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Roscommon Herald 22nd September

Herald_mastPage 1 & 3: Boyle area records high number of Covid-19 cases
Page 24: Rhona McGrath putting her stamp on county’s arts scene
Page 34: New plans aim to ‘reimagine’ Boyle town centre
Page 35: Concerns over reduction in number of parking spaces in Boyle Town centre
Page 38: All political breakages must be paid for (John Mulligan)
Page 47: Another AIMS award for Boyle Musical Society

The Weather

TODAY – TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER: Mainly dry during the morning. A spell of more persistent and locally heavy rain will develop in western areas in the early afternoon, extending to all parts by early evening. Windy, in moderate to fresh south to southwest winds, strong in coastal areas. Clearer conditions, with scattered showers, will follow. Maximum temperatures 14 to 17 degrees.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

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Stór Seanfhocal – Tomás P. Ó Móráin

Bíonn an rogha is fearr ag an gceannaí a bhíonn amuigh go luath
• The early bird catches the worm

Proverbs

A collection of 250 of the most popular proverbs in English and Irish.
• 88 pages, A4, in colour
• Highly recommended by experts in the education field
• For Information please call Tomás P. Ó Móráin on 086 081 5635
Copies of this great publication are available at the Una Bhan Craft Shop

The Toon Team – Wall Around Dublin

Wall-Around-Dublin

Ladies football Monday evenings

“Ladies football Monday evenings 8pm-9pm at Boyle Celtic Astro pitch.
EVERYONE welcome – no experience necessary, even if you’ve never kicked a football in your life or just in years, it’s a lot of fun and some great outdoor exercise.”

Boyle GAA Club – update 21st September

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Boyle Golf Club Update

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Please help us to get over the line!!

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Boyle Community Tennis Club has 2 tarmacadam courts which were last resurfaced over 20 years ago. We have been awarded a Sports Capital Grant but we need to fundraise to make up the shortfall. Almost all of our planned fundraising events are not possible this year due to Covid-19 related restrictions. We are appealing for your help to get us over the line and ensure the community courts are resurfaced with a synthetic grass surface. This all-weather surface will greatly enhance the facility and extend the playing season. As a token of our appreciation if €10 or more is donated you will be entered in a draw for 1-year free family membership. Thank you
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Found – Yellow cover sheet

Found in Abbeytown: Large yellow-coloured cover sheet … might be for a trailer. Owner is asked to contact Siobhan Lloyd, Maple Drive, Boyle

Nuala Campbell (née Bushell) R.I.P.

Nuala Campbell (née Bushell), Kells, Co. Meath and Boyle Co. Roscommon. September 17th 2020, peacefully, in the tender care of the staff at Our Lady’s Hospice, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Beloved mother of Michelle and Shane. She will be sadly missed by her loving family and their partners, granddaughter Amelie, sisters Deirdre and Sheila, brothers Fergus and Ronan, neighbours and her many friends.

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Culleenamore, Strandhill, 8pm, 19th September

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For the Love of It :: Boyle Songwriters Collective

A documentary on how the love for song, music and expression can weave people together, inspire and bring a certain magic to life in rural Ireland. Hear the stories and songs of the artists, teachers, poets, traffic wardens, boxers, the local people brought together by the love for creativity and song.
Funded by Roscommon County Council for Roscommon Culture Night 2020.Videography by Fionn

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Tadhg TV Update

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

St. Joseph's Church, Boyle

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“Those Were The Days” Clones 1964

Clones All Ireland Fleadh 1964All Ireland Fleadh Ceol 1964 – Clones Left: Sean O’Dowd, Michael Feely (RIP) 4th left Noel Carroll (RIP) 5th left Barry Feely.

Roscommon People

Roscommon-People_mastThe weekly newspaper is available for you. Read the full edition of this week’s paper, FREE online:
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Places to visit in north County Roscommon

While all of the ‘major’ attractions close to us are well known and publicised, there are others that deserve attention. The following sites are located on a lovely stretch of roadway between between Keadue and Kilronan Castle Hotel:

Knockranny Wood Amenity Area

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This amenity gem is well worth diverting to for its Lough Meelagh viewing point and an ever-changing lakeshore, accommodating all the local Flora and Fauna in total harmony.

 

Kilronan Cemetery – burial place of  Turlough O’Carolan

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Turlough O’Carolan, (born 1670, near Nobber, County Meath, Ireland—died March 25, 1738, Alderford, County Roscommon), one of the last Irish harpist-composers and the only one whose songs survive was a blind Celtic harper, composer and singer in Ireland whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. Although not a composer in the classical sense, O’Carolan is considered by many to be Ireland’s national composer. Remembered as one of the last Irish harpist-composers and the only one whose songs survive in both words and music in significant number (about 220 are extant).

St. Lasar’s Well

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The Holy Well, close to Keadue is called “Lasar’s Well” after St. Lazar. “Rounds” are performed and prayers are said there. The people who go to ‘Holy’ wells go round them three times and while doing so they say the rosary. The people also take three mouthfuls of water each time they go round the well. There is a flagstone at St. Lasar’s well and people can go out under the flagstone three times to get relief from pains in their backs.

Roscommon Herald 15th September

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The Toon Team – Mairead McGuinness

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The Toon Team – Red C Poll

 

Boyle Tuition Centre

Biology and Maths Classes. Please call Ann 0n 086 877 0252

Boyle Golf Club Update

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Public Consultation on Roscommon Co Council plans for Boyle

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A very informative public realm consultation on the excellent proposed developments for Boyle was held in King House on Friday 11th September, 1pm-3pm. The pre-planning consultation included the display of drawings. Members of the public were welcome to make comments or observations to the Roscommon County Council regeneration team.
• The plan will propose that the Crescent parking arrangements be changed to include shared spaces and amenity areas.
• There will be a redesign of the existing public car park adjacent to the Post Office.
• Several further enhancements are proposed to our streetscape.
• All of the drawings will be available soon on the Roscommon Co Council website

Supporting Boyle Traders

Open Table Restaurant, Beef Lunch with all of the traditional trimmings … DELICIOUS !!

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Ballyfarnon NS – job available

Ballyfarnon NS is seeking applications for the position of temporary part-time cleaner / caretaker. General cleaning of school 5 evenings per week (Monday to Friday). The appointment is subject to Garda vetting. Please apply by email to ballyfarnonns@gmail.com, or by letter to: The Chairperson (Cleaner Position) Ballyfarnon NS, Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon,before 3.00pm on Wednesday 16th September. is seeking applications for the position of temporary part-time cleaner / caretaker. General cleaning of school 5 evenings per week (Monday to Friday). The appointment is subject to Garda vetting. Please apply by email to ballyfarnonns@gmail.com, or by letter to: The Chairperson (Cleaner Position) Ballyfarnon NS, Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, before 3.00pm on Wednesday 16th September.

St Patrick’s Well, Boyle

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Legend has it that St. Patrick created St. Patrick’s Well when he and his band of followers visited the Boyle area and camped near Assylinn. “Having been refused water for their horses, St. Patrick created the well so that there would always be water available for man and beast in the area.” The legend says that his and other horses were stolen during the night resulting in St. Patrick’s Curse that “Boyle will never prosper”. Maybe the time has come for the Curse to be lifted, and Boyle will prosper at some time in the future

Boyle Drumanone Dolmen

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Our 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

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Community Monuments Fund 2020

“Hi all, The National Monuments Service has just announced a new Community Monuments Fund 2020 – the first time ever I have seen a grant scheme for archaeological monuments!
The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday 17th September. Please submit your application to heritage@roscommoncoco.ie .
RCC can select a max of 3 projects from community groups or owners/custodians of monuments for consideration by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.
In order to be eligible for the grant scheme all works must be completed & a recoupment claim made to the Department by 10th November 2020……….
It’s an unbelievably tight timeframe, but maybe we can achieve something positive for the county from it……
If you have an application in mind, please ring me on 087 9078860 or email heritage@roscommoncoco.ie to discuss your project idea and I’ll help out as best I can within the time constraints
Best regards, Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer RCC”

Siobhan Gallagher Career and Life Coaching

Congratulations to the Leaving Certificate students of 2020 and best wishes to all who are awaiting CAO offers over the coming days and/or planning for their next phase of life.
However, we all know that choosing the right career and maximising your potential is about more than passing examinations, it is about identifying your strengths, skills, and interests, and working with them.
Through psychometric questionnaires, students can gain a deeper understanding of their personality and strengths leaving them in a better position to make informed decisions on subjects and career choices. Through career coaching, suitable occupations, courses and subjects can be narrowed down.
Coaching can be of benefit to Transition year or Leaving Certificate Cycle students who may need support in best understanding-
• Their strengths
• Leaving Cert subjects to choose
• Options after secondary school and CAO choices
• Potential career options
For further information visit www.siobhangallaghercoaching.com

The Toon Team – Drumshanbo Distillery

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Boyle Tuition Centre

Biology and Maths Classes. Please call Ann 0n 086 877 0252

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The Gaelic Chieftain

Gaelic-ChieftainThe Gaelic Chieftain is one of Ireland’s most magnificent road-side sculptures. Overlooking the site of the Battle of the Curlew Pass near Boyle, this impressive metal piece can be seen on the bypass about 2 kilometers northeast of the battlefield, just off the N4 motorway.
• Adjacent to the sculpture is a picnic area, where one can sit and take in the magnificent views over beautiful countryside and distant Lough Key.
• This sculpture by Maurice Harron, was unveiled on April 12th 1999, in commemoration of this 400-year-old victory. Maurice lived in the Boyle area for a number of years and was an Art Teacher in Roscommon Town.

The Lawn – a start on things to come

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September 2020 will, we hope, be a month to remember as it may be the month that long-promised, and new works get underway on a large government/Co Council financial allocation to developing our town.
As a lead-in, we were delighted that Roscommon Co Council had staff undertake a cleanup of The Lawn, located alongside the river from the Town Center Bridge to Tobar Padraig. The pathway was cleaned, fine chippings laid, bushes trimmed etc. Yes, The Start is underway here and soon to follow on previously reported areas Main Street, The Royal Hotel, Pleasure Grounds, etc

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A trip to Keadue & Arigna Mining Experience

Tuesday 1st September was a lovely sunny, mild day. Following two funeral masses, and ‘armed’ with my trusty Samsung Smartphone, I decided on a long-overdue trip to two of North Roscommon’s prime visitor attractions, the beautiful award-winning village of Keadue and the marvellous Arigna Mining Experience. Straight from the phone, the following photos will remain a very pleasant memory of places you might decide to visit.

Keadue, Co Roscommon

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Arigna Mining Experience

20200901_142150Highlights for me were to discover a shop full of craft items (including ‘Donkeys Milk Soap’, A great ‘full Irish’ breakfast and the fully informed, laid-back, humour of tour guide Ger Cullen (a former miner).

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Drumcoura City – “Leitrim is Amazing”

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Friday 28th August:  I had the pleasure of a meal in Drumcoura City, outside Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. I felt it right that I ask the chefs to come forward from their busy kitchen so that I could compliment them on my meal of Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and the Tastiest Steak – EVER !!! Thank you Drumcoura for your excellent service and great, great meal. “I will be back”

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Community Enhancement Programme 2020

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Funding will be provided under the Community Enhancement Programme, and is in addition to €2 million provided under that programme earlier this year.
• Who is eligible to apply? Any not-for-profit community or voluntary group can apply.
• Who is NOT eligible to apply? Commercial organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding.

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Ladies football

Ladies football Monday evenings 8pm-9pm at Boyle Celtic Astro pitch.
EVERYONE welcome – no experience necessary, even if you’ve never kicked a football in your life or just in years, it’s a lot of fun and some great outdoor exercise.

The Toon Team “Three Billboards outside Boyle, County Roscommon”

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The Bush Hotel, Carrick

Creative use of timber at The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, one of three great hotels 10 miles from Boyle

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Are you Learning Irish?

Then welcome to Foras na Gaeilge’s English-Irish Dictionary. The dictionary is available free of charge and has been adapted to work both on desktop computers and on mobile devices. As well as translations for the English content, the dictionary also contains grammatical information and sound files.

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Roscommon Co Council Online Services

Avail of a growing number of online services provided by Roscommon County Council.
• You can avail of some services anonymously. However, for some services you will be required to login or register to use the service. This is necessary where we need to interact with you to complete the delivery of the service.
• Creating an account saves you time, as your contact information will be automatically filled in each time you access one of our new online forms.
• You can also track your requests and will receive email updates on your requests.

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The Crescent – Casual Trading Spaces

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New Markings were laid this morning (Friday 14th August) on The Crescent to indicate spaces where Casual Traders may operate.
A summary:
• Roscommon County Council produced draft bye-laws to deal with the issue of casual trading in the county. The draft document proposes to regulate casual trading by limiting it to specified pitches, with an annual fee of €300 per pitch.
• Traders will be allowed to operate for no more than three days a week in the county, and no more than two days a week in any one town.
 Traders will require a tax clearance certificate and insurance cover, and will have to comply with certain standards. Playing of music from stalls will not be allowed under the proposals, and traders will not be permitted to expand their operations outside the licensed pitch.
• Local farmers selling cabbage plants etc and specified types of fruit and vegetables will not be affected by the new bye-laws.
• It is hoped that these new bye-laws will go a long way towards dealing with ongoing issues in the casual trading sector in Boyle and other towns.

Introduction to Boyle Abbey – OPW

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This is a project Michael Joseph Dolan put together with his colleague Thomas Campbell, who both work as guides in Boyle Abbey.
In doing so, they hope to give a flavour of what the Abbey has to offer to those who would like to visit, but are prohibited from doing so during these times.

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Know your rights: Returning to school

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King House

King House is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion located in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers.

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The Toon Team – Town Team AGM

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Businesses in Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal have received just under €9 million to date from the Government’s COVID-19 Restart Grant to help them get back on their feet, Minister Frank Feighan has confirmed. The four local authorities are responsible for administering the Government’s Restart Grant and have confirmed that, in total, small and micro businesses have now been allocated €8,775,018.

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Roy, Mickie, Seamus

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Seamus Young celebrated his 64th Birthday on July 22nd

Jinny’s Tearooms, Acres, Drumshanbo

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Take a trip to Drumshanbo, and just before you get there on the road from Leitrim Village, stop off for a while and enjoy great food and friendly service at the wonderful Jinny’s Tearooms alongside McGuire’s Holiday Cottages and Acres Lake

Skirma’s Facemasks

Skirma's Facemasks

Skirma makes a fabulous collection of colourful, all-cotton, washable facemasks. Each one has an inside pocket to incorporate an extra filter of your own choice.
To buy yours, drop into Skirma on The Crescent, Boyle, or call her on 087 904 4221

Skirma's Sewing Services

Supporting Boyle Businesses – King House Tea Rooms

King House TearoomsBreakfast at King House Tearooms, Boyle … I enjoyed Poached Eggs, Sausages and Bacon as well as the welcoming banter !!

Alcoholics anonymous

Just a gentle reminder –  “we would be delighted if you could put a small message on realboyle.com regarding our AA meeting. It takes place every Thursday at midday in St. Joseph’s Hall.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Their stated purpose is to enable “members to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical.”