Boyle 2040 plans for the town’s future
The news on Wednesday that the Boyle 2040 plan will launch in autumn has received a warm welcome. It is understood a small number of vital components of the plan, which are outside the Town Team and local authorities control, are awaiting finalisation and hence the delay. It had been hoped to have the plan launched during the summer months to give guidance on the exciting road map that is planned for Boyle and to also give an indication on the future use of the Royal Hotel building but unfortunately that has been delayed. But autumn is only around the corner and by all accounts, the plan will be worth waiting for and will give a new lease of life to the town.
Soccer returns to the Pleasure Grounds
The return of soccer to the Pleasure Grounds is eagerly awaited during next weekend’s Rock the Clock festival. Many will recall the glory days of the 5 a side during Gala Week. Teams participated from various clubs and businesses in Boyle and indeed further afield with games played over a 3 week period. The Pleasure Grounds was a natural amphitheatre with crowds lining the wall along the Carrick Road to see the action unfold. Hopefully there will be a big entry and as many spectators for the tournament which will take place on Saturday August 4th.
An alternative to the N4
Motorists travelling from Boyle to Dublin mid week of late will have encountered serious delays between Longford and Edgeworthstown as resurfacing work continues. At peak times the delays, which continue until Friday August 3rd, can add 45 minutes to your journey. An alternative route used by some and proving shorter when one factors in road works and travel time through Carrick, is the Boyle, Four Mile House, Derrane, Athlone and M6 route. On paper it may look longer but traffic flows and there are no delays en route.
Arts Festival success continues
Hats off to the organisers of Boyle Arts Festival who have once again brought great crowds to the town of Boyle. Aided to by a large number of Donegal supporters heading to Hyde Park, last Saturday was one of the busiest in a long time in Boyle. Cars backed up all the way around the Carrick Road, Abbey Terrace, Military Road circuit and one person who attended a workshop in the morning was overheard to say she would wait in Boyle for the afternoon workshop as she was afraid of losing her parking space! There has been a great buzz around town every day and evening with people travelling from afar to the various events. Boyle Arts Festival is well up there with the best Arts Festivals in the country. The organisers should proudly hold their heads high.
Successful resuscitation locally
A tweet from the National Ambulance Service last week referred to an incident locally. In a post on July 21st the Service said ” This week saw a successful resuscitation of a Cardiac Arrest patient in Roscommon. Paramedics from Boyle and Carrick on Shannon attended. NEOC call taker provided over the phone instructions to bystanders in CPR and AED. The patient was alert and talking in hospital”. Well done to all involved.
Suggested name change for the Pleasure Grounds
It would seem some people are getting unnecessarily concerned about “plans to change the name of the Pleasure Grounds”. The concern has ensued following a poll here on Boyletoday.com. Firstly, to be clear – there are no plans to change the name of the Pleasure Grounds – it is only an information poll following an off the cuff suggestion. Secondly, no organisation or individual could or has plans to change the name – it would have to go to a plebiscite or a vote of the people if that were the case. To date, 64% of those who took part in the poll have said they are not in favour of a name change.
Boyletoday.com goes from strength to strength
Viewing figures continue to rise here on Boyletoday.com. This month, a number of exclusive stories aided by viewers seeking information on the Arts Festival and other local events saw hits on the website reach all time summer high’s. The public have become accustomed to “instant news” – which is what you get here on Boyletoday.com each and every day as we source and report all that is happening in and around Boyle so others can copy and republish within a few minutes!
A crusty old Marine Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation.
“Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?”
“Negative, ma’am. Just serious by nature.”
The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, “It looks like you have seen a lot of action.”
“Yes, ma’am, a lot of action.”
The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, “You know, you should lighten up. Relax and enjoy yourself.”
The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner.
Finally the young lady said, “You know, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?”
“Well, there you are. No wonder you’re so serious. You really need to chill out! I mean, no sex since 1955! She took his hand and led him to a private room where she ‘entertained’ the Sergeant Major.
Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned against his bare chest and said, “Wow, you sure didn’t forget much since 1955.”
The Sergeant Major said, after glancing at his watch, “I hope not; it’s only 2130 now.