Please support our Traders of the Day – 20th September

Drumderrig Nursing Home : Abbey Haven Nursing Home : Ardcarne Garden Centre : Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant

In Boyle

Friday 20th September: Annual Street Collection Boyle Town, Hosted by Roscommon SPCA
Friday 20th September: Moonwolf Vape Shop to open this morning in SuperValu
Scanlon’s Pub: set to reopen in the very near future

Climate Change – Students Strike Friday 21st September

Thousands of students will today take part in strikes across the country to demand more action from the government on climate change. Similar protests, inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, are happening globally.

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Free Microchipping for dogs – Saturday 21st September

Roscommon Co Council will offer FREE dog microchipping on Saturday 21st September in the Civil Defence Building, Lanesborough Road, Roscommon. To book your dog you must email dogmicrochipping@ Owners will be required to present a current dog licence (available at post offices, €20 per year), photo ID and proof of address.

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson – a 2nd meeting

Confirmation of a second meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson has raised hopes a Brexit deal is possible before the October 31 deadline.
The Government confirmed yesterday that Mr Varadkar and Mr Johnson will meet on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

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Google to subsidise houses in Dublin

Google is willing to subsidise general housing in Dublin to ease the accommodation crisis, its CEO says.
“It’s something we would think about doing over time,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai told “It makes sense for us as a company to do it and it’s also the right thing to do.”
Google now employs 8,000 people in Dublin and, with staff salaries averaging close to €100,000, it is looking for ways to invest in the wider community here.

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Dodd’s Crescent Bar – tonight, Friday 20th September

Water Disruption tomorrow, Saturday 21st in Boyle

Notice of Water Disruption – Boyle Town and Environs including Surrounding Areas : Boyle Town and Environs : Drum : Mockmoyne : Killaraght : Surrounding Areas
• Roscommon County Council and Irish Water wish to advise Customers served by the Boyle Regional Water Supply Scheme, residing in the areas listed below, that they may experience disruption to water supply from 9am until 4.30pm approximately on Saturday, 21st September 2019
• This work is been carried out as part of the extension of the Boyle Regional water supply scheme to Grangemore.
• The actual work taking place involve is tie-in works to the Grangemore pipline at the reservoir in Carrickmore and installing control valves
• Boyle Town and Environs : Drum : Mockmoyne : Killaraght : Surrounding Areas
• Roscommon County Council and Irish Water regret any inconvenience caused to customers

Boyle Senior GAA Football – important game

An important game for Boyle Senior GAA Football team this coming Saturday September 21st in the Quarter Final, Knock-Out stage, of the County Championship.
Saturday at 5.30 in Castlerea and hopefully a large and vocal Boyle support will be present to add their encouragement to the team’s efforts.

Taoist Tai Chi Introduction Class

Taoist Tai Chi – Introduction Class, Boyle, Monday 23rd September in the Convent Primary School – FREE


MEP Mairead McGuinness

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Mairead McGuinness MEP for Roscommon and first Vice-President of the European Parliament represented the European Parliament at a G7 conference in Brest, France, recently under the theme ‘Parliaments committed to the oceans’. It addressed the protection and governance of oceans; the impact of climate change, pollution and plastics on our oceans and the role Parliaments can play. The important role of research and innovation in the preservation of oceans was emphasised.

Pictured (l-r): Bruce Stanton, Deputy Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons; Mairead McGuinness; Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the German Bundestag; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives; Richard Ferrand, President of the French National Assembly; Roberto Fico, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies; John Bercow, Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons.

Marians Fashions, Bridge Street, Boyle


Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant – Chilli Con Carne Lunch



King House Tea Rooms


Nordson Medical

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Emmy Awards 2019 – win for Chris O’Dowd

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“Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
State Of The Union, “Dolphins”
SundanceTV, See-Saw Films
Chris O’Dowd as Tom”

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The Toon Team – Five in a row


Boyle Golf Club Update 15th September

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Boyle GAA Club Update 16th September

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Know Your Rights: Returning to Ireland

Question: My son has been living in Australia for the last fifteen years and is planning to return to Ireland next year for good. Where can he find practical information about returning home?

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter

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Tadhg TV – recommended viewing for the week

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King House Tea Rooms – Open Mike


Stewarts Oil FREE Giveaway


This useful USB charger not only charges your phone while in your car, it could save your life or a life if you are unfortunate to come across an accident. With it you can break your window and cut your seatbelt. Stewarts Oil will give you one of these this chargers -FREE- when you order Stewarts Home Heating Oil while stocks last.

€390,000 in LEADER funding approved for 6  local projects in County Leitrim – Feighan

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the recent approval of €390,000 in LEADER funding for 6 local projects in Leitrim. These projects received approval between the 5th and 11th September.

 “I am delighted that these valuable projects have been given this funding in this latest round of approvals. This follows on from the recent approval of €475,648 in LEADER funding for 18 local projects in the county…

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Speech & Drama lessons will take place on Thursday evenings in Convent Primary School Boyle starting Sept 26th. For more details please phone Bernadette on 087 221 9911 (evenings).

Tony Conboy “An Oblique View”

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Úna Bhán Community Notes – Update 12th September

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Safepass Course


A Safepass course will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre on Friday September 27th from 8.00/5.00. For more information or to book a place please email or call 071 967 3100 / 086 203 9182

“Unveiling Main Street” 


Wednesday 11th September: This evening we are getting a look at renovation works carried out on the first section of Main Street, and it looks great. Roofs have been cleaned and frontages painted in ‘traditional’ colours.
• Scaffolding is now being erected on the next section of the street.
• Boyle was chosen as one of six towns nationwide to receive €140,000 in funding to enhance the streetscape of Main Street in the town, under the Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) 2019, a joint initiative between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council.

Spend time in BOYLE

Spend time in BOYLE

Way back in August 2010 I designed a book containing some photos from the area and Business Card sized Graphics from Boyle traders.
I will add the cards of several of the surviving Boyle Businesses over the next few days
At the time, we had an active Chamber of Commerce promoting everything ‘Boyle’.





FCA Association trip to Áras an Uachtaráin


Members of 19th. Inf. Bn. FCA Association and friends on their visit to Farmleigh House and Áras an Uachtaráin where they were greeted by President Michael D. HIGGINS and his wife Sabina. The Association presented the president with an Association plaque, the president replied thanking them for their attendance and in particular their long service to the state. They were then treated to refreshments and a grand tour of the Áras and the grounds.

Ardcarne Garden Centre

Autumn has truly arrived, with schools buzzing back to life and days shortening. What better time then to learn a new skill? Over the next few weeks we have a very exciting range of Spanish, Print Making and Herbal remedy classes (click ‘read more’ for more details)
Autumn is of course bulb planting time and you’ll find all your favourites in stock right now, plus some unusual varieties. Get them in early if you can as the roots will start growing in the damp warm soil and be well established by the spring for putting on a fantastic display. As usual you’ll find lots of plants for bringing colour to your garden and containers.

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Know Your Rights: One-Parent Family Payment

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Saint Patrick Street (St. Patrick Street)

St. Patrick Street

***NOT*** Patrick Street / Patrick’s Street / St.Patrick’s Street.
I accept that road signs are frequently misspelt (Tobercurry/Keadew etc) but know that considerable research was a feature before ordering Boyle’s Street Signs

Boyle Brochures – where?

A viewer wrote “Sean, where can I get Boyle Brochures”. I went to the Úna Bhán Tourism Gift Shop to see what is available. I was disappointed to find that there are only two:-
A folded Lakelends Waterways map and a Boyle/Lough Key Visitors Map & Moone Boy Trail. Boyle TM (Chamber of Commerce) produced both several years ago. Both are now out of date and contain mistakes and should receive makeovers

Heuston Rail Station, Dublin


There is an enormous difference between facilities available at Connolly and Heuston rail stations. I took the Luas from Connolly and spent an enjoyable time in Heuston Station on Tuesday 3rd September. A highlight for me was an excellent €12.50 Beef Lunch in the station’s Galway Hooker Restaurant/Bar. My photographs will give you a Heuston experience.

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Philippa's Hair Design

Tai Chi – change of opening days

Tai Chi Court Restaurant

The ever popular Tai Chi Court Chinese Restaurant is open from 5pm until 11pm 6 days every week, with closed on Tuesdays

Lough Key Visitor Centre hours



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A new 8 week term of junior tennis lessons on Wednesdays. A 6 week term will begin next Monday. All equipment is provided and lessons are provided by Tim Clarke our Tennis Ireland qualified coach. Booking is essential so please contact Tim on 083 115 5374 to find out a suitable group and time slot.

Boyle and District I.C.A.

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• Meetings: Boyle and District I.C.A will resume their monthly meetings in Tawnytaskin Community Centre on Tuesday 24th September.
New members are always welcome at the I.C.A., so please feel free to come along for a cuppa and a chat. For information please call Eimear on 087 955 7036

King House – open until the end of September

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Open to the public from the first week in April until the last week in September. Tuesday to Sunday from 11am with last admissions at 5pm.
Open Sunday 11am to 4pm. (last tours at 3pm)
We are also open over holiday weekends and on Bank Holiday Mondays.
• Pre-booked groups are welcome all year round.
• The house is available for corporate/private function hire.
• King House is a fully-licensed civil wedding location.
• King House is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with an elevator between floors.
• A tour of the house takes approximately 60 minutes. Audio Packs are available for self-guided tours. During peak season, we also host guided tours throughout the week, times for which are advertised at the Reception Desk in King House. Visitor Guides are available in French, German, Italian and Spanish

The Park and Boyle Traders

28th August: Only the following Boyle Traders have leaflets on the Lough Key Visitor Centre Notice Board:
Kelly’s Londis, Angling Services Ireland, King House Tea Rooms, The Stairs Gastro Pub, The Book Lady, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Shop

The Park & N4 signs to Boyle

20190828_083333The main thrust of this sign is to N4 and Dublin/Sligo. Boyle and King House/Boyle Abbey are secondary and in smaller letters

20190827_112558Boyle seems lost in a confusion of signs as motorists exit on to the N4

The Park and Boyle


The end of summer 2019 and schools reopening is a time to make observations and ask questions, for instance …
• • a/ Lough Key Forest Park appeared to get more visitors than ever
• • b/ How many of those visitors came in to Boyle and what did our Traders, Chamber of Commerce, Town Team do to attract them?
I have ideas, just as you have and will write/discuss this topic further

Area PhotosThe Gaelic Chieftain

Realboyle Photo Album pages: [King House…] [Boyle Abbey…] [Lough Key Forest Park…]

Four possible routes for N61 road

New designs for the N61 between Tulsk and Boyle have been put forward by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Roscommon County Council.
• The N61 route between Roscommon and Tulsk is a busy National Secondary Route with current traffic flow in the region of 3000 – 4000 vehicles per day approx.
• A final route will be decided by December 2019, with the public asked to make their own submissions on the project up until the 23rd of September.
• Online submission can be made here .

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Pleasure Grounds Playground

I took the photo below in April 2016.  The playground is still a great resource close the middle of town and is used by parents and enjoyed by children all through the year. At the moment it appears – not like in this photo – but ‘worn out’ and the attractions badly in need of a repaint. It would be great if some or any grouping of our many clubs and voluntary organisations could find time to add a playground repaint to their busy schedules.

Pleasure Grounds Play area

The Toon Team – McDonald’s/Beef


Did you know?

There are more than 20 former business premises VACANT in Boyle at the moment.
Boyle diaspora please note: Some of those vacant premises are currently available for sale, rent or lease.
• Please contact our Boyle Auctioneers for details

Erita – Nails and Beauty Boutique


L-R: Aisling Duignan, Erita O’Carroll, Leah Meredith

Erita O’Carroll – Nails and Beauty Boutique – Nails, Waxing, Makeup, Lash Lift, Spray Tans, Eyelashes, Eyebrows and Sunbeds … 085 271 0045 … Bridge Street, Boyle.

Cigarettes – €20 a pack?

A packet of 20 cigarettes costs roughly €13, and raising this by around €1.17 a pack in the next six Budgets would mean the price of a pack would reach €20.
According to the IHF (Irish Heart Foundation), around 20% of people in Ireland over the age of 16 – around 800,000 people – are current smokers. Department of Health figures also suggest the number of adults smoking in Ireland has declined by around 80,000 in the past few years.

Know Your Rights – Appealing your Leaving Cert resultc

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Marians of Boyle

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Boyle Fire Service – new Car Park


“The Lawn” … untended, broken down, last year’s leaves …

Located in Boyle Town Centre, “The Lawn” runs along the southern bank of Boyle river. Let the photos speak for themselves …



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Progress at Boyle Courthouse

Boyle Courthouse

Works are continuing onsite. The award of a six-figure Leader sum will ensure that the roof is weather proofed, some windows will be repaired, an 8-urinal etc toilet block will be constructed alongside other internal and external works.
• Previous grant monies went towards works including painting, carpeting, heating and front window replacements etc in the main courtroom area.
• Much work has been done on the Model Railway project and additional funding will be required before an eventual opening to the public.

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant


The Toon Team – Cycle Path


Know Your Rights – Emergency medical card

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Good old-fashioned hand painted Signwriting


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State Laws and Coillte Bye-Laws

There is no State Law or Coillte Bye-Law that says dogs must be kept on leads … “effectual control” is the requirement
13. Subject to Bye-law 14 a person shall not cause or allow a dog to be on Coillte lands without it being kept under effectual control as required under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 (No. 32 of 1986).

Tangier House on 2.9 acres FOR SALE


A viewer suggested “Wouldn’t it make a great town centre hotel … with its existing entrances on Shop Street and The Crescent … loads of room to extend and add ‘out of sight’ buildings.”
• Tangier Tots Childcare Centre NOT included
• Person or persons with money and vision required !!
• Call Smith Kelly Scott on 071 966 2124

The Crescent Bye-Laws

Following several years of lobbying (and pleading), Roscommon Co Councillors passed the new bye laws for trading on the Crescent and other site in the county
Roscommon councillors have voted by a majority of 15 to 2 to bring in casual trading laws for the county after the issue was first mooted more than a decade ago.
The bye laws will apply to all towns in the county and cover issues like goods that may be traded, designated trading areas and trading times, insurance requirements and parking of vehicles.

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant

Always a favourite – Bangers & Mash for Lunch


Boyle Flowers and Plants 2019

P7220003A special shout out and thank you to Boyle resident Seamus Young who financed and placed potted plants at several locations on the Crescent and Elphin Street.
Flower and plant displays are looking great all over town this year thanks to Boyle Tidy Towns, Mandy Toolan, Teresa Ward, Boyle Traders, Boyle Residents and Seamus Young

The Toon Team– The Queen’s Portrait

Queen's Portrait


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics anonymous

A viewer wrote: “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.”

Remember man thou art but dust


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Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle

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Ardcarne Garden Centre
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Drumderrig House Private Nursing Home

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Joe Simon – Home, Garden and Build

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Kelly’s Londis

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Magee’s Fashion Shop

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Marians of Boyle

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Sean Carty Cars

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Stewarts Oil

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Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant

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The Moorings Restaurant

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The Stairs Gastro Pub

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Boyle in the County Roscommon