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Give Blood today

Blood donations this evening in St Joseph’s Hall, 4.30 – 8.00pm

Taylors Interiors

Taylors Interiors Autumn Specials
Taylors Interiors, Bridge Street - Sale On Now of all framed and unframed prints
Call today and view of all our beautiful pictures at Special Offer Prices!

Kelly's Londis

Kelly's Londis Sale

Charlie Mulvey R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Charles (Charlie) MULVEY Lecarrow, Croghan, Boyle. Reposing at the Plunkett Community Nursing Unit, Boyle,  on Thursday 2nd, from 4.30pm to 7pm with removal to St Michael's Church, Croghan, arriving at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11.30am, with burial immediately afterwards to Killapouge Cemetery. Family flowers only donations, if desired ,to the Plunkett Home Patient Comfort Fund.

Trad For Trocaire in Dodd's Crescent Bar - Friday

Drop in to Dodd's Bar on Friday night from 10-ish for a special Trad For Trocaire session ...

What it says in the papers

Six stories you should know about this morning ... cronyism debacle, Irish Water is "at a trickle", soldiers are sleeping in their cars, Apple's tax scheme in Ireland, Dhara Kivelehan "medical misadventure", engineer in cardiac arrest after bite from widow spider.

Water Charges

Today, October 1st, marks the start of the new billing system for water. Homeowners will not get their first bill until January, and after that that'll arrive into homes on a quarterly basis.
Boyle residents are subject to boil water notices and won't have to pay for their drinking water supply while still affected by notices, but will still have to pay for waste water services.

Christy Regan - The Book

Christy Regan
Photo © and courtesy of Christy's son Enda Regan

The Life & Times of the late Christy Regan, photographer, will be commemorated and remembered in a new book being compiled at the moment. Alongside photographs, articles are being collected in memory of this greatly loved Boyle man, and will feature in the book. Christy's wife Mary and family have most of the content ready at the moment. The book will be on sale through the region in early December. If you have special memories of Christy, whether two-liners or up to two pages long, please send them for inclusion to Mary Regan, Green Street, Boyle, (Phone 071 966 3544) arriving with her no later than November 8th.

Boyle Fire Service Car Wash

Boyle Fire Service


Cyber Spacers

In his Roscommon Herald column this week, John Mulligan addresses the topic of Cyber Bullying, a fairly new phenomenon where people use online forums (Facebook) to make vicious attacks on others. "Adults are often both perpetrators and victims and the former can be more devious in the production of their brand of bile. Gardai now take this brand of abuse seriously and will investigate the source of nasty communications."

Kelly's Londis - This week's Special Offer

Kelly's Londis Gallo
... and next Friday we will have the Kelly's Londis October Massive Sale!!

Dirty Cars Wanted

FREE car Freshener with every wash. Loyalty cards available

Open Evenings for Job-Seeking Professionals/Graduates

Open evenings about Jobnet Programme for job-seeking professionals and graduates will take place at 7pm in Sligo IT on Tues October 7th and the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thurs October 9th. Jobnet is an award winning programme to help job-seeking professionals and graduates market themselves confidently to find employment. The programme will take place in Sligo on Friday mornings over 6 weeks (Fee €20). If interested, come along to hear about programme and/or apply for a place. Any queries - email jobnetnw@gmail.com

Autumn Business Training Programme

Roscommon Local Enterprise Office has launched its Autumn Business Training Programme including Start your own Business, Managing your Finances, Computerised Accounts and Facebook & Digital Marketing Practices. The Start your own Business course is free, costs for other courses range from €40 per person. If there is sufficient local demand courses will take place in Boyle
www.localenterprise.ie/roscommon/ email: localenterprise@roscommoncoco.ie, or phone Anne Browne on 090 662 6263.

Brogans TotalHealth Pharmacy

Brogans TotalHealth Pharmacy
Graphic © realboyle

The value of advertising

Advertisements are not only 'ads', they are news items letting you know that special Products, Services and Offers are available to you. Here on realboyle.com we are delighted to feature advertising material from our valued supporters. "If you are in, You can win!". To widen your business exposure and spread the Good News, become a realboyle supporter by calling Eilish for details on 086 377 6944

Jobs for Boyle

Five new jobs have been created in Boyle, with the establishment of a new local business. SubTeacher.ie  has been established by Boyle native, Kyle McLoughlin. The website and app was set up in response to the need for secondary schools to have access to suitably qualified Teaching Council registered substitute teachers. The Taoiseach officially launched the business on his recent visit to Boyle.
Ten jobs could be created in Boyle if Australian company IFS Smartfreight sets up here. The group's CEO met the Taoiseach on his recent visit to Boyle, along with local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan.

Roscommon Herald Facebook, Feighan/McDermott

Realboyle wasn't there, but on the Roscommon Herald Facebook page Gerry Coffey Auctioneer wrote: "This man is a bye election candidate and his name is John McDermott and he jumped in on top of Frank Feighan as he was opening the door of the car. He and his protesters were shouting and roaring and a car belonging to a McDermott supporter parked out side the FG office decked out in stickers - this was a publicity stunt by the HAC. If McDermott wanted to meet Enda Kenny he should have a bit of manners and not act like a thug unlike most people making comments on social media that don't know all the facts. I witnessed it all as I was standing outside the office. Other candidates and their supporters were across the road and they didn't act like McDermott for a cheap bit of publicity.

The Bazaar sponsors GAA jerseys

The Bazaar - GAA Sponsorship
Glen Charles, The Bazaar, Bridge Street, Boyle, presenting a set of jerseys to the Boyle Ladies U12 team and management. Many thanks to Glen and Diane for their generous sponsorship. Realboyle version of supplied photo [here...]

Boyle GAA Update 29th September

The following were €20 winners in the most recent Club Lotto draw which was held in Bruno's Bar and Restaurant; Jackie and Gabriel Valentine, Shane and Louise Spellman, Tom and Pat Cox, Michael Harrington, Marina Furey and M. Drury. The house prize was won by Michael Furey. This Saturday night's draw will be held in An Craoibhin with Team B in charge. The jackpot will be €7,200.

Cyber Bullying

Judging by many Facebook responses to the Feighan/McDermott debacle, cyber bulling is very much alive locally. Perhaps we should agree with the viewer who wrote "ebola, isis, Syria, volcano in japan, and on and on. get real people"
Irish Independent: "The Kerry county board are expected to launch an investigation after GAA legend Paul Galvin was attacked during a club game by an opposing irate club vice-chairman brandishing a hurl" ... maybe competitive forces are driving some people to bad places.

Boyle Golf Club update

Sunday's eighteen hole stableford was won by Ross Andrew with 43pts, 2nd Sean Heslin 41pts, Gross Brendan Gaffney, 3rd Jimmy Dwyer 40pts. The weekly nine hole was won by Charlie O'Donnell 22pts, 2nd James Shivnan 22pts. The first round of the winter League can be played between Thursday and Sunday, see noticeboard for details of format, partners and opposites. Competitions this week are the weekly nine hole which can be played Monday –Sunday. A players best card each week goes towards an overall competition for the weekly nine hole champion.
Monthly meeting, Wednesday evening October 1st. Outing to New Forest, Saturday October 11th. Details on noticeboard.

Recycling Centres Opening Hours

With effect from today Monday 29th September 2014 the following will be the opening hours at all four of Co Roscommon's Recycling Centres. Open Monday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Closed for lunch from 1pm to 1:30pm at Boyle, Castlerea and Ballaghaderreen only. Roscommon open during lunch. All four sites closed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Danny Lennon Seminar Saturday 27th September


Colm Duignan (Stronglife Gym), Michelle O'Connor (Billy's World), Danny Lennon (Sigma Nutrition Educator) at the Sigma Nutrition Presentation in the Moylurg Room, Lough Key Forest Park Visitor Centre

Boyle Camera Club

Photo © Boyle Camera Club

A very big Thank You to Andy, Marion and Siobhan who were excellent hosts during our visit today to the wonderful 18th century windmill at Elphin. Andy is a very well informed and friendly tour guide and the hospitality was second to none! After photographing the site from every possible angle, we enjoyed the banter over tea and scones. For those of you that were unable to make it, ye missed a great morning!

Press Release from Frank Feighan TD

Please read Frank's Press Release. In it he updates progress at Roscommon Hospital and apologises for an incident during Taoiseach Enda Kenny's visit to Roscommon on Friday

Eating out in Boyle - An Craoibhín

Instead of the breakfast fry, I chose its 'first cousin' in An Craoibhín on Elphin Street. Scrambled eggs (in a mould) sausage, bacon, toast & tea ... and a tasty choice it was!

Abbey College Night Classes

Starting on Tuesday night the 30th September at Abbey Community College:
> Fiddle for Beginners 6-8pm
> Advanced Fiddle 8-10pm
> Bridge for Beginners 8-10pm
> Introduction to Digital Photography 8-10pm
> Baking 7.30-9.30pm
> Art Classes - Painting for Beginners/Improvers 7.30-9.30pm

Boyle Civic Art Collection.

A selection of works from the Boyle Civic Collection is currently on exhibition in the Royal Hibernian, Ely Place, Dublin 2.  This exhibition will be officially launched on Wednesday 1 October by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D. All welcome. 6-8pm.

"A Oblique View" by Tony Conboy

The Keenan Cup Final between Boyle and Castlerea took place on Thursday evening in Boyle. It was an impressive win for Boyle with this very good team playing fine football. Good combination play. Good passing at the right height, varied scoring approaches foot and fist, a big squad, top players comfortable on the ball.
Additionally Tony expresses views on The Scottish Vote : Thoughts on Kerry v Donegal : 1944 Seventy Years On : Water charges : Leicester 5 Manchester United 3

"An Eye For A Tooth" - kindle novel by Phil Cone

Jake follows Sarah to the belly of the beast, Boyle. Boyle, strangled by recession, and consumed by substance misuse, home sweet home is the breeding ground for the biggest criminal plot seen in Europe. But no problem is bigger than Jake Clancy, who gets himself arrested for asking questions and walks into the heart of the town's trouble.
He goes by a different name now, but then he was Jake Clancy. After eight years of perfecting his unique skill set including weaponry, use of force and mortal combat, the government had no excuse not to hire him as a consultant. "Consultant" sounded better than a bog standard criminal hunting contract killer.

Drama - The Space

'The Space' organised drama sessions for adults with facilitator Zara O'Connor in Boyle Library at 1pm each Thursday in October - 2nd, 8th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

Eamon and Sabrina's wedding

Eamon Downes and Sabrina McGinn celebrate with champagne and strawberries on their Wedding Day in the Shamrock Hotel, Athlone, Thursday 25th September

Citizen Journalism

Musings on stupidity, corruption and all that goes with 21st century living are the grist that prompt Boyle resident Paul Malpas to update his Internet Blog frequently. Sometimes caustic, controversial and informed, Paul doesn't pull punches.
Several years ago Paul wrote "I read a piece in the realboyle.com blog, a quinquediurnal blog ably written up and produced by Mr Sean O'Dowd, who wanders round the highways and byeways of Boyle with camera, book and pen aiming to keep the local populace topped up with everything and anything that is happening in our little town and in a manner and with more of a christian attitude than our local paper, the despicable and deplorable Roscommon Herald, which seems to me to have a peculiar political and community agenda." Paul might agree that the said newspaper has changed for the better in many ways since then.


Ardcarne Garden Cafe


Nessa O'Brolcháin and Cliodhna Quinlan now operate the cafe at Ardcarne Garden Centre, 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5pm on Sundays.Visit Ardcarne Garden Cafe for Hearty, Healthy, Homemade specials, Salads and Desserts. Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are available. Oh what a lovely venue to visit and relax in a garden setting while you enjoy great food options.

Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home

Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home

Staff vacancies now at Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home, Boyle
> Full Time Staff Nurse (ABA Registration).
> Full time Health Care Assistants (FETAC Level 5 with Experience).
To Apply: Send Curriculum Vitae with Covering letter. (No telephone calls) Director or Nursing, Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home, Carrick Road, Boyle.

Run Walk N Roll

Boyle's annual Run Walk N Roll will take place on Sunday 12th October. This is a fun event for all the family, formally known as The Terry Fox Run and now in its 19th year in Boyle. Raising in excess of €120,000 for Cancer Research in Ireland over the years. A day out for all the family. More details later. Contact Damian 086 394 2388

Recycling Centres Opening Hours

With effect from Monday 29th September 2014 the following will be the opening hours at all four of Co Roscommon's Recycling Centres. Open Monday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Closed for lunch from 1pm to 1:30pm at Boyle, Castlerea and Ballaghaderreen only. Roscommon open during lunch. All four sites closed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Win-Win for Students, Employers / Organisations

Students who are currently working towards a Major Award Level 5 in Information Processing at Roscommon Learning Links, Elphin St., Boyle  are looking for 2 weeks Work Experience late Oct/November time.
This Work Experience is an essential part of their course and we are appealing to Businesses and organisations in Boyle to make contact with us if there are any areas that a Student could assist them with. A business may have a backlog of paperwork, filing, promotional work, restaurant work or any office applications updated. An organisation may be in need of updating databases or help organising forthcoming events.
If you see an opportunity to offer a student the chance to gain two weeks Work Experience which can be included on their CV and allow them achieve a Major Award, please contact Siobhan at Roscommon Learning Links on 071 966 4510 or e-mail info@roscommonlearninglinks.com. Many students are restricted to locating this experience in the Boyle area due to lack of transport.

Ireland West Airport Knock

Ireland West Airport Knock recorded another major milestone last month experiencing its busiest ever month with a total of 102,774 passengers passing through the terminal in August - the first time in the 28 year history that over 100,000 passengers have used the airport in a calendar month.

Boyle Curlew Walkers - Open weekend

Curlew Walkers
Logo design Sean O'Dowd

Saturday 27th Castlebaldwin to Boyle 20km
Sunday 28th Keadue to Boyle 25km
Shortened walks arranged for both days. Meet at the Crescent in Boyle 11am on Sat and Sunday. Contact Philip 086 335 3000 or Tom Brown 087 237 9632

By-Election News

Instead of the old idea of 'election promises' it seems candidates now settle for 'calls for...' Shannonside FM reports the latest 'calls for...':
Tom Crosby (Independent) is calling for Property Tax reductions
Ivan Connaughton (Fianna Fáil) is calling on the Taoiseach to support Knock Airport
Maura Hopkins (Fine Gael) calls for money to be spent on school repairs
John Kelly (Labour) is calling for improved broadband access for farmers since they are now moving online to do business
> Reminder from Maura Hopkins: "Deadline to register to vote in the Roscommon-South Leitrim bye-election is today (Tuesday, 23rd September).
> See www.checktheregister.ie and make sure you can vote."

Nude Selfies - Amanda Brunker

Waterford Whispers News: Sunday World journalist Amanda Brunker has expressed concern that her saucy snaps may make their way into the public eye. "Ugh, I just can't handle computers so I'm not sure my account is even that well protected", said Brunker, who knows Bono. "And the password to my iTunes account, well, I just went with my name in all caps followed by four zeroes. I hope that's enough to outwit whoever is hacking celebrity phones, if not then pictures of me completely naked could end up online at any time"

Boyle GAA Fuel Draw

The Club's monster fuel draw will take place on Friday next 26th September. First prize is a trailer load of firewood, 2nd prize is 500 litres of heating oil, and 3rd and 4th prizes consist of a €100 voucher and €100 cash. You can be in the draw for as little as €2. Club officers and players have draw cards. Please support as the funding will go towards the improvement of our training pitch

Did You Win €86.7 million?

The winner of the gigantic €86.7m EuroMillions jackpot has made contact with the Lotto offices. Although the winning ticket is believed to have been sold in Dublin, it is not known if the winner is Dublin-based or is part of a syndicate win like last week's Donegal Irish Lotto winners.

Boyle Library - Summer Reading Challenge

Jaga & Franek Rykowska receiving their certificates from Patricia Flaherty, having completed the Summer Reading Challenge at Boyle Library

The Railway Bar, Elphin Street

The Railway Bar, Boyle
pic © realboyle photos

This is the Railway Bar's excellent new window graphic. I enjoyed the Liverpool match and a chat with Peter and Eddie in the Railway Bar on Elphin Street ... try it ... you'll like it

Hidden Landscapes

The Violin by Alex Pentek
pic © realboyle photos

The steel sculpture on the N5 Bypass outside Longford Town by Alex Pentek represents the upper portion of a giant 20m long violin as if it has been partly unearthed by the newly cut-away embankment. Using a bold, elegant, yet simple visual language this idea aims to communicate Longford's rich musical heritage as both an expression and as part of the surrounding landscape.

Keep cosy and warm this winter


Keep Cosy and Warm this winter

These are some of Stewarts Oil delivery drivers with Tom Beirne (the face behind the phone) ... a happy bunch of guys who bring warmth to households throughout the region. Order your central heating oil now from Stewarts Oil. Call 071 967 0100
"There's No Oil like Stewarts Oil" ...

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