Dave Byrne, An Craoibhín
Fregoli Theatre "Mary, Mary, Mary" in King House
Photographs 2015: Once again I am delighted to be the official photographer for the Arts Festival Committee. I attend as many of the events as I can and am adding photos daily.
Peacefully at his residence. Sadly missed by his beloved wife Frances, sons and daughters.
Reposing at his residence on Thursday from 2pm until 10pm. Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Assylinn Cemetery. House private to family on Friday morning please. Enquires to Mahon's Funeral Directors, Boyle.
Coffee morning/afternoon tea in aid of children in Nepal, August Bank Holiday Monday, August 3rd, 11am to 6pm. Tawnytaskin Community Centre.
Eileen wrote: "To fund 8 temporary shelters in Nepal and repair one of two orphanages we already have in operation there for quite a few years now. Luckily none of our children were injured despite being in the earthquake area so we are very grateful for that. However major cracks have appeared in one of the buildings and as so many thousands are homeless and sleeping outdoors now, we have made a pledge to build shelters to protect them from the elements while they plan their future and repair and make safe the second orphanage."
8 Hour FREE Introduction to Computer Courses are being offered in Roscommon Learning Links, Boule during August. These classes are funded by Irish Rural Link. They will run two sessions of two hours per week over 2 weeks. morning, afternoon or evenings are available. Course will cover, Setting up and using e-mail, shopping /paying bills online, Browsing the Web etc. To reserve a place just call Siobhan/Martina on 071 966 4510.
Shannonside FM report: The new Chief Executive Officer of Roscommon County Council is expected to take up his position at the beginning of October. The Corporate Policy Group of the council met yesterday and approved the appointment of Eugene Cummins for the position, this will now go to a full meeting of the council which has been called for Tuesday next. It’s expected that his ratification will be a mere formality.
Ireland's most Advanced Mobile Planetarium: "We bring the Wonders of the Universe to your doorstep". Let us take you on a wondrous trip through our Universe in our fully immersive 360 degree Planetarium. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be an astronaut, swim with a shark, visit the planets and lot more in a fun, safe and interactive way? Then come see us at Boyle Arts Festival, on Saturday August 1st.
xploration Dome will be located at St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle. Shows will start at 1:30pm, every half hour until 4.30pm. Cost €3 (€10 family ticket) Please arrive approx. 5 minutes before the show, so everyone can get into the dome by starting time. For more information see www.explorationdome.ie
The nationally renowned Boyle Arts Festival was officially opened by Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon on Thursday July 23rd in King House and it will continue until Saturday August 1st. There is still time to see some fantastic performers, events and exhibitions over the coming days.
The famous pair, Amy Huberman and Brian O'Driscoll jetted to New York earlier this week and have been sharing their envy inducing antics on social media. In addition to meeting Bono backstage after U2's performance at Madison Square Garden wasn't enough, the popular couple caught up with close friends, actor Chris O'Dowd and broadcaster Dawn O'Porter.
Irish trumpeter Niall O’Sullivan has firmly established himself as an accomplished performer in several styles of music. His album of classical works, jazz standards, contemporary pop and traditional Irish songs reached #1 in the Classical iTunes chart. The Niall O'Sullivan & Friends performance in King House was a delight. The standing ovation was well deserved and a tribute to the man and his accompanying group on piano, cello and guitar alongside vocalist Shona Henneberry. I believe the full house audience will look forward to having Niall O'Sullivan return to Boyle at some future date. Enjoy Niall playing the perennial favourite "Danny Boy" on YouTube ...
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Oils, Watercolours, Acrylics, Charcoal Drawings, Photographs, Sculptures - they are all on display in the Parochial School on Military Road. Viewers have declared that this years' Open Art Show is the best ever, and works are of a exceedingly high standard. The show opens daily until 1st August, 10am - 6pm
Fans of Bluegrass Music were delighted with the return of "The Cornerboys" to this year's Boyle Arts Festival. The Corner Boys are a six piece band from Sligo with a shared passion for American music. Playing guitar, mandolin, harmonica, dobro, bass & drums, & with multi vocalists, this group delighted us with a set ranging from Honk Tonka to Blues Stomp. Choosing songs and tunes from the 1930's to now, The Corner Boys delivered an eclectic and lively session of great music.
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Oh yes, I missed a couple of important events: Brian Farrell's "Hold The Front Page" and Columbia Mills in Daly's Storehouse. Preplanned family celebrations took understandable precedence!!
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There was a totally deserved standing ovation by a capacity audience for the De Dannan concert in the Church of Ireland on Friday night. To many, including myself, Frankie Gavin and DeDannan have held a position as top Traditional Music performers since I became a fan of theirs back in the early 1980's. In my opinion DeDannan and the Bothy Band brought about a change in the way our music is presented and appreciated, something similar to Michael Flatley's influence on Irish Dance.
Frankie Gavin reminded us the two of the current band members are from Co. Roscommon ... ace accordeon player Barry Brady and vocalist Bernie Casserly "The Flower of Frenchpark"
At intermission time, Festival Chairperson Gerry Kielty confided in me "Sean, I fear a HSE problem during the second half ... if Frankie Gavin plays any better and faster, that fiddle of his will catch fire!!!"
Definition of RAKISH: Having a trim or streamlined appearance suggestive of speed, dashingly or carelessly unconventional. Yes. that partly describes one of our very best Traditional music groups. They are local and set this year's Boyle Arts Festival off to a great start. Rakish played to our delight and the aerial performance by Fi Rooney was quite breathtaking as the large audience assembled for the opening ceremony of Boyle Arts Festival 2015 on the grounds of King House. The weather
held despite fears that summer 2015 might rain on our parade of visual and other goodies.
• Speeches were kept short and delivered humorously, fittingly informative and graciously thankful for public support by BAF Chairperson Gerry Kielty, Curator Tony Murphy and special guest Hollywood Oscar nominee Paul Young. Keith Conroy provided and monitored crystal clear amplification for the occasion and it was notable that the large gathering remained on until the final brilliant set by our super group Rakish
• The night's proceedings also included the opening of the Local Arts Exhibition in the Parochial School, the Mixed Hues Expo in the Family Life Centre and images by Boyle Camera Club in Boyle Library.
• The scheduled town parade of fantastic inflatables by the Castlerea Carnival Group was spectacular and totally fitting for the Spirit of Boyle Arts Festival.
Having trained as a designer with Donegal Carpets, Vitya went on to run a successful signwriting business while studying life drawing at night in the National College of Art and Design. Shortly before taking early retirement, he decided to make his home in Boyle where he had spent many happy summers with his family as a young boy.
Having trained as a designer with Donegal Carpets, Vitya went on to run a successful signwriting business while studying life drawing at night in the National College of Art and Design.
The Boyle Arts Festival Office is open daily on Bridge Street, beside Marians Fashions,from 11am to 4pm. Call for information and bookings: 071 966 3085.
Are you are exercising regularly and eating sensibly? It "Yes" are your answers, as they are mine, then a little diversion into the bad, very bad world of the once a week, morning fry is unlikely to kill you, That's what I said to myself as I tucked in and thoroughly enjoyed my custom mini breakfast in the company of the irrepressible Gerry Emmett in An Craoibhín last Saturday!
Boyle Abbey offers many photo and graphic opportunities, like the one I created above. I have put together an album of realboyle photos for you, and will add more as soon as I find them.
"Starting the walking tour at the Clock Tower on the Crescent you will see that the tower was erected in memory of Lawrence Harman King-Harman who died 2nd September 1875, by tenants of the Boyle and Rockingham estate"
• Text "Boyle, a Walking Tour" by Ann Toolan : photo 9th July © realboyle
This was the cover of a very informative, but out-of-print booklet authored by the late Ann Toolan. In the book, photography is credited to David Knight, publishing by Ireland West Tourism and printing by Purcell Print.
• Over the next several days I hope to refer (by quotation) to some of the contained information so that viewers may read historical details about several Boyle locations as published in the booklet. Where possible I will accompany each article with an 'as it is now' photograph.
• The booklet and its photos are copyrighted, and of course I will not knowingly breach copyrights.
Have you established yourself and developed a successful business in another country? If the answer is 'yes', then Boyle needs you!
• Boyle is a great little town, very well placed geographically in the West of Ireland. However at this post-recessionary time and assisted with the ebb and flow of the business life, our town is experiencing a number of closures. Empty shop fronts are a noticeable feature on every street.
• I suspect many of our traders are hurting - and battle weary (maybe that's not the right word!).
• YOUR INPUT, vision and current success would be most welcome here, whether for advice or as a guiding/helping hand. Maybe you will consider returning to the 'ould sod', start a branch of your business here, or get involved in Boyle's future...
• YOUR REPLIES/COMMENTS will be welcome (through me if you wish) - firstname.lastname@example.org. I will pass them to a relevant local authority, organisation or club.
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.
• Prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park
• We have leading edge schools, houses for sale, a 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.
• The Shannon Waterway has been extended with a canal and marina close to the town. Nearby, Lough Key Forest Park has a Visitor Centre, Tree Top Walk, Restaurant, Adventure Play Kingdom, Zipit High Wire Adventure, Segway Trips and Bike Hire. It is indeed a picturesque area of high amenity value.
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