Sinead O'Connor not joining Sinn Féin
Singer Sinead O'Connor has decided not to join Sinn Féin following a meeting with party officials. The Wicklow-based performer had previously declared her intentions to become a party member last month and said she wanted the entire Sinn Féin leadership to step down and wanted to reframe what it means to be a republican. "They persuaded me that I'd be bored s***less, pretty much waiting for them to get into government before being able to help generate any national discussion on the issue of ending partition," Ms O'Connor said.
Roscommon Co. Councillors - library amalgamation
Roscommon Co. Councillors are to inform Minister Alan Kelly of opposition to proposed amalgamation of library services. The ”Opportunities for All’ plan from the Department of the Environment and Local Government could see Sligo, Leitrim, and Roscommon libraries combine under one authority. Cllrs feel the plan would only mean a downgrading and ultimately loss of branches.
Boyle GAA Club Update 26th January
Congratulations to Donie and Enda Smith, starring for Roscommon Seniors in their FBD League success. Enda and club colleagues Evan McGrath and Tadhg Mc Kenna have a U-21 Hasting Cup final to look forward to after defeating Mayo. Their opponents in the final will be Galway next Saturday at a Longford venue. Congratulations are extended to David Casey and
St. Croans on reaching the 1st of February Intermediate Club All-Ireland Final. Can all players and others make a final effort to sell Croke Park Club Tickets and return them to Martin Dolan or James O’Boyle. The club thanks all who sold and bought tickets so far.
Enrolment forms for 2015/16 school year will be available from St.Joseph's B.N.S. Abbeytown, Boyle from Monday 2nd February 2015
A viewer wrote: "I take good care in keeping our area as litter free as possible, and much pride in flower patches outside my house. Other Maple Drive residents do likewise. We have noticed in recent weeks that people have started to dump wine bottles and sauce bottles in the flower patches. Would you please ask these litter louts to stop this ASAP and keep Boyle tidy."
Tadhg TV update
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Following last October's auction of plant and equipment at Stewarts Mill, workers are now taking down the conveyors at the top of the silos close to Boyle River. These silos replaced smaller ones that were in place since the 1950's. When, eventually the large silos are removed we will have a first hand view of that side of the Mill building.
This morning, Gardai are investigating an overnight break-in at Boyle Motor Works on Shop Street. Information to hand suggests that two windows were damaged and that a quantity of cigarettes and other items were stolen.
Any suspicious activity in the area last night should be reported to Boyle Garda Station 071 966 4620
King House, Sunday 1st February: Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn to play in Boyle as part of their Winter Rambles Tour 2015
"How do they make it look so easy?", remarked one reviewer having just seen this trad superstar ensemble on stage. You can decide for yourself as the most exciting trad combination of recent times embark on their Winter Rambles tour 2015. Presented by Boyle Arts Festival this gig will be of special significance for Matt and John being their only gig in their native County Roscommon for a number of years.
The Winter Rambles Tour has sold out already at other venues this week & we have just a limited number available for the Boyle Arts Festival date this Sunday, 1st Feb. We hate disappointing people at the door so I would really appreciate it if you could let people know to please buy their tickets in advance! Online tickets were released on Eventbrite and this is the short link http://ow.ly/F61n9
Boyle Golf Club Update - January 25th
Competitions for this week are the Winter Open running Monday – Saturday. Next Sunday will be an eighteen hole stableford. The December draw took place in the clubhouse last Sunday evening. Jackpot winner was Seamus & Marie Gallagher €70, runners up Kathleen Candon & Michael Rush €40 Thanks to all who took part and good luck in the next draw. Congrats to Michelle Quinn and Shane O’Dowd on the birth of their baby boy Lochlainn last
Up to Leaving Certificate Level Irish for Students. Tuesday 27th January for 10 weeks 6.30pm-7.30pm Cost: €60
• Adult Irish Conversation Class. Tuesday 27th January for 10 weeks 7.45pm-9pm Cost: €80
• Adult Irish Intermediate: Thursday 5th February for 10 weeks 7pm-8pm Cost: €60
• Facilitator: Michael O'Toole, Native Irish Teacher. For further enquiries or to book a place please contact the office on 071 966 3000
People in County Roscommon are being urged to partake in public consultation sessions in the coming weeks. Roscommon County Council is seeking the public’s views on the Local Economic and Community Plan, the LEADER plan, and the Tourism Strategy. The Boyle session is scheduled for King House Boyle on Wednesday the 4th February at 7pm
Wayne wrote: A range of training & events are being hosted throughout the year, at the Knockvicar Gardens and at Cleen Hall. This February: Sun 1st, Vegetarian Sunday Lunch Club 12-2pm at Cleen Hall €10. Sat 7th, Bring & Bake in the clay oven 12-3pm at the Garden, Free event. Tues 10th, Planning Your Orchard 7-9pm at Cleen Hall, €5. Mon 16th, Seasonal School Gardens: Spring 7-9pm at Cleen Hall, €20. Sat 21st, Introduction to Seed Saving 10-3pm at Cleen Hall, €20. Sun 22nd, Seed Swap Sunday 12-4pm at Cleen Hall, Free Event. For bookings and further information call 071 966 7958, visit www.knockvicargardener.com or call into the Gardens 9-5 Mon-Fri.
Siobhan wrote: The committee is currently busy organising the Spring Calendar of events, and as always there is a wide selection of both new and regular individual and team events available to participants.
Community games is dependent on the support and work of local volunteers/coaches, so if any parent feels their child may be interested in an event and is willing to manage and support the event, please let the community games committee know a.s.a.p.
Events include: Culture Corner, Chess - U13, Recitation, Draughts, U16 Debating, U16 Pitch & Putt , U13& U16 Handball, U16 Judo ,U15 (over12) Badminton, U11 U13 Project
Details of all these events can be found on National Community Games Website at the following Website - www.communitygames.ie (under "2015 list of events"). Contact Details for Committee members can be found on the website : boylecommunitygames.blogspot.com
No, its not a headline borrowed from 'Waterford Whispers' ... A nun living in an Italian convent has given birth to a surprise baby after complaining of stomach pains, according to the Italian press
The death has occurred of Peggie MCHUGH (née Snee) Tonroe,Kingsland, Boyle - Peacefully at Drumderrig Nursing Home, Boyle. Sadly missed by her daughters Elizabeth (London), Mary Harrington (Kingsland), Mairead Smith (Corrigeenroe), sons Roger and Eamon (Kingsland), sisters Eileen Cunningham (Sligo), Freda McCabe (New Jersey), sons-in-law, grandchildren and extended family.
• Rest in Peace.
• Reposing Mahon's Funeral Home, Boyle on Sunday evening from 5pm until 7pm arriving to Breedogue Church at 8pm. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 12pm with interment afterward in Killaraght Old Cemetery.
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CoderDojo Boyle, a computer coding club for young people, will open in Boyle Enterprise Centre, Quarry Lane, Boyle this Saturday. The club provides an opportunity for young people from as young as 10 to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, games and more in a fun environment. Young people interested in attending this free club should attend, with their parents, for registration at Boyle Enterprise Centre on Sat. 24th Jan at 3pm. Spaces are limited
young people who are not registered will not be allowed to attend.
• Coder Dojos are set up, run and taught by volunteers, allowing members to meet like-minded people and share ideas. We have a number of mentors on-board already, giving of their time freely, but if you are interested in becoming a mentor please call in on Saturday at 3pm to meet the team and share your expertise.
The good folks at Boyle Country Meats have very Special Offers for you this week ...
• 10kg WASHED ROOSTER POTATOES, only €1 when you spend €10 or more
• CENTRE LOIN CHOPS 33% OFF - This week only!
Cyril and Joe have fabulous fridge displays and a great selection of meats and readymade meals instore for you. Call in today, browse and buy ... meanwhile view realboyle photos taken on 22nd January ...
Broadcasting giant Terry Wogan is one of several guest stars lined up to make cameo appearances in the new series of Chris O'Dowd's TV comedy Moone Boy. Wogan will play the host of a home video show for which Martin Moone (David Rawle) tries to film a clip. The Guardian reports that Irish comedian Sharon Hogan and John Sessions will also appear on the Sky1 show when it returns on March 2.
Grainne lives in Boyle and is a very talented singer, dancer, actress, and one of Boyle Musical Society's star performers.
February 17 - February 21. Grainne will perform in "Sweet Charity", Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo'
Grainne and Sligo Musical Society promise to entertain you with a highly-theatrical, fast-paced and entertaining show, featuring such well-known musical numbers as "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Big Spender" and "Rhythm of Life".
Many singers, groups and musicians record at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin. Have a look at and listen to a number of recent sessions ...
Locally, Boyle Mens Shed on the Crescent has developed a Recording Studio. Enquiries welcome
Upcoming courses at Boyle Enterprise Centre include Successful Communications to Influence Customers on Jan 27th,
Intermediate Excel Feb 18th, Occupational First Aid-3 days-QQI level 5 from Feb 2nd-4th and Food Hygiene-Fetac Level 1 & 2 on Feb 6th
For more information or to book places please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 071 967 3440. Training is free for JobBridge interns and Jobseekers.
Tests on Roscommon water finds a chemical linked to cancer. A new investigation in Co. Roscommon has uncovered a number of new problems with the county’s water supply. Lead levels, 26 times the legal limit were also detected.
Maresa Fagan from the Roscommon Herald said: "We found a number of serious breaches of the drinking water standards – lead in pipes and the presence of THMs which are possibly carcinogenic."
Cork actor Gavin O'Connor has responded to criticism of his portrayal of late former Justice Minister Sean Doherty in RTE drama 'Charlie'.
Last week Sean Doherty's daughter Councillor Rachel Doherty slammed the series, saying she was frustrated by the portrayal of her father as a "villain" and a "cartoon figure". I knew the late Sean Doherty very well. He was a hugely charismatic, influential and capable man that you meet just once in a generation. I and agree that there is substance in Rachel's comments.
The search is on now to find the 2015 Roscommon Rose, who will be among the 60 to take part in the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise in May, and who could be among the 32 Roses to take part in the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August.
The scene: a Dance Hall back in the 1960's. The Clipper Carlton are playing 'great sthuff' on the stage. You have scored for the night and treat your 'conquest' to a hang sangwich, tea and/or a mineral.
• Ah, the dreaded hang sangwich !! ... margarine and a single layer of sliced pink reconstituted meat product that was often labelled as ham, though everyone reckoned it was simply water, salt fat and pink colouring. Nowadays the ould Hang Sangwich is just a memory.!!
• So what is your favourite 'meal in the hand', your favourite sandwich?? Last night I enjoyed Danish Blue cheese, tomato, Tayto crisps and honey on Irish Pride Healthy Grain bread ... mmmh!
I was delighted to be one of the large attendance at last night's Finger Food Art Festival in Bruno's Restaurant on The Crescent, Boyle. Bruno and his chefs demonstrated clearly that they are creative experts with their presentation of a delicious selection of Finger Foods.
Fine Gael TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has welcomed funding for two schools in North Roscommon. "Funding has been proved for structural works at Abbey Community College in Boyle while mechanical works at St Michael’s National School in Woodbrook has also got the go-ahead.
"I’m very pleased that funding has been granted for these works at both schools and work will get underway once the tendering processes have been completed. These welcome allocations have been sanctioned by the School Building Unit at the Department of Education."
Cartoon Saloon’s Paul Young, from Boyle, who co-founded the Kilkenny-based studio, revealed their feature length film 'Song of the Sea' has been in production since 2008. Cartoon Saloon is in the running for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for its film Song of the Sea.
"It’s a great achievement and recognition," Paul said about the award nomination, "We’ll be bring a big entourage with us." Cartoon Saloon’s previous work, The Secret of Kells, was a surprise nomination in the 2010 Oscars.
Song of the sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.
Homeowners are being warned to ensure their houses are locked at night and their car keys are out of sight. The Garda warning comes following 4 incidents of thefts. Gardai say that many burglaries that have taken where there was no forced entry – meaning that people left their doors, mainly their back doors, unlocked.
Checking my realboyle photos on Flickr, I note that I have 27,850 images there at the moment. The majority of these are photos I took in the Boyle area over the past few years.
There is always space on realboyle for photos of our local attractions. The photo above is a lightly stylised image of our 'Gaelic Chieftain' on the N4.
• History: The Battle of Curlew Pass was fought on the 15th of August 1599, during the campaign of the Earl of Essex in the Nine Years' War, between an English force under Sir Conyers Clifford and a rebel Irish force led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell. The English forces were ambushed and routed while marching through a pass in the Curlew Mountains, near the town of Boyle. The English forces suffered heavy casualties, reputedly 500 were killed. Losses by allied Irish forces were not recorded but were probably minimal
• Maurice Harron's metal sculpture 'Gaelic Chieftain' statue overlooks the battlefield today. Derry man Maurice Harron lived in the Boyle area some years ago and commuted to Roscommon Convent where he was employed as an Art Teacher.
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Donnellans Bar & Restaurant Knockvicar, situated on the doorstep of Ireland's Hen & Stag party capital Carrick-on-Shannon is offering you the chance to win a 2 night stay in their self-catering accommodation for you and up to 15 of your friends.
• Read more on the realweddings website [here...]
Yes, Boyle Celtic and team manager Darren Conway can hold heads high and will live to battle another day. Celtic played so well and despite the reputation of their opponents St. Michael's and lost by the narrowest of margins, one goal during extra time.
• Congratulations to the Boyle Celtic Club. Celtic's playing field was in great condition following spiking the surface, considering that we have had a lot of rain recently.
• It was a cold afternoon with a biting wind throughout, but yet the very large attendance enjoyed the match as well as the wonderful hospitality room and tent with cakes, sandwiches, tea, coffee for everyone, thanks to Sandra McCrann and her team. A huge 'Well Done' to everyone involved!!
• Ok, I should have used a shielded microphone to avoid noise on this very windy afternoon in Celtic Park and spent a little more time editing clips ... lessons learned for the next time!
An Oblique View - Tony Conboy - 10th January
This week Tony casts an observant net and has written informative articles on : Paddy McDermott R.I.P. : Boyle Celtic’s Big Game : Driving in Winter : Drugs in Sport
Yoga classes, beginner/gentle yoga classes started last Thursday in St. Joseph's Resource Centre, Abbeytown. 7pm-8.15pm. There will be 6 classes, the first class was a taster and no charge.
"If you decide to go ahead you can sign up for the following 5 classes for €50 during which we will gradually pick up the pace. With a little home practice thrown in, you will feel stronger and more flexible by the mid-February."
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Eircode will help the public, businesses and public bodies to locate every individual address in the State. In 2015, Ireland will make a little bit of history by implementing a postcode system called Eircode. This will enable people and businesses to find every address in Ireland, helping you to find life easier.
An Eircode for your property will be sent to you in 2015. An Eircode will be unique to your house, not to you, so if you move home, you will not take your Eircode with you. The implementation of Eircode will be very simple, and it will not affect your current postal service
sásta believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What you eat at breakfast has a big impact on your energy levels and blood sugar throughout the day. Slow releasing carbs with good quality protein is the best way to kick start your day. As with all meals, vary your options daily so that breakfast is an enjoyable experience!
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Shannonside FM report: The outlook for business development in Roscommon in 2015 is positive. Martin Lydon, Finance Director at Roscommon County Council, has received a number of enquiries from businesses people who are seeking to relocate or develop a business in the county. The Director of Planning is not expecting any major surge in residential applications.
Shannonside FM report: Gardaí say their statistics for 2014 show that using a mobile phone while driving is the most common cause of the most serious road traffic accidents. 613 were recorded in Roscommon / Longford and a further 62 offences were detected in Leitrim. Inspector Fran Nicholson of Roscommon Longford Division says there’s no excuse for that behaviour as it’s incredibly dangerous.
Boiling destroys the anti-cancer properties of vegetables. Research has shown that the standard cooking habit of boiling vegetables severely damages the anti-cancer properties of many brassicas such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and green cabbage. "If you want to get the maximum benefit from your Christmas vegetables then boiling is out. You need to consider stir-frying, steaming or microwaving them."
Carrots can help you to see in the dark. "The orange colour of carrots is due to a compound called beta-carotene," says Dr Allender. "Beta-carotene is needed to produce vitamin A, which is converted to the retinal pigment used by your eyes to detect light. One of the symptoms of vitamin A deficiency is night blindness - so you could say carrots really do help you see in the dark."
Local Government TD, Frank Feighan, has welcomed confirmation that the McAleese collection, comprising more than 60 gifts presented by Heads of State (including Barack Obama and Yasser Arafat) to Mary McAleese during her presidency, will go on public display next April at King House in Boyle. "I'm delighted that my suggestion some years back to use King House a venue for the McAleese collection will now materialise in April 2015."
"To now have some of these presentations on display at King House in Boyle will prove to be a major tourist attraction for visitors at home and abroad."
For further information, contact Deputy Feighan on 086 833 1234
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Clarke's Bar & Restaurant, Open Table, Bruno's, An Craoibhín, Tai Chi Court, Wing Hung, Troy, Margaret's Cafe, Lough Key Visitor Centre, Ardcarne Garden Cafe, Aunty Bee's, Stonehouse and Roma Grill, Mirela's, Five star Italian, and Indian Himalayan.
• Sandwiches, Rolls and hot foods: available all day at locations around town: Abbeytown X-Press, Boyle Motor Works, Carty's Garage Shop, Cooney's Garage Shop, Kelly's Londis, Kelly's Gala, Kelly's SuperValu.
There are numerous Boyle videos online. I will build a portal to the best of them here on realboyle.com and present them on a standalone page shortly. Today's is a nice overview of visitor attractions available locally, compiled by Úna Bhán Tourism.
Boyle town has a 'heritage' feel, and is a very pleasant place to visit, live and work. To its 2,500 population it is home. The Boyle area is a special place and can boast its attractions King House, Boyle Abbey, Lough Key Forest Park Visitor and Activity Centre, Fine Shops, Schools, Housing, Services, Accommodation Providers and places to eat out, and three great nearby lakes with superb fishing.
Just a short drive from Boyle are Carrowkeel and the Bricklieve Megalithic Cemetery, The Arigna Mining Experience, Douglas Hyde Centre at Frenchpark, the Coleman Centre in Gurteen, Cromleach Lodge Hotel, Kilronan Castle Hotel and much more.
• Read a short history of Lough Key and Castle Island [here...]
• Read the Local Legend of Úna Bhán [here...]
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]
Here are some reasons: Boyle's West of Ireland location, beautiful local scenery, access to the N4 National Primary route, all of the 7 up and 7 down daily trains stop at our railway station, we are 25 miles from Sligo City and Atlantic Ocean seaside resorts, 45 minutes from Knock International Airport, close to us are the River Shannon and 3 large famous lakes, a plethora of historical treasures, sports and social clubs abound.
• We have prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park We have leading edge schools, houses for sale, an active Town Council and Chamber of Commerce, High Speed Broadband, no pollution, a friendly "live and let live" attitude, fine shops and services, many highly talented inhabitants as well as excellent accommodation providers, restaurants and services.
Peace of Mind come by the bucket-load following the installation a domestic water filtration system. Crystal Clear, bug-free, healthy drinking water should be available for all, and Keith Conroy will install a perfect system for you. Eliminate uncertainty and water-borne sickness from your drinking water taps, Call Keith Tel: 071 961 6650 or Mobile: 086 302 6860
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