Wednesday 25th May 2016


 Confederation of Golf in Ireland

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“In conjuction with the Confederation of Golf in Ireland, we visited St Joseph’s Boys National School & Scoil Na nAingeal Naofa in Boyle to give pupils an opportunity to try golf – many of them for the first time.”
View Photos on Facebook [here…]

New Local Link Bus Service

Local Link

A new seven days a week bus service between Boyle and Roscommon town is to begin shortly. The new service will offer three return services daily between Roscommon and Boyle, and will stop at local towns along the route including Elphin, Tulsk and Strokestown as well as a service between Boyle and Lough Key Forest Park.

To view the Bus Routes & Timetable, please click [here…]

Marians Fashions – Autumn Colours

Marians Fashions - Autumn Colours

As we near the end of May, Autumn Colours are already in the shops. I took this photo in Marians Fashions, Bridge Street, Boyle, today, Wednesday, May 25th

MK Hot Topics

MK Financial

Hot Topic #13: Pensions: Every time you move job, there is a chance you’ve left a pension behind!

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Christy Wynne’s tribute to the late Paschal MullaneyChristy Wynne Header

Christy Wynne is a gifted writer and is always delighted to share his gift with us. In today’s article Christy fondly remembers his late friend Paschal Mullaney R.I.P.
Some time ago I set up a blog featuring some of Christy’s articles, including his tribute to Paschal and share it with you now …

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Know Your Rights

CitizensInformationQuestion: Our landlord phoned to ask us to leave the house we have rented for the last three years because he plans to sell the house. Do we have to accept this?
Answer : As you have been renting the house for three years, you have what is called a “Part 4 tenancy”, which gives you certain rights.

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Know Your Rights: Boyle Citizens Information Centre provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 076 107 6330, Elphin Street, Boyle.

Junior Certificate Irish Revision

Paper 1 and 2: Saturday 28th May 2016 10am until 1pm. The intensive course will revise all key skills for both papers
• Cluaisthuiscint – Aiste – Léamhthuiscint – litir – fílíocht agus prós
• Further information please call Mary Donohoe-Farrell 086 329 2488

Boyle Golf Club Update 25th May

Boyle Golf Updates

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Minister Naughten – broadband at Grange National School


Monday 23rd May: Grange NS celebrated being the 500th school in Ireland to get fast broadband.Minister Denis Naughten came to visit and we were presented with two free laptops to add to ICT resources. ‘The minister said that if Boyle had faster broadband,it could develop as a town because more businesses could set up there and more people could come to live in the empty houses.We asked if he had any advice for us on our semi-final Gaelic match next week and he told us to get a goal in early and to eat an extra Weetabix on the morning of the game!’
Greg Nutley

500th_02 photos submitted by Grange National School

National Fish & Chip Day Wednesday 25th May

Half Price Fish & Chips

Roscommon Herald update 24th May

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This week’s articles of particular interest to readers in the Boyle region of north Co Roscommon.
Read the complete articles and many more in this week’s Roscommon Herald

Page 2: Editor Christina McHugh muses “…experts warned that eating too much of the humble potato could be bad for our health” -and- “I would like to wish colleague and friend Mairéad O’Shea well, as she leaves the Roscommon Herald for pastures new.”
Page 2: Grange NS becomes 500th school to get broadband.
Page 2: A new daily bus service from Boyle to Roscommon and a service to Lough Key Forest Park to be rolled out by local Link as part of the NTA programme.
Page 12: New members are being sought for the Chamber of Commerce/Boyle Town & More in an effort to rejuvenate the town
Page 22: Boyle Open Art Exhibition seeks work from a variety of artists for BAF 2016 – July 22nd to July 30th
Page 46: John Mulligan tackles the issue of homelessness -and- refers to Minister Naughten linking school attendance with the payment of child benefit
Page 56: Boyle Town Focus includes a photo of BMS’s Viv Moran and Anne Kielty with Grainne Caldbeck, one of four of Boyle Musical Society’s nominees for an AIMS Award for “The Wizard of Oz” production

Certification at Learning Link


Places are now available at Roscommon Learning Links, Elphin St, Boyle to Upskill and get Certified in IT modules in addition to achieving a Major Award at Level 4 or 5.  Anyone who is currently signing on the live register is eligible. This might be an opportunity for anyone who has been made redundant to upskill while at the same time be seeking employment opportunities. Continuous intake on our courses which means one can start immediately. Training on going throughout the Summer months. Over 80% of our students who have completed our Courses in the last year are now in employment or have progressed to 3rd Level Colleges. The training is funded by GRETB. Call into Siobhan/Martina any morning if you’d like to find out more( upstairs, next door to Trojan) or call us on 071 966 4510. Don’t delay, call today.

Coillte, a Chara …


realboyle online letter: “Well done to you and your staff. The ‘resort area’ at Lough Key Forest Park never looked better. Your investment in the park is appreciated by the thousands who visit this ‘jewel’ every week. Funding to keep and maintain the park to such a high standard doesn’t grow on trees (bit of a pun) and one hopes that the state’s purse will always allow you to do the work you do so well.
I’m sure you have plans and in time you may acquire funding for a few projects like: Removing the fallen trees and debris under the Fairy Bridge and Renovating derelict buildings (Stables, Church, Gatehouse etc) … Best regards …”

Bob Dylan – 75 today – Tuesday 24th May

Birthday Card - Bob Dylan

Minister Naughten – quality broadband at Grange school

Denis Naughten TD

Monday 23rd May: Minister Denis Naughten visited Grange National School, Boyle, to mark the installation of high quality broadband in the school. Grange NS is the 500th school where Ripplecom has installed broadband under contract from the Department of Education as part of the ‘Broadband for Schools’ programme.

John & Maggie Carty in The Dock on Wednesday 25th

John & Maggie Carty

John & Maggie Carty with Francis Gaffney & Noel O’Grady – In Concert – The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, Wednesday 25th May, 8.30pm
• Tickets: €16 from 071 965 0828

Boyle Neighbourhood Watch

A meeting to progress the Boyle Town Neighbourhood watch scheme will take place on this Wednesday 25th May in The Resource Centre, Abbeytown, Boyle. (Upstairs room) at 8pm sharp.
Our community Garda, Michael Pilkington will be in attendance. All are welcome. Please contact Derek Dooley 086 051 9471 with any further enquiries.

Ardcarne Garden Centre – What to do in your garden this week

Ardcarne Garden Centre

For most of us the week starts on Sunday, so let’s start the week knowing what to do in the Garden.

Job of the week: Support clematis

Clematis are starting into full growth now and will rapidly clamber up supports, winding their leaf stalks around wires or canes to cling on. So make sure that there are adequate structures in place as soon as you plant: fix trellis or wires to fences or walls, making sure they are securely fastened. Gently tease out the stems towards their support and tie in loosely to encourage them in the right direction.
For Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden …
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Boyle GAA Update 23rd May


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Galilee Community Events

Taize Prayer
There will be an hour of Taize Prayer in Galilee Community on Friday, 27th May from 9:00-10:00pm.
Galilee Community Pilgrimage to Mercy International
Join us to celebrate the Year of Mercy in Pilgrimage. We are planning a pilgrimage to Mercy International, Baggot Street, Dublin on Wednesday June 8th.
The bus will leave Boyle Church Parking area at 8:00am. The theme of the day is based on Pope Francis’s invitation to all of us to take opportunities during year to grow in MERCY through prayer and pilgrimage. The day will include prayer at the door of Mercy, a tour of the house, video and input from some of the Mercy staff. Total cost is €35, which includes lunch and tea on arrival. Bus will leave Mercy International at 4:30pm for return journey. Booking essential. Booking fee is €10 to be paid by May 30th. For further information contact Galilee Community at 071 966 4101.

Boles of Boyle – Bra Fitting Day

Bra Fitting Day

Grainne Caldbeck “The Wicked Witch” wins AIMS nomination

Grainne Caldbeck "The Wicked Witch"

Congratulations and ‘loud hurrahs’ for Grainne Caldbeck who has been nominated as Best Comedienne for her outstanding portrayal of The Wicked Witch in Boyle Musical Society’s 2015 production of The Wizard Of Oz. Speaking with Grainne she told me “I am so-o thrilled that Boyle Musical Society is being honoured and that among others, I have been chosen as one of four for a National Award by AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societys) in Killarney next June”.
• Damian Regan & Clive Flynn received a nomination for Best Stage Management and Boyle Musical Society received nominations for Best Technical (light & Sound) and Best House Management.
• Meeting in Dodd’s Lounge this evening (Sunday 22nd) at 7.30pm to celebrate four AIMS nominations

Grainne Caldbeck

Grainne’s ‘Day Job’ … manging Enhance Health & Beauty, Boyle & Carrick-on-Shannon

Oh What A Beautiful Morning – Sunday 22nd May

20160522_074529Lough Key Forest Park at 7.30am. Unfortunately it was raining again by lunchtime

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Tadhg TV Update 22nd MayTadhgTV

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Anna Marie Jehorek book signing


Anna Marie signed copies of her new book The Cottage On Lough Key in Úna Bhán today..Debut Author Anna Marie takes us on a trip that will resonate with readers long after the book’s memorable conclusion. Copies of the book are available now and whenever you call in to Úna Bhán on the grounds of King House.

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Boyle Arts Festival 2016

BAF 2016Retro-style poster © Sean O’Dowd

Community Games – swimming

Community Games


Catherine Carr wrote: The County Finals of Swimming take place at Roscommon Pool on Sunday, 12th June. This event is open to any child aged over 6 & under 16 years on 31 July 2016 and residing in Boyle Parish.  Please contact Catherine Carr on 087 661 4651 by 29th May if you are interested in taking part.

Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 20th May

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Always entertaining, always observant, Tony Conboy writes “An Oblique View” … a ‘must read’ on every week.
This week Tony takes ‘An Oblique View’ at topics of local and national interest: “A Tangled Web with ‘Politics as … Unusual’ : Government Ministers : The cost of Motor Insurance : Refuse Charges and Changes : Green Party Meeting : Dublin/Monaghan Bombings May 17, 1974 : Roscommon v Leitrim on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon : County U 16 Panel : The passing of ‘Himself’, Christy O’Connor Snr.”

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Flowers for teacher


The Grange NS First Communion children present a beautiful arrangement to their teacher for helping prepare for their special day in St.Joseph’s Church, Boyle
Flowers by Chantelle Kennedy, Pure Flowers, Bridge Street, Boyle

 Lough Key Forest Park Friday 20th May

“The Full Monty”

The Full Monty

Karen Gordon wrote: Introducing the six bravest men in Sligo & Roscommon, the cast of Pop-Up Theatre’s The Full Monty has been announced and they are rearing to give Sligo one of the greatest shows to ever grace the Hawks Well stage. The stellar cast includes Boyle residents Brendan Reid and Darragh Beirne. Complete with a stunning supporting male and female cast, The Full Monty guarantees to be the hottest ticket you can get your hands on this summer, and those tickets are selling, fast!
The Full Monty musical pairs the legendary story with one of the catchiest soundtracks in musical theatre for an emotional roller-coaster that will have you dancing all the way home! The Full Monty runs for 5 performances only from 28th June – 02nd July. Tickets available at the Hawks Well Box Office, by calling 071 916 1518 or logging onto
Strictly over 18’s, early booking strongly advised.

Open Day Boyle VTOS Centre

Ceard Scoil

Open Day Boyle VTOS Centre, Old Vocational School, Marian Road, Boyle, Co Roscommon on Thursday 26th May 2016 from 10am to 3pm all welcome.
Courses for September are as follows:
• Business Administration 5M2468, Horticulture 5M2586 delivered over two years at QQI Level 5 leading to a full QQI Award.
• There are two new Courses being introduced this year: Horsemanship 5M3371 and Outdoor, Sport & Recreation 5M5148 also over two years.

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Brogans Totalhealth Pharmacy

BROGANS Clarins Promotion

Screenings at Carrick Cineplex

Carrick Cineplex

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Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty

Carmel's Skincare & Beauty

Carmel wrote: May Madness At Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty!!!!! The Crescent Boyle:
• Book any Dermalogica Customised Facial and Receive a COMPLEMENTARY Skincare Kit Normally retailing at €33.50!!
• Spend €30 on any Fuschia Make-Up Products and Receive a COMPLEMENTARY Make up Application!!
Pamper yourself you deserve it… For More details and offers contact Carmel on 086 702 0994

Úna Bhán Update 19th May

Una Bhan Notes

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Govt changes pay-by-weight plans

The Government has cancelled plans to introduce mandatory minimum pay-by-weight charges for green bin waste. The charge was part of a new nationwide pay-by-weight system due to come into force on 1 July.

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Zipit – Lough Key Forest Park

Zipit - Lough Key Forest Park

For many a trip to Lough Key Forest Park includes tackling one of the graded Zipit routes. Each of the courses is challenging and a great experience as you safely make your way through the various elevated obstacles. Zipit is now fully open for the 2016 season and awaits you … Complete your ‘Day in The Park’ in the Visitor Centre with a Tree Walk, take the lift to the top of the Moylurg Tower, test your skills in the Boda Borg rooms, bring children to the Play Kingdom, gaze in awe at beautiful Lough Key and McDermotts Castle -or- Hire a bicycle and/or a Segway glideide, then stroll down to the Bog Gardens or along many of the Park’s walkways before (or indeed after) refreshments in the well-appointed Lakeside Cafe.

New members please – Boyle Chamber of Commerce / Boyle Town & More

This hard working group of volunteers, working towards improving Business and Attractions in Boyle now seek new members to join them.
• Like all rural towns, effort and innovation are needed to bring life back to our town centres. While we recognise everyone is busy keeping above board in their own business, we must share the responsibility, to share the success. If you would like to be part of a vibrant enthusiastic positive action group willing Boyle to return to the life and footfall we enjoyed in our town previously we urge you to make contact today with any of the committee, and commit to one year working together to improve Boyle.
• The current Committee are: Alan Cooney, Dara Callaghan, Alison Clarke, Stephen Bohan, Bodo Funke, Padraig Langan, Ciaran O’Connor, Mary Clifford, Mary Cretaro, Jackie Valentine, Michael Keville, Cecil Draper, Brian Kelly, Patricia Golden, Siobhan Gallagher, Gerry Whelehan

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Please Support our Supporters

Please Support our Supporters

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Ardcarne Garden Centre 16th-26th May

Ardcarne Garden Centre

Job of the week: Support taller perennials
The stems of tall-growing perennials like paeonies need support to stop them bowing over or even breaking when in full flower and now is the time to put them in. Use metal plant support hoops or for individual spires, like delphiniums, sink a bamboo cane deeply into the ground by each shoot and tie them in as they grow.
For Flowers: Fruit & veg: Greenhouse: Around the garden …

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Boyle GAA Update 16th May


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Boyle Golf Club Update 16th May

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Have you seen him in King House?

Have You Seen Him ?

He is one of the many models you will encounter on a tour of King House … Open Daily in Boyle

Boyle GAA teams 2016

Boyle GAA Senior TeamBoyle GAA Senior Team 2016

Senior Team: The Boyle Senior team which defeated Castlerea St. Kevin’s in the first round of the Senior C’Ship at the Abbey Park on Sunday May 8th.
Back Row: T. McGarty/M. Goldrick/ D. Smith/ Ml. Hanmore/ G. Gilmartin/ R. Hanmore/ T. Halligan/ T. Lowe/ D. Callaghan/D. O’Connor/ C. Cox/ J. Suffin/ C. Beirne/ K. Cox/ C. Lavin (15)
Front: C. Goldrick/ C. Horan/ C. Tivnan/ C. Flanagan/ A. Sharkey/ (David Duggan)/ T. McKenna/ C. Beirne/ (Eden Kearns)/ K. Kelly/ Mikey McGrath/ D. Kelly/ C. Conboy (11)Not in pic. C. McGowan/ M. O’Connor/ B. Kearns. Injured S. Purcell/ E. Smith/ E. McGrath/ C. McKeon/ M. O’Donohoe/ D. East/ A.N.Other.
• Pic courtesy of Tony Conboy

Boyle GAA Junior TeamBoyle GAA Junior Team 2016

The Junior team that lost to St. Ronan’s in the Junior League.
Back Row: Shane Spellman, Manager/ O. Regan/ M. Goldrick/ C. Lavin/ P. Lavin/ C. Beirne/ T. Halligan/ C. Flanagan/ C. O’Donoghue (9).
Front: L. Casey/ C. Conboy/ M. O’Connor/ C. Horan/ K. Kelly/ S. TONRA/ C. Tivnan/ S. Mullins/ T. McGarty (9). Not in pic. R. Finneran.
• Pic courtesy of Tony Conboy

Lough Key, Saturday 14th May

Lough Key

Lough Key

Engine & Generator now in place

The old Stewarts Blackstone Single Flywheel Engine and Generator are now on display following many years storage and subsequent paint spray at James Lannon’s garage. The photos here show the generator being placed on site, Wednesday evening 11th May.
• Following ground works completed in 2014 for a new installation at the Mockmoyne / Chapel Street junction, the concrete plinths now support  the engine and flywheel engine for the generator that Stewarts generated DC electric power for Boyle until ESB AC power became available in 1965.
• The Blackstone engine was bought initially in 1932 by John Stewart for £420 and drove the generator for Boyle current. Boyle Chamber President Seamus Cooney acquired the setup for the Chamber from Ingrid Stewart and stored all behind his then Abbey Terrace house. More recently Boyle Chamber had the apparatus painted green.
• Hopefully an onsite plaque will display the history of the machinery

Boyle Tidy Towns Planned Cleanups

Boyle Tidy Towns Logographic © sean o’dowd

Friday 27th May Abbeytown to Rockingham Gates, Meet at St Joseph’s Boys School at 7pm
Friday 10th June Roscommon Rd/Frenchpark Road, Meet at Gannon’s Corner at 7pm
Friday 17th June Mockmoyne, Meet at Cartys Garage at 7pm
Bags and gloves provided, clean ups planned for an hour all help greatly appreciated

Bluebells 8th May 2016

Bluebells 8th May 2016

“If you go down in the woods today …” Derreen Wood, Ardcarne – the Bluebells and Leaves on trees are at their most beautiful.

Padre Pio Pilgrimage

Padre Pio Sketch

The Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Holy Cross, Co Tipperary will take place on Sunday 29th May. A bus will leave The Crescent, Boyle at 8.00am sharp. For further information, please call Moya on 071 966 2110

Road signs around Boyle

Kilbryan Signs

Why are there two large signs to Kilbryan on the outskirts of Boyle while several other equally important locations have none?

Know Your Rights



I’m going to take some time off work to look after my children. What effect will this have on my contributions for the State pension?


Under the Homemaker’s Scheme, time you spend out of the workforce caring for children or a person with a disability can be disregarded when calculating your entitlement for a State Pension (Contributory).

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Know Your Rights: Boyle Citizens Information Centre provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 076 107 6330, Elphin Street, Boyle.


Lough Key Campsite now open


Extensive renovations (tiling, painting, electrical works etc) to the Services Block on the campsite are complete. The facility is in A1 condition and reopened on Friday April 29th.



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Mattimoes Bar For Sale or Lease


Mattimoes Bar & Lounge with 3 bedroom residential accommodation on Bridge Street, in the heart of Boyle Town Centre.
For full details, please call Gerry Mattimoe on 087 776 0212 – or auctioneers Smith Kelly Scott, The Crescent, Boyle

Job Vacancies at Drumderrig Nursing Home

Drumderrig Care Assistants

“They Dared To Challenge”

They Dared To Challenge

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Invite TD’s to Boyle?

Boyle TD's

 Stewarts Oil – Energy Saving Tips

Stewarts Oil

• Service your boiler every year so that you have an efficient heating system
• Turn down the heating in living areas to 20C
• Set your heating system timer to turn on the heating 30 minutes before you get up and turn it off one hour earlier in the evening
• Don’t leave the hot water running unnecessarily.
• Attic and wall insulation reduce your energy bill while you remain cosy and warm.
• A full load in the washing machine is far more energy efficient than two half-loads, while setting the lowest water temperature is also recommended
If your boiler fails to operate as normal, call Stewarts Oil 071 967 0100. We can recommended a heating service engineer in your area or arrange a prompt delivery of home heating oil to you.

For Sale or Lease

Hair & More

For Sale or Lease as going concern – Hair & More Hair Salon, Main Street, Boyle. For full details please call Tom Cunningham on 086 231 8734, or auctioneers Vincent Egan on 071 966 2464

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