Monday, March 30, 2015

Update 30th March

Easter Week weather

Outbreaks of rain this week as the unsettled weather continues. Met Eireann are promising a good deal of dry weather for the Easter Weekend.

Galilee Community Easter Week

• Lenten Journey: Fr Sherlock will be speak on Tuesday, March 31st, the last in the series for Lent 2015. The session begins at 8pm. You can attend even if you were unable to make it to the other sessions.
• Prayer around the cross: Good Friday at 9pm.
• Dawn Mass: Easter Sunday morning at 6am.

Clarke's Bar & Restaurant

Clarkes Easter Sunday Lunch

Boyle & District Angling - Pike Festival
The Pike Angling Festival Boat Competition will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April on Lough Key, Boyle starting on Saturday at 11am until 6pm with prize money of €1,275 & Sunday 10am until 5pm with prize money of €1,175 and the heaviest fish is worth €2,500 plus Moonstone Jewellers Cup. Entrance fee is €60 per adult and €20 per junior. Juniors must fish for junior prizes at €20 per entry and must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. Presentation will take place on Sunday 6th on Doon Shore

Business openings in Boyle

openings in Boyle
Three new businesses in Boyle: Drumanilra Farm Shop, Bridge Street
Vanity Hair & Beauty, Green Street : Tonni's Takeaway, Elphin street

On this week ...

This Easter Week will be a busy one in Boyle. I will have photos for you from various happenings:
1. Frank O'Mahoney is putting final touches to Easter Ceremony pageants in St. Joseph's Church
2. Thursday 2nd - World Autism Awareness Day and King House
3. Business openings in town
4. Bright Spark Quiz on Good Friday night in St. Joseph's Hall, 8pm
5. Easter Farmers Market on Easter Saturday, 10am-2pm
6. Easter Pike Fishing Festival on Lough Key, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.
7. Easter Tea Party, Tawnytaskin Community Centre, Easter Sunday & Monday, 2pm-6pm

As always, innovation, information and trend setting new features will be here for you, but more about that later. The realboyle mantra will continue with "In life and in the universe it’s always best to keep looking up." and remembering "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
Meantime, our weekend contributors have been busy, so please read on :- Tadhg TV [here...]Boyle GAA [here..] Boyle Golf [here..] Climate Change [here..]

Frank Conry was a great writer

Frank Conry, late of Ardsoran, Boyle, died two years ago - on Sunday 24th March 2013. Frank was a man of ideas and a gifted writer. I was delighted that he shared several of his prose and poetry pieces with me. Starting tomorrow I will share some of his works with you here on

Úna Bhán, Boyle Community Notes

For many years the good folks at Úna Bhán Tourism have been the prime source for news items and a diary of planned local events. Their collected Boyle Community Notes are reprinted in a number of weekly newspapers and on the Internet. will be delighted to share some of Úna Bhán Tourism's Boyle Community Notes with you each week.

Lord of The Dance


My problem while attempting to jot down my thoughts on saturday night's show in 3Arena ("The Point" if you prefer} is my shortage of superlatives. It was simply brilliant! A few suprises:
1. There were no spoken words
2. Ringlets have now been replaced with flowing blonde wigs
3. Casting off outfits for a female 'bikini dance' and a similar, but bare chested male routine were ... well, surprising!
4. I would judge thet most of the audience were waiting for Flatley to come on stage, even though the lead male dancer was superb and had all of the Flatley moves, Flatley's eventual entry on stage for the final 15 minutes could have come much earlier and his oversized white coat was OTT.
5. There were a few dull moments through the show (for me, the singer and the 3 or 4 songs were forgettable), but the spectactular sets, superb dancing and acrobatics could never be bettered.
6. A final word or two ... Michael Flatley still has the charisma of a latter day Elvis Presley. I thought the audience were about to lift the roof off the arena with their thunderous applause and standing ovations when he came onstage.
7. Ever since his first TV appearance in a Celebration of Mayo 5000 - long before Riverdance, he has helped Ireland regain its place as a world performer ... Thank you Michael Flatley.

DSC02199This was the stage backdrop before the show started