Feighan welcomes Leader Funding
Over €22 million of Leader funding has been allocated to counties Roscom
mon, Longford and Leitrim. Co Roscommon gets the largest amount in this region with an allocation
of €8.8 million. The funding announcements are being welcomed this afternoon by Fine Gael Deput
ies, Frank Feighan, James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden.
The Crescent, Boyle in 1929
Many thanks to realboyle viewer Emmett Corcoran for sharing this photo of a
Fr. Frank Browne original photograph taken on The Crescent, Boyle, and dated 30th September 1929.
Note the amusements in the background
How long does Copyright last?
The Copyright protection for literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works
expires 70 years after the death of the author/creator. If the copyright is still in force it would
be necessary to get the permission of the owner of the copyright to reproduce the work no matter
what language it is in.
The Lawrence Collection
On the 20th March 1865 at the age of 24 William Mervin Lawrence opened a
Photographic Studio opposite the G.P.O. at Sackville street Dublin. Over the years the studio
successfully photographed the length and breadth of Ireland from Howth Head in the East to Achill
Head in the West and from Malin Head in the North to Skibbereen the South). The collection consists
of 40,000 glass plates mainly from the period 1880-1914, but some plates go back to 1870.
View Co. Roscommon photos including five Boyle scenes in the Lawrence Collection ...
Memo to myself:
"Take new photos from the same viewpoints and compare for changes with the old ones!"
Change the Future
me are James Bolger, Luke Connelly and seated Cillian Doyle.
This team of three students from Abbey Community College, Boyle, has been selected
as one of the top fifty teams from around the country taking part in the One Good Idea competition.
The One Good Idea competition is run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. It is a
imed at raising students' awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and climate chang
e. It gives students an opportunity to come up with One Good Idea that will creatively inspire the
people around them to make small lifestyle changes that will save energy and reduce carbon
Students must research, design and develop an exciting and creative awareness campaign a
bout their One Good Idea to be in with a chance to go on to the National Final Awards Ceremony in
Dublin in May
James, Luke and Cillian have given excellent, illustrated presentations to schools in the area, and
have plans to increase awareness of the need to address issues relating to climate change ... NOW!!
Additionally view their very well researched, informative and interesting blog [here...]
Cllr. John Cummins, Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council cordially invites you to
the official launch of Measuring and Promoting Innovation in Local Regions - An Enterprise and
Innovation Strategy for Co. Roscommon by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise &
Innovation, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, Thursday 26th March 2015 ... time and guest speaker to be
Boles of Boyle
We have some really nice window surrounds on some Boyle buildings, including this one.
I hope to feature them in future sketches.
Fresh Fish ...
Fish from the Trawler and cooked to perfection
"We will cook delicious Smoked Cod and Ray for you!"
The 2015 playing season has commenced in earnest with games played in two age groups last week and a number of fixtures scheduled for next weekend.
The U16s had a well merited two point win over Kilglass Gaels/ Tarmonbarry in the Division 4 League in Tarmonbarry on St Patrick’s Day. They are scheduled to play Clan na Gael on Saturday evening next at 5pm in the Abbey Park in a game that was postponed because of weather conditions a few weeks ago. The National Automation Limited Minors are scheduled to play Kilbride also on Saturday next in the Abbey Park and at 11am in the Division 3 League. The U14s are
to travel to Knockcroghery on Saturday to take on St Dominics in the first round of the Division 4 League at 5pm. The U14 Division 1 team will commence their campaign on the following week.
The McGovern Directional Drilling Seniors made a successful start to their 2015 Division 1 O’Rourke Cup campaign with a two point win over Tulsk in Abbey Park on Sunday morning. Their next outing is away to Roscommon Gaels on Easter Monday.
Well done to Roscommon Seniors and U21s on their respective victories in the past week and especially to our own Enda Smith on his hat-trick with the U21s. Best wishes are extended to the County Seniors in their next National League outing against Galway on Sunday next.
The Club’s “Know Your Sport” sports prediction competition is proving very popular. Participants are asked to test their sporting expertise in predicting the outcome of twenty five national and international sporting events in 2015. Prediction Cards cost only €10 and are available from Club officials and players. It can also be accessed at www.boylegaa.com . There is a prize fund of €800 and entries will be accepted until 6th April.
Go raibh maith agaibh
For Boyle GAA Club
Well done to Spring League winners, Brendan Gaffney, Sandra McCrann & Cillian Doyle 217pts, 2nd Charlie O’Donnell, Ruth Hogg & Michael Reid 211pts, 3rd Jim Mooney, Mary O’Hara & Pat Conroy 209pts. Weekly prize winners were week 1 Gary Carty, Maura O’Farrell & Dave Purser, week 2 Liam Mullaney, Tom Kearney & Ted Hestor, week 3 Terry Canning, Kathleen Candon & Paddy McLoughlin. Thanks to all who took part.
Last week's nine hole was won by Charlie O’Donnell 21pts, 2nd Michael Rush 21pts.
Next Sunday is the first of the golfer of the year competitions. Bookings can be made on line. The weekly nine hole takes place Monday-Saturday.
The foursome draw has taken place, details on noticeboard and in the members section of the website. Good luck to all taking part.
A club outing will take place to Mount Temple on this coming Saturday March 28th. Cost will be €35 per person plus €5 prize fund. Outing includes tea/coffee on arrival and three course meal afterwards. First tee off 11.00. Please check noticeboard or the members section on the website for details
Please send your 2015 membership fees to Geraldine McDermottroe, Membership Secretary, Carrick Road, Boyle. Thanks to all who have paid fees to date.
Profile of Co. Roscommon
10.8% are Non-Irish Nationals
13.7% have a Disability
9,396 Older people & 28% live alone
6,257 One Person Households
2,950 Households without a car
7,468 Households without a PC
34% Households have no Internet access
719 individuals with no formal education
25% of the population have 3rd level education (???)
13% of college graduates receive their first job in the county
4,579 over 25's on the Live Register September 2014 (Castlerea highest rate signing)
1,371 under 25's signing September 201
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