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Weather Forecast:
Thursday: Showers will be heavy at times in the morning or early afternoon. Drier brighter weather will follow from the north-west later in the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 17-19 degrees. Winds will be moderate westerly.
Email your news/events: sean@realboyle.com

Details of water charges

Water charges will be capped for families for six months to allow them get used to paying for the water.
* Where water is unfit for human consumption, affected customers will receive a 50% discount on the water supply charge for the duration of the restriction.
* There will be no charge on this drinking water if the disruption lasts for longer than three months. Read more [here...]

Captain's Prize competition at Boyle Golf Club

Next Sunday, August 3rd will be the highlight of the golfing year at Boyle Club when almost sixty players compete for Club Captain, Padraig O’Connell’s Captain's Prize. The competition will get underway from 8am and finish at approximately 9pm. Presentation of prizes will take place at 10pm in the Clubhouse.
The weekend kicks off today, Thursday, with a Mens Twelve Hole with a difference ... only four clubs allowed. Friday evening there will be a Scramble and Barbeque, draw at 6.30. Saturday will be a rest day when players will fine tune their games and meet with personal trainers/dieticians in preparation for the big day! Good luck to all taking part.

Clarke's Bar / Restaurant updated opening times:

Lunch Monday - Saturday from 12
Evening meals Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 5pm. Sunday from 4pm
Clarke's is always available outside of these opening hours. Please call on 071 966 2064 to make your booking.

Wednesday's Boyle Arts Festival 2014

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'Band of Brass' in the Church of Ireland [photos...]

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'Joining The Club', Nessa Young and James Carty in Dodd's Bar [photos...]

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'Sionna' in King House [photos...]
 

Boyle Arts Festival 2014 - Thursday and Friday

Thursday 31st July
1pm: Aidan O’Donnell & Alan Colfer, King House €5
4pm: Fruitcake with Mary McEvoy, Margaret's Cafe €8
7.30pm: Teenage Kicks, Daly's Storehouse Free
8pm: Chequerboard, John Lambert on Guitar, King House €10
8pm: Boyle Singers Workshop with Len Graham, Dodd's, €5
10pm: Boyle Singers, Dodd's, €5

Friday 1st August
1pm: Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh & Alan Reid, King House €5
4pm: Curator Tour of the Roscommon Forum Artists exhibition with Annie Dignam, Roscommon Herald Building, Free
6pm: Lemma Howell, Literature Wales Dylan 100 event King House €6
8pm: Mícheál O Súilleabháin, Kenneth Edge & Carolan String Quartet, Church of Ireland €15
10pm: The Jazz Lads, Clarke's €5

Boyle Bridge

Shannonside FM report: "The National Roads Authority says it’s working with the heritage section of Roscommon County Council on plans for the repair of the bridge on Bridge Street in Boyle. The stone bridge which is over 100 years old was badly damaged when a car collided with it at the beginning of this month. The car fell into the river underneath, and the elderly couple in it escaped without serious injury, but the bridge has been left with temporary fencing since.
The RA has told Shannonside News the bridge is an historic structure and it needs to work closely with the heritage section of the council on plans for its full restoration. It’s hoped agreement on the plans can be reached over the coming weeks, and work can get underway soon after."

Boyle Arts Festival - Guitar Event tonight 8pm

The featured guitarist at this year's Boyle Arts Festival will be John Lambert. John records and performs under the name Chequerboard and there will be a rare chance to see the Dublin musician in the beautiful surroundings of the Main Salon in King House this Thursday evening at 8pm. For this unique performance, John will be joined by cellists Mary Barnecutt and aLioba Petrie in what promises to be a truly atmospheric and memorable concert, set against a backdrop of visuals by photographer Miranda Driscoll. Tickets €10. For more information go to www.boylearts.com  www.eventbrite.ie  or call into the Festival Office beside Marians Fashions on Bridge Street.

Tuesday's Boyle Arts Festival 2014

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Joseph O'Connor in King House [photos...]
 

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John Clapison and Triona Dignam-Mullaney - lecture in King House
"Robert & Caroline King" [photos...]
 

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Deirbhile Brennan Piano Recital in King House [photos...]
 

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Trad music with John Carty, Harry Bradley, Donal Lunny, Maggie & James Carty
and Ryan Owens in the Church of Ireland [photos...]
 

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Songwriters in Wynnes [photos...]
 

Ardcarne Garden Centre / Boyle Arts Festival 2014

Ardcarne Garden Centre is another great Boyle Attraction. I am looking forward to spending time there on Saturday for what will surely be two entertaining and revealing events:
1pm: Free Lunchtime Concert in Ardcarne Garden Cafe with local super trad band 'Rakish'
2pm: Lecture "Ireland's Wild Flowers" with local expert Michael Archer. Booking advisable ... call 071 966 3085
 
 

Tony's Oblique View

Last week's update became "submerged", as Tony might say. I transferred it to Blog form, but forgot to press the Upload Button. 'Better late than never', even though a little dated, please log to Tony's Oblique View [here...]

Monday's Boyle Arts Festival 2014

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Lynda, Ciara, Lizi and Anne (piano) in King House [photos...]
 

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Sinead Campbell-Wallace, Soprano in the Church of Ireland  [photos...]

 

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Oliver Fallon lecture "Irishmen in the Trenches", King House [photos...]
 

Boyle Bridge

A reliable source told me that plans for repairs to Boyle bridge have been drawn up and agreed, and that tenders will be sought to undertake the work shortly. It is not clear yet what form the works will take
I discussed this information with former town cllr Frank Geelan. He made a valid suggestion which might be considered ... remove the footpath on the side of Stonehouse Cafe. Outside the bridge, construct a walkway similar to the one on the bridge in Carrick-on-Shannon. This would reduce traffic congestion on the bridge for many years to come.

Boyle Golf club Update

Hard luck to our Connacht Shield Team who lost to Strandhill. Reminder re volunteering Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6.00pm. Thanks for any support you can give Scramble and Barbeque on this Friday night, please put your names on noticeboard.
Last Sunday’s 18 hole was won by Gerry Carty with 38pts, 2nd Tom Kearney 38pts, Gross Gary Carty, 3rd Michael Simon 37pts. The winner of the Captains Prize to Ladies was Aisling Gaughran with a 68, 2nd Liz Dwyer, Gross Tish Perry, 3rd Moira Egan.
[more...]

Boyle GAA update

Our U12s, fresh from their Spring League success, suffered a 4 point loss to St Aidan's in a high scoring 12 Division 2 Championship game during the week. The U16s will play Castlerea St Kevin's in Castlerea in the Division 3 Championship on this Wednesday at 7pm. The National Automation Limited Minors will have their next Division 3 Championship outing against Tulsk on 8th August. The McGovern Directional Drilling Seniors drew with Elphin in the Orchard Park on Sunday in the O’Rourke Cup. It was a game that could have gone either way. They will have two 0’Rourke Cup games in the coming week. They will travel to Ballyfarnon to take on St Aidan's at 8pm on Friday evening and they will travel to Lisnamult to play Roscommon Gaels on Bank Holiday Monday next 4th August at 2pm.
Best wishes are extended to Evan McGrath and the Roscommon Minors in the All Ireland Quarter Final which will be played in Markievicz Park on Saturday next.
Congratulations are extended to senior player Tadhg Lowe on being awarded one of a small number of Sports Scholarships by DCU. Tickets are available from Club officers for the Roscommon GAA Race Day which will be held at Lenabane on Tuesday evening next 5th August. Tickets cost only €20 and this includes a race card, free bet, finger food and exclusive admission to the Roscommon GAA enclosure at the racecourse.
The Club encourages as many Club members and supporters to attend and make this an enjoyable social evening for the Club and County. Details will be announced in the coming days of a fundraising Club draw for very attractive prizes.
The Club extends its sympathy to the Finneran family, Ballinagare on the death of Gerry who was County Board Treasurer for many years.

Ladies Club
The adult ladies will play the final game in the group stages of the Intermediate Championship next weekend against Roscommon Gaels. Date, time and venue are to be confirmed, but it is expected that it will be played in Lisnamult on Monday next. Comiserations to the Roscommon U16 girls on their narrow defeat in the Connacht Final in Charlestown on Sunday, and especially to our own representatives;-Roisin Wynne who had an excellent game and to panelists Mellissa Mattimoe and Rachel Maidment.

Boyle Arts Festival 2014

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Kieran Goss and Annie Kinsella in King House on Friday night

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Niall deBurca "Where The Poppies Grow" Lecture in King House on Friday

Sunday 27th
11.30am:
Windsong Harp Ensemble, St Joseph's Church Free
2.30pm: The Corner boys Dalys €5
5pm: Sinéad Crowley, Can Anybody Help Me King House €5
6pm: Egan & McGlynn Lough Key Free
7.30pm: An Evening of Poetry and Prose King House €5
10pm: Donal O’Connor Open Table €8

The full programme
[here...] Festival Website [here...]
Previous realboyle BAF photos:
[2013...] [2012...] [2011...] [2009...] [2008...] [2007...]

Visual Arts - Boyle arts Festival 2014

Main Exhibition in King House, 11-6 daily
Tony O’Malley Retrospective, King House, 11-6 daily
"Trees", a sculpture by Jackie McKenna on lawn between the Abbey and Abbey Terrace bridge
Boyle Open Art Exhibition, Boyle Parochial School, 10-6 daily
Visual Art Form Exhibition, rear of Roscommon Herald, 11-5 daily
"Lone & Level Sands", The Shambles, 11-4 daily
Frances Crowe (textile artist), Abbey Community College
Yew Tree Studio Exhibition, Artist Studio 1, on the grounds of King House
Boyle Camera Club, Boyle Library, Library opening hours
Another Journey" by Mixed Hues Group, Family Life Centre, 11-7 daily
Craft Expo, Abbey Community College, 11-5 daily
Visual Art In Town through the festival in various shops and shop windows

Boyle Arts Festival photos (Thursday 24th)

6.30pm: "Another Journey" by Mixed Hues Artist Group, Family Life Centre [here...]
7pm: Boyle Camera Club in Boyle Library [here...]
8.30pm: Launch of BAF 2014 in King House [here...]

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BAF Committee: Brendan McGee, Gerry Kielty, Brendan Maloney (Chairperson),
Irene Madden, Belinda McCauley, Christine Kelly,
Sharon Tighe, Patricia Golden, Barry Feely, (rear) Susan Mannion

 

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Boyle Arts Festival 2014

Saturday 26th
11am: Coffee Concert: Satoko Inoue - piano, King House  - €5
1pm: Declan Burke: Emerald Noir - Irish Crime Novel. King House €5
4pm & 5pm: Film - The Essence (over 18) King House €5
6pm: Withering Zithering, King House €5
8pm: Clock Theatre Group "The Communication Cord", St Joseph's Hall €10
10pm: Frank Simon in Dodd's, The Crescent Bar, €8
The full programme
[here...] Festival Website [here...]
Some of the many previous realboyle BAF photos:
Festival 2013
[here...] Festival 2012 [here...] Festival 2011 [here...] Festival 2009 [here...]
Festival 2008 [here...] Festival 2007 [here...]

Pieta House Fundraiser at Boyle Golf Club

Boyle Golf Club is one of eighteen clubs across Connacht selected as a stop off point for a Pieta House fundraising challenge this Saturday 26th July.  Vinny Mullen of Dunmore Golf Club will play a different hole in each of the eighteen clubs and is expected to arrive at Boyle Golf Club at approx. 4.00 pm. He will play the 13th hole in Boyle and will finish up in Dunmore Golf Club later that evening.
Pieta House in Tuam opened in December 2013 providing 121 therapeutic supports for people in suicidal crisis or engaging in self harm. The service is free of charge with no letter of referral required. Service can be accessed in confidence by contacting 093 25586.

Stolen Horsebox

Gardai in Boyle are appealing for information on a stolen horsebox taken from a property along the main N4 last night. Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Gardai in Boyle +353 71 966 4620

Sue Hill paintings for Boyle Civic Collection

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Jack O'Connor and Barry Feely and one of Sue Hill's "Táin Bó Cúailnge" paintings

Jack O'Connor, Doon, Boyle kindly bequeathed five Sue Hill paintings to Boyle Civic Art Collection. Sue completed five of a commissioned ten paintings on the Táin Bó Cúailnge theme before her death on Monday 13th July 2009. The paintings are now on display in Boyle Enterprise Centre, Quarry Lane, Boyle.
Read the legend of Táin Bó Cúailnge - scripted by Kate Denison Bell [here...]

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Jack O'Connor with Civic Collection Committee members
Conor Dowling, Kate Denison Bell and Barry Feely

 

Wishing Boyle Arts Festival Good Luck

Fergus Ahern, Chairperson
Fergus on 10th July 2010. He died suddenly on Sunday 19th September 2010

Assuming that there is a hereafter, Fergus Ahern is surely looking on us kindly today and wishing well to the dedicated, conscientious BAF committee as they launch the 25th Anniversary of Boyle Arts Festival 2014. Fergus was the engine that drove Boyle Arts Festival from the humble beginnings set down by Barry Feely and myself 25 years ago to the heady heights of national and international recognition. We grew and played together as children in St. Patrick Street. Today I remember my old friend Fergus, the challenges, his flamboyance, his generous nature and all he did for Boyle. Fergus, I pray you are at peace.
View a small set of realboyle photos of Fergus
[here...]

Boyle GAA

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Boyle succumbed to a 3:13 to 1:13 defeat by Western Gaels in the O’Rourke Cup game, Wednesday 23rd in Abbey Park
[more...] [more...] [more...] [more...] [more...]
 

Higgins & Sons Funeral Directors

Higgins & Sons Undertakers

Marty wrote: Higgins & Sons Funeral Directors, caring for your loved ones with the respect and dignity they deserve. The office is now open Monday-Friday from 2-6 PM. Services provided include Pre-Paid Funeral Planning, Traditional Funerals, Cremation and Green Burials. Please feel free to drop in and we will be happy to answer any of your queries. For more information/appointment contact: Marty or John at 086 232 8291/086 075 8044 Main Street, Boyle
www.funeraldirectorswest.com
 Email: info@funeraldirectorswest.com
 

Boyle Arts Festival 2014

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Realboyle will be delighted to give comprehensive coverage of Boyle Arts Festival with comment, news and photographs. Festival 2014 will launch Thursday 24th at 8.30pm in King House and run to Saturday August 2nd ... you are invited to attend !
 

"Trees" sculpture

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"Trees" is a stunning sculpture now installed on the lawn between Boyle Abbey and Abbeytown Bridge. Renowned sculptor Jackie McKenna will curate an exhibition on this beautiful location.
[more...] [more...] [more...] [more...]

"Not on your Nelly" at Sloans on Main Street

Sloans Hardware
View / Download Sloans Summer Sale Brochure [here...]
 
 

Annie Egan - 90th birthday celebrations

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Annie Egan celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend with all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They came from all parts of the world to be with her on this significant occasion. We send our very best wishes to Annie for many more years of good health and happiness.

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Annie Egan photos courtesy of Marian Leahy

For all their years of service ...

Boyle Town Council ceased to exist after last May 31st. Our former Boyle Town Councillors have received notice that they will each receive a gratuity. The amount for each gratuity appears to be related to the number of years a Cllr served on the council. It is not anywhere near the rumoured €30,000 for each Cllr. In my opinion the monies are very small when one considers the amount of time and effort each of our Cllrs worked diligently on our behalf.
Raymie Maughan will receive €4,500 for his 10 years. Frank Geelan will receive €10,100 for his 35 years (his early years did not include eligibility). Each will work out at approx €9 a week !!

Boyle Arts Festival


Declan Burke, Joseph O'Connor, Sinead Crowley, an Alan Graham painting

Spoken Word, Drama & Film programme at Boyle Arts Festival 2014: Joseph O'Connor, Sinead Crowley, Mary McEvoy, Declan Burke, Niall de Búrca and Tarquin Blake will all be in Boyle during the 25th annual Boyle Arts Festival which will run from July 25th to August 2nd.
Read Brendan McGee's article [here...]

Previous Boyle Arts Festival photos [here...]
 

Topline at Sloans - Summer Sale 2014


View / Download the full Sale Brochure [here...]
 

 

Boyle Civic Amenity Centre

Information to hand suggests that Boyle Civic Amenity Centre will open for only Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8am-4pm, from the end of September, and that there will be no local Ros Co Co staff reductions ... they will be deployed to other local functions.
It is uncertain where significant savings will be made since the lease on the Centre and staff wages will still have to be paid.

Heatwave ...

Ireland is set for a heatwave this week. Temperatures are expected to hit 25 degrees over five days, Met Eireann has advised. "This week certainly there's a possibility of a heatwave. Temperatures will be up around 25 degrees over most of the week. It'll be a pleasant, very warm, and humid week." A heatwave in Ireland is classified as five consecutive days of temperatures over 25 degrees. Warm, humid and dry conditions are expected until the end of the week. More [here...]

Plunkett Avenue mass

The Annual Plunkett Avenue mass will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd at the Famine Memorial. Mass will be conducted by Canon Gerry. All welcome. seating available for any veterans attending.

Boyle GAA Update

The following were  €20 winners in the most recent Club Lotto draw: Owen Garvin, Michael Brennan, Karl Keenan, Seán Nevin, Paddy McLoughlin and Leanne Connolly. The house prize was won by Sharon Reid. The jackpot wasn't won and it will stand at €6,700 for next Saturday night's draw which will be held in Daly's with Team B in charge. [Boyle GAA Blog...]

Boyle Golf Club Update

Yesterday's 18 hole stableford was won by Pat Conroy with 40pts, 2nd Gary Carty 40pts, Gross Terry Bright, 3rd Pat Brogan 39pts. Thursday night's Mens Competition was won by Martin Wynne with 27pts, 2nd Michael Rush 27pts, 3rd John McGuin 26pts. Friday's Scramble was won by Lorcan Egan, Michael Simon & Michael Rush.
Boyle Golf Club Blog [here...]

Boyle GAA Club (Facebook)

"Congratulations to the U12 Boys on their fine 3 13 to 2 6 victory over St Brigids in the Spring League Division 1 Final in Oran.
Well done also to the Intermediate Ladies on their Championship win over Castlerea St Kevins in the Abbey Park. This is their third win in the group stages and they have one further group game to play -- against Roscommon Gaels on the August weekend."

Boyle Arts Festival 2014

Over 11 months of planning by Boyle Arts Festival committee will lead to Thursday night's launch of Festival 2014. "CelebrAting 25 Amazing years! Welcome to Boyle Arts Festival 2014, we truly hope you enjoy this year's exciting mix of events! Presenting 10 days of interesting drama and literary events, stunning exhibitions, hands-on workshops for children and adults, with all genres of music and lots more - there is so much to see & do!"
You are invited to the opening of BOYLE ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 by Thomas Ryan RHA on Thursday 24th July, 2014 at 8.30pm in King House, Boyle Celebrating 25 years of Irish Arts and Culture and featuring Tony O'Malley retrospective.
Download or read the full programme [here...]

Ireland's Toughest Muckers - [here...]

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Ireland's Toughest Muckers is a 10km obstacle challenge set in the stunning location of Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle. For its 130 competitors from all over ireland, the challenge was tough, dirty, sweaty, wet, but most of all it was fun. 20 natural and imaginatively created manmade obstacles designed by our award winning firemenmade this a unique event.
I spoke with event organiser Darren O'Flaherty who told me that he and his dedicated team spent many hours over the past 3/4 months setting up this expensive, well-thought-out spectacular challenge. "We hope to run Muckers as an annual event ... maybe even twice a year, and have planned the next Toughest Muckers at Halloween, later this year" Photos [here...]

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Toughest Muckers were the Alley Bar Team
(L-R) Aaron Calpin, John Connolly, Gerard Casserly, Philly O'Grady and Lee Mckillen.

Councillors Served with Malachy Beirne R.I.P.

Councillors who served with the late Malachy Beirne : Patsy Quinn, Tommie Egan, Connie Fallon, Tom Murray, Roy Shannon, Frank Tarpey, Sean O'Dowd, Sean Davitt, Barry Feely, Marian Gaffney, Francie Geelan, Kitty Shannon, Denis Dodd, John Murphy, Adrian Wynne, Seamus Flaherty, Eithne Sheridan, Christy Brady, Michael Corrigan, Emma Dodd, David McKenna, Willie Tiernan, Keith Suffin

Boyle Men's shed (Facebook)

"WANTED COMPUTER TUTOR : Is there anyone out there that would like to give up a few hours a week. We hope to open our computer room soon. We need someone to run a basic class in computers for people of all ages."

Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy

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Celebrations at Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy

Today was a special day at Brogans Pharmacy on Shop Street as they joined with totalhealth and will be referred to as Brogans totalhealth Pharmacy. With a dozen employees on the payroll, Pat Brogan is a popular, premium employer in Boyle. His late mum and dad, Mary and Frank would have been so proud to note how Pat has moved the business forward to being one of the finest in the region. A friendly welcome and excellent service are assured to Brogans many customers. I take this opportunity to offer congratulations to Pat, Mary and staff and very best wishes into the future. View photos [here...]

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Pat and Mary Brogan with their family

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John Cummins, Chairman Roscommon Co Council cut the opening tape...


Ardcarne Garden Centre

The July garden is a melting pot for fragrances as many of the most deliciously scented flowers reach their best. "We've put together our six favourite shrubs and perennials that really should be in every garden to lace the summer air with their gorgeous perfume ... lavender. Gertrude Jekyll, Honeysuckle, Lilies, Dianthus and Butterfly Bush." "If you still have a few gaps in your pots or beds do call to us - we've lots of really fantastic plants for instant colour. Hope to see you soon." View this week's Newsletter [here...]
 

Boyle Arts Festival Workshops

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Drama & Theatre Workshops starting next Monday

Starting next Monday, for your budding young movie star!! Boyle Arts Festival will host Drama & Theatre Workshops with Drama Works Ireland! July 21st to 25th in Abbey Community College. Drama games, songs, mini-plays & role play!! A special one-day Masterclass will take place on Saturday, 26th July for teenagers. Bookings: 071 966 3085 or call to the Boyle Arts Festival Office on Bridge Street directly.
View Workshops [here...] Brendan McGee's Workshops Press Release [here...]
 

Tony Conboy's Oblique View

Tony is an astute observer and viewers tell me they look forward to his weekly updates ... and so do I. This week read Tony's articles on Boyle Tourism / Brazil and The World Cup / Roscommon GAA Advance / Boyle Ladies GAA / Garth Brooks Concerts / Political Discomfort. [here...]

Brogans Pharmacy

Brogans Total Health Pharmacy

Call in tomorrow (Friday) for lots of Special Offers as Brogans joins with TotalHealth at 12pm. Hampers to be won, Win an iPad, 20% off all cosmetics and fragrances
 

Happy days for shopfront painters

With the weather 'pretty-okay' for the past few months many of Boyle's shopfronts have been repainted. The streetscape looks very different and more appealing than it did earlier this year. Shortly I will have a set of photos for your viewing pleasure. I have attempted to complete the set many times, and have to wait so that parked cars do not hinder best photo views ... but I'm getting there !! Watch this space :-)
 

Carrick Water Music Festival

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St. George's Church, Carrick-on-Shannon

Ahead of Boyle Arts Festival, our friends in Carrick-on-Shannon hold the Carrick Water Music Festival featuring performances by artists across a wide range of musical styles. The 10th Annual Carrick Water Music Festival started last night Tuesday 15th and will run to Sunday 20th July 2014. In St. George's Church, the Voce di Donna Trio. "Disarming Divas and Spicy Roles" This was an excellent performance in a beautiful location.
View Photos [here...] St. George's Church [here...] Festival Programme [here...]

Where to stay in the Boyle area

Viewers have requested a complete list of B&B and Hotels in the Boyle area. View [here...] Please let me know if I missed a premises. I will add Self-catering shortly.
I added Trisha McHugh's Amber B&B (Corrigeenroe) and Kilronan Castle Hotel to the list today.

I am compiling a new list of "Where to eat out" in Boyle, detailing opening times, contact details and a general 'Bill of fare' indicator. Like our "Where to Stay" list, this "Where to eat out" list will be the complete list, and as such, it will be the only one available. Watch this space :-)

Boyle Arts Festival - invitation

You are invited to the opening of BOYLE ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 by Thomas Ryan RHA on Thursday 24th July, 2014 at 8.30pm in King House, Boyle Celebrating 25 years of Irish Arts and Culture and featuring Tony O'Malley retrospective.


Pianist Elena Alekseva will play in King House, Saturday August 2nd.Photo courtesy of Brendan McGee

Brendan McGee wrote: Classical Music has always been one of the cornerstones on which the Boyle Arts Festival is firmly established and the 2014 Festival, which will start on  July 24th, is no different. This year, audiences can look forward to some very special appearances from some of the country's finest performers in the Classical music genre.
Full programme www.boylearts.com   Tel 071 966 3085. Email info@boylearts.com  

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Cairde le Cheile [photos...]

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From Boyle, Sheila Cunningham (499) and Marian McGovern (500)
with Co Cllr Maura Hopkins (476)

This year's Cairde le Cheile was another great success, and a well organised event for a worthy charity, North West Hospice. Ideal weather, a large entry, the 'home' base at Saddler's Inn in Kingsland was perfect and the organising committee demonstrated once again what can be achieved by a local community. The format was similar to last year: a 6km Run, a 10km Run and a 'Walkers'.
6km Event result: 1st Man Joseph McWeeney, 1st L, Susanne O'Beirne (Mohill)

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Wynnes Bar 5th Anniversary, Street Party [photos...]

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The Cool Hand Dukes playing on Green Street

Majella and Keith Condon threw a most enjoyable, well-attended Green Street Party on Saturday night to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of their opening in Wynne's Bar, Boyle. We had Marquees, 'tons' of party food (burgers, sausages, chicken and a table full of gorgeous salads) and great music from 8.30pm till late. DJ's Frances Candon and Philip Cregg, the Cool Hand Dukes as well as Boyle's super band of Johnny McGlynn, Seamie Simon, Kieron (nearly Boyle) Reynolds and Matt Burke entertained party goers royally for what was truly one helluve a night !!
Photos
[here...]
 

Deirdre & Declan - Christening - photo album [here...]

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Saturday was a busy day for Christenings in St. Joseph's Church. Canon Gerry Hanly performed (is that the correct word?) two christenings. I took photos for Deirdre and Declan Conroy [here...]

Maire Paul's Blog

A Safari to the European Parliament – a locally guided tour: Some time back, as citizens of one of the 28 EU member states, and at the invitation of Dr. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, German MEP, members of the Boyle and District Angling Club, together with family and friends, went on an entirely different kind of fishing expedition to Brussels. The group spent three days there observing the workings of the world's biggest multinational parliament, the European Parliament.
Read Maire's comprehensive, very informative Blog Post [here...]

Roscommon County Council/Irish Water

The following notice was posted on the Roscommon Co Council website:
"Notice to Water Consumers in Great Meadow, Boyle. Roscommon County Council and Irish Water wishes to advise water consumers in Great Meadow, Boyle that they may experience loss of pressure from 8th July 2014 to 25th July 2014 due to works being carried out on the scheme. Roscommon County Council and Irish Water regret any inconvenience caused to consumers."

Boles of Boyle Summer Sale

Boles Summer Sale
 

Boyle Flower Baskets [more photos...]

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One of a set of fabulous baskets at Creighton's Bar

This year we have some gorgeous flower basket displays around town. With shopfront improvements, paint jobs, flower boxes, and hanging baskets traders have done a great service to the visual appearance and appeal of our hometown. [more photos ...]

Stonehouse Cafe
One of several displays at the Stonehouse Cafe


Did you know:

This website since its first day, has been a totally independent site. Its content is not constrained by the demands of government, funding agencies, individuals or groups. Realboyle aspires to give accurate and complete lists of attractions and services available in the area. For instance, please visit and view our Accommodation page to see the only available list (as far as we are aware) of ALL of the accommodation providers in the area [here...]
During next week we will have Boyle's first full list of all of our restaurants and cafes. The list will show opening hours and brief descriptions of fare available.

Did you know:

Feelystone Brochure
Cover of the beautifully designed new Feelystone Monuments Collection brochure

Feelystone Ltd is a premium company producing quality products here in Boyle. Recently I enquired "What makes Feelystone unique?" and the answers came:
1. For over 200 years the Feely family have been working as stone masons, passing craft, skill, knowledge and an "only the best is good enough" ethic from generation to generation.
2. Feelystone wholesale and retail through the 32 counties of Ireland: Grave Memorials, Altar reconstructions, Building cladding and paving stone, countertops and complete graveyard services.
3. Feelystone Ltd currently have showrooms in Boyle, Roscommon and Longford where products (including John Murray quality kitchens) are displayed, advice is available, bookings can be made and brochures are for the taking.
4. Feelystone now add QR barcodes to gravestones that can be captured with a smartphone camera and bring you to a website of your choice.
5. Feelystone's unique Laser etched portraits are popular additions to memorials nowadays.
Contact Feelystone: Boyle +353 (0) 71 966 2066 : Longford +353 (0)74333 48044 : Roscommon +353 (0) 90 66 5768. Website: www.feelystone.com
Over a number of years it has been my pleasure to develop some Feelystone graphics and a varied album of photographs at company premises. View the album [here...]
 

Boyle Arts Festival 2014

Sharon Tighe
Meet Sharon Tighe in the Arts Office on Bridge Street when you book for any or many of the treats programmed for you during Boyle Arts Festival 2014.

This year's Arts Festival will run from 24th July to 2nd August. Book your performance tickets in advance 10am to 3pm at the BAF Festival Office 071 966 3085.
In addition to the Patrick Murphy RHA Exhibition and Boyle Civic Art Collection in King House as well as the Open / Local Art Exhibition in Boyle Parochial school, this years Festival will include Classical Music, Drama & Film, Family & Events, Literature, Live Gigs/Comedy, Spoken Word, Traditional Events and various Workshops
 

Did you know:

Here is the scenario: You need to have a well known speaker at your next conference or event, a speaker who will guide you and your organisation, a speaker who is motivational, an entrepreneur, maybe a celebrity, sports or media personality. So where do you find such a gem and how do you contact and book them?
Nowadays, many will immediately contact www.conferencespeakers.ie.
Conference Speakers is directed by Boyle resident Mary Menton and is part of The London Speaker Bureau global network. Mary has over 25 years of experience organising Events and Speakers. Mary likes to share her expertise in sourcing and delivering Speakers for your event.
Email: mary@conferencespeakers.ie : Call +353 (0) 87 250 3331 : +353 (0) 71 966 4571
Check out Mary Menton's Conference Speakers website for a full list of currently available speakers [here...]


 

Magees Fashion Shop Summer Sale

Magees Fashions Summer Sale

 

Bridge over the N4

The N4 from the bridge after the first gate
The N4 from the bridge after the Abbeytown gate entrance to Rockingham


Boyle Arts Festival 2014


Mícheál O'Súilleabháin will perform in the Church of Ireland

Details of a very exciting and diverse programme of events will soon be announced when Boyle Arts Festival launch the official programme for their 25th annual Arts Festival later this month. The nationally renowned Festival will kick off on Friday July 25th continuing until Saturday August 2nd and the programme is already bursting at the seams with an eclectic mix of visual arts, music, drama, film, craft workshops, storytelling, readings and much more!
The Boyle Arts Festival office, situated beside Marian's on Bridge Street, will open from next Saturday, July 5th. Why not call in for details and tickets for all the events.
Read the Arts Festival, Brendan McGee authored Press Release [here...]

 

Boyle D&S Fitness Studio, Green Street

Mondays: 6.15: 20/20 (Fitball/Kettlebells) 7.15: Cardio Sculpt & Tone.
Wednesdays: 6.15: Bodytone, Legs, Bums & Tums, 7.15: Bootcamp
Thursdays: 5.15: Kettlebells
Fridays: 6.30: Bodytone Abs Blast. Text or call 086 192 9282 to book YOUR spot.

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