The Boyle GAA Club AGM will Sunday next 6th December at 5pm in the Clubroom. Nomination forms and proposed motions for discussion should be returned to Mary Clifford, Secretary by Friday next. We urge everyone who is in any way involved or interested in Gaelic Games in Boyle, to attend this very important meeting. This is the chance to voice your opinions on the running of the club.
Join us in Boyle next weekend from Thursday 3rd December for a fantastic weekend celebrating turning on the town's Christmas Lights, Santa's Arrival on the Crescent, Outdoor Night-time Market, King House Craft Fair, Sales of work at Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home as well as Boyle Parochial School, Bric a Brac at The Family Life Centre, Daly's Wine Fair, Boles of Boyle Special Event ... and more.
• Dates and Times to follow shortly and a downloadable programme pf
Roscommon Co Council in association with Roscommon Citizens Information Service and Roscommon Leader Partnership Company will present "Celebrating Ability through the Arts" -
• Mon 30/Nov: "Celebrating Ability through the Arts" launch 4pm, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon
• Tues 1/December: "Information Evening" King House, Boyle, 7-10pm
• Wed 2/December: "Wills & Inheritance" Citizens Information Office, Boyle 10am-1pm
• Thurs 3/December: "Disability Equality Training for Artists" Hannons Hotel Roscommon, 9.45am-4pm - ALSO - "Christmas show to celebrate and recognise International Day for People with Disabilities" in The Resource Centre, Derrane, Roscommon - 2.30pm
Abbey Haven Care Centre and Nursing Home, Carrick Road, Boyle will hold a Sale of Work of beautiful Art & Craft Products handmade by the residents on Saturday 5th December 2015 starting at 11am. The Sale of Work is a Fundraising Event for the Residents Comfort Fund. Refreshments, Homemade Cakes, Biscuits and Christmas Baking plus tickets for our in-house Christmas Hampers draw will also be on sale. All monies raised will provide additional day trips and enhance our current activities programme. We would love if you could join us on the day. You might pick up that special handmade gift for Christmas. All Welcome
The Annual Outdoor Night-time Christmas Craft Fair & Market in the grounds of King House, Boyle on Friday 4th December starting at 6pm until 10pm, with over 20 stalls in the grounds and over 30 inside King House, Carol Singing at 8pm. Free Mulled Wine in King House. The Annual Christmas Craft Fair takes place again on Saturday 5th from 10am until 5pm alongside Boyle Farmers Market with plenty of Christmas cheer & atmosphere
Thursday 3rd December: Only a few days until Daly's Wine / craft beer fair. Spread the word, a Lovely festive night guaranteed with a wide selection of wines, champagnes & craft beers to be sampled. "We also have a fantastic hamper up for grabs & most importantly your €10 entry is going direct to our chosen organisation Feileacain, stillbirth association of Ireland. http://www.feileacain.ie/"
Have you got a little someone who would like to receive a personal letter from the man in red himself this December? Una Bhan Craft Shop has established a direct line to Santa Claus and has arranged for him to reply to children's letters.
The Annual Sale of Works will be held in the Church Hall (Parochial School, Military road), on Friday 4th December at 7pm. Work stall, bottle stall, country produce, cakes. White elephant, books, hoopla and of course teas and fabulous homemade goodies
The Family Life Centre will be holding a Bric a Brac sale on Friday 4th December from 5pm until 8pm and are looking for donations towards this fundraising event. Any good quality re-saleable items or unwanted gifts would be very much appreciated and can be handed into the Centre on Monday to Friday’s. Thank you for your support.
Revision Day, Saturday, December 5th, Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon
Mary Donohoe-Farrell wrote:
• My course focus is on key exam topics and provides comprehensive study notes. I provide valuable expertise in the areas of exam technique, model answers, and key exam skills and strategies.
• 9.45-11.15:Comprehending the comprehension: Durcan : A detailed exam focused study of this poet
• 11.30-1pm:Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’
• 2-3.30pmHow to manage the comparative
• 3.45-4.45pm Plath : An exploration of Plath
The Essay: Further information and booking on 086 266 9280 All students are asked to bring exam papers and a poetry anthology to the course.
Last Friday and Saturday volunteers sold selections of Christmas cards in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland (Roscommon Branch) in Kelly's SuperValu to raise proceeds to continue rolling out services and supports to people with MS throughout the county.
Roscommon Safe Link will host a Monster Bingo today Sunday 29th November, in St. Joseph's Hall, Boyle at 3pm. €4000 on prizes as well as spot prizes and valuable raffle prizes. This fundraiser is being held to coincide with the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women and your support would be appreciated for this worthy cause
SNPA Roscommon: Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs, Coffee Morning Tuesday 1st December at Open Table, Boyle, 10am-12noon. Parent Liaison: Marian Frawley 083 845 6991
The Boyle support group advise that the following items are available now.
Christmas cards at the following locations
• SuperValu, Boyle
• The Christmas Fair in King House on the 4th & 5th Dec.
• Cost 5.99 for a box of 12
"Shine a Light gift cards"
• Brogans Total Health Pharmacy
• Ryans Pharmacy Abbeytown
• Family Life Centre
Cost: €5 per envelope
Christmas Cake Raffle:
Tickets are on sale now for our Christmas cake. You can see it in the Hospice Shop on Ryans corner. €2 for a strip or 3 for €5.
They will also be on sale at the King House Craft fair and draw will take place at 5pm on Sat 5th in King House.
• Many thanks for your continued generosity and support of the Hospice. All donations go to the provision of Hospice services in the Roscommon area and is greatly appreciated.
TGIF (Thank God it's Friday) and we have another well-written, thoughtful Blog from Tony Conboy. Tony informs, remembers and suggests in his non-dictatorial accustomed manner on topics: The 1960s -The Decade of the Beatles : "Pleasure Ground" : Power and Influence : Speaking of Goldmines : Galway v Dublin hurlers, in the cathedral of baseball, Fenway Park, Boston : Robert Fisk-An Alternative Voice : The Great Ronnie Delaney : Be Safe Be Seen : Miriam O’Callaghan and Stephan Nolan TV Show
Abbey Community College will take part in a 1916-2016 exhibition at the Dock Arts and Cultural center Carrick-on-Shannon. For this reason we are asking our students and the broader community in Boyle; what does 1916 mean to you?
• We are doing this through Historical research, Music and Art.
• On the 9th of December Abbey Community College will hold its open evening and we are asking anybody who is going to attend to bring any photographs documents or family memorabilia that they are willing to have copied and used for this exhibition. All material will be sensitively handled and copied on the night for use only in the exhibition; no original documents will be retained.
• All of the gathered material will form the basis or our exhibition and we are hoping for some interesting feedback. Many thanks, Aengus Martin
Shannonside FM: Roscommon County Council adopted its budget for 2016 at a special meeting held Thursday 26th November. The budget will see no increase in the commercial rate charged to businesses. Over 70 per cent of businesses in the county can qualify for a five per cent reduction if they pay early.
Full marks to you if you answered "Matt Smith". Matt and Kay Smith had just taken over Maud and Alice Callaghan's famous pub on Elphin Street when the photo was taken. A big thank you to Matt for sharing this photo with Tony Conboy who shared it with me.
• By the way, Tony and many more locals would love to get photos of Maud and Alice, so if you know of some, let's share ...
"Pleasure Ground" written by Jarlath Tivnan and performed by Fregoli. Following a sell-out run on the main stage at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre recently, Fregoli in association with Boyle Arts Festival are delighted to bring the play Pleasure Ground home to Boyle - which is of course also home town to the writer, Jarlath Tivnan and the director Maria Tivnan.
• Pleasure Ground will be performed in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle on Saturday December 12th at 8pm. This production is not suitable for children under 16. Tickets priced €12 and €10 are available now from Taylors Jewellers, Bridge Street, Úna Bhán Tourism, King House, Boyle and on www.eventbrite.ie
"Hi Seán, a random pic of some 4 seasons paintings that children have done recently."
Peter Horan died on Sunday 17th Ocrober 2010. He was noted as an exceptionally gifted and influential flute Player, Horan was also a versatile fiddler, indeed techniques more common to the traditional violin were adpoted by Horan to the flute and this in part gave him his distinctive style. He had two longstanding musical partners, first Fred Finn with whom he played for three decades and latterly Gerry Harrington with whom he made two CDs. Peter Horan was a recipient of the TG4 Gradam Award.
• I took this photo of Peter in February 2010, never thinking that this wonderful man and friend of so many, would not see the end of the year.
Does your child have asthma? Would you like to attend our upcoming FREE parent/carer information evening?
• We are holding an information evening in your area. The interactive session will include expert advice from an asthma nurse specialist, a free asthma management pack along with an opportunity to share experiences and meet other parents/carers of children with asthma.
• The information evening will take place on Wednesday 2nd December in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon from 19.00-21.00.
• Places are limited so please book your place today by calling 01 817 8886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift ideas for you and you and you! This year, in addition to favourite brands of fragrances, preparations and cosmetics (Boss, Chanel, Brut, Revlon, Giorgio Armani etc), Brogans have 'signature' products from Celine Dion, David Beckham, Beyonce, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halle Berry and more ... The prices are right ... call in today while stocks last!
By fitting a Moone Boy cap at the top of our Town Clock, our Christmas Lights people pay homage to Moone Boy - the TV programme that has brought local, national and international recognition to Boyle in a way more than any effort to date.
• Well done in particular to Boyle Mens Shed for this tribute and who light up the town clock each year!
History was made at Roscommon courthouse in recent days when the last county council meeting was held in the building. The local authority is in the process of moving into its new purpose-built headquarters this week and hopes to be fully operational there by the 7th of December.
Aughanagh Parish Fundraising Committee will host a Family Christmas Bazaar in Ballinafad Community Centre on Sunday 29th November at 4pm. Please go along and enjoy a fun filled day full of Christmas Cheer and cheer and raffles galore, face painting, post your letter to Santa and much more. Any gift donations would be greatly appreciated. (No BRIC a Brac please) Please leave donation items in to Fr Alan P.P in Ballinafad Presbytery. Tel: 071 966 6006. All welcome and thank you for your support
A viewer wrote: "Hello Sean would u know öf anybody in the Boyle area that does Leaving Cert Irish grinds/lessons? The closest I could find was Castlerea or Cootehall.. Thank you"
• Please email email@example.com if you know of a teacher or PM me on Facebook ...
Annual Sale of Works and Cake Sale on Saturday 5th December. As always, I will have photos of the Works and Cakes on sale for you before the 5th.
An information evening will take place on Wednesday 25th November at 8p.m. in the Day Chapel of St. Joseph’s Church for parents of children from 3rd class up. This meeting is for parents only.
The Paediatric & Neonatal Intensive Care Staff of Sligo Regional Hospital together with the Hospital Chaplains will hold an Ecumenical Prayer Service in remembrance of all deceased children on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 7.30pm in the Out Patient Department of the Hospital.
Items that can be collected: New and Used Men’s and Women’s & Children’s Clothing, Footwear, Belts, Handbags, Hats, Household Textiles (curtains, blankets etc), Mobile Phones (put these in a separate bag or hand into reception in the school). All bags can be left outside the side gate at of the school on or before 8th December.
"We are delighted that Black Donkey Brewing Company will be joining us next Thursday 3rd December 7.30pm-9.30pm for our Wine Fair. Craft beer has grown so much & is a specialty of ours so we are moving with the times and adding it to our Wine Fair."
• Numbers drawn: 5, 8, 19, 25
• Match Three winners: S. Connolly, K. Early, B. McQuaid, M. Kirnan, D. Dodd
• Jackpot winner: None
Thank you to all who supported the draw. Next draw Monday November 30th at 11.00pm in Gerry Mattimoe’s Bar Jackpot €13,460
A photo from many years ago, it's still one of our favourite seaside resorts - Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Many thanks to Kevin Flynn for the photo.
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Ireland’s elite counter- terrorism units have significantly increased their training to deal with the threat posed by jihadi fighters in the past year.
John Purcell: "We are noe serving Sunday Lunches. We are also taking bookings for Christmas parties."
Our Boyle branch of Bank of Ireland has undergone a comprehensive makeover and extensive refurbishments, and now looks modern and inviting.
• In step with current ethos, "Express Banking" is encouraged via in-bank machines for cash and cheque lodgements and withdrawals. Areas for Cashier and Customer Services are provided as always, and booths provided for customers who wish to conduct online transactions or avail of head office services.
Saturday 21st November was Molly Condon's Christening Day in st. Joseph's Church, Boyle with Keith, Majella, families and friends. Celebrations continued afterwards in Wynne's Bar with delicious food courtesy of Mary Condon and music by the excellent David Byrne
"Doug's Field at Sunset", Friday 20th November. It is certainly a scene worth painting or a scene for interpretations. The field is located beside Boyle Canal.
Sheena wrote: BENEFIT FROM THE BLUEWAY COMMUNITY & COMMERCIAL WORKSHOPS: If you are a community member or a service provider in the towns and villages along the Shannon and Shannon-Erne (including Boyle), we welcome you to our second workshop on how to benefit from the recreation and tourism opportunities on the Blueway. The draft Blueway food, culture & heritage, activity and craft trail maps will be presented and there will also be an opportunity for communities and clusters of
service providers to identify Blueway itineraries, events and packages.
• Boyle Workshop: Monday 23rd November, 7.30pm in Boyle Enterprise Centre
• Your attendance at these workshops would be greatly appreciated as we value your participation. Please pass this information onto anyone else you think may be interested in attending.
For a great weekend read of local and general interest, you won't find better than "An Oblique View" by Tony Conboy. This weekend Tony writes on a number of topics that I find fascinating: Maud and Alice ‘The Dazzler’ : Sir Patrick Hannon Boyle Connections : Sports Review : Sebastian (Seb) Coe : U.K Referendum and the E.U. : The Wizard of Oz
We have had so much rain recently that the Lough Key water level is higher than normal - so high that the 3 piers at Doon Shore are mostly underwater. In this photo the pier further away is now totally underwater!
Here's hoping my 123 "Wizard of Oz" photos will give you a flavour of the spectacle, colour and special effects I enjoyed so much during this year's Boyle Musical Society production in St. Joseph's Hall. Photos do not capture the wonderful live performances, dancing and musical treats, neither do they capture the creativity, dedication and attention to detail of the show's producer, set designer, backstage crew and front of house personnel, so with these few words I congratulate everyone involved and recommend that if at all possible you attend the show for yourself ... and enjoy!
Boyle Scouts would like to get a stock of second hand uniforms in all sizes for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venture Scouts and Leaders so if anyone has shirts, jumpers or trousers that are no longer needed please contact Stephanie on 086 841 9156.
• Many thanks, Liz O'Dowd, Secretary, Boyle Scouts
Boyle Celtic are delighted to commence the very first U14 girls football team in Boyle. Training starts this Sunday morning at 11AM on the astro facility. All girls from Boyle and surrounding areas are very welcome to join.
We are always delighted to welcome Irish TV to Boyle and also delighted that the crew shows us in such a good light ... none better than their Country Matters programme transmitted on Channel 191, Monday 16th November. Take a look for yourself as Irish TV visits my friend and artist Vitya Malirsh, Tommy & Maura Noone's Derrycashel Crafts, The McAleese Collection on show in King House and a peek at rehearsals for this year's spectacular Boyle Musical Society production of "The Wizard of Oz"
A treat for our many UK viewers ... The acclaimed production "Of Mice and Men"starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd hits U.K. cinemas from November 19 via NT Live!
Michael Frayne wrote: Boyle will feature on the Roscommon County Matters programme on the following dates
• Episode 75 Boyle Broadcast Date 16 Nov 2015
We chat to charcoal artist Vitya Malirsh about his passion for art. Attend the launch of the Mary McAlease gifts presentation to King House, chat to the people behind Derrycashel Crafts and hear about this year's production from Boyle Musical Society.
• Episode 79 Broadcast Date 14 Dec 2015
Opening of Ardcarne Christmas Shop
Xmas Make up tips from Grainne at Enhance Health & Beauty
• Review of 2015 Broadcast Date 28 Dec 2015
Colour Run Lough Key
What a wonderful writer, what a wonderful article ... it is a 'must-read' into a bygone era!
Kilronan Castle held another very successful Wedding Showcase yesterday (Sunday 16th November). Couples who were considering booking the venue were invited to sample the culinary delights of the castle. The hotel had invited key suppliers to give talks and tips on their services between courses of a fantastic 5 course meal. The afternoon was a huge success with many couples booking their dream day in the venue and with Kilronan Castle's key suppliers.
Saturday 28th November: King House at 12.00pm : Launch of a new collection of poems by Gerry Boland, as he wrote "Because, oh I don't know, because that's what you have to do"
The annual mass for deceased members of the 19th Inf Bn FCA Association scheduled to be held in Manorhamilton this Sunday has been postponed due to a bereavement and has been rescheduled for Sunday 6th December at 11.30am
Despite the miserable weather, 'the usual suspects' (our wonderful volunteers) braved the elements and erected Boyle's Christmas lights last night (Thursday 12th). Later this month, if tradition is followed, we will have the official 'turning on' ceremony, and Santa's arrival ahead of what will be a bumper, not-too-merry Christmas season.
Down through the years, I have been delighted to take seasonal photos, and plan more of the same this year. Memo to self "now that there are drones in the area, wouldn't a video flight over a Christmas Lights Boyle be a treat?" ... please note, Darren Purcell and Brendan Simon etc! Whether or nay, I will fit a video camera to my car then shoot and scoot around town.
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Once an iconic heritage building behind Boyle Town Clock, the Courthouse still looks great from the street. However, 'Never judge a book by its cover' was never a more apt simile when one looks at the sad state of the building inside ...
A reminder: Here is a set of photos I took in August 2014 ...
Why choose Boyle: Boyle's West of Ireland location, beautiful local scenery, access to the N4 National Primary route, all of the 7 up and 7 down daily trains stop at our railway station, we are 25 miles from Sligo City and Atlantic Ocean seaside resorts, 45 minutes from Knock International Airport, close to us are the River Shannon and 3 large famous lakes, a plethora of historical treasures. Sports and social clubs abound
Come and learn the steps for your first dance and social dancing in the Moylurg Inn, every Wednesday, starting 8.30pm ... a lovely relaxed/relaxing mid-week event!
"Way back when", I was delighted to put together Internet pages on 10 Towns of County Roscommon. I have not updated the since, but as I read through them, much of the information and most of my photographs are still relevant ... check 'em out ...
• Ballaghaderreen : Ballyleague : Boyle : Castlerea : Cortober : Elphin : Knockcroghery : Monksland : Roscommon : Strokestown
• I have photos from then that I took in Frenchpark and will upload them as soon as I can find them !
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