Monday, December 7, 2015

Update 7th December

Welcome to Boyle's National Award-Winning WebsiteMonday 7th December 2015


The 9 at 9: Monday

Almost everything you need to know this morning.T brings you the stories you need to know as you cast off into the day.


Met Eireann Weather Warning

There will be some bright intervals this morning. However, according to Met Éireann: "A band of more persistent and heavier rain on Atlantic coasts by midday will move across the country this afternoon.” More showery weather will follow this evening, and it will be mild today with top temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees. Heavy rain is forecast for some areas tomorrow too. And the worst weather of the week looks is forecast for Wednesday.


Roscommon's Brown Bread winner in Aldi

Margaret Sexton, from the Walk Roscommon town, was the winner of the Brown Bread Baking Competition at this year’s National Ploughing Championships. As part of her prize, her loaf, which was commended for its traditional appearance and perfect texture will be sold in Aldi stores across the country for at least six months.


Boyle Town Centre Christmas Lights


Thanks to our Boyle Chamber / Boyle TM Christmas Lights team and our Boyle Traders, Boyle is looking very festive for the Christmas season ... well done to all for the effort!






Weekend Photos

• Boles of Boyle evening event
• Santa arrives in Boyle
• Indoor and Outdoor Annual Markets
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• Abbey Haven Sale of Work
• Parochial School Sale of Work
• Marians Fashions "Six Of The Best"
• St. Michael's Super Draw
Then there were events I didn't get to, so sorry about that!


Overflow following Desmond Storm

overflow following Desmond Storm

This was the scene at Boyle Harbour on Sunday morning following the rain and storm Desmond


I guess you know by now ...

Two new businesses will open on The Crescent soon - I'm told before Christmas - a Beuticians and a Baby Clothes Shop. Opening dates have not been finalised as of today. I will have information for you as soon as it becomes available.


Back to normal after storm Desmond

On this pleasant sunny afternoon in Boyle, Storm Desmond has come and gone. It was a blaster - one of the worst for many years, and dumped several inches of rain on us. Thank God, there were no reported injuries or worse in the area. Forecasters say we should prepare for another approaching Atlantic storm to hit us mid-week.


Nature's blotting paper?


Seeing these sheep as the rain poured this morning I had, perhaps, a cruel title for the photo ... "Nature's Blotting paper". However, I understand sheep have a protective waxy content in their wool that gives them an amount of protection from rain and wind.


Doon Shore this morning

Doon Shore

The three piers are underwater as storm Desmond dumps more and more rain on us. Photos in a couple of days from now will have a 'watery' theme when fields drain into our waterways.
• Some soft rooted trees on the road down to the Doon shore are angled precariously and may fall across the road before long!
• Motorists are being advised to take maximum care since there is considerable flooding in places.


GAA - Match postponed

The planned Garda Cup final for today has been called off and will be rescheduled for a later date




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Úna Bhán Community Notes



Tony Conboy's Blog

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Boyle Country Meats - SPECIAL OFFERS

Boyle Country Meats Special Offers

All customers will be entered into our FREE Fantastic Christmas Draw ... call in to us ...


A very special weekend in Boyle

Boyle Lights Up - Friday -Saturday


Camogie season closes

Eithne wrote: "We'll be back again in March with a view to setting up an official Camogie club in the area. It was great to have such consistent numbers every week and we are delighted with the support of parents. We will be back with a further 3 - 4 weeks of indoor Camogie in March and will then, hopefully, be in a position to move outside. We will keep you all posted via Facebook ( and through all local media and via SMS.
We greatly appreciate all the support and offers of help we have gotten from everyone to date. Of course there is always room for more help in any capacity! With the numbers we have it would be fantastic if we could also get an Under 10's team up and running alongside the Under 8's as we already have some U 10's ready to go!
If you are interested in helping in any form - please contact Eithne Kennedy on 086 157 8768."


Dramatic Sunset, Thursday 3rd December

Sunset Thursday 3rd December 2015Sunset with the Gaelic Chieftain on the N4


Stewarts Oil

Stewarts Calendar 2015


Outdoor night market and King House Craft Fair

PC034376"I'm yours if you want me" ... at Úna Bhán Craft shop

Boyle’s 10th Annual Outdoor Night-time Christmas Craft Fair & Market, Grounds of King House, Boyle. Friday 4th Dec 6pm to 10pm, and Saturday 5th Dec from 10am to 5pm. The build up to Christmas in Boyle, with the turning on of the Christmas Lights at 6.30pm and Santa’s Parade to King House at 7pm, and Christmas Carol Singing by Scoil na nAingeal Naofa at 7.30pm
• A large selection of crafts and food stalls will be inside King House, as well as the following on display on King House grounds creating a Christmas atmosphere for all the family
• Outdoor Night Market, Crafts and Food Stalls [here...]
• Indoor Craft Fair Stalls in King House [here...]


Irish TV - Boyle connections

Michael Frayne wrote: Boyle will feature on the Roscommon County Matters programme on the following dates
• Episode 79 Broadcast Date 14 Dec 2015
Opening of Ardcarne Christmas Shop
Xmas Make up tips from Grainne at Enhance Health & Beauty
• Review of 2015 Broadcast Date 28 Dec 2015
Colour Run Lough Key


Ardcarne Garden Centre Christmas Trees

Ardcarne Christmas TreesPhoto supplied by Ardcarne Garden Centre

Choose your perfect Christmas Tree at Ardcarne Garden Centre. Fresh Christmas Trees – locally grown and all non-shedding varieties. From only €29 - Netted after choosing for your convenience.


Keash National School - Golden Jubilee

Recently I had the pleasure of being present for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations for Keash National School. Celebrations took the form of a special mass celebrated by Bishop Brendan Kelly, an excellent meal and music night out in the Coach Hotel, Ballymote and the launch of a commemorative book outlining the history and times of Keash National School.
• Irish TV (channel 191) included a section on the school which you can view now as part of the programme link [here...]
• View my realboyle photos from the mass and hotel function [here...]


Greatmeadow Entrance - New Wall


The Greatmeadow entrance to Boyle has been greatly enhanced following the building of this lovely stone wall. The legend on a limestone plaque reads: "This wall has been erected with the co-operation of the following:
Feelystone, Boyle (who donated the stone for the project)
Roscommon County Council
Boyle Chamber of Commerce
Boyle Group Scheme
Town Councillors Raymond Maughan & Francie Geelan 2013"
• View a photograph of the Wall Plaque [here...]


Boyle Chamber Lotto Results, November 30th

Numbers drawn: 16, 17, 18, 21 : Match Three winners: G. Dwyer, P. Murtagh : Jackpot winner: None. Thank you to all who supported the draw. Next draw Monday December 7th at 11.00pm in Kate Lavins Bar Jackpot €13,590


Christy Wynne Banner

"The Story of Doon Shore" is a beautifully written memory for those of us who remember the years since the 1950s at The Doon Shore, Lough Key ... Thank you Christy!
• I feel privileged to host articles by gifted local writers Tony Conboy, John Mulligan and Christy Wynne and will soon add to this list from a pool of great local 'pensmiths'.


Stewarts Oil Christmas Hampers FREE draw


Stewarts Oil will have FREE draws for fabulous Christmas Hampers at their Filling Stations in Boyle Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford. Be a winner ... Call in for best fuels at best prices and maybe you also will take home one of their Christmas Hampers


Marians Fashions, Six of the Best Event

Marians Six of the Best


Boyle Country Meats Christmas Window


Boyle Country Meats on Main Street offering the very best Meat Displays and prices in Boyle ... well done Cyril and Joe.


King House Christmas 2015


King House is looking great in the lead up to the King House Annual Craft Fair, next Friday, Saturday.


Scammers pretending to be gardai

An elderly woman in Ballinlough is victim of scam involving bogus ‘Gardaí’ calling to people’s homes. Gardai are advising people to be wary of the scam, reminding them that if they are not fully satisfied if a caller, saying they are a Garda is a guard, to call their local station for verification. Gardai are assuring the public that any genuine Garda will be prepared to wait while the call is being made.


Roscommon - second lowest public order offences

Roscommon has the second lowest number of public order offences in the country.

Pure Flowers, Bridge Street

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Is County Roscommon in the "North West"

... apparently not! A report on Shannonside FM reads as follows: "The Government is launching a jobs strategy for the North West and North East today, aimed at creating 28-thousand jobs by 2020. The plan for Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth would boost employment in the region by 10-15 percent." No mention of Co. Roscommon!!


Water for Greatmeadow residents...

Deputy Frank Feighan has raised concerns as to shortage of water for residents in Greatmeadow area of Boyle with Irish Water. Residents were concerned water supply to the area was switched off at night leaving them with a poor slow supply of water in the morning. Deputy Feighan has received the following response from Irish Water.
• "In relation to your recent representation on behalf of residents in the Greatmeadow part of Boyle. The water in this area has not been switched off at night. The water is supplied to the area through a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) which has been used to reduce water pressure and hence conserve water during periods of least demand. The PRV serving Great Meadows area was by-passed yesterday, therefore all of Boyle Town will be back to maximum pressure on a 24 hour basis until further notice.
• It is anticipated that there is a leak in this area and a leak detection crew is currently on site attempting to locate the Leak. This leak is possibly leaving Residents in this area without water.
• Once the Leak has been located and repaired, the PRV will be balanced again and a decision to turn it on again or to leave it off will be made.
• It is not the policy of Irish Water to leave anybody without water and Irish Water apologies for any inconvenience caused".
• Deputy Feighan assures all residents residing in this area that he will continue to pursue the matter with Irish Water until residents have a proper water supply.


Boyle Town Team - Press Release

Teams in Boyle and other Co Roscommon towns are receiving funding from Roscommon County Council to carry out some small scale initial projects in the area. These projects will be of benefit to everyone living in the area and will once more restore a sense of local pride. These short-term initiatives, some which will take place before Christmas and have been drawn up by the Boyle Team, include the following:
• Power washing monuments and features in town
• Placing window art in derelict buildings
• Publishing a Town Event calendar for 2016
• Assisting Town Traders in Christmas promotions
• Funding new features for Boyle Christmas Lights
• Funding plants and bulbs for Tidy Towns 2016
• Funding phase 1 of a CCTV system for Boyle
• Promoting “ Fall in Love with Boyle” weekend in 2016.
• Developing Greenway from Lough Key to Boyle


School Quiz Winners


Congratulations to St Teresa's National School Corrigeenroe on coming first in the Boyle area Library Quiz in King House last Friday, 27th November. The County final takes place on Monday the 7th of December in Roscommon. The best of luck to all involved.


Boyle GAA Club

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The Boyle GAA Club AGM will Sunday next 6th December at 5pm in the Clubroom. Nomination forms and proposed motions for discussion should be returned to Mary Clifford, Secretary by Friday next. We urge everyone who is in any way involved or interested in Gaelic Games in Boyle, to attend this very important meeting. This is the chance to voice your opinions on the running of the club.


Clarke's Bar & Restaurant





Sale of Works at Abbey Haven Nursing Home

DSC01662realboyle photo: Abbey Haven Sale of Works 2014

Abbey Haven Care Centre and Nursing Home, Carrick Road, Boyle will hold a Sale of Work of beautiful Art & Craft Products handmade by the residents on Saturday 5th December 2015 starting at 11am. The Sale of Work is a Fundraising Event for the Residents Comfort Fund. Refreshments, Homemade Cakes, Biscuits and Christmas Baking plus tickets for our in-house Christmas Hampers draw will also be on sale. All monies raised will provide additional day trips and enhance our current activities programme. We would love if you could join us on the day. You might pick up that special handmade gift for Christmas. All Welcome

Dear Santa...

Have you got a little someone who would like to receive a personal letter from the man in red himself this December?  Una Bhan Craft Shop has established a direct line to Santa Claus and has arranged for him to reply to children's letters.


Sale of works at the Parochial School

realboyle photo 2014: Parochial School Sale of Works

The Annual Sale of Works will be held in the Church Hall (Parochial School, Military road), on Friday 4th December at 7pm. Work stall, bottle stall, country produce, cakes. White elephant, books, hoopla and of course teas and fabulous homemade goodies


Drumderrig Nursing Home - Christmas 2013



Christmas Bric a Brac at Family Life Centre

The Family Life Centre will be holding a Bric a Brac sale on Friday 4th December from 5pm until 8pm and are looking for donations towards this fundraising event. Any good quality re-saleable items or unwanted gifts would be very much appreciated and can be handed into the Centre on Monday to Friday’s. Thank you for your support.


Leaving Certificate English Higher Level

Revision Day, Saturday, December 5th, Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon
Mary Donohoe-Farrell wrote:
• My course focus is on key exam topics and provides comprehensive study notes. I provide valuable expertise in the areas of exam technique, model answers, and key exam skills and strategies.
Course Overview: 

• 9.45-11.15:Comprehending the comprehension: Durcan : A detailed exam focused study of this poet
• 11.30-1pm:Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’
• 2-3.30pmHow to manage the comparative
• 3.45-4.45pm Plath : An exploration of Plath
The Essay: Further information and booking on 086 266 9280 All students are asked to bring exam papers and a poetry anthology to the course.