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					12                                                                                 Roscommon People Friday 24 April 2009

                                A Boyle View                                                                                                             with Tony Conboy

   ARDCARNE                                                                     NEAR BOYLE JUST OFF N4                                           OPENING TIMES:
                                                                                                                                                     Monday to
                                                                                   TEL: (071) 9667091                                                 Saturday
                                                                                                                                                 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

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                                                                                                                                            EVENTS Diary
Congratulations to
Carmel McLoughlin
who emerged as a                                                                                                                          < Garden furniture                    ongoing work there through the
worthy winner of                                                                                                                          event                                 office of Public Works.
the Glór Tíre talent                                                                                                                      Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden            < Lough Key winners
series of programmes                                                                                                                      Centre is hosting a special
on TG4. There was                                                                                                                                                               The Easter events and compe-
                                                                                                                                          garden furniture evening this         titions held at Lough Key For-
great tangible support
for Carmel locally as                                                                                                                     Thursday 23rd April from 5-8          est and Activity Park over the
many people sent text                                                                                                                     pm at their Boyle branch. This        bank holiday weekend proved
messages voting for                                                                                                                       is a fantastic opportunity to avail   very popular. The winners of
Carmel. A career boost                                                                                                                    of expert advice on their exten-      the Easter Bonnet Competition
will surely follow for                                                                                                                    sive collection of garden furni-      were: in first place Kate Hanley
this lady with so many                                                                                                                    ture and barbecues in addition to     and joint second were Beathan
Boyle connections. An-                                                                                                                    availing of massive savings on
other Boyle connection                                                                                                                                                          Young and Lauren Donnaghy.
                                                                                                                                          the evening. Ardcarne Plantsplus      The Name the Easter Bunny
is that the song Carmel
chose to sing in the                                                                                                                      Garden Centre has the largest         winner was Nicole Bunnici.
final is titled “Harvest                                                                                                                   selection of quality garden fur-      Also, congratulations to the
Wind”, and was com-                                                                                                                       niture in the area and this is the    winners of the free Easter raf-
posed by a great Boyle                                                                                                                    time to purchase the perfect set      fle at the Boyle Easter Farm-
musician, Brendan                                                                                                                         for your garden, especially if        ers Market, Paul Dalton won
O’Dowd, uncle of the                                                                                                                      you are planning a special fam-       the flower display and Edel
actor Chris O’Dowd.                                                                                                                       ily occasion this year. Ardcarne
Carmel is pictured here                                                                                                                                                         McPartland won the beautiful
                                                                                                                                          Plantsplus Garden Centre is lo-       hand made oak clock.
with supporters at a
homecoming event last                                                                                                                     cated just off the N4 between         < Camera Club Trip
week in the Saddlers                                                                                                                      Boyle and Carrick on Shannon.         The next photo shoot, which
Inn, Kingsland. Pic:                                                                                                                      Tel: (071) 96 67091.                  will be for paid-up members
Michael McCormack.                                                                                                                        < Litter campaign                     only, is to the Bluebell Woods
                                                                                                                                          Boyle Tidy Towns Committee            at Derreen, the lock at Claren-

 Major benefit concert
                                                                                                                                          have arranged a clean up of the       don and the quay at Bruno’s,
                                                                                                                                          area from SuperValu out the           Knockvicar, on Sunday, April
                                                                                                                                          Roscommon approach road of            26th. Follow the links on www.
                                                                                                                                          the town for Tuesday April the for more
                                                                                                                                          28th April at 6.30 pm, meeting        information.
Plans are at an advanced            mon from The Plains, Boyle.        from performers, to partici-      concert and an imaginative,      at Wynne’s Office. It is hoped         < Curlew Walkers
stage for a major benefit con-       Frankie is a well-known per-       pate in the concert, has been     alternative venue, Boyle par-    that locals especially those liv-     Boyle’s Curlew Walkers next
cert on Saturday May the 9th        former and composer. Tom-          ‘just fantastic’, as one of the   ish church, St. Joseph’s, now    ing along the route will actively     meeting is on April 25th and
in Boyle. A host of top tra-        my was born with a number          committee told me. She also       becoming the venue. There        support the initiative. Gloves,       26th, when Tom Browne leads
ditional musicians, singers         of serious medical conditions      told me that the response to      have been a number of great      bags and high vis jackets will        a trip to Muckish and Errigal
and entertainers are lined up       and is need of constant care.      those selling tickets for the     traditional concerts in Boyle    be provided. Please spread the        Mountain. More information
including Eleanor Shanley,          The resources needed to pro-       concert has been ‘overwhelm-      down the years, a few years      word.                                 on the Club is available from
John Carty, Harry Bradley,          vide for this care is considera-   ing’ and demonstrates the true    ago during Arts Week and a       < Chamber AGM                         Chairman Philip James on (086)
among others with Charlie           ble and to this end neighbours     nature of people when con-        subsequent benefit for a well-    Boyle Chamber of Commerce             3353000.
McGettigan as MC.                   and friends have responded in      fronted with a deserving local    known musician. So Saturday      will have their Annual General        < Poetry please
    The concert is in aid of the    this fund-raising initiative.      cause. The response has been      May the 9th is not just going    Meeting in the Royal Hotel on         “Feeling creative? Boyle Arts
care of two and a half year            Because of Frankie Si-          such that it has posed a real     to be a traditional-plus con-    Thursday, April 23rd at 8.30          Festival Poetry Competition is
old Master Tommy Simon,             mon’s connections in the           problem in terms of accom-        cert in Boyle but an event and   pm.                                   looking for your entry. Forms
son of Frankie and Niamh Si-        music business, the response       modating the numbers for the      for a heart-rending cause.       < Launch of Arigna CD                 can be picked up in the Library
                                                                                                                                          RTE’s Niall Toner will launch         or will shortly be available to
Superintendent Tom Commons retires                                                                                                        ‘Scars On The Mountain’, a new
                                                                                                                                          CD by Colin Beggan and Frank
                                                                                                                                                                                download from the Boyle Arts
                                                                                                                                                                                Festival website www.boylearts.
                                                                                                                                          Molloy in Flynn’s Bar, Arigna         com. A prize of €300 awaits the
Boyle Superintendent Tom Commons is             with Boyle GAA Club, men and ladies                                                       on Thursday 30th April at 8 pm.       author of the winning poem,
retiring after a long and distinguished ca-     sections. However the call of the Lough                                                   Celebrating four hundred years        which this year will be judged
reer in An Garda Síochána.                      Key and the fishing waters of the region                                                   of mining in the Arigna valley        by Peter Mulineaux. Poems of
    He entered the Gardaí in 1971 and           has been strong and has induced him in                                                    in music and song, this new           no more than 40 lines in length
came to Boyle in 1985 and quickly be-           that direction in recent times. This is not                                               CD is the culmination of two          can be submitted on an official
came part of the fabric of the commu-           surprising since he comes from one of                                                     years work by Colin and Frank,        entry form, along with an entry
nity. He has always performed his pro-          the great fishing areas of the country, the                                                in Arigna, under Roscommon            fee of €5 per poem.
fessional duties in an exemplary manner         Moy and Ballina. I imagine the fishing                                                     County Council’s Artists in
with a great deal of common sense and           side of his life will fill many pleasing                                                                                         < Jo Jingles
                                                                                                                                          Residence and Public Art pro-         The last term of Jo Jingles classes
understanding. He has always been               hours of his retirement.                                                                  gramme with the support of the
proud of his profession and has stood by            As a neighbour in Forest View he has                                                                                        before summer break will com-
                                                                                                                                          Arts Council.                         mence in Lough Key Forest Park
it and his colleagues loyally. It is not well   always been, with his wife Monica, a                                                      < Business relocation
known that he is the proud recipient of         significant part of a loyal and close-knit                                                                                       & Activity Centre on Friday 24th
                                                                                                                                          Ryan’s Pharmacy, formerly lo-         April 2009. Jo Jingles provides
a Scott medal for bravery awarded after         community. So there are many strings to                                                   cated in Patrick’s Street, Boyle,
a serious incident in Dublin as a young         Tom’s bow and I am sure that there are                                                                                          fun, music and movement ses-
                                                                                                                                          has relocated to the new Medi-        sions for babies and pre-school
Garda.                                          many people who have got the ‘benefit                                                      cal Centre in Abbeytown.
    Tom is a very visible and active mem-       of the doubt’ in a discreet and private                                                                                         children and their parents/carers
ber of the community and has become             way from him down the years. So I wish                                                    < Abbey open                          every Friday morning. Places
associated with numerous organisations          him and his family well and I am sure                                                     Boyle’s famous Cistercian Ab-         are restricted so pre-booking is
in the area. One of his great passions has      retirement is just the ‘end of the begin-                                                 bey is now open for the season,       essential. For more information
been Gaelic football as a player and in         ning’ and that we will meet and have ani-                                                 daily from 10 am until 6 pm,          or to book please contact Col-
following the fortunes of his native club,      mated discussions, with mutual friends,                                                   with last admissions at 5.15 pm.      lette at (094) 9862362 or email
Crossmolina, and Mayo County teams.             especially now that ‘the championship’                                                    Once again, admission to the
He has been involved at many levels             is on the horizon.                                                                        Abbey is free of charge, due to