Please support our Traders of the Day – 16th October

Boles of Boyle : Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant : Abbey House B&B : Paul Deane Appliance Repairs : Erita Nails & Beauty : Philippa’s Hair Design

Boyle Family Resource Centre – Community Newsletter 16th October

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Run Walk & Roll 2019

Run Walk & Roll 2019

Run Walk & Roll 2019 will take place in Boyle on Sunday 20th October at 3pm. This is the 24th year of the annual event in aid of Cancer Research. It is a 5.4km Run / Walk for all ages and we encourage everyone to come out and participate. If anyone or group want to dress up or push a bed (bed available) they are welcome. Sponsorship cards are available and entry is on the day with registration from 1.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there and supporting a worthy cause. Contact Damian (086 394 2388).

Tawnytaskin Community Centre…

Social Dancing

Social Dancing Classes Commencing Thursday 17th October with Nicola. 7.30pm to 9pm. €3 per night or €15 for 6 sessions

Roscommon Herald – 15th October


There are several articles of particular Boyle interest in today’s edition !!
This week’s edition of the Roscommon Herald is available online at or in shops now. Happy Tuesday!

Úna Bhán Community Notes Update 14th October

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MS Ireland Roscommon Branch – Open Meeting Tuesday 15th October


An Open Branch Meeting of MS Ireland Roscommon Branch will take place on Tuesday 15th October 2019 at 7.30pm in St. Joseph’s Resource Centre, Abbeytown, Boyle. New members and all interested parties very welcome. Call or text 086 791 4580.

Boyle Branch of O.N.E.– meeting

The next meeting of the Boyle Branch of O.N.E. (The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) will be held in Daly’s Lounge, Bridge Street, Boyle, on this: Wednesday night, 16th October, at 8.00 pm. All Members are requested to attend.
Any former members of the Army, FCA, RDF, Civil Defence, Red Cross or Garda Siochana wishing to join are welcome to attend.

Drumderrig House Private Nursing Home


An Craoibhín – Enda’s Thank You …

An Craoibhin

Hi All,
Just a few words before my reluctant departure from An Craoibhín at the end of this week.
I would like to say a big thank you to our loyal customers who have continually supported us, and please drop in between tomorrow and Saturday for some complimentary treats.
• To my wonderful staff, I couldn’t have done it without you all, and I just can’t thank you enough!
• Thanks also to our suppliers who have delivered on time, every time, despite sometimes having to deal with adverse road and weather conditions!! I will be passing on your contact details to the new man in the hope that he will continue doing business with you.
• I will be handing over the “oven-gloves” this coming Sunday, and the new proprietor tells me that business will continue as usual early next week.
• All of us here at An Craoibhín wish him every success in the future.
• My sincerest thanks to all, Is mise le meas, Enda.

The Toon Team – light at the end of the tunnel


Boyle GAA Club Update 14th October

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St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter 13th October

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Tadhg TV Update 13th October

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Donal O’Connor’s 60th Birthday Concert for Charities



PA120050Saturday 12th October: St. Joseph’s Hall Boyle was the venue for a very enjoyable charity concert and celebration of Donie’s 60th Birthday. Hospice and the Tommie Simon Fund will be the recipients of funds raised on the night. Several of Donal’s musical friends performed including Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan. Special guests were members of Dodd’s Trad group and our excellent St. Joseph’s Choir.

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Tony Conboy’s Oblique View, 12th October

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Philippa’s 20 years in Boyle


Oh yes, it is hard to believe that Phipippa is now 20 years in business in Boyle … where have the years gone?!!
Philippa and her husband John are valued Boyle residents and this young lady’s Hair Salon a treasured business on Main Street

Court success for Ailbhe Hanmore

Ailbhe Hanmore, solicitor, daughter of Kathleen and Billy Hanmore features in a current Irish Times success story … “The Dutch embassy, rather than plead diplomatic immunity on behalf of one of its official drivers involved in a road accident in Dublin, has settled €60,000 claims on behalf of two cousins injured in the collision.”

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River Rescue

It is reported that a man who entered the fast-flowing Boyle River in the Lawn area at around 1.15pm, was rescued close to Results Gym by a brave college student. Gardai, Ambulance and Fire Service personnel were quickly on the scene.

Overcrowding on Sligo to Dublin railway line


A delegation made up of Sligo Councillors has written to the Transport Minister with the hopes of meeting and discussing the ongoing issues of overcrowding on the Sligo/Dublin train line.
There have been numerous reports of full carriages over the years, particularly on Fridays and Sundays, with a number of people being forced to stand for the long journey
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Abbey Community College

Abbey Community College

The following night classes are on offer this Autumn
Wednesday 23rd October
• The internet & social media
• Christmas baking
Thursday 24th October
• Digital Photography
• Introduction to TAS accounting
• Gardening
All courses run for 5 weeks from 7.30-9.30pm. Grants available to social welfare candidates
Contact Karen on 086 795 8572

Presentation of Tops to U16 Ladies


John Keville (Keville Engineering) and Shane Healy (Nordson) were kind sponsors of tops to the Boyle GAA under 16 Ladies Team. The girls are in the Division 1A County Final to be played on Saturday 12th October. Time and Venue to be decided. Photo Sean O’Dowd
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Kelly’s Londis – “It’s beginning to feel like – Halloween”

Kelly's Londis Halloween

Getting right into the spirit of the Halloween season, these “ladies and gents” are on display in Kelly’s Londis. Guess who are the faces behind the masks !!

Ardcarne Garden Centre Newsletter

Well it’s official – new research has proven that spending time among trees and nature is beneficial to our health. Of course we gardeners have always suspected as much! As autumn is such a good time for planting trees we thought you’d like to know that we have a Massive Tree Sale this weekend, including some incredible discounts on our large semi-mature trees (Boyle branch). You can also enjoy great savings on Roses & Perennials at both stores. See below for details.Read More Graphic

Boyle is on the move …

Like many towns, Boyle has business closures, but on balance we are winning and today note a number of property sales in Boyle Town Centre as well as a relocation on Shop Street, preparations for a new business on Bridge Street, a pub reopening imminent, the regeneration of streetscapes, promised work on the Royal Hotel for Roscommon CoCo, the Courthouse project, the Cycleway, planning permission submissions and more …
Back in the early years of this century I wrote “Boyle is a great town in which to live, work and play”, and that dear reader holds true on this day in October 2019

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Our Coffee Morning for Hospice will be on Friday 18th of October from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Please join us for a morning filled with craic and goodies.

We Are Not Alone …

Boyle, Alberta

Boyle, Alberta, Canada, a village in northern Alberta, Canada within Athabasca County. It is located on Highway 63, approximately 163 kilometres north of Edmonton. “We are experiencing a high volume of development interest in housing, light to mid industry, transportation, commercial and government services.”
Current Temperature -6°C. (7.30am GMT Thursday 10th October)
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Carrick Cineplex: Join us on Wednesday 16th October for a special preview screening of Kevin Barry’s ‘Dark Lies the Island’ at 7pm in Carrick Cineplex, followed by a post show Q&A with it’s director Ian Fitzgibbon (Death of a Superhero, Moone Boy).

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.”

Regeneration of Boyle’s Streetscape – Mattimoes


Joe Ryan wrote: “Scaffolding has been erected outside Mattimoes. They are inspecting the chimney shaft and roof and these boys don’t prick around. Every Tom, Dick and Harry can see for themselves that we have a few balls in the air at the minute. The pub remains open during the work grab the door knob and come on in. Please note – Helmets do not have to be worn”

Tutor for Grinds

Parent looking for a tutor or teacher to give grinds to 10 year old daughter once or twice a week.
Contact : 087 950 5796

Childminder required

Childminder required for 3 girls , 3 days a week from 2-6 on school days and 9-6 for school holidays . Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in their own home. Car essential for school pick ups. Please call or text 086 225 8139 if interested thanks .

Fake Money Notes in circulation !!!


These notes are being widely circulated at the moment.
On the front of each note it says ‘Movie Money’ under the EU flag. The Serial Numbers are the same on these fake €50, €20 & €10 notes !!!

Wedding at Lough Key Forest Park, Saturday 5th October


The Park on Facebook: “Such a fabulous and memorable time for us all at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park. Our first wedding in the restored Rockingham Church
We have waited for this day for a long time and we thank our first Bride and Groom, the gorgeous Helen and Mark for putting their faith in us and for creating this stunning look in the Rockingham church!
We are so glad to have saved this beautiful structure with match funding from Built Heritage Investment Scheme and a Structures at risk fund. It is magical to see it looking so glorious…”

“Many Congratulations again to the fantastic couple Helen and Mark on their wedding celebration in Lough Key Forest & Activity Park yesterday (Saturday 5th October). They are a beautiful couple and we wish them every minute of happiness in the future.
We thank them for putting their trust in us and be the first couple to celebrate their day in this unique place and for the vision that was created.
It was fantastic to work with Lissavalley Marquee Hire and Sean Hogan at Any Event Furniture who pulled off an amazing feat with the marque and a special thanks to Chantelle at Pure Flowers of Distinction who helped us dress our Moylurg room for the canape reception.”

The Toon Team – Thai Massage


JFC Centre, Carrick Road, Boyle


The timely arrival of the JFC building on the Carrick road, 1 mile from the main N4 (Dublin to Sligo) & 1/4 mile from Boyle town centre.
A very necessary and welcome development, consisting of 10 individual & independent units varying in sizes from 200-800 sq. ft, a communal reception area, canteen, and each unit has it’s own keys & hi speed WiFi.
• Perfect for anyone looking to set up their own business, in need of a work space, or remote working facility in the Roscommon, Sligo & Leitrim area.
• Contact Seamus on 071-9662483 or 086-8854357

Child-minder required

Kind reliable person required to mind 3 school going children, 1- 2 days per week in children’s own home. Typical day 7am – 9.20am and 3pm- 9pm. Car an advantage but not essential. Boyle town area. For further information please contact Lorraine 086 388 9276

Marians Glamour & Glitz Fashion Show


Ticket only event with proceeds to Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Tickets €25 available at Marians, Bridge Street. An evening of Fashion in King House, Thursday 17th October. Drinks reception 8pm, Show 8.30pm.
Marians are now 65 years in Boyle and are delighted to have Mandy Maher and Catwalk Models, Eddie Shanahan as producer. We look forward to seeing you on night.

Vaping Deaths

At least 18 deaths and more than 1,000 cases of a mysterious lung illness have been linked with vaping by US health authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said cases were up a quarter from last week. “I cannot stress enough the seriousness of these injuries. This is a critical issue. We need to take steps to prevent additional cases,” Dr Schuchat said.
Vaping-related injuries have been confirmed in 48 states, with deaths in 15 of those.

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Clerics “pleasure marriage” in Iraq

A BBC investigation has uncovered a secret world of sexual exploitation of children and young women by religious figures. Clerics are grooming vulnerable girls in Iraq and offering them for sex, using a controversial religious practice known as “pleasure marriage”.

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The Toon Team – Stormy Day

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Main Street Regeneration



Now that scaffolding has been removed we can admire the first section of repainting and other works on Main Street, Boyle


The Crescent Bye Laws – no apparent progress!


July 2019: “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 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.”
October 2019: Surprise, Surprise! Despite the passing of the bye laws Roscommon CoCo, Boyle’s Chamber of Commerce and Town Team do not appear to have actioned them and called for policing them

Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant


Another delicious Lunch choice in Clarke’s – The Homemade Burger with Chips and Veg.

Feighan welcomes move of local GPs into Boyle Primary Care Centre

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan is very pleased to announce that local GPs, Dr. Barry Cosgrove and Dr. Kamal Javed, will be moving into Boyle Primary Care Centre from Wednesday, October 2nd 2019. “This move by Dr. Cosgrove and Dr. Javed is a very significant addition to the range of services already available at this state-of-the-art Centre. “The Primary Care Centre, built at a cost of €6m, is providing vital health services to a population of about 9,000 people in the town and surrounding areas. “The facility ensures local people have improved access to a greater range of health services on their own doorstep and under the one roof. These services include public health nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
“I want to wish Dr Cosgrove and Dr. Javed all the very best as they move in to what will now be a GP-led Primary Care Centre; a centre which is going from strength to strength.”

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Bishop Kevin Doran will lead a special Christian Solidarity Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from February 16, 2020 for eight nights, visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and the other sites associated with the life of Jesus. The trip will be a unique opportunity to experience the Holy Land with experienced guides. Price is €1,540 per person sharing which includes dinner, bed and breakfast for eight nights, all coach transfers and admission to all sites. To reserve your place, please call Marian Pilgrimages on 01 878 8159 or email

Paediatric First Aid

Boyle Family Resource Centre Thursday October 17th 9.30am-4.30pm. Booking essential. Cost: €40

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is indeed a nice-looking, informative website. This map on the site appears to declare areas of particular interest.
• Boyle’s particular and quite spectacular attractions do not feature here despite Roscommon CoCo, Boyle Chamber of Commerce, Boyle TM, Boyle Town Team and Úna Bhán Tourism !!


Tidy Town’s Competition 2019

Boyle 294 marks : Keadue 324 marks. (awarded out of a possible 470)
In this general area, Roscommon Town, Carrick-on-Shannon, Keadue and Castlecoote secured gold medal awards.
Keadue regained its place in top spot, which Chairperson Pairic Noone says was a great community effort.
The community in Carrick-on-Shannon are also celebrating after picking up a gold medal – Paschal Maguire, Chair of the Committee, says they upped their score by 7 points this year and this couldn’t have been achieved without so many groups coming on board.

Leitrim Boxty Festival


Kicking off on Saturday 19 October in Carrick-on-Shannon, there will be exhibitions, talks, tastings, music, dance and of course lots of boxty. Organisers say boxty will be available on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in eateries throughout the town so whether you’re a well-seasoned fan or a novice in search of your first bite, Leitrim is the place to be for all your boxty related needs. See, everyone loves boxty! Made of grated raw potatoes, mashed cooked potatoes, with flour added as a binding agent, it is then boiled, baked or formed as a pancake and fried.

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Know Your Rights: Small Claims Procedure

Question: I am unhappy with the repair work a builder has done to my house, he hasn’t fixed the issue and he refuses to put it right. Do I have any rights in this situation?

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King House, Boyle

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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

Ageism in Boyle

Is Boyle Town Team and its parent Roscommon Co Council guilty of Ageism.
• Here is an extract from a website seeking membership of Boyle Town Team on September 5th, 2019 … “Boyle Town Team currently invited application for membership of the Team from those in the 18-40 age group in Boyle.”
• Shame on both parties if ageism is a feature in Boyle. If it is a feature, it is noteworthy the some members of the Team are well over 40 years of age. Perhaps the Team would like to ask some younger people to join … who knows! … but as expressed in the extract, ageism is alive in Boyle!
• Some years ago, the Team declared Boyle as an “Age Friendly Town”. What has happened since?

Returning To Ireland?


Planning to return to Ireland? Here’s everything you need to know …
Unemployment is falling but emigrants need to do thorough research into jobs, housing, childcare and more before moving ‘home’
Returning to Ireland Website [here…]
10 tips on returning to Ireland [here…]


Trad Classes with Bernard

Trad Classes with Bernard


More good news for Boyle

If the rumour machine is accurate, two brothers with Drumboylan connections based in the USA have bought properties on Green Street and will convert them into a block of 8 apartments between Matt Burke’s and the Credit Union building.

Boyle Cycleway Routes

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Boyle Cycleway under constructionCYCLEWAY

The plan is to develop a cycleway from Lough Key Forest Park’s Activity Centre to Boyle Town Centre.  Funding was allocated under the Minister Michael Ring’s Department’s under an Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The Toon Team – Holy Water for Boris


Scoil na nAingeal Naofa – beautiful exterior repaint

Scoil na nAingeal repaint

House and Church for sale – prime town centre location

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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.

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’.





Know Your Rights: One-Parent Family Payment

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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

Philippa’s Hair Design

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

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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

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

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


Know Your Rights – Appealing your Leaving Cert results

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Marians of Boyle

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“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


Know Your Rights – Emergency medical card

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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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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