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King House, Boyle

Galleries and ‘other cultural outlets’ will reopen to the public from July 20th.
• Meanwhile below is a King House mini slideshow to serve as a reminder of what will be available to visitors.
• Situated in the centre of Boyle, King House has had a varied history over 300 years but is now fully restored. King House was built for Sir Henry King MP (c.1681–1739) between 1720 and 1740. It was subsequently home to Edward King MP (1726–97), first earl of Kingston. During its lifetime many different people have lived in the house and it has had many different roles: as a family home, a military barracks, an office, and even a store. The house retains a seventeenth-century fortified character that must have served it well when it was adopted by the Connaught Rangers and Roscommon Militia at the turn of the nineteenth century

Carrick-on-Shannon Mural developing beautifully !!


’tis the season


View from the Gaelic Chieftain on the N4 Viewing Area


Today’s Weather

TODAY – THURSDAY 4TH JUNE: Brightening up this afternoon with a few sunny spells by evening as showers become isolated. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees, coolest near coasts due to a moderate to fresh and gusty northwest wind.

The 8 at 8 Thursday

Here’s a round-up of what is happening this morning.

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If you can dream it, you can do it


Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim






It became necessary for me to drive to Drumshanbo. The road from Carrick-on-Shannon is a delight, and so is litter-free Leitrim Village with its Hotel, Boat Marina and several restaurants.
On then to Drumsnanbo – a really lovely town, litter-free, well maintained, friendly and location for more business and specialties than many others: Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool, Lough Allen Hotel, Gunpowder Distillery, Food Hub, Jinnie’s Bakery & Tearooms, Sweet Geranium Cafe, McGowan’s Westlink Coaches, Gala & Centra Supermarkets, the very expert Talk n Tech Phone Shop, hometown for Paschal Mooney, Charlie McGettigan and more, more, more

Everything Will Be Okay – eventually !





Doon Shore – 31st May


The beautiful weather and Holiday Weekend brought hundreds to our Doon Shore on Lough Key. it was a joy to note the actions of two young Boyle boyss who are a credit to themselves, their parents and families.
Trev Kane wrote: “These two boys Kyle Tighe and Aaron Corrigan tidied up at Doonshore after a group of young people left a mess. I took home the rubbish with me and thought it was awful good of them as young kids are always getting the bad press lately”

The Toon Team – six feet apart


John Grehan R.I.P.

The death occurred recently in London of John Grehan, formerly Grehans Bar, The Crescent, Boyle. Predeceased by parents Andy & Bridie Grehan and brother Tony. Sadly missed by his brother Brian (London), sisters Francie, Marie and Helen (Boyle), a large extended family and many friends. “A man with a true love of Boyle and all in it.”
Rest In Peace John … you were one of a kind !!

St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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Brendan Bowyer R.I.P. The Boyle connection.

Those of us of a certain generation will remember that the great Brendan Bowyer had a follow-up hit to his massive “Hucklebuck” recording with “Don’t Lose Your Hucklebuck Shoes”, composed by Boyle friends Willie Devine (The Crescent) and Gabriel McKeon, (Main Street)

Bernadette Connolly R.I.P. Memorial

Bernadette Connolly Memorial

Johnny McLoughlin and McLoughlin Memorials Boyle have created a permanent memorial, on the 50th anniversary of the abduction of Bernadette Connolly.

Boyle – A Safe Place To Shop

Over 40 Businesses in Boyle participated in a Health and Safety Workshop and Webinar over the last week in preparation to re-open their premises over the coming days and weeks. The workshops were jointly funded by Boyle Chamber of Commerce & Boyle Town Team supporting the safety and welfare of employers, employees, customers and visitors. The Chamber and Town Team wish all businesses a smooth return to re-opening and are confident we’ll all support each other and shop local over the coming weeks and months. Again thanks to all those who have been supplying us with essential services during the lockdown and to our very busy tidy town members who are doing such a beautiful job on the flower beds. Should any business who missed the Workshop wish to obtain a copy of the slides and templates, please e-mail

100,000 Virus deaths in the U.S.

In less than three months since the first known U.S. deaths from COVID-19, more lives have now been lost to the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. soil than the 58,220 Americans who died over nearly two decades in Vietnam.

L. Key Forest Park – broken path

While a new verandah area has been built, and a greenway is nearly complete for walkers and cyclists, the path between the harbour and the Gazebo needs attention.

Lough Key Broken Pathway

The Lawn, Boyle

Sign, The Lawn, Boyle

Once upon a long time ago, The Lawn, Boyle Town Centre, was a lovely retreat alongside Boyle River.  Nowadays the area is neglected by our ‘powers that be’ and far from lovely. The engraved limestone plaque has misspellings, Railings need cleaning and repainting, the River is weedy and smelly outside a couple of business premises, broken/rotten verge timbers, uncut grass needs attention etc etc

Boyle Town Centre

Foliage looking great in Boyle Town Centre … thanks to a dedicated team including Mandy, Donie and Teresa !!

The Crescent Flowers

Rotting timbers at the Bailey Bridge, Woodenbridge Road

Wooden (Bailey) Bridge

We’re Here For You – 7 days Every Week

Famine Altar, Boyle.


I visited our lovely Famine Altar. In the evening sun, a photograph was out of the question. The overgrown foliage around the site made it difficult to view the altar. Instead, here is a photo I took of the altar 5 years ago. I have a memory of the altar and steps being put in place but have forgotten its history. !!

Flat to Rent in Boyle

Flat to rent in Greatmeadow, Boyle. It would suit one person or two sharing. For full information please call John Beirne on 086 814 3391

Roscommon Herald 26th May


The Toon Team – Galway Races


A FREE Health & Safety Online Workshop

A FREE Health & Safety online workshop for Boyle Businesses in preparation for re-opening Boyle safely will take place Thursday 28th May from 10.00am-12.30pm. Booking is essential and places can be reserved by e-mailing no later than Wednesday afternoon. This workshop is open to all Businesses whether or not you attended last week’s Webinar. Those businesses who missed the Webinar can still e-mail the Boyle Enterprise Centre for a copy of the content.

Boyle GAA Club Update

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Tony Conboy “An Oblique View”

This week Tony recalls his many ‘Lae ar on bPortach – (‘Days on the Bog’). He wrote “The recent long stretch of lovely weather has set the scene for and accelerated the annual bog campaign. I have been involved in these, off and on, for decades.”  Many of us can share similar memories. However, Tony has gone further and describes a greater knowledge of the topic and all it involved …

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Tadhg TV Update

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St. Joseph’s Church, Parish Newsletter

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Una Bhan Community Notes

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Cruinniú na nÓg – Unleash your creative spirit!


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Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 13th June. It is Ireland’s national day of creative activity for children and young people – and entire families. So get ready to answer the call, to celebrate your creative talents, and to share them with the nation. It’s a day for doing, making and creating.

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“Spend Time in Boyle”


“Spend Time in Boyle” is a particularly relevant call at the moment. Several businesses have reopened and you are encouraged to “Spend Your Money With Them”
Of significance and apart from many others:
• Boles of Boyle launched their Online Shop at
• The Courtyard Market will reopen tomorrow, Saturday 23rd May.
Yes, it is “Spend Time in Boyle”, today, tomorrow and every day!!

Boyle Celtic travelled to Germany in 1988

Boyle Celtic BannerBoyle Celtic - Germany

Tony Conboy wrote: I believe that the RTE 1 programme, Nationwide 7 pm, Friday 22nd May, will reference Boyle Celtic’s foray in Europe for the European Cup Championships in Germany in 1988. 22 people from Boyle plus travelled to Germany linking up with a double-decker bus from London’s ‘Top Deck’ tours at Le Havre. The tour leader was Frank Feighan and the late G.Tiernan played a pivotal role with a catering brief for the group. Ireland of course beat England in the first game and that validated the trip on its own.
Ireland drew with Russia but were beaten by Holland (eventual winners) and so Ireland just missed out on the Semi-Finals.
I believe it will be a kind of Reeling in the Years, perhaps suggesting that this was the beginning of Ireland’s soccer team inducing a feel-better atmosphere in the country post tough times.
I am led to believe that a couple of pics of the group will be shown.
After Googling it the reference to it on RTE’s programme preview is; “Another week of looking back through the RTÉ Archives”

Boles of Boyle launches Online Store

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Boles of Boyle has announced the launch of its online store. Founded in 1886, Boles of Boyle is a long-established family-run department store based in the West of Ireland, specializing in ladies fashion, menswear, occasionwear, and footwear. With over 130 years of experience in retail and four generations later, Boles of Boyle is still managed by the Boles family today. Boles of Boyle strives to offer its customers the most unique and individual range of products and brands both instore and now online. Since 1886, Boles of Boyle has been known for its quality, exceptional service, qualified team, knowledge and years of experience – a tradition that lives on today.
The Boyle based department store has used the global pandemic as an opportunity to move the business online and into the future. With modified operating procedures in the retail industry and social distancing measures in place, the launch of the online store comes at an appropriate time and ensures that Boles of Boyle can still serve customers safely during uncertain times and long into the future. Read about Boles of Boyle [here…]

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“N4 Bridge With A View”


Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle

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The Courtyard Market Re-Opening Saturday 23rd May

Reopening Courtyard Market

Trip through Boyle – dull morning – Wednesday 20th May

John Mulligan on the JF Show

John MulliganShannonside FM (10.10am Wednesday 20th) Joe Finnegan’s interview with our own Herald, realboyle, lobbyist and author John Mulligan. John presented an intelligent, cohesive look at Ageism in Ireland.

Drumderrig House Private Nursing Home

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A Shady Nook, Knocknashee, Boyle


Joe Simon – Home, Garden and Build

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Brothers of Charity Shop, Boyle


Knocknashee, Boyle

I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd, a host of DANDELIONS


Workshop for Businesses in Boyle – Instagram

Boyle Chamber of Commerce sincerely thank Role Skillnet for organising a most informative 3-hour Workshop for Businesses in Boyle, getting started on Instagram. The workshop was hosted by Louise McDonnell, a social media strategist and well done to all the businesses who participated in the event. Funding from Role Skillnet for this workshop was greatly appreciated by all participants and Boyle Chamber of Commerce. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to having more activity on Instagram from the Businesses in Boyle.

Roscommon Herald 19th May

Herald_MastJohn Mulligan’s article in this week’s Roscommon Herald is a ‘must-read’ !! John deals with the subject of Ageism “I am the right side of the condescending ‘Cocooning’ 70-mark. Older people are the ones that paid for the world that whingers enjoy. – home loans at 18% and taxes of 65%. We paid for our pensions with money saved by not buying takeaway coffees and smashed avocados.”
For more, please read John’s full article on page 34.

The Toon Team – Hardware Stores Open


Lough Key to Boyle Greenway

Just in case a viewer is wondering … please note the new L.Key to Boyle Greenway is a cycleway AND a walkway !!


The Toon Team – Cocooning


Lockdown eases across the country … BUT, a warning !!

Some 20,000 people are set to return to work in garden centres, hardware stores, and other retailers such as phone shops and opticians.
Health Minister Simon Harris warned: “We are not out of the danger zone.”

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Boyle GAA Club Update

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Boyle Golf Club Update

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On Monday 18th May …

The 8 at 8

Here are the stories making headlines this morning.

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Celebrate Ardcarne reopening 18th May

Ardcarne Garden Centre reopening Monday 18th May

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“Dear Customer: We are looking forward to welcoming you again to Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle, and Roscommon Town from Monday 18th May. The Garden Centre is brimming with colourful plants and everything you need for your garden at this time of year. For your safety and the safety of staff, there will be some changes to your shopping experience.”

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Better Buy /Surprises to reopen Monday 18th

Brian Kelly: “Better Buy /Surprises Looking forward to seeing you – We missed you. Keep well and stay safe.”

Better Buy and Surprises

Re-Opening of Boyle Community Tennis Club on May 18th

Boyle 2010 : Brochure Pages

Morning in Boyle – 14th April 2020

Lough Key at 7am

Lough Key at 7am

Coronavirus may never go away !!

BBC World Service: “Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, World Health Organisation emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear.
He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”

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Here are some valued Boyle Traders – more to follow …

Boyle Cistercian Abbey


Gaelic Chieftain Car Park 12th May


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The Toon Team


Marty Morrisey’s Shed


In the first episode of the RTE TV series, Marty Morrissey catches up with actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd from Los Angeles, the always hilarious Oliver Callan and, from New York, Instagrammer extraordinaire, Erica Fox. Featuring a very special performance from the Kilfenora Ceili Band via Zoom.

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Assylinn Cemetery Fencing

20200508_153125“An accident waiting to happen” is how a RealBoyle viewer has described Roscommon Co Council fencing around the “old cemetery”.
In the past cattle from a next-door field have been seen in the cemetery, grazing on what is now lush, uncut grass.
Fortunately, there was no damage done by the cattle tramping across grave plots”
The viewer wonders who will pay for potential damage to headstones and desecration of grave plots because of inadequate fencing and a broken wall at the cemetery !!

Cloonloo N.S. is now enrolling for September 2020.

Enrolment forms are available by phoning 071 966 3684, emailing or on the school website For any queries please contact us and we will be delighted to help.


Line & Wash #02 – Moylurg Tower



May 5th 2020


See You On Tuesday …

Over-70s Boyle Residents who have been CoronaVirus cocooning will be able to visit and take walks up to 5 km from home following Government and HSE announcements on Friday 1st May.
• However, they are advised to keep cocooning and avoid contact with anyone when they leave their homes.
• Over-70s will not be permitted visitors to their homes or to go to shops until the start of June.
• Over-70s will include locations: Boyle Town, St. Joseph’s and Church of Ireland, Boyle Canal Harbour, Lough Key Forest Park, Doon Shore, the Gaelic Chieftain, view only King House and Boyle Abbey etc.

Tai Chi Chinese Takeaway

Tai Chi Court Restaurant

Boyle GAA Covid 1900 km challenge

As our club activities are currently suspended, Boyle GAA has decided to launch a fundraising campaign in aid of the local Brothers of Charity to get people moving.
Our aim is to raise funds by asking people to firstly donate to the gofundme page ( and thereafter track the distance of any walk/run you do during the month of May. You only need to donate once!
Jackie Valentine is the club coordinator and you can send the distance you have walked/run to her by text (086 320 0915) after every walk/run to be logged. Your distance will not be added to the total unless you have made at least one donation to the gofundme page. Our target is to run/walk 1900km collectively in May.
So take the dog out for a stroll, go for a family walk, escape for a run, every kilometre you complete and every euro you donate will get us closer to our target*.
100% of the money raised will go to the Brothers of Charity.
This challenge is not restricted to Boyle GAA club members and we would ask you to spread the word to your neighbours, friends, family etc.
*Please comply with all government guidelines regarding exercise and social distancing.

Here’s this morning’s news ahead of the weekend.

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Coronavirus – Covid 19



“Blue & Green should never be seen”


A pishogue. Yet, thankfully, nature decided otherwise here in Boyle

Boyle Arts Festival 2020 – CANCELLED


“With regret, it has been decided to cancel Boyle Arts Festival 2020. We were at a very advanced stage of planning for this year’s festival but we are convinced that on the basis of the current health authority and Government advice, it would be unsafe to proceed. The provisional dates for the next Boyle Arts Festival are July 15th to 24th 2021
We take this decision purely on the grounds of health and safety. We are very conscious of the need to protect our community, our visitors, our audiences, our artists and of course our committee along with our multitude of volunteers and support staff.
We, the BAF organising committee would like to thank all of you for the generations of support thus far. We are especially grateful to all our sponsors and venue providers over the years…  but we will be back in 2021, even bigger and better.”

The Toon Team




Royal Hotel – Tenders sought


Cleaning the front of the hotel in July 2019

We have no doubt regarding the accuracy of this week’s Roscommon Herald front-page article about development of the Royal Hotel site.
“Roscommon County Council is seeking tenders for the redevelopment of the Royal Hotel site in Boyle.”  “The tender was posted on the State’s e tenders procurement website on March 30th and the deadline for reply is May 1st”
The article would appear to firmly ‘put to bed’ earlier reports that refurbishment works were to commence last January. We remember the Shannonside News article that stated “Consultants and contractors are in place with work to begin in January.”

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Working together we can all minimise the impact of COVID-19. Our focus in An Garda Siochana is on supporting our communities.
‘Social Distance’ guidelines are essential to decrease and interrupt the spread of COVID-19 –
• An Garda Siochana will be proactive in challenging behaviour which is not appropriate.
• An Garda Síochána appeals to every person, in particular, our younger members in the community to be ‘Socially Responsible’, for their health the health of their parents and the lives of their Grandparents.
• Public Offices in Garda stations remain open, but in line with ‘social distancing’.
• An Garda Síochána urges and encourages families, neighbours, clubs and community groups to continue to engage with their loved ones, friends and neighbours, strictly in line with ‘social distance’ guidelines.
• Where vulnerable and isolated persons are identified with No local supports, or where supports are no longer possible due to COVID-19, An Garda Síochána will support these persons. If you need us, call us: Boyle 071 9664620. Castlerea 094 9621630 (24 hour)

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Joe Simon Home, Garden & Build

Joe Simon

Hi all, from Wednesday morning 18th March, Joe Simon Home, Garden & Build will be implementing controlled access to the general public. This involves changing our customer purchasing and collection processes to help protect our staff and customers.

  • We ask customers to please call or email ahead of time with your order and we will give you a collection time.
  • No customers will be allowed in the store for browsing.
  • Please follow the direction of the staff when you arrive at the store.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding, keep safe everyone and adhere to government warnings.

Call 0719662236, 085-1026792, 085-1026836 email:

**IMPORTANT NOTICE** from Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy

We here at Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy will remain open for the weeks ahead… To ensure the health and safety of our staff and you our valued customers we are putting precautions in place with limiting public access to our pharmacy no more than 3 people at any one time with separate entry and exit doors.
This will NOT cause disruption to our service, our staff will be there to meet you at the door whether you are: Handling your prescription, Collecting your prescription, Looking for anything else in our pharmacy.
Please call us in advance to order you prescription
OUR NUMBER IS (071) 9662044 OR (071) 9664840
OR TEXT (087) 3884208
We can deliver your medicine if required
Please observe strict hand hygiene measures in place. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding in this matter. These measures are put in place to protect our Staff and you, our customers. We are going to be a critical part of the healthcare system over the coming weeks so it is vital we stay fit & healthy so we can protect you, your families & the most vulnerable in the community. Thank you for your patience and understanding, We wish everyone good health at this difficult time, please feel free to ring us if you are worried about your health or your medical needs.
Kind Regards, Pat Brogan & Staff

Coronavirus – Covid 19


A concerned viewer wrote: “If you contract the disease it becomes a household and family disease. 90% of people who are healthy will fight off the virus as they would a cough or a cold. Their mortality rate is very low.
• However, in our town of Boyle, we have people with underlying conditions and elderly people whose immune system is not strong as it might be. Hopefully, the “healthy” group is hearing enough about their potential to pass on Covid 19.
• Maybe if they heard the more realistic possibilities of infecting their grannys, grandfathers, newborn babies or another long-term ill it might encourage them even more to follow the instructions from the HSE.
• Nobody would like to be responsible for the death of anyone but it could happen through lack of personal conduct. Imagine how you would feel knowing that you could do severe damage to a neighbour or loved ones just by not washing your hands.”

St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle, webcam masses

20200310_122247The celebration of all public Masses in the Diocese is suspended until and including Sunday 29th March.
** Exceptions may be made for weddings and funerals where the attendance will be controlled to under 100 persons **
Masses will be streamed live and viewable on the parish webcam: weekdays at 10am: Sundays and Holy Day at 10.30am

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A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Michael O'Toole

Tá aithne agam ar Joe O’Donnell le fada. Is fear é a bhfuil ard-mheas agam air. Bíonn sé suailceach i gcónaí. Is minic a chonaic mé é ar an staitse i Halla Naomh Sheosamh anseo i Mainistir na Búille. Ar ndóigh tá taithí mhaith ag Joe ar an staitse mar ghlac sé páirt i bhfiche cúig ceoldramaí ar fad, i bPort Omna agus anseo.
Tá a chroi báite san C. L. G. áitiúil freisin agus freastalaíonn sé ar chluichí peile na háite go rialta ag tacaíochta leo.
Is i gContae Chiarraí a rugadh agus a tógadh Joe. Tar éis dó an Ardteist a bhaint amach chaith sé trí bliana ag obair i dTrá Lí. Thug sé a aghaidh ar Choláiste na hOllscoile Bháile Átha Cliath ansin, áit ar bhain sé Céim Tráchtála amach.
Ag obair san státsheirbhís a chaith sé a shaol oibre. Bhíodh sé ag taisteal ar fud na tíre mar chigire don Roinn Choimirce Shoisialaí.
Tá sé ar scor óna chuid oibre anois ón mbliain 2009 agus sílim  go bhfuil sé i gceist aige fanacht sa mBaile Mór Álainn seo an chuid eile dá shaol.
Go dtuga Dia saol fada duit a Joe. Slán go fóill.

Read More Graphic Contributors

• Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” [here]
• As Gaeilge le Mícheál Ó’Tuathail [here]
• St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter [here]
• Christy Wynne [here]
• Know Your Rights (Boyle Citizens Information) [here]
• Boyle GAA [here]
• Boyle Golf Club [here]
• John Mulligan [here]
• Tony Conboy’s Essays and Observations [here]
• Frank Conry R.I.P. [here]

Know your rights – Rent Pressure Zones

Question: What is a rent pressure zone?
Answer: A rent pressure zone (RPZ) is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than 4% each year.

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Alcoholics Anonymous

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.”

Sean Carty Cars, Chapel Street, Boyle

Sean Carty Cars

Call today to our premises on Chapel Street, Boyle (open 9am-6pm) or call us on 071 966 2318
Beautiful Cars are available from as low as €28 per week with deposits as low as €600.
Many now can avail of Cheaper Insurance, Cheap Tax, have Air Con, Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth, Remote Central, Locking and a Warranty

Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle

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Ardcarne Garden Centre
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Boles of Boyle
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Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy
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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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