Please support our Boyle Traders of the Day, 22nd January 2019

Xtra Mile Wash & Valet Centre : Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant : Abbey House B&B : Paul Deane Appliance Repairs

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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.

Paul Young / Cartoon Saloon “Late Afternoon”

Through this beautiful little Cartoon Saloon movie, the word ‘Dementia’ is not mentioned, but must surely have been there as a ‘sub-text’ for its creators…

Boyle Chamber Lotto Results – Monday January 21st 2019   

Numbers drawn: 7, 14, 16, 21
Jackpot winner: John McGuinn
Match three winners: B. Connell, The Gang, Creighton’s
Thank-you to all who support the draw. Next draw Monday January 28th 2019 at 11.00pm in Creighton’s Bar. Jackpot €2540.00

Grange NS Enrolment

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our School for the 2019/20 academic year, please contact us on 071 966 3424.

Daly’s Off Licence, Award Winners


Sarah Jane Daly wrote: “Our small family run business are so so proud at tonight’s awards to bring the Connaught/Ulster Off-Licence of the year Award back to Daly’s in Boyle”

Roscommon Herald – 22nd January


Work to start on major N4 project

After decades of campaigning and waiting, a government minister is at last expected to be turning the sod at the end of this month to mark the official start of work on the new €100m N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road.

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St. Patrick’s Day Meeting, Tuesday 22nd January

*INVITATION* An open invitation to YOU to join the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Additional members are requested and will be welcome to join the committee. “We will have no more that 5 one hour meetings between now and 17th March, and could do with some extra hands. Please come along to our meeting on Tuesday 22nd January at 7.30pm in Boyle Enterprise Centre.
   • The St. Patrick’s Day Parade offers a great opportunity for businesses and clubs to show themselves to the hundreds of people who enjoy our parade every year. YOU can help us to make this year’s parade a ‘Best Ever’ for the Town We Love So Well.

Keith Suffin …

Boyle branch Fine Gael has nominated retired mayor & former town councillor Keith Suffin as candidate for forthcoming county council elections in May. Selection convection is this Friday night in Strokestown . .

Keith Suffin


Boyle GAA club would like to extend heartfelt sympathies to the Grogan and Keane families on the untimely passing of the late Ann Grogan, Ballinlough. Condolences are also offered to the Michael Glavey Club family on the loss of a valued friend and member. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis
• The Club also sympathizes with Club Trustee, Mr Christopher O ‘Connor and the the O ‘Connor family on the passing of Mrs Margaret O’Connor. May her gentle soul Rest In Peace
• Boyle GAA Club registration evening will be held on Monday 30th January from 7-9pm in the club house. Any players born before 1st January 2013 invited to register so that they can train and play for the club in 2019. Cost: 12 yrs and under €50, 13-18yrs €60, Non-playing Adult €30.
• And finally Enda Smith will be presenting his international rules series in Australia from 2017 to the club at 7.30 the 28th during the underage presentation.

‘Celtic Return to Winning Ways

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Roscommon & District Premier League

Boyle Celtic 4 : Ballymoe FC 2
By Ronan Flanagan
Boyle Celtic returned to winning ways in the Roscommon & District Premier League following a four goals to two victory over Ballymoe on Sunday afternoon.

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Boyle Branch Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (O.N.E.) Annual General Meeting

Thursday, 24th January: The Annual General Meeting of the Boyle Branch of O.N.E. (Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) will be held in Daly’s Lounge, Bridge Street, Boyle at 8.30pm.
All members are requested to attend.
Any former members of the Army, FCA, RDF, Civil Defence, Red Cross or Garda Siochana wishing to join are welcome to attend.

Michael Lavin’s Charity Cycle


Boyle man Michael Lavin will be taking on a 200km cycling challenge between Dublin and Galway city this Friday in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Over 100 young scientists will be hoping to beat their record form last year and raise over €40,000 for the children’s hospital
Donation in support of Michael’s cycle can be made to Michael’s fundraising page at

The Toon Team – Senator Frank Feighan


Boyle GAA Update 21st January

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Boyle Golf Club Update 20th January

RULES NIGHT – The club owes Jim Mooney a debt of gratitude for the very informative presentation he gave on the new rules in the clubhouse on Thursday the 17th of January. Jim did a fine job in highlighting some of the changed rules that are likely to catch out players in competitions during the year, which include such fundamental ones such as the new method of taking a drop in a relief situation, to the reduced time now permitted to search for a lost ball. Thanks again to Jim for making himself available and fielding the many queries on the night.
RESULTS – The winners of the fourball betterball held on Sunday were the 2 convenors, Willie Tiernan and Vincent Egan, with a fine score of 44 points. Seamus Gallagher and Michael Reid claimed second place with 43 points, just shading Tommy King and Paul Connolly in to 3rd place on countback.
FIXTURES – The mens’ competition next Sunday, the 27th of January, is  an 18 hole stableford.  The Spring League for men and women is on the weekends of the 2nd, 9th and 16th of February

Boyle Municipal District Representatives

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter 20th January

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This week’s TV viewing reviewed for you by Tadhg GriffinTadhgTV


Carrick Cineplex 18th to 24th January

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Úna Bhán Community NotesUnaBhan

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Progress with the Royal Hotel


Friday 18th January: At a Boyle Municipal District Meeting, and following a question re progress at the Royal Hotel from Cllr John Cummins, Shane Tiernan (Roscommon Co Director of Services) stated that:
   • Contractors have been appointed to remove all asbestos on and in the building. (I have been told that there are only two companies in Ireland with qualifications to handle and remove asbestos)
   • Demolition Contractors will be appointed next week to remove parts of the current structure, and it is anticipated that planned works will start shortly afterwards

Senator Frank Feighan – positive comments on Boyle

Frank Feighan TD

“I am very proud to say that Boyle town is in the middle of a deep transformative stage at the moment, thanks to the good work of many people.
The Boyle 2040 plan is clearly the road-map and feeds directly into the Government’s Project Ireland 2040.
  • Indeed, through my representation as a local Government public representative, Boyle is one of the few towns name-checked in this national blueprint document and I am delighted at the plans now underway to develop Boyle as an historic and strategically located town whose urban core has been underdeveloped in recent years.
  • I am very pleased that the town has already become a major beneficiary of Government investment with Boyle 2040 being the key driver in leveraging funding…”

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AGM – Courthouse Development Company


Thursday 17th January: The following were declared company executive officers: Chair, Frank Geelan; Joint Treasurers, Dara Callaghan and Terry Rooney; PRO, Padraig Langan. The positions Secretary and Members of Committee will be decided following the Company’s next meeting tentatively arranged for Thursday 25th January. A thorough Open Discussion highlighted the exciting future ahead for the building and its Model Railway project with references to the fund raising requirements and employment possibilities of the venue that will add to the tourism and attractions available in the Boyle area.

GAA club raffles graveyard plot for two

A GAA club has come up with a novel way of paying off the last of a €1.5m “debt” – by raffling a “priceless” graveyard plot for two.
Corduff Gaels are holding a raffle tomorrow in Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, where they’ll auction the “graveyard plot for two of your choice in Corduff or Raferagh Cemetery”. “And, inevitably, death will come to us all, so this is a really priceless prize.”

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Boyle Abbey – a reminder


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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The Toon Team – Eviction


Tony Conboy’s “An Oblique View” 17th January

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Dramatic sky Assylinn / Mockmoyne 16th January


Ardcarne Garden Centre Newsletter

“The recent mild weather has encouraged early flowers and quite a few winter and early spring flowers, especially hellebores. These tough perennials really are invaluable for their colourful blooms in the depths of winter. We’ve some very exciting new varieties just in stock such as ‘Anna’s Red’, ‘Penny’s Pink’ and ‘Molly’s White’ – do call in and check them out.”

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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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Ardcarne Garden Centre

FREE Composting & Recycling Event, Ardcarne Garden Centre Boyle & Roscommon Town, Saturday 26th January from 11.30am – 12.30 pm. Discover how to transform garden and kitchen waste into nutrient-rich compost for your plants and other ways to re-use and recycle in the garden. Free Event – All Welcome.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Meeting

St Patrick’s day committee meeting at 8pm tonight (Wednesday) in Boyle Enterprise Centre. If any new members would like to join the committee we’d love for them to attend.


The Landed Estates of County Roscommon


This is a 276 page ‘must read’ book, full of information and photographs from bygone years. Get your copy at Una Bhan Tourism on the grounds of King House

Houses for Sale in Boyle


Roscommon Herald 15th January


Receptionist / Legal Secretary required in Boyle

Henry J. Wynne & Co. Solicitors wish to recruit a Receptionist / Legal Secretary for their Boyle Office.
This position is a part-time permanent role with IMMEDIATE START..
The successful applicant will have :
• Experience in a Legal/Office environment (preferably Legal but not essential)
• Exceptional Telephone Skills and experience dealing with the Public is essential.
• Excellent IT, Organisational and Interpersonal Skills
Applications to be submitted in the strictest of confidence to:
The Managing Partner
Henry J. Wynne & Co.
Elphin Street,
Or email

€8,700 funding for Men’s Sheds in County Roscommon

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed total funding of almost €8,700 for four Men’s Sheds in County Roscommon. The funding has been announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.
“I warmly welcome this funding. The beneficiaries and their funding allocations are:
   • Ballaghaderreen: Rewiring of building, €2,992
   • Ballyleague: the purchase of a cultivator, €1,671
   • Boyle: Computer equipment, €2,362
   • Castlerea: Water harvesting system for garden, tools, eve-runs and floor boards €1,671
“I echo the sentiments of Minister Ring who said Men’s Sheds offer a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment where men of all ages can share skills, work on meaningful projects and connect with their communities.
“Men’s sheds are renowned for their work on community projects, as well as their capacity to advance the health and wellbeing of individual members. Today’s funding allocations are richly deserved.”
Contact: Senator Feighan, 086 833 1234.

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Boyle Golf Club update, January 14th

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Theft from Car at Lough Key Forest Park

A viewer wrote: “My car was broken into in Lough Key around 3.30 today (Sunday 13th). My handbag was taken and my passport was in it along with wallet, leather gloves (which were a Christmas gift! ) drivers license and all the usual stuff. I reckon the bag was dumped and they took the wallet to use in a few shops in Carrick before I cancelled it. BUT could you post on you FB page that if anyone finds a passport/large black leather handbag in the park to let me know?”
Social Media reports other car thefts at Rockingham, both inside and outside the Lough Key Visitor (Moylurg Rockingham) area.
It would appear that the €4 euro and annual €35 parking passes DO NOT include car park supervision. Disappointingly, CCTV cameras ARE NOT available to help protect the hundreds of cars and the owners who pay for parking every week.


View from the bridge over the N4 – 11th January


Blast from the past – Cunningham’s Hotel, Boyle

Cunningham's Hotel

Fire at Shannon Key West Hotel – suspected arson attack

Shannonside News: A blaze broke out at about 8pm in the Shannon Key West, Rooskey, which is earmarked for 80 asylum-seekers. Informed sources suggest an incendiary device, was thrown in a rear window to start it.

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Buying Goods Online

We are delighted to publish the return of the CIS ‘Know Your Rights’ column. Through the months ahead, realboyle will feature articles that will concern you and yours. To follow this month: “Pay for public holidays” …

I have ordered a few presents online. Can I return them if I change my mind when I get them?
If you bought your goods from a business based in the EU, they are covered by the EU Directive on Consumer Rights.

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Pilates/Run Free

Classes recommencing on Wednesday 16th in Convent Primary School Gym.
Pilates Beginner/intermediate 6 -7pm
Run Free  7 – 8pm
• Pilates is a great way of improving Core strength and stability, increasing flexibility and joint mobility, balance and general well being.
• Run Free is a movement class combining the principles of Pilates with strength, conditioning and flexibility specific to running, with the aim of improving performance and reducing the risk of injury. 
For inquiries or book please contact Ann 086 308 8873

Nineteen Bar and Grill – Rohais De Haut, St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey.

For no other reason than I have eaten there, enjoyed this golf club restaurant … and for 2019 propose publishing menus now and again from various cafes and restaurants, local, national and international as I find them on the Internet.
• Eating is something we must do frequently, and eating out can be a special treat if your chosen venue is warm, welcoming and offering good service and food

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Meningitis warning issued after three deaths

Irish Times: The Health Service Executive (HSE) has appealed to the public to be vigilant for the symptoms of meningitis after three people died from the condition in the past three weeks. Eleven cases of meningococcal meningitis have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) since the last week in December. Three of those patients died directly due to the infection.

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Facebook/Twitter Updates from our local politicians

Minister Denis Naughten [Facebook…][Twitter…Eugene Murphy TD  [Facebook…][Twitter…Michael Fitzmaurice TD  [Facebook…][Twitter…Senator Maura Hopkins [Facebook…][Twitter…Senator Frank Feighan  [Facebook…][Twitter…Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP [Facebook…][Twitter…Mairead McGuinness MEP [Facebook…][Twitter…]

Roscommon Co Council’s multimillion-euro rental bill revealed

Shannonside News: In total, Roscommon County Council paid more than €2.4 million in 2015, 2016 and 2017, while the bill for the first 11 months of 2018 was almost €2.2 million.
The article doesn’t state why rents needed to be paid now that the Council’s ‘new’ HQ is functioning in Roscommon Town. I have been informed that payments are in respect of payments made by them to private landlords for housing accommodation for tenants under the RAS Scheme, and nothing to do with rent for office accommodation.

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Shannonside FM buys two stations

Shannonside News: The company which owns Shannonside/Northern Sound has agreed a deal to purchase Clare FM and take a controlling share in Tipp FM, subject to regulatory approval.

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Join Dr. Wilma Lourens at Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle, Saturday 19th January 11am – 12.30pm for another talk on how to reduce your risk of developing cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s. This talk will focus on the importance of foods, eating patterns and the importance of exercise. Dr. Lourens will also be joined by Raluca Tuluianu, a qualified physical activity coach. €10 per person. To book a place contact Ardcarne Garden Centre Boyle 07196 67091 or just call in on the day.

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Tai Chi Lions

Boyle residents and visitors will be familiar with this pair of magnificent stone-carved lions at the entrance to Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant on Bridge Street, Boyle


Feighan welcomes €30,000 funding for Boyle Tennis Club and Boyle Family Resource Centre

Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed a total of €30,000 in funding for Boyle Tennis Club and Boyle Family Resource Centre under the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).
“Boyle Family Resource Centre has been allocated €20,000 for the upgrade of its building while the tennis club is to receive €10,000 for the enhancement of its pavilion.
“This is great news for both beneficiaries of the CEP which helps support important work in many communities, such as in Boyle. I am continuing to work closely with Minister Ring to ensure North Roscommon continues to benefit from valuable programmes such as this one.
“This funding announcement is very welcome news for Boyle and further evidence that the town remains very high on the Government’s radar when it comes to investment.”

Primary Care Centre, Elphin Street, Boyle


Ardcarne Garden Centre – Seasonal Colour 2nd January


2018 : Lowest and highest temperatures

• The lowest grass temperature of 2018 was recorded at the Markree weather station in Sligo. A temperature of -13.2C was documented there on the 20th of March after a spell of snow the day after St Patrick’s Day.
• Temperatures soared to 32C at the Shannon weather station on June 28th , the highest daily maximum at the airport since 1946.

Plans for realboyle in 2019

Continuing as we do with selected news items (Local, National and International), comments, photographs, video, cartoons, graphics, special correspondents articles, our own inhouse-designed customer adverts, we will add 3 new services for our viewers and supporters … Animated Advert Movies, interviews with personalities and a Bulk Email Service. We will also continue to publish brief reports on happenings at Boyle Municipal District bi-monthly meetings and of course headlines from TV, radio stations, newspapers and magazines. Please log in frequently for our frequent updates …

Australia’s wonderful  place names

Australians choose appropriate place names. Here is a selection that may prove the point:
• “The Great Sandy Desert” in North Western Australia also has a partner in “The Little Sandy”
• Then there is a large Barrier Reef they called it “The Great Barrier Reef”
• Binnaway NSW – I bet no one forgets to
• Chinaman’s Knob – Name of a hill in Victoria
• Eggs and Bacon Bay – TAS You’d be dissapointed if they didn’t serve a great brekky at the local cafe.
• Foul Bay SA – Apparently a much nicer place than the name implies and how can you go wrong when it’s just down the road from Tiddy Widdy Beach!
• Orange NSW – And what do they grow there? Apples of course!
• Tittybong, VIC – If your looking, it’s just north of Teddywaddy
• Tom Ugly NSW – Named after an aboriginal man that apparently wasn’t ugly at all
The one I like most has to be …
• “Lake Disappointment” in Western Australia, an 82,000-acre lake typically dry except during very wet periods like in 1900

2018 / 2019

Boyle will look forward to another year of County-Council/government-generated goodies and local events planned by Boyle Community Activists and hard working Committees.
Through 2018 we enjoyed the announcement of the County Council’s 2040 plan for the town and a number of very successful local events including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle Musical etc., continued sports club volunteerism and successes, a hotter summer with increased tourism numbers, the fact that most of us are still alive to enjoy the approaching New Year 2019 and the town we love so well.

Rural Ireland (including Boyle) to get a leg up

In October of this year, the government said that six towns in rural Ireland had been picked to receive €100,000 as an invitation to “develop innovative proposals to encourage more people to live in rural town centres”.
The towns chosen for the scheme were Boyle, Co Roscommon; Callan, Co Kilkenny; Ballinrobe, Co Mayo; Banagher, Co Offaly; Castleblayney, Co Monaghan; Cappoquin, Co Waterford.
Announcing the move, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said these six would act as a pilot scheme for far more funding to be provided to rural Ireland in the future.

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Roscommon Hospital Minor Injury Unit


Shannonside News: “The Injury Unit is open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year to treat a wide range of injuries which are non-life or non-limb threatening as an alternative to visiting an Emergency Department. It is staffed by doctors, advanced nurse practitioners and nurses with the average turnaround time for seeing and treating patients less than 60 minutes.”

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant


Mayo Roscommon Hospice


View from the Bridge over the N4 



Redevelopment of the Royal Hotel Site

Wednesday 12th December: 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 Stairs Gastro Pub – Sunday Lunch

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