Pete Walsh R.I.P.
Our dear friend Pete Walsh died during the night following a long illness.. Pete will have been know to visitors to Lough Key as owner and former skipper of the "Trinity" tour boat on Lough Key. Everyone who knew Pete will be stunned at the news, just as I am, that this jovial man who enhanced our community in so many ways will not be with us into the future.
Through Christy's Lens - launch tonight, Friday 28th
My Own Place - Micheál O'Callaghan
Courthouse AGM deferred to December 4th
The Annual General Meeting of Boyle Courthouse Development Committee was set for the Enterprise Centre tonight, but has again been deferred until 8pm on Thursday, 4th December in the Enterprise Centre. The reason for the deferral is awaiting the Lease Agreement from Roscommon County Council. Everybody is welcome to attend the AGM.
First Aid Course
Rachel Matthews wrote: Frenchpark & District Childcare will host a public 3 Day FETAC Level 5 First Aid Course on the 1st, 2nd &3rd December. At present 4 places are available. Course will run subject to numbers. For more details or to book a place contact me directly. Absolute Safety, 089 444 4975
"Who Wants to be a Thousandaire Fundraiser"
6th December, St. Joseph's Hall: Arrangements ahead of Boyle GAA's "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire fundraiser" are going really well. Thousandaireis an exciting and highly lucrative fundraising event that is ideally suited to schools, clubs and voluntary organisations of all types. Tickets for "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" are on sale in Mary McGee Fashions, Main Street and from Mary Clifford (086 816 4541) or from any of the Officers of the Male Club or Ladies Club.
Boyle Lights and Santa
Mark your diary for 6.30pm on Friday 5th December for the official 'turning on' of the new Boyle Christmas Lights, and Santa's visit to town. Boyle TM have put together a great weekend of events from Thursday 4th ... full details to follow!
Aughanagh Parish Bazaar
The Aughanagh Parish Bazaar will take place in Ballinafad Hall on this Sunday 30th November at 4pm in aid of Aughanagh Parish. Donations for the Bazaar can be given to Fr. Alan Conway, Ballinafad, 071 966 6006. All are very welcome.
Abolish Irish Water
Shannonside FM report: Roscommon County Council is the latest local authority to call for the abolition of Irish Water. An original motion put forward by Independent Councillor Valerie Byrne called for the suspension of water charges – but this was quickly updated to the overall abolition of Irish Water – proposed by Fianna Fáil’s Paddy Kilduff.
Early Christmas revelry!
What do Pindara Doctors want for Christmas? A group of Medical Specialists from Pindara Hospital on the Gold Coast in Australia got together to 'dispense' some Christmas cheer and a massive 'feel good' by performimg a choreographed routine to Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is You". By the way, one of the dancers is my brother, gynaecologist, Dr. Tim O'Dowd.
Ireland's Toughest Muckers on TV
The recent Ireland's Toughest Muckers competition will feature on IrishTV on Monday 1st Dec at 6.30pm on Ch191 on Roscommon County Matters.
Sad news for Carrick
It has been reported that 160 employees in the Bank of America (MBNA), Carrick-on-Shannon building will be made redundant this coming weekend.
Boyle Angling presentation to Kyle Casey Fund
Billy Reid, Chairperson Boyle & District Angling and Christine Mitchell were delighted to present Kyle with €975 for the Kyle Casey Fund. The money was raised from generous contributions at the recent Angler of the Year competition and the Martin Mitchell Memorial Cup Angling Competition.
Broadband upgrade for Boyle
There are a number of stages to the National Broadband Plan. The first step is the completion of the High Speed Broadband Map 2016. Once completed, all parts of Ireland will have access to a modern and reliable broadband network, capable of supporting current and future generations. Use the National Broadband Plan map [here...] to see current and planned
coverage in your area. Press the + symbol repeatedly to zoom on to Boyle. The blue represents those areas that the commercial operators will cover by the end of 2016
Boyle Christmas Lights
Boyle is gearing up for what promises to be a bumper festive season. Already traders are decorating their themed shop windows. I have been told that many of our traders will have special offers available through the season, and that efforts will be made to make Boyle a one-stop location for as many of your gift and other Christmas products as possible.
Eating Out in Boyle
"You eat first with your eyes", Polish chef Mirek once told me. In other words presentation of the food on your plate might be referred to as a sort of culinary aphrodisiac. Whatever the end result, there are now a number of great places to eat out in Boyle. Recently I had lunch in Clarke's Bar & Restaurant and a Chinese meal in Tai Chi Court. Both were just as tasty as their excellent presentation suggested they might be.
Boyle Scout Den Official Re-Opening and Blessing - Invitation
Trevor wrote: Boyle Scouts will hold an official Re-Opening and blessing of our Scout Den on Sunday 30th November at 3.00pm. We will also celebrate our 35th anniversary since Scouting was reformed in Boyle back in 1979.
"Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" in Boyle
Boyle GAA Clubs (the Male Club and the Ladies Club) have joined forces to host the hugely popular "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" show to St Joseph’s Hall, Boyle on Saturday 6th December.
Katie Taylor - World Champion
Boyle GAA Club Update Sunday 25th November
The following were €20 winner at the most recent Club Lotto draw which was held in Patrick’s Well; Gerry Carty, Pat Conroy, Sandra McCrann, Teresa and Enya, Christy Wynne and Shane Keenan. The house prize was won by Tristan Millar. The jackpot wasn’t won and it will be at €7,600 for next Saturday night’s draw which will be held in Kate Lavins with Team A in charge.
Boyle Golf Club, Monday 23rd November
Sunday’s Turkey competition was won by Brendan Gaffney 23pts, 2nd Charlie O’Donnell 22pts, 3rd, James Shivnan 21pts. The weekly nine hole was won by Jonathan Egan 25pts, 2nd John McGuinn 24pts. Competitions for this week are the weekly nine hole from Monday to Saturday and next Sunday will be fourth of the Turkey competitions
Mostly everything you will need is available from traders in the Boyle area ... except a very wide range of toys, musical instruments, computer games. If I am wrong, please let me know by emailing email@example.com
Finance Minister Michael Noonan introduced an amendment to the Finance Act this week, to help families care for elderly relatives at home by employing a nurse or carer. The amendment will raise the level of tax relief available to employ a professional nurse or carer in the home from 50,000 euro to 75,000 euro a year.
Elderly people often need extra support and care in order to stay in their own homes, and this new tax relief will make a big difference to families in terms of affording these costs.
Bertie Ahern: ‘Gerry Adams saying he was not in the IRA is like me saying I was not in Fianna Fail'.
There are numerous Boyle videos online. I will build a portal to the best of them here on realboyle.com and present them on a standalone page shortly. Today's is a nice overview of visitor attractions available locally, compiled by Úna Bhán Tourism.
I have uploaded over 200 photos [View Photos...]
An hour of Taize Prayer will take place in Galilee Community on Friday, November 28th.
Two inspiring new chefs at the Ardcarne Garden Café, just outside Boyle, are making customers fall in love with food all over again. Cliodhna Quinlan and Nessa O’Brolcháin have been friends for years and share a love of good food and travel. They have recently teamed up to become the new chefs at the Ardcarne Garden Cafe, a relaxing beautiful place surrounded by plants and flowers.
Boyle town has a 'heritage' feel, and is a very pleasant place to visit, live and work. To its 2,500 population it is home. The Boyle area is a special place and can boast its attractions King House, Boyle Abbey, Lough Key Forest Park Visitor and Activity Centre, Fine Shops, Schools, Housing, Services, Accommodation Providers and places to eat out, and three great nearby lakes with superb fishing.
Just a short drive from Boyle are Carrowkeel and the Bricklieve Megalithic Cemetery, The Arigna Mining Experience, Douglas Hyde Centre at Frenchpark, the Coleman Centre in Gurteen, Cromleach Lodge Hotel, Kilronan Castle Hotel and much more.
• Read a short history of Lough Key and Castle Island [here...]
• Read the Local Legend of Úna Bhán [here...]
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]
Adding video to realboyle.com is something I should have started years ago, so 'better late than never!!. If 'a picture is worth a thousand words' then a moving picture must have even greater value. For our entertainment, fun, education and whatever, videos will become a feature of this website from now on.
Addtional staff are now required at Roma Grill & Takeaway on The Crescent. Experience in handling food is essential. Please call in or phone 071 966 2147 for information.
Just a reminder to our many supporters that we now have the following items available when you are buying your Cards, gifts etc.
• Box of 10 Christmas Cards, €5 each. Available for sale in First Chapter or from any of the Group members.
• Ideal Christmas gift "Let love Shine a Light", Sponsor a light to shine on the Christmas Tree at Knock in memory of a loved one or a family member. Available in local Pharmacies & the Family Life Centre. Cost €5 each.
• Annual Christmas Cake Raffle: Cake on display in Daly’s Bar & Off licence. Tickets available in Dalys’s or from any Group member.
Of course all of the above will be available at the upcoming Christmas Craft Fair in King House on 5th & 6th December. Many thanks for your continued support it is greatly appreciated.
Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/ South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has welcomed the news that households on boil water notices will not pay water charges. Deputy Feighan was speaking after the Government’s announcement on water, Wednesday 19th, which he says provides a fair, simple and affordable plan for people ahead of the introduction of water charges.
They have done it again! Boyle Musical Society have produced a brilliant show and until Sunday night's final performance the cast will perform a spectacular musical nightly form 8pm with gorgeous Colour, spectacular Song and Dance, excellent Lighting with added Touches of Genius that drew gasps of appreciation from Wednesday night's Full House audience.
• Every year producer/choreographer Viv Moran and musical director Anne Kielty shape and mould a diverse group of amateur performers and in so doing, bring joy to our area, elevate Boyle Musical Society's reputation and inspire creative spirits to search, soar and succeed.
• Every year too, we realise that talent is an outstanding feature in this region of ours. Cast members from previous shows take a break for a few years and return again as their lives shift, babies are born and commitments draw in different yet the same directions.
• It would be remiss of me if I didn't single out some of the cast for special mention, but with that thought in mind, my feeling was that the entire cast, orchestra and backing singers, sound, lighting, backstage and front of house personnel are to be congratulated on jobs done exceedingly well.
• Stars that drew particular note: Collette Noone, Adrian King, Marc Egan, Grainne Caldbeck, Darragh Beirne, Gavin Ward, Enda Regan, Robert Reid ... but then I should continue to name the entire cast :-)
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 daily trains stop at our 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 for sale, an active Town Council and 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.
Roscommon County Council has voted in a rates reduction of one percent for the year 2015 at its annual budget meeting. Councillors also voted to set aside €100 thousand euro for an Economic Development Fund in order to start helping to revitalize towns and villages suffering from the recession around the county.
Fundraising concert of music song dance story telling and lilting happening in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon town on Wednesday 26th November at 8.30pm.
• The concert will feature a host of performers including Matt Molloy, Mick Foster, John Carty, Alan Kelly, Paddy Ryan(MC), Patsy Hanly, John McEvoy, John Carlos, Noel Battle, Edwina Guckian and Sean Nos Ar An tSionnan, singers Rachel Garvey, and Derek Campbell, story teller Vincent Pierce, lilter Seamus Fay, Martin Donohoe, Frank(Roscommon) Kelly, John Wynne, Steph Geramia, John Kelly, Jacinta McEvoy and many more.
• Admission on the night or tickets can be pre-booked by ringing the Abbey Hotel(090 662 6240).
All proceeds will go to The Join Our Boys Trust (www.joinourboys.org) which was set up following the diagnosis two years ago of three young Roscommon brothers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy sadly a fatal disease with no cure at present.
Lights have arrived and the toughest job of all has started - putting them up! That task is progressing nightly courtesy of a great team of volunteers. BOYLE TM are appealing to anyone who has an evening free this week to help in erecting the lights. Please contact Cecil Draper, Brian Kelly or Stephen Bohan to offer your time and join in lighting up Boyle this Christmas.
• BOYLETM thank all Businesses and Individuals for their wonderful support in donating prizes and selling lines for the Mega Draw with 50 prizes totalling €5000. Keep up the good work and if you’re looking for cards or more cards!, contact any of the above.
• Only 5 weeks until the Christmas Lights Mega Draw takes place!
Chiropody Service in Dr. Loftus Surgery, Boyle on Thursday 20th November and every alternate Thursday. By Appointment only. Catriona Byrne, Foot Care Practitioner. Tel 087 298 2214
Places available January 2015... NEW Year... NEW Resolutions... NEW skills
Places available over the coming weeks on Full-Time Major Award Courses in Level 4 and Level 5 in Technology at Roscommon Learning Links Boyle. Both Courses include IT Office Applications, Work Experience, Communications and Life Skills. These Courses run over 30+ weeks. Don’t delay, call today on 071 9664510 or drop in any morning and talk to Martina/Siobhan to find out more, or simply e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our FAI Junior Cup, 5th round game, against Muirhevna Mór of Dundalk has been confirmed as a 2.30pm kick off on Sunday 7th December. Any supporters wishing to travel on the coach, please contact Eddie Conroy asap on 086 257 4257
• Coach seats for supporters are limited to 33 people. The cost per person is €15 return. Bus leaves the crescent at 8.30am sharp. As the team are on the same coach, it cannot wait or make unscheduled stops.
• A carvery dinner has been arranged for everyone on arrival in Dundalk (Optional). This will be at the Fairways Hotel. Cost per head for this is €8 if you wish to avail of it.
We hope to be back in Boyle on the Sunday night for 9.30pm
Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home will hold a Sale of Work be residents on Saturday 29th November. All money raised will provide additional day trips and enhancements to the current activities programme.
Come along and pick up special handmade gifts for Christmas ... all welcome!
Day time housekeeper / carer wanted to provide cooking, cleaning and general support for elderly couple in Boyle, one of whom has mild dementia. Ideally from 10am to 6pm, 5 to 6 days a week to begin with. You will need to have your own transportation, experience caring for the elderly, a good sense of humour and a certain amount of patience. Contact 086 384 2208
For the tastiest Fresh Cod & Chips in Boyle, it's always 'Roma Grill' on the Crescent, Boyle.
The Royal Hotel building is now For Sale, that local auctioneers Jnr Smith, Kelly, Scott have been appointed as selling agents, and are open to answer all enquiries regarding this prestigious Boyle Town Centre property.
For further information please call 071 966 2124 or 086 253 1736
Annie Curbelo Lang wrote: "I work with an Irish company NBTI (National Business Training Institute) and we collaborate with a Spanish company Coliavent. Most of the students study outdoor pursuits and 12 are studying basic office studies.I am in the process of sending students to Lough Key Forest Park and to EBT Electric Bike Trails.
I need more placements and in particular for the basic office students. They can do data inputting, filing and some telephone work. Hope you can help us find more work placements. Email email@example.com "
Advent is a sacred season in the Christian calendar. Ask yourself what you can do to prepare spiritually for the Coming of Christmas.
Advent Retreat Day: Galilee Community on Saturday, November 29th with facilitator Sr. Finola Cunnane from 10:30am and conclude at 4:30pm. To book a place please phone 071 966 4101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP
Busy Persons Retreat: The sisters in Galilee will be glad to help you plan a private/personal prayer experience for Advent. Phone or email Galilee to get the details.
Peace of Mind come by the bucket-load following the installation a domestic water filtration system. Crystal Clear, bug-free, healthy drinking water should be available for all, and Keith Conroy will install a perfect system for you. Eliminate uncertainty and water-borne sickness from your drinking water taps, Call Keith Tel: 071 961 6650 or Mobile: 086 302 6860
The press launch of the "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" was held in the GAA Clubroom on Wednesday. The 9 Major Sponsors which the club has procured were announced. Pallas Promotions Limited, who will do the show on the club's behalf on 6th December presented a round of the show for demonstration purposes.
• Club chairman Martin Dolan thanked main sponsors Cooney Motors, Mulveys Toymaster, King and Moffit, Lough Key Visitor Centre, Drumderrig House Nursing Home, Connacht Gold Homeland Nutrias, Joe Simon Building Supplies, Roscommon GAA Health / Wellbeing Initiative and Elverys Sports
• Nine rounds of the quiz will be held on the night, €1,000 to be won in each round, a total of €9,000 up for grabs.
• In essence, the show promises to be a fun event for competitors as well as the St. Joseph's Hall audience - a quiz with a difference and modelled on the very successful TV show "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire"
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Works are underway for a new installation at the Mockmoyne / Chapel Street junction. Concrete plinths will support the old Blackstone Single Fly-Wheel engine that generated Stewarts DC electric power for Boyle until ESB AC power became available in 1965.
Open Pike Angling Competition, Sunday 9th November on Lough Key. Fishing from 11am-4.30pm, Entry €20per angler, entries taken at the Doonshore. (Boat fishing) All Proceeds from this competition will go to the Kyle Casey Fund.
This competition will also determine the Club's Angler of the year from the club's league.
There will be refreshments at the Doonshore so even if your not fishing call down for a cuppa and make a donation to this great cause. For further details contact Jane Suffin 086 830 1261
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Three books of particular Boyle interest will be available in the near future, and well before Christmas. You might consider adding one or all to your 'must have Christmas present list'.
• "Moone Boy" by Chris O'Dowd and Nick Murphy Boyle launched Wednesday October 22nd
• "A Life In Stone" by Barry Feely, launched in Feelystona, Friday 7th November
• "Christy Regan" by Mary Regan with a King House launch on Friday 28th November
The bridge over the river Boyle in the centre of town has been the subject for countless photographs, postcards and featured in many publication. The bridge was damaged a few months ago. Restoration works are now underway.
Local historian Frank Geelan has supplied information about the history of the bridge.
In 1763, Sir Edward King had a statue of King William erected on the bridge of the time, possible a wooden structure. This statue was moved to a site on top of a stone plinth in what was know as the Town Park, and now named the Pleasure Grounds. The statue was moved before the rebuilding of Boyle Bridge in 1834.
King House, Boyle: Senior Library Assistant Patricia O'Flaherty. Tel: 071 966 2800 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thursday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm
Friday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
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My car may be eleven years old, but inside it looks like new ... following a valet by "Dirty Cars Wanted" at Stewarts Oil, Boyle.
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These are some of Stewarts Oil delivery drivers with Tom Beirne (the face behind the phone) ... a happy bunch of guys who bring warmth to households throughout the region. Order your central heating oil now from Stewarts Oil. Call 071 967 0100
"There's No Oil like Stewarts Oil" ...
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