Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lighting up Boyle this Christmas / Chiropody Service / Rates reduction / Boyle Learning Links / Boyle Celtic Press Release / Dunlop Junior National Rally Champions 2014 / Roma Grill Takeaway

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

Rates reduction

Roscommon councillors are expected to reduce commercial rates in the county by two per cent this week.

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

What it says in the papers:

Wednesday 19th November.

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

Dunlop Junior National Rally Champions 2014

Cormac_Katja_Athlonepic courtesy of Ciaran Phelan

Cormac Phelan and Katja Auhl being presented with the Award "Dunlop Junior National Rally Champions 2014" by Joe Corcoran President of Motorsport Ireland at the National Rally Championship awards on Saturday night last in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. The event was attended by over 300 people.
• Cormac is from Drumsna, Co Leitrim and Katja is from Cortober, Carrick on Shannon, Co Roscommon. Cormac and Katja live in Cootehall, Co Roscommon.
Cormac has also been nominated for the "Billy Coleman Award" this year and is one of only Seven finalists for this very prestigious award which is offered by Motorsport Ireland to up and coming Rally Drivers. The award offers mentoring and €50K in Sponsorship to the winner.
• Both Cormac and Katja work in National Automation Limited, Deerpark, Boyle, Co Roscommon alongside 12 Colleagues with an additional 7 Colleagues in Citywest, Dublin 24.

Roma Grill Takeaway

Roma Grill

Boyle Church of Ireland Thanksgiving Service

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Residents, multi-denominational clergy, politicians and Roscommon Co Council reps attended a special Thanksgiving service at Boyle Church of Ireland on Sunday 16th. The service was a celebration following completion of the roofing project at the Church by the local community and specialist contractors. Reverend Samuel Glenfield, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh presided.

PB160050© realboyle photos

National Schools Choir Concert

PB160025© realboyle photos

National School choirs from Croghan, Derrane and Tulsk sang and performed beautifully on Sunday afternoon at a concert in St. Joseph's Church, Boyle. Congratulations to their mentors and all involved.
Mary Flynn wrote: "It was a brilliant glad I took the time to attend  such great talent in our young generation..."
John Nugent wrote: We raised  €611.00 for Join Our Boys charity. A big thank you to all who contributed.

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!

Boyle Musical Society - 'Grease'

Grease advert© realboyle photos

'Grease' will open in St. Joseph's Hall this Wednesday 19th and continue for five nights including Sunday 23rd. Tickets €15, concessions €12 for the Thursday and Sunday. All tickets €10 for Wednesday night.
The BMS ticket office on Bridge Street will open every day this week, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday

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


Marians Fashions, 60th Anniversary

Marians Fashions 60th Anniversary© realboyle photos

Thursday 13th November: The McGee Family and staff at Marians Fashions celebrated the 60th anniversary of this premier Boyle business with elegance and style in the company of a capacity audience in Kilronan Castle. In her welcoming words, Perpetua McGee remembered her late dad Paddy and then welcomed and thanked her staff, friends and customers for their continuing support.
• In the beautifully decorated Kilronan Castle Function Room, a fabulous selection of casual, formal, autumn/winter and wedding dresses were displayed at their best by the oh-so professional girls of The Catwalk Model Agency.
• Compere Dermot Langan summed up the night very well when he said "We have been at many fashion shows this year, but this one has topped them all"

© realboyle photos


Kelly's Londis 75th Anniversary - Friday & Saturday

Kelly's Londis
Press Release


Boyle Country Meats

Boyle Country Meats

An Oblique View - Tony Conboy - 13th November
"A Testament to the Character of Local Community": Cian Smith Testimonial Game / GAA Plaque Unveiling /  Boyle U 21's Fine Win / Books: Barry Feely, Christy Regan and GAA History

New Business in Boyle

Simpson's Property Care

Great 'For Sale' news for investors and Boyle

Royal Hotel, Boyle

I understand 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

New Business in Boyle

Simpson's Property Care

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 "

Mobile cinema in Boyle, Tuesday 11th November

Mobile cinema

Cinemobile is Ireland’s mobile cinema, bringing the magic of movies to towns, villages and communities throughout the island of Ireland. Cinemobile is an ingenious machine – it looks exactly like an ordinary articulated truck but in less than an hour converts into a 100 seater cinema.
The cinema is here showing film and conducting workshops for schools in the area as part of National Science Week. Tomorrow it will be in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Irish TV in Boyle

Last night, Irish TV (Channel 191) screened another great programme filmed in Boyle. This one centered on the recent Chris O'Dowd 'Freedom of Roscommon Award" and the "Moone Boy Fest"
You can view the full programme [here...]

Town Plan & Town Revitalisation meetings


Monday 10th November: Two meetings were held in King House. It is important to note the both were heavily influenced by Roscommon Co Council, and we should thank Council Officials for their interest and involvement in a future for Boyle. It was also noteworthy that in addition to interested locals, a number of politicians were present, for these are the people who will be able to vote in favour of changes on our behalf
6.30-8pm: Boyle Town Plan. The audience were divided into discussion groups, each chaired by a council official. 16 headers questions were answered by each group that will be collated and a list of recommendations offered in the formulation of a current Town Plan
8pm-10.30pm: Town Revitalisation. Acting County Manager Tommy Ryan introduced a presentation by Retail Design Specialist Ann Marie O’Connell, who gave a detailed audio-visual presentation on the Revitalisation programme.
"We want our community to have a town to be proud of. We aim to support the creation of jobs, facilitate start-up business and above all re-instill the pride we all should have for "Our Town". Effective change will come from within."
View the Roscommon Towns Team (Boyle) page [here...]


Frank Feighan TD - Youth Project Funding - URGENT

Deputy Frank Feighan urges youth projects to apply for funding immediately! Details of the scheme and how to apply are on the Department of Children & Youth Affairs website at – closing date next Friday, 14th November

'The Rockingham Projects'

pic © sean Rafferty

Sean Rafferty, grandson of the late Pat Flanagan has created a great new website, a resource for information about aspects of the past in our area.
'The Rockingham Project' is a documentation of the projects carried out by Sean Rafferty relating to the site of the former Rockingham Demesne. The website is in the early stages of its development, but will continue to grow over time as further projects are carried out. It is intended that the website can eventually be both a reference point and repository for locals and outsiders; a place to view and contribute documents, articles, videos and other ephemera relating to the multi-layered cultural, social and historical landscape of Rockingham.

pic © sean Rafferty

Marians Fashion Show

Marians Fashions

Thursday 13th November: Marians 60th anniversary Fashion Show in Kilronan Castle, 7.30pm proceeds Sligo Cancer care and support Centre and NBCRI Drinks Reception 7.30pm, Fashion Show 8pm. Prizes on the night, Models Catwalk Modelling Agency.

Angling on Lough Key, Sunday 9th November

17lb 9oz PikePic © and courtesy of Kevin Tiernan

Brendan Sharkey and son Paddy with the magnificent 17lb 9oz pike they caught on Lough Key before releasing it again into the lake. Boyle & District Angling Club operates a strict Catch & Release policy. Pic courtesy of Kevin Tiernan.

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 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.

Cian Smith Testimonial

PB080786The Smith Family: Enda, Mike Jnr., Cian, Mary, Ronan and Donie

Saturday 8th November: The 3:13 draw ending was a fair match result for the Cian Smith Testimonial in Abbey Park which raised €10,000+ for Hospice and the Kyle Casey Fund. In a thrilling game and All-Ireland winning 2006 Roscommon Minor selection played a Boyle team. Towards the end fortunes changed dramatically when Cian scored 2 goals and a point to level the game.
During a number of presentations after the match, Cian spoke and thanked his family, Boyle GAA and all who have helped him along the way. In a poignant statement Cian reminded young cancer patient Kyle Casey that three of those playing in the match today were afflicted with and have beaten cancer.

PB080781Cian Smith © realboyle photos

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

Boyle Church of Ireland

The Rector, Churchwardens and Select Vestry, warmly invite you to a Service of Thanksgiving following the completion of the Church Re-roofing Project on Sunday 16th November at 3.30pm. The Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, the Rt. Rev. S.F. Glenfield will preach and perform the act of Dedication.

Peter Kelly R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Peter KELLY, Kingsland, Boyle, Peacefully at his home, 8th November. Predeceased by his wife, Sheila (nee Harrington). Sadly missed by sons Willie and Tommie, daughter Mary, sisters Margaret and Mary, nephews and nieces daughters-in-law, son-in-law and his seven loving grandchildren. May He Rest In Peace.
Reposing at Mahon's Funeral Home, Boyle on Sunday 9th from 5pm to 7pm to arrive at Breedogue Church at 8pm. Funeral mass on Monday 10th at 11.30am followed by burial to Killaraght Cemetery. "Ar dheis Dé go raibh h-anam"

Boyle Country Meats

Boyle Country Meats - Weekend Offer

Pieta House Fundraiser - Open Table

Pieta House

Fundraiser for Pieta House Suicide Awareness all day Saturday 8th November in the Open Table Restaurant. Marty wrote "We will donate all proceeds from sales of Tea Coffee and Cakes all day."

Weekend Treats


Realboyle viewers are a hungry lot, so let me feed you this morning :-)
One of most frequent voluntary actions is to eat. Weekend treats can be special, and for the sheer enjoyment of eating I'm doing well so far with Friday night's Chili Beef in the Tai Chi Court, Chinese Restaurant and Saturday's Breakfast in the Open Table Restaurant, Boyle.


Barry Feely, "A Life in Stone"

PB070641Guest Speaker Brian Leyden with Barry Feely © realboyle photos

Friday 7th November: Barry Feely launched his book "A Life in Stone" in the pleasant company of family and friends, and a large, appreciative audience in Feelystone, Greatmeadow.
This is Barry's fifth book and is a treasure trove of knowledge of a passing art and friendships made over a lifetime in the manufacture of products carved from stone. You too can buy the book at Feelystone showrooms, Greatmeadow, Boyle or online on at  

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Stott Pilates - new course

Ann wrote: New 6 week Pilates course starting Wednesday 12th November.
Ladies 8-9pm, Men 9-10pm. For details or to book please contact Ann 086 308 8873.

Boyle GAA - "Who Wants to be a Thousandaire"

PB050599The "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"

An end to our Boil Boyle Water notice:

Frank Feighan TD has informed me that the Boyle Water treatment plant will be ready next month. "The Boyle Ardcarne plant will be commissioned in December 2014 and the Boil Water Notice status will be lifted."

Roscommon Hospital - a new working model

All politics is local, as any politician seeking to close or downgrade a hospital will find out very quickly. No issue provokes such emotion in local electorates and no hospital has caused such political consternation as that in Roscommon.

Bright Christmas promised for Boyle ...

Boyle Christmas Lights Bonanza Raffle is ready to be launched. With 50 Prizes up for grabs and for as little as €2 per line or €5 for 3 lines you’re in with a chance to Win. All businesses in Boyle will have these Raffle lines for Sale over the coming week. Draw will take place on Monday 22nd December. Boyle TM wish to thank all who sponsored the prizes which value totals to over €4000, definitely worth €2 to be in with a chance of winning one(or more) of those 50 prizes.
There are smaller cards of 12 lines(€20) for those who may be travelling, or selling lines to relatives etc who won’t be shopping in Boyle. If you would like to take one of these cards to support Boyle Christmas Lights please contact any of the team, Stephen, Cecil, Brian, Dara, Tish or Siobhan.
We look forward to your continued support in guaranteeing Boyle to have the brightest Christmas ever!

Did you know?

Roscommon A&E was axed in July 2011. At the time the following was reported:
• Dr David O'Keeffe, Clinical Director of the Galway-Roscommon Hospital Group said there had been ongoing difficulties recruiting the required number of Choose (junior doctors) required to safely deliver a safe 24-hour emergency service in Roscommon. In the recent past we have been managing this issue through the use of locum doctors. That is not a sustainable or safe solution in the long term.
• Dr. O'Keeffe's remarks came following Minister Reilly's reported statement that "the mortality rate for a cardiac patient was four times greater in Roscommon than at the closest major specialist centre in Galway"


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"

Irish TV

Of particular interest to residents in the area:
Boyle: A full half hour special on Chris O'Dowd & The Moone Boy Fest will air on Monday 10th November - Same time, same channel.
Boyle: Interview with our new TD Michael Fitzmaurice & “A Delicate Wildness” book launch by Julian Vignoles which was held in John Cryans Bar recently will air Monday 17th November.

Boyle GAA Club - Update 3rd November
There will be a very special charity game in the Abbey Park on Saturday at 3pm to pay tribute to Cian Smith who is retiring prematurely from playing due to health reasons. Cian has given exceptional service to the Club as a player from under 8 to the present day. He holds county title medals in almost every age category and his most treasured possession is his All Ireland medal which he won with Roscommon Minors in 2006. A Boyle selection managed by David Casey will take on a selection managed by Fergal O’Donnell which will comprise mostly of Cian’s Roscommon colleagues of 2006 as well as other well known players. The proceeds from the game will go towards the Mayo-Roscommon Hospice and the Kyle Casey Fund. Kyle is son of former Roscommon and Ballinameen player Sean Casey, who is receiving medical treatment at present. Admission is optional and it is hoped that there will be a large turnout.

Irelands Toughest Muckers

Mickey Cull and Barry Brennan with daughter Saffron Cull and son Luke Brennan represented Drumderrig Care and Nursing Home, Boyle and became Irelands Toughest Muckers in Lough Key Forest Park on Sunday 2nd November

Irelands Toughest Muckers attracted 200+ competitors from all over Ireland. The very well-organised event of strength and endurance was set over a distance of 10 km with 15+ obstacles for competitors to overcome in our own beautiful Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle. Food and drink were available at the finish line, with music and entertainment after the event while waiting for all competitors to finish.
Congratulations to event organisers Darren O'Flaherty's family and friends as well a large group of marshals. Irelands Toughest Muckers must now continue and become one of Ireland's prestigious sporting events.

Castle Island, Lough Key

Lough Key, Castle Island

There is always room for another photograph of Castle Island. I took this one on Sunday evening as a rain shower threatened ... and delivered :-)

Boyle Golf Club - Update 2nd November
Last Sunday’s turkey voucher was won by Jim Mooney 23pts, 2nd John McGuinn 22pts, 3rd Charlie O’Donnell 22pts. The weekly nine hole was won by John McGuinn 22pts, 2nd Owen Garvin 20pts.
• The fundraiser held over the October weekend was won by John McGuinn, Pat Conroy & Michael Rush 99pts, 2nd Terry Canning, Tom Kearney & Michael Bannon 96pts, 3rd Gary Carty, Gerry Carty & John Joe Carty 95pts.
• Competitions this week are the weekly nine hole Monday – Saturday and the Turkey Voucher next Sunday. Both competitions are re-entry. An extraordinary general meeting takes place next Sunday evening at 7.00pm in the clubhouse. The Mens and Ladies AGM also take place next Sunday November 9th at 5.00pm. The Club AGM will take place on Sunday December 7th 2014. The presentation of prizes for October took place last Sunday evening, well done to all the winners. The winners of the October draw were Pat Conroy €70, Sean Heslin €40, & Jimmy/Pauline Doyle €40 Thanks to all for supporting the draw.

Lough Key Triathlon Club - Run In The Dark

The club is delighted to be involved with the Run in the Dark event again this year and are planning the run in the scenic surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park on Wednesday November 12th. This is an international charity event which takes place all over the world on the same day in aid of spinal injury research. It was a very successful event last year with a 5k loop around the beautiful trails in the park.
Route details [here...]
The start and finish will be located at the entrance to the Lough Key Activity Centre. Both 5k and 10k loops will start at the same time so please aim to be there approx. 10-15 minutes before the start (8pm) so that we can get everyone organised. Just to remind you, there is no lighting in the park and it will be quite dark so anyone taking part must ensure to bring some form of lighting with them. The club does not take any responsibility for participants and you take part at your own risk.
Last year, it was a beautiful but cold winter's evening and all enjoyed a good hot cup of tea afterwards to take the chill off. We look forward to doing the same again this year.
More details [here...]

Christmas in Boyle 2014

PA310130View these Christmas items, lights, trees and many more in Sloan's on Main Street
© realboyle photos

Please log in frequently to see a comprehensive album of photographs showing trader and other seasonal displays as will get closer to the Christmas season.

For a life less ordinary

King House (rear)

Open day in Boyle Military Barracks Sunday 9th November and Recruitment drive for army reserve. Applicants should be between 18 & 35yrs old come along and see what's on offer. "For a life less ordinary we will be there from 12noon to 3pm."

New installation

PA310107© 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

Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Shops

PB065687Previous Ardcarne Christmas Shop photos © realboyle [here...]

"The eagerly awaited Grand Opening of our Christmas Shop at Ardcarne Garden Centre Boyle and Roscommon Town, takes place this weekend, 1st & 2nd November. This is a real family and community occasion every year with a chance to support your local Roscommon Mayo Hospice."

Kelly's Londis - Great for Christmas fillers

Milk Tray

Drumderrig House Private Nursing Home

Drumderrig House Nursing Home

Boyle GAA - Cian Smith Testimonial

Boyle GAA - Cian Smith Testimonial

Ardcarne PlantsPlus Garden Centre

Drawing Classes at Ardcarne Garden Centregraphic © Sean O'Dowd

Frank Feighan TD

Frank Feighan TD

Roscommon South Leitrim TD Frank Feighan has been appointed as the new Irish Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly. He was formally ratified at the Assembly’s 49th Plenary Session in Ashford in Kent.
Deputy Feighan joins Westminster co-Chair Laurence Robertson MP in setting the direction of the Assembly, which works to foster links and dialogue between parliamentarians and groups across the two countries.

Frank Feighanpic: Frank Feighan / Paul Hand

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...]
Please Support your Local Traders

Cash For Clobber - St. Joseph's Boys National School

Items that can be collected are:- 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 THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

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

Roma Grill Takeaway

Roma Grill, Boyle

Our excellent Roma Grill Takeaway on the Crescent has reopened following extensive renovations. The shop looks great and Lucio's chips etc etc are excellent - you won't find better! Opening hours: 12 noon till late, 7 days a week. New photos to follow.

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

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.

Boyle Branch Library


King House, Boyle: Senior Library Assistant Patricia O'Flaherty. Tel: 071 966 2800
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

DirtyCarsWantedFREE 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 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" ...

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