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Saturday’s Weather

TODAY – SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST: Brightening up as the day progresses, however scattered showers in the south will spread further northwards through the afternoon. Mild and humid with highs of 22 to 24 degrees, in a light easterly breeze.

The Crescent – Casual Trading Spaces


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

Introduction to Boyle Abbey – OPW


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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The 8 at 8 Friday

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Boyle Community Tennis Club

Boyle Community Tennis Club Kids Camp next week, August 17th – 21st
• Pre-booking is essential and to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, numbers will be limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.
• Cost – €30 for a week’s camp.
• Annual Boyle Community Tennis Club Junior Membership is available at a cost of €20 (Family Membership €60)
• To book your place, please contact Coach Tim Clarke on 083 115 5374.

Charlie SHIVNEN R.I.P.

Charlie Shivnen, Treanmore, Mohill, Co. Leitrim and formerly Crossna, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, (retired member of An Garda Síochána) August 13th 2020. Peacefully, surrounded by his devoted wife and family, in the tender care of the staff at North West Hospice, Sligo. Predeceased by his parents Charlie and Mollie. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Pam, sons Brendan and Cathal, daughter Barbara Mc Manus, son–in-law Cormac, daughters-in- law Marie and Dora, grandchildren Matthew, Charlie, Zack, Kaiya, Faye, David, Frankie, Tom, Joely and Bobby, brother Vincent (Meath), sister Anna Carty ( Sligo ), sisters–in –law Teresa, Annette and Marie, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours, friends and all his former work colleagues.
***May his gentle soul rest in peace***
Reposing at Shivnan’s Funeral Home, Ballyfarnon, on Friday evening from 5.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. Please adhere to guidelines in respect of hand hygiene and social distancing. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Mohill, on Saturday afternoon at 2.p.m. Burial afterwards in Kileenan Cemetery, Knockvicar. Family flowers only, please, donations in lieu, if desired, to North West Hospice, Sligo.

*****Boyle GAA Lotto Now Online*****


We are delighted to announce that our longstanding weekly GAA Lotto is going online.

The Next Draw will be at 21:00 on Sunday 16th August. This will be shown live on our Facebook page. Please note that the cut off time for purchasing online lotto tickets is 20:00 on Sunday 16th August. Any lotto tickets purchased online after this cut off time will be entered into the next draw.
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Children’s Art Exhibition – Life After Lockdown!

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Don’t forget that this Saturday, August 15th is handing in day for work for the Children’s Art Exhibition.
• Boyle Arts Festival is inviting children aged 3 – 16 to enter a work of art to our 2020 Children’s Art Exhibition, which will be exhibited around the town. The entry can be in any media, for example, a drawing, painting, photograph or collage. The subject is Life after Lockdown, so it could be anything that they are now looking forward to doing: meeting friends or relatives, playing a sport, going back to school or going on holiday or even anything that they will miss about the lockdown.
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Alphonsus (Phonsie) Quinn R.I.P.


Conversations in Portrait


Roscommon County Council and artist Andy Parsons are looking for participants for a Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age Virtual Portrait Sitting.
• We are looking for people in County Roscommon, over age 70 who are in a care home or cocooning at home, missing their cultural activities and interested in making new connections at this time. During these sessions, Andy will create an artwork while getting to know each person and how they have responded to the last few months of COVID.

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Boyle GAA Club Weekend Matches

Tickets for Boyle GAA matches this weekend: Ticket allocation arrangements for this weekend’s upcoming matches for the Boyle GAA Senior and Junior A Championship games.

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Roscommon Herald 11th August


Page 9: Minister endorses ambitious Boyle plans / Feighan outlines the need for new hotel in Boyle.
Page 30: Hume’s legacy, and what might have been.
Page 37: Boyle Town Notes

The Toon Team – No Room at the Inn


Boyle GAA Club Update

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Kildare, Laois and Offaly under lockdown restrictios

• Pubs, cafes, restaurants will only be allowed to open for takeaway only.
• Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, theatres, bingo halls, galleries and museums will be shut.
• Sporting events will also be off the cards for the duration of the partial lockdown.

Lough Key Forest Park


Last weekend may have been one of the busiest ever. The weather forecast looked good, and by Friday afternoon, there were hundreds of people there enjoying what the Park has to offer. I have a mini-history and a little slideshow for you …
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Grainne Creighton edited an inspiring documentary on RTE One TV

Seán – Shown on RTE One, Thursday 6th August
“Seán” is a brand new documentary exploring the life of the legendary Seán Boylan, one of the most respected football managers in GAA history. Seán Boylan, explored his childhood as an unassuming young boy with “not a notion in the world”, to how he became one of the most successful and respected managers in GAA history.
• Edited by Gráinne Creighton, daughter of Sylvia and Eddie Creighton, Carrick Road, who works as a film editor in London, primarily working in television advertising. The two met at a filmmaking networking night in London and connected over a love of making short films.
• You can view this inspiring documentary on the RTE Player …
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Know your rights: Returning to school

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The Mask Debate

Ocean FM report: “A Sligo school teacher and union official says teachers want guidance on whether or not face masks should be made mandatory in secondary schools. Masks are already compulsory on all public transport and the rules will include shops and shopping centres from next Monday. Kieran Christie is the General Secretary of the ASTI, says the advice about masks has changed over the last few weeks and teachers want clarity on the issue.”

Brigid’s Blossoms

Brigie's Blossoms

Thursday 6th August: Year after year Brigid Healy plants, hangs and cares for the most wonderful hanging baskets of flowers on her house on Tidy Terrace, Boyle.

Biden ‘a friend to Ireland’ if elected

RTE News: “Senior Democrats in the US have claimed that Joe Biden will be a friend to Ireland if elected US president. Mr Biden frequently makes reference to his Irish heritage and traces his roots to counties Louth and Mayo.”

Ireland’s only model railway museum … in Malahide, Dublin

Meanwhile, there has been no recent information published on progress regarding Boyle’s Model Railway in the former Courthouse !!
RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy visited Boyle in March 2013 to view progress as it was way back then …

Government Ministers Frank Feighan TD and Heather Humphries TD in Boyle

"Frank Feighan and Heather Humphries"

Government Ministers Frank Feighan and Heather Humphries on Bridge Street Boyle Wednesday 5th August. Hopefully, the next time she visits Boyle, the background will be more appealing. Apparently, and ‘maybe’, reconstruction works will commence on the former Royal Hotel in September. While here, as part of a whistlestop tour of the West and in the company Roscommon Co Council personnel and others, the minister was informed once again of info she was aware of and visited a section of the Lough Key/Boyle Cycleway and King House. However, it is heartwarming that Boyle gets the attention it deserves.
• Photo courtesy of Boyle photographer Mary Regan.

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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COVID 19 – August 5th – What rules change


• Plans to reopen pubs that do not serve food have been put on hold
• Bars, nightclubs and casinos will also remain closed
• Restaurants and pubs that serve food are allowed to open under current guidelines and restrictions.
• Restrictions on numbers attending indoor gatherings (50) and outdoor gatherings (200)will remain unchanged.
• Face coverings will be mandatory in shops and shopping centres from August 10.
• The so-called Green List of countries that could be travelled to and from without movement restrictions has been shortened from the previous number of 15 to 10.

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Roscommon Herald 4th August


Page 2: “But we are living in cuckoo land if we think we can introduce social distancing in small schools with narrow corridors”
Page 2: “Four weeks without virus in Roscommon is longest of any county”
Page 4: “Danny’s coffee business come to a halt”
Page 13: “Six-month waiver on commercial rates”
Page 18: “Insurance costs a headache for Tidy Towns”
Page 34: John Mulligan writes in the ‘rail versus trail’ argument
Page 41: Carrick Road native Grainne Creighton has edited a documentary on the legendary Meath football manager Sean Boylan

Tony Conboy

Tony demonstrates his special gift for use of language and an authorative view on happenings local and worldwide

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The Toon Team – Selective Enforcement


Lough Allen Sailing Club

Sailing Course Level one ISA approved for beginners takes place on Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th of August from 9.30am to 4pm each day ( Subject to wind conditions) Boat Type Pico’s .
Location Allen Centre. Drumshanbo Co Leitrim. Contact 0876312708 or email 160 Euro per person

Minister Feighan welcomes €23k funding for Keadue



North Roscommon TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Frank Feighan has, (Monday 3rd August), welcomed almost €23k in Covid-19 funding for Keadue.
106 towns and villages across Ireland are to benefit from the fund to help communities to socialise, work and shop safely during the current pandemic.
“I am delighted to confirm, along with my colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humpreys TD that Keadue will receive support in this round of funding.” Minister Feighan said

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Boyle Golf Club Update

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Donal Farrell – brilliant Boyle musician

Donal is lead guitarist on the excellent band “Late Night Radio”. He has chosen Facebook to show us just how he is spending Lockdown days and nights with some of the very best fully self-made available videos on the Internet.
• Well done Donal … you are world-class!!
• Check out Donal’s Facebook page and be delighted you did so …

Wedding Anniversary – 1st August


40 years married on 1st August) – Happy Anniversary Raymie and Mary Maughan, pictured above with daughter Mary Rose

Enjoying live music in the Market Yard, Carrick-on-Shannon



Boyle Flower Baskets


One of the beautiful flower baskets on Boyle Town Centre Bridge

The Lawn, Boyle


This misspelled limestone ‘sign’ says it all. It has been located in The Lawn, Boyle for ages. It should read “THE LAWN, AN FAICHE, MAINISTIR NA BÚILLE”
• The recent published Chamber of Commerce list brought to the attention of Minister Frank Feighan did not mention required upgrades or maintenance of The Lawn, located along Boyle River in the heart of Boyle Town

The Toon Team – Town Team AGM

The Toon Team - Town Team AGM

Chris Harrison R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Chris Harrison, Rathvarna, Island Road, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo and formerly of Killaraght, Boyle, and Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England – July 28th 2020 (Peacefully) at Sligo University Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Chris will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Maureen, son Joseph, Maureen’s brother and sister Michael and Susan, brothers Stephen and Vincent, sisters Lauren and Elaine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. Please also remember in your prayers Maureen’s sister Jane Howes, Leeds, who passed away recently.
May Chris’s Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.
Removal from his home on Wednesday (August 5th) at 10:30am to St. Attracta’s Church, Killaraght for a memorial service at 11am, followed by cremation at Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan at 2pm.
Due to current Government guidelines, Chris’s funeral service and cremation will take place privately to family and close friends only. Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to ‘The Stroke Unit’ at Sligo University Hospital, C/O Mahon Funeral Directors, Boyle. Chris’s family acknowledge that people would like to offer their condolences. Please use the online condolence book on to offer your sympathies. Thank you.

Government Restart Grant, almost €9m to businesses in the North West

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

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Handouts from the Minister

To a casual observer, it might appear that Boyle Chamber of Commerce and Boyle Town Team rely greatly on the generosity of Roscommon County Council to fund further developments in the town of Boyle. Monday’s meeting of those local bodies in the Stool Factory moved the begging bowl up a notch by including Minister Frank Feighan in the mix.
• Yes, it is probably true that having a local Government Minister has often drawn funding for local projects. Examples might go back to the €87 million on roads plus benefits enjoyed by the Castlebar when P. Flynn was a Minister and more recently, Michael Ring’s ‘gifts’ to the West of Ireland. However, we remember that ‘the evasive’ former Minister Denis Naughten was asked at a meeting in Boyle “What can you do for Boyle?” his answer was an emphatic “Nothing … that’s up to yourselves, I am a government legislator.”
• I feel certain that Minister Frank Feighan is fully aware of our needs and will lobby on our behalf while diligently attending to his brief as a government minister.

Minister of State Frank Feighan / Boyle Chamber and Town Team.

Patricia wrote:
• “A ‘productive and helpful’ meeting between members of Boyle Town Team/Chamber of Commerce and Minister of State Frank Feighan took place in Boyle on Monday morning. The meeting was held to discuss and brief Minister Feighan on the numerous projects planned for the town and to seek his assistance with others.
• Minister Feighan said he looked forward to the many projects coming on stream in the next year or two and added that he would assist the Town Team and Chamber in their endeavors.

Roy, Mickie, Seamus

Roy, Mickie, Seamus

Seamus Young celebrated his 64th Birthday on July 22nd

Herald Mast 21st July

The future for Boyle “The town we love so well”

An edition of RTE TV “Eco Eye” was shown again recently. Sadly Boyle was represented by images of derelict buildings and interviews expressing views that ‘big’ plans are in place for Boyle’s future. The latter is very good news. When money has been spent and plans become a reality the appearance of the town will have been greatly enhanced.
• Sadly, two major issues remain … 1. There does not appear to be anyone interested in building an hotel. 2. All plans are for cosmetic upgrades, but none that I am aware of for attracting industry and its consequent employment. Hopefully, the ‘behind the scenes’ brigade know stuff, but are not sharing the information with Boyle residents.
• Drumshanbo is a smaller town with well-publicised tourist attractions and a population of less than 1,000. It has an hotel, outdoor heated swimming pool and a Food Hub that can boast of its highly-regarded tenants/product producers Chef in a Box, McNiffes Bakery, The Cheese Hub, The Shed Distillery, Bo Peep Preserves, Blakes Always Organic and on a closeby location Jinny’s Bakery.

The Toon Team – Cowen


Boyle GAA Club

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Jinny’s Tearooms, Acres, Drumshanbo



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

Supporting Boyle Business


An Craoibhin, Elphin Street, Boyle. Cooked to order breakfast, 17th July 2020

Skirma’s Facemasks

Skirma's Facemasks

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

Skirma's Sewing Services

Chamber_yellowSafety Statement/Risk Assessment Training

Following the COVID 19 Re-Opening Boyle Survey, a need for Safety Statement/Risk Assessment Training was identified. This Training will take place on July 14th 1.00pm – 2.30pm online. To book places please email or call 086 2039182. This training is suitable for any business or organisation needing support or clarification to create or update safety statements and risk assessments. The Course is organised by Boyle Enterprise Centre and funded by Boyle Chamber of Commerce and Boyle Town Team.

Supporting Boyle Businesses – King House Tea Rooms

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

Ardcarne Garden Centre

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“We’re delighted to be returning to some normality here at Ardcarne Garden Centre and hope that with everyone’s help and care things will continue to get better. We know that gardening has been a lifeline for many this year especially during lock down and gardens have become valued places of peace and solace.
Ardcarne Garden Cafe Cafe: The Cafe at our Boyle branch is undergoing a kitchen update and will be open very shortly, we hope by mid-July…”

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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.”