TODAY – Saturday 3rd December: Largely dry today, although some patchy rain or drizzle is expected in the afternoon and evening. Staying mostly cloudy with just the occasional bright spell. Fairly cool with highs of just 6 to 9 degrees.
St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter
Boyle Christmas Lights 2022
November to December is somewhat of a “crossing the rubicon” as we head towards yet another Christmas. Businesses and homes take on their Christmas garb with lighting and decorations.
I will add photos daily as we approach the Holy Season
Boyle Active Age Group
Drugs in every town & village in Ireland – Feighan
Junior Minister of State Frank Feighan says that there’s a problem with drugs in every town and village in the country.
Minister Feighan says it’s clear that illegal drug use is no longer confined to urban areas, and that the Government plan to tackle this through a health and education approach.
New drug testing device
Gardaí will deploy a new drug testing device for drivers from today, to coincide with the start of their Christmas and New Year road safety campaign.
They deliver results in around eight minutes and can test for cannabis, cocaine, benzodiazepines and opiates, as well as amphetamines and methamphetamines for the first time.
Conviction for drink or drug-driving carries automatic disqualification.
Kitty Flannery (née Christie) R.I.P.
Burglaries in Roscommon/Longford area up almost 50%
According to the report, burglaries in Roscommon and Longford increased by 47% from January to June this year, one of the highest increases in the country.
The report also points out that 1 in 10 homes in the country have been burgled in the last 10 years, and 3 out of every 4 homeowners are concerned about being burgled.
It encourages homeowners to be extra vigilant, including locking doors and windows even when at home, and to make use of house alarms.
Unsolved: 840 missing person cases active
In the last decade alone, a total of 38,929 people were reported missing. From 2012 to July 2022, up to 242 of these cases remain unsolved.
“A missing person investigation commences when the incident is reported to An Garda Síochána and is constantly reviewed at superintendent level, in the relevant garda district at specific junctures,” Minister McEntee said.
Sheila Murphy (née Bushell) R.I.P
Community library in Boyle has received funding of €4,335,851
Roscommon County Council’s application for the development of a new community library in Boyle has received funding of €4,335,851.
The new library will be located to the rear of the former Royal Hotel, will face out onto the river walk and will form a prominent part of the suite of public realm enhancements in the centre of the town.
It will be accessible, flexible, and suitable for the provision of innovative library services into the future. It will provide a modern cultural and community space in the heart of the King House Cultural Quarter. Alongside traditional library services, the facilities offered in the new multi-functional library with include meeting, workshop and event spaces, technology and research spaces and indoor and outdoor sensory spaces. The new library will be a place for people to gather, to learn, to relax, to enjoy and to create.
Minister Feighan stated,
“I am thrilled to another regeneration project for my hometown of Boyle which sees another significant investment of €5,444,814 in the town centre with the provision of a much-needed modern library facility for the town, I am delighted that Minister Humphreys has taken on board my representations regarding the need to regenerate the town centre of Boyle which is needed.
“My hope is that the King House Cultural Quarter with an investment of well over €11m to date will attract people into the town centre to visit, I am confident in time this will encourage private investment to compliment the large among of public funding” concluded Minister Feighan.
SVP Annual Appeal – 2022 (Society of St. Vincent dePaul)
Run Walk n Roll 2022
Roscommon Herald 29th November
Today’s Roscommon Herald has several articles and photos of particular interest to Boyle readers.
The Toon Team – Armed Gardai
Chris O’Dowd wins a BAFTA
Roscommon Herald 27th November:
“There has been success for Chris O’Dowd at tonight’s BAFTA Children and Young People awards. The Boyle native has been named as the winner in the Performer category for Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.
The story is centred around a precocious seven-year-old Finn who, over the course of Earth Day, learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents and from a mysterious exhibit at the aptly titled Museum of Everything.
O’Dowd does the voice of Finn’s Dad, while Meryl Streep (narrator) and Ruth Negga (Finn’s Mum) also feature.
The animation is based on the best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers.
The awards ceremony is a celebration of UK and international content for children and young people spanning film, games and television, and was hosted by TV and radio presenter Lindsey Russell.
In a Tweet this evening, O’Dowd said: “Thanks Folks! As always, the writer did most of the work, so congrats @OliverJeffers and team.”
TEMPORARY CLOSING OF BOYLE-FRENCHPARK ROAD
The Gulf Stream
The Gulf Stream is an Atlantic ocean current typically 100km wide and 800 to 1,200 deep with a fastest maximum speed of 5.6 mph. It ensures that the climate of Western Europe is much warmer than it would otherwise be.
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King House Piano Concerts December 18th
Boyle GAA Club – Update
Boyle Golf Club
Sheila Bohan R.I.P.
King House Christmas Craft Fair 2022
Guys and Dolls
They say Guys and Dolls is for grown-ups. It is sassy, sexy, and full of men being men and women being strung along.
Guys and Dolls is a great musical.
The Boyle Musical Society’s version was great to look at and listen too, packed with memorable tunes and dance numbers – and was thoroughly enjoyed by a full house St. Joseph’s Hall audience.
From the 8pm curtain-up to the 11pm (including intermission) final song & dance and a well-deserved standing ovation, it was a treat to experience the talent and performance of all involved.
Chris O’Dowd – Sunday Times 20th November
New Art Gallery, Boyle
Roscommon Herald 22nd November
Plunkett Avenue November Rosary
The annual November Rosary was prayed on Sunday 20th & will also on Sunday the 27th, at 11am in Plunkett Avenue.
“Let us gather to remember our family, friends & neighbours of our parish gone before us marked with the sign of faith.
Where two or more are gathered I am with you” (Matt 18 .19 .20 .)
Night and Day Festival 2023
“We’ve got a new home… and a new date!
We’re excited to announce that Night and Day has found a new home in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park
We are also moving earlier in the year to the summer solstice weekend of 24 & 25 June!
A very limited amount of super-early bird tickets are on sale now at www.nightandday.ie/tickets
We can’t wait to see you all again!”
Solstice Choir to perform in Boyle
Over the past few years the Church of Ireland organ has fallen into disrepair & now requires major restoration. This work is being overseen by the Rector, Canon Edward Yendall, who is an accomplished organist. Roscommon Solstice Choir is performing a concert in Boyle Church of Ireland on Friday 2nd December at 8 p.m. Tickets €10, available at Brendan McGee Jewellers, Una Bhan King House, Pearl Anderson 071 9662326 or any parishioner.
BOYLE CHURCH OF IRELAND situated in Green Street, completed in 1773 is one of Boyle’s oldest buildings. The parishioners are currently undertaking the restoration of the organ to celebrate the Church’s 250th Anniversary in 2023. The Organ came from Christ Church, Londonderry in 1886 and was erected by Telford & Telford Organ Builders.
Catching up on the news etc
“The Royal” – scaffolding is gone
Now that the scaffolding is gone, traders and others are delighted to note progress on “The Royal”
The Toon Team – Twitter
Roisin Wynne will head to Kenya
“My Father’s Dragon”
From five-time Academy Award-nominated animation studio Paul Young’s Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers). Now showing in the Gaiety Cinema, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Run time 99 minutes : Show Times 13.15, 15.45 and 18.15
Gunpowder Gin wins international awards
The Leitrim brand beat other top international brands like Moët and Jägermeister to take home top honours. Drumshanbo is celebrating as Gunpowder Irish Gin has won two awards at the Oscars of the Spirits industry.
The firm, founded by J.P. Rigney, won the International Spirit Brand of the Year at the prestigious 2022 Wine Enthusiast Star Awards.
They also won Distillery of the year at the same awards which were live-streamed from Florida.
Connacht Ladies Intermediate GAA Semi-Final
“With just over three weeks until opening night, tickets for ‘Guys & Dolls’ will go on sale from 10am on Saturday, November 5th.
Our Booking Office is once again located at the Únabhán Craft Shop in the grounds of King House. Tickets can be purchased or bookings can be made here from 10am to 4pm every day excluding Sundays, until Saturday November 26th.
Tickets can also booked by telephone on 071 9663033. This line will be open during booking office hours only. We accept credit and debit card bookings.
‘Guys & Dolls’ will be staged in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle from Wednesday, November 23rd to Saturday November 26th and the performances will be at 8pm nightly.”
Boyle Faces #1
Sadly some of the people photographed here have died since I created this set of 348 photos several years ago. May they Rest In Peace.
The Toon Team – Boris for County CEO
Tony Conboy “Reflections on Boyle’s Long Journey into the Light”
“Through the decades there were hundreds who enabled the Club to grow with a recent surge helping to make it the fine club that now exists.”
The Toon Team – Courses
Mattimoes, Bridge Street, is For Sale
Since moving to Boyle Gerry and Alice developed an outstanding business and many, many friendships.
Strokestown Park: The National Famine Museum
Strokestown Park House – Tour
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Tony Conboy – The Match
Realboyle correspondent Tony Conboy will be here on Monday 17th, with his thoughts on this year’s Senior Roscommon GAA Football Final
Chemco Pharmacy Cheque Presentation to Boyle GAA
Chemco Pharmacy on Shop Street were delighted to present a €500 cheque to Boyle GAA ahead of the club’s 23rd October County Final. The cheque was accepted by star Boyle player Cian McKeon in the presence of some of the Chemco staff.
The Toon Team – Putin Crimea
Tradalac in King House
Hilary Beirne – “Dear Minister Martin and Minister Brophy
We are writing to express our disappointment that the Irish State has not held an official centennial event honouring the role of Irish emigrants in the creation of the Free State as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme. We find this omission lamentable given the enormous contribution of Irish emigrants during the critical years of 1916 to 1922 – and ironic given that Easter Proclamation makes an explicit reference to being “supported by her exiled children in America.” We recognize that much has been done to commemorate the Decade of Centenaries and you are to be commended for your many efforts, but the omission of the role of emigrants is striking. Emigrants would like to be written back into Irish history …”
The N4 to Dublin
Brogan’s Chemco Pharmacy
Drumderrig House Nursing Home
Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home
Ardcarne Garden Centre
Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant
Siobhan Gallagher Coaching
Sean Carty Cars
Magees Fashion Shop
The Toon Team
The Toon Team – Charlie McGettigan
The Toon Team – “Back At School”
The Toon Team – Robert Troy
Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway
Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway and surrounds are magnets for me. It is a developing magical facility between LEITRIM Village and Beirnes of Battlebridge … a true ‘getaway from it all’.
The Toon Team – Handsome Jack
The Toon Team – Second Gate
Drumhierny Woodland Lodges
I spent this morning (26th July) in a gorgeous new woodland retreat just 1 mile from Leitrim Village. While there I was delighted to take some photos and meet up with staff members Michelle, Tarah (with an ‘h’) and Cathal … three welcoming well-informed professionals !! Wording from the Drumhierny Woodland website: “Discover your new sanctuary at Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway, a 100-acre estate, just waiting to be explored. This exclusive Hideaway offers 16 lodges nestled within their own private area of the woodland with 5km of tracks & trails throughout the Estate leading you to hidden fairy forts and on all sorts of adventures” https://www.drumhiernyhideaway.ie/en/ I look forward to a stay in one of the beautiful lodges and suggest you might too. Beautiful Leitrim Abú …
The Toon Team – AIB
Center Parcs, June 2022
Center Parcs Longford Forest Holiday Resort is located a few miles from Ballymahon, Co. Longford. We thoroughly enjoyed an end-of-June family holiday there. Grandparents, Parents and Grandchildren agreed that Center Parcs Longford Forest is a magical place and well worth time spent there. We enjoyed loads of activities, restaurants and beautiful Timber-clad Lodge accommodation options tucked away amongst the trees, offering everything for a perfect short break, including Ireland’s largest water park, a Subtropical Swimming Paradise …
Sketches – entrance to L. Key Forest Park from the N4
“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 … !!