Please support our Traders of the Day 19th February 2020

Ardcarne Garden Centre: Joe Simon Building Supplies: Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant: Drumderrig Nursing Home: Abbey Haven Nursing Home

Feighan TD – interest in Ceann Comhairle role

Frank Feighan TD

Sligo Leitrim TD, Frank Feighan has confirmed that he is putting his name forward to be the next Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Eireann.
The Ceann Comhairle is the chairperson of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas of Ireland. The person who holds the position is elected by members of the Dáil from among their number in the first session after each general election.

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The 8 at 8: Wednesday

Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.
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Litter and High Water at Doon Shore – Tuesday 18th February





Lough Key Cafe – signboard


Roscommon Herald 18th February


Spring Training and Free Events at Boyle Enterprise Centre

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Role Skillnet has launched its Spring Training and Free Events Programme at Boyle Enterprise Centre. Training courses include., Basic Excel March 9th, Intermediate Excel March 20th, Advanced Excel April 2nd, Intermediate Word March 23rd, Conflict Management April 22nd, Team Leadership QQI level 6, May (5 days).
• Free events include Power BI February 27th Time Management March 24th and Employment Law Essentials April 1st.
• For more information or to book places please email call 071 9673440. Role Skillnet, Training Network. Role Skillnet is based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provides training support and funding for businesses.

Daffodil Day 2020 Launch

Pages from ICS DD 2020 Schools FR Guide

The 2020 Daffodil Day Launch for this area will take place in Abbey Community College at 7pm on Wednesday 26th February. For information, please call Lorraine Toner on 087 793 6499 or Freephone 1800 200 700
Daffodil Day 2020 Friday 27th March

Molly (Mary) GUIHEN (née Gray), Keadue, R.I.P. mother of Marti Guihen, Boyle

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Lough Key Forest & Activity Park – one of the top visitor attractions in the country

Fine Gael Deputy Frank Feighan has said that the Lough Key Forest & Activity Park’s success in securing ‘Best Public Park’ honours at the LAMA Awards endorses the amenity as one of the top visitor attractions in the country.

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Career & Life Guidance & Coaching in Boyle

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” (Confucius)
If you are…
• A student confused by courses, career choices and CAO applications and don’t know where to start… while at the same time overwhelmed with study? .. or
• An employee at a crossroads or feeling stuck, disillusioned or dissatisfied at work and in need of a change or an understanding of why you’re feeling this way?
• Applying for jobs and already fearful at the thought of a possible Interview?
If you identify with any of the above, perhaps coaching can help steer you in the right direction…
For further detail please visit

Tawnytaskin Community Centre


Night and morning classes to start next week with Furniture up-cycling on Monday night Feb17th and Sewing Classes on Friday 21st morning time. After Easter will have some Gardening Classes.

Oral Irish Tutorial

Intensive preparation Tutorial for Oral Irish Leaving Certificate Students Phone Máire 086 329 2488

The Toon Team


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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.”

ChamberBoyle Chamber Lotto

Boyle Chamber of Commerce will re-launch its Chamber Lotto in a new format in February. The new Lotto will carry over the existing jackpot of €3970.00.
Thank you to all who have supported the Chamber Lotto over many years. The funds raised have helped many projects in the town including Boyle Tidy Towns, Boyle Musical Society, the Courthouse, Boyle Enterprise Centre, Local Fishing Competitions, Boyle Arts Festival, Christmas Lights and the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Chamber Lotto looks forward to being back very soon with new and exciting formats. Watch this space for more details.

Boyle GAA Club Update


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Boyle Golf Club Update

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John Rush R.I.P.

• The death has occurred peacefully of John Rush on the 16th of February 2020, formerly of 32 Termon Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon in the loving care of the staff of Abbey Haven Care Centre and Nursing Home, Boyle.
Predeceased by his sisters Una and May.
• Deeply mourned by his brothers Martin, Billy and Michael, his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends R.I.P.
• John’s remains will be reposing in Mahons Funeral Home on Tuesday 18th of February from 5pm to 6.30pm to arrive at St Joseph’s Church, Boyle for 7pm.
• Funeral Mass on Wednesday 19th of February at 11.30am with burial afterwards to Assylynn Cemetery, Boyle.
• Further enquiries to Higgins and Sons Funeral Directors Boyle and Ballinameen. 086 232 8291

Lough Key Forest and Activity Park – Best Public Park

Well done to Lough Key Forest and Activity Park on winning first place for Best Public Park at Saturday night’s All Ireland Community Awards. The LAMA Awards are one of the high points of the year for the Local Authority sector. Fantastic!

Lough-Key-StaffLough Key staff members including Park Manager Louise Fitzpatrick (centre)

Facebook: “We are delighted to announce we have WON BEST PUBLIC PARK AWARD!!! Thank you so much to everyone who wished us luck! We are so proud to be representing Lough Key Forest Park as well as our County Roscommon!”
LAMA Website: “The winners, representing their counties, were announced by RTE’s Marty Morrissey at a gala awards ceremony at Croke Park Stadium on Saturday 15th February 2020

St. Joseph’s Church Newsletter

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Caroline Flack has died R.I.P.

St. Joseph’s Parish, Boyle

“Parish Pastoral Council: At a recent meeting thanks was expressed to all who helped organizing Fr. Tito’s farewell gathering.
• We also talked about the gable wall of the Resource Centre, the backdrop for the Statue of Christ the King. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas we invite you to submit them.
• We also talked about our Church and Parish and where we are. This was with a view to an upcoming Diocesan conversation re: ‘Faith and Future’.
• AGM of St. Joseph’s Parish Hall: The AGM of St. Joseph’s Parish Hall will take place in St. Joseph’s Hall on Thursday 20th February at 8p.m. All are invited to attend.
• Lenten Retreat in Galilee Centre will be given by Carol Barry on Saturday 29th February beginning at 10.30am and concluding at 4.40pm Cost €30 including lunch.
This retreat day at the beginning of Lent offers an opportunity to pause and enter more deeply into the season through the lens of living through love.”

A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Michael O'Toole

Tá Boyle Motor Works ar cheann dena háiteanna móra le rá i Mainistir na Búille le fada an lá.
Sa bhliain 1980 cheannaigh Vincent agus Sheila Mc Donagh an garáiste sin chomh maith leis na Caidéil Peipril a bhí ós comhair an gharáiste.
D’éirigh go maith leo thar na mblianta agus is iomaí duine a bhí buíoch dóibh as ucht an tseirbhís a chuir siad ar fáil.
Sa bhliain 2004 d’oscail siad siopa san áit agus bhí an teaghlach ag rith an gharáiste agus an siopa ar feadh ceithre bliana déag.
Ansin tháinig athrú eile ar an áit. Sa bhliain 2018 thóg Corrib Oil an siopa agus na caidéil peitril ar chíos uatha.
Tá Boyle Motor Works ann i gcónaí ach is Ionad Boinn Gluaisteáin atá ann anois agus é ar fáil ar chúl an tsiopa. Is iad Gary agus Adrian, clann mhac Vincent agus Sheila atá á rith. Go fada buan a mhairfidh siad.
Bhí mé ag caint le Sheila le gairid agus chuir sé áthas orm nach bhfuil dearmad déanta aici ar an ngaeilge a d’fhoghlaim sí ar scoil ina hóige.
Slán go fóill.

Úna Bhán Community Notes

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Marians Fashions, Bridge Street, Boyle


Boyle Family Resource Centre – Update 13th February

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“Seussical The Musical”

I attended this sensational Scoil na nAingeal (Boyle) show in St. Joseph’s Hall … WOW … 270 national school kids … not a line was missed, not a song or dance move anything less than brilliant !!!
Three months planning, learning, rehearsing by Boyle’s Treasures, Viv Moran, Lizi Hannon, performers as well as teachers,  sound, lighting, backstage and front of house personnel all combined to produce a memorable experience that drew a well-deserved Standing Ovation response from a full house, delighted, audience.


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Power BI Workshop at Boyle Enterprise Centre

Boyle Enterprise Centre

A free Power BI workshop will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre on Thursday 27th February morning session 9.30/1.00 and afternoon session 2.00/5.00.
Power BI is a business analytics solution that allows businesses to analyse data, identify trends and create new opportunities. This workshop will be of benefit to those involved in managing businesses and decision making. Other upcoming free events include Time Management March 24th and Employment Law Essentials April 1st. For more information or to book places please email call 071 9673440. The events are organised by Role Skillnet, Training Network. Role Skillnet is based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provides training support and funding for businesses.

10.40pm, Monday 10th February, 2020 … a time to remember !!


Frankie & Elaine Feighan (“We Did It” photo from Frankie’s Facebook page)

At 10.40pm, Monday 10th February, 2020, Boyle man, Senator Frankie Feighan (Fine Gael) was declared elected as a TD for the Sligo, Leitrim, Sth Donegal, Nth Roscommon constituency following the 15th count in the Sligo Park Hotel Count Centre.
All four seats were declared filled with Frank and Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry completing the line up alongside Martin Kenny (Sinn Féin) and Marian Harkin (Independent).
• Following his victory speech, a delighted, grateful Frank gave those assembled a verse of “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning”
The General Election Result put Fianna Fáil’s seat total at 38, just one ahead of Sinn Féin on 37 and three ahead of Fine Gael on 35, but since Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghaíl was re-elected without contest as Ceann Comhairle, both of the top two parties essentially won the same number of seats.
The 33rd Dáil is set to convene on Thursday 20th February, but it is likely to be some time before a new government is formed, with coalition talks expected to be protracted and difficult.

Roscommon Herald 11th February


The Toon Team – Sinn Féin / Royal Hotel


Webcam on the Crescent?

The suggestion that a webcam might be installed on The Crescent, facing down towards Bridge Street is a good one. I would suggest that our Chamber of Commerce or Town Team add the suggestion to their plans for a further Boyle ‘attention grabber’ that would appeal to locals and our diaspora. Now that Trader Parking Laws have been adopted and will hopefully be policed, events on the Crescent and Bridge Street including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Festivals, Cycling etc as well as everyday movements could be viewed worldwide. Permission would have to be sought from the owners of premises for placement of such a webcam …

Boyle Holiday Group – 2020

The Boyle Holiday Group will travel to Galway and Connemara and stay from Monday 15th to Friday the 19th of June, 2020 at the Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co Galway. Double and Single Rooms available. People interested contact, Mary Regan, on 086 129 8355

Litter close to the Boat Sheds


Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant

Clarke's Meatballs, Pasta & Garlic Bread

Meatballs, Pasta & Garlic Bread, on the lunch menu – a menu that varies daily, offering customers a wide choice of delicious, beautifully prepared and presented meals. Try Clarke’s – you will like what’s on offer !!

Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 5th February

“Social Media” is not noted for balanced, intelligent, well-thought-out postings and comments. However there are many notable exceptions, one being Tony Conboy’s regular “An Oblique View”.

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St. Joseph’s Boys National School

Enrolment forms for St. Joseph’s Boys National School are now available from the school office if you wish to enroll your son for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please visit the school office for enrolment forms and all completed enrolment forms must be signed and returned to St. Joseph’s B.N.S. on or before Friday 14th February.

The Toon Team – Start on the Royal Hotel ?!


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A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Michael O'Toole

Inniu is mian scríobh faoin tseirbhís Chomhairleoireachta/Siciteiripe atá ar fáil san Family Resource Centre i Mainistir na Búille.
Tairgítear teiripe pearsanta, duine le duine, do theaghlaigh, do dhéagóirí agus do lánúin.
Bíonn an tseirbhís seo ar oscailt chúig lá na seachtaine, Luain go hAoine ó 9am go 8pm.
Cuireann an Chomhairleoiracht/Siciteiripe tacaíocht ar fáil do gach duine, do daoine fásta, do páistí agus do dhéagóirí a mbíonn fadhb acu ina saol ó lá go lá.
Tagann daoine le fadhbanna mar buaireamh/imní, an galar dubhach, bás sa teaghlach chomh maith le briseadh cumainn/gaol idir páirithe agus gach a leanann iad chucu
Is mian liom a rá gur úsáid mé féin na seirbhísí seo blianta fada ó shoin agus gur chabhraigh siad go mór liom.
Tá costas na comhairleoireachta an-réasúnta, E10 go E50 ag brath ar d’ioncuim.
Gach eolas ar fáil ar 0719663000.
Slán go fóill.




Boyle Diaspora …

Currently, there are vacant premises available in Boyle that will make excellent locations for start-ups and new businesses in Boyle.
If you have thoughts of starting a business in Boyle, please contact me ( and I will put you in touch with Estate Agents and sources where you will find financial and other supports.







The Toon Team – Debating


St. Joseph’s BNS Enrolment Forms


Enrolment forms for St. Joseph’s Boys National School are now available from the school office if you wish to enrol your son for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please visit the school office for enrolment forms and all completed enrolment forms must be signed and returned to St. Joseph’s B.N.S. on or before Friday 14th February Contributors

We are delighted to feature new, occasional and past articles as well as updates from a number of Boyle clubs and organisations. Very soon we will be delighted to add to our list of valued contributors alongside additional features for 2020.

• 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]

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

Michael O'Toole

A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Chuaigh mé isteach i siopa Sheerins, Sráid Phadraig Dé Sathairn seo caite. Bhí rud eigin ag teastáil uaim. Is breá liom an siopa seo mar cuireann sé i gcuimhne dom mar a bhíodh siopaí le linn m’óige.
Cé nach siopa mór é tá sé lán d’eadaí deasa. Tá eadaí do mhná, a’fhir, do pháistí agus do leanaí ann. Tá siad ar fad go hálainn. Dioltar éide scoile ann freisin.
D’inis Geraldine, bean an tsiopa anois,  gurbh í a máthair Lily a d’oscail an siopa seo sa bhliain 1934 agus go bhfuil  sé i seilbh mhuintir Sheerin ó shoin. Cabhraíonn a híníon Majella léi i rith an tsamhraidh nuair a bhíonn an siopa gnóthach. Is breá le Geraldine na giotaí Gaeilge seo a léamh. Slán go fóill.

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The Toon Team – Former Royals


Eating Out in Boyle

Continuing our visits to Boyle Cafes and Restaurants – Today, Tai Chi Chinese Restaurant



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The Lawn – Boyle Town Centre – 19th January

The Lawn (Boyle Town Centre) … Litter, Broken seats, leaves on the ground from 2018 (yes, that’s 2 years !!!)



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Boyle Town Bridges

Abbeytown Bridge is one of the oldest of its kind in Ireland. It was built between 1190 and 1220 when the Abbey was founded.
Town Centre Bridge: Triple-arch stone bridge, built c.1864 for the sum of £500, half paid by the county and half by Lord Lorton, replacing a 5-arched bridge
Abbey Terrace Bridge was built in 1817

Woodenbridge ‘Marina’, adjacent to the new Boyle Cycleway.


• Once upon a time, this was a favoured location for parking boat cruisers as well as a fishing stand and a location for barbeques. Sadly it is now deserted and in need of repair. The steel barriers fell several weeks ago and have not been attended to by either Roscommon Co Council or Waterways Ireland.
• Boyle Chamber of Commerce and Boyle Town Team ‘might’ take note


Know your rights: Voting in the General Election

Question: Can I vote in the general election on 8 February?
Answer: To vote in an Irish general election, you must be an Irish or British citizen, 18 years of age or over and registered to vote.

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Michael O'Toole

A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Táim ag scríobh inniu faoin mbialann Open Table i Mainistir na Búille. Tá an bialann seo i lár an bhaile agus tá sé ann le sé bliana. Is bialann mór é agus tá áit ann do sheasca duine. Bíonn sé oscailte ó a naoi ar maidin go dtí déanach san tráthnóna seacht lá na seachtaine.
Is iad Martin Guithen agus Linda atá á rith agus tá foireann maith oibre acu. Is maith liom an bia a fhaighim anseo agus é ar phraghas maith. Tá beagán Gaeilge ag Martín agus tá Emma, Chloe agus Nicola abalta freastal ar chuistiméaraí as Gaeilge.
Bain triail as Gaeilge a labhairt leo an chéad uair eile a bhíonn tú ann. Slán go fóill.
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Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant – Open Steak Sandwich, Veg and Pepper Sauce


Scoil na nAingeal Naofa enrolling now


Enrolling until March 6th for the academic year 2020/2021.
School open day March 6th
Application forms and details available at the school/via Email:

Toastie in the Park


Sean Carty Cars, Chapel Street, Boyle

72784158_2249073265196645_4569057896783937536_ocarsWe have a large selection of Different Makes and Models in stock at the moment. All cars come Guaranteed, Fully Serviced, Valeted, Finance Available and some even with 12 MONTHS FREE ROAD TAX

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Grange National School Enrolment

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our School for the 2020/2021 academic year, please contact us on 071 966 3424 or email For further information, please visit our School blog on

The Toon Team – Maura Hopkins


Lough Key Forest Park, Sunday 12th January



Friday 10th January: Senator Frank Feighan has described today’s sod-turning ceremony on the site of the planned €6m Hospice in Roscommon Town as a significant milestone for the project.
“Today’s ceremony performed by Sean Mulryan is a major step forward for this wonderful facility. The Roscommon Hospice will be an 8 Bed In-Patient Unit providing respite and end of life services along with Day Care and Community Care…”

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Michael O'Toole

As Gaeilge – A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Ag tús na seachtaine seo bhuail mé le John Murphy sa bhliain Open Table. Tá sean aithne agam ar John le fada agus d’inis sé scéal a bheatha dom.
Rugadh agus tógadh John i mBaile Átha Cliath. Chaith sé ocht mbliana déag ina shaighdiúr singil sa chéad Chathlán i nDún Mhaoilíosa i nGaillimh. Gaeilge amháin a d’úsáid an Chathlán seo.
Bhuail sé le Maura, an bhean a phós sé sa bhliain 1967 agus tá siad ina gcónaí i Mainistir na Búille ó shin.
Bhí sé ar dhuine de na saighdiúirí Éireannacha a d’fhreastal sa Chongo mar chuid den Fhórsa Síochána na Náisiúin Aontaithe sa bhliain 1960. Chonaic sé rudaí uafásacha ag tarlú san áit sin. Bhí an t-ádh leis teacht abhaile slán. Fad saoil John.
Slán go fóill.

Know your rights: Drink Driving

Question: What are the legal alcohol limits for driving?
Answer: It is an offence to drive in a public place if you are too intoxicated to have proper control of your vehicle. An intoxicant can be either alcohol or drugs, or both

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AA meetings in Boyle

Alcoholics anonymous

There are two AA meetings held in Boyle every week for those struggling with alcohol use in their lives.
• Family Resource Centre on Monday at 8.30pm
• St. Joseph’s Hall on Thursday at 12.00pm.
This is the time of year when people can realise that alcohol is playing too big a part in their lives but feel unable to do anything about it.
• There is help, beginning with attending your local AA meeting. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

New Year – New You … Career & Life Coaching available in Boyle

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With over 20 years’ experience in education, Siobhan offers the following:

  • Career/Life Coaching for adults of all ages
  • Student Career and motivational coaching
  • Personality profiling and suitability to roles
  • Assistance with CAO applications and College Open Day advice
  • Interview Preparation
  • Reviewing Applications, CV’s, and Personal Statements

If you identify with any of the following, perhaps coaching can help steer you in the right direction…

  • A student or graduate feeling confused by choice of subjects, courses and careers and don’t know where to start
  • Feeling overwhelmed or stuck in your work and/or career
  • Feeling a lack of work-life balance

If you think coaching could assist you in any way, please visit for further detail.

Sásta Fitness and Weight Loss, Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon

Fitness and Weight Loss devotees are pleased to note that their ‘alma mater’, Sásta has moved to its new location in the Grogan and Currid complex, Cortober. I was there for my first session in the new, beautifully appointed premises and was delighted to meet up again with familiar faces. Sásta is managed now by franchise holder and expert fitness instructor, Boyle man Simon O’Donnell.


The Toon Team



Michael O'Toole

A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Cuirimis fáilte roimh an mbliain nua. Tá súil agam go mbeidh 2020 ina bliain rathúil agaibh go léir.
Le linn na Nollag bhí a lán daoine  ag freastal  ar Aifreann nó ar sheirbhísí eaglasta sa séipéal áitiúil. An Séipéal. Tháinig an focal sin ón Fhraincís fadó fadó. Teach an Phobail a thugtaí ar an séipéal áitiúil nuair a bhí mise óg. Bhí an t- ainm sin ciallmhar i mo thuairimse mar gurbh ann a thagadh an pobal áitiúil le chéile uair sa tseachtain, an áit a mbuaileadh cairde agus gaolta le chéile agus is ann a chloistí nuacht an cheantair. Is ann freisin a ndéantaí ceiliúradh  baistí,  póstaí agus  socraidí. B’fheidir go raibh ciall leis an teideal  Teach an Phobail.

Slán go fóill.



Michael O'Toole

A Chairde, Mícheál anseo

Tá súil agam go raibh Nollaig shuaimhneach agus bheannaithe agaibh go léir.
Tháinig Daidí na Nollag i mbliana arís- chuala mé é sin ar nuacht R T É – agus thug sé féiríní do pháistí na tíre.
Tháinig daoine muinteartha abhaile go dtí a dtuismitheoirí nó go dtí a gcairde ag iompar bronntanaisí agus dea- mhéine.
Bhí ceiliúradh agus am só i ngach teach ar bhealach amháin nó ar bhealach eile.
Níor tháinig aon sneachta. Ní raibh Nollaig bhán againn ach ní raibh an aimsir go dona.
Tríd is tríd, dar liomsa, bhí Nollaig mhaith againn an taobh seo tire buiochas le Dia.
Slán go fóill.

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Know your rights: Taxi charges

Question: Can taxis charge higher fares over Christmas and New Year?
Answer: Yes, taxis can charge more on certain days over Christmas. Drivers have the right to charge the maximum amount calculated on the meter, or a lower amount at their discretion. However, you can always ask for a discount before engaging a taxi.

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Michael O'Toole

A Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

Tá an Nollaig buailte linn agus tá gach duine ag smaoineadh ar sos a thógáil óna gcuid oibre. Faoi Nollaig buaileann daoine le chéile agus cuirimid fáilte roimh ár gclann agus ár ngaolta abhaile. Tugtar bronntaisí agus bítear ag smaoineamh ar an mbliain atá beagnach thart.
Ní saoire ag gach duine áfach, agus ba dheas an rud é smaoineadh ar Dhochtúirí, ar Altraí, ar Threadlianna, ar Ghardaí, ar na Seirbhísí Dóiteáin etc. daoine a mbíonn orthu oibriú i rith na Nollag agus go minic nach mbíonn acu ach lá nó cúpla le caitheamh lena dteaghlach.
Ba mhaith liom Beannachtaí na Nollag agus na bliana nua a ghuí ar léitheoirí go léir. NOLLAIGH SHONA.
Slán go fóill.

Boyle Employment

My school book “Outline Geography of Ireland” defined Boyle as a Thriving Market Town. When I read that the smaller town, Drumshanbo in Co Leitrim is to get a second Food Hub with 50 employed, I wonder whether Boyle lives up to its “Thriving Market Town” definition. It has been a long time since we heard of another 50 job opportunities announcement for the “Town We Love So Well”. Certainly, we have some great traders and businesses here in Boyle, but a friend suggested to me recently “The (alleged) Curse of St. Patrick said that Boyle would never prosper”. Maybe the time has come to call on St. Patrick to lift the curse, and allow us to move to greater heights !!

Know Your Rights: Patient Advocacy Service

Question: I was in hospital recently and I was not happy with my experience there. When I complained to the nurse in charge I wasn’t satisfied with the response. How can I take my complaint further?
Answer: The Health Service Executive (HSE) has a complaints system, called Your service your say, that you can use to make a complaint about your experience of a service provided by the HSE or on behalf of the HSE.

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The Christmas Dinner That (Nearly) Never Was, by Christy Wynne

Christy Wynne is a valued contributor to Today I am delighted to publish Christy’s recollections of a Christmas Dinner that nearly never was. [here…]
Please explore, read and enjoy the large number of Christy’s excellent articles I have been delighted to assemble in a Blog dedicated to the man himself. There is surely content for a most interesting anthology in book form for Christy Wynne’s articles. but more on that later !!

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Social Spins to and from the pub

Michael O'TooleA Chairde, Mícheál anseo.

An tseachtain seo caite tháinig deireadh leis na Cúrsaí Cainte Gaeilge an fhómhair a bhí ar siúl sa Family Resourse Centre i Mainistir na Búille.
Ghlac seacht nduine dhéag páirt sna cúrsaí seo.
Bhí trí chúrsa ar siúl. Cúrsa amháin do dhaoine nach raibh gaeilge ar bith acu.
Cúrsa eile ar oíche difriúil do dhaoine a d’fhoghlaim gaeilge ar scoil nuair a bhí siad óg agus gur mhian leo dul ar ais chuige. Bhí an tríú cúrsa ar siúl do dhaoine a raibh gaeilge maith go leor acu agus gur mhian leo í a fheabhsú.
Tugadh amach Teastais ag deireadh an chúrsa.
Beidh cúrsaí an Earraigh ag tosú ar an gcéad lá is fiche d’Eanáir 2020. Gach eolas ó Family Resource Centre. Slán go fóill.

‘Banksy on homelessness’, a brilliant mural in Birmingham



Michael O'Toole

A Chairde, Mícheál anseo

Tá an siopa Better Buy suite ar an Cresent i Mainistir na Búille. Ba iad Brian agus Jacqueline Kelly a d’oscail an siopa seo sa bhliain 1994. Tá siad á rith ó shoin agus tagann daoine ann ó chian agus ó chongar.
Is breá liom an siopa seo mar tá earraí ann nach feidir liom a fháil in aon áit eile. Is feidir liom gnáth earraí tí a fháil anseo ar phraghas níos ísle. Chomh maith leis sin ceannaím breagáin ann do mo gharchlann agus bronntanais do mo chlann agus do mo chairde.
Bíonn Brian agus Jacqueline cabhrach cairdiúil agus cainteach i gconaí agus labhraíonn siad beagán gaeilge liom ó am go ham.

Slán go fóill.

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The Toon Team – Dáil Printer


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 sites 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 or called for policing them

The Bazaar, Bridge Street


Meatballs in a really tasty sauce, perfectly boiled Rice and freshly-cut Salad … delicious !!

The Toon Team


Remember when …

Boyle Town Team said they were going to sponsor more murals in Boyle … it never happened !!
• Here is a beauty being painted in Carrick-on-Shannon at the moment
“Carrick’s Literary Heritage” will feature among others, John McGahern (from Cootehall, Carrick???)


Apple removes all vaping-related apps from the App Store

The company says it’s responding to the vaping ‘health crisis’. Apple has removed all apps relating to vaping from the App Store, citing warnings from health experts that the spread of vaping products and e-cigarettes constitutes a “public health crisis and a youth epidemic.

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Boyle Training Options started in Boyle in May of this year (where Learning Links used to be). We deliver a Level 4 Tourism Customer Care and IT Skills course which covers a range of modules. At the moment we have some vacancies which we would like to fill and also increase awareness of the courses.
Boyle Training Options/GRETB have upcoming vacancies for their Tourism Customer Care and IT Skills course that provides certified QQI training in Communications, Computer Applications, Information Technology Skills, Teamworking, Work Experience, Mathematics, Digital Media Technology, Workplace Safety, Web Design, Tourism Customer Care, CV and Interview Preparation

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Business on Elphin Street, Boyle

Ali Mobile Repairs

Welcome to Ali’s Mobile Repairs and Internet Cafe. Call 083 483 3590. The signs on the shopfront describe the range of smartphone services available at this Boyle resident’s new shop

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.”

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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.”

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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…]

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.

Boyle Brochures – where are they?

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

Area PhotosThe Gaelic Chieftain

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

Marians of Boyle

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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).


Queen's Portrait


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Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle

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Ardcarne Garden Centre
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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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Boyle in the County Roscommon