Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Update 12th January

1916-2016 Centenary Event, Easter Weekend

In preparation for the Centenary Year, a committee formed in 2015 to connect with family members of the Old IRA (Boyle area) at home and abroad. People were invited to share stories, information and memorabilia in preparation for the commemoration and recognition of their family’s part in the movement for Independence 1914-1922.

Ah, why not ... a bit of fun for y'all?!

Boyle Chamber Lotto Results, Monday January 11th

Numbers drawn: 26, 27, 28, 29,
Match Three Winners: None (Match three next week €260)
Jackpot Winner: None
• Next draw Monday January 18th at 11.00pm in Daly’s Bar. Lotto Jackpot €14,370

Save Roscommon

Bishop Kevin Doran told over 1,500 people who attended last night's Save Roscommon public meeting in the Athlone Springs Hotel that he believes that it was geographical nonsense to suggest that county Westmeath would extend further west over the river Shannon.

New York's St Patrick's Day Parade 2016

St Patrick's Day Parade names legendary peacemaker George Mitchell as 2015 Grand Marshal
• NEW YORK, NY, January 11, 2016 – The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Directors has named former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who negotiated the legendary Good Friday Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland, as Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, Board Chairman John Lahey announced today
• Information courtesy of former Boyle man, Hilary Beirne, Executive Secretary NYC St Patrick's Day Parade

Iarnrod Eireann

The Sligo line has reopened between Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford. Full train services have resumed. 16:00hrs Dublin Connolly - Sligo will operate.
• Expect delays of up to 20mins to some services due to temporary speed restrictions.

Is McDermott's castle falling down?


This photo by 'Dan Shan' on Facebook shows a collapsed section of the perimeter wall of the castle on Castle Island Lough Key. Please note the large crack on the remaining section of wall. This would seem to indicate a further collapse may happen.
• For centuries McDermott's Castle on Castle Island, Lough Key has been an iconic focal point and a major tourist attraction in the area. What a shame it will be on the generation that allows the building to fall and become another one like nearby Kingston Hall and the former Rockingham House!!!

Tuesday's weather

Cold and windy today with scattered heavy showers at first. Some will be wintry on higher ground but the showers will become isolated later this morning and sunny spells will develop. Highs of just 4 to 7 Celsius in fresh to strong and gusty northwest winds, which will moderate later today.

Save Roscommon

The Save Roscommon group was formed in November. Roscommon could be a smaller county by April, losing up to 7,000 residents and 30 square kilometres in the south.
• A crowd of in excess of 1,500 people attended the Save Roscommon open meeting in the Athlone Springs Hotel Monksland last night (Monday 11th). Attendees came from far and representatives of the major political, social and sporting groups in the county addressed the crowd.
• Co Cllr Maura Hopkins pledged her support to maintain the county's boundaries, adding "I will be working very hard in your behalf."
• Co Cllr Eugene Murphy pledged that he will not support any change in the county's boundaries.
• Denis Naughten promised not to support any incoming government who attempted to change the county boundary.
• Former Roscommon County Council Manager John Tiernan "This is nothing less than a revenue and population hijack. Of course improve Athlone, but not at our expense,
• Roscommon GAA Chairperson Seamus Sweeney "Roscommon is united behind this campaign - we are Roscommon!"

Parents of Underage Boys GAA - meeting tonight

You are invited to a special meeting to be held in the GAA Clubroom tonight, Tuesday 12th January at 8.30pm where you will be briefed on what the Club has to offer in football coaching and playing for all boys from age 6 to 18. "We want to ensure that you are fully informed on all club activities and we warmly welcome your involvement with the Club."

Yoga Class

Commencing on Tuesday 19th January in The Convent Primary School, Carrick Road. Ladies at 7.30pm and Men at 9pm. Beginner's welcome. Please bring a mat and a rug. For further details please contact Liz on 086 869 0804.

General Election updates

A date will be announced soon for a General Election, 'things are hotting up' and various comments and press releases are being issued. I hope to bring you selected news (shortened statements) and comment as we progress.
Maura Hopkins: I am firmly opposed to any change to Roscommon boundaries. I believe that the Monksland area in the south of the county must be kept as a part of Roscommon. "Monksland has always been a part of Roscommon and there is no reason to sever the links to the area now. I will be communicating my views to the Minister for the Environment and encouraging the retention of Monksland - it is an important part of Roscommon and has an integral part to play in bringing positivity and growth back into the West".
• Will Fianna Fáil add Shane Curran? There is speculation today that former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran is to be added to the ticket for Fianna Fail in the Roscommon Galway constituency. John Mulligan commented on Facebook: "Whatever hope ff has of getting a seat, it's to run with a single candidate. All this will do is to make that hill a lot steeper for Eugene, and god knows, it's steep enough as it is. People are still very wary of letting ff near the till."
• Eddie Conroy Press release: General Election candidate in Roscommon/East Galway Eddie Conroy, has strongly condemned Eir and the Government for the total exclusion of Boyle, Elphin, Roscommon Town, Tulsk and Williamstown from its current plans to provide Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Internet access speeds. Whilst these areas currently have or are in the process of getting upgraded to Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), these areas are to be completely overlooked for the greater 1 Gb Internet speeds until at least sometime after 2020 under Eir’s current FTTH rollout plans.

Flooding evacuations

Irish Independent Report: 46 County Roscommon families have been evacuated from their homes because of flooding since the 3rd of December. 8 families have now returned

Will Fianna Fáil add Shane Curran?

There is speculation today that former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran is to be added to the ticket for Fianna Fail in the Roscommon Galway constituency.
John Mulligan commented on Facebook: "Whatever hope ff has of getting a seat, it's to run with a single candidate. All this will do is to make that hill a lot steeper for Eugene, and god knows, it's steep enough as it is. People are still very wary of letting ff near the till."

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Pilates recommencing on Wed 13th January from 7pm - 8pm in Convent of Mercy primary school gym. To book please contact Ann 086 308 8873

Social Hour

Parishioners are invited to come along to St. Joseph’s Resource Centre for tea and a chat on Friday 15th January at 10.30am and every Friday morning thereafter.

Just A Memory

National Irish Bank

This signplate was fixed on the wall beside the entry door to the National Irish Bank on the corner of Bridge Street and St. Patrick Street.

Lough Key Toastie

20160109_140359Toasted Ham, Cheese, Onion & Tomato - add tea for a nice light meal

Ardcarne Church and surrounds

20160110_133605Viewed from the N4, Sunday 10th January (Samsung smartphone photo)

Red morning sky, Sunday 10th January

Viewed from Woodenbridge Road, Boyle (Samsung smartphone photo)