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Weather Forecast:
Monday: Mist and fog will clear quickly and the day will be dry and mostly sunny. After a cool start temperatures will rise to between 16 and 18 degrees by afternoon and again winds will be mostly light and variable.
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Moon River - Carrick's Luxury Pleasure Cruiser


A question for you ... who applied the graphics to Carrick's pleasure cruiser "Moon River"? Not many people know, but the answer is Boyle man, creator of Moone Boy and Hollywood actor Chris O'Dowd. Some days before it's launch Chris, with his dad Sean (who designed the logo and graphics), were hard at work finishing off and applying the visuals to Moon River.
Since then Moon River has become one of the iconic symbols for Carrick-on-Shannon's many great  attractions.

Naturist Congress in Drumshanbo

Shannonside FM: "Over 100 naturists from Ireland and abroad are gathering at the Lough Allen Hotel in Drumshanbo in Co Leitrim for a four day Naturist congress today. Organisers have told delegates “nudity will be allowed” at the hotel during the congress, with parts of the building cordoned off for use by the nudists, including the spa and swimming pool."

Dead Poets Society Fundraiser

Thursday 18th September: Dead Poets Society Fundraiser Screening at Carrick Cineplex
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, Carrick Cineplex would like to announce a special film screening of one of Robin William's finest films, 'Dead Poets Society', next Thursday at 8.30pm. Robin Williams stars in this Academy Award winning drama English teacher John Keating, who inspires his students to develop a love of poetry and to seize the day. Admission is a suggested donation of €10 on the door in aid of Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm. Please support this worthy cause!
Carrick Cineplex  -   -  071 967 2000


A new phenomenon is developing in Europe and North America ...clearance penny auction websites. Everywhere on the web, in blogs, you can read stories about happy winners who 'won' amazing products, usually quite expensive, for a pittance. "On MadBid the items come from closing stores, clearance auctions and bankruptcies. It’s because they get their products so cheap that they are able to offer such low prices compared to the usual selling price."
> Don't blame me if you get stung, but first read the article [here...]

GAA All-Ireland 2014 Finals to show in cinemas

Hurling and Football All-Ireland Finals will be seen in ODEON Cinemas in the coming weeks. The cinemas taking part are in Blanchardstown, Coolock, Point Village, Stillorgan, Cavan, Limerick, Waterford, Naas, Newbridge and Portlaoise.

Keep Cosy and Warm this winter


These are some of Stewarts Oil delivery drivers with Tom Beirne (the face behind the phone) ... a happy bunch of guys who bring warmth to households throughout the region. Order your central heating oil now from Stewarts Oil. Call 071 966 0100
"There's No Oil like Stewarts Oil" ...

Maura Hopkins selected as Fine Gael Candidate

Maura Hopkins and Mairead McGuinness MEP
Maura Hopkins and Mairead McGuinness MEP

Newly elected County Councillor Maura Hopkins has been selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election. Maura is an occupational therapist and was elected in May to represent the Boyle electoral area. Councillor Hopkins said: "I care deeply for the future of my town, my county, my region."
Maura Hopkins has been very visible in the Boyle area for quite some time. I have not seen Ivan Connaughton and John Kelly in the area sinc the last election, but maybe that's just me! I guess they will appear before election day.

Over aged 85 numbers to double

A report by Social Justice Ireland forecasts that in just over a decade, the number of people in Ireland aged over 85 will have doubled - meaning greater demand for healthcare facilities and services. Social Justice Ireland is urging the Government to develop longer-term strategies to deal with long-term unemployment and the impact of people living much longer.

#Say When Sooner

Frank Kelly, the actor who played a constantly inebriated priest in Father Ted says people do not need to be drunk to enjoy a drink. September is Irish Heart Month and Frank Kelly spoke to remind the public that "the heart can't drink like you can".

Care Club Outing

View a set of five photos [here...]

Carrick Care Club, sponsored by Waterways Ireland. The club held their third annual day out in Lough Key Forest Park on Saturday 30th August. Approximately 100 of our disabled / intellectually challenged enjoyed boat trips, a barbeque, fun games and music on a sunny afternoon in this beautiful location.

Ireland's Fittest Family semi-final

Team coaches Derval O'Rourke and Jason Sherlock in L.Key Forest Park

Programme presenter Mairead Farrell in Lough Key Forest Park

Well done to Boyle's O'Flaherty Family. Brian, Darren, Daniel and Saoirse who made it possible to stage what will be episode seven (semi-final) of the TV programme to find Ireland's Fittest Family in Lough Key Forest Park on Saturday 30th August. The complete set of will be shown when the programme goes live on November 2nd. Meantime please view photos [here...]

Irish Rail update

The National Bus and Rail Union is rejecting a call from the Chief Executive of Irish Rail to call off their forthcoming strike days. Irish Rail’s CEO David Franks wrote to both the NBRU and SIPTU, requesting that stoppages on September 7th, 8th and 21st are called off. Dermot O’Leary of the National Bus and Rail Union says the request is untenable.

Chris, Dawn and baby O'Porter

Chris O’Dowd and Dawn O’Porter are expecting their first child together. The Boyle actor revealed the news as part of his Ice Bucket Challenge video online. The ‘Moone Boy’ star (34) completed the charity challenge, which has gone viral online in recent weeks, and turned the camera to his wife as he nominated ‘Baby O’Porter’ to get dunked in water next.
View the video [here...]

Penalty Points

Over 19,000 motorists have been caught using their phone while driving this year. The law now states that drivers caught texting and using mobiles, even a hands-free kit, will face a mandatory court summons and a fine instead of just penalty points.
If a driver is caught texting on their phones they could face a fine of up to €1,000 for a first offence, increasing to €2,000 if it is a second offence, with the possibility of a three month jail sentence.


Irish Times report: Supervalu and Tesco are just two of the businesses the National Consumer Agency have pulled up over overpricing some stock.

No job losses at Avant Card

AvantCard has assured customers and employees that the closure of MBNA will have no impact on its business in Carrick-on-Shannon. Avantcard. who took over from MBNA in 2012, will not be affected by the proposed closure of MBNA in November.

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

There's a real sense of autumn at the moment, especially when you see the branches of many trees and shrubs laden with berries. Ornamental fruit is of course a great opportunity to bring extra sparkle to the garden - check out our recommendations for fistfuls of colour right through autumn and beyond. Butterflies are plentiful visitors to the garden at this time of year, sipping nectar-rich flowers [Read more...]

Albert Reynolds R.I.P

Irish Independent report: Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has died at the age of 81. His family have reported that the Roscommon-born politician passed away shortly before 3am this morning. Mr Reynolds was first elected as a TD for Longford when he was 45 in 1977. A Fianna Fail stalwart, he led the party in two coalition governments.
Mr Reynolds made an enduring contribution to the peace initiative in Ireland.

Winning Streak on RTE One TV

Celebrating 25 years of the Winning Streak TV Gameshow... €1 million to be won on Grand Prize Wheel. A new season of Europe’s longest running TV Gameshow, the National Lottery’s Winning Streak Show, returns to RTÉ ONE on Saturday 30 August 2014, presented by popular TV Gameshow Hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan.
This season marks the 25th year of Winning Streak and hundreds of thousands of people will tune in every Saturday evening to see what lucky Winning Streak contestants from all over the country will win. Players also have the opportunity to win €1 million on the Grand Prize Wheel.

MBNA Carrick Job losses

MBNA, Carrick-on-Shannon

There was devastation in Carrick-on-Shannon as MBNA confirmed it was closing its call centre at what was once the biggest employer in Leitrim. 160 jobs are to go at the MBNA Call Centre, a subsidiary of Bank of America in Carrick-on-Shannon at the end of November. Their business will now be conducted via the company’s Chester call centre in the UK.
Over 200 jobs at Avant Card in Carrick-on-Shannon will not be affected. The company once employed 1,200 people in Carrick.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said every support will be offered to the MBNA workers in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The death has occurred of Rosie DAVIS (née Henry)

St.Patrick's Park, Carrick-on-Shannon, August  12th 2014 (peacefully) in the tender loving care of the Nurses and Staff on Sheemore Unit at St.Patrick's Hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon. Reposing at St.Patrick's Hospital Chapel, Carrick-on-Shannon this evening, Thursday from 4.30 o'clock until 6.15 o'clock with removal to St.Mary's Church, Carrick-on-Shannon arriving at 7 o'clock. Mass of Christian Burial tomorrow, Friday at 12 o'clock with funeral afterwards to St.Mary's Cemetery. Family flowers only please Donations in lieu if so desired to St.Patrick's Hospital patient comfort fund.

iPhone 6

New leaked pictures to technology website TechRadar have added to speculation that the new Apple iPhone 6 will have a bigger screen, rounded edges and a slimmer frame - the photos were reportedly taken by an Apple beta tester but their authenticity can't be verified. The iPhone 6 will be unveiled at a "big" media event on September 9, according to reports. It is expected to be released in two different sizes – 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches – the smaller one will be available first.

From Leitrim to the world and back again

Saturday 23rd Aug: A Traditional Music Journey, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon. Tickets €10 Featuring Current Go Leitrim Group in residence : Leitrim Equation 4 – John McCartin, Padraig McGovern, Eleanor Shanley & Dave Sheridan.
The night will be presented by RTE producer, musicologist , writer and lecturer on Irish traditional music, and Ireland’s leading expert in the remastering of archival recordings, Harry Bradshaw who will bring the audience on a journey to discover the story of Leitrim music.
Special Guests: John Lee (Flute), Seamus McGuire (Fiddle) Jesse Smith (Fiddle) Harry Bradley (Flute)

Ardcarne Garden Centre

Summer seems to pause and hold its breath at this time of year before giving way to autumn. A sure sign that autumn is coming is the arrival of the first spring flowering bulbs here at the garden centre! We've great value daffodil sacks at the moment 2 for only €20 and lots more other varieties for planting in the garden or containers.
Read this week's Ardcarne Newsletter [here...]

Wild Words Children's Literature Festival

On Saturday the 16th and Sunday 17th  August, Carrick-on-Shannon will become host to the Wild Words Children’s Literature Festival, a three-day celebration of books and writing for children and young people aged 4-18. The programme will feature renowned authors including Sheena Wilkinson, Erika McGann, Gerry Boland, Deirdre Sullivan, Ger Siggins, Claire Hennessey and David Donohue as well as illustrator Adrienne Geoghegan, poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice and storytellers Eddie Lenihan and Niall De Burca. [read more...]

Detail regarding water charges

Water charges will be capped for families for six months to allow them get used to paying for the water.
* Where water is unfit for human consumption, affected customers will receive a 50% discount on the water supply charge for the duration of the restriction.
* There will be no charge on this drinking water if the disruption lasts for longer than three months. Read more [here...]

Fracking meeting

It was announced last week that the Australian exploration company Tamboran Resources has applied for permission in Northern Ireland to begin drilling a scientific borehole in Belcoo by the end of August.
Leitrim Observer Report:
"A special meeting of Leitrim County Council will be held Thursday, July 31 to consider the position of the local authority in relation to Tamboran’s proposed drilling at Belcoo, Co Fermanagh." [more...]

Ardcarne Garden Centre

Ardcarne Garden Centre is another great attraction in the region. I am looking forward to spending time there on Saturday for what will surely be two entertaining and informative events:
1pm: Free Lunchtime Concert in Ardcarne Garden Cafe with local super trad band 'Rakish'
2pm: Lecture "Ireland's Wild Flowers" with local expert Michael Archer. Booking advisable ... call 071 966 3085

Landmark Hotel, Carrick

The Landmark Hotel, view latge version [here...]

Friday / Saturday / Sunday at the Water Music Festival

Festival Committee wrote on Facebook: "We can hardly believe it's all over! 6 days of musical, cultural & artistic delights in fantastic locations around the town. From an incredible opera to superb recitals, beautiful exhibitions, family activities and more, there was something to suit all tastes! The Water Music Festival committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped us along the way & for helping us reach our 10th Anniversary; performers, attendees, volunteers, funders, partners & patrons - we could not have done it without you and we hope you enjoyed it!"
[Friday Photos...] [Saturday Photos...] [Sunday Photos...]

Ireland's Toughest Muckers - Photos [here...]

Ireland's Toughest Muckers is a 10km obstacle challenge set in the stunning location of Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle. For its 130 competitors from all over ireland, the challenge was tough, dirty, sweaty, wet, but most of all it was fun. 20 natural and imaginatively created manmade obstacles designed by our award winning firemenmade this a unique event.
I spoke with event organiser Darren O'Flaherty who told me that he and his dedicated team spent many hours over the past 3/4 months setting up this expensive, well-thought-out spectacular challenge. "We hope to run Muckers as an annual event ... maybe even twice a year, and have planned the next Toughest Muckers at Halloween, later this year"
Photos [here...]

Thursday at the Water Music Festival


"Crash Ensemble" are Ireland's leading contemporary / experimental music group. Their performance "New York Hypnotic School" in The Dock, was of great interest to those who relaxed and enjoyed transporting their minds and musical experiences to a new place. Their performance was followed by Philip Glass's acclaimed film "Koyaanicqatsi: Life out of Balance"
View performance photos, and the wonderful Leitrim Design House at The Dock



Wednesday at the Water Music Festival

Colm 'Stride' O'Brien played a lunchtime concert in St. George's Church


Breffni Players presented two one-act plays in The Dock,
"Fred & Jane" and "Oul Hornie"


Carrick Water Music Festival

St. George's Church, Carrick-on-Shannon

The 10th Annual Carrick Water Music Festival started  Tuesday 15th and will run to Sunday 20th July 2014. In St. George's Church, the Voce di Donna Trio. "Disarming Divas and Spicy Roles" This was an excellent performance in a beautiful location.
View Photos  [here...] St. George's Church [here...] Festival Programme [here...]


Feelystone Brochure
Cover of the beautifully designed new Feelystone Monuments Collection brochure

Feelystone Ltd is a premium company producing quality products just 'over the road' in Boyle. Recently I enquired "What makes Feelystone unique?" and the answers came:
1. For over 200 years the Feely family have been working as stone masons, passing craft, skill, knowledge and an "only the best is good enough" ethic from generation to generation.
2. Feelystone wholesale and retail through the 32 counties of Ireland: Grave Memorials, Altar reconstructions, Building cladding and paving stone, countertops and complete graveyard services.
3. Feelystone Ltd currently have showrooms in Boyle, Roscommon and Longford where products (including John Murray quality kitchens) are displayed, advice is available, bookings can be made and brochures are for the taking.
4. Feelystone now add QR barcodes to gravestones that can be captured with a smartphone camera and bring you to a website of your choice.
5. Feelystone's unique Laser etched portraits are popular additions to memorials nowadays.
Contact Feelystone: Boyle +353 (0) 71 966 2066 : Longford +353 (0)74333 48044 : Roscommon +353 (0) 90 66 5768. Website:
Over a number of years it has been my pleasure to develop some Feelystone graphics and a varied album of photographs at company premises. View the album [here...]

Carrick Water Music Festival Launch 2014 [photos...]


Carrick Water Music Festival was launched in style on Moon River last night. This year's festival will run from Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th July. The Festival Committee will present an excellent and very varied programme of events for this special 10th anniversary year. Check out and mark your events from the Festival programme and brochures at locations all around town ... see you there ... [photos...]

The Landmark Hotel / Patricia Corrigan

Patricia Corrigan is pictured on the right with Grainne Caldbeck and Karen Koster

Quote from Facebook: "Whoop!! Whoop!! The Landmark has just won twice at the Wedding Awards!!! Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year for Patricia Corrigan & Wedding Venue of the Year Connaught for Carrick-on-Shannon's The Landmark!! Thank you so so so much to all our Brides as it was The Brides' Choice Awards!! We are sooooo thrilled & honoured!!"

Waterways Ireland Office in Carrick

Shannonside FM has reported that here are concerns in Carrick on Shannon about the future of the Waterways Ireland office in the town and the jobs of the 15 people employed at the Carrick on Shannon office. Independent Leitrim councillor Enda Stenson says there is a need for clarification on the issue.

Dip In The Nip

The 6th Sligo Dip in the Nip will take place in on the 29th June. This year, it is one of five Dips taking place around Ireland as part of a national campaign. Check out Dip in the Nip on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. All the proceeds from the Dip in Sligo go to SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust).

O'Dowd's Gasworks Art Gallery

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Photos from the recent launch of O'Dowd's Gasworks Art & Furniture Gallery [here...]
The Gasworks has just launched it's own website at . "Almost our full range of Art and Furniture is now on the website, so please take a look if you have not already."

Kilronan Castle Ladies Lunch & Fashion Show

Grainne Caldbeck (Enhance Beauty), Karen Koster, (TV3 "Expose") and Patricia Corrigan (Landmark Hotel)
© realboyle photos. View photos [here...]

Sunday 23rd June: Kilronan Castle was the venue for a splendid Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. 320 ladies attended. "Fantastic Value for Money" was a sentiment I heard towards the end of the evening. Karen Koster of TV3's popular "Expose" programme was MC for the afternoon's event on a beautiful, sunny summer's day. "Only the best" might well be a catch phrase for Kilronan Castle's venue, location, friendly staff and service.
Following lunch, Karen Koster presented many valuable draw prizes to lucky winners. Ladies then had an opportunity to have skin analysis, makeups, buy recommended products and stand in with Karen for photographs.
The Fashion Show featured professional models showing a range of fashionable outfits and hats available from leading outlets in the Boyle/Carrick region, starting with a selection from Marians Fashions, Boyle.
As proceedings came to a close, it was hard to believe that we had spent almost five hours in this beautiful hotel ... congratulations to all involved. View photos [here...]

D&S Fitness, Carrick-on-Shannon

If you don't like the Gym or Fitness classes! D&S Fitness has the solution for you. Now available in the Carrick D&S Fitness Studio ...Mini personal training sessions starting from €10. A fitness program is put in place for you and you also get a food plan. These sessions are available around classes in the studio, Contact Dave 085 205 3109 to book your slot...

Abbey Haven Care Centre / Eleanor Shanley

Eleanor Shanley
Eleanor as she sang in Abbey Haven Care Centre in Boyle

This afternoon (Wednesday): Music event for Nursing Home Ireland Event week. Eleanor Shanley kindly came to sing songs accompanied by guitarist John McCartin. Sunshine or none, I had to be in Abbey Haven for this event ... photos for y'all [here...]

Inland Waterways Association of Ireland celebration

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland celebrated their 60th anniversary at Jamestown on Saturday 14th June. Carrick's ace photographer was there and took beautiful photos of this great event. Like Keith's Page and view his photos [here...]

Jan Calls for regulation changes

Jan Brady (Brady Insurance) says the system allowing a company to exit without compensating affected customers needs to be addressed. Jan is calling for a review of regulations following the collapse of Setanta Insurance and how it affects up to 4,000 people in the area.

Drug arrests

Four properties in Carrick-on-Shannon were searched recently. Searches were also carried out in Boyle, Roscommon and Gurteen, Co Sligo. Two people were arrested in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Summer weather for this week

Irish Independent: "IRELAND can look forward to basking in some long-awaited sunshine next week, with temperatures predicted to push into the 20s. Forecasters say that from Sunday onwards, temperatures will rise above the usual 16-18 degrees Celsius mark for this time of year, marking the start of a mini heatwave. Some parts of the country will enjoy a pleasant 23C as we head into the early part of next week.Pat Clarke, meteorologist with Met Éireann, explained that next week "Ireland will experience dry, sunny, pleasant weather with higher than usual temperatures for the month of June"."

Billy's World

The charity Billy's World was started by Cora and Tony Byrne, parents of 5 year-old Billy, a special needs child who passed away in March 2013.
Following Billy's passing Cora and Tony's long term wish is to give families with special needs children something they themselves never experienced as a family with Billy on the Island of Ireland - a holiday centre catering 100% for special needs children AND equally for each and every member of their family. What we are trying to achieve at the moment along with fundraising is a high profile.
Please watch the video [here...] Website [here...]

Cigarette branding

The Government has signed on proposed new laws to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets and tobacco products. If enacted – the new Public Health Bill will make Ireland the first country in the EU to ban the companies from using logos

Ireland's Toughest Muckers

Are you tired of that straight forward boring run?
Are you training in the gym without a challenge to test all your work?
Do you want to challenge yourself more physically, mentally and emotionally?
Would you like to test your upper body strength as well as your legs for a change?
"At Ireland's Toughest Muckers we believe you need to push your body to the limits and this is the ultimate challenge for you to test just how tough you are! The event will take place place on 19th July 2014 in Forest Park Boyle, Co Roscommon. First wave are off at 12.00 noon and there will be 10 – 15 mins given between each wave of competitors."
Read more [here...]

7million euros and 125 new jobs

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD has announced the creation of 125 new jobs at VistaMed in Carrick-on-Shannon and Roosky, Co. Leitrim. The announcement is part of a new investment programme of more than 7million euros, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. Recruitment for these positions is ongoing and positions are expected to be filled by the end of 2014.
This new investment is in response to increased demand in the global medical device market for sophisticated and innovative catheter and stent delivery systems.

€6.1m buy back on Leisure Centre


Leitrim Observer report: Leitrim County Council will have to buy back the leisure centre, currently occupied by Aura in 2018. Investors helped to build the complex in Carrick-on-Shannon in 2005. As part of the funding model, Leitrim County Council is obliged to buy it back from the investors in 2018 for the sum of €6.1m

Kilronan Castle & Spa

Pink Ribbon
View Full Information Poster [here...]

Irish Water - €6.7 million for Co Leitrim

Leitrim Observer report: Leitrim will see funding projects costing €6,687,000; this will include the expansion of the North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme, Water Treatment Plant expansions, Pipelines/Reservoir in Rossinver and Kiltyclogher which is expected to cost €5,107,400. [more...]

Watercare Complete Solutions

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Hen party woman claims rape by stag gang

Irish Independent report: A woman on a hen party has alleged that she was attacked and raped by five men on a stag party in Carrick-on-Shannon. As Gardai have interviewed all five men at the centre of the woman’s claims along with some of their other friends and her pals. A number of searches have also been carried out by gardai involved in the probe which has led to the seizure of a number of cannabis plants at a ‘small grow house’ which was connected to one of the suspects. Everyone that is alleged to have been involved in the incident had a lot of alcohol on board. [more...]

Ardcarne Plantsplus Garden Centre

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Make the most of your garden this weekend by planting some instant colour that you can enjoy right through the summer. The choice of flowering plants is incredible right now from seasonal bedding, hardy perennials to shrubs and even trees.

Hagen Clinic

Mary Doherty wrote: Hagen Stro is a Physiotherapist, Myoreflextherapist and Naturopath. Attend an Information evening in Bush Hotel Carrick on Friday next at 8pm, presented by Hagen Stroh who treats injuries, back pain and general health. Admission is free.

Local broadcast licence

The Broadcast Authority (BAI) received two applications for the licence, one from the current licence holders Ocean FM and the other from NW Coast FM Limited, trading as Coast FM which is owned by Midwest Radio (Mayo) who were the previous holders.

Annual disposable income

Leitrim Observer report: Donegal has the lowest figure of disposable income per person nationally, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office, with the average person having just under €16,000 annual disposable income. Those living in Leitrim are calculated to have €17,604 which although is higher than many neighbouring counties around the region is still well below the national average of €19,055. Donegal had €15,897, Longford €17,158, Cavan €16,741 and Roscommon had €16,392 in 2011. Sligo was the only county in the region to have a higher disposable income compared to Leitrim at €18,211.


Leitrim festivals get funding

Four popular Leitrim festivals have received Fáilte Ireland funding for 2014 events. The John McGahern Festival, Ballinamore Family Festival, Phase One Music Festival, Carrick-on-Shannon, an electronic music and cultural festival and the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo

Seven dogs put down in Co Leitrim

Seven dogs were put down in Leitrim last year. Published figures showed that up 10 dogs are being put down daily in Ireland. The majority of dogs put down are healthy animals.


4.25 million - The number of bananas that come into Ireland every week.
98 - The number of years since the 1916 Rising.
75% - The percentage of deaths in Ireland either heart or respiratory diseases, or cancer.
43 - The number of minutes it took for US death row inmate Clayton Lockett to die of a heart attack after he was administered a new, untested drug during a botched execution in Oklahoma.
0.1 - The percentage drop in the unemployment rate in April, making it the 22nd month in a row where the figures have fallen.

Just thinking -

"Abortion stops a beating heart". If abortion is killing the unborn, then is capital punishment 'killing the born'? ... and is a government that allows sale of cigarettes guilty of murder?

D&S Fitness Studios

View Carrick Class Timetable [here...]


Victoria Hall - one of Carrick's great restaurants!

Victoria Hall, Carrick-on-Shannon

"Blue & Green should never be seen?"

"Blue & Green should never be seen" ??
... and "Singing The Blues" at Lough Key Forest Park [here...]

Lost Car Keys

Justine wrote: "Reward offered for the return of car keys lost in Boyle last Saturday morning between the Library, car park and the Play park beside the river. Contact number is 083 143 3483."

Chris O’Dowd has been nominated for a Tony Award

Chris O'Dowd
"High Five Chris ..."

Chris O'Dowd has been nominated for a prestigious Tony Award for his role in the Broadway play 'Of Mice And Men'. The Boyle actor received a Best Leading Actor in a Play nomination for his portrayal of Lennie in the latest stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel.

Land Auction cancelled

Various anti-evection groups and members of the newly reformed Land League met in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon to propest at an auction where a local family's land (subject to ongoing legal dispute) was due to be sold. When the owner of the hotel Joe Dolan realised the situation, he cancelled the auction at his hotel. View the YouTube video [here...]

Festivals and Events funding from Fáilte Ireland.

Boyle Arts Festival, The O’Carolan Harp Festival, and the John McGahern International Festival have been allocated 2,000 euro each. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring made the announcement.

Aura Leitrim Leisure Centre

Every Monday to Friday - €5 Gym or Swim between 12 and 4pm. Open to the public. No Membership or gym passes required

The Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland...

Closing date for entering nominations to The Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland is May 1st - Leitrim currently has 21 nominations, if you have a favourite spot in Leitrim please nominate it [here...]

Gerard Anthony Menswear Superstore

Take a look an exclusive look at some of our new clothing lines from GA2 and get inspired for your perfect Summer Look. Our Spring/Summer 2014 Collection is now in stock. Call to us in The Mulvey Centre, Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon

Canadian-Irish Exhibition

A Canadian-Irish exhibition opened at St. George’s Centre during the visit of H.E. Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland on 10th April. This Exhibition will continue at St. George’s Heritage & Visitor Centre until 21st May. The Centre is open daily Mon - Friday from 10am to 5pm, and from the 4th of May on Saturdays also. For further information or to arrange group tours, please ring 071 962 1757.

Films for you this week

Carrick Cineplex Film times: Friday 25th April - Thursday 1st May 2014 [here...]

Leitrim Fleadh 2014

Edwina Guckian was a busy lady before and during the weekend. Edwina represented us very well as last year's Leitrim Rose at the Tralee Rose Festival. Edwina is a star Sean Nós dancer and keeps the tradition alive and very well in our area by teaching others to perform this wonderful dance style. Edwina uploaded 19 photos from the weekend's Leitrim Fleadh 2014 [here...]

"Jimmy’s Hall"

"Jimmy’s Hall", the story of Leitrim native James Gralton, the only Irishman deported from Ireland will be in cinemas from May 30. "Jimmy’s Hall", is the Ken Loach directed film shot in Leitrim and Sligo during 2013. The film has been selected for showing at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Belinda Maria Parker Designer Hats

Belinda Maria Parker Designer Hats

Belinda wrote: "I have been in the fashion industry for over 10 years. I started making hand made hats 2 years ago and to perfect my profession to a higher level I studied under one of Ireland's leading milliner's Lina Stein, including the use of different fabrics, shaping blocking and how to complement and flatter your entire look for your special occasion. All of my hats are handmade using the best fabrics and silks. Some of my designs are displayed in Klass boutique Main Street Carrick-On-Shannon. My hats are for sale or hire and for a private consultation your can contact me on 086 175 8362 or message me on Facebook (Belinda Maria Hat Designer)

Carrick-on-Shannon Photos

We have several sets of photographs. View our currently evolving 101 set of photos taken during this lovely month of April 2014 [here...]

Are you registered to vote?

People are urged to ensure they are registered to vote ahead of the local and European elections next month. The elections will take place on the 23rd of May. Register by going to the website “”.

School vaccinations

The HSE are reminding parents to make sure their children get the school vaccination booster to protect them against potentially serious infections before the Summer. The school booster vaccines include protection from Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. For more information visit  or

"The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"

A free seminar based on the best-selling book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" will take place on Thursday April 24th in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon. It will run from 8.30am to 12.00pm. The seminar will focus on two habits, personal effectiveness and team effectiveness. It will be delivered by Franklin Covey, a Management Training company who specialise in helping organisations deliver results which require changes in behaviour. The seminar is promoted by Role Skillnet, Training Network who are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre. Role Skillnet provide funding and support for employed people and jobseekers. To book a place for the seminar please email or text 086 203 9182

Leitrim’s top restaurants

Shamzuri's Carrick restaurant "Synergy". Here you will enjoy a full menu of the tastiest, wholesome foods and the best Seafood Chowder I have ever eaten!

Leitrim Observer report: Leitrim’s top eateries were awarded at the Connaught Regional Final of the Santa Rita/ LIFE Magazine Irish Restaurant Awards in Hotel Westport. The Cottage, Jamestown, came out on top again this year scooping the Best Restaurant in the county as well as Best Chef for Shamzuri Hanifa. Read more [here...]

"Find My Phone" app

Shannonside FM report: Gardai are advising smartphone users to download a phone tracking application in case of their mobile phone being stolen. Gardai in Athlone recovered a mobile phone in the Monksland area by using a phone tracking app the owner had installed.

Clean, healthy water, Crystal Clear Coolers!

Crystal Clear Coolers

I am enjoying perfectly clean, filtered water since Keith Conroy installed my sink-top tap and under-sink filter.
The system was installed in about 30 minutes and now I have peace of mind knowing that I can drink as much water without having to boil any, as often as I wish.
I can highly recommend and advise you to call Keith on 086 302 6860

House prices down in Leitrim

Leitrim Observer report: "House prices in the Northwest have seen a substantial drop in the first three months of 2014. According to house prices in Leitrim saw a substantial drop with prices now 7% lower with the average house price now €91,000. Donegal houses are 10% lower than in 2013."


Dangerous/negligent driving

Crime figures for the Sligo/Leitrim district released earlier this week show that there has been significant rise in the number of offences recorded relating to the dangerous or negligent operation of a vehicle. The figures show that the number of recorded offences under this category rose from 6,351 in 2011 to 9,928 in 2012.
   Read more [here...]

Good news from Iarnrod Eireann

Our rail service, (Dublin/Sligo line) will soon return to 8 up and 8 down in place of the current seven each way. Details will be included in the next schedules update.

Two charged with burglaries

Two men have been charged in connection with burglaries in Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim. The two appeared before the District Court in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday

Of Mice and Men - Chris O'Dowd


Chris O'Dowd and James Franco will star in New York's Broadway production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men" starting April 16th and running until July. Two preview performances of the play last week received standing ovations. Among the audience and pictured above with Chris are Boyle ladies Ger Nerney, Nicola Wynne and Madge Daly.
» Madge sent me her review of the play and meeting afterwards [here...]
» View some of Madge's photo memories [here...]

Enhance Health & Beauty

Mother's Day Special Offer at Enhance Health & Beauty. Treat your wonderful Mum to what she deserves, a Spring Replenishing Vitamin Anti-Ageing Facial that includes relaxing and detoxing facial massage and indian head scalp massage for only 40e ... she is worth it! When you purchase this YOU will receive a voucher for a HALF PRICE Customised Dermalogica Facial. (Please note: this voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other mid-week special offers). Ladies, why not plan an afternoon of pampering together with your mum...
» To book, please phone Carrick 071 962 3254 or Boyle 071 966 3715
Enhance Facebook [here...] Enhance website [here...]


Cooney Motors

Cooney Motors Qashqai Bettered



Gerard Anthony Menswear

Did you know? Gerard Anthony Menswear (GA) is the second largest independent menswear retail premises in Ireland!
» Spring and summer formal wear are in our store now, as well as a wide selection of suits on SALE! Call today.

Crusade? ...

Many will be aware the I promote the idea that Carrick and Boyle are two neighbouring towns in a beautiful part of Ireland. I believe that it would benefit both towns greatly, if in some arenas, we were to promote and advertise jointly.
» We share a commonality, but are yet different in so many ways. In trading, attractions and other areas, what one town lacks, the other can supply. Both towns have excellent shops, the N4 and rail links. Boyle has King House, Boyle Abbey, its Musical Society, Civic Art Collection etc while Carrick has its hotels, cinema, swimming pool, The Dock etc., and all are no more than a 15 minute car journey from each other.

Aura Leitrim Leisure Centre

Members Week continues with more spot prizes and giveaways all day today. Massive giveaways during Fitness Classes and other points during the day. Come in and don't miss out on your chance to win some great prizes!

Payments for homes on Grid West

Leitrim Observer report: GridWest proposes to bring 400kv powerlines from a substation in North Mayo to Flagford, just outside Carrick-on-Shannon.
"Payment of market value is certainly something we would consider," according to Eirgrid's Fintan Slye in relation to homes that are within a 50 metre radius of the pylons. EirGrid are to consider paying the market value of homes to owners whose residences lie within 50 metres of pylons along the proposed Grid West network. Read more [here...]

Days to look forward to...


Nothing lasts forever - not even the current weather!




World Health Organisation warns of cancer spread

The World Health Organisation is warning of a 'tidal wave' of cancer spreading across the globe.
Figures released to coincide with World Cancer Day, show the number of cases is expected to jump 75 per cent in just twenty years. The Irish Cancer Society is urging people to make changes to their diet and lifestyles. Obesity, lack of exercise and high alcohol intake will be major contributors to the cancer spread.

Make-up banned for Irish dancers under 10

Traditional Irish dancers under 10 years of age will no longer be allowed to perform in competition wearing make-up. The ban, which has been approved by the Irish Dancing Commission, an Coimisiun le Rinnci Gaelacha, also includes the wearing of false eyelashes.
Read more [here...]

Pay-by-weight waste deferred

Following the decision at a meeting of Leitrim County Council it has been agreed to defer the Pay-by-Weight Waste Collection System until 1st August 2014 and to operate a Dual System of refuse collection in County Leitrim in the intervening period.
This means that householders will have the option of using either the new Pay-by-Weight system or the existing Tag system operated by their permitted Waste Collector until 31st July 2014, with all households required to operate on the Pay-by-Weight system as and from 1st August 2014.Positive outlook for 2014

It is so nice to read positive comment nowadays! Sometimes it feels like doom and gloom Re the normal content for news reporting.
> Leitrim Observer report: Lakeland Dairies' Chief Executive Michael Hanley has said that the outlook for 2014 is positive as the dairy industry prepares for the abolition of milk quotas in April 2015. "After the severe winter and spring fodder crisis we saw one of the best summers in history, excellent grass and milk production conditions and buoyant dairy markets," he said.
> Read more [here...]

Leitrim Bin tags valid to August

Householders in Leitrim are being given six months grace before it becomes mandatory to pay annual waste fees of at least 240 euro.
Read more [here...]

Leitrim votes to ban fracking

The members of Leitrim County Council last night voted to include wording in their county development plan that amounts to a permanent ban on fracking in the county [more...]

Gerard Anthony Menswear

Gerard Anthony advert

Gerard Anthony features the Finest International Brands for men of all ages in a handsome, spacious and carefully designed superstore.
Brands in stock include: Remus Uomo, Pepe Jeans, Douglas, Baumler, Wrangler, Bench, Van Gils, Tommy Hilfiger, Gerry Weber, Ben Sherman, Bench, Guide London, Henleys, Blend, Espirit and many more.
Located in the Mulvey Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon, this trendy menswear superstore holds know-how, dedication and attention to detail while providing an excellent service.
> View a set of photos [here...]

Did you know?

County Leitrim was established in 1583 when Lord Deputy Sir John Perot marked out its boundaries. The county formed part of the old Gaelic kingdom of Breffni, which was ruled by the O'Rourkes.

Marching Bands required for St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Boyle St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee are seeking Marching Bands to take part in our 2014 Parade scheduled for Monday 17th March. For information please call Alice on 086 367 7728 or Maura on 087 239 4831. The Boyle St. Patrick's Day Parade is a prestigious event in the area and the 2014 parade is being planned to be our 'best ever'.
I always feel that St. Patrick's Day is a turning point in the year. We have had sunshine and some warmth on the day as traders and clubs showed themselves alive and well for the approaching summer...


Fiona Egan's weight loss secrets.

'Country Living' magazine's Mary Phelan spoke to Fiona Egan, whose business was inspired by her own experience of weight loss. The former accountant from Carrick-on-Shannon lost four stone in six months and has managed to keep it off. More [here...]

Enhance Health & Beauty, Carrick-on-Shannon

Seven steps to the Altar Of Beauty ...
Step1 Skin prep facial
Step 2 Minimi shrinking body wrap
Step 3 Salt body glow scrub
Step 4 Makeup trial
Step 5 Pretty hands & feet
Step 6 Make me glow tan
Step 7 Beautiful photo, finish bridal makeup on the day


Naked man gets stuck in washing machine

Emergency services in Australia were called to the aid of a man who got stuck in a washing machine after a game of naked hide-and-seek went wrong. No, this is not a joke. The incident occurred on Saturday in Mooroopna, a suburb of the Victorian city of Shepparton, north of Melbourne. Read the full story [here...]

Solar power

Solar powered houses are not some sort of futuristic idea, they are happening now and there have been important improvements. Some energy companies are producing enough solar energy to power even small cities.
Great ideas don't come much better than the solar tiles [here...]

Model Railway - the world's largest

In Germany, two brothers have a wonderful model railway that is something to see. There is an update for their German Wonderland. There have been little clips about this place for the past few years. It is still not finished and is growing.
View the amazing German Wonderland in Hamburg [here...]

Telephone Counselling Service

Connect is a free telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has had abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. Talk in confidence with a trained counsellor who can listen or help with questions you have.
Telephone counselling service Connect expects a 12% increase in calls received during opening hours in 2013, receiving approximately 8,300 calls compared to 7,376 last year.
To speak to a counsellor call: Freephone 1800 477 477: Website [here...]

Parade of Sail last July

The 53rd IWAI Shannon Boat Rally was another event that took place during Carrick on Shannon 400, with one of the highlights being the Parade of Sail that took place on Sunday 28th July.
View Keith Nolan's YouTube 'Parade of Sail' video [here...]

Ballinamore Courthouse, a Leitrim Observer report

Leitrim Co. Councillors have supported a motion calling for legal proceedings to be taken against the Department of Justice for neglect of Ballinamore Courthouse. Councillors were annoyed by what they described as the Departments failure to preserve this historic listed building.
Martin Dolan Acting County Manager, said that the Council were still looking for the Department of Justice to stabilise the building . "We will try again to encourage them to make it stable," he said, but Cllr Hughes pointed out his motion had been proposed and seconded, arguing "the time for talking is gone. Its time for legal action"

Sloans Winter Deals
Sloans Website [here...] Topline Specials [here...]

Bananas ... did you know?

A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.
No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the worlds leading athletes. But energy is not the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Read more [here...]

Cooney Motors - the new spacious Nissan Note

Nissan Note

Your Photographs on

I am always delighted to feature photographs and news of Special Events by traders and clubs. If you have a planned event or special occasion please let me know and I will be delighted publish details/ photos etc.
Email: or call 086 193 5452

Results Gym, Carrick Road, Boyle

Results Gym, Boyle

Ryanair / Stanstead

Due to increasing demand and possibly to convenience the new wave of emigrants to return at weekends, Ryanair will provide twice daily, morning and evening flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to and from London's Stanstead airport every Friday and Sunday, December to March.

Major refurbishment at Feelystone

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Quote from Finbarr Feely: "We are very excited to see the renovation work in progress, it will be done in four phases, phase one is almost complete which is our granite and quartz showroom.
We have teamed up again with our local cabinet maker John Murray Kitchens, John will have seven fully fitted kitchens on display and Feelystone will finish them off with new colours of granite and quartz.
We get customers from all the surrounding counties, so it is great exposure for John Murray also, we will also be displaying Roman blinds from Taylor Interiors, this all helps to bring new business to Boyle.
Phase two is a New Monumental show room, it will be the biggest of its kind in Ireland. New designs and new Materials will be on display.
Phase three is a New Reception area also displaying fire hearts, customised fireplaces, sealing and grouting products, vanity units and limestone tiles.
Phase four is upgrading our exterior paving products display, several new paving materials will be laid which will further enhance the existing show area.
Feelystone, Boyle [website...] [Facebook...] [Blog...]

Ardcarne Garden Cafe

Photos [here...]

Ultimate Insulation

Marians Fashions, Boyle


Magee's Fashion Shop

Magee's Fashion Shop

Drumderrig Private Nursing Home

New "Room with a view"sitting room/sun room for visitors. See more photos [here...]

Drumderrig Nursing Home, Boyle, has opened a new wing of 14 new bedrooms.
All single rooms with en-suite.
Fair deal grant available for long term residents
VHI, Lala Health care for convalescence
Short term and private residents tax relief available
Assistance is available with filling in the forms for fair deal or VHI if required
On site Physiotherapy is available for all residents, and as required: Dietician, Occupational therapist, Podiatrist, Wound Care specialist, hair dresser, opticians, Ophthalmologist, palliative care, Dentist, all religious dominations catered for.
Read more [here...] See more photos [here...]

Drumderrig Panorama - Click on photo for large version, or click [here...]


Feelystone Special Offer
Visit the Feelystone Website [here...]


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