The Boyle’d Pot

The Boyle’d Pot 26/01/’24

‘3’ phone problems in Boyle

Two weeks ago we were contacted here in by a number of viewers who were having problems with the ‘3’ mobile network in this area. We highlighted the problems which led to even more viewers getting in touch with us. All were reporting the same problems – dropped calls, missed calls, calls not connecting, notifications of missed calls not coming until some time later and reports of people saying they missed calls from a ‘3’ number despite the phone not being used!
We got in contact with ‘3’ Customer Care on, ironically, three occasions and to date we have not had a reply. The lack of customer care was also highlighted by viewers and that has been born out by our media enquiries which to date remain unanswered.
But for ‘3’ customers in Boyle, there seems to have been some light at the end of the tunnel as those who initially contacted us say there is no longer a problem, with one viewer suggesting that there was work undertaken on the ‘3’ mast in the Boyle area, on the weekend after the problems were highlighted here in the Boyle’d Pot.


Adventure Race in Lough Key Forest Park

Boyle’s Lough Key Forest Park will be the location for an Adventure Race this Sunday January 28th. The event will consist of a 2.5k cycle, a 4k run, 23k cycle, run of parkrun route, 800m kayak ending with a 1k run! Cost is €10 with tea and coffee included. Sign up on the day. Meet at 8.30am and event commences at 9am.  Message @ruthcandon or @team_west_ireland.


We are a great bunch of innovators here in Boyle

We really are a great bunch of innovators here in Boyle. For a town without a hotel – we can have a dinner dance (GAA Kilronan Castle). For a town without a cinema – we have a film club and for a town without a swimming pool – we have a swim club! All of the above go to show how you can easily overcome obstacles with a bit of thinking outside the box. Likewise, there are many who bemoan that there is nowhere to eat in Boyle, yet we have a number of places, and also there are those who say we have nowhere to hold social events when there is space in the Hall, King House and the many lounges attached to the licenced premises in Boyle. And chances are those who complain at what we don’t have are the very ones who do not support the venues or the businesses locally that we do have.


Should Boyle have been in the red zone?

Perhaps Met Eireann should revisit how they classify areas when it comes to weather warnings. Last Sunday evening, North Roscommon should definitely have been in the red category such was the ferocity of Storm Isha. Here in Boyle, our geographical location sees us more aligned with Sligo that Roscommon or even South Roscommon and when it comes to weather, what happens in the Sligo area affects us a lot more than something in South Roscommon. In Sligo, there is also disquiet that the county was not in the red zone even though a gust of 140kph was recorded at Sligo Airport on Sunday evening


The demanding role of a County Councillor

With the local elections now a little under 6 months away and capable sitting Councillor John Cummins not putting his name forward, we could find ourselves in a situation here in Boyle after June where the town itself does not have any representation on Roscommon Co Co. To become a County Councillor you need to be a certain type of person – one who endears themselves to the whole community they represent – not just the people who voted for them. One day a Councillor could be dealing with a planning file relating to change of use of a premises or a right of way and the next day they could be representing the local authority on one of the many sub committees that are part and parcel of local authority life. A good Councillor will also need to be a person who can professionally assist in developing and reviewing council policy, regulatory and statutory duties and have a key role in community and engagement. The job of a County Councillor is really for a person who is multi talented and can endear themselves to ALL members of the community representing ALL views. Maybe such a person with all these necessary traits will yet surface in Boyle town before June.


News snippets from around Boyle

Spare a thought for those around the country, including many in the general Boyle area who were without power for 4/5 days following the recent storms…………..With footpaths in Boyle getting wider and the carriageway getting smaller, perhaps a course should be held to teach people how to parallel park along by a footpath. Nearly all the traffic hold ups in town are as a result of bad parking or people not parking close enough to the kerb or indeed nosing in their car with the rear sticking out on the roadway…………For those not travelling to Omagh this Sunday, the Roscommon v Tyrone GAA match will be televised live on TG4 at 3.45pm………The planned night time road closure of the N61 at Shilling Hill scheduled from this Monday has been deferred to a date to be advised……….The annual general meeting of Boyle Town Team will take place on 15th February 2024 at 7:00pm in the Spool Factory, Boyle, while the annual general meeting of St. Joseph’s Hall will be held in the Hall on Wednesday 31st January at 8p.m……….Abbey Primary School’s admission policy and application form for enrolment for the 2024 – 2025 is available to download at or by emailing [email protected]……….Scoil Naomh Eoin, Ballinameen is now enrolling for 2024/2025 school year for Junior Infants. If you wish to enrol your child, please e-mail the school at [email protected]…………RTE’s Operation Transformation are coming to Ballinameen GAA Club next Tuesday the 30th of January to film for the programme. The club are inviting everyone to come and walk along the walkway and join on this special occasion for the club. It all starts from 5pm.


And finally…!

An Irishman walks into a bar in Dublin, and orders three pints of Guinness.
He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.
When he finished all three, he came back to the bar and ordered three more.
The bartender says to him: “You know, a pint goes flat after I draw it but it would taste better if you bought one at a time.”
The Irishman replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers.
One is in America, the other in Australia, and I’m here in Dublin.
When we all left home, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we all used to drink together.”
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The Irishman becomes a regular in the bar and always drinks the same way.
He orders three pints and drinks the three pints by taking drinks from each of them in turn.
Just after New Year’s Day, he comes in and orders two pints.
All the other regulars in the bar notice and fall silent.
When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says,
“I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but did something happen one of your brothers?”
The Irishman looks confused for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.
“Oh, no,” he says, “Everyone is fine. It’s me……I’m doing Dry January!

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