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Minister Frank Feighan – The Royal Hotel, Boyle

"Frank Feighan and Heather Humphries"

Some exciting news to share with you …
An additional €432,000 has been allocated to the Royal Hotel Boyle Regeneration Project by Minister Heather Humphreys today.
The total cost of the project is €2,850,463 and Roscommon Co Council projected a shortfall in funding following the procurement process.
I asked the Government and Minister Humphreys to meet the shortfall and the people of Boyle haven’t been let down which means this project will create a vibrant town centre which includes and exhibition area, coffeehouse, workspaces, start-up businesses, civic space and a performance area.
As your local TD I am thrilled to see any possible roadblocks eased to ensure the local authority can proceed quickly to begin construction as soon as possible!
This project continues to have my full support!

The Weather

TODAY – SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER: Milder conditions, with patches of rain and drizzle, will extend from the south during the morning. Becoming mostly dry during the afternoon, but patches of drizzle or light rain will persist in some places, mainly in western coastal areas. Maximum temperatures 7 to 10 degrees.

‘Boyle at Christmas’ – Turning on the Christmas lights

Boyle Chamber of Commerce wrote “We are so excited this year, as Santa Claus will be switching on the Christmas lights for Boyle remotely from the North Pole on Friday 27th November at 8pm.
Santa has decided to do this (with a few of his friends from Boyle) while keeping with Covid19 restrictions and in order to keep everyone safe.”
A magical video of Santa coming from the North Pole to Boyle to turn on the Christmas lights in the town and turn on the lights on the tree on the Crescent.
• On Facebook [Here…] or on YouTube [Here …]

The Grehan Sisters

P6260108(Left to right) Francie, Marie and Helen Grehan. Photo ©

With Marie’s death on Wednesday 25th November, an era of fun, entertainment and Irish folk music passed with her.
Marie, Francie and Helen (then known as Bernadette or “Bernie”) Grehan were immersed in Irish traditional music from an early age via their parents’ pub, Grehan’s, on The Crescent, Boyle, and as teenagers developed a reputation for their exuberant renditions of traditional and composed Irish songs and tunes, also featuring Francie’s playing on mandolin and ukulele-banjo, Helen on guitar and both Helen and Marie on spoons, with which they frequently entertained the patrons. Young up-and-coming singers such as Christy Moore were attracted by their energy and their talents.



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Marie Clarke (née Grehan) R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Marie Clarke (née Grehan) of Ballinagleragh, Co. Leitrim & Boyle, Co. Roscommon on 25th November 2020.
Marie died peacefully, whilst in the tender care of the staff of Drumderrig House Private Nursing Home, Boyle, and surrounded by her devoted family.
Reunited in death with her beloved and devoted husband John who had died peacefully just six days earlier.
Deeply mourned by her adored and loving children, Fiona, Sarah, Damien, Domnall, and Maria and all her much-cherished grandchildren.
Marie will also be deeply missed by her sisters Frances (Dublin) and Helen (Boyle), Brian (London) her sons-in-law Richard and John Joe, and her nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, neighbours, and a wide circle of friends.
May Marie and John’s Most Gentle Souls Rest in Peace

Stewarts Oil Black Friday – Free Coffee today

Stewarts Oil Black Friday

The 8 at 8 Friday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

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Roscommon People

Roscommon-People_mastAvailable at the usual outlets today … and FREE online [here…]

Christmas Lights 2020


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Tony Conboy “An Oblique View”

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Boyle’s Christmas Lights 2020

20201124_165811I will add photos to this album as we approach Christmas 2020. Since I have been asked, and for all of these photos, I use the camera on a Samsung S20 as well as a little editing in Photoshop … !

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Boles of Boyle Black Friday 50% Sale

Boles of Boyle - Black Friday

Roscommon Herald 24th November


Covid 19

Irish Times: “Hairdressers and gyms may be allowed to reopen and religious services could return from next week under plans being considered on exiting the Level 5 lockdown, though restaurants may have to wait until later in December. Government officials said the details of a plan to provide for a staggered exit from the strict restrictions from next Tuesday onwards are still being worked on.”

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Boles of Boyle Black Friday Sale

Boles of Boyle Black Friday

N4 Boyle Cootehall junction

Cootehall Junction

Frank Feighan TD: “The Council has made significant progress with landowners and has been in correspondence with TII. TII required a revised feasibility report in light of agreed changes in design and this revised report detailing the required accommodation works and funding has been submitted. It was planned that the first phase will be to complete the accommodation works and the pavement rehab would follow on in phase 2 with funding under the Pavement Asset Repair and Renewal Scheme. In order to conform with current design specifications Roscommon County Council has to reach agreement on departure standards with TII and this process is currently progressing.

Funding Approved for 5 New Consultant Posts at Sligo University Hospital:

The Minister for State at the Department of Health Frank Feighan has announced that Sligo University Hospital has received funding for the appointment of 5 new consultant posts with recruitment to start immediately.
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The Toon Team – ‘Crescent Plan’

The Crescent Plan

Boyle GAA Update 23rd November

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Boles of Boyle

“We are pleased to announce that you can now buy online the following:
Abbey Community College crested softshell jacket
Abbey Community College crested Knitwear” “

Supporting Boyle Traders – Marians Fashions

Chic Styles at Marians

Supporting Boyle Traders – Magees Fashions


Supporting Boyle Traders – Boles of Boyle

Boles of Boyle

Supporting Boyle Traders – Skirma’s Sewing Room


Skirma’s Sewing Room on the Crescent, Boyle, has a gorgeous range of Christmas-themed Face Masks. Call daily and choose favourites for you and your family while stocks last, or phone Skirma on 087 904 4221

Benny Conneely R.I.P.

Benny Conneely, 9 Abbeytown, Boyle and late of Inisheer, Aran Islands. November 21st, 2020 (peacefully) in the loving care of the staff at Abbeyhaven Nursing Home, Boyle. Much loved husband of Ann and dear father of Michael and Ray. Benny will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law Suzanne and Sharon, cherished grandchildren Saoirse and Arran, sister-in-law Nora, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Rest in Peace
Removal on Monday morning from his home, at 10.40am, to St Joseph’s Church, Boyle for Funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Assylinn Cemetery (via Abbeytown). House Strictly Private
In line with current Covid-19 government restrictions Benny’s funeral is private to family and friends only.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Supporting Boyle Traders – Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty


“I am Absolutely Delighted to Launch My New Website
You can now shop online for Vouchers and my Bespoke Christmas Hampers. I will be adding more products to the shop over the coming weeks. I will also be launching Some exciting new product ranges that will be arriving at the Salon just in Time for Xmas. So keep an eye on the Website and Facebook page in the coming days. Feel free to share and lets keep shopping Local This Christmas,
Thanks So Much Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty 086 702 0994″

Supporting Boyle Traders – Ali Mobile Repairs & Netcafe


Michael P Kelly R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Michael P Kelly, Cloonsheebane, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim.(Retired staff of An Post) 19th November 2020 (peacefully) at Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle. Surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his parents Jack and Delia and his sister Celia. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his loving wife Patsy, son Shane (SuperValu, Boyle), daughters Sharon, Trina and Claire, sons-in-law Patrick, Tom and Alan, daughter-in-law Angela, grandchildren Ciarán, Aisling, Darragh, Jack, Luke, Emma, Seán, Annie, Moya, Patrick and Tadhg, brothers John (Galway), Joe (Maynooth), Martin (Drumsna), sister Ann Coffey (Carrick-on-Shannon), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.
May Michael Rest In Peace
Michael’s Funeral Cortege will leave his residence on Sunday morning at 11.15 o’clock to arrive at St. Mary’s Church, Carrick-on-Shannon for Mass of Christian Burial at 12 o’clock with funeral afterwards to St.Mary’s Cemetery.

St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter


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No changes to the Crescent Car Park


Plans for the Crescent area, which had generated considerable controversy were excluded from the overall scheme. Councillors in the Boyle Electoral Area of Roscommon have given their approval to a public realm plan for three areas in Boyle town. The plans approved include enhancements to Shop street and Bridge Street and for changes to the car park at the post office.

Boyle Christmas Lights-Schools Colouring competition


Reminder to Schools & Pupils: Primary school children from Boyle and surrounding areas have been invited to draw or paint a picture with a theme of  ‘I Love Christmas’.
The only criteria are that it be A4 size with the Childs’ Name, Age and School on the back of the drawing.
Completed drawings should be delivered to Brian Kelly, Better Buy/Surprises, The Crescent, Boyle on or before 5 pm Monday 23rd November. Winners will be selected and notified later that week through the school.
It is hoped that the children’s artwork will be included, and winners will be announced on a Facebook page which will be designed specifically for Boyle Town this Christmas.

The Toon Team – Town Team AGM

The Toon Team - Town Team AGM

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


Lockdown Pen Sketch – former Bank, Boyle

Lockdown Sketch _Former Bank

Lough Key Forest Park – November 2013


Supporting Boyle Traders – Boyle Country Meats, Main Street

20201118_130616Just one of the great, creative, current fridge displays.

Lough Key Forest Park


Roscommon Herald 17th November

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Lough Key Forest Park – 15th November

Lough Key Forest Park

Assylinn Maintenance Committee


Due to restrictions our committee has been unable to fundraise since 2019. However the ongoing essential maintenance work programme has continued. This required personal committments by committee members regarding the purchase of materials etc. These bills are now falling due.
Our bank account at Bank of Ireland, Main St. Boyle is
IBAN No IE 18 BOFI 9053 2862 7835 14 A/c 62783514
Christy Brady, H Sec., Forest View, Boyle, 086 330 1999

Lockdown Sketch – The Forest Park Gazebo


Supporting Boyle Traders

Skirma's Sewing Services

Lockdown Pen Sketch – Main Street, Boyle


Supporting Boyle Traders – Stewarts Oil

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Supporting Boyle Businesses – Geelan Trophies

Geelan Trophies

Supporting Boyle Traders – Ali Mobile Repairs & Netcafe

Ali Mobile Repairs & Necafe

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Supporting Boyle Businesses – Lough Key Forest Park

Lough Key Forest Park

The Toon Team “Bye Don”


Supporting Boyle Traders – Marians, Bridge Street



Supporting Boyle Traders – Magees, Main Street


Supporting Boyle Traders – Boles of Boyle

Boles of Boyle

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Sean Carty Cars

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Boyle Harbour


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Boyle Cistercian Abbey

Boyle Cistercian Abbey

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Gaelic Chieftain on the N4 – November Sunset

Gaelic Chieftain (2)
Maurice Harron’s sculpture was unveiled on 12th April 1999 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Battle of the Curlew Pass. It depicts Red Hugh O’Donnell who, on 15 August 1599, led a Gaelic Irish force to ambush an English army as they marched through a pass in the Curlew Mountains.

Supporting Boyle Businesses

Una BhanI created this graphic in November 2016 – better times and sweet memories, long forgotten by Una Bhan, and myself !!

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Ardcarne Banner

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Magees Fashion Shop

Magees Fashion Shop

***********EXCITING NEWS**********  We are delighted to now offer an online option to our customers, to browse our products and purchase online from our fantastic range of stock, with the option of delivery or click and collect.
PM or call us on 086 839 2216 if you have any queries or want advice on sizing/styles before making your purchase.
To celebrate the launch of our website we are offering 20% discount off all stock purchased online this weekend. Just enter the code “launch2020” at the checkout to avail of the discount.


The Gaelic Chieftain


Post – Free to Nursing and Care Homes

A new initiative by An Post will ensure free delivery of all card and letter mail posted to and from residents of nursing and care homes in the State. The company said it is being introduced to bring a little joy to nursing homes experiencing increased restrictions.

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Sean Carty Cars, Boyle


New House For Sale in Boyle – No.18A Hanly Avenue

I had the pleasure of taking photographs of this newly built house in a most sought after location, convenient to Schools, Shopping, Churches, Nursing Homes, Train & Bus stations.
Newly built 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite), 3 bathrooms, sitting room, dining room, large fitted kitchen, utility room, fuel/tool shed.
Large enclosed rear garden with side & rear entrances. Front landscaped garden and off-street parking for 3 vehicles.
OFVH and solid fuel stove, double glazed windows & doors. Newly decorated inside & outside.
Viewing by appointment – 087 223 4477 :

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Drumderrig House Nursing Home, Boyle


Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home, Boyle


Staycation Trips – reprise

During 2020, I took several enjoyable day trips within Ireland. From today, I share my photographs with you of places you might like to visit when Covid 19 restrictions are eased. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, The Guinness Storehouse, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Arigna Mining Experience, Glencar Waterfall, Keadue  … and more … as well as local sites King House, Lough Key Forest Park and Boyle Abbey

New Restaurant for Boyle

Set to open on The Crescent, late next month, the former, highly regarded “Stairs” is currently seeking Kitchen, Bar and Floor staff. Please forward CV details to
• John O’Donnell (Kildare) and Alan Johnston, both have interests in Hospitality businesses in the UK.
• Speaking with Proprietor Sean Carroll and Estate Agents Smith Kelly Scott, both are delighted that after being closed for a year, we will now have a premium restaurant alongside others in the town we love so well !!



Siobhan Gallagher Career and Life Coaching

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

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

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

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


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.

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”


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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Introduction to Boyle Abbey – OPW


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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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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Alcoholics anonymous

Just a gentle reminder –  “we would be delighted if you could put a small message on 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.”