Articles by Sean O'Dowd

Boyle Arts Festival – Open Art Exhibition

Boyle Arts Festival is back in full swing again this year and we are delighted to say that the very popular Open Art Exhibition is going ahead once again. This exhibition is extremely popular and showcases many diverse and exciting…



The Mulligan Sisters in Concert

The Mulligan Sisters in Concert The Mulligan Sisters, Mary, and Aideen with their piano accompanist Pádhraic Ó Cúinneagáin sang and played to a full house audience in beautiful King House on Saturday 28th May 2022. During the interval, local lady…


Picnic In The Courtyard

Picnic In The Courtyard The sun shone and hundreds enjoyed the Discover Boyle, (Una Bhan) well-planned Picnic In The Courtyard. Patrons thoroughly enjoyed two quite different live music performances as well as onsite food stalls. Cathal Roche’s Jazz “Postcards From…



Sheerin’s Drapery, St. Patrick Street, Boyle

Sheerin’s Drapery, St. Patrick Street, Boyle Sheerin’s Drapery on St. Patrick Street will close for the last time this coming weekend, Friday/Saturday 13th/14th May.  Following many years of trusted service, Geraldine has decided to retire from business. For 17 years…


Mary Ryan R.I.P.

Mary Ryan R.I.P. Mary Ryan R.I.P. Died peacefully on her 91st birthday, after a short illness, at the Northwest Hospice, Sligo. Predeceased by her beloved husband Paddy (Ryans Pharmacy), parents Jack and Jane, brother John, sisters-in-law Claire Cronin, Agnes Ryan,…


Martin Higgins R.I.P.

Martin Higgins R.I.P. The death has occurred of Martin Higgins, 90 years old, former Ambulance Driver and Funeral Director, 29 Marian Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon on the 18th of May 2022 peacefully at his home. Predeceased by his loving wife…


Follow The Tune – King House

Follow The Tune – King House Wednesday May 18th to Saturday May 21st in King House, Boyle. Presented by Artscope Follow the Tune will follow and present the cultural footprint of the music and song of the area of North…



Mary McDonagh (née Egan) R.I.P.

Mary McDonagh (née Egan) R.I.P. MaryMcDonagh (née Egan), Portmarnock and formerly of Boyle, Co. Roscommon. 6th May 2022. Peacefully, in the care of Beaumont Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Jim. Very sadly missed by her loving…


John Fry R.I.P.

John Fry R.I.P. John’s funeral will arrive at The Church of Ireland, Green Street, Boyle, for Funeral Service on Thursday, 5th May, at 12 noon. A private cremation will take place thereafter. May He Rest In Eternal Peace


Follow The Tune – King House

Follow The Tune – King House Wednesday May 18th to Saturday May 21st in King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon Presented by Artscope Follow the Tune will follow and present the cultural footprint of the music and song of the area…


Boyle Arts Festival 2022

Tickets for Boyle Arts Festival on sale from May 3rd. By Brendan McGee Tickets for a selection of the main events at Boyle Arts Festival 2022 go on sale from Tuesday May 3rd at 10am. They can only be purchased…


Boyle Angling – Easter Pike Competition

POOL PRIZE The Pool Prize of €200, the winner is No 239 Paddy Sharkey with a fish weighing 21lb 3oz. SATURDAY PRIZES The 5 winners of €100 apiece are as follows No 108 Sean Kelly with a fish weighing 14lb…


Renovation works at Boyle Garda station

Renovation works at Boyle Garda station Renovation works at Boyle Garda station are due to commence on Monday 28th March 2022. It is expected that these works will be completed in approximately 12 weeks. • As a result a temporary…


Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home Limited

Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home Limited   Full-Time Position Vacant   Experienced Health Care Assistants (QQI Level 5) Applicants must have QQI level 5 qualification in Healthcare Support   To Apply: Send Curriculum Vitae with Covering letter. (No telephone calls) to,…


Happy 90th Birthday Patsy Quinn

Happy 90th Birthday Patsy Quinn 16th March 1932, Boyle resident Patrick V. Quinn was born. Patsy was and is a man ahead of his time and did more for Boyle than most during his 90 years. His Nire factory on…


Maureen Buckley R.I.P.

Maureen Buckley R.I.P. The death has occurred of Maureen Buckley (nee McGlynn) Southgate, London, and formerly Ballinultha, Boyle on Feb 28th 2022. Predeceased by her husband Tom and her son Adrian, her brothers Padraig, Eamon, Michael, and sister Philomena Finn….


Rosemary White R.I.P.

Rosemary White R.I.P. The death has occurred of Rosemary White, Hendra, Leam, Boyle, Co.Roscommon peacefully at her home Saturday the 26th of February 2022. Deeply regretted by her loving sons Tristan and Kelvin. Rosemary’s remains will leave Higgins and Sons…



Rising star Lennie Chen

Rising star Lennie Chen Lenny Chen from Boyle is achieving Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) awards as a pianist of exceptional ability, following his recent performances in Dublin. Lennie is son of Lennie Chen and Jamie Jin, Mill Road,…



A favourite sculpture

A favourite sculpture This beautiful crucifixion sculpture graced the new St. Joseph’s Church sanctuary for a short while.  Together with the green-poled globe lights, it was removed. The sculpture was located in the Convent of Mercy’s Chapel for a time…


Energy Prices to soar

Energy Prices to soar An “astronomical” increase in the cost of domestic energy announced by one of the State’s leading providers will be replicated by other companies, consumers have been warned. The Government expressed “strong concern” at the move by Bord…


Mary Anne ‘MIMI’ Scheib-Hatfield R.I.P.

Mary Anne ‘MIMI’ Scheib-Hatfield R.I.P. The death has occurred of Mary Anne ‘MIMI’ Scheib-Hatfield, peacefully, at her home in Corrigeenroe, Co. Roscommon, March 7th 2022, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Rathmines, Dublin, in the loving care of the wonderful Roscommon…


Cloonloo N.S. Green School Day of Action

Cloonloo N.S. Green School Day of Action On Tuesday 22nd of February Cloonloo N.S, held our Green School Day of Action. It was Fair Trade Fortnight from the 21st February to the 6th March so we had a Global Citizenship…



Helen Feighan R.I.P.

Helen Feighan R.I.P. 95-year-old Helen died in the Plunkett Home, Boyle. Helen was a dear friend, gentlest of ladies and mother of Minister Frank Feighan T.D., Jim Feighan & Tony Feighan • Helen Feighan (née Feely), Mc Donagh’s Newsagents, Boyle….





Feighan – Abbey Community College

Feighan – Abbey Community College The Minister of State Frank Feighan TD has been informed by his colleague Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education that funding has been granted to Abbey Community College, Boyle. The extension details comprise of 2…









Road Safety Notice – Seat Belts

Over Quarter of drivers and passengers killed on Irish roads in 2021 were not wearing a seat belt.   –          27%* of fatalities were not wearing seat belt in 2021 –          10%* of those seriously injured between 2017 to 2020 not wearing…




Ali Tech Repairs & Netcafe

Ali Tech Repairs & Netcafe OPENING MONDAY 21st FEBRUARY on Bridge Street in the former Margaret’s Cafe. Ali, formerly trading on Elphin Street, offers a wide range of services including repairs and sales of phones and ancillaries as well as…



Boyle Community Tennis Club’s new website

Boyle Community Tennis Club’s new website Boyle Community Tennis Club’s new website is live – you can find it here – https://ti.clubspark.com/BoyleCommunityTennisClub/ The new site is a one-stop-shop where you can find all club information, details of coaching, social events, etc….


Des McGonigle R.I.P.

Des McGonigle R.I.P. Des McGonigle, Cleen, Knockvicar, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, formerly Clones Co. Monaghan, February 12th 2022, peacefully, in the tender care of the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and surrounded by his devoted wife and family. Pre-deceased by his…


Sailing in Rockingham Bay 12th February

Sailing in Rockingham Bay 12th February IUSA, Irish University Sailing Association’s event was a tough one for competitors who had to contend with different wind conditions and heavy rain showers. View Photos >>



Sports Capital Grants announced for Co.Roscommon

Sports Capital Grants announced for Roscommon • Minister Feighan welcomes funding for 34 Clubs • Boyle Celtic FC Synthetic Pitch Development 137,022 Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. and Minister of State for the…



“Town Centre First” Policy

New ‘Town Centre First’ Policy will revitalise towns in Roscommon – Feighan   Local communities and businesses in County to be supported in revitalising towns and villages through tools and supports Targeted funding for the regeneration of towns and to…





New support scheme for music industry – Feighan

New support scheme for music industry – Feighan Local TD and Minister of State, Frank Feighan is encouraging people in Roscommon to apply for the 2022 strand of the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS). Feighan said, “Performers and…



Feighan Welcomes 40 New Jobs for Sligo

An Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD has announced that the company Advantio is set to create 40 jobs in Sligo with establishment of Cybersecurity HQ in Sligo over the next 3 years. Advantio, is…



Boyle Camera Club

Agenda – 11th of January 2022 – Meeting   This months meeting will be held on Zoom – Zoom link is https://overstock.zoom.us/j/98137987206?pwd=NDFIMTVIZFdJSXRZbTNrZUUrWnREZz09 Meeting ID: 981 3798 7206 Passcode: 99968522 For instructions on how to join a zoom meeting, see https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting The…



Kathy EWING R.I.P.

Kathy EWING R.I.P. The death has occurred of Kathy Ewing, Ballisodare Co. Sligo and formerly Corrigeenroe, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, January 2nd 2022, Peacefully surrounded by her loving family, in the wonderful care of all the kind-hearted professionals. Deeply mourned by…


The Saddlers Inn 10th Annual Drive

The Saddlers Inn 10th Annual Drive The Saddlers Inn 10th Annual Tractor (and Lorry) New Years Day Drive was a fun, good-humoured event with the serious purpose of raising funds in aid of Dylan’s Journey. Upwards of 100 vehicles and…




“The Unforgettable Fire”

“The Unforgettable Fire” Read treasured memories, dear to Christy Wynne, our brilliant storyteller, memories of the fire that destroyed  St. Joseph’s Church … and more. Read More >>


Please Support Boyle Traders of the Day

Please Support Boyle Traders of the Day: Ardcarne Garden Centre : Boles of Boyle : Brogans Chemco Pharmacy : Sean Carty Cars : Magees Fashions : Marians Fashions : Open Table Restaurant : Abbey Haven Nursing Home : Tai Chi Chinese : Drumderrig Nursing Home : Carmel’s Skincare & Beauty : Stride-Beyond Coaching : Siobhan Gallagher Coaching : Stewarts Oil : Studio Eleven Yoga…




Pizza Max / The Stairs

Pizza Max / The Stairs • The popular Pizza Max outlet on St. Patrick Street is now under new management. Your quality Pizza and Takeaway menu items and more are available. • The premises formerly trading as “The Stairs”  is…








Greetings to our Boyle emigrés

Greetings to our Boyle emigrés, compiled by Tony Conboy with apologies for errors and omissions … Australia Ciaran Conlon and family/ Paraic Sweeney & Sarah/ Conor Nangle/ Enda, Jacquie and Emer & Glenn O’Callaghan/ Seamie Gallagher/ Damien Keenehan/ Ciaran Keenehan/Clodagh…






James Cox R.I.P.

James Cox R.I.P. The death has occurred of James Cox, Knockroe, Boyle, Co. Roscommon on 16th of December 2021. Funeral arrangements to follow. Higgins and Sons Funeral Directors, Boyle and Ballinameen Read More >>


Close bars, restaurants … and more at 8pm

Close bars, restaurants … and more at 8pm The Cabinet has agreed to implement an 8pm closing time for hospitality and live events, as well as other indoor venues such as cinemas and theatres, to curb the spread of Covid-19…







Bridget Cassidy (nee McHugh) R.I.P.

Bridget Cassidy (nee McHugh) R.I.P. The death has occurred of Bridget Cassidy (nee McHugh), Knockarush, Boyle and formerly Leam, Boyle, Co. Roscommon on 15th of December 2021 in the excellent care of Dr. Mary Butler and exceptional staff of the…



Boyle Christmas Lights

Boyle Christmas Lights Boyle Christmas Lights crew wish to thank the community and businesses of Boyle for helping us meet our target on the Go Fund Me Boyle Christmas Lights or via the Christmas Lights Bank Account. All funds raised…





Plans for €100 electricity credit

Plans for €100 electricity credit Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has said every single household will get €100 taken off their bill, though it might take a couple of months for the reduction to appear on people’s bills as the measure…


Pressure on Sligo University Hospital

Pressure on Sligo University Hospital Sligo University Hospital’s emergency department is again experiencing what it describes as ‘extremely busy’ times with ‘a high number of people attending.’ Read More >>


Eating out in Boyle

Eating out in Boyle Tai Chi Court Restaurant, Bridge Street: Tasty, well-presented starters Crabmeat and Sweetcorn Soup followed by Chilli Ribs



Happy Birthday to realboyle.com

Happy Birthday to realboyle.com On this day: 13th December 2003, realboyle.com was registered as a website. Since then we have been delighted to bring you comments, news local, national and international as well as photographs, video and graphics. We are…


Recent Deaths

Recent Deaths Patrick Brennan R.I.P. Read More >> P.J. Clancy Read More >> Hal Cawley Read More >> Teresa Coghlan Read More >> Annie Jane Egan Read More >>