Will we ever see the Boyle Bypass?
One piece of infrastructure that probably never made it into the National Development Plan, and of which there is no mention of late, is the Boyle Bypass. The Boyle Bypass is not to be confused with the Curlew Bypass which is the existing N4 road on the eastern and northern side of Boyle. The Boyle Bypass was first mooted a number of years ago to take traffic out of town and suggested routes would have seen south bound vehicles using a new road connecting with the Curlew Bypass at Kilbryan, before heading south, across The Plains, or along a flyover that was planned to cross the existing R294 east of Maple Drive, to also head across The Plains, joining the N61 south of Boyle Golf Club. If this road ever got the go ahead, it would take a large volume of trucks (and vehicles) off the streets of Boyle. But one can assume, it would also meet with resistance by some retailers in the town who still believe having large trucks going through Boyle along with associated traffic jams, attracts business.
Tempers beginning to boil in Boyle
Tempers are beginning to boil in Boyle at the state of a number of roads around the town. In particular, motorists who have to go out and come in the Abbeytown road are the most annoyed. Ongoing work in this area has left the roadway in a deplorable condition. In addition, the carriageway on the town side of the Shilling Hill is also in a very bad state of repair with cars continually moving out over the white line in order to avoid potholes and service ducts that have subsided. While it is accepted that not a lot can be done in Abbeytown until certain work are completed, surely the problems at the Shilling Hill can be remedied straight away?
80% increase in traffic between Boyle and Carrick
As one would expect, traffic numbers on our roads has increased drastically since restrictions were recently eased, and the N4 between Boyle and Carrick is no exception. Traffic figures from Transport Infrastructure Ireland show that there has been an over 80% increase in traffic volumes at Usna on the N4 between both towns in the last 8 months with 9,695 vehicles passing this point last Friday October 1st, while 5,174 vehicles passed the same point on Friday February 5th 2021.
Will the Green Lady appear this Halloween?
Gone are the days when the scariest thing that happened in Boyle at Halloween was a walk past a derelict King House in the hope that you might see the Green Lady! Nowadays you have a Halloween Camp in Lough Key Forest Park and ‘Spooky Happenings’ in King House which are most welcome and will be great attractions for our younger people.
A lot of other innocent happenings that took place at Halloween in Boyle are also long gone, including tying string to a door knocker and hiding behind a wall as you banged on the door, taking gates off their hinges and rehanging them the wrong way around, and one not so innocent prank that is gone but probably should never have taken place – (but did on occasion in this town) – letting off a stink bomb in a phone box as someone was making a telephone call!
Another major new road in the area
Now that we have become accustomed to the new road to Sligo, we can prepare for another new road in the area with the €200m N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue project due to be launched by An Taoiseach on Monday week October 18th. This 34km single carriageway will extend from the western end of the existing N5 Ballaghadereen bypass to the townland of Scramogue, bypassing Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown. Work is due to start in the next few weeks with a three year construction period.
The wait for McDonald’s just got longer
Fast Food fans in Boyle and Carrick on Shannon will have to wait a bit longer before they can savour a Big Mac or some McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets, with word this week that plans by the company for a drive-thru restaurant at the Rosebank Retail Park on the Dublin Road in Carrick have been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. Leitrim Co Co initially granted permission for the drive-thru despite a number of submissions against the development. Now a company called ‘EMAC Catering Ltd” has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala citing a number of reasons for their objection, including traffic hazards, overconcentration of take aways, flooding and the proposed drive-thru’s proximity to a number of local schools.
Two hillbillies walk into a restaurant.
While having a bite to eat, they talk about their moonshine operation.
Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich, begins to cough.
After a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in real distress.
One of the hillbillies looks at her and says, ‘Kin ya swallar?’
The woman shakes her head no.
Then he asks, “Kin ya breathe?’
The woman begins to turn blue and shakes her head no.
The hillbilly walks over to the woman, lifts up her dress and quickly gives her right butt cheek a lick with his tongue.
The woman is so shocked that she has a violent spasm, and the obstruction flies out of her mouth.
As she begins to breathe again, the Hillbilly walks slowly back to his table.
His partner says, ‘Ya know what, I’d heerd bout that there ‘Hind Lick Maneuver’ but I ain’t niver seed nobody do it!’