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The Boyle’d Pot 11/8/’17

Learning form others to plan for Boyle

Neighbouring Carrick on Shannon was in the news earlier this week for all the wrong reasons. An alleged teen rape, a serious assault and a number of break-ins are currently being investigated in the town. While some may envy the economic success of Carrick, especially at the weekends with stag and hen parties, there are others who would question at what price comes the so called economic success? Here in Boyle we can learn from Carrick’s “success” or otherwise. Armed with knowledge, we should forward plan now for the type of visitor we would like to see gracing our town. Do we want the partying type or are we more suited to the family type and professional people who have disposable incomes and will spend it in a dignified way? There is sure to be mixed views on this matter but we should use the knowledge of what is happening elsewhere to plan for Boyle’s future.


Rock the Clock showed how we can move forward

The endeavors of Aaron Sharkey, Barry Simon and Joe Ryan in organising last weekend’s Rock the Clock festival has been well documented here in this blog and on the home page of The fireworks on Saturday night must come in for special mention. It was great to see large crowds back on the bridge to view the spectacle, reminiscent of the fireworks displays that were held in the town many year’s previously. It is doubtful if this first festival was an economic success, considering the cost of the fireworks and other events, but one thing this festival highlighted was the generation in Boyle who are rising above the “it can’t be done” mentality and uniting to see the town move forward. This was also evident in the recent Boyle Arts Week where a hard working committee with a belief in their town made the 2018 event one of the most successful to date. For 2018, the town need to get behind the organisers of both festivals and devise a strategic marketing plan so we can have an even better (and busier) July 2018.


Noticeable drop in footfall on Elphin Street

As the opening day for the new Primary Care Centre draws near, you can notice the drop off in footfall on Elphin Street as the various tradesmen and suppliers leave the site. Hopefully, this decrease will be offset by an increase in people travelling to the town to use the Centre and by those employed there. Parking may also return to normal on Elphin Street from the end of August when the building work is completed. It is great to see another new opening in Boyle and the Primary Care Centre is something we should be proud to have in our town.


Lough Key to the fore at Knock Airport

One of the first pieces of promotional material passengers see when they arrive in the baggage hall of Ireland West Airport Knock are brochures of Lough Key Forest Park. Strategically positioned at eye level on the support columns of the hall, you can not miss the brochures. It is a great location too, considering people are waiting for their bags, have the time wander around and will pick up some reading material. You can of course find more information on Boyle when you head out into the main area of the airport but first impressions last and thankfully Boyle is the first place you see when you arrive into the airport.


Viewing figures on the rise on

Viewer numbers continue to increase here on The figures for the week commencing July 31st were among the highest recorded this year. On investigation, a number of exclusive stories on the website were behind the increase, with the Boyle’d Pot on Friday last having it’s third highest viewing in the last eight months. (This may be attributed to the piece on the town centre flood plain). is the first place you will see relevant news for the town, news and other items that we source daily. As a result, it has become the norm for our stories to be plagiarised as soon as they are published to give content elsewhere online and to form certain sections of the print media. That, one can assume, is the measure of success.


And finally….!

The business was not doing very well so the board, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO.
The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.
On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a man leaning against a wall.
The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business.
He asked the man, “How much money do you make a week?”
A little surprised, the man looked at him and said, “I make €400 a week. Why?”
The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the man €1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back!”
Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that waster did here?”
There was silence for a moment, then from across the room a voice said, “He’s a pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”

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