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Eddie McGlynn R.I.P. - Funeral Arrangements

The sudden death has occurred of Eddie McGlynn (55). Sadly missed by his wife Tatiana, children Alison, Andrew, Gilian, Tom & sisters Anne, Valerie and Veronica
Funeral mass at 11am today, Wednesday 16th April in St Patrick's Church, Beleek, Co. Fermanagh and removal to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin for a service in the Victorian Chapel at 4pm
May this good man's soul rest in peace.

Ming was in Boyle on Monday

Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan was in Boyle on Monday and met up with a number of our good folks as part of his election campaign for MEP status in May, Sadly I wasn't able to meet the good man. Sadly he will have to return to Boyle to complete his quest for support, and gladly he will do so!  'Time just ran out' but his welcomes were warm and included many a 'come in for a cup of tea', so its got to be 'photos and chat next time Ming'.

Roscommon County Councillors may be liable

Shannonside FM report: Roscommon County Council has ignored national guidelines and voted in amendments to its county development plan over wind turbines, overhead power lines and fracking – exposing members to potential litigation. Read more [here...]


Boles of Boyle

Boles of Boyle Specials

Chris O'Dowd "Of Mice and Men"

John Mulligan wrote in Roscommon Herald: "I was in New York last week and I managed to get tickets to this sell-out production at the Longacre Theatre. I sat enthralled throughout, having to remind myself that this wonderful production was being anchored by the brilliant performance of a young man from our small place. O'Dowd is superb in this role, moving people to tears with his interpretation of the role of the innocent Lennie and the inevitable tragic consequences of his child-like behaviour."
"The standing ovation at the end seemed to go on and on, with cries of 'Chris, Chris' predominating. It was a great night to be a Boyle man in New York ... This is truly Chris O'Dowd's finest hour."

D&S Fitness, Green Street, Boyle


REV qualification for Mike Smith

Roscommon Herald reports that Mike Smith of Propertyteam Smith, Kelly, Scott, Boyle was one of the first IPAV members to receive their Recognised European Valuer or REV qualification. he is one of only two Co Roscommon IPAV members that hold this European qualification. Read the full article in this week's Roscommon Herald, available at many newsagents, or subscribe online.
> Viewer Frank Dwyer asks: "Do we now address him as 'The Rev Mike Smith?" Another viewer has suggested 'The Very Rev Mike Smith' ... and who can disagree with that !! :-)

John McGrath R.I.P. 

Fireplace and Headstone manufacturer. Formerly of Boyle, Co.Roscommon. Sadly missed by his loving family, wife Muriel, daughter Shirley, sons Leonard and Glenn, brother Kevin, sisters Pat, Anna, Rosemary, Veronica and Kathleen, daughters in law Gillian and Lorna, grandchildren Christina, Carla, Alisha, Megan and Isabella, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at Glennon's Funeral Home, Ballinalee Road, Longford on Tuesday from 5pm until 7pm with prayers in the funeral home at 6pm. Removal on Wednesday to arrive at St. Mary's Church, Newtownforbes for Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon followed by private cremation at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin.

Fitness to practice vindicates decision to close A&E

Roscommon South Leitrim TD Frank Feighan says last week's Medical Council hearing into allegations about the treatment of a patient at Roscommon Hospital is a further vindication of the decision to close the Accident and Emergency Department. Read more [here...]

New Owners for Green Isle Factory

Boyle factory for new owners

Local Government TD, Frank Feighan has welcomed the news that terms have been agreed to purchase the former Green Isle factory in Boyle.
"This is very positive news for the town and I understand that a similar line of business is being developed for the factory. Significantly, the jobs prospects for the town and surrounding areas are very good and I expect further information in the future on the exact developments for the former breading factory, which closed in 2006 with the loss of more than 100 jobs.
There have been ongoing efforts to promote the facility to suitable investors. Indeed, just last February, Minister of State for Small Business John Perry and Enterprise Ireland Director Barry Egan met with a local delegation in Boyle recently to explore ways of attracting potential investors to develop the factory.
At that meeting, the Boyle delegation, comprising members of Boyle Town Council and myself, discussed a range of proposals regarding the site with Minister John Perry and Barry Egan.
I’m delighted that plans for the factory have now progressed and it has always been the case that Boyle has much to offer investors, including good road and air links and renowned natural scenery and heritage."

"No Soil Like Boyle Soil"

It is great to note that Boyle is 'On The Move', and before this year is out, will quite likely get much closer to the place it should be. New and coming to town:
Green Isle Factory: New owners and business will be announced shortly
New Cafe in Joe Mahon's: Work in progress
Roscommon Safe Link: Counselling and Charity Shop on Elphin Street
The Bazaar: Work in progress for a coffee shop/ Internet/ news shop
Scanlons Riverside Bar: now open under new management
Electric Bikes, Segway and new Boda Borg attraction: Lough Key Forest park will be a-buzzing this year
King House and Boyle Abbey: Both are now open for the summer/autumn
Boyle Courthouse: An announcement will come shortly
Frankie Feighan TD: Another major announcement is in the pipeline

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre


Holy Week Ceremony Times at St. Joseph's Church, Boyle

Choir View
View a large version of this photo [here...]

Holy Thursday 17th April: Mass of the Lord’s Supper celebrated at 8pm
Good Friday 18th April: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm. Stations of the Cross in Boyle Abbey at 7pm
Holy Saturday 19th April: Confessions from 2.30-3pm. Easter Vigil Mass at 9.30pm
Easter Sunday 20th April: Masses at 9.30pm and 11.30pm


Boyle & District Angling Club

Easter Pike Angling 2014

Boyle golf Club Update

Last Sunday's Holmpatrick Cup was won by James Shivnan & Michael Gilmartin with 44pts repeating their great win of 2008. 2nd Brendan Gaffney & Jim Mooney 41pts, 3rd Padraig O’Connell & Mick Moran 39pts. Congrats to Regina McLoughlin who won the Ladies Voucher with a great score of 67 and to Joey Mullaney who was second with 70.
> View the full update [here...]

Boyle GAA Update

A mixed week on the playing fields. The Club extends its best wishes to Nigel and the U21s and especially our own representatives Donie and Enda Smith in the All Ireland U21 Semi Final in Portlaoise on Saturday next. Secondary School students who are members of Boyle GAA Club are advised that the County Board is offering Gaeltacht Scholarships worth €200 each. Details of how to apply are available on the County Board website
> View the full update shortly [here...]

Lough Key Forest Park, Sunday 13th April

L. KeyForest Park
View a larger version [here...]

It was a lovely afternoon, the sun shone, and the Park looked resplendent for its many visitors. Roll on Summer 2014

Segway Smiles and Electric Bike Rides

Segway Smiles at Lough Key Forest Park

It was Segway Smiles and Electric Bike Rides all round at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park over the weekend. The Segway "Rockingham Roll" guided glide around the beautiful trails of Lough Key Forest Park is available daily until April 27th. Glides last approx 40 to 50 minutes including full training. Glides start at 11am (for bookings only), 12:30 pm, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm. You are welcome to walk up on the day but we recommend booking online either on our website or by using the Booking tab on our facebook page.

The Electric Bike Rides will be available all season and offer you and your family an opportunity for stress-free Electric Bike Trips around our gorgeous Lough Key Forest Park, and yes, there are even 'Buggies for Babies'. Call to Seamus Gibbons and his staff at the EBR office beside the Visitor Centre

Lough Key Forest Park, Electric Bike Rides


The Man In The Woman's Shoes - next Friday

King House, Friday 25th April. 8pm: Michael Murfi will return with his heart-warming play "The Man in the Woman's Shoes". The show pays tribute to the wonderful stories he heard and characters he met ... ones similar to be found in every town.
Tickets 14 euros Bookings 071 966 3242 or 090 662 5824, 0nline

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Up and open again in Boyle


Well done girls ...

> Congratulations to the girls from Boyle Youth Choir on their victory at the Community Games in Kilbride
> Congratulations also to Boyle Ladies GAA who beat Four Roads in the Junior League in Abbey Park, Boyle.

King House Bealtaine Festival: FREE for 55+

Dance: Elderberries Dance Ensemble, Thurs 8/15/22/29th 11.30am- 12.30pm. Gentle movement and dance for fun especially for the over 55+
Cinema: "Quartet" Wednesday 7th May 2pm (Directed by Dustin Hoffman), a "wickedly comic film" about re-defining old age and growing older with hope.


Boyle River Branch IWAI - Blessing of Boats


Canon Gerry Hanley, Boyle is pictured here with members of Boyle River Branch IWAI at the blessing of boats 2014 at Boyle Marina on Sunday 13th April

Eddie McGlynn R.I.P.

I was greatly saddened this afternoon to hear that former Boyle resident Eddie McGlynn died yesterday. Eddie's cousins here include brothers Francie and Liam McGlynn, Deerpark. Heartfelt condolences to Marie Brennan and their children Andrew, Tommie, Alison and Gillian.

Go Raibh Míle Maith Agaibh Go Léir

The Board of Management of St. Joseph's B.N.S would like to say a sincere thank you to all who helped in any way to make their Fashion Show a resounding success. In particular we are very grateful to Mary and Cathal Mc Gee and Gerard Sheerin along with their respective staff/ helpers without whom the night could not have happened at all. Thank you to Cllr. John Cummins who sponsored the wine reception on the night. Míle buiochas to all local businesses who helped with sponsorship of the event in any way (Please remember to support local businesses in Boyle) Thank you also to the models on the night, Marie Lavin, Dermot Leydon, Tom Cleary and Tommy Egan who willingly gave of their time and expertise in support of this school event. To the many parents who helped behind the scenes, our school secretary, Parents Association and last but not least our boys who helped to sell the tickets, a sincere THANK YOU.

Clarke's Bar & Restaurant

Clarke's Bar & Restaurant


Mark your Diaries for Good Friday Night!

Plans are well underway for our Fun Table Quiz on Good Friday, 18th April at 8pm in St Joseph's Hall in search of the Brightest Sparks in Boyle. We appeal to all Businesses, Community Groups, Societies, Clubs and individuals to join in and help us make the night a great success. Cost of a table of four is 40 euros with all proceeds going towards Boyle Christmas Lights. Someone will be calling to you over the coming week, so please support and enter a table, in what promises to be a fun filled night of entertainment. To reserve a table e-mail Stephen on This is a Chamber Lead initiative working with Boyle retailers.

Scanlon's Riverside Bar


Up and open again on Bridge Street.

"Find My Phone" app

Shannonside FM report: Gardai are advising smartphone users to download a phone tracking application in case of their mobile phone being stolen. Gardai in Athlone recovered a mobile phone in the Monksland area by using a phone tracking app the owner had installed.


On Friday night I saw the film "Calvary" in Carrick Cineplex. John Michael McDonagh wrote a story that could happen in real life today, it starts dramatically in a confession box, lays down possibilities and the unexpected story ending left me and other viewers silent and even stunned as they left the cinema. There is an excellent cast led by Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly with appearances by Pat Shortt, Domhnall Gleeson, Aiden Gillen and others you will recognise. Calvary was filmed on the Sligo coast near Easkey and close to Ben Bulben, so the scenery is quite spectacular. Don't miss this one! View the trailer [here...]


St Joseph's BNS Fashion Show

BNS Fashion Show
Model and teacher Michelle Gill at last night's Fashion Show.
View a large version of this photo [here...]
View a set of photos [here...]

St. Joseph's Boys National School, Boyle, Board of Management hosted a very successful fundraising Fashion Show last Thursday night in St. Joseph's Hall. Our town hall was once again a great venue and a perfect location for a show. Boyle traders Magee Fashions and Aidan Ray Menswear teamed up to display a fabulous selection of Summer/party wearables through a wide range of prices, all stocked now at these very fine shops.
The logistics in putting a quality fashion show like this together must be quite awesome.

Sloan's Topline

Sloans Spring Specials

Choose Boyle ... why?

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 (soon to be 8) daily trains stop at our Dublin/Sligo line 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.
• We have prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park. We have leading edge schools, houses and business premises for sale, 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.
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]


CIE Tours International include a visit to Boyle Abbey

The first of many to come during 2014

Thursday 10th April: the first of this season's CIE Tour buses pulled in at Boyle Abbey. Though not including a visit to the town itself, it is inevitable many visitors will subsequently be aware that Boyle exists. This will benefit us somewhere down the line. By the end of the tourist season, thousands of visitors will have walked on Boyle Soil, possibly for the first time and been made aware that Boyle Abbey is just one of our many attractions. "There's No Soil Like Boyle Soil" !!

Deputy Feighan welcomes €400,000

Local Government TD, Frank Feighan, has warmly welcomed a total allocation of €400,000 in HSE funding for the upgrade of facilities at two nursing homes in County Roscommon. The Plunkett Nursing Home in Boyle is to receive €300,000 while Áras Mháthair Phóil in Castlerea is to be allocated €100,000.
Frank wrote "I am delighted that the HSE has approved this funding under the Minor Capital Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Compliance Works 2014. The two nursing homes have provided quality care to elderly people for many years and these funding allocations will now allow both to complete works to ensure they are fully compliant with new HIQA standards to be introduced in 2015."

Cuireadh / Invitation

Scriobh Sean O'Flaithearta: "Seo cuireadh chuig an taispeántas nua atá agam i nGaillimh go dtí an 26ú lá Aibreán. Míle fáilte romhat.
> Here is an invitation to my new exhibition that's on show in Galway until the 26th of April. All welcome.
Tuilleadh eolais ar leathanach Facebook an ghailearaí / For more information see the Norman Villa Gallery Facebook page: "
[anseo...] [here...]

Dawn Mass

April 20th with the Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle on Easter Sunday at 6.00am. Find the Community just off the N4, 2km on the Sligo side of Boyle.

'An Oblique View' by Tony Conboy [here...]

Viewers can now enjoy Tony Conboy's new column here on Tony is ;a long-time friend of mine and a gifted writer who can 'cast an eye' in a special way on happenings local, national and international.
Tony has written many excellent pieces for us in the past and I will add them to his 'Oblique View' Blog as we progress. As a lead-in to Tony's 'rebirth', here is an extract from a previous article on the Boyle Fleadh:
"I was in Boyle once, many years ago now. It was during one of the great Fleadhs, 'the best I was ever at', 'I remember it well', 'great days and great music'. I have had these reactions more than once when I mention that I'm from Boyle!
The Fleadhs of Boyle still live on in the memories of the locals and the thousands who visited the town on the memorable Whit weekends, more than fifty years ago. They act too as markers in the memories of those involved."

Read Tony's current "Oblique View" [here...] and a new one on each future Wednesday

Electric Bike Trails at L.Key Forest Park

Realboyle Photo: Mairead McGuinness MEP and Seamus Gibbons, Electric Bike Trails

Another great attraction: Bike Hire Base in Lough Key Forest and Activity Park from 11th April. 7-8 km traffic free cycling for all the family plus other exciting routes outside the park to choose from. Take a cycle on our Tandem or get the electric bike experience.

Boyle Civic Art Collection - meet Kate Bell

Kate Bell

Kate Bell is delighted to join the Boyle Civic Art Collection Trust as an assistant, through the JobBridge internship scheme, with hopes of securing funding for longer term employment. Read more about Kate [here...]
Boyle Civic Art Collection is now widely considered as a collection of paintings and sculptures by the very best of contemporary Irish artists. The acquisition of works commenced in 1990, and the ever-expanding collection now is in excess of 150 paintings and sculptures. Read about the Boyle Civic Art Collection [here...]

May Day ... Mayday

Mayday Graphic

Thursday May 1st "Mayday" from 5.30 until 8 in Boyle library: The Hermit Collective deliver poetry, stories, art, and music. Diverse talent, guaranteed to catch your attention, not to be missed!

Roscommon Tourism Network - 2014 Launch

Roscommon Community Tourism Network invites all tourism related businesses and interested individuals to the launch of the 2014 Tourist Season and the Premier of a series of tourism related promotional videos at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Wednesday the 16th April, 2014 at 7.30pm. Read more [here...]

Martina Morris, exhibition of photographs

Photo courtesy of Martina Morris

Boyle lady Martina Morris is a talented amateur photographer and has been an enthusiastic member of Boyle Camera Club for several years. Martina specialises in photographing nature, particularly flowers and our gorgeous landscapes. Martina will have a special fundraising exhibition of her photographs "My Impressions Of Nature" in Tawnytaskin Community Centre, Easter Weekend, Saturday 19th to Monday 21st April, open each day 11am to 8pm, with a special launch on Saturday at 7pm.
All profits will go towads meeting the expenses for Martina's next charity trip to Zambia.
Exhibition poster [here...] View Martina's photos on Flickr [here...]

Lough Key Classic Cycling Sportive in Boyle

Curlieu Wheelers graphic

Curlieu Wheelers member wrote: "I would be delighted if you could feature this on realboyle as its not an event until its makes realboyle :)" ... Ahhh, the way to this man's heart!!
The inaugural Curlieu Wheelers “Lough Key Classic” cycling sportive will take place on Saturday May 17th 2014. Starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Boyle the event will feature 120k and 60k routes.
Read the full article
[here...] View the Full poster [here...]

Woodland Segway at Lough Key Forest Park

Colm Berry wrote: The support and positive feedback from the local community is great and very heartening. When I'm fully up and running in the summer I'll be providing guided historical Segway tours at Lough Key that will highlight the shared history of Rockingham and Boyle. I'm hoping that visitors will be enthused by the history of the area and that they will visit the sites in Boyle such as King House and Boyle Abbey that I'll talk about in the guided tours. In that way I hope there will be a real spin off of additional visitors to Boyle as a result of Woodland Segway at Lough Key.

Are you ready for SUPERFAST broadband from Eircom?

eFibre - superfast fibre broadband from eircom delivers speeds of up to 70Mb so that everyone in your home can connect all at the same time, faster than ever before. Your home is about to change forever. It will be available to Eircom customers from next month (May '14) in the Boyle area and beyond. eFibre Unlimited will be available for €35 per month, first 6 months for new customers, 50 euros per month thereafter.


Tawnytaskin/Deerpark/ Corrigeenroe Text Alert Area

Some residents in the Tawnytaskin/Deerpark/ Corrigeenroe areas are considering the setting up of Text Alert. The annual cost to each household would be 5 euros. Members of the steering group will visit households to explain what is involved and to find out if there is sufficient interest to proceed with the idea

Get Certified in 2014

Places available now at Roscommon Learning Links, Boyle. Full Time (32 weeks approx)
Level 5 Information Processing Major Award
Level 4 Information & Communications Technology Major Award
To register now for the course call DSP-Employment Services on 090 663 2903/663 2910. For Further detail on the courses call Martina or Siobhan on 071 966 4510 or visit

King House Events Guide 2014

There is a wonderful programme of events planned for King House during 2014. Click for full details [here...]

Boyle GAA update

The Ladies U16 team had a great win over St. Dominic's on Sunday. They lead from the start until near the end when Dominic's went ahead by one point. Boyle scored a goal in injury time to win the game by two points. Thanks is extended to St. Michaels for hosting the U12blitz. It was very enjoyable. The ladies team play their next league game against Four Roads on Sunday 13th April in Boyle, time to be confirmed. Congratulations to ladies player Emer Killilea on her recent engagement. Best wishes to former player Jenny Conroy on her wedding this coming Friday! Read the full update [here...]

Boyle Golf Club Update

Sunday's 18 Hole stroke was won by Tom Kearney with a score of 62, 2nd Willie Tiernan (64), Gross Patrick Egan, 3rd Gerry Carty (65). The weekly nine hole was won by Michael Bannon 20pts, 2nd Michael Reid 20pts.
   The Spring Royals final round was held last weekend. Congrats to the prize winners 1st Jason & Colm Loftus who won with 91pts, 2nd Pat Gannon & Michael Keville 87pts, 3rd Patrick Egan & Vincent Egan 86pts. At the presentation the organisers Terry Canning and Tom Rochford thanked everyone for taking part and also thanked Mary for her hospitality and Gary for looking after the Bar. Read the full update [here...]


April flowers, Boyle


Daffodils have a special place in our affections. They colourfully mark an exit to winter and our hopes for a pleasant summer. Since mid March this year we been enjoying a great crop of daffs, so maybe we will have a great summer too ... fingers crossed. Daffodil day in Boyle in aid of the Irish Cancer Society was a cool one, but the response was a warm on with over 6,700 raised for this worthy cause.

More April flowers, Carrick

It is such a lovely time of year. I took this photo on the quay in Carrick yesterday

Woodland Segway - sneak preview today


Were you one of the first to get the Segway Smile at Lough Key?
 Sunday 6th April, Special Sunday Sneek Preview of the novel Segway Glides at Lough Key Forest Park. Participants enjoyed the "Rockingham Roll" guided Segway Glide of about 50 minutes around the trails of Lough Key for only 15 euros including full Segway training. Call 087 215 2335 for info.   Check out  for details and terms & conditions.

Election warm-up

Shannonside FM report: Fianna Fáil local election candidate in Boyle, Cllr Rachel Doherty, says families in Roscommon are being deliberately kept in the dark over water issues. Cllr Doherty says there are less than eight weeks to go until people vote in the local and European elections, and the people of Roscommon have a right to know how much they'll pay in new water charges before they elect their new local councillors. She feels the Government is dragging its feet on this issue.
   I agree with Rachel - what do you think? email

Boyle Town Council - final full working meeting

Boyle Town Council
Front: John O'Rourke (Ros Co Co) Mayor Marie Egan, Eileen O'Callaghan (Town Clerk)
Back: Cllrs Christy Brady, Keith Suffin, Jan Flanagan, Raymie Maughan, Peter Flannery, Frank Geelan, Mary Clifford. Missing from photo, Cllr Jane Suffin who was unable to be present

On Tuesday April 1st, Boyle Town Council met for its final full working meeting. Boyle Town Council will cease to be from May onwards alongside 80 town local authorities in Ireland. Ireland's 3 year old government have brought the end to Local Government that has been in existence for over 100 years, and a Municipality for over 400 years.
Boyle Town Council will meet again for a monthly meeting on May 6th for a celebratory farewell in King House.
  In days to come, and many times in the future we will have reports, comment and references to the sterling work done by the current council and council members who served our town so well in the past.
For the moment let matters rest with a sincere - "Thank you Boyle Council ... we will miss you!"

Organic Foods v Cancer

Eating pesticide-free organic food does nothing to reduce a woman's risk of cancer, a study has found. Researchers asked 600,000 women aged 50 or over whether they ate organic food and monitored their health for nine years. In fact, a small increased risk of breast cancer was seen in organic consumers, but this result could be due to other factors or pure chance, the scientists said. Read more [here...]

Civil Weddings at national heritage sites

Seven national heritage sites have been made available as venues for civil wedding ceremonies, the Government has announced, but Boyle Abbey is not one of them.
   Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes also expects a further nine heritage sites around the country to be available for civil ceremonies by the summer. I believe that couples will be shocked to learn that they can expect to pay between euros 300 and euros 600 for the use of the sites.

Roma Grill

Roma Grill, Boyle

Formerly "The Little Chick", Boyle, Lucio now runs the business as "Roma Grill"

Jail for illegal road signs...

You might say that every cause is a worthy one and that every business should advertise. However, placing advertising signs on our roads needs some joined-up thinking. An illegal (as most of them are) road sign takes one's eyes and attention away from concentrating on the road ahead, and, as a result could lead to a road accident.
   In my opinion, some signs are little more than visual clutter, like those [here...]
   During a Cavan court sitting, Martin Halligan promised to stop erecting signs without lawful authority. If Mr Hannigan fails to honour a bond made with the court, he faces the prospect of three months in prison.

Feelystone, Boyle


Feelystone, Greatmeadow, Boyle have completed their stage 2 refurbishment.
Stage 1 included displays of a range of modern Fitted Kitchens [here...]
Stage 2 Includes displays of a wide range of Grave Memorials and Sculptuires [here...]
   Call and browse at Feelystone. Quality products, unbeatable service and aftercare.
   View the Feelystone website [here...] For enquiries please call 071 966 2066

Of Mice and Men - the Boyle connection


Chris O'Dowd and James Franco will star in New York's Broadway production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men" starting April 16th and running until July. Two preview performances of the play last week received standing ovations. Among the audience and pictured above with Chris are Boyle ladies Ger Nerney, Nicola Wynne and Madge Daly.
   Madge sent me her very special review of the play and meeting afterwards [here...]
   View some of Madge's photo memories [here...]

Marians Styling Event

Perpetua with six of her staff who modelled at the Styling Event

Friday 21st March, Marians Fashions were delighted to welcome a full house to their inhouse Styling Event. Perpetua, Catherine, Prontias and staff were on hand as hosts and some were models as well, showing outfits with an emphasis on the great Frank Lynam Collection. Jessica Daly charmingly served wines and non-alcoholic drinks, all of which are available at Daly's Drinks.
Congratulations to Jan Flanagan winner of our euros 100 voucher off any Frank Lyman outfit at Marians Styling Event. Perpetua is looking forward to showing Jan all the new arrivals.
View a small set of photos from the event [here...]

Roscommon Hospital - an appreciation

Pauline wrote: I would like to take the time to offer my sincere gratitude to the staff of Roscommon Hospital who looked after my husband Jimmy through his recent illness. It has been a difficult time for Jimmy, myself and all the family, and their care and support has made a big difference to all of us.
Under the direction of Dr. Gerard O'Mara, the staff in both the General hospital and the Sacred Heart, could not do enough for Jimmy. Their encouragement and expertise (particularly the wonderful OT, SLT and Physio teams) and the support of his own GP, Dr Marian Brogan, have made it possible for Jimmy to be in his own home again, and for all of us to face the challenges ahead together.
With appreciation and thanks, Sincerely, Pauline Doyle & family

Boyle Christmas Lights quiz night

Good Friday, 18th April, 8pm: St. Joseph's Hall, Fundraiser Table Quiz. Proceeds will go towards having the best ever Boyle Christmas Lights for this and future years. We appeal to all Businesses, Community Groups, Societies and Clubs to join in and take a table euros 40 (4) and light up Boyle next Christmas. To reserve a table e-mail Stephen on

East Brothers, Boyle

East Bros 2014


Hospital Consultants vindicate Feighan

Consultant Physician Dr Gerry O'Mara and Consultant Surgeon Dr Liam McMullan have gone on the public record as endorsing the redevelopment of Roscommon  Hospital. Deputy Feighan quotes Dr O'Mara as explaining that the A&E couldn't handle the sick patients that were presenting there and that now two and a half years later, he could now stand over the service being provided.
Public comments by consultants in Roscommon Hospital have vindicated his position on the closure of the A&E there two and a half years ago. Deputy Feighan says both consultants agree that the changes over the past two and a half years have resulted in a safer service for patients.


The Legend of St. Patrick's visit to Boyle

St. Patrick actually visited the area. Somewhere near Copse or maybe Cornameeltha, Patrick asked locals for water for his horses, but they wouldn't give him any, and as they did not recognise him, said to him "clear off ya vagabond".
(I guess we tend to do the same with preachers at our door nowadays!)
Undeterred, Patrick (not yet a Saint) camped near Assylinn and created a well by the edge of Boyle River for his entourage and his horses. The well is still there, though seldom visited by anyone, and appropriately known as 'St. Patrick's Well'.


New Una Bhan Tourism Shop Online Shop

Congratulations and best wishes to our own Una Bhan Tourism Co-op based on the grounds of King House. They have recently created an online shop. Viewers worldwide can now buy from a growing catalogue of Pampering Products, Moone Boy Merchandise, Books and Crafts ... all at reasonable prices.
Check out the shop for yourself [here...]

TG4 to come to Boyle

John Spillane

Boyle will feature in a new series of 'Spillane an Fánaí' on TG4 in the autumn.
Spillane an Fánaí is a heartwarming and revealing six part entertainment series presented by singer/ songwriter John Spillane. Combining off-the-cuff encounters with local people, interviews and music sequences, John Spillane spends a week in six different locations, working in a pub and venturing out to meet a host of locals in search of musical inspiration for his songwriting in the uniqueness and character of small town life.
John Spillane and his production team look forward to spending a few days in Boyle in May and they will record a full half hour programme from the town.

Election in May

A number of locals have expressed surprise and disappointment that none of the nine Boyle Town Cllrs have put their names forward for the Co Co elections next May. I guess party politics from 'on high' had a role in the this. In the past, Boyle Town Council and its members worked diligently and brought countless items to the attention of Roscommon Co Co on behalf of Boyle.
Fine Gael has added a fourth candidate (from Ballaghaderreen) to run in the new Boyle electoral area in Co Roscommon in next May's local elections. More [here...]


Cooney Motors

Cooney Motors Qashqai Bettered

Boyle TM Initiative

Boyle TM (Boyle Town and More) will shortly start a fundraising campaign from which it is hoped the Boyle Business Community will benefit. Boyle TM hope to strengthen links with Lough Key Forest Park by helping to increase the park's visitor awareness of Boyle and what it has to offer, as well as providing a shuttle bus service to and from the park at Easter and during the summer season, significant signage, a rotating video in the visitor centre, a well-informed volunteer guide on Boyle, and a handout with things to do in Boyle.
Please read the flyer for details [here...]

Faces of Boyle

Some years ago I developed a Flickr set called 'Faces of Boyle'. Since then some of those photographed have died, and now I need to update the set. View the set and look out for updates [here...]

Watercare Complete Solutions

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Family Life Centre

Family Life Centre

The Family Life Centre provides a range of supports, services and clsses :-
Support for the Suicide Bereaved, Paediatric First Aid, Bereavement Support, Mixed Media Art, Adult Irish Conversation classes, Counselling& Psychotherapy, Foot Reading, Yoga, Pilates. For information, please contsct the centre on 071 966 3000

Lough Key gate-lodge in disrepair


Following concerns raised by Boyle Town Cllr. Jan Flanagan recently, this historic structure has fallen into a state of disrepair and something needs to be done to at least maintain or ideally restore it. Coillte has outlined to Councillors that they will liaise with the Moylurg Rockingham Group who manage the activity centre and the general estate as well as the OPW to determine the best course of action to preserve this historic building in future.

Prepaid Funeral Planning

Higgins & Sons Funeral Directors, Main Street, Boyle have teamed up with Golden Leaves, UK to provide a pre-funeral planning service.
Take the burden off your loved ones and have peace of mind that when the time comes your wishes are handled with the professional Care and Dignity they deserve.
For more information/appointment contact: Marty or John at 086 232 8291/086 075 8044
Website [here...] ;Email:

Lough Key - Bus to Boyle

A package is being devised for all Boyle Traders which will include Shuttle Bus to and from Lough Key twice daily during July and August and during the Easter Holidays.
Additional perks will be included for all Team Members with this exciting initiative which will include advertising on rotating Video in Lough Key Centre and inclusion in our Information guide to promote Businesses.
Exciting Plans are being put in place for Boyle Town to embrace the large numbers which will visit Lough Key Forest & Activity Park this coming Season. Boyle Town and More together with Louise Fitzpatrick, Manger of Lough Key, have been looking at ways of generating awareness to this market (Lough Key Visitors) of our many attractions Boyle has to offer which include The Model Railway, King House, Boyle Farmers Market, Boyle Abbey, Home of Chris O'Dowd & Moone Boy. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for our Retail Stores to showcase and for Pubs and Food Outlets to include their Menus, offers and Entertainment Sessions.
Next meeting will be held in Boyle Enterprise Centre next Wednesday 26th February at 8pm. Don't wait for this to happen, be part of it ... and join us next Wednesday night to put the plan into action. This is one bus you must get on!

Crusade? ...

Many will be aware the I promote the idea that Boyle and Carrick are two neighbouring towns in a beautiful part of Ireland. I believe that it would benefit both towns greatly, if in some arenas, we were to promote and advertise jointly.
We share a commonality, but are yet different in so many ways. In trading, attractions and other areas, what one town lacks, the other can supply. Both towns have excellent shops, the N4 and rail links. Boyle has King House, Boyle Abbey, its Musical Society, Civic Art Collection etc while Carrick has its hotels, cinema, swimming pool, The Dock etc., and all are no more than a 15 minute car journey from each other.

From A Cardiac Specialist ...

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath/shower - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - helps to avoid stroke or heart attack


Beginners Try a Tri

Sunday 13th April: Lough Key Tri Club special 'Beginners Tri a Tri' event starting at the Aura Leisure Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon. Try a Tri will include: 250 metre pool swim, 13km cycle and 4km run. Tech t-shirt for each participant, prizes for the first 3 males and females. Entry 25 euros - limit 100 places. Register and view Poster [here...

Google Maps - Boyle


Google Maps is a great resource. Photos of Boyle were taken on a visit to Boyle by the Google team some years ago. View some [here...]
Just as soon as the weather improves I will take a set of photos of the same locations, showing how the town looks now ...

Co Manager to retire

Frank Dawson

Frank Dawson, Roscommon County Manager has announced his intention to retire. It is reported that the Manager will officially step down on June 2nd.

World Health Organisation warns of cancer spread

The World Health Organisation is warning of a 'tidal wave' of cancer spreading across the globe.
Figures released to coincide with World Cancer Day, show the number of cases is expected to jump 75 per cent in just twenty years. The Irish Cancer Society is urging people to make changes to their diet and lifestyles. Obesity, lack of exercise and high alcohol intake will be major contributors to the cancer spread.

Frank Feighan TD welcomes 4 million for Endoscopy

Deputy Frank Feighan TD has welcomed news that a 4 million euro Endoscopy Unit at Roscommon Hospital will now formally go out to tender. Tenders will now go out to a number of builders selected from the pre-qualifying stage. The preferred contractor to build this major facility will then be appointed. "I am delighted that this important project has completed another major milestone and I look forward to Roscommon Hospital becoming a diagnostic centre for the Western region once the Endoscopy Suite is completed."


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