“Fall in Love with Boyle” prize winners

“Fall in Love with Boyle” window display prize winners

Pure Flowers of Distinction

realboyle photo: Chantelle Kennedy and Sheila Kelly, Pure Flowers

The winners of the window display held during the recent “Fall in Love with Boyle” weekend were presented with tokens of appreciation by Boyle Town Team on Tuesday. First prize winner was Pure Flowers with Taylors Interiors and The Open Table restaurant joint runners up.
• Boyle Town Team is a Roscommon County Council initiative made up of volunteers from various community groups, town and district businesses and other community activists all of whom have the common goal of improving the town of Boyle and the surrounding district.

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Local Link Transport Forum Meeting


Please come along to the meeting in King House at 2pm on Wednesday 9th March. This will be a meeting to discuss the availability of rural transport (already in operation but many people in the Boyle area are unaware) especially for hospital appointments to Sligo and Roscommon. Roscommon having no direct public transport from north to south of the county has been frustrating for many who would like to use the facilities in Roscommon and expensive if taxis have to be used instead.
There are other options, other than hospital transport which are at the discretion of Local Link but unless you are at the meeting you will not be aware of what is on offer.
While you may have your own transport, or relatives that will assist, there are many other ‘alone’ and elderly people without such a facility. So if you are aware of a neighbour or anyone else who would benefit from having this information to hand, please come along to the meeting.

St. Joseph’s Boys National School

Irish Tricolour Flag
Raising of the flag ceremony on Tuesday 15th March at 11.15am for Proclamation Day. A student in the school related to Seán Mac Diarmada. His name is Mason Prior. Seán Mac Diarmads’s mother and his grandfather’s grandmother were sisters.

Boyle Parochial School – flag raising

Boyle Parochial School

March photos through the years

Popular Boyle couple Tommy & Joan Egan celebrated a special event during March 2010

View realboyle.com photos published each year during the month of March

[2015…] [2014…] [2013…] [2012…] [2011…] [2010…] [2009…] [2008…]

Roscommon Herald Tuesday 8th March

Front page: Naughten confirms he is interested in being the next Ceann Comhairle
Page 2: Editor Christina McHugh muses “… it’s those of us who have paid water charges who are incensed” “… while the ‘don’t pay, won’t pay’ lobby sits back laughing”
Page 5: Meeting to be addressed by Bishop Doran on Boyle Family Life Centre’s future. Monday 14th March at 7.30pm in King House
Page 9: Parkrun coming to Lough Key Forest Park on Saturday, May 14th at 9.30am
Page 15: Support sought for Daffodil Day Friday 11th March

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Boyle Diary

Tuesday 8th : Parish Pastoral Council Meeting in the Resource Centre at 8pm
Wednesday 9th :  Family Life Centre 10am – 12pm, 10am – 2pm
Entertaining with Flair : Inspiring menus for everyday cooking, cook with flair not effort! Every day is a celebration! Great recipes, ideas, table decorations and tips with Glenda Devlin
Thursday 10th : Free Business Advisory Clinic
Free business advisory clinic, by appointment, Boyle Enterprise Centre on Thursday March 10th
Friday 11th : Daffodil Day
Collectors at various locations around town. Please support the Irish Cancer Society

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Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle

The last of the Tuesdays celebrating Lent and the Year of Mercy will take place in Galilee Community on Tuesday, March 8th at 8pm.

Open Day Invitation – Boyle Parochial School


Boyle Parochial National School, Military Road, invites you to their Enrolment Day on Wednesday March 9th from 2.30pm-4.30pm – “We would be delighted to see you” Tel: 071 966 3555

€3,000 funding for Boyle Arts Festival

Shannonside FM report: Eight festivals in the Shannonside region have been approved for festival funding. This funding is part of a national €1,000,000 investment in festivals through Fáilte Ireland which was announced by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring.
In Roscommon, the FIPS World Championships in Boat Angling is receiving the largest grant at €8,000, Boyle Arts Festival will get 3,000, O’Carolan Harp Festival €2,500 and the Percy French Festival will receive €2,000.

realboyle photos taken during Boyle arts Festival 2015 …

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Matz Barber Shop

Matz Shopfront

Looking great following a repaint and new signage.


For Sale or Lease

Hair & More

For Sale or Lease as going concern – Hair & More Hair Salon, Main Street, Boyle. For full details please call Tom Cunningham on 086 231 8734, or auctioneers Vincent Egan on 071 966 2464

Ardcarne Garden Centre, FREE Fruit Growing Event

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

FREE Fruit Growing Event at Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle this Saturday 12th March from 11am – 12 noon. Discover how easy it is to grow your own fruit, which are the best varieties and an easy guide to pruning.

Boyle GAA Update


Tickets are currently on sale for the Club’s  fundraiser, a Draw for a most attractive 5 day return trip for two to New York for the Roscommon v New York Connacht Senior Football Championship. Other prizes in the draw include a 32” Nordmende Television (sponsored by Joe Simon-Home Garden and Build), a Samsung Galaxy Tab(sponsored by Trojan IT), and a Weekend Getaway Break (sponsored by Kelly’s SuperValu). Tickets are available from all committee members.

For this week’s update and the realboyle.com archive of past updates …

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016

Saint Patrick's Day InviteGraphic: Sean O’Dowd

St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and the Boyle Parade will commence at 3pm on Thursday 17th March, starting at Mockmoyne, via Bridge Street, to the Crescent. Entry forms for floats are available at Una Bhan Craft Shop, and Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, Creightons, Wynnes and An Craoibhin. Entry to our Parade is free, but of course all donations will be gratefully accepted. Looking forward to Boyle’s biggest Parade ever.

Photos from last year’s parade [2015…]

Bright Sparks Quiz 2016

Bright Sparks Quiz 2016

If you were there last year you’ll remember the great night of fun and entertainment, if not join us this year, and battle for the title of The Bright Sparks! Boyle chamber/Boyle TM are appealing to all Businesses, Societies, Clubs and individuals to come along on Good Friday to St Joseph’s Hall, March 25th at 8pm. All proceeds raised go to Boyle Christmas Lights, every one welcome to come along, Table of 4 – €40 but if you can’t make a table just come along and you’ll be sorted.. If you want to reserve a table in advance, contact any of the following: Stephen Bohan, Patricia Golden, Deirdre Purcell, Siobhan Gallagher, Dara Callaghan, Cecil Draper or Brian Kelly.

Battle of the Celts

Sunday, March 13th: Lough Gara Stables & Country Pursuits, Lisserlough, Boyle
• Enter your clan! Teams of four from your business, local pub, club or group of friends. Protect the O’Gara heartland and claim the shield !!
• “In Battle Celtic warriors threw caution to the wind and their style of combat was highly aggressive and unrefined”
• €30 per person per clash (adults only)

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Boyle Diary

Local events planned for the days ahead:

Tuesday 8th : Boyle on IrishTV, channel 191 : 6.30pm – 7pm
The Family Life Centre in Boyle. Taking a look at what they do and hear from the many volunteers who make this such a vibrant centre for all.
Tuesday 8th : Parish Pastoral Council Meeting in the Resource Centre at 8pm

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Marian Shrine, Lough Key Forest Park


Boyle Daffodil Day – Friday March 11th


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Mattimoes Pub, Boyle – For Lease or Sale

Mattimoes Pub
Mattimoes Bar & Lounge with 3 bedroom residential accommodation on Bridge Street, in the heart of Boyle Town Centre.
For full details, please call Gerry Mattimoe on 087 776 0212 – or auctioneers Smith Kelly Scott-

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St. Joseph’s Parish Newsletter (Update)


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Grange National School

Grange Mothers Day

Grange National School children with their Mother’s Day gifts
Photo courtesy of Maeve Moran

Úna Bhán Community Notes – Update 4th March

Una Bhan Notes

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Vention Medical – Job available

Vention Logo

Vention Medical Ireland is a dynamic and rapidly growing manufacturer of sterile medical devices and components for worldwide markets.  Based in the North Roscommon town of Boyle, 25 minutes from Sligo Town, the Company is fully integrated covering all aspects of device manufacture from design and development, to sales. We now require : EXTRUSION TECHNICAN

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Tony Conboy “An Oblique View” 4th March

Tony Conboy

This week, Tony’s Blog “An Oblique View” is loaded with views and articles: Patricia O’Flaherty Retiring from Boyle Library : Roscommon GAA Major Weekend : Roscommon’s Great Win : After The Election (“It is now up to the elected players. We live in uncertain times. It’s tiring”)  : Stutterer Short Film Oscar : Respect for The National Flags
Tony also remembers Chris O’Dowd’s acceptance speech at the Spirit of Ireland Awards, New York, St. Patrick’s Day 2013 on YouTube … view it [here…]

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Free Business Advisory Clinic


A free business advisory clinic, by appointment, at Boyle Enterprise Centre on Thursday March 10th from 10.00am – 2.00pm. The clinic will offer advice to new and existing businesses and information on supports available. Each attendee is allotted a one hour, one-to-one meeting with business mentor Cathal Mahon. For more information or to book appointments email localenterprise@roscommoncoco.ie or visit www.localenterprise.ie/roscommon. The event is organised by Roscommon Local Enterprise Office as part of Local Enterprise Week 2016.

Patricia O’Flaherty Retiring from Boyle Library


Tony Conboy wrote: Patricia O’Flaherty will retire from Boyle Library from the end of next week. Patricia has a been a real asset to the library service in Boyle for nearly twenty years. Patricia also facilitated Boyle Library Book Club and has guided many people who have used the library, assisting them in local history and especially with genealogical research.

The 32nd Dáil

Shannonside FM report: The makeup of the 32nd Dail: Fine Gael 50 seats, Fianna Fail 44, Sinn Fein 23, 17 Independents and Labour 7,Triple A/People Before Profit and the Independent Alliance have 6 seats each, Social Democrats 3 and the Greens 2.

Job vacancy at Vention Medical, Boyle

Lisa Mcnama wrote: “We are currently seeking a Production Operative for Immediate start. This will be an initial one month contract, with possible opportunity for progression.
We require highly committed and self-motivated production operators with good attention to detail.
Key responsibilities would be to assemble, inspect, test and operate equipment to manufacture products which conform to customers requirements as specified in the Vention Medical quality system.
The position may require working a rotating 3 shift cycle shift. Training will be provided to the successful candidates.
Start Date: ASAP
Please send Curriculum Vitae to:
Lisa McNama, Vention Medical Ireland, Abbeytown, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Email: lmcnama@ventionmedical.com”

DCW Wash & Valet Centre

Car Wash & ValetGraphic: Sean O’Dowd

Call to us at Stewarts Filling Stations, Boyle & Carrick. Loyalty Cards available … 5 washes and get the 6th FREE

MK Financial – Hot Topic #1

Plan for your retirement!
What do you need to do to avoid a huge drop in income?

• The State Retirement age will increase to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028. If you retired today the drop in income, if relying solely on Contributory State Pension, is estimated between 67–85% for a single person.
• The earlier you start funding for your pension, the greater chance you have of closing this gap!
• Currently for every 1 retired person there are 6 people in employment … by 2050 there are expected to be less than 2 people in employment for every retired person. It is up to every person to make sure that they do not fall into the pensions shortfall time trap!

For further information please contact Michael at MK Financial on 086 844 0541.

MK Financial is an independent financial advisor with access to all main Insurance and Investments.
MK Financial has been offering independent, clear, professional financial advice for 18 years.
MK Financial, Boyle Enterprise Centre, Quarry Lane, Boyle, Co. Roscommon  :  Tel: 086 844 0541   |  071 966 6044  |  071 967 3100  | Email: info@mkfinancial.ie


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Trad Music in Dodd’s after the Ciaran Emmett Sessions Concert in King House

Boyle – Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town

BOI Boyle Enterprise Town

Bank Of Ireland is delighted to announce that the ‘Enterprise town initiative’ will return to Boyle, following on from the success of 2015. A recent meeting was held in partnership with a local committee to discuss the various planned activities that will take place over Friday 1st April. The Bank has taken a three pillar approach to this initiative, whereby the local Branch Manager Gerry Whelehan is working closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town. The aim of the initiative is to promote and drive momentum for SMEs in the locality while showcasing all that the town has to offer.

View Realboyle Photographs from the 2015 event [here…]

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Boyle Above & Beyond – by Darren Purcell

Beautiful Boyle, beautifully captured by Darren Purcell, Visionary Photography, The Crescent, Boyle.