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Boyle Farmers Market - A Celebration of 10 years

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Una Bhan Tourism were delighted to mark Boyle Farmers Markets’ 10th Anniversary with a celebration event on Saturday 30th May 2015 in the grounds of King House, Boyle between 10am and 2pm. The event included food tastings by artisan producers with information and advice and a FREE BBQ.
• Glendeer Pet farm from Athlone showcased some animals, Eagles Flying displayed their majestic bald eagle; Live music was provided by local musician Adam Daly. There was free face painting and a free prize draw.
• Boyle Farmers Market has received various awards of the years including The Bridgestone Award and the ‘Good Practice Standard for Farmers Market’ by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food and Bord Bia. The Market provides an essential platform for local, small scale producers and artisan products. Úna Bhan Tourism successfully launched Boyle Farmers Market in 2005 with financial assistance & support from Arigna LEADER and co-operation from Roscommon County Council and is delighted that customers near and far continue to support Boyle Farmers Market local, fresh & wholesome produce.

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Boyle Marina, Saturday 30th May

Boyle Marina
Wishing all viewers a pleasant, peaceful and happy weekend

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Today's Duck Race Fundraiser:

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The ducks were 'released' at the bridge on Bridge Street at 1pm. A very successful event was held on Boyle river on Saturday afternoon when in excess of 500 'ducks' took to the water. Congratulations to winners:
1. Megan McKenna, Greatymeadow - €500
2. Donal O'Connor - €200
3. Kathleen McDermott, knockvicar - €100

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Stamps - price rise

An Post has announced that its rates for postal services will increase from 1 July this year. The standard domestic letter will now cost 70c to post, rather than 68c.The €1 stamp for international letters up to 100g will now cost €1.05. A spokesperson for An Post said the rates still remain “well below” EU average of 77c.

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Boyle Country Meats - Bank Holiday Specials

Boyle Country Meats

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19th Infantry Bn FCA Association Tour 2015

Three seats have become available on the 19th Inf Bn FCA Association tour to The Ulster Folk and Transport Museums in Cultra, Hollywood, Belfast, on Wednesday 3rd June 2015. The seats are on the Boyle coach which leaves the Crescent, Boyle at 7.45am. It will arrive back in Boyle at 9pm. On the return journey the tour will stop in Enniskillen for a four course dinner. The all-in cost of the tour is €50. For further information contact the tour co-ordinator Francie, tel 087 223 4477.

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Event Diary

Sunday 31st
• Padre Pio pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey - call Moya on 071 966 2110
• Boyle GAA St. Ronan's -v- Eire Og (intermediate c'ship) Boyle -V- Elphin (Senior c'ship)
• Boyle Golf Club "the  Committee Cup"
• Pete Higgins in Daly's Bar

Monday 1st
• Ardcarne Community Childcare Family Fun Walk & Fete 12.30pm

Tuesday 2nd
• Roscommon Special Needs Parents Association Coffee Support Morning at Open Table Restaurant 10am-12 noon.
• Trad music with Eileen, Mae and friends, 8pm in Gerry Mattimoes Pub

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"Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh was a very special guest at Roscommon CBS Medal Presentation. He was in sparkling form. He is currently 84 years of age and as sprightly as a man much, much, younger."

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Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

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There's a celebration of all things gardening this weekend at the BLOOM Flower Show in Dublin and you'll also find lots to inspire at the garden centre. This is a great time to plant up summer containers and you'll be spoilt for choice with our colourful selection. - Check out some of the great savings you can enjoy this weekend.

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Boyle Golf Club

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The new Club Major "the  Committee Cup" will be held on Saturday and Sunday May 30th/31st. Open to Ladies and Gents.the format will be 18 Hole stroke with a final 9 holes on Sunday evening for the top Ladies and Gents.
Prizes for Overall Winner, 1st, 2nd, Gross, 3rd Ladies and Gents, best nine holes and category prizes. Entry fee is €20 per person and booking will be available online.

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Sligo Park Run

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It's part of a nation wide movement - an organised free weekly timed run held in Doorly Park Sligo every Saturday morning. Running in a park-run event is totally free. You don't pay to run, ever and every group is ran by a group of local volunteers. Whether you're young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able bodied or not, your always welcome. It's not about racing, it's about running. All you have to do it register online print your barcode and make sure to bring it with you, as you will need it scanned when you are finished.
Runners results in each event are processed and updated online after the run by volunteers. Each registered runner has an individual page cataloging the details of each event in which they have participated.

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Boyle GAA Club


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We will complete the tidy up of Abbey Park on Saturday morning from 10.30am, in preparation for our big day on Sunday, We would appreciate as many helpers as possible.

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Magee's Fashion Shop

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Traditional Music Session

Trad music session on Tues 2nd June, with Eileen, Mae and friends starting at 8pm in Gerry Mattimoes.

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Bright future for many at Roscommon Learning Links

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As a result of many job offers to students at Roscommon Learning Links, places on the Courses have become available for immediate start. If you want to gain employment and Certification in Information Technology, contact Siobhan/ Martina on 071 9664510 straight away or drop into Roscommon Learning Links any morning to find out more about what’s on offer.

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Lough Key Forest Park

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Ros Co. Cllr. Maura Hopkins wrote: "Looking to the future, I strongly called for an urgent review of iconic buildings on the site namely the Gatehouse, Church and Stables. I called for an assessment of these buildings take place to ascertain their current condition, identify potential uses of such buildings and seek funding for their restoration. We must ensure the further decline of these buildings is arrested. I will continue to work hard to encourage such a review as it is terrible shame to see such buildings fall further into disrepair."

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Boyle Farmers Market - A Celebration of 10 years

Invitation to 10th celebration
Graphic courtesy of Una Bhan

Una Bhan Tourism is delighted to mark Boyle Farmers Market's 10th Anniversary with a celebration event on Saturday 30th May 2015, in the grounds of King House, Boyle between 10am and 2pm. The event will include food tastings by artisan producers with information and advice, a FREE BBQ (free BBQ food for those spending over €5 on produce in the market), Glenda Pet farm from Athlone will showcase some of their adorable animals, Eagles Flying from Ballymote will display a majestic bald eagle; Live music provided by talented local musician Adam Daly, free face painting and free prize draw.

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Padre Pio pilgrimage

The annual Padre Pio pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey, Co Tipperary will take place on Sunday 31st May. The pilgrimage will be led by the new Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Dr. Kieran O'Reilly. A bus will leave The Crescent, Boyle at 8am sharp. Enquiries please to Moya on 071 966 2110

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Ardcarne Community Childcare Services Ltd

Family Fun Walk & Fete on Monday 1st June (Bank Holiday Weekend) Meet at Cootehall School at 12.30pm walk around Cootehall Village (approx 2km, suitable for all the family! Back to the School for refreshments and Fete with stalls, games and fun for all the family. Cost: €10 per family for walk Fete stalls from as little as 20 cent upwards.
• Date for your Diary! Ladies night on Friday 26th June at 7.30pm in Tara Marina Restaurant & Bar. Start with a glass of champagne on arrival followed by 3 course buffet meal and music with Carol O’Dowd. Tickets €20 & will be available soon.

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Lough Key Forest Park

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Roscommon Co Council meeting in King House

At this week's Roscommon Co Council meeting in King House, it was announced that the visitor centre at Lough Key Forest Park, the car park, café and Boda Borg centre are currently operating at capacity, with 72,000 visitors every year. The operation employs 39 people.
• There were renewed calls for a hotel to be developed at Lough Key Forest Park in light of the proposed Center Parcs development in south county Longford.
• Gerry Egan (Coillte) said that in the autumn they would be looking at the next 5 to 10 years phase of development of Lough Key Forest Park and that this would need to dovetail in the Lough Key local area plan.

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Coffee Support Morning next Tuesday

Roscommon Special Needs Parents Association Coffee Support Morning at Open Table Restaurant, Boyle Town next Tuesday 2nd June, 10am-12 noon. Everyone Welcome, Enquiries SNPA Parent Liaison Marian Frawley 086 258 8498

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Thank you Roscommon Co council

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It was great to see the road sweeper truck in Boyle on different days this week. While here the driver as well as our own Paul Reilly and the sweeper unit were out bright and early clearing manholes in the town centre and sweeping away old leaves etc

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Scam alert

It has been reported that some lads have been attempting to collect money for what they say is a new Boxing Club in St. Joseph's Hall in Boyle.
1. A St. Joseph's Hall person told me that there are no plans for a Boxing Club in the Hall.
2. I spoke with Simon O'Donnell and he said "Those lads have nothing to do with me. However I have plans to start a new Boyle Boxing Club, open to all from next September." Simon went on to say "We have not been collecting funds and have not decided on a venue yet. We will have full information available at a later date.

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Center Parcs planning application

Junior Minister Michael Ring hopes people will see the benefit of the Center Parcs development near Ballymahon, Co. Longford, and won’t object to the planning process. Speaking while on recent visit to the region, Junior Minister Michael Ring says he can’t smooth out the planning application, as he and his Department aren’t allowed interfere in the planning process.

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Joe Simon Building Supplies

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Marians Fashions

"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you are a woman and loose enough to show you are a lady"
(a quotation from Marians Facebook page)

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Short Skirts

A video of a Traveller woman accusing a priest of preventing her from attending a First Communion mass because of how she was dressed has been posted online. The angry woman was attempting to gain entry into Ennistymon in Co Clare and claimed that the priest would not allow her to enter because of her short skirt.

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Boyle GAA Club says 'Thank You'

Thanks to all who assisted in the tidy-up of Abbey Park on Monday evening. To borrow a phrase-- a lot done-more to do. We are asking for another get-together on Thursday at 7pm to finish the job, so that we can impress our visitors from Elphin , St Ronans and Eire Og, and indeed our own many supporters at the Championship double header on Sunday next. While we look forward to as many as possible with their spades, brushes, rakes etc on Thursday evening, Those who cannot make it on Thursday are quite welcome to do their bit on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings

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Boyle Arts Festival - a teaser created by Darren Purcell

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Updates ...


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Community Groups

Thursday 4th June at 8.00pm in King House: A new framework for public engagement and participation, called the Public Participation Network (PPN), has been established in County Roscommon. The PPN replaces the previous Community Forum and is the main link through which Roscommon County Council connects with the community, social inclusion and environmental sectors without prejudice to other consultation processes. Please ensure that your group is registered with the PPN. The purpose of these meetings is to:
1. Ensure that all groups within each municipal district are registered with the Public Participation Network
2. Inform community groups about the role of the Public Participation Network Secretariat
Please note that Registration Forms will be available on the night of each meeting, with registration commencing at 7.30pm. For Further Information Contact: 090 663 7316.

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Bend in the Canal

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If you walk as far as you can on the northern side of Boyle Canal, you will arrive
at the spot where I took this smartphone picture on Wednesday 20th May

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Frank Conry graphic
"The Sparrows Gave Me Confidence"

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Cistercian Abbey - a Boyle Landmark

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Boyle Cistercian Abbey, viewed from Abbey Park
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In 1161, the Cistercian monks established Boyle Abbey. Previously, they had made three unsuccessful attempts to settle in the province of Connacht. The monastery, which was completed about 1220, was laid out according to the usual Cistercian plan with a church on the north side of a rectangular cloister area, with a chapter house for meetings on a second side, a kitchen and refectory on the third, and store houses and dormitory likely on the fourth.

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Boyle Canal

Boyle Canal
Both banks of the canal are favoured by leisure walkers and obviously traffic-free

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John Mulligan Banner
"Hey Jude" So', he says, 'Jaycee’s dead. You nailed him good.' ...

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Boyle Arts Festival - Call for Creative Submissions!

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Calling all artists, photographers, designers and poets! Boyle Arts Festival invites you to enter two creative competitions in the run up to this summer’s spectacular festival- The Open Art Exhibition and Poetry Competition.

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Open Table, typical Sunday Lunch Menu


2 course €16.00 : 3 course €20.00

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Sligo Road close to Knocknashee
Near Knocknashee, Boyle

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Clarke's Bar opening hours:

• Lunch Monday-Saturday from 12.30pm
• Evening Meals Thursday - Monday from 5pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday evenings)
"Here at Clarke's we are flexible with our opening hours if a group requires a booking outside of these opening times, please call Clarke's on 071 966 2064"

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Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

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Visiting a flower show isn't just a great day out – it's a rich seam of inspiration that'll fire you up for the rest of the year. The BLOOM Flower Show in Dublin is a must for all garden lovers and starts in just two weeks. There are some Tickets to Give Away in a Free Draw at Ardcarne Garden Centre - be sure to enter next time you visit.
Of course you can always find great inspiration here at the garden centre (Boyle & Roscommon Town) and this Saturday staff will show you how to plant up the perfect containers and baskets for summer long colour.

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Boyle Pleasure Grounds - Unkempt Playground

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Noting that Boyle Tidy Towns have called for "May Action Month", let's hope that Roscommon Co Council, custodians or The Pleasure Grounds, will find time and resources to give the playground attention. Following bad weather and new season's growth, the playground appears neglected and unkempt ... not what tourists, visitors and locals might hope for.

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Roscommon Co Council -  out of hours service

If you have an urgent issue, or need to pass on important information and the office is closed, continue to phone 090 6637100 and instructions will be given on how to contact a member of staff in the local area. This out of hours service should only be used for urgent issues that cannot wait until the next working day.

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East Bros Machinery

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East Bros ... their services and huge stocks of leading brand Tools For Hire, Lawnmowers, Chainsaws, Generators, Tillers, Outboard Engines, Farm Machinery Spares Lubricants & Accessories. Visit their showrooms, Doon Boyle (Just off the N4) and browse for your current and later requirements. Tel: 071 966 2710

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Lough Key Forest Park

 

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Ireland's Toughest Muckers - register now

Muckers 2015

Next event, 13th of June 2015 in Lough Key Forest Park Boyle. Registration opened, Wednesday 22nd April.
• Ireland's Toughest Muckers will attract entries countrywide. The event is a strength and endurance challenge set over a distance of 10 km with 15+ obstacles for competitors to overcome. First wave will off at 12.00 noon and there will be 10–15 mins given between each wave of competitors.
• There will be food and drink at the finish line, music and entertainment after the event while waiting for all competitors to finish.

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Boyle from above


Super work here from Darren Purcell - I never saw Boyle looking as well !!

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Home deliveries from the Roma Grill

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Lucio wrote: "We will be delighted to deliver food to your home, 6pm -12 midnight.
Delivery service 7 days a week, €1.50 local. To order please call 071 966 2147

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Magee's Fashion Shop

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Magee's Fashion Shop - current display includes the winner's cup for Best Window Display for last week's St. Patrick's Day. The St. Patrick's Day Committee thank you [here...]

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Profile of Co. Roscommon

Population 64,065
10.8% are Non-Irish Nationals
13.7% have a Disability
9,396 Older people & 28% live alone
6,257 One Person Households
2,950 Households without a car
7,468 Households without a PC
34% Households have no Internet access
719 individuals with no formal education
25% of the population have 3rd level education (???)
13% of college graduates receive their first job in the county
4,579 over 25's on the Live Register September 2014 (Castlerea highest rate signing)
1,371 under 25's signing September 201

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