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The annual St Stephen’s Day Treasure Hunt in aid of Hospice will take place in Lough Key Forest & Activity Park on Tuesday 26th December at 2.30pm. Information sheets will be given out in Answer the park and completed sheets to be handed in at Clarke’s Bar & Restaurant, St Patrick’s Street, Boyle where winners will be announced.


A very important date for your diary is Wednesday December 27th – the date for the Annual GAA quiz and presentation night. Pit your wits against the best quiz brains in Boyle and surrounding areas for some very nice prizes. Player of the Year, Club person of the Year and Hall of Fame awards will be presented on the night and the jubilant O’ Gara Cup winners will receive their medals from Boyle man and County Board Chairman, Seamus Sweeney. A signed and mounted copy of one of Gaelic Football’s iconic images of 2017 is one of the many attractive raffle prizes to be won at the Quiz night. The picture, signed by Donal and Enda Smith brilliantly captures the celebrations after the Connacht Senior Final. Boyle GAA quiz night commences at 8pm and is always a great social occasion over the Christmas period.


Lough Key Forest Park will be the venue for a 5k Fun Run and Walk for Children with Autism taking place on Wednesday 27th December at 2pm with registration taking place at 1.30. Supporting Education and Communication for those living with Autism. For further information call Majella on 086 8123 594.


The Clubs Christmas Bonanza Competition was played on Sunday the 17th of December. Shane Loftus came 1st in the men’s competition with 32 points, the next 3 places in the men’s section went to David Purser, Terry Canning and Ross Andrew, who each had 31 points and were separated only on countback. Ruth Hogg won the ladies’ section with Carmel McGarry in 2nd place. 3rd and 4th went to Paula Cull and Moira Egan respectively. At the prize-giving Men’s Captain Terry Canning presented Patrick Egan with a trophy for topping the order of merit for Golfer of the Year 2017. Raffle prizes were won by Michael Simon, Michael Rush, Patrick Egan, Susan O’Mahoney, Michael Gilmartin, Jonathan Egan and Marie Gallagher. On the Wednesday 27th of December a Christmas 9 hole Ladies and Gents Scramble will take place. Names need to be in for the draw for teams at 12.45 with a shotgun start at 1pm.


A new and innovative App will soon be launched and Boyle is one of the first town’s to feature on it. “StoryTracks” is an audio-guide where local people bring their own stories to life. The App allows users to trigger stories on the move as well as create your own StoryTracks as you travel the country listening to the land, culture and heritage of Ireland come to life. In Boyle, a large amount of business people were interviewed over a number of weeks by StoryTracks founder, Sligo man Fergal Nealon and his colleague Daithi Gormley. Speaking to, Fergal said he choose Boyle as test town because it was the overall winner of the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Award 2016. After spending a number of weeks meeting the local people, Fergal feels that Boyle has a lot going for it – more so than some other larger towns. ” The sense of community spirit in the town and fight to succeed and battle back from the tough times is so evident here” according to Fergal.” Everyone we met has a story to tell and the information we gathered will make the Boyle StoryTracks App very interesting, informative and enjoyable”. The App is very user friendly and you can upload your own story to the map and indeed we would encourage family and friends over Christmas to add their story to the product” said Fergal.The Boyle StoryPack on the App will be available to download free before Christmas in android and iphone formats.


The 4th “Women’s Little Christmas ” Black Dress Ladies Lunch takes place on Sunday the 7th January 2018 in the beautiful setting of Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon. Guest speaker on the day is the inspirational Nikki Bradley. MC on the day is Eileen Magnier who is a voluntary member of the Board of Directors of North West Simon Community. Tickets are €45 and make an ideal Christmas gift for your Mum, Daughter, Sister, Niece or Auntie!! Tickets are available from Mary on 087 7708865 or email [email protected], from Kilronan Castle or through eventbrite There is a seated table plan – please mention if you are part of a group and how many in your group when buying tickets so that we can arrange to have you seated


The Christmas Lights team thank sincerely all who gave of their time and expertise to the Switching on of the Lights in Boyle this year – Boyle Fire Service, DJ Dermot, the Fishing Club, Gardaí, Boyle Scouts,  Winners of the Art Competition, Abbey Community College Transition Year students, the many volunteers who assisted on the day and last but not least the man himself – Santa. The Christmas Lights team are appealing to all businesses to promote the Raffle Cards (for funding the lights) over the coming days with €1000+ cash prizes to be won. The draw will take place on 5th January. One of the team of Brian, Dara, Mervyn, Tish, Liz, Deirdre, Tony, Brendan or Siobhan will be calling on you  week of 2nd January to collect your completed cards. The team of volunteers who have been fundraising for the town lights over the last number of years appeal to you to have your cards and/or subscription ready for collection. Our Christmas Lights have cost over €30000 with an annual running cost of almost €4000. Fundraising through the Christmas Raffle and  the Good Friday Quiz are the only means of paying for our lights and ensuring Boyle looks spectacular at this festive time. The Lights crew thank you for your continued support.


Annual General Meeting of Boyle Town Team is scheduled to take place on Thursday January 11th at 6.30 in Boyle Enterprise Centre


Senator Frank Feighan has received confirmation from the HSE that the new Boyle Primary Care Centre will open to the public for services on Tuesday, January 9th. “The delays regarding the HSE’s operational timelines  have been disappointing but I can categorically state that the state-of-the-art facility will now open on this date. “The day before the centre’s official opening, there will be an open day.


The Market takes place every Saturday in the Grounds of King House, Boyle from 10am until 2pm…If you would like to enjoy the best locally grown fresh and organic produce, then a trip to the Courtyard Market should be on your agenda. There is a wide range of seasonal produce, Vegetarian hot meals to eat here or take home as well as organic fruit and vegetables, homemade jams and marmalade, organic free-range eggs, sour dough/ spelt bread and all kinds of delicious home bakes are available every week. Alongside the food stalls are a number of crafters selling their handmade wares. So why not come along and have a chat with the stall holders and avail of their ideas. For further information please call Una Bhan on 071 9663 033


Are you looking for a new job? Are you having difficulty putting together your CV? Would you like some help? Then why not call into the Úna Bhán office in the grounds of King House, Boyle, where we will be delighted to give you any help, advice or information we can. A good CV could make all the difference in getting your job application through to the interview stage. We have a template and sheet of helpful tips to guide you through the process. We will also type your CV if you cannot do this yourself. Or you may just want to call in for a chat about your CV. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence. For more details, contact Úna Bhán Tourism on 071 9663033. We also offer office services such as Photo Copying, Scanning, Laminating, Typing, Faxing, Binding and Printing are carried out at the Una Bhan office in the grounds of  King House, for further information please contact the office on 071 966 3033.  

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