New footpaths now in place
Cutting it tight to what will hopefully be a busy weekend in Boyle, the footpaths over the Boyle bridge were finally completed yesterday evening. John Keenahan put the finishing touches to the tarmacadam and then removed the bollards opening the road to two way traffic once again. The bridge is now restored to it’s former glory and the footpaths look brilliant. Well done to all involved in another upgrade of our towns infrastructure.
No stop for CIE in Boyle next year
It is unfortunate that Boyle has been omitted from the 2015 tour schedule by CIE. The Abbey was included on the 12 day Irish Tradition tour in 2014 and when it commenced, the “new tourist faces” were evident around the town. Granted the visitors may not have been big spenders but a positive experience of their visit may have, and most likely did, lead to a referral for family and friends. One wonders now that the exclusion of Boyle is made public (see news section) will anyone from the various bodies in Boyle seek to meet CIE to get us on the 2016 schedule?
A busy weekend in store locally
Boyle, with it’s year long calendar of events, must certainly be the envy of similar size towns around Ireland. This weekend is no exception with a fashion open night and a wine fair taking place last night to get the festivities underway. This evening sees the official turning on of the Christmas lights, Santa will arrive in town and the Christmas Markets commence along with a wide range of in store events throughout the town (see news section). And then on Saturday night the much talked about “Who wants to be a Thousandaire” will take place in St. Joseph’s Hall. Weekends like this just don’t happen. A lot of work has gone in to making it a reality so please show your support and appreciation by attending as many of the events as possible.
Boyle’s biggest employer
The towns biggest employer at present is without doubt Vention Medical in Abbeytown. Hidden away from the main thoroughfare, the company goes about it’s business nice and quietly, expanding without any fuss or publicity. Employment numbers are increasing with an advertisement appearing on this website for five job vacancies recently. Businesses like Vention are vital for the future of our town. In this regard, it would be nice if the civic community of Boyle formally acknowledged in some form, the appreciation locally of the important role the company plays in the life of our town.
2015 is looking promising for Boyle
Indications are 2015 will bring good news on the employment front for Boyle. Smart investors are buying up property around the town and for those who can organise finance, there are still good bargains available in residential and commercial property in the locality. A positive jobs announcement, a new owner for the Royal Hotel or the opening of a separate boutique hotel could all be on the cards giving a welcome boost for those who have had faith in the town of Boyle.
Great publicity in Aer Lingus magazine
Cara, the Aer Lingus inflight magazine has a brilliant feature on the general Lough Key area in this month’s issue. The publicity for Boyle, Lough Key and the area, at the busy Christmas period for airlines is unquantifiable with thousands of passengers viewing what we have on offer including a double page spread photograph of Lough Key in all it’s glory.
A man who fell on hard times wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire himself out as a “handy man”and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighbourhood.
He went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for him to do.
“Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch” he said. “How much will you charge me?”
Delighted, the man quickly responded, “How about €50?”
The man agreed and told him that the paint, brushes and everything he would need were in the garage.
The man’s wife hearing the conversation, said to her husband, “Does he not realise that our porch goes all the way round the house?”
“That’s a bit cynical, isn’t it?” he responded.
A few hours later the man came to the door to collect his money.
“You’re finished already??” the startled husband asked.
“Yes” the man replied, and I even had paint left over so I gave it two coats.”
Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the €50 and handed it to him along with a €10 tip.
“Thank you” the man said, “and by the way, it’s not a Porch, it’s an Audi”.