Weather Forecast: Wednesday will brighten with some sunny spells developing. However, showers will develop too and they'll be heavy and some will be thundery. Highest temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees in a moderate or freshbreeze.
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"Bloomin' lovely" in Boyle at the moment

There are several trees blossoming pink around Boyle at the moment


Ring announces €537,000 local festivals & events

Thank you to Boyle Cllr Keith Suffin for forwarding the following:
Food, music and fun on the cards for 2014 in hundreds of communities. Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has today announced that funding of just over €537,000 has been approved by Fáilte Ireland for 175 regional festivals and events taking place this year.
Minister Ring said, "2013 was a great success for Irish tourism and regional festivals and events across the country played a big part in that success. We want to build on the legacy of the Gathering and ensure 2014 is even more successful. The funding announced today will allow local communities to broaden their appeal to overseas visitors who will be able to experience everything from culture and sport, to festivals and fun."
Fáilte Ireland research indicates that in 2011 there were 10,836 people in paid employment in festivals. Additionally, 48,692 people around Ireland were engaged with festivals in Ireland on a voluntary basis.Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland stressed the importance of festivals for Ireland and the tourism sector: “Festivals and events are the lifeblood of Irish tourism – complementing the beauty of our landscapes and the friendliness of our people with a rich variety of spectacle and experiences. These events will provide the backbone to the tourism calendar in communities throughout the country and add to our ability to grow overseas visitors and revenue."


King House Facebook Page


Jason wrote: "King House now has a Facebook page. We’ve only started putting it together but we will be updating the page daily with photos as well as information on upcoming events taking place in the house - plays/concerts etc."
View the King House Facebook page [here...]
View some of the many reaboyle photos taken in King House [here...]

Tony Conboy's Oblique View

The Renaissance of the Bicycle. "One of the positive developments of recent years has been the return of the bicycle." "Not many years ago in Boyle one could nearly name those who cycled consistently. Two stand out in my memory. One was Jimmy Feely and the other was James Candon. Mister Feely sat proudly upright on his traditional bicycle as he made the short journey from Lower Deerpark to the town. Mister Candon shuttled around the town on his more distinctive model making his business calls in a very environmentally friendly way."
Read Tony's full Oblique View "Renaissance of the Bicycle" ... and more [here...]

Two Questions for you...

1. Did I miss out on any event that I should have carried a report/photos on either here or on Facebook?
2. If I missed out on something, did you let me know about it?
I do not claim to be all-seeing, all-inclusive/exclusive or interested in every event, therefore some news/events will not enter within my radar.

May Day ... Mayday

Mayday Graphic

Thursday May 1st "Mayday" from 5.30 until 8 in Boyle library: The Hermit Collective deliver poetry, stories, art, and music. Diverse talent, guaranteed to catch your attention, not to be missed!

King House “The Man in the Woman’s Shoes"

Following on the success of the last season of events at King House, We are pleased to announce yet fabulous little play for Boyle’s historic house. “The Man in the Woman’s Shoes" this Friday as part of a nationwide tour. Written and performed by Mikel Murphy (Barabbas and Druid), this fast moving, highly entertaining piece promises a magical evening of theatre, which will leave you uplifted and in love with life again. Call now and book your tickets; this play is not one to be missed!
Friday 25th April 8pm | Tickets €14 | King House, Boyle
Booking: 071 966 3242 | 090 662 5824 /

Tree Trimming


Just like all living things on planet Earth, trees grow, can become dangerous, rot and eventually die. Locals will be aware that tree trimming has been in progress in the Knocknashee area for the past couple of weeks, and rightly so. No matter how much we value the natural beauty of trees, far too many people are injured/killed by falling branches and trees every year. Tree Surgeons love trees too and do not see their role as 'destroyers', but rather as protectors of the environment and ourselves ...

Money Plus, open now in Boyle

Money Plus are experienced investment and financial brokers who have been in the business of financial and investment planning for many years. They are dedicated providers of financial planning advice to clients. Money Plus is a professional independent financial planning and advisory firm specialising in all areas of Wealth Management including mortgages. The Money Plus Group aim is simple - to provide your customers with the best advice in a straight forward and honest manner.
Money Plus, Bridge Street, Boyle (beside the town bridge). Website [here...

Boyle Musical Society

realboyle photo from the 2013 concert

"We look forward to presenting a very special Midsummer Concert for World Music Day on Friday June 20th 2014 in St. Joseph's Parish Church, Boyle. Following on from the success of last year's unforgettable concert, audiences are guaranteed a spectacular night of entertainment, once again featuring songs from the Musicals and much more! Tickets for this unique event will go on sale in May 2014."
BOYLE MUSICAL SOCIETY AGM in Dodd’s Bar, the Crescent, on Thurs May 1st at 9pm. All are invited to attend. Plans are already underway for this year’s show, due to be staged in November.


BHSS Golf classic

New Logo
Logo © Sean O'Dowd

Boyle Horse & Summer Show (BHSS) will hold a Golf Classic in Boyle Golf Club on Saturday 10th May. The community of Boyle are asked to come out and support us in our fundraising endeavours. The format will be a 4 ball rumble costing €25 pp with hot food included. Please contact 086 203 9182 to book your team.

Festival Funding

Organisers of community-based events and festivals across the region are being urged to apply for funding in a scheme that seeks to build on the success of The Gathering. The closing date is May 9th and application forms can be downloaded from council websites; Una Ni Chuinn from Roscommon County Council is urging groups to apply as soon as possible.

Mobile Phones

Gardaí say they’ll be launching a major nationwide crackdown on drivers using mobile phones later this week.

Boyle Courthouse Development Company


Sheila Tipper wrote: Members of Boyle Courthouse Development Company receiving a presentation from Michael Devine of a framed photo and Hornby model of the world’s fastest steam locomotive, The Mallard.  It is hoped that Boyle Model Railway will be relocated and open to the public in Boyle Courthouse by Summer 2015.

Are you registered to vote?

People are urged to ensure they are registered to vote ahead of the local and European elections next month. The elections will take place on the 23rd of May. Register by going to the website “".

School vaccinations

The HSE are reminding parents to make sure their children get the school vaccination booster to protect them against potentially serious infections before the Summer. The school booster vaccines include protection from Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. For more information visit  or

Poetry, Music and Art

Úna Bhán Co-Op wrote: The Hermit Collective will present an evening of poetry, music and art in Boyle Library on Thursday 1st May, from 5.30 - 8pm. Admission free. Writers include Jessamine O'Connor, Helen Grehan, Catherine Ryan, Pete Worth, also members of Wrong Side of the Tracks and Millwheel Writers. Artists will include Gavin Porter, Jenny Cooper, and David Gearty. Music will be performed by Jimmy Noctor, Gregory Daly and friends.


The Bluebells are in bloom...


I took the photograph above on Easter Monday in Rockingham, close to the N4 Entrance. The bluebells are early this year, just like our 'summer' weather. Usually the bluebells blossom a week or two later than this, and it has often been into May before they appeared. Climate change must have something to do with it. The daffodils made an early appearance too. Fred Perry, Carrick Road, told me that he had daffodils in his garden as far back as last January!
>> Writing about Bluebells in Bloom reminds me of a lovely old, but sad country song called "When the Roses Bloom Again". Listen to a lovely version by Barry Gibb of BeeGee fame, performed after a lengthy intro by Ricky Scaggs [here...]

Congratulations Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill spent some of his early years in Boyle and now lives in Sligo. He completed Easter Monday's Boston Marathon in the very excellent time of 2 hours 45 minutes and 29 seconds. Jonathan is my son-in-law, married to Triona and together they have 4 beautiful children. Congratulations Jonathan!

Chris O'Dowd on Broadway, New York

"His performance as gentle giant Lennie in Of Mice and Men has been described as "astonishing" and "heart-breaking" by respected US publications after its opening night in New York."
"O'Dowd has mastered a small but refined repertoire of facial expressions and gestures (one hand movement has the delicacy of an artist) that is quite astonishing," Variety magazine said. "Going beyond physical expressiveness, the depth and understanding he brings to the role render Lennie, quite simply, heartbreaking".
Read more [here...]

"The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"

A free seminar based on the best-selling book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" will take place on Thursday April 24th in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon. It will run from 8.30am to 12.00pm. The seminar will focus on two habits, personal effectiveness and team effectiveness. It will be delivered by Franklin Covey, a Management Training company who specialise in helping organisations deliver results which require changes in behaviour. The seminar is promoted by Role Skillnet, Training Network who are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre. Role Skillnet provide funding and support for employed people and jobseekers. To book a place for the seminar please email or text 086 203 9182

Free Golf Lessons for Juniors at Boyle Golf Club

Free Golf Lessons for all young golfers will begin on Saturday mornings from May 3rd at Boyle Golf Club. Lesson times are from 11.00/1.00. Booking not necessary, just turn up. For more information call or text Brendan on 086 843 5772.

Boyle GAA Update

The U 14s had a good win over Western Gaels in Abbey Park on Friday last in the Division 2 League. They are scheduled to play Tulsk in Tulsk on Easter Monday. and are scheduled to play St Domnics in the Abbey Park at 7pm on this Wednesday evening.
The U16s will play Western Gaels in the final round of their Division 2 League on Sunday next at 12 noon. The Cooney Motors/ Cooneys Centra  Juniors will play St Barrys in the Division 4 League in the Abbey Park at 8pm on Friday next 25th April. They will be in action again on the following Friday 2nd May when they will travel to Cootehall to take on St Michaels.
The McGovern Directional Drilling Seniors will have no fixture this week due to the ongoing success of our County Seniors and U21s. Their next outing is likely to be on Monday 5th May against St Croans.
The Club Rossie campaign is entering its final stages. We would encourage all GAA supporters in Boyle to purchase a ticket, thus giving yourself a chance to win a prize fund of €40,000. There are three different levels of ticket prices, starting at €108 and there are a number of " goodies" available to purchasers, including hats, and jackets, depending on the ticket price chosen. It should be noted that tickets may be by direct debit. Full details are available from the Club's Club Rossie Ambassador Michael Junior Smith at 086 253 1736, or any Club officer.  
Congratulations to Roscommon U21 team and management on a wonderful semi final victory over Cork in Portlaoise on Saturday. Well done to Enda and Donie who were both on the scoresheet. All roads will lead to Tullamore on Saturday week 3rd May for the All Ireland U21 Final against Dublin at 3pm.
Good luck to Roscommon Seniors who will play Cavan in Croke Park on Saturday at 7pm in the Allianz National League Division 3 Final.

Boyle Golf Club Update

Results for the Crumlin Classic to follow next week. Thursday nights Mens competition was won by Jonathan Egan 23pts 2nd Shane O'Dowd 22pts, 3rd Owen Garvin 20pts. Thanks to Michael Rush for sponsoring. Friday's Scramble was won by Pat Conroy, Peggy Feely & Sean McLoughlin, 2nd Michael Simon, Maura O'Farrell & Tom Kearney, 3rd James Shivnan, Patti Dowd & Michael Reid. Thanks to all who took part. The weekly nine hole was won by James Shivnan 21pts. The Ladies nine hole on Tuesday was won by Aisling Gaughran.
Competitions for this week are the weekly nine hole which can be played Monday to Wednesday plus Saturday, the Mens Competition is on Thursday and Friday is a nine hole Scramble. Next Sunday is the Mens voucher competition. The draw will take place next Thursday evening, entry sheet on the noticeboard for anyone wishing to play. The King Harmon draw took place last Sunday, details on noticeboard. The first round of the foursome's competition is to be played on or before next Sunday April 28th.
The Club will be holding a "Quiz & Curry Night" on Friday April May 2nd. Food will be from 8.00 with Quiz at 9.00. Cost will be €15 per person including Quiz & Curry. Free entry to the scramble also included. All support appreciated. Thanks to Susan & Brendan for organising.
Junior Lessons begin on Saturday May 3rd from 11.00/1.00. Beginners lessons for Ladies will take place on Tuesday April 29th, Tuesday May 6th and Tuesday May 13th. Thanks to all those who are helping with this.
Date for your diary is a golf classic in aid of Boyle Horse & Summer Show on Saturday May 10th. Team of four €25 per person including hot meal. Format will be a Rumble. All support appreciated. To book a team please contact Michael Rush on 086 7808542

Easter Pike Angling Festival, Lough Key

"There's life in the ould dog yet" might be John Keenan's thought as his 13 pounder jumps back to open water. Boyle & District Angling Club operate a strict policy of 'Catch and Release'. View full set of photos [here...]

Paddy O'Neill (Centre) won this year's competition, pictured here with Derek Winter and Billy Reid, Boyle & District Angling Club.

Paddy O'Neill with his winning catch
Paddy O'Neill with his winning catch. View full set of photos [here...]



Joint First Place, Jake Sharkey and Ciaran Fallon both with fish weighing in at 6lb 4oz.
Second Place is Adam Hayden with a fish weighing in at 1lb 2oz.Prizes too for remaining Junior entrants, Jason McDermott and Shane Hayden

Ladies event:

First Place with a piece of Crystal sponsored by Moonstone Jewellers and a cheque for €150, with a fish weighing 14lb 12oz, number 262, Sandra Bardon.

Pool Prize

€200 to the largest fish caught over the weekend, not in the Main Prizes, with a fish weighing 15lb 13oz, weighed at Doon Shore on Sunday is number 256, Kelly Leonard.


Third Place with a cheque for €750, with a fish weighing 17lb 4oz weighed at Doon Shore on Saturday, Padraig Cunningham.
Second place with a cheque for €1,500, with a fish weighing 18lb 4oz weighed at Black Island, Cathal Beirne.
First place with a cheque for €2,500 and The Moonstone Jewellers Perpetual Trophy and The Winners Jacket is, with a fish weighing 20lb 2oz weighed at Doon Shore on Saturday, Paddy O'Neill. He also caught a fish weighing in at 19lb even.


Easter Sunday in Boyle





Martina Morris, exhibition of photographs

(front) Martina's mum Mae Morris
(back) Lisa Morris, Martina Morris, Mayor Marie Paul, Sarah Morris

Boyle lady Martina Morris is a talented amateur photographer and has been an enthusiastic member of Boyle Camera Club for several years. Martina specialises in photographing nature, particularly flowers and our gorgeous landscapes. Martina has a special fundraising exhibition of her photographs "My Impressions Of Nature" in Tawnytaskin Community Centre, Easter Weekend, Saturday 19th to Monday 21st April, open each day 11am to 8pm, and had a special launch by Boyle Mayor Marie Paul on Saturday. photos [here...]
All profits will go towads meeting the expenses for Martina's next charity trip to Zambia.
Exhibition poster [here...] View Martina's photos on Flickr [here...]

Boyle & District Angling - Pike Angling Competition, 2014

First catch, a 3lb Pike by Aidan Sherlock from Monaghan



Joking of course! - I added the 'Fresh Fish' lettering to the photo
Boyle & District Angling Club observes a strict policy of 'Catch and Release'

Easter Weekend

Duck relaxing on a boat rope at Lough Key Forest Park on Good Friday

The weekend started with a beautifully sunny and mild Good Friday. Through the weekend I will take plenty of photographs and upload them for you. There will be an album of photos from a number of locations in the area and a second album devoted entirely to the Annual Pike Angling Competition on Lough Key.

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Potatoes contain zero% fat? There is a very nice website, and a Blog updated daily with great recipes, all based around the humble spud. check them for yourself [here...] and [here...]
If you have a Facebook presence you might like to try their delicious fish bake with any white fish of your choice on this Good Friday. Serve it with some buttered baby potatoes and get your Easter Bank Holiday Weekend off to a good start! [here...]

Brogans Pharmacy

Easter offers at Brogans Pharmacy


Boyle Chamber of Commerce - Roscommon Herald

Boyle Chamber of Commerce notes with concern the announcement yesterday of job losses at the Roscommon Herald. This is particularly disappointing news in the context of commitments made in recent months by many businesses to advertising in the newspaper. At a time when a number of new businesses are opening in our town and coming at a busy Easter weekend of exciting events in the Boyle area, it is especially important that our local does not lose the hard-working journalists, photographers and other staff who have so well served our community over many years

Broadway Review

Following last night's Premiere, read a first 'official' Broadway Review "Of Mice and men" [here...]
Variety Magazine online: "...a flawless, beautifully acted revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 play.
James Franco and Chris O'Dowd may be the big draws (and well deserving of all their kudos) in this emotionally devastating revival of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." But the other star of the show is helmer Anna D. Shapiro, who turns in an impeccably mounted production without a single blemish. The ensemble acting is flawless. The design work is breathtaking. And Steinbeck's Depression-based views on the human connections that are our only hope of survival in desperate times are just as relevant — even imperative — for living through our own cruel times.

Thank you Ray Darcy and Today FM

(L-R) Ray Darcy, Paul Ronan, Tony Clabby, Sean O'Dowd, Mairead Farrell

I thoroughly enjoyed a mini-break in Dublin courtesy of Today FM and Ray Darcy's 9-12 morning radio show. I was there alongside dad's of personalities Paul Ronan (Saoirse Ronan's dad) and Tony Clabby (Imelda May's dad) for a segment in Ray's show. Many thanks to Ray, Mairead, Pamela and everyone we met at Today FM for their warm welcome and hospitality. Today FM's gift of overnight accommodation in the chic Westbury Hotel gave me a first-ever sleep in a luxury fourposter
I took a small-ish set of photos on the day [here...]

Naomi Draper

naomi draper


Roscommon Herald to issue redundancies

The owners of Boyle-based Roscommon Herald will shed jobs later this year. I wouldn't be surprised to hear one day that the Herald will no longer use its currently leased offices on St. Patrick Street. History counts for little when faced with the accountant's 'sword'.
The Recession, Internet, Blogs, Social Media, 'Street Journalism' and the emergence of 'Free Sheet' newspapers are factors that have contributed to the demise facing all weekly newspapers. Yes, any well-intentioned or even disgruntled/angry person can now get a free Internet Blog and set up as a commentator/reporter with zero knowledge of good old HTML, web design, photography or syntax and update their missive/dismissive as often and as frequently as they might like to.
Landmark Media own the Roscommon Herald, Irish Examiner, Evening Echo, the Carlow/Kildare/Laois Nationalist titles, the Waterford News and Star, the Western People. Landmark job losses will amount to approximately 10% of their workforce.

Roscommon County Councillors may be liable

Shannonside FM report: Roscommon County Council has ignored national guidelines and voted in amendments to its county development plan over wind turbines, overhead power lines and fracking – exposing members to potential litigation. Read more [here...]


Boles of Boyle

Boles of Boyle Specials

Chris O'Dowd "Of Mice and Men"

John Mulligan wrote in Roscommon Herald: "I was in New York last week and I managed to get tickets to this sell-out production at the Longacre Theatre. I sat enthralled throughout, having to remind myself that this wonderful production was being anchored by the brilliant performance of a young man from our small place. O'Dowd is superb in this role, moving people to tears with his interpretation of the role of the innocent Lennie and the inevitable tragic consequences of his child-like behaviour."
"The standing ovation at the end seemed to go on and on, with cries of 'Chris, Chris' predominating. It was a great night to be a Boyle man in New York ... This is truly Chris O'Dowd's finest hour."

D&S Fitness, Green Street, Boyle


REV qualification for Mike Smith

Roscommon Herald reports that Mike Smith of Propertyteam Smith, Kelly, Scott, Boyle was one of the first IPAV members to receive their Recognised European Valuer or REV qualification. he is one of only two Co Roscommon IPAV members that hold this European qualification. Read the full article in this week's Roscommon Herald, available at many newsagents, or subscribe online.
> Viewer Frank Dwyer asks: "Do we now address him as 'The Rev Mike Smith?" Another viewer has suggested 'The Very Rev Mike Smith' ... and who can disagree with that !! :-)

Fitness to practice vindicates decision to close A&E

Roscommon South Leitrim TD Frank Feighan says last week's Medical Council hearing into allegations about the treatment of a patient at Roscommon Hospital is a further vindication of the decision to close the Accident and Emergency Department. Read more [here...]

New Owners for Green Isle Factory

Boyle factory for new owners

Local Government TD, Frank Feighan has welcomed the news that terms have been agreed to purchase the former Green Isle factory in Boyle.
"This is very positive news for the town and I understand that a similar line of business is being developed for the factory. Significantly, the jobs prospects for the town and surrounding areas are very good and I expect further information in the future on the exact developments for the former breading factory, which closed in 2006 with the loss of more than 100 jobs.
There have been ongoing efforts to promote the facility to suitable investors. Indeed, just last February, Minister of State for Small Business John Perry and Enterprise Ireland Director Barry Egan met with a local delegation in Boyle recently to explore ways of attracting potential investors to develop the factory.
At that meeting, the Boyle delegation, comprising members of Boyle Town Council and myself, discussed a range of proposals regarding the site with Minister John Perry and Barry Egan.
I'm delighted that plans for the factory have now progressed and it has always been the case that Boyle has much to offer investors, including good road and air links and renowned natural scenery and heritage."

"No Soil Like Boyle Soil"

It is great to note that Boyle is 'On The Move', and before this year is out, will quite likely get much closer to the place it should be. New and coming to town:
Green Isle Factory: New owners and business will be announced shortly
New Cafe in Joe Mahon's: Work in progress
Roscommon Safe Link: Counselling and Charity Shop on Elphin Street
The Bazaar: Work in progress for a coffee shop/ Internet/ news shop
Scanlons Riverside Bar: now open under new management
Electric Bikes, Segway and new Boda Borg attraction: Lough Key Forest park will be a-buzzing this year
King House and Boyle Abbey: Both are now open for the summer/autumn
Boyle Courthouse: An announcement will come shortly
Frankie Feighan TD: Another major announcement is in the pipeline


Lough Key Forest Park, Sunday 13th April

L. KeyForest Park
View a larger version [here...]

It was a lovely afternoon, the sun shone, and the Park looked resplendent for its many visitors. Roll on Summer 2014

Segway Smiles and Electric Bike Rides

Segway Smiles at Lough Key Forest Park

It was Segway Smiles and Electric Bike Rides all round at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park over the weekend. The Segway "Rockingham Roll" guided glide around the beautiful trails of Lough Key Forest Park is available daily until April 27th. Glides last approx 40 to 50 minutes including full training. Glides start at 11am (for bookings only), 12:30 pm, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm. You are welcome to walk up on the day but we recommend booking online either on our website or by using the Booking tab on our Facebook page.

The Electric Bike Rides will be available all season and offer you and your family an opportunity for stress-free Electric Bike Trips around our gorgeous Lough Key Forest Park, and yes, there are even 'Buggies for Babies'. Call to Seamus Gibbons and his staff at the EBR office beside the Visitor Centre

Lough Key Forest Park, Electric Bike Rides


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Up and open again in Boyle



King House Bealtaine Festival: FREE for 55+

Dance: Elderberries Dance Ensemble, Thurs 8/15/22/29th 11.30am- 12.30pm. Gentle movement and dance for fun especially for the over 55+
Cinema: "Quartet" Wednesday 7th May 2pm (Directed by Dustin Hoffman), a "wickedly comic film" about re-defining old age and growing older with hope.


Boyle River Branch IWAI - Blessing of Boats


Canon Gerry Hanley, Boyle is pictured here with members of Boyle River Branch IWAI at the blessing of boats 2014 at Boyle Marina on Sunday 13th April


Go Raibh Míle Maith Agaibh Go Léir

The Board of Management of St. Joseph's B.N.S would like to say a sincere thank you to all who helped in any way to make their Fashion Show a resounding success. In particular we are very grateful to Mary and Cathal Mc Gee and Gerard Sheerin along with their respective staff/ helpers without whom the night could not have happened at all. Thank you to Cllr. John Cummins who sponsored the wine reception on the night. Míle buiochas to all local businesses who helped with sponsorship of the event in any way (Please remember to support local businesses in Boyle) Thank you also to the models on the night, Marie Lavin, Dermot Leydon, Tom Cleary and Tommy Egan who willingly gave of their time and expertise in support of this school event. To the many parents who helped behind the scenes, our school secretary, Parents Association and last but not least our boys who helped to sell the tickets, a sincere THANK YOU.

Clarke's Bar & Restaurant

Clarke's Bar & Restaurant



Scanlon's Riverside Bar


Up and open again on Bridge Street.

"Find My Phone" app

Shannonside FM report: Gardai are advising smartphone users to download a phone tracking application in case of their mobile phone being stolen. Gardai in Athlone recovered a mobile phone in the Monksland area by using a phone tracking app the owner had installed.


I saw the film "Calvary" in Carrick Cineplex. John Michael McDonagh wrote a story that could happen in real life today, it starts dramatically in a confession box, lays down possibilities and the unexpected story ending left me and other viewers silent and even stunned as they left the cinema. There is an excellent cast led by Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly with appearances by Pat Shortt, Domhnall Gleeson, Aiden Gillen and others you will recognise. Calvary was filmed on the Sligo coast near Easkey and close to Ben Bulben, so the scenery is quite spectacular. Don't miss this one! View the trailer [here...]


St Joseph's BNS Fashion Show

BNS Fashion Show
Model and teacher Michelle Gill at last night's Fashion Show.
View a large version of this photo [here...]
View a set of photos [here...]

St. Joseph's Boys National School, Boyle, Board of Management hosted a very successful fundraising Fashion Show last Thursday night in St. Joseph's Hall. Our town hall was once again a great venue and a perfect location for a show. Boyle traders Magee Fashions and Aidan Ray Menswear teamed up to display a fabulous selection of Summer/party wearables through a wide range of prices, all stocked now at these very fine shops.
The logistics in putting a quality fashion show like this together must be quite awesome.

Sloan's Topline

Sloans Spring Specials

Choose Boyle ... why?

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 (soon to be 8) daily trains stop at our Dublin/Sligo line 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.
• We have prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park. We have leading edge schools, houses and business premises for sale, an active 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.
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]

Deputy Feighan welcomes €400,000

Local Government TD, Frank Feighan, has warmly welcomed a total allocation of €400,000 in HSE funding for the upgrade of facilities at two nursing homes in County Roscommon. The Plunkett Nursing Home in Boyle is to receive €300,000 while Áras Mháthair Phóil in Castlerea is to be allocated €100,000.
Frank wrote "I am delighted that the HSE has approved this funding under the Minor Capital Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Compliance Works 2014. The two nursing homes have provided quality care to elderly people for many years and these funding allocations will now allow both to complete works to ensure they are fully compliant with new HIQA standards to be introduced in 2015."

Electric Bike Trails at L.Key Forest Park

Realboyle Photo: Mairead McGuinness MEP and Seamus Gibbons, Electric Bike Trails

Another great attraction: Bike Hire Base in Lough Key Forest and Activity Park from 11th April. 7-8 km traffic free cycling for all the family plus other exciting routes outside the park to choose from. Take a cycle on our Tandem or get the electric bike experience.

Boyle Civic Art Collection - meet Kate Bell

Kate Bell

Kate Bell is delighted to join the Boyle Civic Art Collection Trust as an assistant, through the JobBridge internship scheme, with hopes of securing funding for longer term employment. Read more about Kate [here...]
Boyle Civic Art Collection is now widely considered as a collection of paintings and sculptures by the very best of contemporary Irish artists. The acquisition of works commenced in 1990, and the ever-expanding collection now is in excess of 150 paintings and sculptures. Read about the Boyle Civic Art Collection [here...]

Lough Key Classic Cycling Sportive in Boyle

Curlieu Wheelers graphic

Curlieu Wheelers member wrote: "I would be delighted if you could feature this on realboyle as its not an event until its makes realboyle :)" ... Ahhh, the way to this man's heart!!
The inaugural Curlieu Wheelers “Lough Key Classic" cycling sportive will take place on Saturday May 17th 2014. Starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Boyle the event will feature 120k and 60k routes.
Read the full article
[here...] View the Full poster [here...]

Woodland Segway at Lough Key Forest Park

Colm Berry wrote: The support and positive feedback from the local community is great and very heartening. When I'm fully up and running in the summer I'll be providing guided historical Segway tours at Lough Key that will highlight the shared history of Rockingham and Boyle. I'm hoping that visitors will be enthused by the history of the area and that they will visit the sites in Boyle such as King House and Boyle Abbey that I'll talk about in the guided tours. In that way I hope there will be a real spin off of additional visitors to Boyle as a result of Woodland Segway at Lough Key.

Are you ready for SUPERFAST broadband from Eircom?

eFibre - superfast fibre broadband from eircom delivers speeds of up to 70Mb so that everyone in your home can connect all at the same time, faster than ever before. Your home is about to change forever. It will be available to Eircom customers from next month (May '14) in the Boyle area and beyond. eFibre Unlimited will be available for €35 per month, first 6 months for new customers, 50 euros per month thereafter.


Tawnytaskin/Deerpark/ Corrigeenroe Text Alert Area

Some residents in the Tawnytaskin/Deerpark/ Corrigeenroe areas are considering the setting up of Text Alert. The annual cost to each household would be 5 euros. Members of the steering group will visit households to explain what is involved and to find out if there is sufficient interest to proceed with the idea

Get Certified in 2014

Places available now at Roscommon Learning Links, Boyle. Full Time (32 weeks approx)
Level 5 Information Processing Major Award
Level 4 Information & Communications Technology Major Award
To register now for the course call DSP-Employment Services on 090 663 2903/663 2910. For Further detail on the courses call Martina or Siobhan on 071 966 4510 or visit

King House Events Guide 2014

There is a wonderful programme of events planned for King House during 2014. Click for full details [here...]

Boyle GAA update

The Ladies U16 team had a great win over St. Dominic's on Sunday. They lead from the start until near the end when Dominic's went ahead by one point. Boyle scored a goal in injury time to win the game by two points. Thanks is extended to St. Michaels for hosting the U12blitz. It was very enjoyable. The ladies team play their next league game against Four Roads on Sunday 13th April in Boyle, time to be confirmed. Congratulations to ladies player Emer Killilea on her recent engagement. Best wishes to former player Jenny Conroy on her wedding this coming Friday! Read the full update [here...]

Boyle Golf Club Update

Sunday's 18 Hole stroke was won by Tom Kearney with a score of 62, 2nd Willie Tiernan (64), Gross Patrick Egan, 3rd Gerry Carty (65). The weekly nine hole was won by Michael Bannon 20pts, 2nd Michael Reid 20pts.
   The Spring Royals final round was held last weekend. Congrats to the prize winners 1st Jason & Colm Loftus who won with 91pts, 2nd Pat Gannon & Michael Keville 87pts, 3rd Patrick Egan & Vincent Egan 86pts. At the presentation the organisers Terry Canning and Tom Rochford thanked everyone for taking part and also thanked Mary for her hospitality and Gary for looking after the Bar. Read the full update [here...]


April flowers, Boyle


Daffodils have a special place in our affections. They colourfully mark an exit to winter and our hopes for a pleasant summer. Since mid March this year we been enjoying a great crop of daffs, so maybe we will have a great summer too ... fingers crossed. Daffodil day in Boyle in aid of the Irish Cancer Society was a cool one, but the response was a warm on with over 6,700 raised for this worthy cause.

More April flowers, Carrick

It is such a lovely time of year. I took this photo on the quay in Carrick yesterday

Woodland Segway - sneak preview today


Were you one of the first to get the Segway Smile at Lough Key?
 Sunday 6th April, Special Sunday Sneek Preview of the novel Segway Glides at Lough Key Forest Park. Participants enjoyed the "Rockingham Roll" guided Segway Glide of about 50 minutes around the trails of Lough Key for only 15 euros including full Segway training. Call 087 215 2335 for info.   Check out  for details and terms & conditions.

Election warm-up

Shannonside FM report: Fianna Fáil local election candidate in Boyle, Cllr Rachel Doherty, says families in Roscommon are being deliberately kept in the dark over water issues. Cllr Doherty says there are less than eight weeks to go until people vote in the local and European elections, and the people of Roscommon have a right to know how much they'll pay in new water charges before they elect their new local councillors. She feels the Government is dragging its feet on this issue.
   I agree with Rachel - what do you think? email

Boyle Town Council - final full working meeting

Boyle Town Council
Front: John O'Rourke (Ros Co Co) Mayor Marie Egan, Eileen O'Callaghan (Town Clerk)
Back: Cllrs Christy Brady, Keith Suffin, Jan Flanagan, Raymie Maughan, Peter Flannery, Frank Geelan, Mary Clifford. Missing from photo, Cllr Jane Suffin who was unable to be present

On Tuesday April 1st, Boyle Town Council met for its final full working meeting. Boyle Town Council will cease to be from May onwards alongside 80 town local authorities in Ireland. Ireland's 3 year old government have brought the end to Local Government that has been in existence for over 100 years, and a Municipality for over 400 years.
Boyle Town Council will meet again for a monthly meeting on May 6th for a celebratory farewell in King House.
  In days to come, and many times in the future we will have reports, comment and references to the sterling work done by the current council and council members who served our town so well in the past.
For the moment let matters rest with a sincere - "Thank you Boyle Council ... we will miss you!"

Organic Foods v Cancer

Eating pesticide-free organic food does nothing to reduce a woman's risk of cancer, a study has found. Researchers asked 600,000 women aged 50 or over whether they ate organic food and monitored their health for nine years. In fact, a small increased risk of breast cancer was seen in organic consumers, but this result could be due to other factors or pure chance, the scientists said. Read more [here...]

Civil Weddings at national heritage sites

Seven national heritage sites have been made available as venues for civil wedding ceremonies, the Government has announced, but Boyle Abbey is not one of them.
   Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes also expects a further nine heritage sites around the country to be available for civil ceremonies by the summer. I believe that couples will be shocked to learn that they can expect to pay between euros 300 and euros 600 for the use of the sites.

Roma Grill

Roma Grill, Boyle

Formerly "The Little Chick", Boyle, Lucio now runs the business as "Roma Grill"

Jail for illegal road signs...

You might say that every cause is a worthy one and that every business should advertise. However, placing advertising signs on our roads needs some joined-up thinking. An illegal (as most of them are) road sign takes one's eyes and attention away from concentrating on the road ahead, and, as a result could lead to a road accident.
   In my opinion, some signs are little more than visual clutter, like those [here...]
   During a Cavan court sitting, Martin Halligan promised to stop erecting signs without lawful authority. If Mr Hannigan fails to honour a bond made with the court, he faces the prospect of three months in prison.

Feelystone, Boyle


Feelystone, Greatmeadow, Boyle have completed their stage 2 refurbishment.
Stage 1 included displays of a range of modern Fitted Kitchens [here...]
Stage 2 Includes displays of a wide range of Grave Memorials and Sculptuires [here...]
   Call and browse at Feelystone. Quality products, unbeatable service and aftercare.
   View the Feelystone website [here...] For enquiries please call 071 966 2066

Of Mice and Men - the Boyle connection


Chris O'Dowd and James Franco will star in New York's Broadway production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men" starting April 16th and running until July. Two preview performances of the play last week received standing ovations. Among the audience and pictured above with Chris are Boyle ladies Ger Nerney, Nicola Wynne and Madge Daly.
   Madge sent me her very special review of the play and meeting afterwards [here...]
   View some of Madge's photo memories [here...]

Marians Styling Event

Perpetua with six of her staff who modelled at the Styling Event

Friday 21st March, Marians Fashions were delighted to welcome a full house to their inhouse Styling Event. Perpetua, Catherine, Prontias and staff were on hand as hosts and some were models as well, showing outfits with an emphasis on the great Frank Lynam Collection. Jessica Daly charmingly served wines and non-alcoholic drinks, all of which are available at Daly's Drinks.
Congratulations to Jan Flanagan winner of our euros 100 voucher off any Frank Lyman outfit at Marians Styling Event. Perpetua is looking forward to showing Jan all the new arrivals.
View a small set of photos from the event [here...]

Roscommon Hospital - an appreciation

Pauline wrote: I would like to take the time to offer my sincere gratitude to the staff of Roscommon Hospital who looked after my husband Jimmy through his recent illness. It has been a difficult time for Jimmy, myself and all the family, and their care and support has made a big difference to all of us.
Under the direction of Dr. Gerard O'Mara, the staff in both the General hospital and the Sacred Heart, could not do enough for Jimmy. Their encouragement and expertise (particularly the wonderful OT, SLT and Physio teams) and the support of his own GP, Dr Marian Brogan, have made it possible for Jimmy to be in his own home again, and for all of us to face the challenges ahead together.
With appreciation and thanks, Sincerely, Pauline Doyle & family

Boyle Christmas Lights quiz night

Good Friday, 18th April, 8pm: St. Joseph's Hall, Fundraiser Table Quiz. Proceeds will go towards having the best ever Boyle Christmas Lights for this and future years. We appeal to all Businesses, Community Groups, Societies and Clubs to join in and take a table euros 40 (4) and light up Boyle next Christmas. To reserve a table e-mail Stephen on

East Brothers, Boyle

East Bros 2014


Hospital Consultants vindicate Feighan

Consultant Physician Dr Gerry O'Mara and Consultant Surgeon Dr Liam McMullan have gone on the public record as endorsing the redevelopment of Roscommon  Hospital. Deputy Feighan quotes Dr O'Mara as explaining that the A&E couldn't handle the sick patients that were presenting there and that now two and a half years later, he could now stand over the service being provided.
Public comments by consultants in Roscommon Hospital have vindicated his position on the closure of the A&E there two and a half years ago. Deputy Feighan says both consultants agree that the changes over the past two and a half years have resulted in a safer service for patients.


The Legend of St. Patrick's visit to Boyle

St. Patrick actually visited the area. Somewhere near Copse or maybe Cornameeltha, Patrick asked locals for water for his horses, but they wouldn't give him any, and as they did not recognise him, said to him "clear off ya vagabond".
(I guess we tend to do the same with preachers at our door nowadays!)
Undeterred, Patrick (not yet a Saint) camped near Assylinn and created a well by the edge of Boyle River for his entourage and his horses. The well is still there, though seldom visited by anyone, and appropriately known as 'St. Patrick's Well'.


New Una Bhan Tourism Shop Online Shop

Congratulations and best wishes to our own Una Bhan Tourism Co-op based on the grounds of King House. They have recently created an online shop. Viewers worldwide can now buy from a growing catalogue of Pampering Products, Moone Boy Merchandise, Books and Crafts ... all at reasonable prices.
Check out the shop for yourself [here...]

TG4 to come to Boyle

John Spillane

Boyle will feature in a new series of 'Spillane an Fánaí' on TG4 in the autumn.
Spillane an Fánaí is a heartwarming and revealing six part entertainment series presented by singer/ songwriter John Spillane. Combining off-the-cuff encounters with local people, interviews and music sequences, John Spillane spends a week in six different locations, working in a pub and venturing out to meet a host of locals in search of musical inspiration for his songwriting in the uniqueness and character of small town life.
John Spillane and his production team look forward to spending a few days in Boyle in May and they will record a full half hour programme from the town.

Election in May

A number of locals have expressed surprise and disappointment that none of the nine Boyle Town Cllrs have put their names forward for the Co Co elections next May. I guess party politics from 'on high' had a role in the this. In the past, Boyle Town Council and its members worked diligently and brought countless items to the attention of Roscommon Co Co on behalf of Boyle.
Fine Gael has added a fourth candidate (from Ballaghaderreen) to run in the new Boyle electoral area in Co Roscommon in next May's local elections. More [here...]


Cooney Motors

Cooney Motors Qashqai Bettered

Boyle TM Initiative

Boyle TM (Boyle Town and More) will shortly start a fundraising campaign from which it is hoped the Boyle Business Community will benefit. Boyle TM hope to strengthen links with Lough Key Forest Park by helping to increase the park's visitor awareness of Boyle and what it has to offer, as well as providing a shuttle bus service to and from the park at Easter and during the summer season, significant signage, a rotating video in the visitor centre, a well-informed volunteer guide on Boyle, and a handout with things to do in Boyle.
Please read the flyer for details [here...]

Faces of Boyle

Some years ago I developed a Flickr set called 'Faces of Boyle'. Since then some of those photographed have died, and now I need to update the set. View the set and look out for updates [here...]

Watercare Complete Solutions

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Family Life Centre

Family Life Centre

The Family Life Centre provides a range of supports, services and clsses :-
Support for the Suicide Bereaved, Paediatric First Aid, Bereavement Support, Mixed Media Art, Adult Irish Conversation classes, Counselling& Psychotherapy, Foot Reading, Yoga, Pilates. For information, please contsct the centre on 071 966 3000

Lough Key gate-lodge in disrepair


Following concerns raised by Boyle Town Cllr. Jan Flanagan recently, this historic structure has fallen into a state of disrepair and something needs to be done to at least maintain or ideally restore it. Coillte has outlined to Councillors that they will liaise with the Moylurg Rockingham Group who manage the activity centre and the general estate as well as the OPW to determine the best course of action to preserve this historic building in future.

Prepaid Funeral Planning

Higgins & Sons Funeral Directors, Main Street, Boyle have teamed up with Golden Leaves, UK to provide a pre-funeral planning service.
Take the burden off your loved ones and have peace of mind that when the time comes your wishes are handled with the professional Care and Dignity they deserve.
For more information/appointment contact: Marty or John at 086 232 8291/086 075 8044
Website [here...] ;Email:

Lough Key - Bus to Boyle

A package is being devised for all Boyle Traders which will include Shuttle Bus to and from Lough Key twice daily during July and August and during the Easter Holidays.
Additional perks will be included for all Team Members with this exciting initiative which will include advertising on rotating Video in Lough Key Centre and inclusion in our Information guide to promote Businesses.
Exciting Plans are being put in place for Boyle Town to embrace the large numbers which will visit Lough Key Forest & Activity Park this coming Season. Boyle Town and More together with Louise Fitzpatrick, Manger of Lough Key, have been looking at ways of generating awareness to this market (Lough Key Visitors) of our many attractions Boyle has to offer which include The Model Railway, King House, Boyle Farmers Market, Boyle Abbey, Home of Chris O'Dowd & Moone Boy. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for our Retail Stores to showcase and for Pubs and Food Outlets to include their Menus, offers and Entertainment Sessions.
Next meeting will be held in Boyle Enterprise Centre next Wednesday 26th February at 8pm. Don't wait for this to happen, be part of it ... and join us next Wednesday night to put the plan into action. This is one bus you must get on!

Crusade? ...

Many will be aware the I promote the idea that Boyle and Carrick are two neighbouring towns in a beautiful part of Ireland. I believe that it would benefit both towns greatly, if in some arenas, we were to promote and advertise jointly.
We share a commonality, but are yet different in so many ways. In trading, attractions and other areas, what one town lacks, the other can supply. Both towns have excellent shops, the N4 and rail links. Boyle has King House, Boyle Abbey, its Musical Society, Civic Art Collection etc while Carrick has its hotels, cinema, swimming pool, The Dock etc., and all are no more than a 15 minute car journey from each other.

From A Cardiac Specialist ...

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath/shower - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - helps to avoid stroke or heart attack


Beginners Try a Tri

Sunday 13th April: Lough Key Tri Club special 'Beginners Tri a Tri' event starting at the Aura Leisure Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon. Try a Tri will include: 250 metre pool swim, 13km cycle and 4km run. Tech t-shirt for each participant, prizes for the first 3 males and females. Entry 25 euros - limit 100 places. Register and view Poster [here...

Google Maps - Boyle


Google Maps is a great resource. Photos of Boyle were taken on a visit to Boyle by the Google team some years ago. View some [here...]
Just as soon as the weather improves I will take a set of photos of the same locations, showing how the town looks now ...

Co Manager to retire

Frank Dawson

Frank Dawson, Roscommon County Manager has announced his intention to retire. It is reported that the Manager will officially step down on June 2nd.

World Health Organisation warns of cancer spread

The World Health Organisation is warning of a 'tidal wave' of cancer spreading across the globe.
Figures released to coincide with World Cancer Day, show the number of cases is expected to jump 75 per cent in just twenty years. The Irish Cancer Society is urging people to make changes to their diet and lifestyles. Obesity, lack of exercise and high alcohol intake will be major contributors to the cancer spread.

Frank Feighan TD welcomes 4 million for Endoscopy

Deputy Frank Feighan TD has welcomed news that a 4 million euro Endoscopy Unit at Roscommon Hospital will now formally go out to tender. Tenders will now go out to a number of builders selected from the pre-qualifying stage. The preferred contractor to build this major facility will then be appointed. "I am delighted that this important project has completed another major milestone and I look forward to Roscommon Hospital becoming a diagnostic centre for the Western region once the Endoscopy Suite is completed."


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