Traders of the Day – Wednesday 21st February

Abbey Haven Nursing Home • Ardcarne Garden Centre • Boles of Boyle

Roscommon Co Council website

Web developer for Roscommon Co Council must be busy at other things at the moment. Today, 21st February, the Ros Co Co website is out of date and giving off incorrect information.
The following page is incorrect with more than one piece of information [here…]

Martin Lydon for President

  1. Martin Lydon, Ros Co Co Finance Director is reported to have told a recent meeting of Ros Co Co that “projects are progressing to bring the Blueway trail from Carrick-on-Shannon to Lough Key and onto Boyle”.
  2. I have been informed that Martin Lydon has told a source within Boyle Town Team that money will be made available for the Boyle Greenway project.

Boyle Primary Care Centre

A viewer told me: “On two separate occasions, my dad called to the Boyle Primary Care Centre by appointment. There was nobody at reception. He called out in vain, waited for some 15 minutes on each occasion, and left the building unattended”

Boyle – Age Friendly Town

Wednesday 21st: I was delighted to receive a gentle reprimand and an update on progress with the Boyle Age Friendly Town Initiative. I suggested that the initiative was ‘dead in the water’ in my article “The Town I Love so well … (part three)”. Maire Paul and Margaret Mulligan have been busy furthering the initiative, and with apologies, I should never have doubted that they would give it anything less than 100%. What a pity the Ros Co Council funded, Town Team’s lack-lustre Pro, or its non-existent publicity ‘machine’ chooses to either ignore or be unaware of progress on the Age Friendly Initiative. The Town Team does not/did not pass information to, but that’s not a surprise !!
Read details of progress with Boyle Age Friendly Town Initiative [here…]

King House Tea Rooms

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Trad Friday at Dodd’s Bar

Brogans Operation Transformation – Thursday night

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He’ll run again for President

HPIM0609President Michael D Higgins will seek a second term as President and will make his intentions known in July, today’s Irish Times reports.

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The 8 at 8 : Wednesday 21stFebruary

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The Town I Love So Well … (part three)

A recent published report stated that “a plan – Boyle 2040 will be unveiled to the public in the next few weeks”. This will make an interesting read, even though a guestimated 1,000 Boyle citizens will have passed to their eternal rewards by 2040. Let’s hope it will be more than a rehash of a never-ending same old plan.
In the meantime we might ponder on Boyle Chamber of Commerce / Town Team April 2017 development plan. A number of items were discussed then. Some have since joined the flotsam of good intentions. Others are still alive but awaiting funding, and some thankfully, have become reality.
Here is a list of the 2017 planned projects: Boyle Greenway €215,000 (that has since become €300,000) : Age Friendly Town (dare I say ‘dead in the water’?) : Courthouse Upgrade (building now closed for lack of funding) : Town Regeneration (no progress reported) : Second Gate Lodge (no progress reported) : Scattered Hotel (A funded study appeared to imply ‘not suitable for Boyle’) : Street Art Project (Ahh, success – a lovely €800 mural and a childrens painting were completed on Quarry Lane) : Train the Ambassador (no progress reported) : Calisthenics Gym (no progress reported)
• It is to their credit that the Chamber of Commerce and Town Team are determined to upgrade Boyle in the above and other ways, and I commend them for that. I am a now-retired, past member of several Boyle Committees, but most people choose to sit on the fence and let others carry development burdens. I guess that will always be what happens.

Cash for Clobber Fundraising Event today


Scoil na nAingeal Noafa, Convent Primary School, Carrick Road, Boyle are organising a clothing collection to raise much needed funds for the school.
• This fundraising event will be open to the public on February the 21st, 2018. If you are in the need of a clear out please place any of the following items into a large black bag: clothing, curtains, towels, handbags, belts, soft toys.
• Please drop off all items in closed bags to the school hall between 8:30-9:00 am or 3:30-5:30pm on February the 21st.
• You can contact the school to arrange collection or if you need assistance with bags on 071 966 2737.
• Unfortunately we cannot accept wet clothing, mats, carpets, duvets/pillows, books, laptops or mobile phones.
Thank you in advance for taking time and effort to support this fundraising event.

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Brogans Natural Options

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Donal O’Connor In Concert

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Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday February 19th 2018

Numbers drawn: 2, 17, 24, 29
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: B. Scanlon
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Monday February 26th 2018 at 11.00pm in Dodd’s Crescent Bar (Party Night). Jackpot €12,680

The Town I Love So Well … (part two)

Why Choose Boyle? Here are some reasons:
Boyle’s West of Ireland location, beautiful local scenery, access to the N4 National Primary route, all of the 7 up and 7 down daily trains stop at our railway station, we are 25 miles from Sligo City and Atlantic Ocean seaside resorts, 45 minutes from Knock International Airport, close to us are the River Shannon and 3 large famous lakes, a plethora of historical treasures, sports and social clubs abound.
• Prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park
• We have leading edge schools, an active Chamber of Commerce, High Speed Broadband, no pollution, a friendly “live and let live” attitude, fine shops and services, many highly talented inhabitants as well as excellent accommodation providers, restaurants and services.
Ahh, The Town I Love So Well … (part three tomorrow)

Presentation to Photo-Fit

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Adrian wrote: Tara, Ailish and Riadh Casey presenting a donation from their Wren-Girl outing on St. Stephen’s Day to the Photo-Fit group.  The Photo-Fit group are very grateful to the girls for their very generous donation. Photo-Fit will have an exhibition in the Boyle Arts Festival again this year.

Roscommon Herald 20th February is proud to support our local weekly newspaper. Buy your copy today … It is loaded with news and photos from around the county.

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.”

Dangerous Driving

A Viewer Wrote:
“In the Boyle area we have a group of young lads doing donuts and dangerous driving on the N4, Gaelic Chieftain and approach roads. Their modified engines are unlikely to be properly insured. They spread oil on their tyres for less traction and add more danger. Hopefully there will not be accidents or people hurt or killed.
I replied:
Please address your concerns to Boyle Gardai by calling them on 071 966 4620

Trees down at the boat sheds Monday 19th February


Official opening of Boyle Primary Care Centre by Health Minister deferred

Boyle Primary Care Centre

Senator Frank Feighan has confirmed that the official opening of Boyle Primary Care Centre by the Minister for Health has been deferred until next month.
“Minister for Health Simon Harris was due to officially open the Primary Care Centre on Saturday morning next, February 24th but I have been informed by his office that his visit has now been deferred.
“We are now looking at a date in early March for Minister Harris to perform the official opening.”

Boyle GAA Club Update 19th February

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Regular events …
Monday: Boyle Chamber of Commerce Lotto
Tuesday: Bingo in St. Joseph’s Hall 
Indoor Bowling in St Joseph’s Hall from 7pm : Pilates/Tabata Classes in the Convent Primary School Gym with Ann Wynne from 6pm :
Saturday: Lough Key Parkrun 9.30am :  Courtyard Market on King House Grounds, 10am-2pm : Boyle GAA Lotto
SJ Fitness: Monday through Friday in Daly’s Store House, Quarry Lane [more…]
Fitt Factory: Monday through Friday, off St. Patrick Street [more …]
Yoga Shack: Monday through Saturday, Elphin Street [more…]
Yoga with Liz: Tuesdays in the Convent Primary School Boyle.
Pilates/Tabata Classes: Wednesdays in the Convent Primary School Gym with Ann Wynne from 6pm

Boyle Golf Club Update 12th February

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The Town I Love So Well … (part one)

Some will remember the old Sinatra song …
“There’s nothing left for me, of days that used to be
They’re just a memory, among my souvenirs”
• The song could have been written with the current town of Boyle in mind, a time when we had two thriving hotels, in excess of 30 pubs, a fish factory, several B&B premises, two corn mills, a Main Street full of shops, All Ireland, County and Connacht Fleadhs, a Town Council … and much, much more
• Back then Boyle was defined as a “Thriving Market Town”
• Now we have no hotel, no fish factory (but thank God for the renamed Vention factory), 14 pubs, fewer B&Bs, no mills, empty shops … a €6 million Health Centre that cannot find a doctor, a Chamber of Commerce and a servant of the Co Council – the ubiquitous “Town Team”.
Ahh, The Town I Love So Well … (part two tomorrow)

The Toon Team



Workshop for Parish Choirs – Four Mile House

All involved with Parish choirs are invited to a workshop with Ephrem Feeley, composter of A Joy for All the World (official hymn of WMOF2018) on Sat 3rd March 10.30am – 3.00pm in Star of the Kilbride Community Centre, Four Mile House, Co Roscommon. To book: Justin 087 6171526 or  Cost €15.00 per person (incl. hot lunch).

Taize Prayer

Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle on Friday 23rd from 9-10pm

Know Your Rights: Maternity leave

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St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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St Joseph’s Parish Council Members:

Cathy Birmingham, Karen Brogan, Andrew Carr, Alan Deane, Ann Mc Glynn,
Sean Mc Keon, Joe O’ Donnell, Francis Walshe, Paul Wynne, Sinead Conroy, Mary Cregg, Breege Donoghue, Damien Regan, Mary Regan, Noel Scally, Laura Tighe, Kevin Young.
Chairperson is Breege Donoghue and Secretary is Cathy Birmingham.

The death has occurred of John MAUGHAN

John Maughan (Rush, Co. Dublin and late of Boyle, Co. Roscommon) – Feb 17, 2018 (peacefully)
John, loving husband of the late Bridget; sadly missed by his loving sons Jason, John and Ciaran, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother, sisters, extended family and a wide circle of friends.
May John Rest In Peace
Reposing at Fitzgerald’s Funeral Directors, Rush on Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning at 10am in St. Maur’s Church, Rush followed by cremation in Dardistown Crematorium. Family flowers only, donations to St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Thousands of additional beds promised for Irish hospitals

The Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation is welcoming the news of additional beds and investment in hospitals announced in the National planning Framework yesterday.
2,600 acute hospital beds and 4,500 community beds are to be provided along with investment of €10.9b in the health sector.

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Boyle Ladies GAA Medal Presentation Ceremony

20180217_194423Boyle Ladies GAA – U16 County Champions

20180217_194526Boyle Ladies GAA – County Minor Champions20180217_194129 Boyle Ladies GAA Team Managers: Vinny, Damien and Adrian with Chairperson Noel and Co senior stars Donie and Enda

20180217_195438Chairperson Noel, Co senior stars Donie and Enda with Ladies Committee: Bernie, Mary, Sabrina, Karen & Cathy

Presentation of county medals to U16 and Minor teams took place in the clubhouse on Saturday 18th Feb at 7pm Ladies Chairperson Noel Scally congratulated our U16 and Minor teams on their magnificent Co Championship wins, their parents and each of the team Managers. Roscommon Senior GAA stars Enda and Donie Smith presented each team member with their county medals. The event concluded with the customary refreshments for all, presented by our excellent Ladies Committee

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The death has occurred of Agnes (Aggie) GANNON (née McGrath)

Gannon (née McGrath), Greatmeadow, Boyle, Co Roscommon. Peacefully at The Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle. Agnes (Aggie) predeceased by late Husband Michael (Sonny). Deeply regretted by her son John, daughters Mary and Margaret, sister Mai and brother John, sister in law Mary, daughter-in-law Angela, sons-in-law Stephen and Joe, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a large circle of friends. R . I . P
Her remains will be reposing at her residence (Greatmeadow) on Sunday from 2 pm until 6pm. Removal on Monday morning to St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle for funeral mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Assylinn Cemetery, Boyle.

Sean Carty’s Car Of The Week


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Ireland West Airport Knock

20180217_090621Our nearest airport, a friendly comfortable place, just 40 minutes from Boyle

The plan, the protests and the reality… Ireland 2040

It’s glossy, it’s colourful, and it comes in three parts. That’s the government’s 116bn euro plan announced in Sligo. It includes a 178-page document dealing with the so-called National Planning Framework, backed up by a 106-page document on the National Development Plan, which outlines investment needed.

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Una Bhan Community Notes – 16th FebruaryUnaBhan

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Boyle Garda Station Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday (Inclusive) 9am – 1pm & 7pm – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 1pm
Please note: On occasion it may be necessary for the Gardai working at the station having to respond to a call or incident of an urgent nature. If this arises, they will have to temporarily close the station in order to respond to the incident.
• In addition to providing increased opening hours this will provide greater uniformity and consistency for the public.
• Gardai wish to thank the people of Boyle and the surrounding area for their continued support.

Caveat / Disclaimer

• This is a PERSONAL website and  does not claim to represent or portray an official view.
• There is NO OFFICIAL Boyle website and there is no individual or Boyle organisation with a mandate to represent the entire community.
• Site content is offered in good faith and without intention to hurt or misrepresent.
• Realboyle photographs are © copyright and may not be used without permission

Carrick-on-Shannon By-pass project to move to planning stages this year

Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the commitment in the National Development Plan to move the Carrick-on-Shannon By-pass project through the appraisal and planning stages this year. “This long-awaited road development project is to improve the capacity and journey time on the N4, improve access to the West and North West and to relieve traffic congestion in Carrick-on-Shannon. As part of the National Development Plan announced today in Sligo, the Government has confirmed that the project is to move through the appraisal and planning stages in 2018. The need for a bypass for Carrick-on-Shannon was never more evident when a recent accident brought the town to a virtual standstill. Carrick-on-Shannon bypass is among 17 projects which have been identified as part of a group of projects which are now under consideration. The wheels  have started to turn already on the Carrick-on-Shannon project with €25,000  allocated last month to examine what works have been carried out on the project to date and what is required to advance the project.”

Contact: Senator Frank Feighan, (086) 833 1234.

Sugar Craft Course

Sugar craft course beginning at Abbey College Boyle next Monday night the 19th from 7.30-9.30 pm for 5 weeks. Contact Karen on 086 795 8572 to book a place on the course

24 Hour Fast

Saturday 24th February to Sunday 25th February 6pm
Proceeds: 2/3 to Mayo/Roscommon Hospice & 1/3 to Sligo Neonatal Unit
Prayer vigil on the day from 1.30pm in the Church of Ireland, Boyle
Fast will finish with an Ecumenical Service in the Church of Ireland at 5.30pm
If you could just contribute the half of one meal in support
For further information please contact Richard Kennedy COI 086 156 5664

Community Games Quiz Night

Clare wrote: Boyle Community Games will hold their quiz night this Friday 23rd February at 7pm in St. Josephs Resource Centre. This is open to boys and girls under the age of 14 that live in the Boyle parish. Entry fee €2 per child. Any queries please contact 0858328818″

Boles of Boyle – current Window Display

Boles of Boyle

Carrick Cineplex Friday 16th – Thursday 22nd February

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”. Just don’t miss it. It’s showing nightly 6.25pm in Carrick Cineplex and it is rough, superbly acted, humorous and brilliantly written !!!

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Brogans Pharmacy Operation Transformation


15th February: This week 6 of the walk happened on a cold, cold night that felt like a deep frost and sub-zero temperatures will be a feature before morning.
Nevertheless this devoted group set off on their 5km circular walk out and back into Boyle at 8pm.

Daly’s Drinks

A second position has opened up and we are looking once again for another part time member of staff to join our busy team in Daly’s
 Mainly weekend hours
 Must be over 20 years of age
 Bar experience is an advantage
 If interested email your C.V to, forward it here to our page, or visit us in person!



Learning and Development Opportunities at Boyle Enterprise Centre

The following courses will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre March to May 2018
• Time Management/Personal Effectiveness : Human Resource Policies & Procedures : Facebook for Business : Finance for non-financial Managers: Manual Handling Instructors QQI Level 6 : Supervisory Management QQI level 6 : Training Needs Analysis for your Business : Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook.
• For more information or to book places please email call 071 967 3440. Courses are organised by Role Skillnet, Training Network.
• Role Skillnet is based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provides training support and funding for businesses.

N4 collision – Thursday 15th

Shannonside News: It’s reported a number of people have been injured following a road crash on the N4 between Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon this morning. A truck is believed to have jackknifed and struck a number of vehicles near the golf club after 8 am resulting in the road being entirely blocked. Diversions are in place

Ocean FM: Two people have been removed to Sligo University Hospital this morning following a traffic accident involving a lorry and three cars on the N4 between Boyle and Carrick on Shannon. It’s understood the articulated lorry jack-knifed or skidded in icy conditions, after which the three cars collided with each other. It’s believed the injuries sustained are not serious.The accident occurred at Woodbrook, Carrick on Shannon, near the golf course.

No 2 Platoon Reunion

IMG_0001The No 2 Platoon was formed in August 1957 comprising 48 men from all over Ireland. The surviving members of that group are pictured above on the occasion of their 60 year reunion in 2017. Boyle resident, my friend John Murphy is in the photo, looking good in the front row, first on the left!

Galilee Community Lenten Retreat

There will be a day of retreat in Galilee Community on Saturday, March 3rd from 10:30am to 4:30pm. The theme of the retreat is “LIVING LENT MINDFULLY” and will be given by Br. Richard Hendricks OFM Cap. Tea/coffee and scones on arrival and a light lunch of soup, brown bread, dessert, tea/coffee will be served at 1pm. The day will conclude with Mass at 4:30pm. Cost of the day is €25.
Bookings: Email or phone 071 966 4101 -or- 085 883 7226

Lest we forget … Boyle’s plans for a ‘scattered hotel’

A Galway consultancy firm was appointed to carry out a feasibility study with a view to creating a ‘scattered hotel’ in Boyle, and ten properties in the towncentre were identified for phase one of the project.
Thursday 26th January 2017: Damien English, Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government  hosted a meeting with representatives of the Boyle Albergo Diffuso Alliance in his office in Dail Eireann. The project already had the support of Roscommon County Council as well as a critical mass of property owners in the town.

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L/R: Minister Damien English, John Mulligan, Alison Clarke O’Shaughnessy, Maire Paul, Margaret Mulligan

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‘I heard a voice … and I was healed’

Irish Independent: A nun whose recovery from decades of debilitating back pain was declared a miracle by the Catholic Church has spoken about the day she stood up, removed a brace from her gnarled foot and walked normally.

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“Is Boyle asleep at the wheel”

“Is Boyle asleep at the wheel” is the heading over this week’s Roscommon Herald, John Mulligan article on page 60 dealing with the Scattered Hotel study/report. “The report holds a very clear mirror up to Boyle, although not everyone will like what they see reflected in it.” The article continues with salient comments: “If this sounds familiar, it is because it is essentially a summing up of small-town attitudes”,  “The draft study has been available for a couple of months, but the citizens are only seeing it now” and “If people don’t wake up, their ‘first-mover’ advantage will be grabbed by a more progressive town somewhere else”

St-Patricks-Day-ParadeYes to St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boyle

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2018
Following a well-attended and very successful meeting a committee was formed to organise this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The good attendance was a reflection on the importance of the Parade to the town. With the energy and enthusiasm of the newly elected Committee, the future of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Boyle is no longer in doubt.
Boyle Chamber of Commerce and Boyle Town Team would like to wish every success to the new committee and look forward to a great day in Boyle.
The parade will take place on St Patrick’s Day at 3.30 p.m.
The newly elected committee are as follows: Joe Ryan (Chairperson), Maura Clarke, Eddie Creighton, Derek Dooley, Martin Downes, Lorcan Egan, Maire Egan Paul, Aileen Madden, Enda Madden, Dorothy Shannon and Keith Suffin. ”

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Good news for diners in Boyle

Full details will emerge shortly of an extended service at a Boyle Restaurant, effective from later this month. I understand the premises will be open from 9am for breakfasts and through the day for lunches and evening meals, seven days a week.

Irish Rail – extra Sligo/Dublin services


Irish Rail have confirmed that they will add an extra service to the Sligo Dublin line by the Summer.
• At present there is an 8:00 and 11:05 service from Dublin. The company propose changing that schedule to include a 7:05, 9.05 and 11.05 service.
• Sligo to Dublin the timetable now is 1500 and 1800 which will change to 1500, 1700 and 1900.

Boyle Toon Team


Firewood For Sale

Good quality Firewood for sale near Boyle Town, cut into small blocks and suitable for Open Fires, Rayburns, Stoves etc. Currently stored in shed – €50 each for large bags – Please call 085 138 4972

Gardening tasks for this week

Job of the week: Move shrubs and perennials

Take a look around the garden and see if any of your plants have outgrown their space as now is the time that they can be safely moved to a new position. Remember to keep as much root as possible on the plant and transplant it immediately into its new location. Take the opportunity to prune off any dead or weak stems. Old badly shaped shrubs will also usually rejuvenate from a hard prune after transplanting.

Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden:

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Countess Markiewicz had a way with words !!


Marians, Boyle, 9th February


Sean Carty Cars, Mockmoyne, Boyle

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Boyle’s Got Talent…

Boyle GAA Club is looking for talented members to take part in Scór Sinsir – whether as solo performers or as part of a group. Scór is the GAA’s competition which supports the traditional aspects of Irish culture through music, drama and dance, promoting participation, enjoyment and inclusion at all levels within the Club.

Boyle GAA Club would like to hear from members who might be interested in representing their club in one of the following events:
Solo Singing
Solor Recitation
Ballad Group (3-5 people)
Drama (2-8 people)
Traditional Instrumental Music (3-5 people)
Set Dancing (4-8 people)
Céilí Dancing (4-8 people)

The minimum age is 17 and there is no upper limit! Boyle entrants would need to commit to the County Final on Saturday 3rd March in Kilbride and possibly the All Ireland Final on 14th April in Sligo. There will also be a Table Quiz competition and we are looking for two teams of 4 people to represent Boyle GAA on Friday 9th March in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon, with the All Ireland Final on 14th April in Sligo.

Those interested in finding out more should contact the Secretary, Chairperson or Rhona McGrath 086 818 7929.

Drumderrig House Nursing Home

Drumderrig House Nursing Home

Tony’s “An Oblique View” is a ‘must read’ feature on

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This week Tony recounts his very enjoyable visit to Belfast, including: The Waterfront and TG4 Gradam Awards : The Shankhill and Falls Road Murals : The Titanic Exhibition

Albergo Diffuso Scattered Hotel concept

The Boyle Town Team commissioned pre development study for the Albergo Diffuso Scattered Hotel concept was discussed at a recent Town Team meeting.

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Tourism in Boyle – an extract from the recent commissioned study

“Boyle has a number of cultural, natural and heritage tourism assets that appeal to the target segments identified by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland i.e. the Culturally Curious and the Great Escapers. The town is well served by a road and rail network and it is convenient for Ireland West Airport Knock.
• After discussion, the members felt that Albergo Diffuso, based on the Italian model as identified does not make financial sense for the property owners or the town.
• Despite this, and reflecting the general trend throughout County Roscommon, the town’s tourism sector is underperforming relative to its potential.”

Pope Francis on the Family


You are invited to join us for sessions of guided discussion and reflection on family life in preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018. These sessions will be in an informal, friendly atmosphere, followed by a cuppa. Everyone is welcome – we are all family!
Boyle – St. Joseph’s Recourse Centre on Thursdays, 15th February, 22nd February and 1st March, from 8 to 9.30pm.

Ardcarne Garden Centre – Free Event

Ardcarne BannerFREE Polytunnel & Vegetable Growing Event, Saturday 24th February 11.30am – 12.30pm, Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle & Roscommon Town. Discover how to make the most of your polytunnel and greenhouse and what to do now in the vegetable garden

2018 – Ash Wednesday on Valentines Day, Easter on April Fools Day

Catholics are about to observe a combination of holidays they haven’t seen in 73 years. Both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are next Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is one of the holiest days of the year for Catholics. On that day, some eat just one full meal and no meat and some have asked if there will be an exception made this year.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar


Opportunities galore in store in Further Education

Two Boyle ladies working in Sligo College of Further Education are visiting Roscommon Learning Links, Elphin Street, Boyle on Wednesday 7th February at 10am to discuss Educational opportunities available at Levels 5 & 6. Everyone welcome to come along to hear what’s an offer. Session will last approx. 30mins. No booking required just drop into the Centre for 10am

Parkbytext Ceasing

“We wish to advise all Irish Rail customers that from the 28th February 2018, parkbytext will no longer be available in Irish Rail locations. The reason for this is because a new service provider (APCOA) has been awarded the contract in a recent tender process to manage the car parks and parking payments on behalf of Irish Rail.”



Boyle Cistercian Abbey “Sittin’ In The Evenin’ Sun”, Sunday 4th February

Boyle Abbey - 4th February 2018

Saturday Parking on the Crescent

20180203_145728This stall occupied six parking spaces and its owner in the white van a seventh space on Saturday 3rd February

It appears Roscommon Co Council, Boyle Chamber of Commerce or any other agency are unable to offer most of The Crescent Car Park for parking at weekends

Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant


My upgrade to Samsung S8 likes Chinese – and so do I – Beef Chow Mein with Black Pepper Sauce

Boyle Town Clock Plaques


The engraved limestone plaques around Boyle town clock are barely visible and will receive  cleaning and colour fill shortly courtesy of a local craftsman … as a voluntary act for the town.

National Broadband Plans descends into farcical shambles

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has said the Government’s National Broadband Plan has descended into a farcical shambles after Eir has decided to withdraw from the process leaving just Enet left as the sole bidder.
“The roll out of the National Broadband Plan has been beset with one delay after another. It was promised in 2011 for delivery in 2016, delayed until 2023, and now with Enet as the only remaining bidder it has descended into a chaotic mess- how can we be sure we are getting value for money with one sole bidder left in the race. We now have over 540,000 households left in serious broadband limbo land.”

Tony Murphy Photography

Visionary Photo

From Thursday 1st February, Tony and his wife Anne Marie Murphy will manage “Visionary Photography” on the Crescent, following-on from the great ethic and high standard set by Darren Purcell. Tony is very well known locally and accepted as a hugely talented photographer, lecturer, a gentleman … and as they say “behind every great man there is a great woman”.
The premises will be open for business 4/5 days every week.  I will publish full details of available services shortly

Nearly four cyclists are hospitalised in Ireland every day

Over 2,600 Cyclists were hospitalised (Fifteen died) in road accidents in 2015 and 2016, new figures have revealed. To see such huge numbers of injured cyclists is also very worrying. In Dublin last month, a group of cyclists took part in a lunchtime protest against new Luas Cross City signs that urge people on bikes to DISMOUNT and WALK.

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St. Joseph’s BNS Enrolment Forms


St. Joseph’s Boys National School Enrolment Forms are now available from the school office if you wish to enrol your son for the 2-18-2019 school year.
Please visit the school office for Rnrolment Forms. Completed forms must be returned to St. Joseph’s B.N.S. on or before Friday February 23rd.

Townhouse Self Catering

Townhouse Self Catering


Statue of Christ The King

Christ The King statue

Due to the proposed sale of the Convent of Mercy it will be necessary to relocate the Statue of Christ The King. After discussion at the last Parish Pastoral Council meeting, it was felt that the best location was at the gable end of the Resource Centre, near the Convent building and facing down into the Church grounds.

New Cancer Test

A new blood test has been developed to detect eight common cancers in their very early stages. Scientists behind the CancerSEEK test say it has shown a success rate of 70%. Five of the cancers covered by the test currently have no screening test.
The test was evaluated on 1,005 patients. CancerSEEK, can identify eight common cancers ― ovary, liver, esophagus, pancreas, stomach, colorectal, lung, and breast cancer ― say researchers from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Third Oscar Nomination for Paul Young and Cartoon Saloon


Paul Young pictured in this photo with his parents Ann & Sean Young at a Green Flag ceremony at Boyle Parochial School

Paul Young from Boyle is the CEO and founder of Cartoon Saloon – a well-known animation firm based in Kilkenny. This week they received an Oscar nomination for their latest film “The Breadwinner”. It’s the third time they have been nominated for an Oscar.

Job Vacancies at Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle and Ardcarne Garden Centre, Lanesboro Road, Roscommon Town have vacancies for part time Sales Assistants. A friendly, enthusiastic manner and passion for plants and growing are essential. The successful candidates will be responsible for general stock maintenance, merchandising and assisting customers. A horticultural qualification is beneficial. The positions are part-time with flexible working hours.
Please apply in writing, enclosing your current CV, to Mary Frances Dwyer, Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Closing date for applications is Monday 12th February.

Know Your Rights: Income tax bands and rates

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Grange NS Enrolment

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our School for the 2018/19 academic year, please contact us on 071 966 3424. For further information, please visit our School blog on

Computer science as a Leaving Cert subject

40 secondary schools across the country will teach Computer science from next September. Tech expert Jess Kelly wrote “The big issue is that we upskill the teachers, so they feel fully comfortable and ready to teach the subject as thoroughly as possible.”

Stewarts Oil – Monthly Draw

Stewarts Oil Monthly Draw

To order your Stewarts Heating Oil please call 071 967 0100


Tony Conboy – Essays and Observations – Irish Dance Halls

Essay & Observations by Tony ConboyA beautifully detailed, informative trip down memory lane, published first on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 Read More Graphic

€730,000 to be spent on Roscommon Arts Centre upgrade

Part 8 planning permission was granted last month and Pat Murtagh, a senior executive officer in the council’s community and enterprise department, says the works are on track to start in the new year.
Meanwhile in Boyle, despite detailed form filling and lobbying, it appears a small fraction of that amount of funding cannot be got to finish the Model Railway Project in Boyle courthouse.

€10,000 funding for Boyle projects

Roscommon County Council has awarded funding of €10,000 to Boyle.
• €5,000 for solar powered security lighting for the Pleasure Grounds … viewers will feel this is a long overdue requirement!
• €5,000 for St. Joseph’s Hall security features in and around the building.

Sean Carty Cars – Free Winter Health Check

Sean Carty Cars- Free Winter Health Check supports Roscommon Learning Link, Boyle

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“My Own Place” – Main Street, Boyle

Christy Wynne HeaderLose yourself for a while as you read memories of an almost forgotten Main Street, Boyle, by gifted Boyle writer Christy Wynne
“Boyle town has been through the wars; battered, bruised and scarred, but still standing; a born survivor. Within her lies an unconquering hope that will see her overcome every obstacle no matter how great. Lord Tennyson said it once in a few words: To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

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The Sports Complex

To book or hire this venue for sports  / special events, please call 086 836 0222 -or- 086 260 3403P0004700 supports Boyle Enterprise Centre

Boyle Enterprise Centre is one of a number of favoured venues for meetings and events in Boyle as well as the Sports Complex, St. Joseph’s Hall, King House, St. Joseph’s Resource Centre (Abbeytown), The Moylurg Room (L.Key Visitor Centre) and Boyle Library. Regular club meetings are held also in King House Tea Rooms, The Moylurg Inn, Daly’s Lounge, The Patrick’s Well Pub,  GAA clubrooms and Boyle Celtic clubrooms

Boyle Enterprise Centre

The aim of the Centre is to support economic regeneration in the Boyle and North Roscommon area and stimulate much needed job creation. Boyle Chamber of Commerce developed a space where emerging entrepreneurs can locate in an affordable enterprising setting.
• Rates are flexible and affordable with refreshments available on site
• Our Tenants offer a wide range of business services incl, computing, finance, marketing & training. The Centre houses rooms for training, meetings, presentations and product launches.
• Quarry Lane Boyle Co. Roscommon 071 967 3100

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LOOKWELL Dry Cleaners – Special Laundry Offers

LOOKWELL Dry Cleaners

Marians Fashions

Chic Styles at Marians

Boles of Boyle

Boles of Boyle

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, St. Patrick Street, Boyle



Stewarts Oil : order now to keep cosy & warm this autumn & the winter ahead

20150903_083512To order, please call Stewarts Oil on 071 967 0100

Tai Chi Court Restaurant – Open 7 Days 5pm to 11pm

Tai Chi Court Restaurant


Joe Simon Building Supplies

Joe Simon

Boyle Library Opening Hours

King House, Boyle, F52 HN50
Senior Library Assistant: Matthew Gammon
Tel: 071 966 2800

Tuesday/ Thursday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday/ Friday/ Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Boyle Garda Station Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday (Inclusive) 9am – 1pm & 7pm – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 1pm
Please note: On occasion it may be necessary for the Gardai working at the station having to respond to a call or incident of an urgent nature. If this arises, they will have to temporarily close the station in order to respond to the incident.
• In addition to providing increased opening hours this will provide greater uniformity and consistency for the public.
• Gardai wish to thank the people of Boyle and the surrounding area for their continued support.

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