Articles by Sean O'Dowd

Free Business Training & Events

Free Business Training & Events Free online training and events organised by Role Skillnet and Boyle Chamber of Commerce will take place during October & November. Courses include Microsoft Teams, Basic Excel, Intermediate Excel, Advanced Excel, Excel Tips & Tricks,…


Irene SPELMAN R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Irene SPELMAN Elphin Street, Boyle / Ballaghaderreen SPELMAN – (Elphin Street and late of St. Patrick Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon). September 21st 2021 (peacefully) in the loving care of the management and staff of Oakwood Nursing…


Connaught Rangers / King House

Connaught Rangers / King House It has been reported that Roscommon County Council has requested that the Connaught Rangers Association vacate the ground floor exhibits area known as The Room of Remembrance by the end of September. This is when…



Green Street Temporary Road Closure

Green Street Temporary Road Closure Green Street, Boyle, will be closed from 8am to 6pm Wednesday 22nd September as part of the Roadworks Programme. Local diversions will be in place. There will an increased likelihood of delays on this road…


Culture Night 17th September 2021 King House

Culture Night 17th September 2021, King House For me, the highlights of the night were: • Performances by the youths of Music Generation Roscommon under the expert guidance of Johnny McGlynn, Musician Educator and Katrina Regan Bouchier • The 17-minute…




President Michael D Higgins denies ‘snub’

President Michael D Higgins denies ‘snub’ President Michael D Higgins photo © realboyle.com President Michael D Higgins has denied that he snubbed Queen Elizabeth after refusing to attend a church service in Armagh, saying that a “religious event” had become…


Michael McPadden R.I.P.

Michael McPadden R.I.P. The death has occurred of Michael McPadden in Southampton, United Kingdom (formerly of Boyle, Co. Roscommon) peacefully on the 6th of September 2021. Michael will be greatly missed by his loving parents Michael and Stella, his daughter…


William (Willie) Suffin R.I.P.

William (Willie) Suffin R.I.P. The death has occurred of William (Willie) Suffin on the 16th of September 2021, late of 17 Plunkett Ave and formerly of The Spa, Boyle, Co. Roscommon peacefully at his home with his loving family by…


Where are the Water Troughs?

Where are the Water Troughs? Many years ago 3 concrete water troughs were presented to the town of Boyle by the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The letters “CSPCA” were chiselled into the side of each…


Eating Out in Boyle – Tai Chi

Eating Out in Boyle Despite continuing anxiety and concerns regarding Covid, the country is slowly returning to what will be our ‘normal’. Indoor dining is now a ‘normal’, much to the delight of those of us who enjoy Eating Out…


Boyle Training Options/GRETB Boyle Training Options/GRETB are ready to welcome new learners to the centre and vacancies are now available on our full-time training course. The Tourism Customer Care and IT Skills course provides certified QQI training in Communications, Computer…


Ardcarne Garden Cafe

Ardcarne Garden Cafe The Garden Cafe, Ardcarne Garden Centre is recruiting for a part-time Cafe Assistant. We operate 7 days a week and are therefore looking for flexibility. • Approx 20 hours per week. • Please contact Ann or Carol on Tel…


Sunday Lunch at The Open Table Restaurant

Sunday Lunch at The Open Table “Busy, Busy” are appropriate words for lunchtime at The Open Table, Sunday 12th September. I chose the Beef Lunch and was delighted with speedy, friendly service and my excellent quality meal.


King House exhibition space for Erwin Springbrunn

King House exhibition space for Erwin Springbrunn Erwin Springbrunn (7th March 1939 – 27th December 2015) was a world-renowned gemstone cutter and the exhibition planned for King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon will celebrate his work. Erwin Springbrunn’s entire workshop including…


Christmas shoppers advised to buy early

Christmas shoppers advised to buy early WITH SHIPPING COSTS skyrocketing and world trade gripped by a major supply chain crunch, Irish shoppers are being advised to start planning their Christmas purchases as soon as they can. Read More >>




Peter REGAN R.I.P.

Peter REGAN R.I.P. The death has occurred of Peter REGAN R.I.P., Quigaboy, Enniscrone, Sligo / Keadue, Roscommon formerly Keadue and Boyle, Co. Roscommon. September 10th 2021, Peter passed away peacefully at his home, in the tender care of his devoted…


Tommy Vesey R.I.P.

Tommy Vesey R.I.P. The death has occurred of  Tommy Vesey, Ardagh, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Tuesday, September 7th 2021, peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Tommy, predeceased by his brothers Martin and Michael. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, daughters Diane,…






Boyle Camera Club

Boyle Camera Club Meeting 14th of September This month’s meeting will be held on Zoom – Zoom link is https://overstock.zoom.us/j/98137987206?pwd=NDFIMTVIZFdJSXRZbTNrZUUrWnREZz09 Meeting ID: 981 3798 7206 Passcode: 99968522


Meetings of concern …

Meetings of concern … • “A very important meeting with Roscommon Co Council” is set for the Connaught Rangers Association Committee in King House on Friday 10th September at 11am. • Boyle Town Team AGM to be held via Zoom…


Aaron Sharkey – He’s the Winner

Aaron Sharkey – He’s the Winner Minister Frank Feighan TD picked Aaron Sharkey’s Boyle GAA/Boyle Celtic draw winning ticket for a new Nissan Quashqai car worth €35,000, a luxury holiday at Fota Island, Cork, worth €3,000, €1,000 holiday spending money…


Biology/Maths Grinds

Biology/Maths Grinds Biology/Maths, including H.L.Maths … in accordance with covid regulations … Abbeytown, Boyle For information please call Ann on 086 877 0252




Home Economics & Maths Grinds

Home Economics & Maths Grinds Experienced home economics student-teacher offering grinds also experienced in giving maths grinds over the past few years. The grinds could be arranged either online or in-person (Boyle area) and would cover a range of the…



Christina Scanlon nee Mc Garry R.I.P.

Christina Scanlon nee Mc Garry R.I.P. The death has occurred of Christina Scanlon nee Mc Garry on 2nd of September peacefully in the exceptional care of the staff of the Plunkett home, Boyle, Co. Roscommon and formerly of Deerpark, Boyle. Predeceased…


Let’s celebrate Annie Egan

Let’s celebrate Annie Egan Let’s celebrate Annie Egan, Woodenbridge Road, Boyle, who in her 98th year, is a treasured, much-loved lady and not adverse to the occasional cigarette. ____________________________________________


The death has occurred of George Oliver McKeon

The death has occurred of George Oliver McKeon 22nd August, 2021. Suddenly, at home. Predeceased by his parents George and Mary-Lizzie, sister Rita, recently deceased brother-in-law Patsy Brennan and his nephew Donald. George will be very sadly missed and fondly…


Ardcarne Garden Centres

Ardcarne Garden Centres Ardcarne Garden Centre teams in both Boyle and Roscommon town have been working hard to create these inspiring plant displays, bringing together lots of different colour themes and also plants to support pollinating insects 👉 Choose your favourites!…



ROSFM – “On Mission in Boyle”

ROSFM – “On Mission in Boyle” This Tuesday’s Summertime Mix show between 4 & 5pm on www.Rosfm.ie meets Fr Jonas Rebamontan, the catholic priest from the Philippines, on mission in Boyle. Catch his story while it’s flying at stream.rosfm.ie







Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail

Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail Many Weekend Services Sold Out – Please Pre-Book to Travel GAA Championship fixtures playing right across this weekend along with ongoing capacity restrictions mean a lot of our Intercity services are already sold out, with…


Brogan’s Chemco Pharmacy, Shop Street, Boyle

Brogan’s Chemco Pharmacy, Shop Street, Boyle Boyle Staff (L-R) Donna Naughton, Mairead McKeon, Megan McKeon, Helena Casey, Trudy Lavin, Edwina Kilcoyne, Mary Early, Aine Noone, Danni McLoughlin, Laura Moran, Ann O’Donnell. Brogan’s Pharmacy Boyle has joined forces with Irish owned Chemco…




CRA / King House / Roscommon CoCo U-turn

The bodies concerned with the Connaught Rangers Remembrance Room FREE exhibition in King House appear to accept that the current location of the CRA exhibition will be vacated – as flagged previously on www.realboyle.com • We are in possession of…


Tony Conboy “An Oblique View”

Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” I am delighted to have the latest of Tony Conboy’s “An Oblique View” for you. As always, Tony casts a practiced, well-tuned eye on happenings Local, National and International. Read More >>




Boyle Celtic in Cup Final

Boyle Celtic in Cup Final Boyle Celtic have reached their first final already, under the stewardship of new manager Jake McCrann. They will play the RDFL 50th Anniversary Cup final on Sunday 1st August at 2pm in Lecarrow. The opponents…



Veronica McDermott (née Casey) R.I.P.

Veronica McDermott (née Casey) R.I.P. The death has occurred of Veronica McDermott (née Casey), Derrymaquirk, Boyle, Peacefully, after an illness borne with great dignity at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her parents John and Hilda, her…




Patsy Brennan R.I.P.

Patsy Brennan R.I.P. John Patrick (Patsy) Brennan (The Crescent, Boyle, Co. Roscommon and ex. Roscommon Herald) – July 26, 2021. In his 90th year. Peacefully, surrounded by his family, in the loving care of the staff at Roscommon University Hospital….


RosFM – visit to McGahern Barracks

RosFM – visit to McGahern Barracks This Tuesday’s Summertime Mix between 4 & 5PM on RosFM, the volunteer-led community radio station broadcasting around the world on www.rosfm.ie focuses on the life and works of John McGahern with a visit to the newly…



Sweet Rockingham

Sweet Rockingham Realboyle.com © Photo: Cormac Callery, Grainne Caldbeck “Sweet Rockingham” tearful and memorable. Lyrics by Cormac Callery, Music by Donal O’Connor, Recording by Paul Gurney, and vocals by Grainne Caldbeck The CD will be available at Taylors Jewellers and…


Eating Out in Boyle – An Craoibhín

Eating Out in Boyle – An Craoibhín “We are delighted to announce we will be re-opening on Monday morning at 9am and cannot wait to see you all again We will be open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm each…


Indoor Dining in Boyle – Tai Chi

Indoor Dining in Boyle – Tai Chi It is so great that indoor dining is returning to restaurants in Boyle. This evening I chose the Beef Chow Mein with Honey Chilli Sauce at Tai Chi Chinese, Bridge Street … Yum…


Seamus Drury R.I.P.

Seamus Drury R.I.P. Seamus Drury (formerly of An Garda Síochána), Kilpatrick, Ballinea, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and formerly of Ardsoran, Lisserlough, Boyle, Co. Sligo, 7th August 2021; Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff in Raheny House Nursing Home, Raheny,…



Sports Equipment for North Roscommon Clubs

Sports Equipment for North Roscommon Clubs The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, T.D., today (6 August) announced  €16.6 million in equipment…


August Spectacular “At the Abbey”

August Spectacular “At the Abbey” At the Abbey, Saturday 14th August from 9.30pm Booking opens Wed 11th August at Noon Roscommon County Council Arts Office in association with Boyle Arts Festival, the OPW and Heritage Week 2021 will host “At…


Radio Garden App

Radio Garden App Radio Garden allows you to listen to over 25,000 thousand live radio stations world wide by rotating the globe. Every green dot represents a city or town. Tap on it to tune into the radio stations broadcasting…


John Brady – Atlantic Studios

John Brady – Atlantic Studios John Brady, formerly from Main Street, Boyle, owns Danú Media, a Galway-based TV and FİLM company that is developing a large-scale world-class TV and FİLM Studio, Atlantic Studios, at the former Galway Airport site. A…


Boyle Arts Festival 2021 “Crossings”, King House

Boyle Arts Festival 2021 “Crossings”, King House King House will, as always, house the centrepiece of Boyle Arts Festival – the Visual Exhibition. Curated by Paul McKenna, this year’s theme is “Crossings”, which will bring together leading artists from across…






€7million Fund to enhance streetscapes & shopfronts

Press Release Minister Frank Feighan TD 4/8/2021   Feighan encourages local communities to consider new €7million Fund to enhance streetscapes & shopfronts in their rural towns and villages Projects to include upgrade to building facades, artwork, murals, lighting, street furniture…


Sraith na Búille

Sraith na Búille Online Music Premiere for Boyle Arts Festival 14th August 2021 Dr Ryan Molloy is the first recipient of the King House Piano Commission 2020/21, marking the first in a series of music commissions by Roscommon County Council….


Boyle Arts Festival 2021

Visual Arts at Boyle Arts Festival 2021 By Brendan McGee Thursday, August 5th to  Saturday August 14th Tickets for Boyle Arts Festival 2021 will go on sale from  Thursday morning, July 29th at 10am. Art is a powerful form of…


Tickets for Boyle Arts Festival

Tickets for Boyle Arts Festival on sale from Thursday, July 22nd. Tickets for Boyle Arts Festival 2021 will go on sale from this Thursday morning, July 22nd at 10am.   They can only be purchased online at www.boylearts.com and tickets…



Only one medal for Jadotville soldiers

Only one medal for Jadotville soldiers Veterans and their families are expressing deep disappointment at today’s report. Just one Irish Army officer who was involved in the Siege of Jadotville in the Congo 60 years ago has been recommended for…


Jobs Available – Simpson’s Property Care

Jobs Available OFFICE STAFF NEEDED Office staff to do 20 hours a week. Hours can be done to suit people with kids. Based on St. Patrick Street, Boyle. Duties to include bookkeeping, job allocations. MAINTENANCE PERSON x 2 Maintenance person…


Tony Conboy “An Oblique View”

Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” I am delighted to have the latest of Tony Conboy’s “An Oblique View” for you. As always, Tony casts a practiced, well-tuned eye on happenings Local, National and International. Read More >>



Please Donate to Linda Fitzpatrick Fund

Please Donate A life we all loved. Linda died suddenly at her residence on Monday 5th April 2021. All funds raised will go directly to Irish Skin Foundation. IDONATE.IE Please Support In Memory of Linda Fitzpatrick on www.iDonate.ie Please Donate Here >>


Carrowreagh Childhood

CARROWREAGH CHILDHOOD A new book by HARRY KEANEY For further information, images or to arrange author interview, contact 087 956 5613 or email carrowreagh123@gmail.com On the 29th of June this year, Sligo native Harry Keaney completed four decades working as…


Boyle Arts Festival – lineup 2021

Boyle Arts Festival By Brendan McGee With less than five weeks to go, the line-up for Boyle Arts Festival 2021 is almost complete and the official programme will be launched in just a few weeks time. This year’s Festival will…



Boyle Arts Festival 2021

Boyle Arts Festival 2021 By Brendan McGee Well, they promised that they would be back this year and they are keeping that promise! The Boyle Arts Festival committee is delighted to announce that BAF 2021 will take place from Thursday,…


FRAUD – 083 NUMBERS AND VOICEMAILS

FRAUD – 083 NUMBERS AND VOICEMAILS A number of calls were received at Boyle Garda Station from concerned members of the public who had received phone calls allegedly from numbers starting with the following digits of 087 2874**** or 087…





Filming in Boyle during June

Filming in Boyle during June “Dear Sean: Hill Sixteen Features in association with RTE will be shooting a feature-length film called “13HOURS” in Boyle this coming June, written and directed by Ciaran Creagh. We are very excited about filming in…




Pharmacies now administrating Covid 19 Vaccines

Pharmacies now administrating Covid 19 Vaccines Over 1000 Community Pharmacies now administrating Covid 19 Vaccines – Feighan Minister of State at the Department of Health and local TD for Sligo / Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has welcomed the involvement of local…