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The Boyle’d Pot 22/5/15

Successful Business Awards held

Last night’s Boyle Business Awards were a great success and applauded by many as a way of recognising the commercial life of our town. The discussion among those from outside Boyle who were in attendance centred around the many long standing trading names that are still in existence in the town, who have stood the test of time and recession. There was also reference to the number of micro companies that are operating in Boyle, unknown to many members of the public, as they operate without a shop front presence but successfully trade away nice and quietly, selling their products with the assistance of the internet. Great news also last night that Roscommon County Enterprise Board will join the awards next year to make the event bigger and better. Well done to the winners and finalists who are detailed in the news section of this website. The commercial life of our town may not be thriving but it is certainly quite healthy and alive and open for business.


Lough Key Forest Park to the fore

The publicity continues for Lough Key Forest and Activity Park. On Tuesday the tourist facility received ten minutes of prime time breakfast television when it featured on TV3’s Ireland AM show. And on Saturday last the Park got a mention in the Irish Times “Best Days out in Ireland” competition. Orla Garvin nominated the Park saying “Lough Key Forest Park, in Co Roscommon, has innovative attractions drawing thousands of people. Stroll around the forest walkways or hire a bike or Segway. Go on a boat tour around the 32 islands of the lough and explore the ruins of the abbey on Trinity Island or the early Christian church on Church Island. For the more adventurous, try the treetop walkway or the zip lines up in the trees. Little ones can enjoy the adventure playground. The restaurant, with beautiful views of the lake, will satisfy everyone’s appetite afterwards”. Well said Orla! Lough Key Forest Park is certainly buzzing and this week’s publicity will certainly do it no harm at all.


End of year pranks should be avoided

The school year has nearly conclude, with many students soon to bid goodbye to their alma mater as they move on to pastures new. Unfortunately this time of year has been marked nationwide by a small number of students, committing acts of vandalism and petty crime, all in the name of fun or so called end of school pranks. There are also a few who are not part of the school system who capitalise on the opportunity and participate in these stupid acts. Students should think twice before they get involved in any such pranks. They are bringing negative attention on themselves and their fellow law abiding students. The old saying “you are only as good as your last game” comes to mind, so why waste six years of school life by doing something stupid for which you will ultimately be remembered. Enjoy your freedom, but leave your second level education with respect and dignity.


Vote today in Boyle

Make sure and exercise your democratic right today to vote and head to Scoil na nAingeal Naofa on the Carrick Road to cast your preference on the two Referenda. The polling stations at the school are open from 7am until 10pm with  the outcome of the Referenda known by mid morning Saturday.


Local scenery admired by cyclists

There was a great buzz around Boyle from 8am last Saturday morning for the Lough Key Classic cycling sportive. It was an early morning start for the riders and by 10am all had departed the Crescent and attention turned to marshalling the route and getting food ready for their arrival back in town later that afternoon. In post event discussions, in the warmth of the Sports Complex, the cyclists spoke of the beautiful scenery, the great Boyle welcome and the picture postcard but testing cycling routes we have here in Boyle. Next up for some members of the Curlieu Wheelers cycling club is the  Mizen to Malin challenge which six members will undertake over four days next weekend. More details on this later this week in the news section of


Royal visit and Boyle

Those looking skyward on Wednesday evening in Boyle would have seen two Aer Corps Pilatus PC9 aircraft transverse the skies at speed as they left Sligo for Baldonnell following the Royal visit. On the N4, the increase in Garda movement was evidence that there was some thing important taking place. At various times of the day the Armed Response Unit, Underwater Unit and various Garda vans were observed passing up and down the Curlew By Pass. In Sligo itself, it has been said that one of the senior British Embassy staff who was involved in the organisation of the event has Boyle connections. She made herself known to another Boyle resident who works in Sligo on hearing where he was from. For a small town we have famous peoepl in many places!


And finally….!

A woman goes into a Chemist Shop and asks the pharmacist, “Do you sell Viagra?”
“Yes,” he answered.
She asked, “Does it work?”
“Yes,” he answered.
She said, “Can you get it over the counter?”
“I can if I take two”, he said.

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