Please support our Boyle Traders of the Day, 17th February 2019

Drumderrig Nursing Home : Abbey Haven Nursing Home : Ardcarne Garden Centre : Boles of Boyle : Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant

Lady Joan Dunn

Memorial Service for Lady Joan Dunn ex Rockingham Estate, will be held in Ardcarne Church Of Ireland on Friday 22nd at 7pm. Everyone welcome!

‘The Port Authority’


The above promotional poster features Jarlath Tivnan from Boyle who will perform in the Dock on this Wednesday night February 20th in Conor Phearson’s play ‘The Port Authority’.
The play is Directed by Andrew Flynn of Decadent Theatre, Galway and the three man cast are Garret Keogh, Patrick Ryan and Jarlath Tivnan.

St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter 17th February

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Taize Prayer

Galilee Community

Galilee Community invite you to Taize prayer around the cross on Friday 22nd February from 9 to 10pm .

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Knock Shrine Society is seeking new members to join Our Lady’s Volunteers to assist pilgrims who visit the Shrine. This opportunity is open to all men and women over 18 who wish to share their time and be of service to the Sick and Infirm and to assist in the Eucharistic and Liturgical services. For further information: Contact John Hynes, Knock Shrine at 087 689 1422 or email

Ciarán Phelan, National Automation presentation of tops to Division 3 Minor Champions.

Saturday 16th February: Ciarán Phelan, National Automation presentation of tops to Division 3 Minor Champions.

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Úna Bhán community notes 15th February

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Carrick Cineplex 15th-21st February

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Boyle managers for European Elections


Two Boyle managers have been appointed to run the European election campaigns for Fine Gael in this constituency. Realboyle has learned that, the campaign of European Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness will be managed by John Mulligan, while Senator Frank Feighan will be campaign manager for former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

Evening Meals (sit down) in the Boyle area this weekend …

An Craoibhín, The Crescent, Call 086 240 7128
Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, St. Patrick Street, 071 966 2064
Spice Village Indian, Main Street, Call 071 966 2913
Tai Chi Court Chinese, Bridge Street, Call  071 966 3123
The Moorings, Kilfaughna, Knockvicar, Call Call 071 966 7865
The Open Table, The Crescent, Call 086 844 5121
The Stairs Gastro Pub, The Crescent, Call 071 966 2405
The Waterfront, Cootehall Marina, Call 071 966 7689
Wing Hung Chinese, Bridge Street, Call 071 966 2913

Michael O’Dowd – The Pattersons reimagined

Dr. Tim O’Dowd – ‘PCOS and Insulin Resistance: A lifetime of opportunities’

Frank Feighan welcomes €1.7m in funding to transform former Royal Hotel into an Enterprise Centre and Civic Space

Frank Feighan on Boyle Bridge

Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed more than €1.7m in funding allocated under the Rural Regeneration and Development programme to Roscommon County Council to help transform the former Royal Hotel into an Enterprise Centre and Civic Space.
“This is wonderful news and another significant boost for the town of Boyle and I want to commend especially the work of Roscommon County Council and Boyle Town team in progressing this project. This major funding has been announced today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.
“This significant town regeneration project will undertake a series of linked projects, including the refurbishment and conversion of the old Royal Hotel into an Enterprise Centre, exhibition space, information point and coffee dock and the creation of a new riverside promenade, which will link the town centre to key tourism attractions using the river, e.g. King House, Boyle Abbey.
“This development is part of a co-ordinated drive locally to attract more people and visitors into the town. The future use of the former Royal Hotel is at the centre of the Boyle 2040 development plan for the town.
“Boyle has already become a major beneficiary of Government investment with the Boyle 2040 blueprint being the key driver in leveraging funding. A series of funding announcements in the last number of months has included a €500,000 allocation to develop a cycleway linking Boyle and Lough Key Forest & Activity Park and €100,000 to fund a pilot scheme to attract more people to live in the town centre.
“I have said this many times but for too long, Boyle had been severely impacted by recession and this was magnified by the fact it is not a county or regional town. However, I strongly believe that all of these projects which have secured funding marks the beginning of great days ahead for the town of Boyle.”
“As we all continue to work towards attracting more people to the town, I also want to stress once more that the final piece in the jigsaw is the provision of a hotel.
“To that end, I will be working with all stakeholders in a bid to secure a hotel project which I believe can become a focal point for the new Boyle.”

Contact: Senator Frank Feighan, 086 833 1234.

Erita Nails, Spray Tan, Makeup, Eyelashes & Brows


Leah Meredith, Erita O’Carroll, Aisling Duignan

Michael Hussey R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Michael Hussey, Abbeyhalfquarter, Ballina, Co. Mayo and formerly of Cooltigue, Cross, Co. Roscommon who died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on 13th February 2019. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Maureen and three sons Alan (Galway), Viv (Castlebar) and Joe (Doctor, Boyle), sisters Mary, Eileen and Loretto, brother John, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, ten grandchildren Eva, Isobel, Alice, Jane, Michael, Louisa, Hannah, Stan, Lucy Mae and Molly, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
May His Quiet Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.
Reposing in McGowans Funeral Home, Ballina on Friday evening from 7 O’Clock until 8.30 with Funeral arriving at St. Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina at 9 O’Clock. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 11 O’Clock followed by burial in League Cemetery, Ballina.

“All Shook Up” – a mini review



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“A well’a bless my soul, What’s a wrong with me? I am totally stuck for words of sufficient praise for a brilliant show. As one of the show’s songs says “Only fools rush in …” but well here goes …
The story: We meet the folks of a small American Midwest town whose mayor Matilda (Lauren Beirne) forbids tight jeans and youthful dancing. Leather-jacketed, tight-jeaned Chad (James Doherty-his grandfather Sean would have been proud of him) arrives in town and onstage riding his motorbike. Chad is a ‘cool’ guy, a man of the world, who sets out to show the locals how to have a good time.
   • Natalie (Roisin Casey) falls in love with hip-swivelling Chad, but he only has eyes and affection for museum curator Miss Sandra (Cara McHugh). All through the show, local nerd Dennis (Eoin Connelly) loves Natalie. Natalie becomes ‘Ed’ (Roisin Casey) leading to mistaken identities and gender issues, peppered with loads of our favourite Elvis Presley songs and superb dancing, backed by Lizi Hannon’s excellent orchestra. Sub plots and romances are played brilliantly by Katy Simon, Rebecca Harding, Antonio Chilton, Ronan Garvin and David Connolly.
   • Abbey Community College Principal David Harding summed up the feelings of a full-house, delighted audience as he thanked all for their rapt attention and standing ovation (even before the end of the show), his teachers, Lizi Hannon’s orchestra, front and backstage lighting and sound crews, star producer and choreographer Viv Moran and most of all the 120 ACC students who have spent past months in rehearsals.
I have said it before and I say it again “we have a fantastic generation of young people ready to replace and take over from my tired, back-bitching, asleep at the wheel generation”. So there I have said it “Wise men say only fools rush in …!!”
   • Photos don’t really capture the excitement of the live performance, but nevertheless, I will have some online during the day

Slugs & Snails, Cootehall Street (opposite St. Joseph’s Hall)

Slugs & Snails

Bright Tights for Bold Boys and Girls! The original unisex tights company. Organic, ethical and pure luxury for little legs! We are a small family run business which started in 2008.
Finalist – Mumsclub Business Award 2011.
Finalist – Family First Awards 2012 – “Mumpreneur of the year.” 
Semi Finalist – Family First Awards 2012 – award for “Innovation.”

Kelly’s Londis Massive Sale


Award for the Smith Family

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Enda, Michael Jnr, Cian, Mary, Ronan and Donie Smith

Boyle GAA Club would like to extend their heartiest congratulations to our club members, the Smith Family, who have been chosen as the recipients of the Dermot Earley Family Award which will be presented at the 2019 GAA Presidents Awards on March 8th. This award is in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the GAA. Club members wishing to attend the event should contact a member of the club executive before March 4th for booking details. 
The event will be held in the Hogan Suite in Croke Park commencing at 6.30pm. Live TV screening from 7.15pm. A wonderful evening for all

Have your say on Heritage Ireland 2030 – new National Heritage Plan


Heritage Ireland 2030 is a new and ambitious strategy for Ireland – that will value and protect our built and natural heritage for future generations. Help shape this strategy. #heritageireland2030

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Can I claim Jobseeker’s Benefit?

I was working full-time and was also doing a few hours with another company in the evenings. I recently lost my full-time job. Can I claim Jobseeker’s Benefit and continue working a couple of hours each evening?

Jobseeker’s Benefit is a weekly payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to people who are out of work and are covered by social insurance (PRSI).

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Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

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Roscommon Herald 12th February

Realboyle supports our local newspaper … complied and edited in Boyle
Herald Mast 12th February



Broadband speed-injection for Shannonside towns


Shannonside News: Speeds of up to 100,000 megabits per second are set to be installed by the EIR, starting this summer. The towns in this region that will benefit are Athlone, Ballymahon, Ballaghaderreen, Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Castlerea, Longford and Roscommon town

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Boyle Cistercian Abbey: Founded by Cistercian monks in 1161, Established in 1218, Disestablished 1592. The Cistercian order was new to Ireland in those days. They were on a mission to reform the Irish church and set about building an Abbey in modern-day Connacht.
Boyle Abbey Under Siege
Beginning in the late 16th century, five centuries of peace and prosperity were snuffed out when British soldiers converted the abbey into barracks. The most extensive damage began a few decades later with the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. The latter was particularly savage. Invaders put the monks to death and set up a military garrison. The invaders left the abbey in shambles. Even after they left, the villagers were unable to restore the structure, and so it remained in a state of increasing decay in the centuries that followed. With this in mind, today’s visitors can still see clear indications of the destruction that took place here.

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An Evening With Percy French

The County Leitrim Percy French Society will host an evening in Tawnytakin Community Centre on Sunday 10th March at 8pm. Tickets €10. For booking / tickets contact Ann on 086 813 0005.
Tickets also available in Una Bhan, Boyle Credit Union, Adam’s Apple and from Mary Nicholson.

RHS Home Care

RHS Home Care is a non-commercial Home Care Provider bringing professional home care services to those who need assistance to remain living in their own homes. “We are now recruiting new Healthcare Assistants in your area and would love to hear from you. Potential applicants must have the required Fetac/QQI level 5 (two modules completed care skills and care of the older person). Please email you CV to or call Aoife on 090 662 5988”

Sligo Global Kitchen

Refugees and asylum seekers resident in Globe House Sligo and Eroc Centre Ballagherderreen through Sligo Global kitchen in collaboration with Drumanilra Farm, will host a food evening in St. Joseph’s Hall on Sunday February 24 from 3pm to meet the boyle community over traditional meals from their different cultures and are inviting all to come and share with them. It is a free event with donations accepted. More information on what they do will be on the Sligo global kitchen Facebook page and Drumanilra page as well. 

Boyle Golf Club Update 10th February

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Celtic Secure Crucial Win

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Roscommon & District Premier League

Ballinasloe Town 0 : Boyle Celtic 2

Report by Ronan Flanagan at Curragh Park, Ballinasloe

Boyle Celtic secured a crucial away victory in a bitterly cold Ballinasloe on Saturday night.
The away side started the brighter with Lee McKillen and Mick Corrigan both seeing efforts go wide.
Following this, Ballinasloe responded, although Mark Duffy failed to find the target.
However, it was ‘Celtic who scored the opener. Danny Browne’s excellent weighted ball found Corrigan and the striker found the net with his seventeenth league of the season.
Both sides had chances thereafter, but the score line remained in Boyle’s favour.
Half Time: Ballinasloe Town 0, Boyle Celtic 1.
Ballinasloe started the second half brighter with both Duffy and Aidan Dooney testing ‘Celtic Keeper Kyle Sweeney.
Just before the hour mark, Aaron O’Connor’s side doubled their lead. Jake McCrann spotted Corrigan, who in turn fed McKillen. A wicked delivery from the number nine was met brilliantly by Darren Foley whose bullet header found the corner of the net. That goal was the young player’s second goal in as many games.
Both Aaron Calpin and Niall O’Donoghue tried their luck as the clock ticked down, but to no avail as Boyle Celtic came out on top.
• Ballinasloe Town: P. Maloney, C. Clogher, D. Duffy, M. Lynch, D. Hope, J. Woods, R. Burke, M. Duffy, L. Lynch, D. Cullen, A. Dooney.
• Boyle Celtic: K. Sweeney, D. Carlos, J. Connolly, S. Purcell, C. Harrington, D. Foley, J. McCrann, D. Browne, A. Calpin, M. Corrigan (Capt), L. McKillen.
Subs used:
N. O’Donoghue for Foley (68 mins)
Referee: E. Deering 

The Gaelic Chieftain on the N4

The Gaelic Chieftain on the N4


Part time Job Available in Boyle

Sonas: Refuge Service Job Vacancies

Owner devastated after prized hen passes away

RTE News: The owner of a record-breaking hen who had consistently delivered five clutches of chickens per year said he is devastated after the hen passed away at the age of four-and-a-half years. He noticed that Marmalade (the hen’s name) did not seem well earlier this week and she died in the arms of his daughter Emma

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Tony Conboy’s “An Oblique View”

BloggerHeader_TonyConboy-(2)This week’s is a far-seeing, well constructed and keenly observed special ‘view’ with interesting content:
Congrats to Hal (Cawley); “THE PORT AUTHORITY” & Jarlath Tivnan; Evan McGrath ‘Man of the Match’; Launch of Boyle GAA’s ‘I’m a Celebrity… get me out of here’; Brady Rules at Atlanta; An Balla … Great (!) Walls; We live in historic times; Nurses Strike; Brexit, and concludes with the late Dave Allen’s special wish “Good night and may your God go with you.”

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Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery

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Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.
He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests.
He admitted that priests and bishops had abused nuns, but said the Church was aware of the issue and “working on it”.
Just days ago the Vatican’s women’s magazine, Women Church World, condemned the abuse, saying in some cases nuns were forced to abort priests’ children – something Catholicism forbids.
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“The Grind” Coffee Cart

If you are driving along the N4, and in the Ardcarne area, stop off at The Grind Coffee Cart. Daniel O’Neill serves some of the best coffee available as well as sandwiches and snacks
“We use only the finest quality coffee we can get our hands on and it’s locally sourced from the “Art Of Coffee” in Carrick on Shannon”

The two-faced (or three-faced) LIAR – Boyle Town Clock


St. Joseph’s Boys National School


Enrolment forms for St. Joseph’s Boys National School are now available from the school office if you wish to enrol your son for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please visit the school office for enrolment forms and all completed enrolment forms must be returned to St. Joseph’s B.N.S. on or before Friday 15th February.

Chris O’Dowd Wins Acclaim For Acting Success


Boyle Film TV and Stage actor Chris O’Dowd will be honored by the US-Ireland Alliance at the 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards, at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica on 21 February 2019.
• He joins fellow honorees Glenn Close and Aidan Gillen. Trina Vargo, founder and president of the US-Ireland Alliance, noted:
• “Chris’ well-deserved reputation as a great comedic actor belies his versatility, evident across a range of roles in television, theater and film, including a Tony Award nomination.”

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Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 30th January

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Exhibition of Photographs 2019

FOTOFIT CAMERA CLUB have been together happily snapping for the past three years. Excitement is building as we get ready for a special exhibition to be held later this year. The theme is Town Doorways and we invite interested parties to get involved with us.
Throughout our town of Boyle we have some very interesting facades. We would love to partner up with the people who own or work behind these doorways, be they business or private. if you are interested in letting us photograph your town door and possibly you outside it or if you require any further questions then please contact Veronica at 086 377 6258
or Sharon at 966 3146.

Stewarts Oil 24 hour filling stations and Central Heating Oil

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Irish Independent: ‘Serious’ snowfall on the way as mercury to plummet to -7C

A viewer wrote: “What are the Opening Hours at An Craoibhín?

An Craoibhin

Monday-Thursday: Breakfast 9-12 Lunch 12-4
Friday-Saturday: Breakfast 9-12 Lunch 12-4 Evening Meals 5-8.30
Sunday: Evening Meals 3.30-8.30

In praise of the Plunkett Home

Hi Sean – Adrian Hever here from Maynooth ex. Elphin Street. I had once again the absolute pleasure of visiting my Home Town of Boyle and in particular my Mam today accompanied by my 19 year old daughter Roisin. Mam is a resident in the Plunkett home for the last 2 years. We had some some lunch in the ‘old place’ served by Mary [An Craoibhín] which was excellent as always before we proceeded across the road to the Plunkett Home.
   • As soon as we walked in the front door the kindness shown to us was unbelievable. The Nurses and staff of the Plunkett Home are a truly exceptional bunch of people. Their compassion is unbelievable, nothing is a problem to them, their sincerity is so sincere, their care and genuine concern for all so impressive but mostly importantly of all their ability to show these wonderful qualities seems to come so natural to them. Take a bow each and everyone of you because you truly deserve it.
   • As we took the slip road of the motorway,  Roisin woke up and asked “when are we going to Boyle again Dad”. Soon Roisin very soon!. Good I want to go with you!
Kindest Regards Sean

Lough Key Forest Park 20th May 2018

A reminder that the weather will improve and that we have a beautiful Forest Park just a few kilometres from Boyle

Mná na Búille – Women of Boyle.

A book filled with memories and stories of twenty Boyle women reflecting growing up in the community; going to school, the chores they had to do, how they socialised and much more.
Get your copy of this very attractive and informative book at ÚNA BHÁN TOURISM on the grounds of King House. It is moderately priced at only €7

Mná ns Búille

Boyle Courthouse 


Best wishes from


Feighan congratulates Boyle’s Paul Young on his company’s fourth Oscar nomination

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Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated fellow Boyle native Paul Young whose animation studio Cartoon Saloon has just been nominated for yet another Oscar.
The company’s short film ‘Late Afternoon’ has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category.
This is more great news for Cartoon Saloon, the animation studio co-founded by Boyle native Paul, who is the company’s CEO.
   • I wish to warmly congratulate Paul and his company on this latest Oscar nomination; a fourth nomination which is an incredible achievement. Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is already a three time Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio.
   • I wish Paul and the Cartoon Saloon team the very best of luck at the upcoming Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles at the end of February.


Boyle Municipal District Representatives

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Keeping the Peace – a superb article and a reminder by Boyle’s Rachel Lavin

An old conflict and a new Border: How Britain’s exit from the European Union could threaten 20 years of peace in Northern Ireland.


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Redevelopment of the Royal Hotel Site

At a specially convened meeting, members of Boyle Municipal District approved the Chief Executive’s Report on Redevelopment of the Royal Hotel Site, Part 8 Planning.
The proposed redevelopment of the Royal Hotel Site is to include:
• Demolition of outbuildings to the side and rear of the original main structure.
• Refurbishment works to the original main structure (internal and external) into an Enterprise Centre and Exhibition Space
• Works to include; roof repairs, replacement of windows, repairs/painting of interior/exterior walls, replacement of floors, removal of exterior window shutters, installation of a lift to rear of original building and installation of heating/electrical equipment
• Construction of a River Side Promenade with a canoe dock, lighting, seating and landscaping
• Construction of a new Civic Space with acoustic shell, lighting, seating and landscaping to the rear of the original main structure
• All other associated site and ancillary works
Present at the meeting were; Shane Tiernan (Ros Co Director of Services), Pat Murtagh (Ros Co Director of Services),  Philip Fleming (Ros Co local Area Engineer), Adrian Kielty and Alan O’Connell (Ros Co Engineers), Ros Co Cllrs, Michael Mulligan (Chair), John Cummins, Liam Callaghan, Eileen Callaghan (Ros Co Area Recording Secretary)
The meeting was informed that early works have already started with removal of asbestos from the site and that further works will commence early in 2019 with approximately €200,000 available now and later provided the further applied for €2.9 million comes on stream, of which an estimated €600,00 will be required for developing the 3-storey main structure
Cllrs expressed the urgency of the project, and it was suggested that the Royal Hotel project will be a catalyst for further developments in town towards Boyle 2040

The Brexit Backstop … interpretation by Tony Conboy

A thoughtful well-researched guide to Brexit …

• So what exactly is a hard border?
• Why is the Irish Border such a big deal in Brexit?
• What exactly is the backstop?
• Why would there be a need for border checks?
• What backstop has the EU proposed as a solution?
• Does the UK like the EU’s proposed Backstop?
• Does anyone else NOT like the EU plan?
• What are the UK’s proposals for a wider EU-UK trade deal that might avoid a hard Irish border?
• What backstop has the UK proposed?
• Can a compromise be reached on the backstop?
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Eating out in the Boyle area

We have a number of very fine eateries in the Boyle area. You can be guaranteed a friendly welcome, excellent service and the very best of food from diverse menus in all of them. All establishments are taking orders now for Christmas Parties. Following here are just some of our venues, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER for eating out in the Boyle area …




Tai Chi Court Restaurant

Tara Marina Reataurant & Bar