Cyclists Arrive From This Evening
Boyle will be a hive of activity from early morning tomorrow Saturday when the Lough Key Classic cycling sportive starts and finishes on the Crescent. A number of cyclists will arrive in the town this evening to register, but the majority will descend on the town from 7am Saturday. In addition Irish TV will be here from 8am filming the event for their County Matters programme. The more experienced riders will leave on the 120k route at 9am with the 60k heading off at 10.30am followed closely by the family cycle. The first of the riders could be back in Boyle by 12.30pm. With plans to make the Lough Key Classic an annual event, it is important that the public come out and support the cyclists as they pass through our town. If we give them a warm Boyle welcome then they will return. And don’t forget the post sportive night out in Patrick’s Well on Saturday night to which everyone is invited!
The Taoiseach, The Cycleway and The T.D.
Local TD Frank Feighan must be smiling this week. On Monday he had An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Boyle and yesterday Frank announced €400k for the Lough Key – Boyle Greenway project. The Taoiseach’s visit was an interesting one. He visited Lough Key – not Boyle town – with many querying why this was the case. The official line was so that he could see the great work being done in the Park, but it became clearer yesterday when the cycleway announcement was made as to why Lough Key Forest Park was choosen. Questioned privately about Boyle on Monday, the Taoiseach was well aware of what is happening or to be more precise what is not happening in the town. But in any case, the funding for a cycle way to Boyle is great news. The pieces of the jigsaw are now falling into place and the fastening of the link between Boyle and Lough Key is getting tighter. It is not that long ago since many were calling for Frank Feighan to resign over Roscommon Hospital. He stood firm and thankfully so as it is doubtful Boyle would have got the cycleway and the soon to be constucted Primary Care facility if Frank was an independent TD.
Culinary Awakening In Boyle
Boyle is now getting spoiled for choice with restaurants. Gone is the day when there was “no where to eat” in the town. The latest addition to the culinary awakening in Boyle opens this Saturday when the “Open Table” restaurant commences business on the Crescent. In addition you have Clarkes, Bruno’s, An Craoibhin, Mirelas, King House, Margaret’s Café, The Stone House, two Chinese restaurants, an Indian restaurant and take aways to choose from. Now we have to support the restaurants. We were whinging for too long that we had not enough places serving food – now they are there- lets make sure we go out an eat in them.
John Reilly Remembered
Well done to all associated with the upcoming tribute night to local songwriter and singer John Reilly. John was a member of the travelling community who lived in Boyle. Born in 1926 in Carrick, he moved to Boyle in 1962 but died at the young age of 44. Christy Moore on visiting the famous musical family – the Grehan’s (where Bruno’s restaurant is now located) heard John sing and was so intrigued by the man that he was an influence on his songwriting in years to come. The tribute concert to John will take place in St. Joseph’s Hall on June 26th and will feature the Grehan siaters and Christy Moore. Advice is to get you tickets sooner rather than later as this once off show will certainly sell out fast.
Another new Business to Locate in Rockingham
Lough Key is soon to get another new outdoor business that will compliment the successful Woodland Segway’s and Electric Bike Trails that are currently in situ. Our own “adventure park” is certainly buzzing nowadays and is the in place for school tours to visit. It will only get better with additional business ideas being considered and upgrades to certain areas of the Park being planned at present. Add to this the upcoming Boyletoday.com Shuttle Bus and the Greenway Cycle and in Lough Key Forest and Activity Park we have a facility we can justifiably be proud of.
A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the boss standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.
“Listen,” said the boss, “this is a very sensitive and important document here, and my secretary has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work?”
“Certainly,” said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.
“Excellent, excellent!” said the boss as his paper disappeared inside the machine.
“I just need one copy.”