Bluffer’s Guide

Family Life Centre, Boyle

 P7200008Built circa 1810 this sandstone building was originally the Rent Office for the Rockingham Estate. Purchased as a Catholic Club for men in 1914 and later bought by Boyle GAA. Sold again in 1991, becoming the Family Life Centre.

Family Life Centre


Drumanone Dolmen, pre-2000 B.C.

P0008154Our oldest man-made structure – almost hidden, not signposted!

Location: From Boyle take the R294 (Tubbercurry Road) west for almost three kilometres after crossing under the railway bridge you will see a cottage on your right with a narrow lane running North, park here and walk to the top of the lane, there is a gate with a warning sign as you are about to cross the railway line, the tomb is in a field immediately to your left. Please be careful
• This astonishing portal dolmen, one of the largest in Ireland, measures 4.5m by 3.3m and was constructed before 2000 BC.
• Because of the distortion caused by the slipped capstone the chamber dimensions are difficult to judge, but the original space was probably polygonal and about 2m in diameter. Excavated in 1954, the chamber contained considerable amounts of cremated bone, and a small porcellanite axe, or adze, from the Thievebulliagh axe factory in County Antrim. Other finds outside the chamber included a flint flake and a carinated chert core-scraper.

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Boyle Town Clock & Tower

Boyle Town Clock & Courthouse

Erected circa 1880 in memory of Lawrence Harman King-Harman by the tenants of Boyle & Rockingham Estate.
A mechanised clock was mounted circa 1920, and replaced with an electrical clock in 1979, and that year a plaque was installed to the memory of Gerry Dood (1920-1978), the first President of Boyle Chamber of Commerce


Boyle Railway Station

Boyle Rail Station

• Built circa 1862 by the Midland Great Western Railway and is recognised as a very fine example 0f 19th century railway architecture
• On December 3rd 1862, the first steam train from Longford arrived in Boyle Station on its way to Sligo

Boyle Railway Station


Boyle Harbour & Canal

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Boyle Harbour/Canal was completed by Waterways Ireland in May 2001. The project involved a 1.3km new cut canal and a harbour to accommodate up to 28 boats as well as parking space, service block and footpaths linking the harbour to Boyle and Boyle River. Boyle River flows into Lough Key which then flows into the River Shannon.

"Cois Cuan" at Boyle Marina“Cois Cuan – a sculpture beside the harbour was created by the late Fred Conlon

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Entries to follow

King House, Boyle Abbey, Lough Key, Lough Key Forest Park, Drumanone Dolmen, Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle Courthouse, Town Clock, Clews Hall, Family Life Centre, Boyle Library, The Legend of Úna Bhán, Úna Bhán  Tourism, The Courtyard Market and many more.