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'Oliver' starting tonight
Boyle - a welcome blue sky, Wednesday 4th March
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Meeting Thursday night March 5th at 8.30 in Gerry Mattimoes Bar. Final touches to this weekend's survey. Also we continue preparations for the public information day on Saturday March 14th in St. Joseph's hall.
Plain cigarette packaging
Shannonside FM report: Laws on the plain packaging of cigarettes have been passed by the Oireachtas. The new packets – featuring graphic images of damage – will also encourage current smokers to quit.
Boyle Country Meats for Fish
We are right into Lent, and Boyle Country Meats have delicious fresh fish in stock for you. Store manager Cyril has prepered a fabulous display that will please and delight you, and remember, "Fish is delish ..."
The Gaelic Chieftain
Boyle GAA Update Monday 2nd March
Thanks is extended to all involved in the Bank of Ireland Boyle Expo at the weekend for affording and opportunity for the Club to acknowledge the Boyle members of the DCU Sigerson Cup team--Donal and Enda Smith and Tadhg Lowe.
Boyle Golf Club Update Monday 2nd March
There was a large turnout for the Captain’s Drive In last Sunday with Captains Michael Rush and Sandra McCrann opening the 2015 Golfing Year. The Scramble that followed was won by Gary Carty, Carmel Conlon & Michael Simon, 2nd Jim Mooney, Ruth Hogg & Michael Reid, 3rd Brendan Gaffney, Claire Cryan & Carmel McGarry.
Tadhg TV updates you for the week ahead
In his unique style, Tadhg Griffin comments on TV programmes for the week ahead and makes valid comments on Moone Boy's Series 3 return to our screens
Those who died young remembered in Barrack Garden Cootehall. A representative committee has organized the erection of a seat to the memory of those who have died young from the locality and surrounding areas. An ecumenical service in the Barrack Garden will take place on Saturday the 28th March at 3pm. Music will be provided by young musicians, many of whom will have personally known some of the deceased.
• The memorial seat will be unveiled by Mrs Molly Fryer, representing those who have lost a loved one at a young age. A tree will be planted by Mrs Mobe Ogundiran.
• All are invited back for refreshments to Oakport Haven – the respite Centre owned by the National Association of Housing for Visually Impaired (which is within 5 minute walking distance of the Barrack Garden).
• The historic Barrack Garden has been developed by the Local Cootehall Community Development Group in conjunction with Roscommon County Council and Roscommon Leader Partnership.
The event is open to all. All indeed welcome.
Friday and Saturday's Bank of Ireland Boyle Expo was a major happening in the town. It drew hundreds of people to the Sports Complex and King House. One prominent Boyle trader told me that the weather dictated quiet days in town, but nevertheless a huge number of locals and visitors viewed and enjoyed their visit to the Expo.
Following a relatively short preparation period of seven weeks, Bank of Ireland personnel and a dedicated local committee put together a truly memorable show of what is available from the great traders, clubs and organisations in Boyle.
A Carrick-on-Shannon visitor said "Boyle, congratulations - you are showing us what is possible", while a visitor from Monaghan said "The Boyle Expo ...What a great concept for any town to take on board ... kudos to Bank of Ireland, your local Chamber of Commerce, Boyle TM, and all involved in this great day". A Galway visitor told me "Boyle must be the best town in Connacht for the quality and frequence of your Fashion Shows ... they are on a par with shows anywhere"
The death has occurred of Michael Kennedy, Castlewood, Durrow, Co Laois, brother of Dan Kennedy, Londis, Boyle. In the wonderful care of the staff of the Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Crosspatrick, surrounded by his loving family, wife Mary, daughter Margaret, sons Richard, John and Michael.
Very sadly missed by his brothers Richard and Dan, sisters-in-law Mary and Olive, son-in-law Brian, daughters-in-law Colette, Teresa and Deirdre, beloved grandchildren, niece, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Reposing at his residence with rosary on Saturday evening at 8.30pm. Funeral Prayers on Sunday evening at 6.15pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Assumption, Ballyouskill. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Shannonside FM report: With the new Endoscopy unit, the palliative care unit and the development of the new Rehab facility, the hospital will be three times bigger than it was in 2011 and Deputy Feighan says there will be increased parking to cope with that.
However, for the moment, he’s asking people to respect local residents who need parking outside their homes.
An Oblique View - Tony Conboy
"The blog this week is nearly all sport, though I did not intend it to be so. I’ll mix it better next time".
An inquest in Ballaghaderreen was told on Thursday that Enda Lavin, a 57 year old Roscommon fisherman from Forest Park House in Boyle lost his life in a Lough Key accident on November 1st 2014. Roscommon County Coroner, Desmond O’ Connor, said Mr Lavin’s death was a complete accident, and he extended his sympathy to his family.
Chris O'Dowd's multi-award-winning Moone Boy, Series 3 will return to our SKY HD1 screens with Episode One on Monday next, March 2nd
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has today ordered the biggest managerial shake-up in the force in living memory. As part of the radical re-organisaiton, up to 100 senior officers of superintendent and chief superintendent rank are to be moved, while a number of high profile units will be merged.
• Commissioner O'Sullivan gave the order for the unprecedented shake-up this morning and officers around the country are still being informed about where they are due to be sent.
Family Life Centre, Boyle, 9.30am-1.30pm, Friday 6th March, cost €40. For information please phone 071 966 3000
A Lotto winner has just 24 hours to claim his or her jackpot of €2.9 million. The mystery winner purchased their ticket on November 29 - and they had 90 days to claim the prize from the date of purchase. However, the deadline expires at 5.30pm tomorrow. The ticket was bought in Tesco in Claremorris, Co Mayo. It was a €3 Quick Pick ticket and was purchased just hours ahead of the Saturday draw
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3 - 4 hours per week @ €10 per hour. Please contact 087 053 5152 for more details
Angela wrote: (Has it really been that long!!! Only seems like yesterday). We are planning a get together this summer of Scoil Chriost an Ri Class of 1980-1985. Please contact Michelle firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela email@example.com to confirm your interest.
The following are the booking details for the musical "Oliver" to be held in St Joseph’s Hall, Boyle from Wednesday 4th March to Sunday 8th March 2015, commencing at 8pm nightly.
• Booking from 1pm to 2pm at Abbey College on all schooldays this week and next week.
• Booking at Business Expo in Sports Complex on Friday 27th February 2015 from 3pm to 8pm.
• Booking at Sports & Community Expo in King House on Saturday 28th February 2015 from 11am to 2pm.
Welcome to a new year of Community games in Boyle. There are a number of upcoming events happening in the next few weeks and months, all the details will be available on our Community Games website. Please check the website regularly for updates.
Frank Feighan TD: "I have been working closely with the doctors. An independent mediator has been appointed between both sides and I am hopeful and confident that issues will be resolved shortly"
A number of students in Roscommon Learning Links are now seeking two weeks work experience, which forms part of their overall award at Level 4 or 5 in Information Technology. Without this two weeks, students cannot achieve their Major Award.
• If you see any opportunity and/or have any backload of work that needs updating or creating, please make contact with Siobhan at 071 966 4510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• These students are competent using all Microsoft Office applications, but are happy to do any chores or tasks that come under the remit of Work Experience. We look forward to hearing from you.
Breege wrote: If you are interested in enrolling your child in our school please contact us for an enrolment pack on 071 966 3423 or by email at email@example.com. The closing date is Friday, 6 March. Check out www.grangensboyle.scoilnet.ie/blog
Tuesday 17th March - 3pm start: We are absolutely delighted to welcome David and Ian to this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boyle. The parade will start at 3pm and follow the familiar route from Mockmoyne, St. Patrick Street, Bridge Street and The Crescent.
Leitrim Observer report: Over 50 family doctors from the North West initially met in Donegal Town on February 12th last to discuss the threatened collapse of the NoWDOC service. The NoWDOC service based in Carrick-on-Shannon covers all of South Leitrim up to and including Drumkeerin, as well as parts of North Roscommon including Boyle, Strokestown, Elphin and Ballyfarnon. In all, there are 21 doctors involved.
• The local GPs have expressed their concern about the evolving situation which now threatens the continuation of the existing out of hours GP cover in the area.
Shannonside FM report: Irish water expects 17,000 Roscommon residents be off boil water notices by April.
Irish Water is publishing its 25 year investment plan this morning, which says 2021 is the target date to remove all boil water notices. There are currently 5 schemes in Roscommon on boil water notices effecting over 20,000 people. However supplies serving Castlerea, the Boyle and Boyle Ardcarne and South Roscommon areas are currently undergoing testing and waiting approval from the HSE and the EPA.
A Moone Boy movie could be on the way, reveals Deirdre O'Kane. Comedienne Deirdre, who plays mother Debra Moone in the hit Sky 1 show, revealed that Chris O'Dowd's directing skills helped to make the third series the best yet. Deirdre O'Kane thinks third time is lucky for Moone Boy, as she has hinted there may be a movie in the pipeline.
Christy Moore concert, Kilronan Castle on Friday, 13th of March 2015. Christy Moore, Declan Sinnott and Jim Higgins will play for you in KILRONAN CASTLE. Tickets for this Concert can be purchased in Mulveys, Carrick-On-Shannon or Ticketmaster.
Special offers for sunbeds in tanning shops are to be banned from next month. The Health Minister says it’s part of his plan to tackle the number of cases of skin and eye cancer.
Looking forward to what promises to be a great show ... Directed by Frank O'Mahoney ... 4th to 8th March in St. Joseph's Hall.
• The show Oliver with a cast of over 90 students will be staged in St. Joseph's Hall, 4th-8th March inclusive. Tickets will be available at Abbey College stand at the Enterprise Exhibition on Friday in the Sports Complex And on the Saturday in King House. Tickets will also be available in the school.
This could be a 'hot' topic, but that is not my intention. There are guidelines laid out by our Local Authority and the NRA regarding all signs, in town, over shops, on roadways etc. It appears that regulations are ignored in many cases ... so let's leave it at that!
• I fail to understand why there are large NRA signs pointing to Kilbryan and not to other locations.
• I also fail to understand why there are no signs at the Abbeytown entrance to Rockingham/Forest Park. I suspect that most visitors and B&B guests use the Abbeytown route to Lough Key Forest Park.
• Visitors comment on the filthy state and bad condition of many 'official' signs in the area!
The Co Roscommon Dog Pound is in Rockfield, Donamon. The premises has sufficient kennels to cope with expected throughput of 250-300 dogs per year or up to 15 dogs at any one time. The pound will now open between 11am to 2pm Monday to Saturday.
Irish Water says it will take years before the percentage of water leaks in Roscommon is reduced to below the national average. Reportedly efforts are underway to take up to 20,000 residents across 5 schemes off boil water notices.
• Wednesday March 4th: First of ten Wednesday Sewing Classes, 10am – 12 noon €150. Join professional dress maker Alena Gurn and learn how to be creative with your sewing machine!
• Saturday March 7th: National Tree Week Event 11.30am – 12.30pm FREE Event
• Saturday March 14th: Decorate and plant your own Mother’s Day Gift
• Sunday 22nd March: Foods that Fight Cancer, 1-2pm €10. Join local scientist and two times cancer patient, Judit Warner and discover what are the best cancer beating foods to grow and eat. Cost €10 – includes complimentary green tea and healthy nibbles
• Saturday March 28th: Lawn Care Clinic, 2-3pm FREE event
Tennis coaching for children will re-commence in Boyle for five weeks from Monday Feb 23rd, 4pm to 5pm. The €25 cost includes membership until March 2016. Enquiries please to Noreen Hawkins on 087 657 3046
Belinda McCauley and Peggy Feely (Mayo Roscommon Hospice) accepting a cheque from Liz, Ciara and Mary Frances from recent Christmas fundraiser at Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre. Thanks to all our customers!
Wake up to God this Lent: This is the theme of our Lenten Programme in Galilee.
Collette Furlong will facilitate the presentation on Tuesday, February, 24th & March 3rd. Her topic is “The Art of Practising the Presence.” Fr. Vincent Sherlock will facilitate the presentation on March 10th, 24th &31st. His topic “The Enchanted Way – reflections from the road to Calvary.”
LENTEN RETREAT this year will be given by Carole Barry on March 14th. More details later.
Sony Music will have an album of songs available for download at the end of this month. It will feature songs you will have heard through the award winning Moone Boy TV series ... "Tico's Tune" "Where's Me Jumper" etc and "Moone Boy" which was written with lyrics by our own John Mulligan and music/performed by our friend Charlie McGettigan.
• The long awaited Series 3 of Moone Boy will be shown on Sky 1 HD starting. Special guests through the series will include Sir Terry Wogan, Sharon Horgan, John Sessions & Bronagh Gallagher and guests from Series 1 and 2
The 2015 date has been chosen - it's Sunday August 23rd. The committee has already begun to put a fun filled day for all the family together. Lots of information on up coming events to follow.
Roscommon has the worst water supply leakage problems in the country. Most local authorities are losing 40 per cent of their water supply through leaks, but the percentage in Roscommon is 62 per cent; the worst rate in the country.
• The question that occurs immediately is "Should Irish Water charge Ros Co Co for Leaked Water?" ... they will certainly charge householders for domestic leaks!!
The Boyle Civic Arts Collection Committee have hung "The Glory Foretold", a 2002 work by artist Patrick Pye. the painting can be viewed in St. Joseph's Church close to the baptismal font. The painting was donated to Boyle Civic Collection by the Haverty Trust and is an artistic representation of the Transfiguration showing Jesus, Eliza, Moses, Peter, James and his brother John.
Boyle Traders do themselves and Boyle proud with the quality of their shop window displays. At all times of the year our traders exercise their creativity, giving time and money to quality window dressings that would grace any town, anywhere. As we head to longer daylight hours and fast approaching St. Patrick's Day I will photograph and publish many of these beauties!
One of the most widely advocated pieces of dietary advice from the 1970s and 1980s - to cut intake of fat and saturated fat in order to reduce the risk of a heart attack - was wrong and should never have been introduced, according to new research.
A new law will require restaurants, takeaways and all food service outlets to post the information alongside the price for all items offered on their menus. The Restaurant Association of Ireland claims the move would cost businesses, and is blaming the ‘nanny state’.
1. will every menu in the country have to be reprinted?
2. who is qualified to measure the calories?
3. will there be new menu inspectors?
4. what numbskull came up with this idea?
Sure, obesity is a problem, but so is the continued availability of cigarettes, booze and contaminated water!
Bus Éireann has unveiled an upmarket new fleet of coaches which it claims are "better than the car". 20 new coaches will go into service on Expressway’s 23 intercity (including Dublin Sligo I guess) routes next week. The buses are painted with the new red and silver livery, changes which the entire fleet will undergo. The buses were built through a joint-venture partnership of Irizar in Spain and Westward Scania in Roscommon.
• Population 64,065
• 10.8% are Non-Irish Nationals
• 13.7% have a Disability
• 9,396 Older people & 28% live alone
• 6,257 One Person Households
• 2,950 Households without a car
• 7,468 Households without a PC
• 34% Households have no Internet access
• 719 individuals with no formal education
• 25% of the population have 3rd level education (???)
• 13% of college graduates receive their first job in the county
• 4,579 over 25's on the Live Register September 2014 (Castlerea highest rate signing)
• 1,371 under 25's signing September 201
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