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Roma Grill - Fiver Friday
Fiver Friday at Roma Grill on the Crescent Beef Curry Pie or Steak and Kidney Pie with Chips and a Can ... yes, only €5
Still, it was nice while it lasted.
• Tonight: Showers die out as cloud breaks, but temperatures will drop to around 10 degrees.
• Friday: Hazy sunshine, but cloud will increase throughout the afternoon, bringing rain and gusty winds, despite the 17 to 22 degree weather.
• The weekend: Expect to see showers around the coasts on Saturday and pretty much everywhere by Sunday.
• Monday: Will “start wet” and have some heavy rain.
Ciara - Sydney's Rose of Tralee - the Boyle connection
Joan wrote: Hi Sean, just a note to say the Sydney Rose of Tralee is Ciara Rafferty - Pat and Annie Flanagan’s granddaughter from Rockingham. She is my daughter and knows Boyle well having visited there numerous times to visit Dad (mum died when she was very young). At any rate, more can be found out about her on the Sydney Rose of Tralee and International Rose of Tralee website. What I would tell you would be very subjective! Roscommon unfortunately do not have a representative this year
in Tralee this year - I am sure she would be happy to carry the banner for the County as well. The Roses visit Lough Key (John and myself have taken part in the triathlon the past three years) in August.
Trad in Dodd's
Val Doonican R.I.P.
Val Doonican died peacefully on Wednesday night, his family said. The crooner was famous for his laidback style which helped him notch up a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, selling millions of records around the world. Doonican was born in Waterford and began his musical career gigging in his home town and appearing on Irish radio.
RTÉ axes John Murray's show
After five years on air, John Murray's popular RTÉ Radio 1 chat show has come to an end. Broadcaster Brendan O'Connor will take over the slot for the month of July. It is believed either O'Connor or recent recruit Ray D'Arcy will replace Murray as host in the autumn.
Daly's Lounge - The Psychonics
The Psychonics will play in Daly's Lounge Saturday night 4th July. Hope to see you there!
• The "Style 4 Less" Charity shop has moved to a street front location on Shop Street
• A much-favoured Bridge Street trader is set to relocate to premises beside Boyle Bridge
Wake up to Alarm Clock smells
A teenager has invented a clock that wakes you up with your favourite smells. An 18-year old who hated the noisy blare of his alarm clock every morning decided to invent SensorWake, the world’s first olfactory alarm clock that wakes up users with their favourite scents.
The 8 at 8 - Thursday 2nd July
Boyle Marina - Thursday 2nd July
Looking great - early morning at Boyle Marina
Magee's Fashion Shop
Magee's Fashion Shop, Main Street this morning ... a rare photo opportunity - no cars in front.
Ardcarne Garden Centre
"We have recently updated our Landscape and Design Service. See our website for details http://www.ardcarneplantsplus.ie/landscape-design. We are now providing a NEW Call-Out service for €120 where a designer will visit your garden or site and provide a verbal assessment and recommend improvements for your garden for 1 hour.
In the meantime you can admire some of the recently completed gardens from Ronan, James. Ros, Paul and the team."
Ambulance Service criticised by Frank Feighan TD
Frank Feighan TD has launched a stinging criticism of members of the National Ambulance Service, who he claims are not honouring their commitments in the Haddington road agreement.
Lough Key Forest Park Play Day
Sunday July 5th, 2-5pm: Annual Play Day with Roscommon Childcare Committee. An afternoon of fun for all the Family in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Follow our unique ‘Inflatable Trail’ around the park and find some interesting characters along the way in very unusual places!!
• The focus this year will be on creating opportunities for play that involves natural elements and environments–water, sand, trees, rocks, beaches etc.
• Activities on the day will include: The Adventure Play Kingdom: Parachute Games : Hip Hop Dancing & Irish Dancing demonstration : Soccer, Fun & Games : Big Blue Play Bus : Storytelling 3pm & 4pm
Honda 50 Runs
Sunday 5th July: John Brehony's 2nd Honda 50 Run (approx 45 miles) Fundraiser for the Oncology Unit, Sligo General Hospital. For info call John Brehony 086 124 8124. Tea & biscuits before, Food after, and Music on the day. Sunday 26th: along with other models of bikes at Tawnytaskin Community Centre, Boyle. Entries taken at the Centre from 10.30a.m. (€20 per entry). The Run will depart from the Centre at approx. 12 noon and will take approx. 3 to 4 hours with stops along the way. A meal will be served later in the Centre. A raffle will take place on the day. Please come along to the Centre to view all the Bikes and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. All enquires to Ann on 086 813 0005.
Open Week at Boyle Golf Club
Boyle Golf Club will hold its 2015 Open Week from next Monday July 6th- Sunday July 12th There are daily competitions for Ladies and Gents and the Clubhouse is open for Food each day. The week is a great opportunity for members and visitors to play in Boyle and is a great golfing and social occasion.
• The week’s competitions include a nine hole for ladies and gents on Monday 6th, a Ladies eighteen hole and Mens nine hole on Tuesday, Mixed Foursomes on Wednesday, Mens eighteen hole on Thursday and a ladies and gents nine hole on Friday. The week finishes with a Fourball Betterball On Saturday and a Ladies/Gents eighteen hole on Sunday. The week also provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy Boyle’s many amenities including King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park. Other
attractions include Zipit High Wire Activity, the Boda Berg Challenge, the Moone Boy Trail and excellent shopping/ Restaurants and Bars. A full list of Accommodation is available at www.unabhan.net
• The Club thank all the local businesses and organisations for their generous sponsorship and support. For more information visit www.boylegolfclub.com call 086 8645797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook
Boil Water Notices lifted
Frank Feighan TD wrote: "I welcome the lifting of boil water notices on 11,300 families in Killeglan and Castlerea following EPA inspections this week. Today’s announcement follows on from the recent lifting of boil water notices for 6,000 families in Boyle and surrounding areas. It is clear that the long awaited investment in water treatment facilities in Roscommon is coming to fruition. We need to keep the foot on the pedal in terms of continuing to remove boil water notices.
To that end, three other new water treatment plants at Lisbrock in south Roscommon, Ballinagard serving Roscommon town and Ballyfarnon serving Arigna, are close to completion. These supplies are currently on the EPA Remedial Action List and ‘at risk’ of boil water notices are being issued. This risk will be removed when all three plants are fully commissioned by mid-2015, further securing a high quality drinking water supply for Co. Roscommon."
Boyle Country Meats Mon/Thu Specials
STARS IN THE MAKING - thanks to Irish Water
• Boyle Parochial School and St Joseph’s Boys National School pupils displayed their considerable talents as part of the Graduation Ceremony in St. Joseph’s School on Wednesday 24th June.
• Pupils acted in three excellent short films "Water Awareness Project “Boyle News” and “James Pond”.
• Irish Water provided sponsorship and inspiration, while Irish TV filmed and produced
• DVD's of the films will be available shortly. Get one for yourself and note the possibilities that our local schools offer our young students outside of the school curriculum.
• View two of the films below ... their "James Pond" will follow shortly
Boyle Parochial School Water Awareness Project
Boyle Arts Festival 2015
Graphic courtesy Boyle Arts Festival
Funeral Photos - John Joe Nerney
Mary wrote: On behalf of the rest of my family, I would like to thank you so much for putting the photos of Dad's funeral on realboyle.com. It was a lovely idea. Our youngest daughter is in New York this year and couldn't make the funeral - the photos are such a consolation to her. John wrote: We live in Perth, Australia and were greatly saddened by the death of local hero John Joe Nerney. We would have attended his funeral if we could have, but felt we were almost there when we viewed your lovely photos of this sad event.
Shannonside FM report: There have been nearly a thousand burglaries in the Shannonside region over the past year. 528 took place in the Roscommon/Longford Garda Division, while there were 437 in the Sligo/Leitrim Garda Division.
Boyle Country Meats
Family Fun, Roscommon Tourism Showcase
Sunday 5th July at 3pm Roscommon: Visitors to the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Sunday the 5th July are in with a chance to win an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast from Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, dinner for two at the award-winning Cedar Restaurant at Athlone Springs, free flights from Ireland West Airport Knock, family passes to Arigna Mining Experience, Glendeer Pet Farm and Strokestown Park, a Combination Pass to Lough Key Forest and Activity Park and much more.
Blocklayers required immediately in the Boyle / Sligo region. Call 086 241 3397
Roscommon Learning Links, Boyle wrote:
"An extremely competent lady from Ballaghadereen with excellent general accounts, administration, all Microsoft Office applications and customer Service Skills is looking for two weeks Work Experience in the Boyle area to complete her major award at Level 5. She is available to commence from Monday 13th July. Should any business wish to enquire further please call Siobhan /Martina on 071 966 4510 or email email@example.com asap.
• This person is flexible with days and dates from 13th July to 7th August so may well cover holiday leave for any staff member."
News for you
1. A prominent, much-loved trader will retire and cease operating on Bridge Street.
2. It is long know fact that job numbers are to be reduced this week at the Roscommon Herald
3. There are no 'public' news updates available for the future of the Royal Hotel or the Green Isle premises. However:
1. A newly refurbished Abbey Terrace house has been converted for use as an upstairs and a downstairs, beautifully appointed self-catering facility - advert to follow
2. Two Boyle premises are preparing feasibility studies that in time may bring jobs to Boyle ...
3. Drumanilra are recruiting for an “Organic Café & Farm Shop Manager” to manage our new organic take-away food venue and farm shop.
Clarke's Bar & Restaurant, St. Patrick Street - home of the "Moone Burger"
and many more food delights. Bookings Tel: 071 966 2064
At this time every year I take photos of flower baskets in Boyle town. Today I start with two of an album I will feature here on realboyle.com
Boyle Basketball Club - Good Luck Wishes
Boyle Basketball Club would like to wish Good Luck to the Boyle U11 Mixed team who represent Roscommon for Community Games Basketball against Breaffy (Mayo) on Tuesday at 8pm in Boyle Sports complex.
Marian Sculpture, Lough Key Forest Park
This beautiful sculpture by Jacqueline Duignan and the area surrounding it will undergo a cleanup this week ... thanks to Keith Suffin and friends
Zipit at Lough Key Forest Park
If Sunday 28th was anything to go by, the Zipit facility at Lough Key is having a great season.
Clarke's Bar & Restaurant "Moone Boy Burger Meal"
It's a mighty burger and a mighty meal ... just add a "Pint o' the black stuff"
Boyle Golf and GAA Updates
John Joe Nerney's Funeral
Pallbearers carry John Joe to his final resting place in Assylinn Cemetery 27/06/2015
John Joe Nerney R.I.P. Abbey Park, Boyle, flags at half mast
The Gallant John Joe died on Wednesday 2th June 2015
Boyle GAA Club - John Joe Nerney R.I.P.
Members of the winning Roscommon teams of ‘43/’44 return to Croke Park in September 2001
Left to Right: Liam Gilmartin, Phelim Murray, Dr. Hugh Gibbons, Jimmy Murray, Brendan Lynch, John Joe Nerney. (This pic. was taken by Aoifa Rice/Sportsfile).
Boyle GAA Club is requesting all current and past players to assemble in front of Abbey Haven at 7,15pm on Friday evening to participate in guard of honour of the late John Joe, Please wear Boyle colours.
Articles this week "Gallant John Joe : Roscommon v Sligo A Bad Day at the Office : The Passing of Tipp Legend Jimmy Doyle : The Berkeley Tragedy Reflection : The Feet Of A Dancer"
Curlew Warrior Run, Walk or Hike
Sunday July 12th, 11am: 10k Walk, Run or Hike. All proceeds to MS Roscommon. Start at Boyle Credit Union and finish at Boyle River. Registration Credit Union, Car Park. Entry on the day Runners €15, Walkers €10, Family €25. Prizes for 1st Female, 1st Male, 1st Team, Best period or fancy dress, Refreshments and Lots of spot prizes.
• For Further Information, Register on runireland.ie or contact Tony Byrne 086 232 4020, firstname.lastname@example.org, 071 966 4702
Dublin to Mongolia
Devan Finneran wrote: "Two friends and I will drive from Dublin to Mongolia across 10,000 miles of deserts and mountains and for the most part no roads in an 01 Nissan Micra to raise awareness for 'Headstrong' - the national centre for youth mental health. We hope to raise money by selling stickers for promotional purposes"
John Joe Nerney R.I.P.
“Old soldiers never die they just fade away”
The death has occurred of Boyle's legendary, John Joe Nerney Boyle GAA wrote: "John Joe Nerney, the cornerstone of Boyle GAA Club for nigh on seventy years, and a member of the great Roscommon All-Ireland winning senior team of the forties, died peacefully on Wednesday evening 24th June in The Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle, surrounded by his loving family. Ni bheidh a leithéid ann aris."
"It is with deep regret that we have learned of the death of our esteemed Club President John Joe Nerney, John Joe was a legend in Boyle GAA, having played with the Club from the thirties until the seventies. He was a prominent playing member of the All Ireland winning Roscommon teams of 1943 and 1944 and he played with Roscommon into the fifties, Boyle GAA Club extends its deepest sympathy to the Nerney family, Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis."
Aidan Lavin, John Joe Nerney, Tony Conboy
John Joe Nerney
Tony Conboy, John Joe Nerney
Through his years as a marathon road runner, John Joe approached his sport from a scientific point of view. Way ahead of modern running shoe technology, John Joe advised runners: "Roads have a camber, so running on the right hand side of the road, you should put an insole or packing in your right shoe so that both feet are on the same level". I understand modern road running shoes compensate for road camber!
I regarded the gallant John Joe Nerney not only as a hero and role model, but as a friend, a helping hand and a mentor who encouraged and advised and encouraged me as well as a legion of locals through his lifetime. May he Rest In Peace.
John Joe Nerney - Essay first published in 2010
Roma Grill - Fiver Fridays
Fancy a great Takeaway Meal for only €5? Well, from this Friday and every Friday in future you will get a selection of great Special Fiver Friday Meal Deals, only at the Roma Grill on Bridge Street ... tell them realboyle.com sent you !!
Roots Irish Trail
A large group of these beautiful roadsters from Holland arrived in Boyle as part of their 10 day (19th - 28th June) Roots Irish Trail.
People of my generation and some even younger will remember fondly Annie and Dudley Sharkey and the Goatskin Band. The combined sounds of accordeon and bodhrán were familiar on Bonfire Night as large local audiences gathered first at the Mockmoyne junction with St Patrick Street. I can clearly picture Annie in her dark red coat, playing out popular tunes of the 50's and early 60's. Later in the night The band moved down to McDonagh's Corner and played on to the early hours.
The Bonfire tradition is still carried to this day, and has gone through various reincarnations, notably those at Greatmeadow, Abbey Heights, Mockmoyne and nowadays at the Lough Keel Scout Camp in Rockingham
Doon Shore, Lough Key, Tuesday 23rd June
Boyle Marina, Tuesday 23rd June
Boyle Marina at 7am Tuesday 23rd June
Weather Forecast: A mostly dry day with some sunny spells. Cloud will increase from the west later, bringing patchy light rain and drizzle to the west coast during the late afternoon and evening. Mild or warm in most parts with highs of 17 to 20 Celsius in light variable breezes.
Recommended stop-offs Keadue to Kilronan Castle Hotel
Beautiful timber sculpture at the Knockranny Wood amenity area, Lough Meelagh
Flora and Fauna of Knockranny Wood - a sign at Lough Meelagh
O'Carolan's Grave in Kilronan Cemetery
Experienced young man available to save turf i.e.. turn, foot, bag etc. Phone 086 267 0566
King House - new website
King House wrote: "We’re delighted to announce that our new website is now live at: www.kinghouse.ie. As well as information on the house and the individual collections, the new website also has information on our cultural programme and links to other local amenities for those visiting the area, information on our opening times, admission prices and has links to both our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Why not check out our new look for yourself."
Newsflash - Boyle Horse and Summer Show
Barna Waste Recycling have come on board to sponsor a Junk Kouture Competition at this year’s Boyle Horse and Summer Show. Competition rules:
1. To create a wearable couture designed outfit
2. The outfit must be modelled for the competition judging
3. The design must be made of reworked trash or other used materials that are beyond their intended use
4. A maximum of 30% of the outfit can be made of reused fabric
5. A maximum of 3 people may work on a project More news on this competition coming shortly
Last Weekend's Updates
Tony has written an excellent article referring to the Berkeley Tragedy and I urge you to read it now bearing in mind that our presence on this earth is tenuous, flimsy, uncertain and that we are very fragile beings.
Did you know?
Our new state-of-the-art Water Treatment Plant ensures a safe and secure drinking water supply to the town of Boyle and surrounding areas in line with the most up to date regulations and modern technologies for process treatment systems?
Boyle Municipal and Water District
Roscommon Co Councillor Rachel Doherty
Roscommon Co Councillor Rachel Doherty (Cootehall) is the newly elected chairperson of the Boyle Municipal District. The Cootehall area Councillor said she hopes that the next 12 months will be as productive and efficient as possible for the local towns and villages included in the vast Boyle electoral area.
• Contact Details for Boyle Municipal and Water District: Boyle Municipal District - covering the operational areas of Boyle, Ballaghaderreen & Strokestown. Boyle Municipal District Office – The Crescent, Boyle - Contact No: 071 966 2101
Boyle Ardcarne Water Plant commissioned
Minister Alan Kelly TD, Frank Feighan TD and a distinguished group of politicians, Irish Water officials and Roscommon Co Council representatives were in Boyle this morning for the official commissioning of the Boyle Ardcarne Regional Water Scheme, Rockingham Water Treatment Plant. The plant is operated by Glan Agua Ltd., who built and will operate and maintain the plant for a period of 20 years. This state-of -the-art plant offers water purification
into the Boyle
/ Ardcarne water supply system.
Magees Fashion Shop - Half Price Offers
All styles from the FeeG and Luke Lovely collections reduced to HALF PRICE
Write-Bytes from Facebook - Married Priests
John Mulligan wrote: Why not ordain women, and allow existing priests to marry? The medieval rules that they currently operate under make no sense. The proposal to let married men become priests is a reluctant half-admission that they have a personnel crisis, but it doesn't go anywhere near enough to solving their deep-rooted problems. They're effectively running out of staff and can't replace them by traditional methods. The church
allow women and
married people to be priests, and the sky hasn't fallen in. Time to 'get with the programme' Carmel Sullivan McMaster wrote: Celebacy is only a rule in the "Canon Law" and could be easily abolished without interfering with "Dogma". The R.C.C dont want to give their power away to women.
Glass Art Cootehall
Learn how to make lovely stained glass objects (e.g. sun catchers, mirrors, jewelry and much more) in our studio in Cootehall, Boyle. We offer one-to-one courses 2 hours for €30, and small group courses (2-3 students) 2 hours for €25 each. Materials for small objects are included in the fee, and so is tea/coffee and homemade biscuits! Learn something new, enjoy the fun and be proud of a stained glass object you bring home after
071 9667159, and find us on Facebook: Glass Art Cootehall.
Did you know?
This is one of the legends of how our 'Jewel' came to be:
Lough Key (Irish: loch Cè) the "Jewel of the west" derives its name from Ce which was the druid of Nuadha of the silver arm. According to legend Nuadha of the silver arm was the king of the ancient Tuath de Danann which means the people of Danu. The Tuath de Danann arrived in Ireland bring with them the Lia Fail (Stone of destiny) which was placed on the hill of Tara and from that point on the rightful king of Ireland was chosen when it called out. The King Nuadha of the silver arm was drowned
when the waters of Lough key burst forth from the earth.
Roscommon Writing Award 2015
First Prize: €500. The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2015 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM. The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast
Closing date for entries is 30 August 2015. Enquiries to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org
The second gate
A first piece of good news for Boyle features in John Mulligan's "The Kettle's Boyled" column in the Roscommon Herald this week. "Following a conversation local TD Frank Feighan and I had with an Taoiseach last May about the condition of the Rockingham Gate Lodge, Frank set up a meeting with Coillte to make some progress. He continued the dialogue over intervening months, and on Friday was able to tell me
Coillte has had
with the Landmark Trust and the County Council to secure the future of this iconic building.
Well done Frank Feighan, a bit of good news for Boyle this week."
Boyle Arts Festival 2015
Details of very exciting and diverse events will soon be announced when Boyle Arts Festival launch the official programme for their 26th annual Arts Festival, in a few weeks time.
The nationally renowned Festival will kick off on Thursday July 23rd and continue until Sat. Aug. 1st. The programme is already bursting at the seams with over fifty events, including an eclectic mix of visual arts, music, drama, film, comedy, workshops, storytelling, children’s events, readings and much more!
Boyle Horse & Summer Show 80s style Disco
Boyle Horse & Summer Show will hold their 80s style disco in Dalys Storehouse on Saturday July 11th - a great night guaranteed! The Summer Show will take place on Sunday Aug 23rd on grounds opposite Boyle Celtic.
Creightons Bar & Lounge
Creightons Bar & Lounge always looks well and now looks great following a repaint.