Weather

TODAY – SATURDAY 28TH MAY: A dry and mostly sunny day. Feeling warm in the sunshine with top temperatures generally 16 to 20 degrees..

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022 in Mullingar

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● The world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance is making its return after a two-year hiatus and is expected to draw nearly half a million visitors.
● Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Mullingar from 31st July – 8th August 2022.
● Thousands of people are expected to visit Mullingar and its surroundings for the important Irish culture event.
● It’s a true homecoming celebration for Mullingar as it’s the town where Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in 1951.
Some programme highlights include;
Martin Hayes and the Common Ground Ensemble, Sharon Shannon, The Bridge Céili Band, Daithí Gormley, Frankie Gavin and Catherine McHugh, Téada, IMAR, Seamus Begley, Sean Keane and Emmett Cahill, Anúna, Kilfenora Céili Band, Damien Mullane, Moxie, Four Winds, Meitheal Orchestra, The Blackwater, Breaking Trad and The Full Set to name but some.

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

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Hilary Beirne to open Boyle Arts Festival in July

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The Committee of Boyle Arts Festival is delighted to announce that Hilary Beirne will officially open this year’s Arts Festival on Thursday, July 14th.
The event which will take place at King House will also mark the official opening of this year’s Visual Art Exhibition entitled ‘Past, Present & Future’. Boyle Arts Festival will continue until July 23rd.
Hilary (formerly of Oatland Villa, Boyle) is well known for his extensive work with the Irish community in the United States. He is the founder and Chairman of NYC St. Patrick’s Day Foundation and has been the principal orchestrator of the world’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. He is an active member of the “Irish Ad Hoc” Committee in Washington DC, a member of the Executive Board at VotingRights.ie, an honorary member of the famed “Fighting 69th Regiment” and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the 69th Historical Trust.
Hilary said earlier “I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to play an active role by the organising committee of the Arts Festival in my home town of Boyle in Co. Roscommon.”
He continued by saying “It will be an honour for me to welcome everyone to the town of Boyle and open the Festival on July 14th and I am looking forward to meeting old friends and renewing acquaintances, some of whom I haven’t seen or spoken to in years.”
Hilary will also be the special guest of RTÉ News Journalist, Carole Coleman during this year’s ‘In Conversation’ event on Friday, July 22nd and tickets are available now at www.boylearts.com
Boyle Arts Festival is supported by The Arts Council, Local Sponsors, Roscommon Co. Council and Fáilte Ireland.
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Strokestown Park and New Famine Museum

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The new museum is expected to open at the end of June. Over 100,00 people are expected to visit the newly refurbished Strokestown Park and Famine Museum over the next 10 years. The five million euro revamp of the facility will be ready to welcome visitors by the end of next month.

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Radon Gas Alert

Many more homes are at risk from high levels of a cancer-causing radioactive gas than previous studies suggested, a new countrywide survey shows.
• In total, 170,000 houses are located in high radon zones – 45,000 more than when the data was last gathered in 2002.
• Householders are being urged to check their address or Eircode against an online radon map on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website to see the risk in their area, and to send off for a home radon test kit if they have concerns.
• Radon is the main cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in Ireland, with 350 new cases attributed to it every year.

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Busy Weekend ahead

Saturday 28th May: The Mulligan Sisters in King House at 8pm – €15
Sunday 29th May: Helen B. Grehan ‘The Return’ in King House at 2pm – FREE
Sunday 29th May: “Picnic in The Courtyard” Gates open from 6.30pm – Family Friendly €10/€12

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BOYLE ICA/BLOOM 2022

Boyle ICA will have a coach going to Bloom on Saturday 4th June, leaving the Crescent in Boyle at 7am (departing Bloom 5.30pm). There are a limited number of seats available if you are interested in joining us for a pleasant day out. Please contact Joan on 087 3282626 for more details.
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19 children, and 2 adults killed in Texas school shooting

At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after a teenager opened fire at a primary school in Texas, in the worst school shooting in the US in nearly a decade.

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Complaints to Ombudsman reached record high in 2021

4,004 complaints were received by the Office last year, the highest ever in the 38-year history of the Ombudsman. The annual report published by the Office of Ombudsman shows that complaints were up 17% compared to 2020.
• The largest proportion of the increase in complaints were about local authorities (including Roscommon Co Council) – they rose by 45%

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Jobs available at Drumderrig

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Roscommon Herald 24th May

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The Toon Team – Free Travel

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Boyle Golf Club

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Live at Cultural Quarter – Boyle

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Sunday 29th May: “Picnic in The Courtyard” – Family Friendly €10/€12
Sunday 5th June: “Mrs Hake and the Magic Princess Fish” Children’s Opera €10/€12
Saturday 11th June: Greebird presents “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” family Friendly €10
Saturday 18th June: Fregoli Theatre “Angels” Family Friendly – Free
For more information www.discoverboyle.ie – 071 966 3033
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N4 Carrick to Dromod project

Weekend road users will be delighted that tailbacks into Carrick will cease in the future!!
Details of the Preferred Transport Solution will also be available on the project website www.carrickdromod.ie including information boards, maps, brochure and an interactive webmap.
Public Display material including the maps available to view in Leitrim County Council Offices at Áras an Chontae, St. Georges Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41 PF67, from Friday 20 May 2022 until Friday 10 June 2022.
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Boyle Arts Festival – GoFundMe Page

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Boyle Arts Festival will return on the 14th of July with a full Festival programme. Headline events can be viewed at www.boylearts.com., and tickets can be purchased and are already selling quickly.

The success of the Festival will, as always, be dependent on local financial support in the form of sponsorship and donations. The GoFundMe option makes it a simpler process for people to donate and we hope that you will consider contributing to this fundraising effort as you have in the past.
• Here is the link to the GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/boyle-arts-festival-2022
The latest date for receipt of donations for inclusion in our programme is 7th June. If for any reason you are unable to donate on this page, you may contribute as usual to any of our Committee members and it will be fully acknowledged. We thank you for your continued support.

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Job Vacancy at Ardcarne Garden Centre BOYLE

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Ardcarne Garden Centre has a vacancy for the following position: Till Assistant (Boyle Branch). A friendly, enthusiastic manner and passion for assisting customers are essential. The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for till duties and previous experience would be beneficial. The position is part-time with flexible working hours and would include some weekends.
Please apply in writing, or email your application, including your current CV, to

Mary Frances Dwyer, Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Email: purchases@ardcarne.ie
Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th May.

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Job Vacancy at Ardcarne Garden CAFE
Ardcarne Garden CAFÉ located at Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle has a vacancy for the following position:
Cafe Assistant. The role will involve a variety of tasks including food preparation, taking customer’s orders, serving food & beverages and general housekeeping duties for our busy café. The successful applicant should be experienced in food preparation, have a friendly enthusiastic manner, a passion for food and enjoy working in a busy environment. The position is part time and includes some weekends.
Please email your application, including your current CV, to
Carol Ganly
Ardcarne Garden CAFE, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Email: cafe@ardcarne.ie
Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th May.
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Gaelic Chieftain Car Park

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Boyle GAA Club – Update

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The Toon Team – Sinn Fein 27

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Boyle, May 2018

Reprise from May 2014
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Some photos are worth repeating. I set up this still life photo on a small table using two black t-shirts – one on the table and the other behind the objects. Info: 14-54mm Zuiko Kit Lens on an old Olympus E-3  camera and FL-50 flash through white umbrella from left.

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Ardcarne Church, BoyleArdcarne Church 30th May 2021

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Patients rate Roscommon Hospital as one of the best in the country

Roscommon University Hospital’s satisfaction rating is unchanged at 9.2 – the third highest in the country.
The hospital scored the highest approval rating in the country among patients for ‘care on the ward’ at 9.3 out of a possible ten.

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Govt set to agree to extend lower VAT rate for hospitality

It is thought that the 9% lower VAT rate, which was due to expire at the end of August, could now run for a further six months.

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The Mulligan Sisters In ConcertMulligan Sisters

Tickets are available €15 each from Marie Hanmore-Cawley 087 644 1636, Kathleen Candon 087 261 3284, Úna Bhán Tourism 071 966 3033.

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The Toon Team – Stormont

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The Toon Team – Katie Taylor

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Boyle Canal Walk/Cycleway

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With rain forecast this May Holiday weekend, walkers and cyclists along Boyle Canal might be delighted to take time in a shelter. There are two of them, one on each side of the canal, placed close to halfway between the harbour and the N4 bridge.
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Dail hears local woman’s electricity bill went from €123 to €3385

Speaking in the Dail, Independent Deputy Denis Naughten highlighted a case where an elderly woman from the Shannonside region is being pressed to pay an electricity bill in the thousands of euro.

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Parochial School, Boyle – teachers

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Parochial School, Boyle … my neighbours on Military Road, Boyle – Daphne Barden, Mary Carty, Mardette Lynch, Sarah Rice
The background image is the school’s beautiful wall mural by Friz
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The Toon Team

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King House, Boyle / Connaught Rangers

King House from the Pleasue Grounds“We are currently upgrading the Connaught Rangers Exhibition ‘The Devils Own’ with new installations. It is planned the exhibition should be ready by early May. We are really looking forward to this and thank you for your patience.

The Connaught Rangers ‘The Devils Own Exhibition’ spans three main rooms – the first room gives the visitor an outline history of the regiment while the second delves deeper into the individual campaigns and achievements through targeted displays. The third room is the remembrance room – where the visitor can reflect on those who served with the regiment and acknowledge those who never returned home.”
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The Toon Team – Payment

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The Toon Team – Ukrania

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Center Parcs, Longford

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Any words I might offer will fall short of the well-deserved superlatives due to this Co. Longford holiday resort. Hopefully the attached photos will give a brief indication of some of the delights available ‘down the road’ from us …

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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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Reprise

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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 … !!