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Boyle’d Pot 14/2/14

The Minister and the Shed

By the time some of you will have read this week’s Boyle’d Pot blog, Minister Joan Burton will have been in town and is probably back in Dublin in her plush offices. Minister Burton was on a visit to Boyle to see that great organisation that is Boyle Men’s Shed and in particular their new home adjacent to Visionary Photography on the Crescent. The men in the group have a big project ahead of them in renovating their new premises but it will not cost them a thought such is the expertise and good will among those who are in The ‘Shed. If you have any materials that may assist in the renovations or indeed if you can make a donation to get the new base operational, pleases contact any member of Boyle Men’s Shed organisation.

Helping our Retailers in this Weather

Water levels continue to rise on the Boyle River but as stated here previously, we have got away lightly in Boyle since the bad weather commenced last December. Unfortunately a victim of the storms nationwide, inclusive of Boyle, has been the traders in the various towns throughout the country. The weather is not enticing people to go out impulse buying and retailers are feeling the pinch. An appeal is now going out, similar to the one before Christmas, for shoppers to buy local and support businesses in our town. Brighter days lie ahead and it is up to us all to keep our businesses in business by shopping in Boyle where possible.

A Dangerous Shortcut

A viewer on the Boyletoday facebook page recently requested drivers to refrain from using the “shortcut under the N4” at the Wooden Bridge as it is water logged. Could people really consider doing this you may ask? Well they could and it was witnessed recently which is unbelievable considering the water levels in this area beside a fast flowing river. Another “short cut”, not a million miles from this location that is an accident waiting to happen is on the walking path adjacent to the N4 and the  Wooden Bridge housing estate. This unlit walk way is used by many people out exercising daily and the last thing you expect to meet on it is a car, but it is used by certain motorists as a short cut from the N4 by mounting the ditch and driving on the walk way. Bushes have been thrown on the “gap” to no avail. This is an extremely dangerous and illegal manoeuvre and one which should not be tolerated.

Big Time Cycling Returns

Good news for Boyle last week when details of the “Lough Key Challenge” cycling sportive were announced. A sportive is not a race but a cycling challenge and Boyle will have three of theses challenges on Saturday 17th May with the longest being 120km. With the exception of an event last March, it has been a long number of years since cycling featured in the town of Boyle. There are some who will still remember the Nissan Classic stage finish back in the late 1980’s when famous names like Stephen Roche, Sean Kelly and others descended on our town and then in the 1990’s, Boyle Round Table ran a town centre race one Friday evening which was a great spectacle. It is reported that this years event could attract up to 200 cyclists to Boyle which should be well received by traders and residents alike.

Moone Boy Mania

Monday night is Moone Boy night and will be for the next number of weeks. The hit show is back on our screen for series 2, commencing at 9pm on Sky 1. This series include an epic golf battle between Liam and his old rival, Kevin ‘The Leech’ Leech; a religious-themed stag party; a Halloween adventure on a river raft that leads to an encounter with the mysterious Island Joe (Pat Shortt); and a St. Patrick’s Day parade in the middle of Boyle that none of the Moone’s (or those who stood in the rain and cold last September) will quickly forget.

A Dear Trip to Dublin

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of our highlighting of the overcrowding on trains servicing the Dublin – Sligo rail line. Apart from the overcrowding which occurs mainly on Friday’s and Sunday’s, the two hour train frequency is very handy, but unless you are a student or an OAP, travelling on the train can be price prohibitive. You most certainly would not bring a family on the train to Dublin and it is only financially justifiable for a single traveller – any more than that and it’s cheaper by car. If you are an internet user (and you must be if you are reading this!) then it can be cheaper to book online. “Check before you travel” as the old saying goes.

And Finally….!

A little three year old boy is sitting on the toilet.
His mother thinks he has been in there too long, so she goes in to see what’s up.
The little boy is sitting on the toilet reading a book.
But about every 10 seconds or so he puts the book down, grips on to the toilet seat with his left hand and hits himself on top of the head with his right hand.

His mother says: “Billy, are you all right? You’ve been in here for a while.”
Billy says: “I’m fine, mum… I just haven’t done it yet.”
Mother says: “ok, you can stay here a few more minutes. But, Billy, why are you hitting yourself on the head?”
Billy says:”it works on the tomato sauce bottle!”

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