TODAY – Tuesday 26th September: Brighter conditions with sunshine and scattered showers in the west extend eastwards to all parts by late morning. Some of the showers may be heavy and thundery. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees.
Roscommon Herald 26th September
The Toon Team – Mayo For Sam
James (Jimmy) Carty R.I.P.
The death has occurred of James (Jimmy) Carty, St. Patrick’s Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon on the 21st of September, peacefully at Roscommon Hospice. Predeceased by his loving wife Rosemarie, his father Michael, his mother Nora and his sister Virginia.
Jimmy will be sadly missed by his sisters Angela (Belfast) and Eva (Tipperary), nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends R.I.P.
Jimmy’s remains will be reposing at Mahon’s funeral home in Boyle, Sunday 24th of September from 4.30 to 6.30pm with arrival to St.Joseph’s Church, Boyle at 7pm.
The funeral mass will take place on Monday the 25th at 11am with burial afterwards to Assylynn cemetery, Boyle.
The funeral mass can be viewed live by logging into www.boyleparish.ie.
Should you wish to leave a message of sympathy, you may do so using the condolence link below.
Further enquiries to Higgins and Sons Funeral Directors, Boyle and Ballinameen.
Boyle Summer Show 17th September
“Thanks everyone for coming to Abbeytown yesterday to support the show. We all had a great day and the rain stayed away…til 5pm!”
Lough Key – Carrick on Shannon Greenway
Dwyer School of Speech, Drama & Communications
Dwyer School of Speech, Drama & Communications will hold Drama classes on Wednesday evenings in The Coleman Centre, Gurteen beginning September 27th & in Abbey Primary School Boyle on Thursday evenings from September 28th. Primary & secondary students are welcome. Diploma students are also welcome.
Call or text 0872219911 before September 20th for more information & to secure a place.
The Lawn, Boyle
Raymond Maughan … “I never get tired of hoping that the powers that be will one day do the right thing and reinvigorate the LAWN here in Boyle. The potential for that area is huge. I hope that whenever it happens the residents are consulted and that lessons from the past have been taken onboard.”
Roscommon Herald 12th September
Lead article “Chris sprinkles Hollywood stardust on Boyle” cover and page three …
Classes return Wednesday 13th September in Abbey Primary School Gym
• Pilates 6pm
• Tabata 7.10pm
• Run Strong 8.15pm
Also commencing Tuesday morning 19th September
• Bodyweight circuit 6.45am – 7.30am
To book please contact Ann 086 30788873
Bernard EGAN Snr R.I.P.
The Toon Team – Michael O’Leary – Ryanair
Kevin Flynn R.I.P.
Chris O’Dowd at work Friday 8th September
Lucy Gaffney (née Morrisroe) R.I.P.
Yoga Class – Liz Dwyer
Yoga commences on Tuesday next in the Convent Gym
7pm for ladies : Men’s class starts at 8.15pm. If interested in attending please contact 086 8690804 … Liz Dwyer
Reductions in speed limits for many Irish roads
Speed limits are set to be cut on a significant number of roads as authorities seek to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries.
Limits will be lowered to 80kmh on national secondary roads, 60kmh on local and rural roads, and 30kmh in town centres and housing estates as part of a major Government overhaul.
Roscommon Herald 5th September
The Toon Team – Libraries
Tonnis Takeaway, Elphin St., Boyle
St Joseph’s Church Folk Group
St Joseph’s Church Folk Group is currently recruiting singers and musicians. To join contact Joe at 0868305335.
Thank you, Joe Bannon
Feighan Welcomes Public Consultation on Proposed Greenway from Lough Key to Carrick-on-Shannon.
Hike in petrol and diesel prices
Motorists are facing a hike in the cost of refuelling their vehicles from midnight tonight 31st August, as excise rates are increased by the Government.
While the excise increases from midnight, price rises at all pumps will not be immediate. On the other hand, some forecourts with high turnovers purchase wholesale supplies every day, and in those cases retail prices will increase almost immediately.
Feighan will seek the FG nomination to contest the next General Election in the new Sligo/Leitrim/South Donegal Constituency
Three people including infant boy killed in collision
It is understood those killed and injured in Tipperary were all members of the same family. Two others were hurt in the crash which happened when the car hit a wall on the outskirts of Cashel last night, Tuesday 29th August.
Roscommon Herald August 29th
The Toon Team – Putin
St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter
Community Employment Scheme
Culture Night Roscommon 2023
Lennie Chen – Brilliant Boyle Pianist
Minister Neale Richmond, TD – Boyle Walkabout
Minister Neale Richmond, TD visited Boyle on Wednesday 23rd August. In the company of local TV Frank Feighan, Louise Ward (Roscommon Co Council) and others Minister Richmond enjoyed a Boyle walkabout that included a visit to our beautifully restored, The Royal (An Rioga)
Neale was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with special responsibility for Employment Affairs and Retail Business and the Department of Social Protection, in January 2023.
He was elected as a TD for Dublin Rathdown in the 2020 General Election. He was previously elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2016, on the Labour Panel, where he was the Fine Gael Spokesperson on European Affairs in the Seanad.
Arigna Mining Experience
I was delighted to take another trip to Arigna on Tuesday 22nd August and enjoyed the highly recommended Mining Experience and excellent Cafe for a third time
Robert’s find …
Having bought the former church hall on Military Road, Robert found this YMCA ladder
Roscommon Herald 22nd August
The Toon Team – Tubridy
Bus to Sligo Secondary Schools
Private school bus going to all Sligo Secondary schools commencing on September 4th from Boyle. There are very limited spaces available. Anyone wishing to avail of the service please contact 0851008030..
Marie McVeigh R.I.P.
The death has occurred of Marie McVeigh, née Woods, The Plains, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
-August 19th 2023-
Peacefully, at Sligo University Hospital.
Predeceased by her husband Oliver McVeigh, her parents Albert and Margaret Woods and her brother Lal (Jim) Woods.
Marie is sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sons Charlie, Oliver and Martin, daughters Jenny, Maggie and Geraldine, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
May Marie’s Gentle Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.
Marie will repose at Mahon’s Funeral Home, Boyle, on Monday (August 21st) from 5pm until 7pm. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in St. Michael’s Church, Cootehall, on Tuesday at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in Ardcarne Graveyard
House Strictly Private Please.
Funeral Mass may be viewed live on the following link https://www.churchtv.ie/cootehall
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Mahon’s Funeral Home, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
John Carty to perform at the Michael Coleman Music festival on Sunday 20th August
Boyle musician John Carty explores the rich tapestry of Sligo fiddle music by creatively interpreting the repertoire of local fiddle masters: Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, James Morrison, Lad O’Beirne, the Cawley’s and Michael Gorman. John Carty has been a fervent advocate of Sligo music since he first encountered the 78rpm recordings which had been re-released on LP in the 1970s. Since that time his passion has deepened and he is a firm ambassador and researcher of the style. In this show he will lead the audience on a journey through the story and landscape of this rich musical heritage. He will joined for some of the concert by his son, James, to emulate the double fiddle sound that has long been a feature of Sligo music since the 1920s.
Accompaniment will be provided by Brian McGrath on piano, a long-time collaborator with John Carty, who is also a gifted banjo player and fellow enthusiast of the music of this time period and area. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets priced at €15 are available from https://www.colemanirishmusic.com/product/john-carty/
Garda tattooed trainees dismissed
Discussing whether or not Gardai should be allowed to have tattoos is a waste of time and more important issues need to be addressed. That’s according to MEP Maria Walsh, who’s been reacting to the news that three Garda trainees were asked to leave training college for having tattoos … First World Problems !!!
Hanging Flower Baskets 2023
Roscommon Herald 15th August
Boyle GAA Club – Update
The Toon Team – Leitrim Lotto winner
Claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance
Jobseeker’s Allowance is a payment to people who are unemployed and who are actively seeking work. In Co Roscommon, 821 claims for Jobseeker’s allowance are currently active. 69 claims in Roscommon have been active for 10 years or more.
Second Gate, Rockingham
Roscommon Herald 8th August
The Toon Team – Taylor Swift
• The information screens at The Royal and King House grounds were active for a while. I was told the images displayed were not as intended. Hopefully, the correct software will be installed in them ASAP.
• What ever happened to the Boyle Chamber of Commerce website www.boyletm.com.…it hasn’t been updated for ages.
• Unabhan Tourism on the grounds of King House … is now called Discover Boyle …
The AGM will take place on Wednesday 16th August at Boyle Celtic clubrooms. 8pm
Membership has opened for the new season and is available at www.boyleceltic.ie
The remaining top soil will be sold on Saturday 12th August between 9am and 4pm
Directions: Continue out the Sligo Road, past the soccer pitch, right hand side.
A digger will be onsite to load it for people. As the saying goes, when it’s gone, it’s gone!
Roscommon Herald 1st August 2023
One of Roscommon’s most famous sons was flying the flag for the county on Sunday. Boyle man Chris O’Dowd was proudly wearing a Roscommon GAA t-shirt while watching the All Ireland Final on the telly.
Chris is the narrator in the recently released animation film, ‘Puffin Rock and the New Friends’, and he told Extra.ie that he was hoping to bring some more cinema to the northwest this autumn.
Coleman Music Centre
Live concert in the Coleman Music Centre in Gurteen Co Sligo F56 TF88 on Wednesday Aug 9th at 8pm with the wonderful Leonard Barry, Declan Folan & Seamie O’Dowd. Tickets are now on sale call 071 9182599 or visit our website www.colemanirishmusic.com
The Toon Team
Town name changes
A number of towns and villages have had the spelling of their names changed over the years. For example, familiar spellings for Ballisodare, Gurteen, Keadue, Enniscrone are now Ballysadare, Gorteen, Keadew, Inishcrone. Some of our readers may know why the familiar spellings were changed …
King House events for older people
King House will run a series of day-time events targeted at older people during August to October this year which is made possible through Creative Ireland funding.
• The first event will be a concert by Cathy Jordan in King House Boyle on Wednesday August 2nd at 2pm. Ticket price €5.00. Book by calling 087 144 4739.
• These events will form the nucleus of a wide-ranging diary of events for the new Cultural Companions programme in Roscommon, that will create local networks of people aged 50+ who accompany each other to arts and cultural events – an initiative of Roscommon Arts Office, Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon Volunteer Centre, Roscommon Age Friendly Programme and Age & Opportunity.
Great News for Viv Moran
Great news for Viv Moran who has been appointed as Roscommon’s very first Arts Coordinator. We can be assured that Viv will work hard to make a difference to the lives of many
The wonderful performance space behind The Royal is proving its worth. Arts Alive, drumming and song by the Brothers of Charity personnel delighted a large audience on a sunny Tuesday 26th July.
Rosie, Lizzi and children
Roscommon County Council appoints new Chief Executive
Shane Tiernan has taken the role following the agreement of the full council.
The Leitrim man has acted as the interim Chief Executive since the retirement of the previous CEO last September.
Prior to that Mr. Tiernan was Director of Services with Roscommon County Council with responsibility for Infrastructure, Planning and Emergency Services
Shane Tiernan has worked with Leitrim County Council where he was Acting Director of Services and Senior Executive Officer.
The Toon Team – An Rioga
BAF 2023 Lennie Chen Piano Recital
Official opening of An Ríoga (The Royal)
“New chapter for Boyle with the opening of An Ríoga (The Royal)”
A €3.4 million refurbishment of the old Royal Hotel in the centre of the town was opened on Wednesday 19th July, by Minister Heather Humphreys.
The building was purchased in 2017 by Roscommon County Council after it had lain vacant for many years and there appeared to be no commercial interest in developing it.
Roscommon County Council sourced funding for the space that has now been developed as a public exhibition area and enterprise hub.
The Toon Team TD
Stewarts Bonded Warehouse
Formerly St. Patrick’s Hall and later the Nire Factory
Why is Roscommon called Roscommon?
The name Roscommon is derived from Coman mac Faelchon who built a monastery there in the 5th century. The woods near the monastery became known as Ros Comáin (St. Coman’s Wood). This was later anglicised to Roscommon.
Jenny is home on holidays
Janny Jessop Artist, daughter of Denise and Sean O’Dowd, will be in her hometown for most of July. Jenny and her family who live in Melbourne, Australia is a frequent and welcome visitor here will have a large painting on display in King House during Boyle Arts Festival and a number of her works on display in windows on the Arts Trail, close to King House.
Eating out In Boyle
An Craoibhin, Elphin Street … Friday and Saturdays from 6pm enjoy delicious food like my choice of Steak Sandwich
The Toon Team – Wrong Sheep
Attached is the correct Roscommon County crest … and any other representation is incorrect!!! I designed and shared the Roscommon Crest shape and its contents for a competition sponsored by the Roscommonmens Association in Dublin through the Roscommon Herald. The scroll and Latin message were added later by the Heraldic Office I was encouraged to submit suggestions by Miceál O’Callaghan RIP, Des Kennedy RIP, and my parents RIP.
The Toon Team – RTE Breakup
Boyle Summer Show Launch
Actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd hopes to put his hometown of Boyle back in the spotlight in the near future.
It is understood the Boyle native is working on a new project which could be filmed in the local town.
O’Dowd previously gave global attention to Boyle when he filmed Moone Boy in various locations around the town.
The Toon Team – RTE
Schools Amalgamate … St. Joseph’s Boys NS and Scoil na nAingeal Naofa
Sixth class pupils of Boys from St.Joseph’s N.S. Pictured with Teacher Hugh Murphy and Principal Gerry Clifford pictured at closing of the school for the amalgamation of the Primary schools.
Pic Mary Regan
Sixth class Pupils from Scoil na nAingeal Naofa, Picture in St. Joseph’s Church Boyle at closing of the school for the amalgamation of the Primary schools.
Pic Mary Regan
The Toon Team – Magnum
Greenrock Convenience Store
Open daily … call into Laura for a chat and a coffee … on the Results Gym Campus
GreenRock Convenience Store, Main Street
Roscommon Herald 6th June
The Toon Team – Fake Tan
Boyle woman becomes Ryanair’s 10 millionth passenger at Knock Airport
The Toon Team – Sinn Fein N.I. Elections
The Second Gate
With a couple of broken windows and an increase of leafy growth, nature is slowly but surely shortening the possible life of the iconic, dilapidated, but beautiful, historic second gate, Rockingham
The Toon Team – Cllrs St. Patrick’s Day
Know Your Rights: April 2023 – Bike to Work Scheme
What is the Bike to Work Scheme?
The Bike to Work or Cycle to Work Scheme means your employer will pay for a new bike and equipment to encourage you to cycle to and from work. You then repay the cost through regular payments from your salary before tax or other deductions are made.
How do I buy a bike under the scheme?
Check with your employer first to see if they run the scheme. They may allow you to select the bicycle and equipment from any shop, or only certain bicycles from specific shops.
How much can I save?
You can save up to 52% of the retail cost of the bike and equipment if you pay the highest rate of tax. Your repayments come out of your salary before tax, USC and PRSI are deducted.
How much can I spend and what can I buy?
You have a choice of three limits that cover different types of bikes and any related safety equipment.
The limits are:
• €3,000 for cargo and ecargo bikes
• €1,500 for e-bikes and pedelecs (electrically assisted bikes)
• €1,250 for other bicycles
How often can I get a new bike?
Once every 4 years. The 4 years between tax breaks is counted by tax year, so if you bought your bike any time in 2020, you can avail of the next tax relief in January 2024.
Who owns the bike?
You do! You are fully responsible for the upkeep, safety, and roadworthiness of the bike once the sale is completed. You should consider insuring the bike, particularly against theft.
Read more about the Bike to Work Scheme on https://bit.ly/BikeToWorkScheme2023 or call us on 0818 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).
Know Your Rights has been compiled by South Connacht Citizens Information Service CLG, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0818 07 6330 Address: Boyle CIC, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0818 07 4000.
The Toon Team – Boris
The Toon Team – Free Holiday
The Toon Team – Sinead
The Irish Tricolour
175 years ago Thomas Francis Meagher, flew the Irish Tricolour for the first time ever on the Island of Ireland at 33 The Mall, Waterford City
Brogan’s Chemco Pharmacy
Drumderrig House Nursing Home
Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home
Ardcarne Garden Centre
Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant
Siobhan Gallagher Coaching
Sean Carty Cars
Magees Fashion Shop
Roscommon Herald 7th March
The Toon Team – Dail Pay
Roscommon Cllr Waldron (God help us) hasn’t a clue !!!
Councillor Tony Waldron is making comments after discovering the crest features a sheep breed that isn’t native to the county.
In a joint motion with Councillor Liam Callaghan at Monday’s Roscommon County Council Meeting , he believes the crest should highlight the county’s native Whig breed.
1. There is no such breed as “Whig” !!!
2. Attached is the correct crest … and any other representation is incorrect!!!
Online Piano Lessons
The Toon Team – Unfinished Royal
The Toon Team – Hospital Bed
Missed opportunities at Lough Key Forest Park
While it is true that people are delighted to have ‘The Park’ so close to Boyle as a day-time, go-to resort, things might have evolved differently. Back in time and at different times two families, Bleshim and Lahiff, operated a very successful restaurant and shop on the site.
Ed Sheerin, Strokestown/New Yorker hoped to raise money to build holiday lodges, but that never happened. Later a Canadian company produced a plan to build approximately 300 holiday lodges in the park. This company later became bankrupt.
Since then we have seen successful projects developed: Center Parcs near Ballymahon, Co Longford and Cabu Cabins near Killeshandra, Co Cavan. Closer to home, fast developing, beautiful Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway with its timber lodges is located a mile from Leitrim Village.
A short history of the L.Key Forest Park resort area (as I remember it)
The King Harman family gifted the resort area to the cash-starved Boyle Development Company. The area was then gifted to the Department of Forestry and Wildlife and under John Dwane a large restaurant and mini-market were built, the car parks were developed and a boat hire business was started. People came from near and far to experience the Lough Key Experience. Green-blazered attendants directed traffic to parking areas. There were several plans for further developments, and when the Dept of Forestry was disbanded, overnight the project was gifted to Coillte.
Then, a Strokestown/New Yorker held up further development for seven years while attempting to raise money for his visions for The Park.
Somewhere during this period, local activist and later TD, Frank Feighan started the Lough Key Action Group (was that it’s title?). A large group of interested persons travelled by train with Frank. We marched from Connolly Station to the Coillte HQ hoping for action on The Park.
The above is my hazy, maybe not totally accurate account of what happened. Perhaps viewers may add to my account or correct me where I was not accurate …
PS/ I published this account after checking at the time with a now-deceased local solicitor who assured me that my version of events was substantially correct !!!
Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway
Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway and surrounds are magnets for me. It is a developing magical facility between LEITRIM Village and Beirnes of Battlebridge … a true ‘getaway from it all’.
The Toon Team – Handsome Jack
The Toon Team – Second Gate
Center Parcs Longford Forest Holiday Resort is located a few miles from Ballymahon, Co. Longford. We thoroughly enjoyed an end-of-June family holiday there. Grandparents, Parents and Grandchildren agreed that Center Parcs Longford Forest is a magical place and well worth time spent there. We enjoyed loads of activities, restaurants and beautiful Timber-clad Lodge accommodation options tucked away amongst the trees, offering everything for a perfect short break, including Ireland’s largest water park, a Subtropical Swimming Paradise …
Sketches – entrance to L. Key Forest Park from the N4
“Non Nationals” – a short story by John Mulligan
Sketching, for me, is a challenging, occasional activity I have enjoyed since I was a pre-teen. Now in this Covid Lockdown era I find myself “drawn-to-drawing” with a renewed energy. “High Art” … certainly not … !!