Boyle could become the film capital
Filming continues today Friday on The Crescent and on Main Street for sceens from”Dark is the Island”. When the present crew leave leave Boyle tonight another arrive, as exclusively revealed here on Boyletoday.com, for filming on Saturday of a segment for “Into the Badlands” – a martial arts type drama. Add to thi,s the visit to the town on Wednesday by the Irish Film Board and the efforts being made by a collaboration of Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim County Council to make the area a region for film production and who knows what’s next for Boyle on the big, or small, screen. For the majority of locals who have become accustomed to filming for Moone Boy over the years, the presence of cameras and actors on the streets does not phase them and they go about their business without even stopping, which is something the crews like. Let’s hope we see more filming around Boyle in the future as the publicity for the area is as beneficial as the economic benefit the entourage brings to the town in the off season.
The future of the Convent of Mercy
After months of speculation, the former Convent of Mercy and adjoining Chapel in Abbeytown, Boyle has come on the market (see news section of Boyletoday.com). If there was a lot of speculation since the Sisters left in April, the online rumor machine will go into overdrive in the coming months as everyone and anyone will be associated with the purchase of the buildings. But in reality, the sale does present an opportunity for a positive development for the town. With full details of the sale yet to become available, we can only hope that whoever purchases the former Convent of Mercy will be a friend to Boyle and turn the buildings into a development that will be of benefit to the town.
A positive experience in Boyle
Boyle is often remarked on as a town that gets plenty of positive publicity, much to the envy of other similar size locations. We have featured on TV programmes, in newspaper articles and travel blogs, all extolling the beauty of the area and all it has to offer. This week, Boyle featured on afloat.ie – Ireland’s sailing, boating and maritime magazine. In an informative article, David O’Brien and his family detailed their trip on the Shannon stopping off along the way in many places including the Forest Park and Boyle. He describes Lough Key as “a scene from Lord of the Rings with forests, islands, castles and turrets on every headland”. In his article, David mentions the Local Link Ranger Bus Service, Clarkes bar and restaurant and the Moone Boy Burger and Boyle’s famous son Chris O’Dowd. You can read the full article here
Local Gardai need your support
There was a relatively small crowd in King House last night (Thursday) at the Joint Policing Committee Public Meeting. With the exception of representatives of outlying community alert schemes, there was only a handful of town’s people present. A number of interesting and topical items were discussed including advice on identifying drug use. Perhaps the small attendance is indicative of how the public view interaction with An Garda Siochana. Gone is the day when you knew nearly every Garda in the station, as they lived and interacted in the community. Now in Boyle we have a Garda Station on reduced hours albeit those hours have recently been changed to make them more user friendly. Not knowing your local Garda can lead to lack of interaction. Not having our station open full time may have contributed to this situation when in reality we should have a Garda Station in Boyle open from 9am to 11pm. But who is looking for this to happen? Only a small number in the community. And when the Garda hold a public meeting in the town, only a handful turn up. With lack of interest in local policing like we seen last night, chances are Boyle station will stay as it is or could even be reduced further
Time to show your maroon and white
All roads lead to Hyde Park this Sunday when Boyle GAA team take on Roscommon Gaels at 2pm in the Senior Football semi final. This is the second year that Boyle have reached the semi final stage and it is hoped they can go one game further this year. Make sure to get your maroon and white flags on display and to travel in numbers to The Hyde for what promises to be a ctacker of a game.
The only cow in a small town in Ireland stopped giving milk.
Then the town folk found they could buy a cow in Wales quite cheaply. So, they brought the cow over from Wales. It was absolutely wonderful, it produced lots of milk every day and everyone was happy.
They bought a bull to mate with the cow to get more cows, so they’d never have to worry about their milk supply again.
They put the bull in the pasture with the cow but whenever the bull tried to mount the cow, the cow would move away. No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull, and he was never able to do the deed.
The people were very upset and decided to go to the Vet, who was very wise, tell him what was happening and ask his advice.
“Whenever the bull tries to perform with our cow, she moves away. If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. When he approaches her from the front, she backs off. If he attempts it from the one side, she walks away to the other side.”
The Vet rubbed his chin thoughtfully and pondered this before asking,
“Did you by chance, buy this cow in Wales ?”
The people were dumbfounded, since no one had ever mentioned that they had brought the cow over from Wales.
“You are truly a wise Vet,” they said. “How did you know we got the cow from Wales ?
The Vet replied with a distant look in his eye: “My wife’s from Wales “