Royal sale is good news for Boyle
There seemed to be general delight at the news last Friday that Roscommon Co Co has bought the former Royal Hotel building in Boyle. It’s purchase brings some form of closure to speculation as to what will become of the building. While some believe it may be a hotel again, there is a strong probability that will not be the case for two reasons. One, it is located on a flood plain and two, the cost involved in bringing the building up to at least 4 star standard would be prohibitive. On the basis then that the site is put to another use, it once and for all brings closure to speculation as to whither or not we will have a hotel there and opens up the chance for an individual or consortium to plan for a hotel elsewhere in the town. Roscommon Co Co has told this website that they will work with the civic bodies in the town to establish the best use for the site and going by their recent past record, one can only believe they will act on their word. Numerous suggestions have been mentioned in the past week, but what we don’t need in Boyle is another green field park in the town – we have that already in the Pleasure Grounds and Lawn area on either side of the site. What we do need is some form of infrastructure that will get people back into the town centre again and that will provide jobs and opportunities for our local people.
Lidl controversy rages on
There is controversy in Carrick on Shannon this week following a public meeting held in opposition to the proposed move by Lidl from the Boyle side of the Leitrim town to Attyrory, opposite Tesco and the Retail Park. The majority of those present at the meeting spoke against the move, wishing to see the German retailer stay in Roscommon. The company has now organised it’s own public meeting for Tuesday 20th to showcase it’s plans and to answer any questions people may have on the new location. Should Lidl move to the eastern side of Carrick, they would most likely lose a lot of Boyle shoppers who would be quicker going to Lidl in Sligo on weekends such is the traffic congestion now around Carrick on Shannon.
Scouting is a great benefit to Boyle – economically and socially
Visitors to Lough Key Forest Park last weekend would have witnessed large numbers of Beavers from around the county availing of the brilliant facilities the Park and Lough Keel hold. Young people and leaders from Boyle, Longford, Ballinamore, Mohill, Lanesboro/Ballyleague, Kilglass/Tarmonbarry, Lucan, Donegal, Ballinamore and Ballisodare were taking part in the annual Beaver Camp. It brought a large gathering to Rockingham with various outdoor activities planned in the Park for the young children. One Boyle parent posted a nice comment on Boyletoday Facebook page following the camp thanking the leaders whom he said “gave up their weekend to give the kids memories of a lifetime and teach them invaluable life skills. Ye are all heroes of the community and we are very grateful.” The comment shows once again the volunteerism that Boyle is famous for and the great job the Boyle Scout group do in our community.
A good news week for Boyle
In a week of good news for Boyle (Royal Hotel purchase and Spool Factory Co Working and Event Centre opening) comes further good news that funding has been approved by the Department of Education for this ASD unit at Abbey Community College in the town. According to local Senator Frank Feighan who welcomed the announcement “This funding allocation is great news for the Boyle secondary school and works will proceed once the tendering process has been completed.” “Projects such as these also help to stimulate economic activity by supporting jobs in the local economy.” It is understood the ASD Unit will be a new two room build attached to the existing school. Overall, it has been a positive week for the town and there is more good news to come. Boyle is on it’s way back up and it would be the wise investor who now took notice of the opportunities that exist in Boyle.
Celebrating the Summer Solstice
It is hard to believe, when the summer has not really arrived yet, that next Wednesday is the longest day of the year. June 21st is the Summer Solstice – the day with the most hours of daylight all year. In the lead up to the summer solstice we gain minutes of daylight each day and directly after the solstice we begin losing seconds and then minutes of daylight until the winter solstice and the pattern reverses. The local Curlew Walking Club will celebrate the Solstice with an evening walk to Carrowkeel in the historic Bricklieve Mountain outside Castlebaldwin. More details closer to the day on Boyeltoday.com.
A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman want to get in to the Olympics, but they haven’t got tickets.
The Scotsman picks up a manhole cover, tucks it under his arm and walks to the gate. ” McTavish , Scotland ” he says, “Discus” and in he walks.
The Englishman picks up a length of scaffolding and slings it over his shoulder.. ” Waddington-Smythe , England ” he says, “Pole vault” and in he walks.
The Irishman looks around and picks up a roll of barbed wire and tucks it under his arm. “O’Malley, Ireland ” he says, “Fencing”.