Articles by Sean O'Dowd




Extension of commercial rates waiver

Extension of commercial rates waiver Fianna Fáil Senator for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that the Government has announced an extension of the current commercial rates waiver for an additional 3 months, covering July to September. This waiver…


Two schools in the area win awards

Two schools in the area win awards Cathaoirleach Cllr Laurence Fallon launched Roscommon’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme last week with visits to four schools to present the Cathaoirleach Awards for their Rock Art Trails. Two schools in the area –…


Beautiful shopfront and fascia sign

Beautiful shopfront and fascia sign Newtownforbes, Co. Longford – A beautifully / appropriately designed shopfront and fascia sign in Irish and English. We need more like this… and there are grants available !!


Show Must Go On – Music Generation

Show Must Go On Photographer Leon Farrell captures brother and sister musicians, Roscommon County Youth Orchestra on Bridge Street, Boyle. Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, is paying tribute to the thousands of young people around Ireland who played…


Beautiful shopfront and fascia sign

Beautiful shopfront and fascia sign Newtownforbes, Co. Longford – A beautifully / appropriately designed shopfront and fascia sign in Irish and English. We need more like this… and there are grants available !!


The Violin by Alex Pentek

The Violin by Alex Pentek The steel sculpture on the N5 Bypass outside Longford Town by Alex Pentek represents the upper portion of a giant 20m long violin as if it has been partly unearthed by the newly cut-away embankment….


Show Must Go On – Music Generation

Show Must Go On Photographer Leon Farrell captures brother and sister musicians, Roscommon County Youth Orchestra on Bridge Street, Boyle. Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, is paying tribute to the thousands of young people around Ireland who played…



Ireland’s Eurovision hopes – NONE !!

Ireland’s Eurovision hopes – NONE !! Former local Eurovision winner, Drumshanbo resident and Donegal native Charlie McGettigan, says it’s disappointing Ireland won’t be there. Despite being well received by the audience, Dubliner Leslie Roy failed to get the required number…



Aer Lingus set to close Shannon Airport base

Aer Lingus set to close Shannon Airport base MORE than 100 staff at Shannon Airport are facing redundancy with Aer Lingus set to permanently close its base there. The flag-carrier airline confirmed the news in a statement, with the move…


Irish-language shopfront scheme

Irish-language shopfront scheme Individual grants of between €15,000 and €50,000 will be made for eligible projects which include refurbishment and conservation works to historic shop facades, windows and signage. – Fund seeks to restore/refurbish Irish language shopfronts – Structures must…


North West Green Party

Our Rural Future: NW Greens welcome €1.6 million for upgrade works on rural roads and laneways  The funding, announced under the Local Improvement Scheme, will improve access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes,…







Maud Regan (née Henry) R.I.P.

Maud Regan (née Henry) R.I.P. The death has occurred of Maud Regan (née Henry), Dublin Lodge, Rockingham, Boyle, Co. Roscommon and formerly of O’Connell Street, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, 1st May 2021; Peacefully, in her 90th year, in the loving care…




Reopening plans and key dates for exiting lockdown

Reopening plans and key dates for exiting lockdown May 4th: all remaining construction returns May 10th: intercounty travel ban lifted, hairdressers reopen as well as galleries and museums • Grandparents who have been vaccinated will be able to meet indoors…


Maura O’Connor R.I.P.

Maura O’Connor R.I.P. The death has occurred of Maura O’Connor (nee Bredin) St. Patrick Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Maura passed away peacefully on 28th of April in the care of the wonderful staff of Sligo University Hospital, surrounded by her…


Easing of Covid restrictions

Easing of Covid restrictions • Inter-county travel, hairdressers, and non-essential retail set for May return • Major easing of restrictions across next two months • Inter-county travel on May 10 • Meeting different households in private gardens to be permitted…


John Brennan formerly of Leam Boyle R.I.P.

John Brennan, formerly of Leam, Boyle R.I.P. The death has occurred of John Brennan, Brittas, Dublin Brennan, John (Late of Brittas, Co. Dublin), April 26th, 2021 peacefully at the The Beacon, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Rose…




Creative Roscommon Young Visitor Project

Creative Roscommon Young Visitor Project Creative Roscommon Young Visitor Project encourages children to engage with key heritage sites throughout the County The innovative Creative Roscommon Young Visitor Project aims to encourage families and young children to celebrate and explore a…



Domestic Abuse Purple Day

Domestic Abuse Purple Day “We, in An Garda Síochána, continue to treat all instances of Domestic Abuse as a priority and wish to take this opportunity to once again re-enforce and reassure victims that domestic abuse incidents, including coercive control,…


Padraig Shannon R.I.P.

Padraig Shannon R.I.P. The death has occurred of Padraig Shannon, Derrymaquirk, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, 22nd April 2021; Peacefully, at University Hospital Galway. Padraig will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his brothers Tony (Roscommon) and Christy (Waterford), sister…


ACC College TY students collect & bag Litter

ACC College TY students collect & bag Litter A great group of 38 Boyle Community College Transition Year Students guided by teachers M/s Cronin and McKenna picked up and bagged litter/rubbish at The Lawn and the Pleasure Grounds, Boyle. It…



Darkness Into Light 2021

Darkness Into Light 2021 Darkness Into Light 2021, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, will take place at sunrise on the morning of 8th May. “This year, as we cannot gather together at our usual Darkness Into Light venues, we are…


Boyle Community Tennis Club

Boyle Community Tennis Club Boyle Community Tennis Club is delighted to be scheduled to return to tennis from April 26th. There will be some Tennis Ireland guidelines to follow, including members-only play at this time, courts must be pre-booked online…



Molly was killed by poisoning

A Viewer wrote: “My beautiful spaniel Molly was killed by poisoning in Knocknashee, Boyle yesterday. Shortly before she died she regurgitated three sausages that she must have found while we were walking together in our field this morning. The bright…



New Government plan – Feighan

New Government plan – Feighan Graphic assembled by Sean O’Dowd A new Government plan reflecting changes in living and working patterns during Covid-19 will maximise the recovery for all parts of our country including rural towns and villages in Sligo,…


Free Business Training & Events – April & May

Free Business Training & Events – April & May Free online training and events organised by Role Skillnet and Boyle Chamber of Commerce will take place during April and May. Courses include: Microsoft Teams April 9th,  Basic Excel April 13th,…



Over €2m funding boost for Boyle – Feighan

Over €2m funding boost for Boyle – Feighan The Minister for Community and Rural Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD has this morning (Monday) announced a significant funding boost for Boyle town centre under the Rural Development Fund. Local TD and Minister…


Roscommon Co Co finishes Silveroe Houses

Roscommon Co Co finishes Silveroe Houses Roscommon County Council announces the completion of 12 homes at Silveroe Meadows, Boyle. The pre-existing but unfinished houses were acquired by Roscommon County Council and extensive refurbishment works were carried out on behalf of…


Local library services on the Internet

Local library services on the Internet Would you like to be able to access your local library services on the Internet, download your favourite books or listen to audio books but you’re not sure how to do this? Let our…


Mary (Bunty) Murphy (née Helly) R.I.P.

Mary (Bunty) Murphy (née Helly) R.I.P. The death has occurred of Mary (Bunty) Murphy (née Helly) Childers Heights & late of Barrett St, Ballina, Mayo Mary (Bunty) Murphy Suddenly, at her residence. Predeceased by her parents John and Sarah, sister and…


Rory Conlon R.I.P.

Rory Conlon R.I.P. Bodorragh, Keadue, Co. Roscommon – Tuesday, April 13th suddenly at his residence. Predeceased by his parents Paddy and Christina and his brother William. Sadly missed by his brothers Gerry and Ronan, sisters; Marian and Philomena, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews,…


The Lawn, Boyle 14th April 2021

The Lawn, Boyle 14th April 2021 A well-respected Boyle businessman told me that in all his years in the town of Boyle, The Lawn was never in a worse state than it is at the moment. Here is my album…




Garda Youth Awards

Garda Youth Awards “We are currently looking for nominations for the Garda Youth Awards. If someone local would like to nominate a local young person, an application form is available from members of the Community Policing Unit at Boyle Garda…


Molly was killed by poisoning

A Viewer wrote: “My beautiful spaniel Molly was killed by poisoning in Knocknashee, Boyle yesterday. Shortly before she died she regurgitated three sausages that she must have found while we were walking together in our field this morning. The bright…


Boyle Summer Show 2021

Boyle Summer Show 2021 The Boyle Summer Show committee is disappointed to announce that the Annual Show will not go ahead this year owing to the pandemic. Read More >>



DAFFODIL DAY 2021

DAFFODIL DAY 2021 The organisers of this year’s Daffodil Day in Boyle take this opportunity to say thank you to the business people who allowed the collections to take place on their premises, the local media outlets for advertising and…


VACCINATIONS

VACCINATIONS Teachers unions are considering balloting their members for strike action over changes to the vaccine prioritisation list, ahead of their annual conferences which begin today. COMMENT: Reactions from the public have been swift in condemning strike action. Tweets included:…


Bealtaine Festival Roscommon

Bealtaine Festival Roscommon Celebrating the Arts & Creativity as we Age – 1st to 31st May 2021 Call Out for Participants for 1 to 1 Creative Conversations Short creative engagements between artists and older participants in a household or nursing…


Tawnytaskin Community Centre Broadband Hub

Tawnytaskin Community Centre Broadband Hub Tawnytaskin Community Centre Chairperson Michael Fitzpatrick Tawnytaskin Community Centre in Boyle now has its connection to high-speed broadband under the National Broadband Plan. At the filmed launch of Highspeed Broadband Hub in the Community Centre,…


Thomas L (Tom) Callan R.I.P.

Thomas L (Tom) Callan R.I.P. The death has occurred of Thomas L (Tom) Callan, The Warren, Boyle, Co. Roscommon on the 30th of March 2021. Peacefully in his 93rd year, solicitor (retired). Beloved husband of Rosemary and much-loved father to…


Marie (Mary) Devine R.I.P.

Marie (Mary) Devine R.I.P. The death has occurred of Marie (Mary) Devine (nee Timoney) Felton Road, Boyle, Co.Roscommon and formerly of Ballina, peacefully at her home on Friday the 9th of April 2021. Deeply loved and regretted by her loving…



Michael Curley R.I.P.

Michael Curley R.I.P. The death has occurred of Micheál Curley, Rosehill, Sligo Town, Sligo / Ballycastle, Mayo Peacefully, at the North West Hospice, Sligo, surrounded by his loving family. Former staff of North West Tourism and Community Games. Dearly loved…


Boyle Golf Club Update

RETURN TO GOLF – The course will re-open to play on Monday 26/4/21. There are some restrictions laid down by Sport Ireland which the club has no choice but to comply with, the two most notable being that in the…



Feighan welcomes €70m Transitional LEADER Programme

Feighan welcomes €70m Transitional LEADER Programme Local Groups can apply for funding immediately Roscommon Leader allocated €2.6m A total of €70 million to support rural communities and enterprises  The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, T.D. has today…


Bealtaine Festival Roscommon

  Celebrating the Arts & Creativity as we Age 1st to 31st May 2021 Call Out for Participants for 1 to 1 Creative Conversations Short creative engagements between artists and older participants in a household or nursing home Each session…


Boyle Summer Show 2021

The Boyle Summer Show committee is disappointed to announce that the Annual Show will not go ahead this year owing to the pandemic. This decision was made on the advice of the Irish Shows Association (ISA) that shows should not…


New Government plan – Feighan

New Government plan will support the recovery of our tourism and hospitality sector and help create jobs in Rural Ireland: Feighan A new Government plan reflecting changes in living and working patterns during Covid-19 will maximise the recovery for all…





North Roscommon / Leitrim Region Waterways Master Plan

Exciting Opportunities for North Roscommon Leitrim Region in Waterways Master Plan Waterways Ireland’s new Tourism Masterplan has received an enthusiastic endorsement from Boyle native and local TD, Frank Feighan. The masterplan was launched this week by Minister Darragh O’Brien and…



St. Vincent de Paul – Boyle Conference

St. Vincent de Paul – Boyle Conference St Joseph’s Conference Boyle, wishes to sincerely thank all who donated to the St Vincent de Paul Annual Appeal. During these difficult times your generosity towards those who are less fortunate was very…


Frank Devenney R.I.P.

Frank Devenney R.I.P. The death has occurred of Frank Devenney, Breandrum, Boyle, Co.Roscommon and formerly Oulster Lane, Drogheda, Co.Louth on the 28th of February 2021 in the exceptional care of the Sligo Hospice. Frank will be greatly missed by his…


Covid Vaccines:

Covid Vaccines: Medical practices in Boyle are busy delivering vaccines to our people over 85. They will continue with other age groups etc as prescribed Submitted photos, with full permission of those involved … 1/ Staff at Boyle Medical Clinic…


Covid Vaccines: Great news for Boyle …

Covid Vaccines: Great news for Boyle … From 8.30am this morning Covid vaccines are available for MORE THAN 100, pre-booked over 85-year-olds at Boyle Medical Centre facility operated by Doctors Barry Cosgrove and Kamal Javed



Nursing home visits could return ‘in weeks’

Nursing home visits could return ‘in weeks’ Independent.ie: Hope has risen for the return of nursing home visits within weeks after “robust” evidence emerged that vaccines are leading to a significant drop in infections and deaths among residents. Read More >>


Isabel Mc Quade (née Smyth) R.I.P.

Isabel Mc Quade (née Smyth) R.I.P. The death has occurred of Isabel Mc Quade (née Smyth), Springwell, Ballinafad, Co. Sligo, February 24th 2021: Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff and nurses at Abbeyhaven Nursing Home. Predeceased by her…


February 1947, “The Big Snow”

February 1947, “The Big Snow” Christy Wynne was nine when the snow fell on his hometown of Boyle in Co Roscommon. “It began on the evening of Monday 24 February 1947; the greatest snowfall of the 20th century was about…




New Lantern Lights for Main Street

New Lantern Lights for Main Street Main Street Regeneration works are continuing following the recent provision of new footpath paving stones on the south side of the street. • Lantern-type lights are being installed today. The older lighting poles will…


Garreth Williams R.I.P.

Garreth Williams R.I.P. The death has occurred of Garreth Williams, Boyle, Co. Roscommon and formerly of Drogheda Co. Louth, February 22nd 2021: Peacefully at his home. Garreth is predeceased by his father Ken and his infant brother Hugh. Much loved…





Pancake Tuesday aka Shrove Tuesday 16th Feb 2021

Pancake Tuesday aka Shrove Tuesday 16th Feb 2021 Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, observed in many Christian countries through participating in confession and absolution, the ritual burning of the previous year’s Holy Week palms, finalizing one’s Lenten…


Ash Wednesday 17th February 2021

Ash Wednesday 17th February Ash Wednesday is important because it marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected. The ashes symbolize both death and repentance. During this period, Christians show repentance and mourning for their sins,…


Michéal KELLY R.I.P.

Michéal KELLY R.I.P. Michéal Kelly, Cloonloo, Boyle, Co. Sligo, February 14th, 2021; Peacefully, at The North West Hospice, Sligo. Predeceased by his brother’s Frankie and Tommy-Joe and his siter Lily, Michéal will be very sadly missed and fondly remembered by…


Margaret (Rosaleen) Callery R.I.P.

Margaret (Rosaleen) Callery R.I.P. The death has occurred of Margaret (Rosaleen) Callery (nee Duffy), Knockarush, Boyle, Co. Roscommon on the 14th of February 2021. Predeceased by her husband Patrick (Paddy) Callery. Sadly missed by her loving daughters Mary Kavanagh (Monaghan),…