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Tuesday: Drizzle dying out before the afternoon. A warm day with top temperatures between 20 and 23 degrees in mainly light southerly winds.
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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, Alan Graham's 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 Arts Festival 2014

Following Thursday night's launch, we will be delighted to provide comprehensive day-by-day information and official photos of happenings at Boyle Arts Festival 2014. We will also provide an 'easy-read' 2-day diary and links to the main programme of events. 
Friday 25th
11am: Niall de Búrca - Family storytelling, King House €2/€5 family
1pm: Niall de Búrca - Where the Poppies Grow (10-adult) King House €5
2pm: Patrick Murphy - tour of the exhibition, King House Free
4pm: Artist Talk: Sean Rafferty, Lough Key, Free
6pm: Sam Moore: Carrowkeel-Keash Passage Tombs, King House €6
8pm: An Evening with Kieran Goss, King House €18
10pm: We Cut Corners, Dalys €10
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...]

 

Bridget Cummins (nee) Donohoe

The death has occurred of Bridget Cummins (nee) Donohoe R.I.P. Ardcola, Ballinameen, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Bridget died July 20th, in her 94th year. Reposing at Mahon's Funeral Home tomorrow evening (Tues) from half past five until half past seven. Removal to St. Attracta's Church, Ballinameen arriving at eight o'clock. Mass of the Resurrection on (Wed) morning at half past eleven. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations to Western Alzheimer Association care of Mahon's Funeral Directors, Boyle.

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  

Boyle Arts Festival


 

 

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.

Boyle Celtic


 

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In future, I will update the Blog and this website regularly so that all articles will be available.
 

 

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