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Boyle Tidy Towns Meeting

Boyle Tidy Towns will hold a meeting on Wednesday 3rd May at 8pm in the Enterprise Centre.  We hope that everyone appreciated the flowers in the town over the last year and one of the main aims of the meeting is to set up a gardening/flower group.  If you have a few hours spare over the summer and have an interest in gardening we would really love your involvement.  Many hands make light work!!

Ebb and Flow

“Nothing changes in Boyle” may be a comforting thought, however “Changes happen frequently in Boyle” is a more accurate statement. At the moment, insiders are aware that lease arrangements are about to happen with two local restaurants and news will break shortly regarding an important Boyle property … ’nuff said for the moment !!



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

Paul Byrne – Creightons – Sunday 30th April

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Property Owners – Opportunity to Repair & Lease Vacant Property

Roscommon County Council is inviting applications from owners of vacant property under a new scheme called the Vacant Housing Repair and Leasing Scheme which is a key component of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.

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Know Your Rights

I am moving back to Ireland after living in Greece for some years. Am I allowed to bring my dog with me?

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Mayo/Roscommon Hospice & Touch Ireland

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Ardcarne Garden Centres

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Polytunnel and Vegetable Growing Event, Ardcarne Garden Centre Boyle & Roscommon Town this Saturday 11.30am. Discover what to do now in your vegetable gardens. Free Event All Welcome

Animal Farm

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“A fast-moving show that keeps everything just slightly off balance.” Political theatre is no new thing these days, but it’s a rare show that allows the audience to draw its own political conclusions.
Thursday April 27th 11am : Friday April 28th 11am & 8pm : Saturday April 29th 8pm : Tickets €12/10 : Bookings 090 66 25 824

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Boyle GAA Update 23rd April

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King House Tea Rooms 1st Anniversary

King House Tea Rooms Anniversary


To celebrate our first anniversary and to thank all our wonderful customers, we will have a fun-filled day.
• Craft work with Hullabaloo from 3 – 4.30
• Face painting from 2 o’clock
• Music to please
All Coffees €2.00 All Cakes €3.50 … and possibly a little treat for the adults! So come along and celebrate with us Saturday 29th.

Chris O’Dowd Film Release

Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell head the cast of Russell Harbaugh’s ensemble drama about the emotional ebb and flow of a family’s lives in the wake of loss. “O’Dowd again proves himself an actor of significant range and sensitivity”

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Padraig Sweeney’s support for Boyle GAA

Saturday 22nd April: Boyle native Padraig Sweeney, Sydney, Australia, is a director in a very successful company LandEscape Pty Ltd. Padraig declares himself a “proud supporter of Boyle GAA from Australia”.  At a specially convened ceremony in the GAA Clubrooms, Boyle minor board chairman Jim McGrath and club chairperson Kathleen Hanmore were delighted to accept a $5,000 cheque from Padraig which will help develop underage Boyle GAA teams and developments. Padraig’s father-in-law Brendan O’Connor (Sarah O’Connor is Padraig’s wife) presented the cheque and in his address emphasised Padraig’s gratitude to the club with special reference to Tony Conboy for his encouragement through the years.

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Lough Key Parkrun 22nd April


While the Lough Key Parkrun is a considerable challenge for all participants. It is also a FUN RUN as shown in this specially posed photo of this morning’s core group including Race Director Adrian Lyons.

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Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 21st April

TonyConboyAnobliqueViewTony’s “An Oblique View” is a ‘must read’ feature on realboyle.com every week.
This week Tony covers, as always, a diverse range of interests

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Thank You to Sisters of Mercy

Saturday 22nd April: Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church followed by a Parish Gathering in St. Joseph’s Hall. Everyone was invited to attend. The Parish Pastoral Council organised the celebration of thanksgiving to acknowledge the work of the Sisters of Mercy here in Boyle. The sisters are scheduled to transfer to Sligo and Athlone next week.

History: What a setting was chosen for Boyle Convent in 1875, under the shadow of the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey and with the majestic Boyle River going through its grounds. The Convent of Mercy in Sligo town provided 4 sisters at the request of the Parish Priest, Fr. Mc Tucker. The Primary School began immediately with an enrolment of 200 pupils and in 1902 a new school was built. The Old School became a Knitting and Lace-Making School up to 1915.
Meanwhile in 1908 the Sisters founded a Laundry which gave employment to over 30 men and women for 60 years. Lady Stafford King-Harmon and Lady Aberdeen, wife of the then Chief Secretary of Ireland, formally opened it-a proof that it was very important as an employer and a facility used by the surrounding area for a radius of 20 miles.

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Úna Bhán Community Notes – 

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Internet Safety workshop for Parents

There will be an Internet Safety workshop for Parents of all students of Abbey Community College, Boyle on Wednesday 26th April
Parents’ workshop last one hour starting at 7.30 pm in the school. There will be time for questions and parents will be offered an opportunity to consider how they can increase their child’s online safety and what to do if they suspect their child is experiencing cyber-bullying. Parents are provided with take home information that offers up to date information in relation to the apps their child may be using and associated safety considerations.
• The Workshop will be given by a facilitator from Barnardos.

Boyle Fire Service Car Wash Fundraiser


Boyle Fire Service will hold a fundraising car wash in Shop Street Car Park on Saturday 29th April from 12-4pm. All proceeds will go towards installing lights in the Pleasure Grounds. Lighting up the community park will provide access to all its amenities and add an attractive visual dimension to the town after dark. This project has the full backing of Roscommon County Council, Boyle Town Team, Boyle Chamber of Commerce and Boyle Gardai.

Friday 21st – Thursday 27th April

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Boyle Golf Club update 20th April


Basic Excel & Social Media courses

Role Skillnet will have two courses happening in the Boyle Enterprise Centre. Social Media Training 5th May & Basic Excel 25th April. Cost is €40 for the employed and free for jobseekers. Course times are 9.30am–4.30pm. For more information or to book places please email info@roleskillnet.com or call 086 203 9182

Boyle Enterprise Centre celebrates five years – Thursday 20th April

P0000624Michael Gilmartin, Mary & Al Cunningham, Dara Callaghan – Presentation to Al Cunningham

Boyle Enterprise Centre celebrated its 5th anniversary on Thursday April 20th with thanks to all who have supported the centre over the past five years.
This very pleasant event also marked Al Cunningham’s retirement as caretaker at the centre … he will be missed by all !!
The Centre was opened in 2012 by Boyle Chamber of Commerce with the support of Enterprise Ireland, Roscommon Local Enterprise Office & Roscommon Leader Partnership. The centre provides office space, meeting rooms and training facilities for businesses & community organisations. Ten businesses/organisations, including start-ups, operate in the centre.

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Darkness Into Light – Boyle event Saturday May 6th

Albergo Diffuso (Scattered Hotel) update

Good news regarding the Albergo Diffuso (Scattered Hotel) project planned for Boyle…
• A trusted activist tells me that a Ministerial visit is planned to review progress to date … watch this space for emerging details
• The Albergo Diffuso, an innovative concept of hospitality, was launched in Italy in the early 1980s as a means of reviving small, historic Italian villages and town centres off the usual tourist track.

Boyle Musical Society AGM

Dodds, The Crescent Bar : BMS AGM on Thursday 18th May from 8pm.

Casual Enda whoops it up

This clip of Taoiseach Enda Kenny dancing at Cruinniú na Cásca will make your day.

Blossoms Blooming In Boyle


Blossom Trees, Upper Marian Road close to Abbey Community College 

Bluebells 2017


Tuesday 18th April: I took this photo in Lough Key Forest Park, just off the N4 entrance where delicate new season green leaves and beautiful bluebells can be seen
• Please note: Derreen Wood bluebells have not reached their potential yet … and there are no green leaves like these!

Page Three Girl of the Day – Boyle Business Lady

Tuesday 18th April: Brian Farrell’s photo of Local Business lady Dorothy Shannon (King House Tea Rooms) alongside one of Tommy & Teresa Cunningham (Sloans Hardware) feature in Marese McDonagh’s excellent Irish Times page three article on Boyle … which is of course “the town we love so well”
• Writer and Boyle native John Mulligan believes no one would invest the millions needed to construct a traditional hotel in the town. However, he got the scattered hotel idea after staying in an Albergo Diffuso in Italy. He said the model had helped to revive more than 40 Italian heritage towns and could give Boyle a major boost.

Brian Farrell via Irish Times and Victoria Hall

Boyle Mens Shed – Roscommon Herald

Tuesday 18th April: This week’s Roscommon Herald features a very informative double page article on Boyle Mens Shed as well as a selection of realboyle photos. Buy your copy of this week’s Roscommon Herald to read this and many more articles of interest in Co. Roscommon’s authorative weekly.

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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Boyle & District Angling Club – Pike Competition, Easter 2017 – Results

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Ben from BristolA special mention for ‘Ben from Bristol’ who has taken part every year. The club was delighted to make a presentation to Ben who celebrated his 70th birthday over the weekend

Photos: Boyle Angling Facebook page

Thank you to Kevin Hickey who frobulates, tracks progress and tabulates results every year for the Easter Pike Angling Competition on Lough Key.

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Tawnytaskin Community Centre – Easter Afternoon Tea 2017


Mary, Ann, Martina, Siobhan and Margaret about to enjoy a tea break following their wonderful preparations for the centre’s weekend fundraiser. Open tomorrow (Monday) as well 12pm-5pm+ … come along and enjoy an afternoon tea pampering courtesy of the Tawnytaskin Centre committee and friends


New I.C.A. Guild in Boyle

Sheila wrote: we are meeting to promote interest in registering as a new I.C.A. Guild in Boyle. Women of all ages are welcome. April 25th Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Resource Centre, Abbeytown, Boyle.

Darkness Into Light 2017 – Pre Registrations Saturday 15th April

P0000509Carmel, Nance, Melissa and Emma taking Pre Registrations in “Little Marians”

Easter Pike Fishing on Lough Key, 15th April

P0000488A pike weighing in at 17lbs 5oz, was netted by Ben from Bristol 

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Easter 2017 Lough Key Parkrun


Easter 2017 Lough Key Parkrun

Lough Key (Easter 2017) Parkrun #47 was held on a sunny, mild, Saturday 15th April …


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Examination Revision Days,  Easter 2017

  • Thursday 20th: Leaving Cert English Paper 2: 2.00-5.20
  • Friday 21st Leaving Cert History: 10-12.50

For further information and or booking please phone or text 086 329 2488

Stewarts – from Milling to Whiskey

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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.

Frankie Beats (Shanley) Lives The Dream

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Boyle native Frankie Shanley is Living The Dream … running his hugely successful online radio station from beautiful Corfu Island, Greece! Frankie presents the Z1 Breaking show live from Greece and is the go-to-source for Exclusive New Music, days and weeks ahead of all other stations, if it’s big in the world of Electronic, Dance, Alternative or Hip Hop you will hear it on Z1 !!. With 2,234,321 worldwide listeners. Z1 is now one of the world’s most listened Online Music Radio Stations

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National Poetry Day

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Thursday 27th April: National Poetry Day will bring the cream of contemporary poetry into the area. Sarah Clancy will give a poetry workshop in Ballaghaderreen library from 3-5pm, and then join with widely known local group The Hermit Collective for a performance in Strokestown Park House at 7.30pm.
The workshop is free but booking is essential. The evening event is also free, and refreshments will be served. Both events are supported by Roscommon County Council, and the evening event hosted by Strokestown Poetry Festival.
Contact: roscommonpoetryday@gmail.com

Bluebells 2017 – Wednesday 11th April

If you travel from the N4 entrance to Lough Key Forest Park you will see these lovelies


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Thank You to Sisters of Mercy:

The Parish Pastoral Council have organised a celebration of Thanksgiving to acknowledge the work of the Sisters of Mercy in Boyle on Saturday 22nd April.
Mass at 7.30pm in St. Joseph’s Church and a Parish Gathering in St. Joseph’s Hall afterwards. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bright future for Boyle Tourism


Let’s give full credit to Boyle man John Mulligan for bringing the “Scattered Hotel” project to our attention. John and a group of interested locals met with Minister Damien English some time ago and received a very positive response from him and an assurance of further action by his department
For the project to succeed, it is important that Boyle property owners sign up for inclusion as soon as possible.

• Read this week’s Roscommon Herald front page article [here…]

The Big Tree – Lough Key Forest Park




“Get your walking shoes on”

St. Joseph’s Boys National School, Abbeytown, Boyle will hold their Annual Sponsored Walk on Sunday 7th May at 3pm. Meet in the school at 2.45pm and walk starts at 3pm.  Everybody welcome.Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the school hall. €5 entry per person.

Lough Key Forest Park reopening

The Visitor Centre and Lakeside Cafe is open for seven day service, 10am-6pm

Lough Key Campsite

• Recent renovation work includes newly fitted and furnished Showers and Toilet Areas.
• The recreational block has all been re tiled.
• Newly appointed Electrical Points have been placed at each pitch with a shared new point at the renting areas
• Safety Glass has been installed around the building and finished with cedar wood
• 5 pitches have been totally resurfaced with remedial work done on other areas.
• Hedge cutting has been completed to let more sunlight in

Boyle Convent of Mercy closure

As previously reported, Boyle Convent of Mercy will close permanently … in fact on Saturday 29th April.
24 hour Perpetual Adoration will cease on the Convent Chapel on the afternoon of Holy Thursday, 13th April and recommence in St. Joseph’s Church after Easter during normal Church Opening Hours. Full future arrangements for Perpetual Adoration will follow closer to Easter.
24 hour Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been held in the Convent Chapel for the last 28 years.

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 MK Financial – Employers obligations to provide access to a PRSA

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Boyle Convent to close at the end of April

Convent of Mercy, Boyle

We have been informed that following its closure, 2 of the 4 nuns in residence are set to move to Sligo and the other 2 will transfer to Athlone.
• A beautiful setting was chosen for Boyle Convent in 1875, under the shadow of the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey and with the majestic Boyle River going through its grounds! The Convent of Mercy in Sligo town provided 4 sisters at the request of the Parish Priest -Fr. Mc Tucker. The Primary School began immediately with an enrolment of 200 pupils and in 1902 a new school was built. The Old School became a Knitting and Lace-Making School up to 1915.
• Meanwhile in 1908 the Sisters founded a Laundry which gave employment to over 30 men and women for 60 years.
• The Secondary Top in 1952 and Secondary School in 1969 continued the great tradition of education until the amalgamation of the schools in town in 2002. The Convent has a beautiful Chapel built in 1929 which is now frequented by the laity for 24 hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
• Due to their work with the poor from the time of the Boyle Workhouse the Sisters have always had a great rapport with the people of the town.
“Our house is open and hospitable to all and is one of the few which continues to have poor people call for meals.”


National Poetry Day 2017 – Thursday 27th April

You are invited to celebrate National Poetry Day at lunchtime, in Boyle, Ballaghaderreen and Roscommon libraries.

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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  [Not on Facebook at the moment] Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP [Facebook…] Mairead McGuinness MEP [Facebook…]

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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“MacDara looks for a job”

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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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