TODAY – Monday 20th May:

Dry and bright this morning with plenty of sunny spells. A few showers will develop this afternoon, turning rather heavy and thundery at times. The showers will continue through to this evening and it will turn more overcast too. Highest temperatures of 20 to 23 degrees and light winds..

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Gardaí issue farm safety appeal after young teen found driving tractor

The tractor, with a roller attached, was being driven by a 14 year old with a 13 year old passenger.
Gardaí are appealing to the farming community to not put their children at risk by letting them control high powered farming machinery.
The call comes after an incident in Westmeath, where local Gardaí came upon tractor being driven by a 14 year old with a 13 year old passenger.
The machinery was uninsured and hadn’t been taxed in just short of 11 years.

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Roscommon Herald 14th May

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The Toon Team – Eurovision 2

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N4 entrance to Lough Key Forest Park

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Bluebells 2024

The Bluebells are in full and glorious colour at the moment.
Since last year, Coillte created a car park for several vehicles 300 metres from the entrance to the wood.

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The Toon Team – Eurovision 2024

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Roscommon Herald 7th May 2024

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John Burke R.I.P.

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John died on Saturday 4th May 2024. John’s family and his many friends are deeply saddened at his passing.. Condolences to Richie, Emma and families.

John will repose in Mahon’s funeral home, Boyle, on Tuesday, the 7th of May, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm to arrive to St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle, at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, the 8th of May, at 11am (Funeral Mass can be viewed live on http://www.boyleparish.ie) burial afterwards to Assylinn Cemetery Boyle. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Northwest Hospice.

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“Daisy is missing…

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She’s a much-loved child’s cat, tabby with white markings, very friendly. If you see her, please leave a comment or call 087 2373916″

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Ardcarne Garden Centre

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend so it’s time to join the buzz to save the bees. Lock those lawnmowers away and take part in No Mow May
Start small – try leaving a strip unmown and see what happens – you might see all sorts of pollinator-attracting plants appearing. If you don’t have a lawn you can try switching over a border or window box to wildflowers.
If you would like to grow your own wildflower meadow do visit us instore from some friendly expert advice!

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C E Scheme Vacancy

Boyle Group Scheme Ltd, Boyle have the following positions available on its Community Employment Scheme, One Support Worker/Receptionist (Citizen’s Information Office), Three General Operatives. No experience is necessary and accredited training will be provided to support your career development. The contract is for a minimum of one year. Please contact your local Department of Social Protection for eligibility status or telephone 086 1456519/email healyboylegroupscheme@gmail.com
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Boutique hotel and farm shop for Boyle?

Plans to develop a boutique hotel and farm shop are still being considered for Boyle according to a well-known local business couple Liam and Justina Gavin

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Roscommon Herald 30th April

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The Toon Team …

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Second Gate, Rockingham 28th April 2024

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The Toon Team – 23rd April

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Roscommon Herald 23rd April

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Boyle Arts Festival

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Tickets for the Paul Brady concert on July 26th are expected to sell out very quickly. Anybody looking for tickets after this will be directed to a waiting list on Citizen Ticket.

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April is blossom season

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Elvin Earley

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Elvin Earley, 26 Church View, Boyle , Co. Roscommon and formerly of Farnagh Estate, Longford.
October 11th, 1976 – April 15th, 2024
Funeral Arrangements will be announced later.

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Roscommon Herald 16th April

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The Toon Team – Hearing Aids

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All Ireland Strategic Rail Review to be published

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Some improvements will be made to the existing Sligo to Dublin Connolly line however, with more carriages set to be added to all services to allow more passengers to travel.

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Some churches may not have weekly Mass in future years

A leading local parish priest says some churches may not have a weekly Mass in the future because of declining vocations.
It was announced yesterday the dioceses of Achonry and Elphin are to merge.
Fr Vincent Sherlock, the parish priest of Tubbercurry and Cloonacool, says a sharp drop in vocations is one of the factors.

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Stewarts Oil

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Order yours today … Call 071 967 0100

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Boyle GAA Club – Update

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The Toon Team – Cabinet Reshuffle

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The Toon Team – New Taoiseach

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St. Patrick – Legend

The Late Malachy Beirne told me a story several years ago…
St. Patrick and his entourage came to Boyle from the Copse area, created St. Patrick’s Well on the Boyle river and camped overnight near Assylinn. The next morning they were disappointed to note that their horses had been stolen. St. Patrick then put a curse on Boyle that it would never prosper … and the rest is history.

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

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Center Parcs, Co. Longford – kitchen & living area

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Deposit Return Scheme – Citizens Information

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The Toon Team – good weekend

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Boles of Boyle … Sketch by Sean O’Dowd

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The Toon Team – St. Patrick’s Day

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Boyle Active Age:

5 day holiday to Letterkenny, Donegal on 17th June.
Tour will visit Malin Head, Derry City and other sights. Anyone over 50 may join us. You don’t have to be a member of our club. Contact Patricia on 087- 77804917 or Edward on 086-2215654.

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Comhrá at Boyle Library

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Are you interested in Irish? Would you like to improve your Irish conversational skills? Comhrá is an informal Irish conversation group meeting on Tuesday evenings in Boyle Library.
Fáilte roimh chách!
For further details contact: boylelibrary@roscommoncoco.ie
I was delighted to attend Comhrá in Boyle Library, and hope to attend future gatherings each Tuesday at 6.30pm in the comfortable, warm, Boyle Library …
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Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home

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The Toon Team – Chair

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The Toon Team – Referendum

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Boyle Abbey

51502099871_ad74f730cd_kThis Cistercian monastery was founded in the twelfth century by monks from Mellifont Abbey under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. It was one of the most powerful of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland and among the foremost in Connacht.

Cromwellian forces wreaked devastation when they occupied the abbey in 1659. It was further mutilated during the following centuries when it was used to accommodate a military garrison. Despite all the violence it has suffered over the centuries, Boyle Abbey is well-preserved and retains its ability to impress.

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The Toon Team – Joe Finnegan

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Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Sligo / Dublin train

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Still no catering trolley on the Sligo/Dublin train … !!
Many will remember when there was also a full drinks bar on the train…
However, it is great having seven up and seven down trains with stops in Boyle on the Sligo/Dublin line.
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The Toon Team – Eamon Ryan

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Boyle GAA Club – Update

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The Toon Team – Dermot Bannon

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The Gaelic Chieftain sculpture on the N4

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Highest percentage of local NCT failures in Castlerea

Of the 5 centres located in Longford, Leitrim, and Roscommon, Castlerea had the highest amount of inspection failures with 45.7% of cars not passing.

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The Toon Team – Tornado

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Roscommon Herald – new website

Your favourite local newspaper has a new website. Log in to www.roscommonherald.ie

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The most recent plans include the development of close to 200 new lodges, sauna pods and staff welfare facilities along with a new coffee shop and restaurant at the resort in Longford.

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The Toon Team – Katie Taylor

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Upgrade of the streetscape in Boyle town centre.

Work on the upgrade of the streetscape in Boyle town centre has commenced this week.
The work will involve a transformation and upgrade of Bridge Street and Shop Street along with the former Royal Car Park off Shop Street.
Footpaths will be widened, cabling laid underground including ducting for fibre broadband, new decorative street lighting installed, high-quality paving with granite kerbs (supplied locally by
Feelystone) will also be laid and the carriageway will be resurfaced.
Car parking will be restricted on each side of the bridge to assist the extension of the footpaths and provide better visibility in that important area. The existing former Royal Hotel car park will
be totally remodeled and laid out to provide 78 car parking spaces including a number for disabled access, resulting in an increase in car parking spaces overall. Ducting will also be provided for additional car charging points in the car park.
The current pedestrian crossings at Bridge Street and Shop Street will be widened and upgraded to improve functionality by extending build-outs to improve visibility with upgraded
flashing beacons installed at each crossing.
Contractor availability and procurement have been the main factors in arriving at a commencement date with work taking place in sections to minimize disruption to the public, commencing this week on Shop Street with a break for the Christmas period.
Traffic management restrictions will be in operation for the duration of the works with an anticipated completion date (weather dependent) of early summer 2024.•
• Chairman Of Boyle Town Team Ciaran Sheerin said the Team welcomes the commencement of the public realm works.
“These works, which are several years in the making, aim to create a pedestrian-friendly town centre with attractive low maintenance paving and decorative lighting”.
“The public realm works increase the uniform appearance of our streetscape from King House through Bridge Street to Shop Street and will be a good linkage with the works already
completed this year at An Rioga (former Royal Hotel premises)”.
“The widening of the pedestrian paths is in line with efforts in similar size towns and the purpose is to improve safety of public crossing points, provide opportunities for streetscape appearance
addon’s (planting, seating etc.) and increase town centre footfall to the benefit of residents and businesses alike”.
“These works directly impact the focus areas outlined in Boyle 2040 and also bring much needed renewal to adjacent areas”.
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The Toon Team – Toy Show

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The Toon Team – Christmas Tree

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The Toon Team – MacSharry

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The Toon Team – Budget

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The Toon Team – ROCK ‘N ROLL KIDS

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The Toon Team – Meteorites

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The Toon Team – Mayo For Sam

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The Lawn, Boyle

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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.”

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The Toon Team – Michael O’Leary – Ryanair

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The Toon Team – Libraries

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The Toon Team – Putin

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Arigna Mining Experience

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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

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The Toon Team – Tubridy

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The Toon Team – Leitrim Lotto winner

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The Toon Team – Taylor Swift

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The Toon Team

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Roscommon Crest

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 symbols represent:
St Asicus, (patron saint of Elphin) Roscommon Sheep, the ancient site at Rathcroghan and Douglas Hyde (penname “An Craoibhín Aoibhin”)

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The Toon Team – RTE Breakup

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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.

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The Toon Team – RTE

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Open daily … call into Laura for a chat and a coffee … on the Results Gym Campus

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The Toon Team – Sinn Fein N.I. Elections

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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

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The Toon Team –  Cllrs St. Patrick’s Day

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The Toon Team – Boris

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The Toon Team – Free Holiday

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The Toon Team – Sinead

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The Irish Tricolour

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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

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Brogan’s Chemco Pharmacy

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Drumderrig House Nursing Home

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Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home

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Ardcarne Garden Centre

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Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant

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Stride-Beyond Coaching

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Stewarts Oil

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Siobhan Gallagher Coaching

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Sean Carty Cars

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Marians Fashions

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Magees Fashion Shop

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Roscommon Herald 7th March

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The Toon Team – Dail Pay

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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!!!

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Online Piano Lessons

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The Toon Team – Unfinished Royal

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The Toon Team – Hospital Bed

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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.

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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 !!!

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Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway

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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’.

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The Toon Team – Handsome Jack

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The Toon Team – Second Gate

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Center Parcs

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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 …

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Sketches – entrance to L. Key Forest Park from the N4

 

“Non Nationals” – a short story by John Mulligan

Listen to John Mulligan’s beautifully written and spoken story of a generous Christmas charitable act to fellow, but less fortunate humans …

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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 … !!