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Petrol, Diesel, Convenience Store, Car Wash/Valet
Stewarts 24 Hour is close to you on the Boyle Road.

Abbey Haven Care & Nursing Home


STOP Suicide

New Bereavement Support Group For all Those Bereaved by Suicide
Venue: The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. 7pm-8.30pm, Thursday 5th February. Anyone wishing to attend or for more information please call Philomena: 071 985 6070 (Mon-Wed) Michelle Fox: 086 777 2009

Dirty Cars Wanted - Car Wash


Gerald at Dirty Cars Wanted on the Forecourt at Stewarts 20 Hour Filling Station will leave your car sparkingly clean with a car and wheel wash for only €6. He will also valet the car to your reqirements and you will leave feeling you have a new car ... one of the cheapest transport investments you will ever make !!

Stewarts Oil, Carrick


Sad news for Carrick

It has been reported that 160 employees in the Bank of America (MBNA), Carrick-on-Shannon building will be made redundant this coming weekend.

Ireland's Toughest Muckers on TV

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The recent Ireland's Toughest Muckers competition will feature on IrishTV on Monday 1st Dec at 6.30pm on Ch191 on Roscommon County Matters.

Katie Taylor - World Champion

pic: Irish

Katie Taylor has been billed as "Ireland's greatest boxer of all time". Katie would be the first to question such a billing, but she has now become "Ireland's most accomplished boxer of all time". I met her once, [photo here...] and outside the boxing ring she is a quietly spoken, non-pushy lady who appears almost surprised at her success and achievements.
Katie created international boxing history after being crowned AIBA World Elite lightweight champion in South Korea this weekend. She has now won 17th major titles - one Olympic, five World, six European and five European Union since 2005.

Great news for investors - Royal Hotel, Boyle is For Sale

Royal Hotel, Boyle

I understand the Royal Hotel building is now For Sale, that local auctioneers Jnr Smith, Kelly, Scott have been appointed as selling agents, and are open to answer all enquiries regarding this prestigious Boyle Town Centre property.
For further information please call 071 966 2124 or 086 253 1736

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Joe Simon Building Supplies

Boyle Civic Collection on display at RHA in Dublin

Patrick Murphy Frank Feighan Rhona McGrath Marion Ahern Barry Feely and Des McMahon President RHA IMG_0549
Patrick Murphy, Frank Feighan, Rhona McGrath, Marion Ahern,
Barry Feely and Des McMahon President RHA.

Photos from the opening of the Boyle Civic Collection Exhibition which opened at the RHA in Dublin last night. A great turn out, we were all very proud! The pictures looked so fresh and new on the gallery walls. Patrick Murphy curated the exhibition and the President of the RHA, Des McMahon, spoke glowingly of the collection and the work done by the BAF in promoting the Arts. Barry Feely said a few words too and payed homage to the contribution of Fergus Ahern to the BAF and Civic Collection. Frank Feighan TD spoke for and represented the Minister for Arts and Culture who was not able to be there. All photos © Tony Murphy

Leading Edge Workshop with Eleanor Shanley

Eleanor Shanley

Saturday 11th October: Eleanor Shanley will share her secrets on stagecraft with musicians and singers at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon. Guidelines for how to get the best from your performance will be provided by Eleanor, ably assisited by fellow musicians Charlie McGettigan and John Carty and sound engineer Keith Conroy.
To book call the Dock on 071 965 0828. For information on the remaining workshops visit

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.

Nude Selfies - Amanda Brunker

Waterford Whispers News: Sunday World journalist Amanda Brunker has expressed concern that her saucy snaps may make their way into the public eye. "Ugh, I just can’t handle computers so I’m not sure my account is even that well protected", said Brunker, who knows Bono. "And the password to my iTunes account, well, I just went with my name in all caps followed by four zeroes. I hope that’s enough to outwit whoever is hacking celebrity phones, if not then pictures of me completely naked could end up online at any time"

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...]

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.

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.

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...]


O'Dowd's Gasworks Art Gallery

opening 2

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."

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.

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

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...]

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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.

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?

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...]

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."

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.

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...]

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.

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...]

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...]

Ardcarne Garden Cafe

Photos [here...]

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...]



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