St. Patrick's Day Shop Window
Care in the Community charity shop window on Bridge Street. All shamrocks totally hand painted, genuine moss and 'live' daffodils. The Care charity deals with people with drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.
Evening of song in Dodd's
The Boyle Songwriters Collective will hold another evening of song in Dodd's on Friday, March 14th at 9.30pm. Entertaining us with their music will be Donie O'Connor, Derek Caldbeck, Malachy Costello, Helen Grehan, Klaus Harder and Conor Lawlor.
» Please feel free to come along and enjoy the songs and the craic
Sunday 16th March 2014 at 1.30pm: Guided Walk across the Bricklieve Mountains from
Castlebaldwin to Ballinafad Taking in the Carrowkeel Passage Tombs, Proceeds in aid of Aughanagh Parish Community Sports Field
» 1pm - Registration of 5 on the day at the Donkey Sanctuary, Castlebaldwin
Tidy Towns St Patrick's Day Spring Clean
Jackie Valentine wrote: Can you give an hour of your time on Friday 14th March to get the town into shape for St Patrick's Weekend? We will meet at 6pm on the Crescent, bring you spade and brush and lets get Spring Cleaning!!
World Day Of Prayer today, Friday
Friday 7th March at 7.30pm. "Streams in The Desert", an Interdenominational service at which all men and all women will be very welcome. The service will be hosted in the Presbyterian/ Methodist Church on Shop Street, opposite Brogans Pharmacy.
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
guide on Boyle, and a handout with things to do in Boyle.
» Please read the flyer for details [here...]
Our local, well-stocked Co Council Library is truly a wonderful resource:
» St. Patrick’s Day Colouring competition: 4-8 years and 8-12 years. Entries must be back by Friday 14th March.
» Boyle Library Book Club: Wednesday 12th March – 11am to 12.30pm
Book for review, 'The Believers' by Zoe Heller
» World Book Day: Storytelling with Chris Thompson- Friday 7th March’14
» Moylurg Writers: Every 2nd Saturday and last Saturday of the month
» World Storytelling Day: Thursday 20th March – Storytelling with Library Staff (Pre-School)
» Space: Every Friday, Active Age Drama Group 2-30pm to 4-30pm. The Space aims to recognise the abilities of each person in an atmosphere of encouragement, respect and fun
» Children's Poetry Competition: The subject of Spring (2 verses approx) – Entries must be in by Saturday 12th April. Winners will be notified after Easter Holidays. Poetry will be displayed in Library for a limited time.
Feighan - hospital debate
Frank Feighan TD says he will be delighted to participate in an open discussion of Roscommon County Hospital, if all relevant stakeholders are involved. The deputy says he believes people may well be surprised by the answers they get in such a debate.
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...]
King House - 2014 seasonal jobs
» Temporary Part Time Casual Tour Guides
» Temporary Part Time Casual Technical Assistant
Application forms and full particulars for the above positions may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, Roscommon County Council, Courthouse, Roscommon, email: email@example.com telephone 090 663 7334 or visit www.roscommoncoco.ie
Candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of information supplied on application form. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 21st March 2014 at 5.00pm
» Canvassing will disqualify.
Mission at St Joseph's Church Boyle
St Joseph's Church Boyle will host a mission from Saturday March 8th to Sunday March 16th. The mission will be delivered by the Ceili Community and the theme will be "The Beatitudes".
» Ceili, who are facilitating the mission, is a community of priests, sisters and lay people. Their aim is to help bring us closer to God through programmes of Parish and school missions.
» The mission programme includes morning mass at 7am and evening devotions at 7.30pm. A printed programme of mission events is available at the Church. During the week prior to the mission, members of the Ceili Community will visit homes and schools in the parish.
» Visit the Ceili Community website [here...]
Green Initiative in King House next Wednesday
Wednesday 12th March: King House, 11am to 1pm. You are cordially invited to "Accelerating Green Enterprise", a showcase of green business potential for Co. Roscommon with guest speakers Duncan Stewart (RTE) and Joe Dolan (Bush Hotel)
Your Water Meter is coming soon ...
Boyle residents will be "delighted" (I don't think so!) that Irish Water is currently distributing booklets telling us that it is responsible for providing our Water Services. The booklet says "We've been given responsibility for this vital communal resource and, as its custodians, we want to work with you to safeguard it" ... are they aware of our Boil Water situation? ... and what do they intend to do about it?
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boyle
This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade is shaping up to be our best ever. Accompanying Moone Boys Martin & Ian (David Rawle and Ian O'Reilly) we will welcome 'the Authentic Voice of Country', from Louisana, star performer Robert Mizzell. Robert may have his trusty guitar with him and if so, I hope to persuade him to sing and play a song or two on the Review Stand outside the Royal Hotel. Help me, be there and let's welcome Robert and our Moone Boys ...
» Listen to & View Robert Mizzell [here...] [here...] and his current No.1 hit [here...]
Water, Water everywhere ... but not a drop to drink!
The Eco Eye RTE TV programme Tuesday 4th March with section on Boyle [here...]
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boyle
Our St. Patricks Parade in Boyle will be held on Monday 17th March, starting at 3.30pm, the 1st Prize for Best Float is 500 euros, with Runners Up prize 300 euros, and lots of other prizes. The Best Dressed Window will receive 100 euros, and will be judged prior to St. Patricks Day.
» Representatives from the St Patrick's Day committee will be calling to traders over the coming days and they appeal to you to have your donations ready. Your contributions help with plans to make a great parade and a most enjoyable St. Patricks Day in Boyle.
» The Mooneboys david and Ian are our special guests this year!
Fresh Cod 'n' Chips
"Only the Freshest, Chunkiest Cod" will meet Lucio's standards ...
» Open 7 days and late nights... Sunday from 3pm, Monday to Saturday from 12 noon
North Roscommon A.C.
Gold and Silver from the Connacht Indoor Championships.
» Saoirse Wynne competed in the Under 13, 60 metres Hurdles, an event she excels in and duly won the gold medal. Ruth Cox competed in her specialist events of 60 metres sprint and long jump at Under 15 level and successfully won silver medals in both events. North Roscommon Athletic Club had 12 competitors at this year's Connacht Indoor Championships at the Indoor Arena in Athlone on Saturday last.
» Read the updated North Roscommon A.C. Blog [here...]
The next 6 week course will start Wednesday 5th March in Convent Primary School Gym. Ladies 8pm - 9pm, Men 9pm - 10pm. Contact Ann 086 308 8873
» Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist from Germany. During the first half of the 20th century, he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health are interrelated. Pilates helps build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or center,
and improving coordination and balance.
The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced that the 11th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 5th April 2014 at Dublin's DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Road, and will be broadcast live on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.
» Moone Boy has been nominated for 6 awards. Chris O'Dowd played a role in 'Calvary' with Brendan Gleeson. 'Calvary' has been nominated for 5 awards [here...]
Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre, Roscommon Town has a vacancy for a Sales Assistant. Horticultural qualification, a passion for plants and some computer skills are essential. The successful candidate will work flexible hours and weekends as part of a busy team.
» Please apply in writing, enclosing your current CV, to Mary Frances Dwyer, Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Closing date for applications is Thursday 6th March.
Boles of Boyle
Watercare Complete Solutions
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Water Meters - adding insult to injury?
Roscommon is to be the first county in the region to have water meters installed. The move is expected to cause consternation in County Roscommon, where thousands of households are on boil water notices (including Boyle), some of which have been in place for years.
» More [here...]
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
Roscommon hospital had highest cardiac death rate
Sunday Business Post has reported that Roscommon hospital recorded the highest rate of cardiac deaths out of 36 hospitals analysed by the Department of Health. Roscommon hospital's high cardiac mortality rate was identified previously though by Health Minister James Reilly when he was justifying the closure of the A and E unit there in 2011.
» The hospital has not admitted heart attack patients since the A and E closed in 2011.
» Frank Feighan, Government TD, has said the contents of this report has totally vindicated his position in relation to Roscommon Hospital. "With better procedures for both staff and patients alike, Roscommon Hospital is now much safer than it has ever been. "I will continue to work hard to safeguard its long-term future and all
the jobs at the hospital.
"I'm delighted that a range of capital and development services are coming into the hospital to reflect my long-held commitment to make Roscommon
a shining light for every small hospital around the country."
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, 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."