So apart from all the events I’ve blogged about life goes on as normal – whatever normal is. I had to got to Boyle so I got to see my friend Kate which was lovely as always. While I was there I bumped into Sean who has this fantastic website about Boyle, if you want to know the news or events around Boyle that’s the site to check. The photo above was taken in Boyle, I love this photo (one of the few I take that I actually like). After Boyle I went to the Sligo Folk Park – a blog will follow when I edit the photos.
On Sunday we went to the Northside Centre to have a stall at a car boot sale, it was so bad I’m not even going to bother typing about it but Lucy has done a great blog about it here.
Yesterday I had my first harvest from the greenhouse…yes I know it’s a bit sad that it’s only one strawberry but I’m delighted with it! I had to split it three ways and we all agreed it was the sweetest strawberry we’ve ever had. I hope I grow a few more now, next year I have my sights set on supplying Wimbledon ;)
I got to see A Common Ground this week as part of the Cairde Festival. It was a musical collaboration featuring the two diverse musical worlds of Sligo Baroque Orchestra and African Soukous band, Tropicana Musica. It was really something special, I’m a huge fan of Steve Wickham so it was wonderful to be able to take some photos.
After the show there was the most beautiful sunset so I headed to Rosses Point to take a few photos.
Anyway that’s a very condensed version of my week. I’m going back out in the garden to shout at the veggies – they are growing so it must be working.
Jono and I headed along to Boyle this morning to have another look at the model railway (and to see Santa!!) The railway has really come on well since we were there in the Summer. A big well done to all involved, it’s looking great.
Derrick from the Boyle Men’s Shed was telling Jono all about the trains and the layout (that’s not Jono in the photo by the way, that’s a little lad who was so impressed with it all his mum couldn’t get him to move, bless him).
Thomas the tank engine is even in Boyle! Who’d have thought it.
It’s great value as well. €5 per child and they get a visit to Santa and a present. There is also a quiz for the children to do and they might win a prize.
The Boyle Model Railway is open every weekend before Christmas from 11am-5pm. It’s only €5 per child and includes a gift from Santa. You can find them on Facebook.
Moone Boy started filming the third series in Boyle today. As I’m a big stalker fan of Chris O’Dowd I had to go along for a gander. I didn’t expect to see Chris pushing a donkey back into a bank though!
It looks like it’s going to be another great series. I’ll look forward to seeing it.
I was too shy to say hello to Chris and I didn’t want to disturb him so I just looked from afar.
I headed to Boyle today as the Boyle Arts Festival is taking place. I’m always interesting and intrigued to see what artists are producing. Afoot and Light-hearted is an exhibition of work by IT Sligo Fine Art Students, there are some really wonderful pieces of work in the exhibition and my thanks to them for letting me take photos. The exhibition is open every day until 3rd August and is in the Market Yard just behind Boles of Boyle. If you get a chance do go and have a look.
Firstly Happy Mother’s Day to anyone celebrating it today. We had ours in March although I may bake a cake later….just because ;) The photo above is fitting for the day that’s in it. I was up bright and early to take Jono to the railway station yesterday as he was going to Dublin so Rocket-dog and myself headed to Boyle for an explore.
On the way we stopped off at the Lough Arrow viewing area. The photos aren’t great because the weather was lousy but it’s a chance to go back another day.
Lough Key Forest Park was lovely to walk around (even with the showers). We saw a rabbit but it moved to quick to get a photo.
After the forest park we headed to the Farmer’s Market in Boyle.
I felt very sorry for the stall holders as it was such a cold, miserable day. I was delighted to meet June though who is a regular visitor to my blog and makes these wonderful plaques.
My photos don’t do them justice. June has much better pics on her site. She also does commissions so if you are looking for a special gift for someone this would be just the job.
Rocket-dog was very impressed with the market, especially as two people recognised him! He also liked the look of King House. The rest of the photos from our morning in Boyle are here.
The town of Boyle is launching a model railway. I think this is a brilliant idea, we are big fans of trains in this house. They need help though, especially in the areas of making the scenery, assembling buildings, bridges, general art & craft work.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with a fantastic new venture in Boyle. If you can get on board with this project and help them make tracks you can get in touch with them on Facebook or twitter.
The Launch of Boyle Model Railway will take place on Saturday May 25th at 2.30pm at TrojanIT on Elphin Street. With Joe Duffy (RTE) as part of the Local Heroes programme to be aired on June 12th. All welcome!
Thursday was the wrap party for Moone Boy in Boyle. I had a really rotten day, my mums dog took ill so I had to bring him to the vet. He needed surgery and I had to pick him up again in the evening. So although I had planned to bring the kids to Boyle I more or less decided not to go as I was really tired. I saw a friend of mine on twitter was going and had posted she was hoping to meet me. So I didn’t want to let her down and we went to Boyle.
I’m delighted we went because I got to meet my new friend and her family. It was lovely to meet her in real life as I’ve known her through twitter for quite a while now. The wrap party was held in Daly’s Bar and it was packed! There was a great atmosphere and there were pictures of Chris O’Dowd around the pub including one of him in the Boyle football team when he was a young lad.
The Rivulets were providing the music for the night. They were excellent. My camera was acting up on the night, hence the pretty rubbish photos.
Jono and Lucy were really pleased to meet Chris. Johnny Vegas also turned up but I think we left before he arrived.
It’s been a fantastic week for Boyle. There has been a lot of talk about Moone Boy and it’s great to see it being mentioned on so many radio stations and in the national and local papers. The Boyle people are really friendly and are delighted to think their town will be on TV soon. I can’t wait to see the show.
My friend took a video of Chris O’Dowds speech from the night:
Firstly don’t look too closely because my face needs ironing! ;) I headed over to Boyle in Co. Roscommon this morning where I had read on Real Boyle that the filming of Chris O’Dowd’s sitcom ‘Moone Boy’ was taking place.
First of all I got to meet Steve Coogan who is also in the sitcom. He was very nice. During a short break Chris came over to say hello to the few onlookers that were there. He is such a nice man, no airs and graces on him at all. I have to say the people in Boyle are such a friendly bunch of people. I had a good chat with a few of them and especially with Sean who is Chris’s dad. He is a great photographer and takes some brilliant shots.
I thought it was really interesting seeing the show being filmed. I just saw a short scene filmed and they had to keep repeating it over again a few times. There are 6 big trucks full of equipment in the car park of the Royal Hotel including a catering truck.
Boyle is a lovely town and it’s nice to see the spotlight on the place and hopefully it will encourage tourists to come and visit.
I did a short bit of filming, you can’t really see too much because I didn’t want to get in the way.
King House is a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion located in Boyle, County Roscommon. It was built in the early 1700’s for Sir Henry King, whose family were one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland.
After its first life as a home, King House was converted into a military barracks in the 19th century for the famous Connaught Rangers regiment. At the end of Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly formed Irish Free State Army.
Following many years as a merchants store, King House was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council.
On Tuesday we went to visit King House, I’d been some years ago with the kids and to be honest it hasn’t changed at all but it’s interesting and best of all this year it’s free to visit. As always I took plenty of photos which are here.
Just a word of warning, watch out for the dungeon ;)
After King House we went to Aunty Bee’s coffee shop just across the courtyard. I had a lovely snickers cheesecake….which I should have taken a photo of but didn’t. I would say if you are going to King House try to go on a Saturday morning and you can see the farmer’s market as well. Also it’s free to park on the street opposite the house, so that’s handy to know.