Boyle’s perfect storm could be just around the corner
For a small town in the West of Ireland we pull well above our weight. We have won many accolades in our time, among them being the title of Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town. On the sporting front we are really making our mark this year. Our local soccer club Boyle Celtic are now one game away from an historic appearance in an FAI Junior Cup Final in the Aviva Stadium while our local secondary school, Abbey Community College are Connacht Rugby Champions and are also now in a Connacht Soccer final. Back in 1994, sporting success came the way of Leitrim when they won the Nestor Cup and became Connacht GAA champions for the first time in 67 years. It was the start of the perfect storm for the county. Sporting success and plans for further development saw the counties main town of Carrick on Shannon commence the road to recovery and future prosperity amid an air of achievement. Could the same be happening for Boyle? We are also on the cusp of sporting success in the town and there are great plans for further development in Boyle. Many feel our perfect storm is just around the corner.
Book of Condolence for Rescue 116 Crew
As the search continues for the three missing airmen from Rescue 116, it may be of interest to people in Boyle to know that a Book of Condolence is now open at Sligo Airport for the crew of the ill fated helicopter. As seems to be the case with so many events, there is a Boyle connection to the tragedy with a relation of a local resident married to one of those missing. Our thoughts and prayers continue for the recovery of those missing and for the families left behind.
Boyle parade was a great success
Well done to the organisers of last Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and indeed well done also to the general public for turning out on what was really a day for the arm chair or the high stool. While crowds were understandably not as large as other years, those who did come out were afforded an opportunity to see all that is good in our town. Unfortunately, there were a number of notable absent floats and participants from some of the longer established companies and organisations in town which is regrettable. On the assumption that you enter the parade to show community spirit and to showcase your business/group, it has been suggested that next year a smaller prize fund could be on offer, with the monies collected being spent on getting more bands into the parade, bands that need to be booked this month for March 17th 2018.
Lidl on the move
Whither we like it or not, the fact remains that many from Boyle shop in nearby Lidl on the Boyle side of Carrick. But the proximity of the German discounter may be a thing of the past if a planning application that appeared during the week is anything to go by. The application was lodged in the name of Church Road Development Limited who intend to apply to Roscommon Co Co for planning permission at Boyle Road, Drishoge, Cortober, Carrick on Shannon for change of use of existing foodstore to a mixed use of car sales showroom and gym. The development includes works to the facade of the building to create additional glazing and entrances to the two proposed uses. The development will be serviced by 137 car parking spaces and will retain the use of the existing vehicular access. The address given in the application is the same address of the Lidl food store.
Living on the edge of the edge
The terrorist attack in London on Wednesday last has sent shock waves through the city and the United Kingdom in general. As we sit here in Boyle watching the atrocities unfold on our television screens, it makes one feel lucky that we live on the edge of the edge (ie the edge of Ireland, on the edge of Europe), many miles away from the terrible acts that are taking place on a global scale. On some occasions we can moan about how quiet it is here in Boyle, but on other occasions we should sit back and remember how lucky we are to live in a safe town in a safe country, tucked away from the troubles of mainland Europe and further afield.
Paddy takes his son to the zoo when they get to the elephants the zoo keeper said “That elephant over there can tell how old you are with just one look.”
Paddy’s son shouts over ” How old am I Mr Elephant?”
The elephant looks back at Paddy’s son and stamps his foot 6 times.
“Wow!” says Paddy “That’s right my boy is 6 years old.”
So Paddy shouts over to the elephant “Well how old am I Mr Elephant?”
The elephant looks back at Paddy, breaks wind and stamps his foot twice.
Paddy say’s “Jasus, he’s only got it friggin’ right! I’m farty two.”