Time to stamp out drugs in Boyle
Tuesday’s discovery of €135,000 worth of drugs in Carrick on Shannon will hopefully disrupt the supply of illegal substances in this area. While there is no indication, as yet, to say where the cannabis resin was destined for, it could easily have made it’s way to Boyle as it passed through the chain of delivery. Drugs are taking a grip on rural Ireland like never before and Boyle is no exception. Cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin are all available in this town and many know exactly where and from whom you can get these drugs. If we are to stop the drug crazy taking a greater grip on Boyle we all need to work together – now. The Gardai have to be informed who the dealers are and in what premises or location you can buy these drugs in this town and elsewhere. By passing on this information you could save a life. If you have any information that could help Gardaí in combating drug dealers please ring Boyle Gardai on 071 9664620 or the Garda Confidential Line Freephone on 1800 666111 or ring GNDOCB on +353 1 6669900.
Boyle Summer Show is just around the corner
It’s nearly show time in Boyle which can only mean one thing – summer is drawing to a close. Traditionally August is the month when many Shows are held all over Ireland. In Boyle, this year’s event will take place on Sunday August 12th when hopefully good weather will see large crowds descend on Lynch’s field in the Warren. There are many classes and categories for various produce and enthusiasts at the Show. Also included for the 2nd year running is the All Ireland Champion Spaniel competition. There are 23 different competition categories in the dog show again this year. Entries will be accepted on the day with further details in the Show Catalogue which is available in the Una Bhan shop in the grounds of King House and in many other businesses locally.
Park properly and traffic will flow
Last week was without doubt the busiest yet this summer in Boyle. Every day saw record crowds visit the town during Arts Week and in fact a few fairly new businesses reported their busiest week ever. With the crowds comes cars and the inevitable parking problem, but one could ask the question “is there really a parking problem in Boyle”? It could be said that there is (free) adequate parking in Boyle if the town centre car parks were utilised. Likewise there is no traffic problem in Boyle if the public parked their cars properly. Any build up last week resulted from illegal parking on double yellow lines on the northern side of Main Street and dangerous parking (rear facing out) at the Bank of Ireland. Motorists must remember that putting on your double flashers so you can run into a shop for a few minutes does not give you an automatic right to park illegally and hold up the traffic flow through town. Likewise parking beside a disabled spot with the front or rear of the car in the disabled spot is illegal. A few parking tickets might be called for here in Boyle.
Remembering the Battle of the Curlews
In a little under two weeks time, the 419th anniversary of the Battle of the Curlews will take place. Unless something happens very quickly, the day will pass with no mention of the famous anniversary and no memorial on the site on the Curlew Mountain where hundreds of soldiers perished on the 15th of August in 1599 in the seventh year of the Nine Years War. There was once a field marker on the spot where the battle ensued but this is no longer visible. The Battle of the Curlews is very much part of our history and deserves remembrance. Perhaps it is not too late to have some form of remembrance on the Curlews on the day?
Rock the Clock organisers deserve praise (and thanks)
Hats off once again to the enterprising trio of Aaron Sharkey, Joe Ryan and Barry Simon who are the organisers of this weekend’s ‘Rock the Clock’ festival in Boyle. Instead of moaning about lost custom and what other towns are doing, the three publican’s got together and did something about it – they have organised a mini festival for the town. It is yet another example of how Boyle is pulling together now better than ever before. The full list of events is in the news section of this website and what better way of showing your support for the festival than attending the events and buying a duck for the duck race. Well done again lads.
An elderly woman was enjoying a good game of Bridge with her girlfriends one evening. “Oh, no! I have to rush home and fix dinner for my husband! He’s going to really be ticked if it’s not ready on time!” she exclaimed suddenly.
When she got home, she realised that she didn’t have enough time to go to the supermarket, and all she had in the cupboard was a wilted lettuce leaf, an egg, and a can of cat food. In a panic, she opened the can of cat food, stirred in the egg, and garnished it with the lettuce leaf just as her husband pulled up.
She greeted her husband and then watched in horror as he sat down to his dinner. To her surprise, the husband really enjoyed his dinner. “Darling, this is the best dinner you have made for me in forty years of marriage. You can make this for me any old day.”
Needless to say, every Bridge night from then on, the woman made her husband the same dish. She told her Bridge friends about it and they were all horrified.
“You’re going to kill him!” they exclaimed.
Two months later, her husband died.
The women were sitting around the table playing Bridge when one of her friends said, “You killed him! We told you that feeding him that cat food every week would do him in! How can you just sit there so calmly and play Bridge, knowing you murdered your husband?”
The wife stoically replied, “I didn’t kill him. He fell off the mantel while he was cleaning himself.”