No jobs announcement for Boyle this week
Boyle was once again the forgotten town in yesterday’s jobs announcement for the county, when Moss Vision announced it’s intention to create 50 new jobs in the IDA Business Park in Roscommon Town. There has been no major positive jobs news for Boyle in recent years and according to official sources there is no news on the horizon. For years we were told that Boyle would not get Direct Foreign Investment as we had no industrial land or facilities available. That was remedied when the Council purchased property on the Roscommon road and local business people built office space and industrial units. But still no jobs came. What we do have in Boyle is a number of high quality industrial units and space ready for occupancy. What we don’t have in Boyle is the backing of the state agencies in ensuring FDI and other start up businesses come to the town.
Summer Festival would benefit the town
A recent weekly survey here on Boyletoday.com has shown that 84% of those who responded believed we need a summer festival here in Boyle. Interesting also to note that 16% thought we did not. While we have the successful Arts Festival, a summer festival would be more akin to what the Gala Week of old resembled. Organised by Boyle Round Table, the Gala Week (which lasted for two weeks and three weekends at one stage) grew to become one of the premier festivals in the West. Family fund days and night time music at the Doon Shore, soccer tournaments, barman’s race, disco’s and inter pub darts tournaments were the simple things that drew the crowds. When the Gala Week ceased, along came the Isles of Lough Key Festival which was also a great success with the highlight being the crowning of the Princess of the Isles of Lough Key. These festivals did not just happen. A lot of work went into their organisation, but the town benefitted and they were eagerly awaited in the months of July and or August. In more recent times various smaller weekend type events have been organised but going by the Boyeltoday.com survey, it would seem there is an appetitie out there for a larger summer festival. Realistically it is up to the energetic younger people of the town, aided by the experience of older business people, who need to get the wheels in motion. It’s not too late yet to organise something on a small scale for this summer.
Boyle needs more Toughest Muckers
Everyone who participated or witnessed last Saturday’s Toughest Muckers challenge in the Park spoke in glowing terms of the enjoyment they had, the craic there was among the competitors and organisers and the professional way the day was managed. Two waves of competitiors took off from the start line, but one could not help but notice the small number of locals among the participants. Here we had a fun and challenging day out right on our doorstep where the majority of the competitors seemed to be from outside Boyle. The Toughest Muckers can become one of the premier events in Ireland if it gets the support it quite rightly deserves. Locals should plan now for the next one which should take place around October/November.
Boyle should benefit from Roscommon game
There should be an increase in traffic volumes through Boyle this Saturday evening as supporters travel to Sligo to see the county team take on the home side in the Connacht semi final. Boyle businesses should also benefit, but supporters will not stop in the town unless they have a reason to. Specials in restaurants and food establishments, drink offers in the pubs and perhaps discounted fuel for the evening in our filling stations would ensure Boyle benefitted from the supporters travelling to and from the match. These offers could be advertised with road side signs or on social media at little or no cost. As the old saying goes “you need to speculate to accumulate”.
Another swim event in Lough Key
Once again Lough Key Forest Park will play host tomorrow (Saturday) to another sporting event. This time it is the turn of the opening leg of the Irish Open Water Swim League. Titled the “Lough Key Loop”, the event gets underway at 10am for the 750m swimmers and 11am for the 1,500m participants. In recent weeks, the Park has been used for an Aquathon and will host the Lough Key Sprint Tri in September. The availability of parking, access to the water and natural woodland endears the Park to many types of sporting events which are great for branding and marketing the facility itself.
With a very seductive voice, a wife asked her husband, “Have you ever seen a twenty euro note all crumpled up?”
“No,” said her husband.
She gave him a sexy smile, unbuttoned her blouse, and reached down into her cleavage and pulled out a crumpled twenty euro note.
He took the crumpled note from her and smiled approvingly.
She then asked him, “Have you ever seen fifty euro all crumpled up?”
“Uh… no, I haven’t,” he said, with an anxious tone in his voice.
She gave him another sexy smile, pulled up her skirt, and pulled out a fifty euro note,
He took the crumpled fifty euros, and started breathing a little
quicker with anticipation.
“Now,” she said, …..”have you ever seen €30,000 all crumpled up?”
“No way!” he said, while obviously becoming even more aroused and
excited, to which she replied…..
“Well then, go and look in the garage.”