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2k of tools robbed in Boyle raid

About €2,000’s worth of tools have been stolen from Boyle. Overnight on Wednesday and Thursday, thieves raided a workshop at Assylinn and robbed various items, such as an angle-grinder and welder. Anyone with information in relation to the crime has been asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 962 0019.

Shannonside News

Battle of the Musicals – Carrick Carnival

Battle of the Musicals

Thursday 8th June: Carrick Carnival event “Battle of the Musicals” is an all-singing all-dancing competition where 6 local groups will perform a medley of songs from a popular musical in the hope of becoming the Carnival’s very first Battle of the Musicals Champions!!!
Tickets €20 available from The Landmark Hotel.
There are 20 people involved from Boyle and they would love your support for this fundraiser that raises the funds for all the free family events that the local towns enjoy!

Patrick Joseph (P.J.) GEELAN

The death has occurred on 23rd May of Patrick Joseph ( P.J. ) GEELAN in London and formerly of Railway Cottage, Marian Road, Boyle. He is pre-deceased by his wife – Kathleen and is survived by his sons – Mark and Paul (both London), his brothers – Tommie (Moate) and Francie (Boyle), relations and friends. Funeral arrangements later.

Elizabeth Keville (nee McGlynn) R.I.P.

Keville (nee McGlynn) Elizabeth, Garrow, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, 25th May 2017, Peacefully in the tender care of Plunkett Community Nursing Unit, Boyle, surrounded by her family.
Predeceased by her loving husband, Michael, her brothers, Tommy, Jim and Jack her sisters, Mollie, Kathleen and Margaret.
Dearly loved mother of Mary Kelly (Castlebaldwin), John (Killaraght), Vincent (Navan) and Michael (Ballinafad), Dermot (Derrymaquirk), and beloved sister of Gerry (Drumcondra, Dublin).
Deeply missed by her loving son-in-law, Brendan, daughters-in-law, Attracta, Martina, Ann Marie and Helen, her adored grandchildren, Ciara, Niamh, Eimear, Sarah, Martha, James, Diane, Marie, Karen, Brian, Michelle and Bernard, nieces, nephews, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, extended family, neighbours, friends and the devoted staff of Plunkett Home Community Nursing Unit.
May she rest in peace.
Reposing at her home in Garrow on Friday 26th May. Removal on Saturday morning to St Joseph’s Church, Boyle for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Assylinn Cemetery, Boyle.

The “Mercy Wall”

Donald Trump may have his “Mexican Wall”, however we have the new “Mercy Wall” separating the empty Convent of Mercy from St. Joseph’s Church Car Park. The wall became an issue of local concern. The Convent is property of the Sisters of Mercy and needs to have access gates etc secure for whatever future may be in store for this valuable property.

Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 25th May

TonyConboyAnobliqueViewTony’s “An Oblique View” is a blog worth reading  on realboyle.com every week.

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Brogans Pharmacy Coffee Morning Friday 26th May

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Chris O’Dowd – “Get Shorty”

Based on Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times bestselling novel, GET SHORTY is the story of Miles Daly, played by Chris O’Dowd, who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada and attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. Three-time Emmy award winner Ray Romano stars as Rick, a washed up producer of low quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.
Watch Get Shorty premiering August 13th on EPIX.

Galilee Community – Taize Prayer

Friday, May 26th, 9-10pm: You are invited to Taize Prayer in Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle (just off the N4)
Phone: 071 966 4101  email:  galilee2000@eircom.net   website: http://www.galilee.ie

Invitation to Church of Ireland

You are cordially invited to a Service of Welcome for Rev. Edward Yendall, in Boyle Church of Ireland on Thursday June 1st at 8pm.  Rev. Edward Yendall will be Rector of the following parishes – Boyle, Ardcarne, Croghan and Aghanagh

LIFE AND SERIOUS ILLNESS COVER doesn’t stop bad things from happening … It just makes them more manageable.

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Know Your Rights – courtesy of Boyle Citizens Information

I run a small business and pay Class S PRSI. My wife works part-time. Are we both entitled to medical benefits under the Treatment Benefit Scheme?

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Blood Donation Clinic – Give Blood

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Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday May 22nd 2017

Numbers drawn: 6, 14, 18, 19
Jackpot winner: None
Match three winners: P. Perry
Thank-you to all who support the draw.
Next draw Monday May 29th 2017 at 11.00pm in Mattimoe’s Bar (Party Night). Jackpot €7740

Roscommon civic headquarters – €22 million

It has been confirmed that Roscommon’s new Civic Headquarters cost €22 million. The estimated final price tag for the centre includes construction and other contractor costs, fees for professional services and the cost of the land.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Roscommon Co Council reported previously that the building would cost far less than this!

Simon Coveney in Boyle – May 2012

P5212593Simon Coveney – then Minister for Agriculture with Keith Suffin and the famous ‘Mayor 1’ Tractor

P5212596L/R: Johnny Keville, Frank Feighan, Simon Coveney, Keith Suffin, Christy Brady and Gerry Garvey

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Scoil Na nAingeal Naofa – a thank You

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“The children, parents and Staff and Board of Management of Scoil Na nAingeal Naofa would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who assisted and supported us with our April Fashion Show fundraiser in St. Joseph’s Hall …”

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Boyle GAA Update

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Lough Key Classic cycling sportive – thank you

Eddie Conroy wrote: “The Lough Key Classic cycling sportive took place in Boyle on Sunday May 14th.
The weather was favourable for the event with over 180 riders signing on for the three challenging distances.
Five organisations will benefit from the Classic namely Boyle Scouts, Brothers of Charity, Multiple Sclerosis Association, National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire and The Mater Foundation (fighting sudden death)”

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Upgrade plans for N4 – Carrick bypass

There is some disagreement in Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce about how an upgrade of the N4 should proceed.
Some members fully support a full bypass of the Leitrim town, which could materialise if the Dublin-Sligo road is upgraded between Mullingar and Sligo. However, others are not in favour of it being completely bypassed, preferring a ring-road similar to the one around Longford town.

Shannonside News

Fire at the Royal Hotel, Boyle

Sunday 21st May:  Apparently reports that the empty Royal Hotel was on fire spread around the area more quickly than the fire itself. Murphy’s Law states “If it can happen, it will happen”. Murphy became reality and rumours of illicet onsite ‘drinking parties’ will be investigated. Full investigations into the quickly controlled fire are ongoing.

Reminder re Basic Excel next Tuesday

Basic Excel Training Tuesday May 23rd at Boyle Enterprise Centre 9.30am-4.30pm. Places still available. Cost per person €40.00. The training is free for jobseekers.  Other upcoming courses include Intermediate Excel June 21st . For more information or to book places please email info@roleskillnet.com or call 086 203 9182

St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter 21st May

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First Communion 2017

20th May : 42 girls and boys received their First Holy Communion during a 12pm ceremony in St. Joseph’s Church celebrated by Rev. John Coughlan cc. and Rev. Gerry Hanly pp.

First Communion 2017

Frank McGuinn R.I.P.

Funeral arrangements for Frank McGuinn are as follows … reposing in Cooperative Funeral Home, Oldham, Manchester at 15.30 on Wednesday the 24th of May, followed by cremation in Oldham Crematorium at 16.00.

Lough Key Parkrun 20th May

153 participants were delighted to complete the beautiful Lough Key 5km parkrun course … just before a rain shower got here …




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Lough Key 19th May 7am


What a difference a day makes! Yesterday there was glorious sunshine, but today …! However, by 8am, the sun was up and the fog had cleared, revealing a smooth-as-glass surface on the lake

Boyle Abbey a lost leader

“Almost €400k loss recorded at three well-known Shannonside tourist attractions. New figures show three national monuments in the Shannonside region operated at a loss of nearly €400,000 last year. Details released to Shannonside FM show the facilities run by the Office of Public Works, which have a guide service, are costing tens of thousands of euros each year to maintain.
Boyle Abbey in Roscommon lost up to €160,000 last year, Parke’s Castle near Dromahair in Leitrim €112,000 and Corlea Trackaway at Kenagh in Longford €113,000″

Shannonside News

2017 Colour in Boyle


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Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Willie Nelson Lyrics – “It Gets Easier”

• It gets easier, as we get older – It gets easier to say “not today”
And it gets easier, as we get older – To say “go away and not today”
• It gets easier to say “some other time” – It gets easier to tell the world to wait
And it gets easier to watch the world fly by – And tell it, “I will catch up, but not today”

Lough Key at 7am Thursday 18th May

Lough Key at 7am

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Update Friday May 19th – Thursday May 25th

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Frank Feighan – Tribute to Enda Kenny

Frank-FeighanSenator Frank Feighan, Taoiseach Edda Kenny

 ‘A man who could grace the highest stage but always had the common touch’ – Feighan
Senator Frank Feighan has paid tribute to outgoing Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny whom he described as a man who could grace the highest stage but always had the common touch. “I have always admired Enda’s many qualities – his strong leadership; his tenacity; his patience and not least his humility. When he became Fine Gael leader in 2002, he successfully rebuilt our party. Under his stewardship, we won back 20 seats in the 2007 election and a further 25 in the election four years later. As Taoiseach, Enda brought the economy and country back from the brink while at the same time providing political stability. I have no doubt that his legacy will be a very strong one and there is no question he is a true statesman both on the national and international stage. He was also a very proud Mayo and West of Ireland man. I am very privileged to say that Enda has become a close friend of mine and I wish him, Fionnuala and his family all the very best for the future.”

Irish Language Summer Camps

Irish Language Secondary School Summer Camp: Enrolment is now open for an all Irish summer camp  which will take place from Monday 26th until Friday 30th of June  in Boyle.
Irish Language Primary School Summer Camp: Enrolment is now open  for an  all Irish summer camp  which will take place from Monday  3rd until Friday 7th of July  in Boyle.

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Colour in various towns

Visionary PhotoLooking great on The Crescent, Boyle – Visionary Studios

Please click on a town name : Longford : MullingarRoscommonSligoWestport, I took photos in in towns over a number of weeks. Housebound, international and local viewers may be interested to see how they look at the moment and in some cases may consider adding colour to their own premises.

Colourful, Crafted Signs

Traditional-style signs are objects of beauty and lettering art. Shop Signs Pub Signs : Truck & Van Signs  



Garda Vetting Information Briefing & Charities Regulatory Training

Garda Vetting is legally mandatory for everyone who works or volunteers with children and vulnerable adults.
Training will take place from 2-5pm on 25th May in Roscommon Leader Partnership Office, Golf Links Road, Roscommon Town
Training is free, but places are limited. To book your place, contact Bridie on 094 986 2565 or email bridie@ridc.ie or Linda on 090 663 0252 or email linda@ridc.ie

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Know Your Rights – Apprenticeships

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Fatima – Mary Regan

Boyle photographer Mary Regan and several others will travel to Fatima next month. Mary has shared some photos with me from one of her previous Pilgrimages to Fatima.


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Facebook updates from our area politicians

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

Boyle Arts Festival – thank you

The  committee would like to sincerely thank all for the tremendous sponsorship support we have received.
This year’s Festival will run from July 20th to 30th featuring almost 50 events over ten days. We will soon launch our programme and if anyone would like to become a sponsor, it is still not too late to be included in the programme and a donation can be made to any of the Committee members.
Warm Regards,
Boyle Arts Festival Committee

Rosary Rally – Saturday 13th May

Rosary Rally 13th May 2017

Saturday 13th May: To mark the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition at Fatima on the 13th May in 1917 there was a Rosary Rally at the Marian Shrine, Carrick Road at 6.30pm followed by 7.30pm mass in St. Joseph’s Church

Irish Language Summer Camp, Boyle

Enrolment is now open for an all Irish summer camp which will take place in Boyle town centre from Monday 26th until Friday 30th of June. Class will start at 10 and finish at 2.30 each day .
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn Irish in a fun and enjoyable way. A wide range of activities will take place within these camps including sport, music, art and drama .
To book a place please ring 086 329 2488

Boyle Mens Shed outing to Lough Gara Stables and Country Pursuits


• • Boyle Mens Shed enjoyed a very special day out at Adrien and Jimmy’s Lough Gara Stables and Country Pursuits. All agreed that the outing was a most enjoyable one and wish to thank Adrien and Jimmy for their hospitality and introduction to first-time activities available at the centre for most of them – Horse Riding, Falconry, Air Soft Shooting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Pets Village etc
• • Lough Gara Stables & Country Pursuits is a family run business based 5 miles outside Boyle on the shores of beautiful Lough Gara.
• • To book a special outing for you, your family, work colleagues etc please call 086 893 8972 / 086 394 2220Visit their Facebook page [here…]

Nathan Carter to open Shearing Championships in Kiltoom

His many Boyle fans will be delighted that Nathan Carter will perform the official opening of the Kepak All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships 2017.
The weekend-long event will be officially opened by the country music star before he takes to the stage in the festival marquee on the grounds of St. Brigid’s GAA Club, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon, on Friday 2nd June.
A strictly limited number of tickets for his performance are currently on sale locally priced at €25 and are expected to sell out quickly.
Tickets are on sale at www.sheepshearingkiltoom.com but be quick or you may be disappointed.

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies and Practice

Leitrim County Childcare Committee in collaboration with Role Skillnet are proposing to deliver a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies and Practice in Co Leitrim commencing this September.  The course is four years part time and specifically tailored to those currently working in the childcare sector. Minimum age requirement is 21 and participants must have two years experience working in the childcare sector.
• For more information or to express interest please contact Leitrim County Childcare Committee on 071 964 0870 or email nancy@leitrimchildcare.ie before 26th May 2017.

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An Craobhín

An Craoibhin

Gerry and Phil Emmett made a welcome return to the business life of Boyle when they reopened An Craoibhín, Elphin Street  on Friday 12th May.
• Friday/Saturday: Open from Breakfasts, Lunches and Evening Meals
• Sunday: Evening Meals from 4pm
• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Open from 9am for Breakfasts and Lunches

Lough Key Visitor Centre – 9th May 2017

Lough Key Visitor Centre

Boyle Tennis Club

Tim Clarke wrote: “I’ve just started running weekly lessons on a Wednesday for both kids and adults, the junior lessons are available for all ages 5-16, and the adult lesson is later in the evening and suitable for beginners, with rackets provided. All enquiries to 083 115 5374.” 

Roscommon Learning Links, Boyle

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Get certified in 2017 with a Major Award in IT
Places coming available on Full Time (4.5 days) Level 4 and Level 5 Information Technology Courses at Roscommon Learning Links, Elphin Street, Boyle. Take the opportunity to get certified between now and the end of Year. These courses available to anyone who is currently registered with Department of Social Protection and eager to gain QQI certification. If you wish to find out more about these Courses, just call Siobhan / Martina on 071 966 4510 or e-mail info@roscommonlearninglinks.com where they’ll be happy to answer any queries you have or meet with you or pop in any morning to the Training Centre (next door to Trojan – Upstairs).

Lough Key Forest Park – funding approved

Lough Key Forest Park

“The management and staff of Lough Key Forest & Activity Park are delighted to have received the news that we were successful in our application to receive some funding from the Government Heritage grant scheme for some restoration works to commence on Rockingham church to save the church from demise. This initially will include masonry work to make it stable and safe and enable the removal of the fence. This is the first stage of a bigger plan to hopefully bring it back to its former glory.”

Padre Pio pilgrimage

Padre Pio

Sunday 28th May: Padre Pio pilgrimage to Holycross Abbey, Co. Tipperary. A bus will leave the Crescent, Boyle at 8am sharp. For information please call Moya on 071 966 2110.

John Mulligan wrote in the Roscommon Herald :-

“Another useful tip I learned along the way was that if something isn’t on a plan or a list, it doesn’t get done”
“I was delighted to see a list of projects planned by the town Team and Chamber of Commerce … but why limit ourselves”

Boyle branch Brothers of Charity

Friday 5th May:  I had the pleasure of being with Boyle Brothers of Charity personnel as they gathered for a photoshoot in Derreen Wood. A photography workshop is one of the adult services provided in the Boyle area, and an exciting exhibition of ‘For Sale’ framed photos by the group will be staged during this year’s Boyle Arts Festival – 20th to 30th July

Brothers Of Charity in Derreen WoodPhoto © Sean O’Dowd / realboyle.com

Colour in Lough Key Forest Park



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The Great Blizzard Revisited

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L. Key Forest Park – Gazebo

The Gazebo, Lough Key Forest Park



Point-and-shoots may be the best selling type of separate camera, as distinct from camera phones. They are popular with people who do not consider themselves photographers but want easy-to-use cameras for snapshots. Point-and-shoot camera sales declined after about 2010 as smartphones overtook them for such uses.
This photo demonstrates the failure of a point-and-shoot to display the full dynamic range of the scene before me as I took the photo earlier today
However, I still like the photo

Boyle Golf Club update 20th April



Boyle Arts Festival 2017 – July 20th to 30th

Boyle Arts Festival

Once again, Boyle will be the place to be this summer, with appearances by Anúna, Declan O’Rourke, Miriam O’Callaghan, Eddi Reader, Brian Kennedy, Rackhouse Pilfer, Regina Nathan, The Celtic Tenors, Michael McHale, The Inishowen Gospel Choir, Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy all lined up for the 28th annual Boyle Arts Festival, which will take place from July 20th to 30th. More details of very exciting and diverse events will soon be announced when the official programme is launched, in June.

The Festival calendar is already bursting at the seams with almost fifty events, including an eclectic mix of visual arts, music, drama, film, comedy, workshops, storytelling, children’s events, poetry, readings and much more! If you are planning a visit to Boyle this summer, then make it late July, so you can enjoy as much of BAF 2017 as possible!

• Visit the Boyle Arts Festival 2017 website [here …]

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Stewarts – from Milling to Whiskey

Stewarts Distillery

Joseph Stewart & Co have applied to Roscommon Co Council for planning permission for a change of use for Stewarts Mill to Stewarts Distillery. The company plan to produce the quality craft triple pot stilled Whiskey. They will seek a Strategic Partner who will invest and assist them in achieving success for the development.
No new buildings are required on the Stewarts Mill campus.
Neil Stewart says Boyle has a lot to offer from its history of the Boyle Abbey Cistercian Monks who brought distilling to Ireland, the clean environment and a great community.
When researching the project Neil visited many distilleries in Ireland and Scotland and met with many Whiskey industry entrepreneurs. He also attended drinks shows in Germany and Spain.

The Big Tree – Lough Key Forest Park


A hotel for Boyle – Albergo Diffuso Alliance

20170126_123919L/R: Minister Damien English, John Mulligan, Alison Clarke O’Shaughnessy, Maire Paul, Margaret Mulligan

Damien English, Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, last week (Thursday 26th.January) hosted a meeting with representatives of the Boyle Albergo Diffuso Alliance in his office in Dail Eireann. The project already has the support of Roscommon County Council as well as a critical mass of property owners in the town.
The ‘Albergo Diffuso’, or scattered hotel, is an Italian concept that has successfully revived over forty towns in Italy to date and has been copied in Croatia, Switzerland and Mexico. In essence, it consists of a high-end hotel with a central reception area and with the hotel rooms scattered throughout various buildings in the town centre, over shops and in empty houses. Minister English had already expressed a keen interest in this Boyle initiative, seeing it as an effective way to provide key tourism infrastructure in heritage towns while helping to preserve town centre buildings and put them back into use. The meeting was arranged to brief the Minister on Boyle’s readiness to implement this project once support from government is forthcoming, and to show that the town is well placed to develop a pilot model that can be applied across rural Ireland.
The Minister said that Boyle appeared to be a perfect town for an Albergo Diffuso project, given its intact historic streetscapes, its valuable tourism and cultural hinterland, and the lack of an hotel in the town. He thanked the group for their valuable input and added that he is committed to find a way to make this project happen for Boyle.

Stewarts Oil : order now to keep cosy & warm all through the year

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Boyle Diary, courtesy of Úna Bhan Tourism

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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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