The Boyle’d Pot

The Boyle’d Pot 2/02/’24

Another new traffic dodging route emerges

Two weeks ago we highlighted vehicles using the lane way down by the Library and the rear of Main Street as an alternative to avoiding traffic at McDonagh’s Corner. It has now been brought to our attention that the road at the rear of the Crescent coming out at Daly’s Drinks is also being used to avoid the traffic lights at Creighton’s Corner. And the cars and vans that are using this route seem to have no respect for pedestrians, travelling at speed on a lane way that they should not be using to avoid a traffic hold up.


Clearance work opens up the Fishing Temple

There is unanimous welcome for the clearing work that has been undertaken recently around the Gazebo and Slip Way in Lough Key Forest Park. Trees and bramble have been cut away opening up the area and giving a great vista of the beautiful three arch bridge that extends out to the Gazebo. This structure was built in 1810 and was also know as the ‘Fishing Temple’. The clearance also opens up what was once the ‘Swimming Area’ further past the Gazebo.


Boyle to get upgraded ATM machine

The Boyle branch of Bank of Ireland will be among a number of branches nationwide that will see new state of the art ATM’s rolled out between this year and 2027. It is not know when exactly the Boyle branch will get their new machine. The Bank say the new ATM’s will have greater cash processing capacity and will slash energy use by more than half. The ATMs can be used for both withdrawals and lodgements and the majority will ‘recycle’ cash (i.e. cash deposited can be used for withdrawals). This maximises ATM availability, supporting customers with better access to cash when they need it.


Road works are here for the next 5/6 months

There is no point fighting against them – road works and road closures will be part of Boyle life for the next 5/6 months at least, as public realm work continues on Shop Street and Bridge Street – but the end result will be worth it. In addition, there will be a temporary inconvenience in town, albeit at night time, from Tuesday 6th next when diversions come into effect at the Shilling Hill to allow for resurfacing. The N61 from the Shilling Hill to the Garda Station will be closed from 7pm-6am each day until February 9th. The diversion will be via N61 to its junction with R294 and via N61 to Shop Street and vice versa. A Stop/Go Traffic management system will be in operation along the diversion route due to current available road widths, so delays are expected. The Bus Stop on Military Road will be temporarily moved at night only to the N61 Sligo Road at The Abbey while Military Road is closed between the hours of 7pm to 6am. The Bus Stop will remain at Military Road during the hours of 6am to 7pm.


Time to open An Rioga for public use

The closing date for the Arts and Culture Venue Manager for An Rioga (to include King House) has now passed so hopefully a candidate will be chosen quickly to allow the speedy opening of An Rioga as the Creative Space and venue that it was intended for. The redevelopment of the once derelict hotel into An Rioga was warmly welcomed when it was officially opened by Minister Humphreys last July and it has transformed Boyle town centre, but with a growing demand for performance space, it is imperative that the building opens to the public without further delay.


Neighbouring Gardai crack down on footpath parking

A post on the Sligo/Leitrim Garda Siochana Facebook page during the week urged drivers to desist from parking on footpaths in Carrick-on-Shannon and to be conscious of other road users, particularly those with impaired mobility and disability who are affected by such illegal acts. The post said Gardai in Carrick had received a number of complaints of illegal parking on footpaths in the town while publishing a photograph of cars parked with two wheels on footpaths. According to Gardai “The aim of sharing the pictures is to educate motorists to reflect on the repercussions of obstructive parking. Whether it’s impeding footpaths, bus corridors, cycle lanes or access points, badly parked vehicles can pose challenges for various road users including people with disabilities, cyclists, parents pushing buggies and other pedestrians. Garda will continue to issue Fixed Charge Notices for illegal parking like this”.
Here in Boyle we are blighted by people parking on our footpaths, mostly on Bridge Street and Main Street. Hopefully Gardai in Boyle will follow their colleagues in Carrick in issuing fines to those who park illegally in our town.


News snippets from around Boyle

Corrigeenroe NS Open Day for Junior Infants starting in September 2024 will be on Friday the 9th of February from 1pm – 3pm. You can pick up enrolment forms on the day. Enrolment will be open from 9/2/2024 until the 1/3/2024………..You can now purchase tickets for this summers ‘Night and Day Festival’ in Lough Key Forest Park, directly from Craft Shop in the grounds of King House…………..Traditional music session with Liam Purcell and friends in Cleen Hall (F52 A497) this Sunday at 4pm. All are welcome to attend………..The main building of Boyle Family Resource Centre will remain closed until Monday February 12th for essential renovation work. Management in the Centre have put their thinking caps on and utilised many premises around town to host some of their regular groups during the closure. The Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre and services are unaffected by the closure……….The first in a series of talks entitled “Artists as Cultural Leaders” took place in King House on Wednesday night last before an appreciative audience.  Next up in this three part series is Cathy Fitzgerald, on Thursday 8th February followed by Jennie Moran on Thursday 22nd February. These are free events with booking essential via King House Phone: 087 144 4739………..Yesterday’s tragedy in Carlow where three young people lost their lives in an RTC shows how fickle life can be. While we especially remember the family and friends of those who died, spare a thought also for the emergency service personnel who attended the scene – the Fire Service, Gardai and ambulance personnel are all human and can be greatly affected when dealing with a tragic event like this.


And finally….!

A man calls Irish Rail sounding very frustrated.
“I am sick and tired of your online system” he said.
“What is your problem sir?” asks the call taker.
“Well I have been trying to buy a return ticket to Dublin for over an hour now and I am getting rightly peed off” said the man.
“And what part of the process is your problem with?” the call taker asks again.
“It keeps asking me ‘where do you want to go” said the man
“So I click the icon that says ‘Home’ and every time I do, it makes me start all over again”

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