Monday, April 6, 2015

Update 6th April

Change the Future - Astonishing Fact

• Changing the future is cheap and easy, driving less can reduce your carbon footprint as well as saving you on petrol or diesel
a_read_more.gifFacts Courtesy of Abbey College students James Bolger, Luke Connelly and Cillian Doyle. 

Easter Angling Festival


Overall winner Tony Doolan (right) and his fishing partner who took home first prize: a cheque for €2,500, the Moonestone Cup and a Fishermans Jacket. Well done to Boyle & District Angling Club on your 19th Annual Easter Pike Angling Festival ...


Members of the great Boyle & District Angling Club with some of their many friends who organised and ran the Easter 2015 Pike Angling Festival on Lough Key.

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Clarke's Bar & Restaurant Easter openings

• Saturday 4th April lunch From 12.30pm evening meals from 5pm
• Easter Sunday 5th April lunch from 1pm evening meals from 5pm
• Bank Holiday Monday 6th April evening meals from 4pm
• Tuesday 7th April lunch from 12.30pm
Call Clarke's on 071 966 2064 to book your table.

Boyle & District Angling Club - Easter Festival



Bright Spark Quiz


Last night's Bright Spark Quiz in St. Joseph's Hall was a great success on several levels.
• An estimated 350 contestants took part, splitting into more than 70 table groups
• Over €3,500 will be available for and running Boyle's Christmas Lights fund
• The current Boyle Chamber of Commerce are a great bunch and deserve our thanks
• In particular, Stephen Bohan and his 'lights team' have done our town proud
• At the finish, three teams were tied for first place. The Tighe family, Stephen, Sharon, Laura and Josh came out as winners
A huge 'well done' all who took part, quizmaster Jnr. Smith, behind the scenes personnel, and all who contributed spot prizes.

Holy Week Ceremonies at St. Joseph's

Holy Thursday: (2nd April) Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8pm, followed by Procession to the Altar of Repose in the Convent Chapel. Watch and Pray until midnight. Holy Hour from 11pm.
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3pm. Stations of the Cross in boyle Abbey 7pm
Holy Saturday: Vigil at 9.30pm
Easter Sunday: Masses 9.30am and 11.30am 

St. Joseph's Church, Boyle

Easter weather

Blue skies and sunny days will arrive in time for the Easter break, with forecasters expecting temperatures as high as 15C over the long weekend.

Good Friday

'GOOD': The title begs the question "What is 'good' about the day"?. Check it out and you will be confronted with "Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary" ... so what was 'good' about that barbarous act and who decided this was 'good'?
• I prefer the reference that it is a corruption of the words 'God Friday' ...
• On another level I wonder why we use the crucifix as the prominent symbol of our belief. This was a barbarous act committed by others that has nothing whatever to do with Christian Peace, Reconciliation and Love. 

Ardcarne Garden Centre

HAPPY EASTER: Now it's well and truly spring, the days are getting warmer and the evenings longer, you'll want to be outside in the garden from dawn till dusk! We've lots going on at the garden centre this weekend. Every customer this weekend will be entered into a draw to win a FREE Garden Design worth over €300. We're open all weekend - hope to see you soon.

Jimmy's Hall

Jimmy's Hall

I watched the film "Jimmy's Hall" on Netflix after the Holy Thursday Church Ceremony. The film recalls one of the more shameful episodes in the infancy of the Irish Free State. The Catholic Church and compliant politicians ensured that Jimmy Gralton would be hunted, as his mother put it, "like a wild deer", and become the only Irish citizen to be deported from his own country, without trial, in August 1933. 

King House went blue on Thursday 2nd April


KING HOUSE went Blue for World Autism Awareness Day today, Thursday 2nd April. Coffee Morning in King House from 10am to 12noon, in support of Autism Ireland. For further information contact Marian Frawley 086 258 8498.

King House / Boyle Mens Shed


Boyle Mens Shed model builders have been busy and are putting the final touches to a section of a wonderful new set of displays in King House ... tributes to the 126 who died from the Boyle area in World War One, and a War Graves 'Then and Now' tribute 'Gallipoli 1915'

Tony Conboy's "An Oblique View"

TonyConboy.jpgA couple of deadline notices. First the Bright Sparks Quiz on Friday night and second the Boyle GAA Know Your Sport deadline is Easter Monday. I believe this can be done online.
Organ Donor Week Contact Details: I was asked to repeat the ways one can sign up to the organ donor so I repeat it here. Organ donor cards can be got by phoning Lo-Call 18905 43639 (Free Call) or Freetext the word Donor to 50050. You can store organ donor card, the E-card on smart Mobile Phones, simply search for Donor E Card at iPhone Store or Android Market Place.

Adoration Chapel Easter Arrangements

KEITH SUFFIN WROTE: adoration in the Convent Chapel will be suspended at 4pm on Holy Thursday & recommence on Easter Sunday at 9am - wishing you all a Happ y & Blessed Easter 

Easter Egg Hunt & Fun Day

STROKESTOWN PARK HOUSE will host its ever-popular Easter Sunday Family Fun Day on April 5, from 12 to 5 pm. The event will run alongside the Strokestown Community Development Association's Easter Parade, at 3pm. Easter egg hunts will take place throughout the day, with children weaving through the six-acre walled gardens, so why not come and join us either before or after the parade!
The Woodland Walk Cafe will also be running Easter Sunday Specials, with a lovely Easter atmosphere prevailing. A great day out for all the family! To book tickets, call 071 963 3013 

Essays and Observations - Boyle's All Ireland Fleadhs

TONY CONBOY WROTE: "I was in Boyle once ... many years ago now. It was during one of the great Fleadhs ... the best I was ever at ... I remember it well ...great days, great music!" I have had this reaction more than once whenever I mention that I'm from Boyle. The Boyle All Ireland Fleadhs live on in the memories of the thousands who visited the town on those memorable weekends so many years ago. They act too as markers in the memories of those involved.