Noticeable absences from St Patrick’s Day parades
With only five weeks remaining until St. Patrick’s Day, now is the time to start planning your float or entry for the parade. We are lucky that we have a parade here in Boyle this year – a parade that will only be as good as the entries and support it receives. Some of the larger businesses in Boyle have been noticeably absent in recent years – businesses that are supported by the local people, every day and weekly in some instances. It would be great to see these businesses showing community spirit and participating in the 2020 event. The St. Patrick’s Day parade contacts are: D. Dooley, M. Downes, L. Egan, D. Shannon, A. Sharkey, S. Rushe, C. Moss and D. O’Daly
Looking forward to a fabulous town centre facility
There was a great reaction to the news on Boyletoday.com that the cycle path is to be finished by March and will then hopefully be opened for the 2020 tourist season. There was also great welcome for the news that work on the Royal redevelopment has commenced as expected. And to add to the good news – it is understood Eir will have their 10Gb high speed broadband ready for connection in the town before the end of this quarter. While there has been online misinformation circulating (not on this website) on the Royal – this is nothing but ‘fake news’ and needs to be ignored. The Royal redevelopment will be one of the largest projects undertaken in Boyle town centre in a long number of years and can only commence when all paperwork etc is fully in place. Once the current preliminary work and some preparatory behind the scenes work is complete, the public will see the ‘hard hats’ on site and we can then look forward to a fabulous facility right in our town centre. Likewise, the cycle path will also be another great addition to Boyle with time moving on for businesses to start thinking how they can benefit from the path and the anticipated increase in visitor numbers it will bring to the town. There is only so much the various civic bodies can do to help businesses out – the rest is up to the owners themselves.
We need representatives that will help build Boyle
This Saturday, those of you lucky enough to have a vote need to use it to shape the future of our town and country in general. With the amendments to the constituency boundaries that currently see us ‘lumped’ in with South Donegal and Sligo/Leitrim, it is vitally important that you vote for candidates who are capable of representing this town and who have the genuine interest of this area at heart. Voting for this person or that person, who care less about Boyle so you can ‘put the two fingers at the establishment’ is childish. Likewise, voting for change can be a dangerous thing – look what America and the UK got when they did that! What we need in Ireland is stability and what we need from a Boyle perspective is representation in Dail Eireann with the ability to build on the near €5m we have received to date in state aid for this town. There is no point in electing someone who can not get the ear of Government, let alone not know anything about the town of Boyle.
Memories of the former Convent NS
Our news story on Thursday that the local Scoil na nAingeal Naofa is seeking an extension including the removal of the on site portacabin brought back a few memories. At one stage, in later years, the famous Rocking Horse that was in the once called ‘Babies’ class was housed in the portacabin. Perhaps it is still there or maybe it is gone to it’s eternal reward like Sr Philomena who was the ‘boss of the horse’ back in the sixties. It was only with Sr Philomena’s permission that you got a coveted spin on that horse. The former ‘convent school’ opened for students in 1965 and has gone from strength to strength since then being one of the leading educational establishments in the Boyle area over the last 55 years.
Boyle Castle features in American magazine
The iconic McDermott’s Castle on Castle Island, or McDermott’s Rock as it was once known, on Lough Key features on the cover of next month’s ‘Archaeology’ magazine. The magazine is published bi monthly by the Archaeological Institute of America. Under the title ‘Castle of the Irish Kings’ the magazine will tell the history of the island and the archaeological significance of the site. Archaeology magazine ‘brings readers close to the human past with stories from every corner of the world’. It has been published ‘continuously for more than 70 years by the Archaeological Institute of America, which is dedicated to supporting archaeological inquiry and to fostering the pursuit of knowledge about human heritage’. You can subscribe to the magazine here
A man went to his solicitor and told him, “My neighbour owes me €500 and he won’t pay up. What should I do?” “Do you have any proof he owes you the money?” asked the solicitor.
“Nope,” replied the man.
“OK, then write him a letter asking him for the €5,000 he owed you,” said the solicitor.
“But it’s only €500,” replied the man.
“Precisely. That’s what he will reply and then you’ll have your proof!