Weather Forecast:
Saturday: Mainly dry and bright although there may be the odd well scattered shower about. Temperatures will reach 9 or 10 degrees in a light to moderate west to southwest wind.
Sunday: Frost and fog will clear and it will be dry and bright in most areas with sunny spells. Cold with highest temperatures of 7-9 degrees in light westerly breezes. There will be a few isolated light showers.

Email your news/events: sean@realboyle.com : View Blog of older articles [here...]
Irish Internet Association logo
Realboyle.com, Irish Internet Association 2006 net visionary award winner for Social Contribution, sponsored by IE domain registry.

Grease - Photos

I have uploaded over 200 photos [View Photos...]

Taize Prayer

An hour of Taize Prayer will take place in Galilee Community on Friday, November 28th.

Ardcarne Garden Cafe

Ardcarne Cafe Girls


Two inspiring new chefs at the Ardcarne Garden Café, just outside Boyle, are making customers fall in love with food all over again. Cliodhna Quinlan and Nessa O’Brolcháin have been friends for years and share a love of good food and travel. They have recently teamed up to become the new chefs at the Ardcarne Garden Cafe, a relaxing beautiful place surrounded by plants and flowers.

Boyle Country Meats

Order for Christmas

An Oblique View - Tony Conboy - 21st November

Read Tony's special look at local and national news and events ... St. Martin’s Ale i.e. Water! / 'Grease', Boyle Musical Society / Congratulations / ‘The Man Who Shot the Great War’

Why Boyle?

Boyle town has a 'heritage' feel, and is a very pleasant place to visit, live and work. To its 2,500 population it is home. The Boyle area is a special place and can boast its attractions King House, Boyle Abbey, Lough Key Forest Park Visitor and Activity Centre, Fine Shops, Schools, Housing, Services, Accommodation Providers and places to eat out, and three great nearby lakes with superb fishing.
Just a short drive from Boyle are Carrowkeel and the Bricklieve Megalithic Cemetery, The Arigna Mining Experience, Douglas Hyde Centre at Frenchpark, the Coleman Centre in Gurteen, Cromleach Lodge Hotel, Kilronan Castle Hotel and much more.
• Read a short history of Lough Key and Castle Island [here...]
• Read the Local Legend of Úna Bhán [here...]
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]  

Roma Grill - staff vacancies

Addtional staff are now required at Roma Grill & Takeaway on The Crescent. Experience in handling food is essential. Please call in or phone 071 966 2147 for information.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice

Just a reminder to our many supporters that we now have the following items available when you are buying your Cards, gifts etc.
Box of 10 Christmas Cards, €5 each. Available for sale in First Chapter or from any of the Group members.
Ideal Christmas gift “Let love Shine a Light”, Sponsor a light to shine on the Christmas Tree at Knock in memory of a loved one or a family member. Available in local Pharmacies & the Family Life Centre. Cost €5 each.
Annual Christmas Cake Raffle: Cake on display in Daly’s Bar & Off licence. Tickets available in Dalys’s or from any Group member.
Of course all of the above will be available at the upcoming Christmas Craft Fair in King House on 5th & 6th December. Many thanks for your continued support it is greatly appreciated.

Frank Feighan - Water Charges

Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/ South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has welcomed the news that households on boil water notices will not pay water charges. Deputy Feighan was speaking after the Government’s announcement on water, Wednesday 19th, which he says provides a fair, simple and affordable plan for people ahead of the introduction of water charges.

BMS "Grease" - a personal review

© realboyle photos

They have done it again! Boyle Musical Society have produced a brilliant show and until Sunday night's final performance the cast will perform a spectacular musical nightly form 8pm with gorgeous Colour, spectacular Song and Dance, excellent Lighting with added Touches of Genius that drew gasps of appreciation from Wednesday night's Full House audience.
• Every year producer/choreographer Viv Moran and musical director Anne Kielty shape and mould a diverse group of amateur performers and in so doing, bring joy to our area, elevate Boyle Musical Society's reputation and inspire creative spirits to search, soar and succeed.
• Every year too, we realise that talent is an outstanding feature in this region of ours. Cast members from previous shows take a break for a few years and return again as their lives shift, babies are born and commitments draw in different yet the same directions.
• It would be remiss of me if I didn't single out some of the cast for special mention, but with that thought in mind, my feeling was that the entire cast, orchestra and backing singers, sound, lighting, backstage and front of house personnel are to be congratulated on jobs done exceedingly well.
• Stars that drew particular note: Collette Noone, Adrian King, Marc Egan, Grainne Caldbeck, Darragh Beirne, Gavin Ward, Enda Regan, Robert Reid ... but then I should continue to name the entire cast :-)

© realboyle photos


Why Choose Boyle?

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 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.
• We have prime Tourist Attractions: King House, Boyle Abbey and Lough Key Forest Park We have leading edge schools, houses for sale, an active Town Council and 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.

1% reduction in rates

Roscommon County Council has voted in a rates reduction of one percent for the year 2015 at its annual budget meeting. Councillors also voted to set aside €100 thousand euro for an Economic Development Fund in order to start helping to revitalize towns and villages suffering from the recession around the county.

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

View our Christmas Shop photos © realboyle [here...]

Fundraising concert

Fundraising concert of music song dance story telling and lilting happening in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon town on Wednesday 26th November at 8.30pm.
• The concert will feature a host of performers including Matt Molloy, Mick Foster, John Carty, Alan Kelly, Paddy Ryan(MC), Patsy Hanly, John McEvoy, John Carlos, Noel Battle, Edwina Guckian and Sean Nos Ar An tSionnan, singers Rachel Garvey, and Derek Campbell, story teller Vincent Pierce, lilter Seamus Fay, Martin Donohoe, Frank(Roscommon) Kelly, John Wynne, Steph Geramia, John Kelly, Jacinta McEvoy and many more.
• Admission on the night or tickets can be pre-booked by ringing the Abbey Hotel(090 662 6240).
All proceeds will go to The Join Our Boys Trust (www.joinourboys.org) which was set up following the diagnosis two years ago of three young Roscommon brothers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy sadly a fatal disease with no cure at present.

Lighting up Boyle this Christmas

Christmas Lights in Boyle 2009 © realboyle photos

Lights have arrived and the toughest job of all has started - putting them up! That task is progressing nightly courtesy of a great team of volunteers. BOYLE TM are appealing to anyone who has an evening free this week to help in erecting the lights. Please contact Cecil Draper, Brian Kelly or Stephen Bohan to offer your time and join in lighting up Boyle this Christmas.
• BOYLETM thank all Businesses and Individuals for their wonderful support in donating prizes and selling lines for the Mega Draw with 50 prizes totalling €5000. Keep up the good work and if you’re looking for cards or more cards!, contact any of the above.
• Only 5 weeks until the Christmas Lights Mega Draw takes place!

Chiropody Service

Chiropody Service in Dr. Loftus Surgery, Boyle on Thursday 20th November and every alternate Thursday. By Appointment only. Catriona Byrne, Foot Care Practitioner. Tel 087 298 2214

Boyle Learning Links

Learning Link

Places available January 2015... NEW Year... NEW Resolutions... NEW skills
Places available over the coming weeks on Full-Time Major Award Courses in Level 4 and Level 5 in Technology at Roscommon Learning Links Boyle. Both Courses include IT Office Applications, Work Experience, Communications and Life Skills. These Courses run over 30+ weeks. Don’t delay, call today on 071 9664510 or drop in any morning and talk to Martina/Siobhan to find out more, or simply e-mail us on info@roscommonlearninglinks.com

Boyle Celtic Press Release

Our FAI Junior Cup, 5th round game, against Muirhevna Mór of Dundalk has been confirmed as a 2.30pm kick off on Sunday 7th December. Any supporters wishing to travel on the coach, please contact Eddie Conroy asap on 086 257 4257
• Coach seats for supporters are limited to 33 people. The cost per person is €15 return. Bus leaves the crescent at 8.30am sharp. As the team are on the same coach, it cannot wait or make unscheduled stops.
• A carvery dinner has been arranged for everyone on arrival in Dundalk (Optional). This will be at the Fairways Hotel. Cost per head for this is €8 if you wish to avail of it.
We hope to be back in Boyle on the Sunday night for 9.30pm

Roma Grill Takeaway

Roma Grill

Weekly Updates

Boyle GAA Club, Monday 16th November

Boyle Golf Club, Monday 17th November

Sale of Work

Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home

Abbey Haven Care Centre & Nursing Home will hold a Sale of Work be residents on Saturday 29th November. All money raised will provide additional day trips and enhancements to the current activities programme.
Come along and pick up special handmade gifts for Christmas ... all welcome!

Day time housekeeper / carer wanted

Day time housekeeper / carer wanted to provide cooking, cleaning and general support for elderly couple in Boyle, one of whom has mild dementia. Ideally from 10am to 6pm, 5 to 6 days a week to begin with. You will need to have your own transportation, experience caring for the elderly, a good sense of humour and a certain amount of patience. Contact 086 384 2208

Roma Grill Takeaway

Roma Grill Takeaway
© realboyle photos

For the tastiest Fresh Cod & Chips in Boyle, it's always 'Roma Grill' on the Crescent, Boyle.

Drumderrig House - Carers required


New Business in Boyle

Simpson's Property Care

Great 'For Sale' news for investors and Boyle

Royal Hotel, Boyle

The Royal Hotel building is now For Sale, that local auctioneers Jnr Smith, Kelly, Scott have been appointed as selling agents, and are open to answer all enquiries regarding this prestigious Boyle Town Centre property.
For further information please call 071 966 2124 or 086 253 1736

Margaret McLoughlin Homeopathy & Reflexology

Margaret McLoughlin

Work experience for Spanish students

Annie Curbelo Lang wrote: "I work with an Irish company NBTI (National Business Training Institute) and we collaborate with a Spanish company Coliavent. Most of the students study outdoor pursuits and 12 are studying basic office studies.I am in the process of sending students to Lough Key Forest Park and to EBT  Electric Bike Trails.
I need more placements and in particular for the basic office students. They can do data inputting, filing and some telephone work. Hope you can help us find more work placements. Email soulheal@gmail.com "

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Advent at Galilee Community

Galilee Community, Boyle

Advent is a sacred season in the Christian calendar. Ask yourself what you can do to prepare spiritually for the Coming of Christmas.
Advent Retreat Day: Galilee Community on Saturday, November 29th with facilitator Sr. Finola Cunnane from 10:30am and conclude at 4:30pm. To book a place please phone 071 966 4101 or email galileecommunity@gmail.com ASAP
Busy Persons Retreat: The sisters in Galilee will be glad to help you plan a private/personal prayer experience for Advent. Phone or email  Galilee to get the details.

Crystal Clear Coolers - water filters

Peace of Mind come by the bucket-load following the installation a domestic water filtration system. Crystal Clear, bug-free, healthy drinking water should be available for all, and Keith Conroy will install a perfect system for you. Eliminate uncertainty and water-borne sickness from your drinking water taps, Call Keith Tel: 071 961 6650 or Mobile: 086 302 6860

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Boyle GAA - "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire"

The "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire"  committee

The press launch of the "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" was held in the GAA Clubroom on Wednesday. The 9 Major Sponsors which the club has procured were announced. Pallas Promotions Limited, who will do the show on the club's behalf on 6th December presented a round of the show for demonstration purposes.
• Club chairman Martin Dolan thanked main sponsors Cooney Motors, Mulveys Toymaster, King and Moffit, Lough Key Visitor Centre, Drumderrig House Nursing Home, Connacht Gold Homeland Nutrias, Joe Simon Building Supplies, Roscommon GAA Health / Wellbeing Initiative and Elverys Sports
• Nine rounds of the quiz will be held on the night, €1,000 to be won in each round, a total of €9,000 up for grabs.
• In essence, the show promises to be a fun event for competitors as well as the St. Joseph's Hall audience - a quiz with a difference and modelled on the very successful TV show "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire"


Lough Key Visitor Centre

November, December, January, February:
"Our hours of business are Friday through Sunday 10am to 5pm. We are happy to open outside these hours for group bookings. If you would like any information or help with anything please email reception@loughkey.ie"

 New installation

© realboyle photos

Works are underway for a new installation at the Mockmoyne / Chapel Street junction. Concrete plinths will support the old Blackstone Single Fly-Wheel engine that generated Stewarts DC electric power for Boyle until ESB AC power became available in 1965.

Boyle & District Angling Club

Open Pike Angling Competition, Sunday 9th November on Lough Key. Fishing from 11am-4.30pm, Entry €20per angler, entries taken at the Doonshore. (Boat fishing) All Proceeds from this competition will go to the Kyle Casey Fund.
This competition will also determine the Club's Angler of the year from the club's league.
There will be refreshments at the Doonshore so even if your not fishing call down for a cuppa and make a donation to this great cause. For further details contact Jane Suffin 086 830 1261


Drumderrig House Private Nursing Home

Drumderrig House Nursing Home

Please Support your Local Traders

Boyle Books for Christmas

Three books of particular Boyle interest will be available in the near future, and well before Christmas. You might consider adding one or all to your 'must have Christmas present list'.
• "Moone Boy" by Chris O'Dowd and Nick Murphy Boyle launched Wednesday October 22nd
• "A Life In Stone" by Barry Feely, launched in Feelystona, Friday 7th November
• "Christy Regan" by Mary Regan with a King House launch on Friday 28th November

Area Information

• Read a short history of Lough Key and Castle Island [here...]
• Read the Local Legend of Úna Bhán [here...]
• Where is Boyle? View our location on Google Maps [here...]

Boyle Cistercian Abbey
Image © realboyle photos

Information about Boyle Bridge

Boyle River & Bridge

The bridge over the river Boyle in the centre of town has been the subject for countless photographs, postcards and featured in many publication. The bridge was damaged a few months ago. Restoration works are now underway.
Local historian Frank Geelan has supplied information about the history of the bridge.
In 1763, Sir Edward King had a statue of King William erected on the bridge of the time, possible a wooden structure. This statue was moved to a site on top of a stone plinth in what was know as the Town Park, and now named the Pleasure Grounds. The statue was moved before the rebuilding of Boyle Bridge in 1834.

Paul Deane, Domestic Appliance Repairs

Paul Deane Domestic Appliance Repairs

Boyle Branch Library


King House, Boyle: Senior Library Assistant Patricia O'Flaherty. Tel: 071 966 2800 E-mail:boylelibrary@roscommoncoco.ie
Tuesday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thursday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm
Friday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Car Valet - Dirty Cars Wanted


My car may be eleven years old, but inside it looks like new ... following a valet by "Dirty Cars Wanted" at Stewarts Oil, Boyle.

Dirty Cars Wanted

FREE car Freshener with every wash. Loyalty cards available

The value of advertising

Advertisements are not only 'ads', they are news items letting you know that special Products, Services and Offers are available to you. Here on realboyle.com we are delighted to feature advertising material from our valued supporters. "If you are in, You can win!". To widen your business exposure and spread the Good News, become a realboyle supporter by calling Eilish for details on 086 377 6944

Keep cosy and warm this winter


Keep Cosy and Warm this winter

These are some of Stewarts Oil delivery drivers with Tom Beirne (the face behind the phone) ... a happy bunch of guys who bring warmth to households throughout the region. Order your central heating oil now from Stewarts Oil. Call 071 967 0100
"There's No Oil like Stewarts Oil" ...

Older Posts

View Blog [here...] Facebook [here...] and [here...]
Viewers ask to read articles published previously on realboyle.com. I did not keep an archive of older articles. However, I have resurrected the old Realboyle Blog which I started in 2011. Its content is by no means complete.
In future, I will update the Blog and this website regularly so that all articles will be available.

Caveat / Disclaimer:

  • This is a PERSONAL website and does NOT claim to represent or portray an official view.
  • Site content is offered in good faith and without intention to hurt or misrepresent.
  • E&OE - Errors and Omissions Excepted
  • All photographs are © copyright and may not be used without permission.

Please support...

Co. Roscommon Information & Photos.
Clck on a town name...

Ballaghaderreen : Ballyleague : Boyle : Castlerea : Cortober : Elphin : Knockcroghery : Monksland : Roscommon : Strokestown

Email news /events sean@realboyle.com

Online News
(click on a title)

Irish Independent

Irish Times
Financial Times
BBC World Service
RTE News Online
Sunday World
Mail Online
Irish Daily Star
The Sun
The Journal.ie
Breaking News
Wall Street Journal
Time Magazine
National Geographic

Radio / TV
(click on a title) 

RTE 1 Radio
RTE 2 Radio
Shannonside FM
Ocean FM
Midwest Radio



Contact realboyle.com
(Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland)
email: sean@realboyle.com     phone: 086 193 5452