Weather Forecast:.
Tuesday: Misty patches clear early to leave a mainly dry bright day with spells of sunshine. It will be mild as temperatures rise to between 16 and 18 degrees in light variable breezes
Wednesday: Settled and warm as temperatures rise to 18 or 19 degrees and there will also be good sunny periods. Winds will stay light variable or southerly.
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Play in the Hall next Friday

Friday 5th September: 'The Communication Cord' by Brian Friel, directed by Gerry Golden, will be presented by Boyle's Clock Theatre Group in St. Joseph's Hall, starting at 8pm. Admission €10

Lough Key Tri next Sunday


Sunday 7th September: Lough Key Sprint Triathlon 2014 attracts a large, contrywide entry of athletes. This race event features a 750m swim to Castle Island and back, then a 22km cycle around Lough Key and a 5km run in Lough Key Forest Park.
View photos from Lough Key Tri 2013 [here...]

Concert - Folk For Hospice

Saturday 20th September in St. Joseph's Hall, start time 8.30pm. This promises to be one helluva gig. You will enjoy great local performers singing and playing as you have not heard them before. Derek tells me the programme will comprise folk music and song, a la Clancy Bros, Dubliners and many more ... but no Aran Sweaters. With Derek Caldbeck on the night will be Johnny McGlynn, Donal O'Connor, Brendan Maloney and special guests.
Tickets will be available at the door. Mark the date in your diary (Saturday 20th September). Come along and support Palliative Care Services in the community.  

Boyle Celtic to Croagh Patrick

The hardy souls who are undertaking the Boyle Celtic to Croagh Patrick challenge next Saturday will be amassing at Boyle Celtic Grounds for about 7.45am.

Acupuncture Clinic - every Tuesday

Justine Kwan wrote: "I will run an acupuncture clinic from Results Gym starting tomorrow Tuesday 2nd September, specialising in sports injuries/pain relief and anxiety. Drop in or by appointment. www.kwan-acupuncture.com  For info and bookings please call 087 056 6431

Kelly's Londis

Kelly's Londis Sale

Green Enterprise Workshop tonight (Tuesday 2nd)

Boyle Enterprise Centre will host two free workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs this September. "The Green Customer of the Future" takes place on Tuesday September 2nd from 6.00/8.00pm.This will be followed by a second workshop "Funding & Supports for Green Business" on Thursday September 11th from 7.00/9.00pm. A third workshop on alternative sources of funding for Green Business will take place at the Leader Offices in Roscommon on Tuesday September 9th from 6.00/8.00pm.The workshops will be addressed by specialist speakers and agencies and will be followed by Q & A sessions. All three workshops are part of the Accelerate Green Enterprise Programme based at Boyle Enterprise Centre. The programme is funded by Roscommon Leader Partnership. To book any of the events, or for more information, contact Olwen on 087 7997772 or Orla 086 3807802, or email info@boyleenterprise.com.

Boyle Buildings, Autumn 2014

The Sports Complex at Abbey Community College

On realboyle Flickr at the moment there are pictures of 116 Boyle Buildings.

Cameras and photographs - some home truths

1. All modern cameras are marvels of technology
2. All cameras are CRAP when compared to what human eyes can see.
3. Good photographers know how to take well composed photos and edit them with software so that the final images correspond as near as memory serves to the scene at time of taking.
4. Editing photos is a stand alone topic. Computer software can be used to manipulate images to what may be referred to as Visual Art, which includes the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography etc.
5. The three pillars of photography are Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Get to know how to use them properly and your camera will give its best results
6. Buy / download software to edit every photo you take and learn how to use it. While there are many photo editors, (free and pay for) beginners might consider Photoshop Elements which is a watered down and cheaper version of full Photoshop used by many professionals.
7. For a first "quick fix", learn how to adjust the Levels control to your advantage.

Goodbye August, Hello September

At this time of year a gradual lockdown comes about. Here's one of the first:
Lough Key Visitor Center Opening & Closing Times.
Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Lakeside Café: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5.30pm. (food finishes at 5 pm) "We will open outside these times for pre-booked groups. For further information please call 071 967 3122"

Boyle GAA Update

The following were the €20 winners in our most recent Club Lotto draw which was held in the Moylurg Inn;- Tommy Vesey, Stephen Langan, Deirdre Purcell, Darren O’Connor, Louise Brady and Gillian Cleary. The house prize was won by Vincent Flanagan. The jackpot wasn’t won and it will reach the substantial figure of €7,000 for Saturday night’s draw which will be held in Dodd’s Bar.
read th full update [here...]

Boyle Buildings, Autumn 2014


Over the past few weeks I have taken a number of photos of commercial and public buildings around Boyle. The goal was to get as many as would show Boyle during Autumn 2014. I still have to add more to the set [here...]

Welcome Fr. John Coughlan

Fr. John Coughlan introduced himself to parishioners at masses in St. Joseph's Church over the weekend. Fr. John thanked Fr. Gerry for his warm welcome and said he looks forward to meeting parishioners over the days ahead and happy days serving the needs of Boyle parish for the years ahead.
On separate notes it is reported that Fr. Gerry's housekeeper is to retire soon and that organist Patricia Hopkins is to retire at the end of the year.

Over aged 85 numbers to double

A report by Social Justice Ireland forecasts that in just over a decade, the number of people in Ireland aged over 85 will have doubled - meaning greater demand for healthcare facilities and services. Social Justice Ireland is urging the Government to develop longer-term strategies to deal with long-term unemployment and the impact of people living much longer.

#Say When Sooner

Frank Kelly, the actor who played a constantly inebriated priest in Father Ted says people do not need to be drunk to enjoy a drink. September is Irish Heart Month and Frank Kelly spoke to remind the public that "the heart can't drink like you can".

Care Club Outing

View a set of five photos [here...]

Carrick Care Club, sponsored by Waterways Ireland. The club held their third annual day out in Lough Key Forest Park on Saturday 30th August. Approximately 100 of our disabled / intellectually challenged enjoyed boat trips, a barbeque, fun games and music on a sunny afternoon in this beautiful location.

Ireland's Fittest Family semi-final

Team coaches Derval O'Rourke and Jason Sherlock in L.Key Forest Park

Programme presenter Mairead Farrell in Lough Key Forest Park

Well done to Boyle's O'Flaherty Family. Brian, Darren, Daniel and Saoirse who made it possible to stage what will be episode seven (semi-final) of the TV programme to find Ireland's Fittest Family in Lough Key Forest Park on Saturday 30th August. The complete set of will be shown when the programme goes live on November 2nd. Meantime please view photos [here...]

Boyle Chamber/Boyle Town & More

Boyle Chamber/Boyle Town & More welcome new members....
Boyle Chamber is delighted to announce its Joint Presidents, Dara Callaghan and Alan Cooney. Dara served as Chamber President last year and has worked closely with Roscommon County Council, Christmas Lights Initiative lead by Stephen Bohan, Links to Lough Key & Boyle, Boyle Courthouse and the Boyle Enterprise Centre. The two will work together for the coming year.
Read the full text of the Press Release [here...]

Magees Fashions, Main Street

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Boyle Camera Club Photo Shoot

Boyle Camera Club committee would like to welcome back members after the summer break with a Photo Shoot this Sunday 31st August at Rinn Duin (Rindoon) Co. Roscommon, 3km outside the village of Lecarrow. Rinn Duin is on a peninsula that reaches out into Lough Ree and contains the ruins of a 13th century walled town.
"We need to depart promptly from The Crescent at 9am. Bring walking shoes and a rain coat but say a prayer for decent weather. We look forward to seeing you all again."
Boyle Camera Club was founded in October 2007 and currently has more than 60 members. The club was the first fully designated Digital Camera Club in Ireland and is affiliated to the Irish Photographic Federation.

Boyle Civic Collection / Fergus Ahern

Image © courtesy of Tony Murphy

The RHA Gallery in Dublin is host an exhibition of works selected from The Boyle Civic Art Collection by RHA Director, Patrick Murphy from 5th September – 19th December 2014. There is an article in the current issue of Irish Arts Review about the event written by Frances Ruane. The article is also a tribute to Fergus Ahern and the Boyle Arts Festival.

Tony Conboy's Oblique View

"During our youth during the haymaking season the krek-krek of the corncrake was a familiar sound. In recent decades their number has declined enormously as well as the locations that they are still to be found " This week Tony reflects on "Nature Under pressure", "GAA Sports Review Nationally" and "GAA Sport Locally"
Read the articles on Tony's Blog [here...]

Chris, Dawn and baby O'Porter

Chris O’Dowd and Dawn O’Porter are expecting their first child together. The Boyle actor revealed the news as part of his Ice Bucket Challenge video online. The ‘Moone Boy’ star (34) completed the charity challenge, which has gone viral online in recent weeks, and turned the camera to his wife as he nominated ‘Baby O’Porter’ to get dunked in water next.
View the video [here...]

Penalty Points

Over 19,000 motorists have been caught using their phone while driving this year. The law now states that drivers caught texting and using mobiles, even a hands-free kit, will face a mandatory court summons and a fine instead of just penalty points.
If a driver is caught texting on their phones they could face a fine of up to €1,000 for a first offence, increasing to €2,000 if it is a second offence, with the possibility of a three month jail sentence.


Irish Times report: Supervalu and Tesco are just two of the businesses the National Consumer Agency have pulled up over overpricing some stock.

Smartwatch / Phone

Irish Times report: Samsung Electronics has unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby. Samsung’s new smartwatch, called the Gear S, features a 2-inch (5 cm) curved display and offers features like WiFi connectivity, pedestrian navigation and a built-in GPS.Samsung said the Gear S will start selling from October. It did not give details on pricing or where it will be available.

No job losses at Avant Card

AvantCard has assured customers and employees that the closure of MBNA will have no impact on its business in Carrick-on-Shannon. Avantcard. who took over from MBNA in 2012, will not be affected by the proposed closure of MBNA in November.

View a list of competitions for autumn 2014 [here...]
For more information please contact Jane 086 830 2361

Boyle Courthouse building [photos here...]


The National Inventory of Archictectural Heritage reported: "Detached three-bay two-storey courthouse, built c.1830, with flanking recessed single-storey entrance bays, Hipped slated roof with rendered chimneystacks to rear. This refined court house is of social and historical significance to the town of Boyle. Set back in an open location allowing for a fuller appreciation of this finely-executed building, the court house, with its garlands of chains tells the sombre storey of the use that this public building had, and uses symbolism to portray the part it played in the Irish judicial system." View Photos [here...]

Boyle Civic Art Collection

Boyle Civic Art Collection Trustees Barry Feely and Conor Dowling
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Boyle Civic Art Collection Exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. 5th September – 19th December 2014.
The Boyle Arts Festival was established over 25 years ago as a small event providing a platform to local poets, singers and visual artists. Alongside the art exhibition, the Boyle Arts Festival also developed a well-regarded national profile. In 1990 it was decided that the commission made on the sale of paintings would be used to acquire works of art for the town of Boyle. The first two paintings were purchased in 1990 by Mr. Fergus Ahern and Mr. Barry Feely.
Read the full Press release [here...]

Kelly's Londis

Kelly's Londis

Boyle Musical Society - "Grease"

Rehearsals for Grease will begin next Monday, September 1st in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle at 8pm. Welcome will be extended to all new, former and existing members to join up for twelve weeks of music, singing, drama, dancing, comedy.
Rehearsals will continue in the Hall at 8pm on Thursday September 4th and thereafter on Monday and Thursday nights.
Boyle Musical Society will stage Grease from Wednesday November 19th until Sunday November 23rd in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle
Read the full Press Release [here...]

Marians Fashions

Marians Fashions


Church of Ireland Building & Roof Works


Building and roof works are ongoing and well advanced at Boyle's Church of Ireland. Pictured onsite are Canon Ronnie Burke (third from left), engineer Michael Archer, Rory Anderson, contractor Joe Sweeney and staff. [more...]


New Roscommon Writing Award 2014

First Prize - €500: The New Roscommon Writing Award 2014is organised by the Roscommon Writer-in-Residence scheme, which is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM.
The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €50 each)Closing date for entries is Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Enquiries to: gboland@roscommoncoco.ie  or to mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

Boyle Horse & Summer Show 2014

Summer Show Chairperson Aileen Madden, Boyle visitors from Arizona, Padraig and Mrs. Beisty with Shane O'Dowd

Anna Hudson with the show's champion dog, sponsor Frank Geelan, Show Judge Michael Mullen, Patricia Golden and Maureen Geelan

Up and over at the jumping arena

Beautiful vegetables ... just look at those onions!

Following months of planning by a small and dedicated committee, yesterday's Boyle Horse & Summer Show 2014 was our best ever. The weather might have become a problem, but it didn't. Fears that the ground might be too wet were not realised. Hundreds turned up and enjoyed the day of spectacle with two horse jumping arenas, a 28 category dog show that displayed 78 gorgeous dogs, onsite food and trade stalls and entertainment enclosures for our 'young-uns'
The committee can relax today in the sure knowledge that they have given us another hugely successful show ... Congratulations to them, their marshals, assistants, markers, judges and all involved ... roll on 2015! View photos [here...]

Eoin Lavin seat in Abbey Park

Eoin's dad Aidan, mum Trudy and sister Vicki

A large number attended while a seat in memory of the late player Eoin Lavin was unveiled in the Abbey Park on Saturday evening 23rd August after the Boyle v Strokestown O'Rourke Cup game.
Eoin died in a car accident. Eoin Lavin March 21 1995 - August 19th 2012 R.I.P.
At this sad, but memorable event for the Lavin family and Eoin's team mates and friends, Fr. Donal Morris blessed the seat. Tributes to Eoin were spoken by MC Tony Conboy, Eoin's dad Aidan and club chairman Martin Dolan. On occasions like this we remember that life is precious, but fragile.
View realboyle photos [here...]

Rose of Tralee reveals she's gay

Maria Walsh (27) opened up about her sexuality in an interview with the Irish Sun on Sunday."I'm confident in who I am as a person," she said. The new Rose of Tralee has said that she started a relationship with a woman some years back which lasted for two years, but she is now single. "I'm not ashamed of my sexuality by any means," she told the Irish Sun on Sunday. "The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women's intelligence, careers, their volunteer work. The question of sexuality never came up.

Keash Twinfest 2014

Three set of twins at Twinfest 2014
Realboyle photos [here...]

Keash Hills and Caves

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Trad Sessions in Dodd's Bar

Bernard Flaherty and daughter Róisin - "the tradition will never die"

Friday 21st: A full house enjoyed another great session of Traditional Music Playing and Singing in Dodd's Bar on The Crescent with our local players and guests. It is wonderful to note that Traditional music is alive and well here in Boyle and that our 'seasoned' musicians are now being joined with a younger generation of players.
Realboyle photos [here...]

Clarke's Bar & Restaurant - Lunch Platter

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Clarke's Herb Crusted Haddock and Vegetables on the menu for lunch this Friday.

Boyle Celtic - Scanlon's Bar Sponsorship

Scanlon's Sponsorship for Boyle Celtic

Stephen Simpson of Scanlon's Bar, Boyle, has very kindly agreed to sponsor 20 training balls and 20 training bibs for our senior team. The picture above shows Stephen Simpson (centre), Scanlon's Bar presenting balls and bibs to Darren Conway (l), Senior Team manager and Eddie Conroy (r), Treasurer.

Jack L and Bernadine Casserly in King House


The Jack L concert in King House last night is one I won't forget easily. Before the show I had read "The Main Salon will once again be filled with Jack’s velvety tones as he performs songs, new and old. Jack Lukeman (Jack L), is an artist with dramatic vocals, Show-goers will be treated to a display of music, song, humor and an enthusiasm for his art that is infectious. He makes song interpretation look easy as he moves between genres effortlessly and has his audience in the palm of his hand." ... I couldn't agree more! Comments I heard afterwards included words like Sinister, Scary, Amazing voice, Hypnotic, Brilliant Singer and Stage Performer.
Jack's show was preceded by Bernadine Casserly who is singing better than ever and preformed a beautiful set of her favourites. View photos from the dimly lit venue [here...]

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

There's a real sense of autumn at the moment, especially when you see the branches of many trees and shrubs laden with berries. Ornamental fruit is of course a great opportunity to bring extra sparkle to the garden - check out our recommendations for fistfuls of colour right through autumn and beyond. Butterflies are plentiful visitors to the garden at this time of year, sipping nectar-rich flowers [Read more...]

Green & Gold on The Crescent


Playground on Shop Street


Tony Conboy's Oblique View

On Thursday mornings, with realboyle viewers, I love reading Tony Conboy's Oblique View Blog. I can be sure to read a special view on events local and otherwise. This week Tony shares his thoughts on visiting last week's All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo, comments on changed Civic Amenity opening hours and his special Sports Review. Read all [here...]

Local Area Plans

Roscommon County Council intends to prepare Local Area Plans in the coming months for the following areas in the County: Boyle, Castlerea, Ballaghaderreen. "We would like to have your input in the formulation of these plans so that they will reflect your views and concerns." Read more [here...]

Assylinn Cemetery, Boyle


Dirty Cars Wanted


Gerard Norton
Gerard Norton © realboyle photos [here...]

Call over to Gerard Norton for expert and thorough car washing and valeting. Gerard is on site daily at Stewarts Oil on Mill Road. A viewer wrote "Even my alloy wheels look like new" ... yes, and mine too! Thank you Gerard!

Battle of the Curlews


The Battle of Curlew Pass was fought on the 15th of August 1599
Today marks the 415th anniversary of the Battle of Curlews Pass in which Gaelic forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell defeated an English army under the leadership of Sir Conyers Clifford, an engagement of the broader Nine Years' War. The site of the battle lies just North of Boyle on the N4 to Sligo. Today, the Gaelic Chieftain monument stands guard over the pass, surveying the battlefield. [more...]

Eating out in Boyle - An Craoibhín

Breakfast plate in An Craoibhín
Breakfast platter in the Craoibhín on Elphin Street.


Eating Out in Boyle - Clarke's Bar & Restaurant

Clarke's Bacon & Cabbage Lunch
Bacon & Cabbage Lunch in Clarke's ...mmmh!!


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