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Christmas at Boyle Model Railway

IMG_7208Jono 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.

IMG_7272Derrick 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).

IMG_7306Thomas the tank engine is even in Boyle! Who’d have thought it.

IMG_7221It’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.

IMG_7324The 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.

IMG_7251The rest of my photos are here.

Moone Boy – Series 3 Filming

'Dat ass'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!

An ass in the bankIt looks like it’s going to be another great series. I’ll look forward to seeing it.

Chris O'DowdI was too shy to say hello to Chris and I didn’t want to disturb him so I just looked from afar.

PadraigThe rest of my pics are here.

Afoot and Light-hearted

Afoot and Light-heartedI 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.

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Saturday in Boyle

IMG_1453Firstly 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.

Lough ArrowDSCF8178On 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.

DSCF8188Lough 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.

DSCF8201After the forest park we headed to the Farmer’s Market in Boyle.

Farmers marketI 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.

DSCF8226-003 IMG_1475-001My 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 at King HouseRocket-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.

Boyle Model Railway

8038948503_44d398cee3_b-1The 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!

Down on the farm

After my lovely visit to the Sathya Sai Sanctuary I popped over to Tullyboy Farm in Boyle. They have kindly given us a family pass for our Sligo Animal Rescue/Donkey Sanctuary raffle.

The farm was very busy with all the children getting a ride around on the tractor, it gave me a chance to look at the animals.

They have puppies, kittens, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, deer and even an owl.

One of the piglets was crying….so I cuddled him and patted his back and he calmed down bless him. He was lovely…but he did pong (I’m just glad he didn’t wee on me!)

This lovely horse is called Charleville Lad, he’s a Connemara stallion and is a beautiful animal.

It’s a great day out for all the family. I really enjoyed my visit. The rest of my photos are here.

Back to Boyle

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:

The day I met Chris O’Dowd

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, Boyle, Co. Roscommon


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.

Off the rails and nuts ;)

Well Off the Rails on tour in Sligo was on TV last night. I went around to my friends house with Lucy and we watched it together as we were all in the audience. There was a lot of cringing going on. To be honest they didn’t show a whole lot of Sligo. We were at the filming for four hours. It was all going very well and I didn’t think we’d be shown until right near the end and you can clearly see me in the background pulling the most gormless look possible.

If you are in Ireland and have nothing better to do you can watch the show on here (blink and you’ll miss me).

If you aren’t in Ireland and you want to see a small bit of the show (with us in the background) have a look here:

I had to bring my car to Boyle today. It’s been running a bit rough I thought. I’m mortified though because I said to the mechanic about ‘Revving the nuts off it!’  He just looked at me.

On the way to Boyle I stopped at the Gaelic Chieftain which is a sculpture along the N4. If you want to find out more about it click here.

Boyle is a nice little town. I took a couple of photo’s while I was waiting for the car to be fixed.

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