Please support our Boyle Traders of the Day, 19th June, 2018

Brogans Pharmacy • Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant • Drumderrig Nursing Home

Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday June 18th 2018

Numbers drawn: 6, 7, 16, 22
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: P. Tarmey, Peter & Brendan, F. Feighan, A. O’Donnell
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Tuesday June 25th 2018 at 11.00pm in Creighton’s Bar (Party Night). Jackpot €14,890

Thank You … from Scoil na nAingeal Naofa

The parents and the staff of Scoil na nAingeal Naofa would like to sincerely thank you for generously donating to our Fundraising walk. We raised €1,500 which will help to pay for the cost of a defibrillator for our community. It will be placed on the outside of our school wall on the Carrick Road. All cards have been returned to the school and you will no longer be asked to donate money to this fund. Míle Buíochas

Roscommon Herald – 19th June


The 8 at 8: Tuesday 19th

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Summer Concert – St Michael’s Church, Cootehall

A Summer Concert  (Choral works by Bach and Handel) will take place in St Michael’s Church, Cootehall on Saturday 23rd June at 8pm, featuring two local choirs, the Serendipity Singers and the Nightingals, with conductor/soloist, Ilse Lubbers and accompanist Anne Kielty.
• Tickets at  €10  can be purchased at the door or from choir members. Come and enjoy a delightful evening of music.


The death has occurred of Sr.Mary McDermott, Convent of Mercy, Boyle
Reposing in Mahon’s Funeral Home, Boyle on Tuesday June 19th 4.30 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. arriving St.Joseph’s Church at 7 o’clock. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday June 20th at 11 am. Funeral afterwards to Assylinn Cemetery.

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Carrick-on-Shannon – Rosebank Retail Park

The Toon Team


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St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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Xtra Mile Valet Centre at Stewarts Oil, Boyle

Saturday 16th June: Ann McQuaid Haulage came in for a hot foam wash and wheel polish on the SCANIA. Check out the video …
Sunday 17th June: Main Street to Xtra Mile Wash & Valet at Stewarts Oil

Kelly’s Londis – Massive Sale – Friday 22nd June


Will these trees fall into the river?


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Pope Francis in Knock and Phoenix Park – How to Get Tickets:

Would you like to be in the Phoenix Park for Mass with Pope Francis or at Knock Shrine for the Angelus with Pope Francis?  If so, you can book a ticket online (only online) at from Monday 25th June 2018.  Every person wishing to attend one of these events MUST have a ticket.  Before deciding which event you would like to attend, please consider transport, length of day etc. has clear information and lots of FAQs. Take some time to read through the information before logging on to book your ticket on 25th June.  Group bookings of up to 50 people will be permitted so you may wish to book as a parish group or as a large group of family and friends.

Thank You from Hospice

Boyle Group Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice would like to thank all who contributed to the ‘Sunflower Day Collection’ on Friday 8th June.  €3675.00 was raised locally. All monies are spent in the locality.

Patrick (Pakie) CARTY R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Patrick (Pakie) CARTY, Knockroe, Boyle. Reposing at his home today, Saturday, from 6pm until 9pm and tomorrow, Sunday, from 3pm until 6pmRead More Graphic

Without Hope or Dignity – Boyle Workhouse in Famine Times


My forthcoming book is in its final stages of completion.
I have linked up with an Australian Museum, (Hyde Park Barracks ) in Sydney who have sent me on some wonderful information on 52 young orphan girls, aged 14-18, who were ‘volunteered’ and sent off to Sydney in 1848 and 1850.
From Boyle they travelled by a Bianconi coach to Dublin and then on to Plymouth by ship where they then boarded a large sailing vessel the Tippoo Saib/Digsby with 200 other girls from all over Workhouses in Ireland.
This was the Earl Grey scheme (an attempt by the authorities at the time to balance the male/ratio and fares were paid by British/Australian governments. The scheme was one of the few that lost little or no passengers en route as they girls were well prepared and kitted out for their epic voyage. In total approx 4168 orphans left and made the harrowing 100 days journey, many of whom were never in a position to return. The orphans were of course never outside of the Parish of Boyle so its easy to imagine their anxiety and fear. Most had a fractured life rearing large families (8-12 children) in very remote countryside.
I hope to launch my book in October., but I have still ‘room’ for ‘good news stories’ from descendents of Boyle people (and its surrounds) who had some association with that period. There are a number of drawings I will have in the book and I enclose one by Michelle Simon
regards, Barry Feely

Organ Donation Awareness Evening – St. Michael’s GAA


St Michaels GAA Club, North Roscommon, are supporting Organ Donation, by organizing a Connacht Football Final Preview Evening with a number of prominent GAA Personalities from across the province. The event aimed to increase awareness of the importance of Organ Donation will be held in the Bush Hotel in Carrick on Shannon on Saturday June 16th at 8.30PM. Organ Donation ambassador Joe Brolly – Ex Derry All Ireland Winner and RTE Sunday Game Pundit will be in attendance.

The panel will comprise of leading GAA Personalities – Eamon O’Hara (Sligo), Emlyn Mulligan (Leitrim) and Donie Shine (Roscommon). Local rivalry and good honest GAA Banter will be the theme for the night.

Organ Donation Awareness – St. Michael’s GAA and Healthy living within the Community. In dialogue with Joe Brolly, he commented how excited he was to be attending the St Michael’s Event and acknowledged the great work being done both on and off the pitch.

Úna Bhán Community NotesUnaBhan

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Today’s Menu – Open Table Restaurant – on the Crescent, Boyle

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Tony Conboy’s “An oblique view” update

Tony casts an educated, literate, intelligent eye on matters local and international

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Please support …

Many of us will know of someone who has been affected by Cancer, and for some, it might be a close family member.
On June 22 Team Trojan members Gavin Brennan, Eddie Conroy, Des McLoughlin and Declan Noone are going to undertake the gruelling 555K Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race ( in aid of Roscommon / Mayo Hospice. The team will be supported by a three man crew, drivers Enda Madden and Oliver Donagher and navigator Michael Sweeney. The Team Trojan team is aiming to complete the challenge in less than 22 hours.
To find out more or to make a donation:

Cleaner Required

Boyle Office requires cleaner for 3 hours per week. Please contact Trisha on 087 928 0116 between 10am and 4.00pm (Monday to Thursday)

Fallen tree in St. Joseph’s Church car park

There must be a joke in this situation … but ‘wooden ya know’ I am stumped for an idea 
How about ‘rotten to the core’? oops !!

Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

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

Strong winds – Thousands without power

Around 35,000 homes, farms and businesses have been left without power because of strong overnight winds. There were gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour in Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon, with a status yellow wind warning in place.Read More Graphic

Thank You from the Blood Transfusion Service

“A very sincere thanks to all the very kind donors who attended our recent clinic in Boyle. A total of 112 donated and this included 25 new donors which is the largest number of first timers recorded at the clinic. We are extremely grateful for this and hope we will see you all back at our next clinic in approximately three months time.
• The following donors received awards. Silver Pendant Catherine Mattimoe and Niamh Sheerin . Silver Pin Sharon Tiģhe and Michael Bermingham. Gold Pendant Caroline O Grady”

Bluffer’s guide to World Cup 2018

IT’S EXACTLY SEVEN months ago today that Ireland was spanked 5-1 by Denmark at the Aviva Stadium, ending the country’s chances of competing at its fourth World Cup. But regardless of everything that’s gone before the next month is about to be overtaken by football, so here’s a guide with everything you need to know.Read More Graphic

June 2008

There are 44,158 images on my Flickr website. During the month of June 2008 I published 242 photographs. Locals will probably recognise all of the faces and places and agree that many seem to be just as they were then. View Photos graphic

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Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday June 11th 2018

Numbers drawn: 8, 20, 22, 24
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: M. Smith
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Tuesday June 18th 2018 at 11.00pm in The Patrick’s Well. Jackpot €14,760

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I published photos from Knock Basilica some weeks ago. At that time the Day Chapel and the Apparition Chapel were closed for refurbishments. Since then, both Chapels have been reopened.View Photos graphic

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The new addition was welcomed to the refurbished/ fully kitted Boyle Fire Station on Marian Road..
The group photo includes Roscommon Co Council Chief Executive Eugene Cummins, Ros Co Council chairperson Cllr Orla Leydon, Roscommon Fire Chief John Kane, Roscommon Co Co Services Director Pat Murtagh, Boyle Station officer Darren O’Flaherty, Cllr John Cummins, Representatives of the Co Fire Service and Westward Garage sales representatives
The ‘old’ engine that has served us so well will be upgraded and will return to Boyle as a driver training vehicle and backup fire tender

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Mulryan Construction have 10 new quality-built houses under construction on Station Road, Boyle. The development includes 6 two storey and 4 bungalow homes.
• Speaking with developer Danny Mulryan, he said the development was conceived over two years ago and through the good offices particularly of Boyle man Derek Caldbeck and our Co Manager Eugene Cummins, the project got underway just a short few months ago.
• Station Road will become a highly sought-after living area, and is one of just two such developments in the county at the moment.

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20180610_091344Mandy & Donie helping to make sure Boyle is looking great – Sunday 10th June.


‘Strip and Dip’

A charity swim at Maghermore Beach, Co. Wicklow called ‘Strip and Dip’ attracted an incredible 2,505 women, smashing the previous record for the world’s largest skinny dip.Read More Graphic

Xtra Mile Wash & Valet at Stewarts Oil, Mill Road, Boyle


Boyle Arts Festival Saturday 28th July

Bernadine Casserly will be joined by pianist Anne Kielty, for a very special lunchtime concert in the Church of Ireland on Saturday, July 28th. Bernadine has performed all over Europe with Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan and Anne is the pianist and Musical Director, with Boyle Musical Society.

Irish border concerns – Boris Johnson

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said concerns over the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic are “pure millennium bug stuff”. He said fears about the border were out of proportion.
“It’s so small and there are so few firms that actually use that border regularly, it’s just beyond belief that we’re allowing the tail to wag the dog in this way,” he added.
Labour’s Ian Murray, a supporter of the People’s Vote campaign for a second referendum, said: “Boris Johnson is utterly shameless.”

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‘Celtic U-13’s Crowned Champions

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Sligo Leitrim Boys U-13 Division 1 League Final … Boyle Celtic 2 : Merville United 1

By Ronan Flanagan
Boyle Celtic U-13’s captured the Sligo Leitrim Boys U-13 Division 1 League with a 2-1 victory over Merville United at a sun drenched Celtic Park on Tuesday evening.
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Murphy calls on Minister Harris to address failings in paediatric audiology services as a matter of urgency

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to urgently address the failings identified as part of the review of paediatric audiology services provided in more than 900 cases by one audiologist in Mayo and Roscommon from 2011 to 2015 which may have left some children with lifelong impairments. RTÉ Investigates this week highlighted the fact that the Health Service Executive is to apologise to almost 50 families in Mayo and Roscommon for serious failings in audiology services provided to children.

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Boyle Flowers 2018 – Úna Bhán


Grange National School – Co. Roscommon successes – Soccer & Basketball



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Mandy said “It’s work in progress and I hope it helps people smile'” Mandy setting flowers on The Crescent on Thursday 7th June …The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Boyle.

Feighan welcomes major 350 jobs boost for Sligo

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed a major 350 jobs boost for Sligo following the announcement of a new regional operation centre by Abtran, a specialist provider of services in sectors including government, transport, utilities and financial services.
“The new Sligo operations will be based at Finisklin Business Park in Sligo and will be up and running later this year.
“Abtran is already well established in Ireland and already employs more than 2,000 people in Cork, Dublin and Kildare as well
“This a massive jobs boost for Sligo and I welcome the Abtran CEO’s endorsement of the continued need to support national and regional economic development wherever possible.
“I wish Abtran well in its endeavours and this new regional centre will provide a huge boost to Sligo’s economy.”

Manual Handling Instructors Course

Manual Handling Instructors Course QQI Level 6 – June 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st
A five day Manual Handling Instructors Course QQI Level 6 will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre in June. The course will provide participants with the knowledge and skill to provide manual handling training and to manage workplace risks.
Course content includes Legislative requirements, Anatomy and back care, Ergonomic principles and risk assessment, Manual handling principles and techniques, Planning and design of manual handling training programmes, Delivery of manual handling training.
Course dates June 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st. Times 9.30/4.30. Cost €550.00 per person. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 967 3440. Other upcoming courses include Barista Training, Supervisory Management, Time Management & Advanced Excel. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide training support and funding for businesses.


2018 Flowers in Boyle

With some notable exceptions, flower displays around town have been late this year. At last, I will have an opportunity to publish photos of our 2018 Flowers in Boyle, starting with this one-of-two window boxes at AnCraoibhín on Elphin Street.20180605_085835

Piano in Connolly Station, Dublin


Time spent waiting for your train can be enjoyed since this colourful piano was installed in Connolly Station, Dublin

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Customer Service Course for Seasonal Staff

A Customer Service Training Course organised by Role SKillnet will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre on Monday June 25th 9.30/1.00. The course is aimed at businesses employing seasonal staff. Course content includes, Customer Service Transaction Model, Understanding Customers, Going the extra mile, Building rapport, Communication skills, First Impressions and Handling challenging situations.  Cost per person €40.00 discounts apply for 2+ participants. For more information or to book places please email info@roleskillnet. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and  provide funding and support for training in private businesses.

King House Tea Rooms

French Onion Soup - King House Tea Rooms

French Onion Soup … one of my all-time favourites !!

Boyle-Arts-Festival-LogoThere are almost fifty events to choose from in the ten day calendar of art, music, drama, film, comedy, spoken word, children’s events, workshops and literature. The official Boyle Arts Festival programme for 2018 will be launched in a few weeks time and the Festival office will open its doors on Monday, July 9th. You can still beat the rush though, by visiting  and viewing all of the artists there.Read More Graphic

Carrick-on-Shannon #1

Carrick-on-Shannon #1: Dublin Road, Main Street, Bridge Street on Thursday May 31st, 2018

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant May 31st

20180531_130853This was a tasty Baked Haddock with Salad and Chips lunch Thursday May 31st

Scoil na nAingeal Naofa Community Fundraiser

The children from Scoil na nAingeal Naofa may visit your home with a sponsorship card with the our school stamp on the back. We are asking for € 2 per line.  All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a defibrillator for our whole community. It will be located on the outside of the wall of our school on the Carrick Road.
Please support us in funding for this vital life safe equipment. Thank you.

Frank Feighan Clinics


Lough Key visitor area – May 28th 2018

Bright in places and dark in others, warts and all, here is my little video spin around the Lough Key Visitor Area on Monday May 28th 2018, as captured using my Samsung S8 Smartphone

Archbishop says Catholic Church must ‘ruthlessly’ examine its role

Senior Catholic bishops acknowledged that the Church must “ruthlessly” examine its place in a society that has changed hugely in recent years. Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin admitted many people would see the referendum result as an indication the Catholic Church in Ireland is regarded with indifference today by many and has a marginal role in the formation of Irish culture.

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Sean Carty Cars, Mockmoyne, Boyle


Social Dance Classes

social dance classes

Social Dance Classes in Tawnytaskin Community Centre on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm. Teaching of Jive, Slow-Waltz, Old time Waltz, Quick-Step, and Fox-Trot. All Welcome no Partners required. For more details contact Colette 087 266 6423


‘Number of years’ before Carrick bypass begins

Shannonside News: The €80-million scheme that links to Dromod-Rooskey bypass to Cortober was shelved in 2009 amid the country’s financial crisis. Shay O’Connor, a senior engineer in the Leitrim council’s roads department, accepts it’ll be several years before Carrick’s traffic problems come to an end.

The Town House, Main street, Boyle – EARLY BOOKING OFFER!!

A great place to entertain a family holiday!
• Luxury 2 and 3 bed holiday apartments. Best of both worlds! In the centre of town and beside Lough Key Forest Park for all your family activities, with beautiful family walks, Zipit, Boda Borg, Adventure Play Park, cycling (electric bikes and Segways) , boating, fishing, and much more. An abundance of other cultural / heritage trails, walks, open farms, water and land adventure centres, horse riding and sight seeing nearby.
**Early Booking Offer** …
• Book directly with owner before the end of May and receive one of our fabulous Townhouse Offers
Book 3 or 5 nights stay an extra night for free
Book for 7 nights and receive a 10% discount
• Prices from as little as €200 for a 2 night stay … **Offer is for direct bookings before the end of May, only … Based on availability**
• Please call us on 087 776 2662     email:
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Just A Thought…


Open Table Restaurant – on The Crescent



Open 7 days for Breakfast and Lunch. Extended hours and evening meals for Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and onwards through summer from Thursday next, 10th May (“our 4th Anniversary”)
• Lunches are served from 12pm to 4pm : Evening Meals served until 9pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
• “We are delighted to have added an extra dining area and we can now seat 40 guests in comfortable surroundings … drop in and enjoy !!
• For bookings, please call us on 086 844 5121. Visit us on Facebook [here…]”
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Parking cars and pumping gas

It is always a pleasure to feature one of John Mulligan’s short stories here on This is one you will enjoy … a reality check when you think you are making ‘progress’

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Having trouble with alcohol?
Does your drinking worry you?
Is it causing you to get into unpleasant or dangerous situations?
Are family members complaining about your drinking?
• If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above questions then you may have a problem with Alcohol. For information on help and your local meetings, call 01 842 0700 or the Connacht Helpline on 091 767777
• Remember: “You are never alone.”

St. Joseph’s Parish Contact Numbers

Rev. Gerry Hanly P.P. 071 966 2218
Rev. Tito Abuda C.C. 071 966 2012
Parish Office & Sacristy 071 966 2643
Parish Office Hours: 9:30am to 12:30pm
24hr Duty Phone Number 086 826 2643
Parish e:mail