Sunday, February 21, 2016

Update 21st February

Strokestown Easter Egg Hunt & Fun Day

Strokestown Park House

Strokestown Park House will host its ever-popular Easter Sunday Family Fun Day on March 27th, from 12 to 5pm. €10 per Child €3 per Adult. Activities Available on the Day: Puppet Shows ~ Face Painting~ Crafts ~ Bouncing Castles~ Petting Farm

Free Training at Boyle Enterprise Centre


Free Training courses at Boyle Enterprise Centre in February/March
• Time Management Tuesday February 23rd 10.00/1.00
• Customer Service Tuesday March 1st 10.00/1.00
• Intermediate Excel Thursday March 3rd 09.30/4.30
• HACCP Food Hygiene Thursday March 10th09.30/4.30
Training is free for Jobseekers/Job-bridge Interns subject to availability. For more information or to book places, call Role Skillnet on 071 9673440 or

Roscommon Herald to vacate offices

Roscommon Heraldgraphic © Sean O'Dowd

It is sad to be informed that later this year, the Roscommon Herald 'one of Boyle's longest established businesses' will vacate offices on St. Patrick Street.
While a schoolboy I was employed there by the late Miceál O'Callaghan, working for a couple of hours daily before teatime as a trainee proof reader.
For many, 'The Herald' is a must-read, and all will look forward to a continuation by its management and staff from whatever location its owners decide on.


The death has occurred of Patrick DONNELLAN, 5 St.Joseph's Terrace, Boyle. Suddenly at his residence, Sadly missed by his family, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Reposing at Mahon's Funeral Home, Boyle.
Funeral details not available yet.

St. Joseph's Church Newsletter


Camogie meeting in Dalys 24th Wednesday, 8:30pm.

Camogie is due to return in April. We will run with another 4 weeks indoor before moving outside for the remainder of the season. If you can give some time to this startup club in any capacity, it would be greatly appreciated. We need support in all areas between administration, officers posts & coaches/leaders. The more volunteers we have the easier it is for all volunteers and the better the chances of the club to succeed.
• We previously ran with u8's only. We have now registered with the county board that Boyle will have both u8 & u10's. Some of our players have already moved into this age bracket and we will also need new members. We'll be looking for children aged between 6 & 10 ( born from 2006 - 2009/10).  Again - we need support from more parents in order to be able to run with this.
• If you can offer any help or time I would greatly appreciate if you could attend this meeting to assess the future of the club. (Please bear in mind that you do not need Hurling/Camogie skills in order to coach or be a leader for this age group.) I hope to see you all there.
• Many thanks, Eithne Kennedy (086 157 8768)

Found a phone

Sharon Ní Ghallchobhair wrote: "I found a phone on the road outside Marians with an yellow and green case cover if you could advertise please ..."

Tadhg TV

Tadhg TV graphica_read_more.gif

Blood Donor Clinic next Wednesday

Blood Donor Clinic on Wednesday 24th February at St Joseph's Hall, Boyle, 4.30pm to 8pm.

Boyle Abbey - the 'new view'


Photo of Boyle Abbey this dull Saturday morning following tree felling over the past few days. Though we hate to see trees being cut down, the view of our beautiful Boyle Cistercian Abbey is now better than ever.
• However it is a pity the cream-coloured office building partially blocks the view
• Roll on sunny days and a plethora of new Boyle Abbey photos.

Coffee Morning - Saturday 20th February

Pieta House Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning today in the Open Table Restaurant, Boyle ... 10.30-12.30 in aid of Pieta house Suicide Awareness. Please support this worthy cause - all welcome!

King House Restaurant

Final interviews are about to be conducted with several prospective lease holders for the restaurant on King House grounds. It is hoped that the restaurant will be open and functioning fully before Easter

Defibrillators in Boyle

I have identified six locations with Defibrillators in Boyle. Perhaps there are more. I will name locations for you shortly.
I understand that Elphin may have many more than Boyle and that a number of them are located with easy access on the outside of buildings in the town ..


Boyle GAA Fixtures

• Saturday 20 FEB 2016: Minor Football League Division Three
Castlerea, St. Kevin’s V Boyle (sponsored by National Automation) 4pm, In Castlerea
• Sunday 21 FEB 2016: Senior League Division One – O’Rourke Cup
Kilmore V Boyle (sponsored by McGovern Directional Drilling) 2pm, In Kilmore

Tony Conboy "An Oblique View"


Quotable Quote: "Dónall was having his last drink before he took the train out of Boyle he asked his new friend if he enjoyed the Fleadh? His friend replied; “It would have been a great Fleadh only for all the bloody music”!"

Ardcarne Garden Centre - Events and Workshops

Ardcarne Plantsplus Header

• Polytunnel & Greenhouse Event: Sat 27th February 11.30am – 12.30pm. Discover how to get early crops of vegetables and fruit and how to make the most of growing under cover. FREE CUSTOMER EVENT, ALL WELCOME
• Wet Felt Workshop: With Henneke de Jongh: Sunday 13th March, 2-5pm,€45 (3 hours)
Learn how to make a mould & create your own unique felt piece like a mobile phone purse, wrist warmer or decorative flowers. All materials will be provided. BOOK NOW 071 966 7091 Places Limited
• Mini Garden Design Consultations: Every Wednesday in February 11am – 12.30pm
Bring along photos and an outline sketch and get 30 minutes of ideas and inspiration from our professional Garden Designer on creating your perfect garden. RING 071 966 7091 TO BOOK YOUR PLACE - FREE EVENT
• Art Classes: With Rebecca O’Connor: Starting Friday, 19th February For 5 weeks, 10am – 12.30pm. €75 for 5 Classes. Places Limited. BOOK NOW 071 966 7091

Trees at Boyle Abbey being cut down


A final view of the trees at Boyle Abbey ... presumably to give a more complete view of the abbey

Tribute to Glen Frey

Galilee Community

“Let Mercy fill your heart and change our world"
• Venue: Galilee Community, Tintagh (just off the N4), Boyle
• Dates / time: 3 Tuesdays, Feb 23rd, March 1st & 8th at 8pm
• Presenters: Feb 23rd, Justin Harkin & Mae Mc Manus RSM, March 1st, Moya Hegarty OSU, March 8th, Mary Reynolds RSM
• Book your place by phoning 071 966 4101 or 085 883 7226 or Email           
• Donation €5 per session

Boles of Boyle

Ruby Shoo Collection 2016

Crossna Community Centre

Upcoming events at Crossna Community Centre, (Cleen Hall), Knockvicar, Boyle, Co Roscommon Feb-March:
• SEED SWAP SUNDAY 28th Feb 12-4pm
• MUSIC MART Sat. 19th March 12-3pm
• FILM CLUB Weds 23rd March

Making Boyle beautiful

From seeds to flowers: Mandy Toolan of Boyle Tidy Towns committee is appealing to any flower lovers who may be growing their own flowers from seeds, and would like to donate some to enhance Boyle town, to get in touch with her, on 086 081 1434 or e-mail

Boyle Celtic - Soccer Sisters Camp

Boyle Celtic Soccer Sisters

This Easter Boyle Celtic FC will host the FAI Soccer Sisters Camp. The camp is for girls of 7-12 years of age. It will take place at Boyle Celtic FC on the Monday and Tuesday 21st and 22nd March from 10am-2pm. The cost is 20 euros which includes a specially designed girl's jersey. Bookings can be made at The camp will be run by fully qualified female coaches who are playing in the Women's National League. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce your daughter to the game or to help them to develop their skills further. Boyle Celtic have recently introduced U14 and U16 teams along with their U9 academy so it is hoped that initiatives such as the Soccer Sisters Camp can help the girls game to grow and prosper in the region.

Grainne Caldbeck plays "Miss Hannigan" in Annie

Grainne Caldbeck

Gentle and sweet she may be in real life, Grainne Galdbeck expertly plays the wrathful orphanage boss "Miss Hannigan" in the current Sligo Musical Society production of "Annie" in the Hawkswell Theatre. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and recommend it highly to you. The show will run nightly from 8pm through Saturday night, 20th February. Book Online [here...] or telephone 071 916 1518

Harmony Farm, Corrigeenroe, Boyle.

Spring is on it's way: The first seedlings are emerging vigorously in the propagator, the potatoes are chitting, and the first batch of eggs are in the incubator - it is an exciting time of year full of promise and expectations.

Toughest Muckers

Toughest Muckers

Event details and schedule: Registration/waiver signing, 10am on Sunday 28th February with the first wave of 100 setting off at 12 and every fifteen minutes thereafter. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your time as you need to sign waiver and get warmed up by are fitness team.  There is ample parking. Wear training gear for the challenge (runners will get mucky) but remember to bring a change of clothes to enjoy the festivities afterwards, free hot showers, free beer and free food are for everybody competing (tickets given on the day)

Parents Association St Joseph's BNS

St. Joseph's B.N.S. invite everyone to their Annual Book Fair Tuesday 23rd February to Friday 26th February. Profits from the Book Fair are used to stock our library. We will have books/stationary for every age group and will be open for sales at the following times in the school. Tuesday 23rd February morning 9.00am – 9.30am Wednesday 24th February morning 9.00am - 9.30am Thursday 25th February morning 9.00am - 9.30am Thursday 25th February afternoon 3.00pm – 4.30pm Friday 26th February morning 9.00am – 9.30am Please come out and support our Book Fair.

Boyle & District Angling Club Competitions

• Donnellan Cup, Oakport Lake, Saturday 20th February (10-4) Boat competition
• Callow Shield, Callow Lake, Sunday 5th March Boat (10-4) Boat competition

Carers required in Boyle area

Carers required to provide personal care and light housework in the Boyle Area for elderly lady. Preferably previous experience caring for elderly. Must have own transport and be of a caring flexible nature. Please contact

Railway Preservation Society of Ireland

4_DT1Loco No. 4 will be used

The RPSI will run a Vintage Steam Train from Carrick to Boyle & return on Sunday 13th March. The train will be headed by Loco No.4 built in 1947 and acquired by the RPSI in 1971. The carriages were built by Cravens of Sheffield in the early 1960's and acquired by the Society in 2006 when the last of them came out of service.
• 11.00: Train will depart from Connolly Station for Carrick Tickets. €30 adults / €20 under 16s
• 14.25: Depart from Carrick. Tickets to Boyle €12 adults / €6 under 16s. Tickets for the Carrick / Boyle trip available in Mulveys, Main Street, Carrick
!5.25: Depart from Boyle. 

Bar-Car-1Bar Car on the trip

Election Candidate Press Releases:
Denis Naughten [here...Eddie Conroy [here...] Maura Hopkins [here...]Eugene Murphy Press Releases to follow