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The Boyle’d Pot 6/12/’19

Dog fouling problem around Boyle

This website received a notice from Boyle Celtic during the week requesting people who “walk their dog(s) at Boyle Celtic pitches to please refrain from doing so or at a minimum please clean up their dog’s poo”. “Coaches are regularly having to pick it up off the AstroTurf pitch on Saturday mornings or clean it off the football boots of 10 year old children.  Aside from the inconvenience it is a serious health risk to the kids”. The call comes following a similar one from Boyle GAA who said “There are ongoing instances of dog fouling on our playing pitches. This is particularly unfair on club volunteers who strive on an ongoing basis to maintain Abbey Park to a high standard. It is also presenting a health hazard to our players, including hundreds of children who use our facilities on a weekly basis. It is prohibited to use our pitches for exercising dogs and we would appeal for your cooperation in this regard“. In addition, many viewers have contacted this website during the week to vent their annoyance at dog poo on the streets of Boyle and indeed on the new cycle path along by the Marina. CCTV has identified certain people who walk their (large) dogs at night time around the town and who just stand idly by as their animals do their business on the footpaths, especially on St. Patrick Street and Eaton Lane. This is a total disgrace and owners are in fact breaking the law under section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997.
While on the subject of dogs, many viewers are still venting their anger at dogs running unleashed in Lough Key Forest Park. While the rules in the Park say that a dog must be under ‘effective control’ having them run ahead of you or not in your general proximity, which seems to be the case most of the time, is not under effective control and as such is not permitted. Please be considerate of others and keep your dog on a leash when walking him/her and clean up after they do their business.

 

Boyle recognised at Pride of Place awards

There was mixed emotions in Kilkenny of Saturday night last as Boyle just missed out on winning a Pride of Place award. The town was joint runner up with Knock in the competition as Whiteabbey in County Antrim scooped the overall prize. While it was nice to be recognised for the pride we have in our town, the committee and others felt we were certainly in the running for overall victory such was our application and presentation on judging day last August. That preparation for the competition showed all involved what a great community we come from and how the pride is most definitely back in Boyle once again.
The awards ceremony was held in the 5 star Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. On the night a whopping 850 people sat down for a sumptuous meal overseen by Ballinameen native Gavin Ward who is the banqueting manager in the hotel. Gavin was quick to visit the two Roscommon tables at the event and to show his delight at his local town being in the running for an award. Little did Gavin know but the following day he would be the recipient of an award himself when he received the ‘Manager of Quarter 3’ award from the hotel for his brilliant work during that period. Well done Gavin!

 

Vandalism in the playground

Vandalism is something that does not take place too often in Boyle and when it does raise it’s ugly head we need to eliminate it straight away. Recently the playground in the Pleasure Grounds was the subject of vandalism with some of the amenities damaged. It follows continual littering of the popular venue especially at weekends. One has to wonder what joy a person gets from pulling apart a child’s play equipment? That person or persons need to be caught and the full rigours of the law brought down on them. Surely someone seen people in the playground, probably in late evening or night that should not have been there or do you know who damaged the equipment? If so please tell the Gardai. The Pleasure Grounds are an important part of Boyle life and hopefully they may get a much needed upgrade in the not too distant future.

 

A different approach to the Christmas Shopping debate

In the run up to Christmas there will be calls left, right and centre to shop local. And if a local happens to meet another Boyle person in a shop in Carrick, Sligo, Dublin or indeed Enniskillen they will probably duck for cover, but should that be the case? Not at all, as it is totally a personal choice how and where you spend your hard earned money. But do try and think of Boyle first and ask can you get that same product in your home town before travelling elsewhere. A day away with a bit of shopping thrown in is perfectly normal for many families around this time of year. But perhaps a different approach needs to be taken towards shopping in Boyle at Christmas. Those who believe we should do every bit of shopping and socialising in our town should instead use their efforts to try and get day trippers from other towns to come to Boyle. Emphasis should be placed on informing the visitors of our free parking, our friendly staff with years of experience and our wide range of restaurants and bars that are comfortable with no annoying parties at weekends. A big push should also be made on social media to promote Boyle this Christmas as social media is free and the way forward, unlike old traditional newspaper advertising –  which is a media as many know, that traditionally loses circulation and readership by up to a half in the weeks leading up to and after Christmas.

 

Local man promoted to Inspector

Congratulations to well known local man Frank Egan who has been promoted from the rank of Garda Sergeant to Inspector. Frank who lives just outside Boyle is currently stationed in Castlerea but will take up his new position in Ballymote. He is current Chairman of Roscommon GAA Minor Board.

 

And finally…….!

A group of 40 year old buddies discussed where they should meet for dinner.
Finally, it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the waitresses there were very young and very hot.
10 years later at 50 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food there was very good and the wine selection was excellent.
10 years later at 60 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they could eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean.
10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the restaurant was wheel chair accessible and they even had an elevator.
10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they had never been there before.

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