Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Hard luck to our U12s who were beaten in their U12 Summer League Division 5 Final by Roscommon Gaels on a scoreline of Boyle 0-12 to Roscommon Gaels 0-15. Thanks to the players and management for their work throughout the year.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Our Cooney Motors/Cooney Centra sponsored Junior A team overcame Castlerea St. Kevins in their relegation playoff in Strokestown on Saturday night, winning on a scoreline of 4.07 to 1.10. Despite missing a number of players from the previous week's encounter, the lads played with great determination and were certainly not lacking in creativity, with some excellent passages of play which opened up the Castlerea backline for 4 goals.
Team: Declan McGovern, Johnny Regan, Conor Boylan, Diarmuid Boylan, Adam O'Connor, Adam Simons, Liam Casey, Mark O'Connor, Colin O'Sullivan, Conor Lavin, Connor Deery, Collie Brennan, Niall Brennan, David Kelly, Tiernan Henry with Cathal Horan, Michael Tormey, Cillian Doyle and Sean Mullins.
The stand out player throughout the campaign was Connor Deery who led the forward line with excellent scores in all games - well done Connor. There is also a very welcome addition in Colin O'Sullivan to midfield and it is great to see players like Conor Lavin and Niall Brennan back in the fold and making telling contributions this year. Special mention also to David Kelly who has been playing his best football for years in the full-forward line. Thanks to all the players. Special thanks to Mark O'Connor who managed the team and kept them going throughout the campaign against all the odds, amidst the challenges of a very tough group and the loss of players. Thanks to Michael Hanmore, Conor Tivnan, and Karl Kelly for their input throughout the year on the line and to Michael Bermingham, Kevin Mullen and Steve Tonry for their input in the latter games.
Congratulations to the Lannon Motors U16’s who came joint top of the Division 1 Championship with Roscommon Gaels. Having played 6 games, winning 5 and drawing with Roscommon Gaels, a coin toss was needed to decide who would go straight to the final and who would compete in the semi-final with Eire Óg/Michael Glaveys. Boyle won the toss and now await the semi-final winners. Date and venue are yet to be decided. Well done to both players and coaches on an already brilliant campaign so far. Now we dream of County Division One Champions returning home to Boyle.
It was a tough day for our Ladies who were beaten in the Intermediate Final by St. Brigids on a scoreline of 2.09 to 0.08 on Saturday morning. Special thanks to the Ladies and management who brought such a buzz to the town and entertained all year with some excellent football. The mood after the game was probably best captured by Ladies Chairman Noel Scally, and we certainly agree with Noel that this team will be back:
On behalf of Boyle Ladies Club we would like to congratulate the team and management on reaching the Intermediate County Final. It has been a great year for the team. Unfortunately, yesterday was not our day but the team is young and will be back in 2021. We would like to thank the management for their time and commitment during the year and congratulations to St Brigids. A special thank you to all the parents and supporters who came to the game and supported the team- it was greatly appreciated by all".
The photograph shows the Boyle Ladies Panel in their new gear sponsored by Michael Kerins Construction (Photo courtesy of Boyle Ladies GAA)
Congratulations to the U12 Boyle Cheetahs who won the U12 League B Final v Athleague on Sunday evening in Athleague. The photograph shows the victorious panel with the shield. Well done to team and management! (Photo courtesy of Boyle Camogie)
Our weekly GAA Lotto is now online.
How to play:
You can access at the following link: https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Boyle_GAA/lotto
You can also download the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klubfunder
The draw was held in the clubhouse Sunday night and was streamed online.
Numbers drawn were 11,17, 28 and 31. There was no jackpot winner.
Match 3 winners were Gus Gannon and Olive & John Filan.
Our jackpot next week will be €5600
Monday, September 14, 2020
Our Cooney Motors/Cooney Centra sponsored Junior A team put in a spirited display against Castlerea in their relegation playoff in Strokestown under lights on Saturday night. The game was called off in extra time due to a serious accidental head injury to Dermot Lyons from Castlerea. Thankfully Dermot was discharged from hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery. Thank you to our physio Conor McGowan who assisted the injured player and well done to the referee, officials and Strokestown GAA for managing their excellent management of the situation.
The game itself finished Boyle 2-11 to Castlerea 4-05 with Castlerea scoring the last free of the game to bring it to extra time. The game will be replayed in Strokestown next Saturday evening at 7.30pm. Best of luck to team and management.
U14 Division 2 Football Championship 2020
Boyle 1-11 St Michael's 2-15
Pride of place this week goes to our U12 girls who had a fantastic win against Northern Harps in the U12 County Final in the Abbey Park on Sunday evening. Commiserations to Northern Harps. The Boyle girls have been very committed all year and made steady and incremental improvement throughout the season, which culminated in an excellent team performance this week. With a panel of 28 players they all contributed significantly throughout the year, both at training and in games. The win on Sunday was a fitting finish for the group as a whole, with each and every player having great potential if they continue to improve, and enjoy the game as much as they have done so this year. Well done to all the girls for a great season. Many thanks to the management team of John Brennan, Adrian Brogan, Steve Tonry, Michael Tormey, Barbaranne Fitzpatrick & Joan Mullen.
Boyle GAA Ladies Chairman Noel Scally makes presentation of the U12 Shield to Boyle Captain Grace Murphy (Photo courtesy of Tony Murphy)
Delighted U12 Boyle GAA Panel & Management (Photo courtesy of Tony Murphy)
Ladies Intermediate Final
The Boyle Intermediate Ladies take on St. Brigids in the County Final on Saturday 19th September at 1pm in Ballyforan. This team have had put in some great performances this year, most recently their overcoming of St. Dominics in the county semi-final on a scoreline of 3.11 to 1.11. The final is expected to be a tight encounter but there is no doubt that the girls will give it their all. Very best of luck to the team and management, and we encourage all to have plenty of Boyle colours flying this week in anticipation for the final.
Our weekly GAA Lotto is now online.
How to play: You can access at the following link: https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Boyle_GAA/lotto
You can also download the app:
The draw was held in the clubhouse Sunday night and was streamed online.
Numbers drawn were 2,10,22 and 28.
Match 3 winners: Michael Costello, Tomas McGarty & Melanie Johnson
Our jackpot next week will be €5500
Well done to ex Boyle player Darren O’Connor who got a goal in the 5th minute of injury time to give Leixlip a one-point win over Clogherinkoe to see them qualify for the knockout stages of the Kildare IFC Championship.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Team: R. Kearney, Killian Cox, C. Flanagan, Ciaran Beirne, E. McGrath, S. Purcell, T. McKenna (0-1), Roch Hanmore, Enda Smith (1-0), Tadgh Lowe, D. Smith (0-4, 0-3 frees), Kieran Cox, M. O’Donohoe (0-1), C. McKeon (0-2), C. Feely (0-1) with J. Moran for Kieran Cox 38 min, Marc O’Connor for T. Lowe 45 min, C. Goldrick (1-0) for Mark O’Donohoe 49 min and M. Hanmore for Ciaran Beirne 53 min.
Our U12 girls play Northern Harps in the County Final next Sunday evening at 5pm in the Abbey Park. Best of luck to the girls and management.
Our jackpot next week will be €5400
Monday, August 31, 2020
Our McGovern Directional Drilling sponsored Senior team overcame St. Croans in the Quarter Final of the Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon GAA Senior Football Championship on Saturday evening in Strokestown. A slow start saw Boyle down by a point at halftime on a scoreline of Boyle 1.04 to St. Croans 0.08. However a spirited second half performance, spurred on in particular by some excellent rampaging runs from Enda Smith, saw Boyle run out winners on a scoreline of Boyle 4.08 to St. Croans 0.12. The lads now play St. Brigids in the County semifinal this weekend with the time and venue to be confirmed. No spectators will be allowed at the game due to Covid 19 regulations but the game will be streamed live by Roscommon GAA. Please keep an eye on our social media for fixture details and streaming information. Very best of luck to the team and management and we all hope you can overcome St. Brigids and make it to the Final!
Our Cooney Motors/Cooney Centra sponsored Junior A team's final group game versus St. Ronans is due to be played on Sunday 6th September at 2pm in the Abbey Park. Again no spectators are allowed at this game. Very best of luck to the team and management.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Our McGovern Directional Drilling sponsored Senior team played Michael Glaveys in the final group game of the Championship in the Abbey Park on Saturday, with the lads putting on an all-round good display, to run out convincing winners on a scoreline of 1.15 to 0.07. This sees the team finish top of the group and enter the quarter-final draw as a seeded team, with the quarter-final due to be played the weekend after next. Well done to the team and management.
Team: R. Carney, Killian Cox, C. Flanagan, Ciaran Beirne, E. McGrath, S. Purcell, T. McKenna, K. Cox, E. Smith, C.Feely, D. Smith, T. Lowe, M. O'Donohoe, C. McKeon, R. Hanmore with Marc O'Connor, J. Moran, S. Kane and B. Kerins.
Our Cooney Motors/Cooney Centra sponsored Junior A team played St. Michaels in Elphin on Sunday in the second round of the Junior A Championship, losing on a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-06.
U12 Summer League Division 5:
Boyle 0-13 Clann na nGael 0-7
U14 Summer League Division 4:
Boyle 5-27 Padraig Pearses 7-12
Boyle was beaten by Eire Og/Michael Glaveys
Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/St Ronans 1-5 Boyle 2-12
U16 Division 1 Championship Monday 17th
Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/St Ronans v Boyle. Venue: Kilmore GAA Grounds
Minor Division 1B Wednesday 19th 19:00
Boyle v St Brigids. Venue: Abbey Park
Boyle v Roscommon Gaels. Venue: Abbey Park
U12 Summer League Division 2 Saturday 22nd 11:30
Elphin-Ballinameen v Boyle. Venue: Orchard Park
Roscommon Gaels v Boyle. Venue: Lisnamult
The Boyle Intermediate team drew 3.08 to 3.08 with St. Dominics on Sunday.
We are delighted to announce that our longstanding weekly GAA Lotto is now online!
How to play:
The launch draw was held in the clubhouse Sunday night and was streamed online.
A sponsors evening was held in the Abbey park on Sunday evening where Alan Cooney from Cooney Motors - Junior team sponsors, and Mark McGovern from McGovern Directional Drilling - Senior team sponsors, presented sponsorship to the club (see photos on realboyle.com). The club are eternally grateful to our sponsors for their generosity and support.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Tickets for Senior Championship game v Michael Glaveys, 5 PM Saturday 15th August in Abbey Park.
We ask all those interested in purchasing tickets for the McGovern Directional Drilling senior team’s game v Michael Glaveys to please contact Club secretary Jan Flanagan by text on 086 066 7163 or by email Secretary.email@example.com before 7pm on Tuesday to express their interest in purchasing a ticket.
Please note the following:
• If demand exceeds our allocation, paid-up club members and annual/Direct Debit lotto members who have requested a ticket will be prioritised and thereafter all names of those who have expressed an interest will be put into a hat and names will be drawn at random.
• Tickets are €10 and there are no concessions for children, students etc.
• Each person can purchase one ticket only.
• We ask that a maximum of two per household only apply for tickets.
• Tickets are non transferable, please only put your name forward if you can attend.
We expect a large demand for tickets for our
first home championship game and unfortunately, there will be people
disappointed at missing out. We apologise in advance but believe this is the
fairest way to distribute tickets.
Please also note that this game will be streamed live (similar to the Padraig Pearses game) and this can be purchased from the streaming company for €5. Details of the live stream will be released by the County Board later this week and we will post those details to Facebook as soon as we have them.
• U12 Summer League Division 2
Boyle 0-5 Kilbride 0-20
• U12 Summer League Division 5
St Ronan’s conceded to Boyle
• U16 Division 1 Football Championship 2020
Strokestown 2-8 Boyle 3-8
Boyle 3-17 St Brigid’s 0-05
Minor Division 1B
Monday 10th 19:00 Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/St Ronans v Boyle. Venue: Croghan
Tuesday 11th 19:00 Eire Óg/Michael Glaveys v Boyle. Venue: Ballinlough
Thursday 13th 19:00 Boyle V Pádraig Pearses. Venue: Abbey Park
•U12 Summer League Division 5
Saturday 15th Boyle V Clann na nGael. Venue: Abbey Park
• U12 Summer League Division 2
Saturday Shannon Gaels V Boyle Venue: Croghan
The Intermediate team had their third win of the Championship versus Castlerea in the Abbey Park on Sunday.
The U10 girls also played in the Abbey Park on Sunday evening, putting in their best performance of the season so far, in a narrow 2 point defeat to Shannon Gaels.
Condolences to Bernadette Keenahan and the Martin family on the death of Alan Martin, Limerick, RIP. Alan is the nephew of Bernadette.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
RIP Tony McGovern:
Boyle GAA Club members were saddened to hear of the passing of our great friend Tony McGovern, RIP, who was laid to rest on Wednesday last. Our sincere condolences to his wife Marian and family, particularly his sons Mark and Declan who have been longstanding players for the club. Tony has been a loyal sponsor of the senior team for many years and his generosity and support have always been very much appreciated. We will miss Tony and he will not be forgotten. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Our senior team was drawn in Group C
with Pádraig Pearses, Michael Glaveys, and Tulsk. Round one of the Senior
Football Championship will be played on the weekend of 26th July, fixtures yet
to be arranged.
Our Junior A team were drawn in Group B with St. Michael’s, St. Ronan’s and St. Brigid’s B. Round one of the King and Moffatt Junior Football Championship will be played on the weekend of 2nd August, fixtures yet to be arranged.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
** I wonder if anyone ever came across a book called ‘The Brookham Mysteries’ by Edward McMorrow who was a Solicitor in Boyle many decades ago. His son Art and daughter Angela lived in The Warren later and some senior people will remember them. I remember asking about the book, as a question in a quiz decades ago, but people were not familiar with it. The name, I seem to remember, was an amalgam of the names of Frybrook and Rockingham i.e. …brook and …ham. I believe Mister MacMurrough wrote under a pen name or non de plume. Why I use the two spellings for Mr. MacMurrough is that in a 1910 Business Directory I have access to the name is given as Mc Morrow. (Please give me ring on 086 8163399 if you have any information on this or any other book by Mister McMorrow.)
The sentiments do not change and I know very well that I’m repeating myself, and repeating myself an re…. with it, but it is still valid if boring and unbelievable;
I referenced this in my post of three weeks ago, five weeks ago, seven weeks ago and nine weeks ago. Keep in mind that the election took place on Saturday, February 8th …now Saturday, June 13th 126 days ago. I wrote then and I repeat;
“I can only call the efforts to form a Government in this country as PATHETIC. There have been talks about talks, preliminary talks, kind of meaningful talks, meaningful talks, documents being drawn up, talk of a ‘government formation document’ but yet no real progress. It is a disgrace especially for the parties who are not part of the ‘Interim -Government’ as of now”.
This week it was talk about plenary sessions. Then the Green Party decided to have a leadership contest and then Eamon Ryan (a decent man) goes and makes a significant faux pau in the Dáil which gives ammunition to his opponents in the party. Those of us who had leanings towards the Greens are just shaking our heads. Brendan Behan once famously proposed, at a meeting to form some union, “Let’s start with the split”.
All this for what? I repeat myself again in suggesting that I cannot see a Government constructed on such sand, lasting more than eighteen months?
Not long ago we were looking with puzzlement and a dismissiveness on Northern Ireland as they trundled along without a Government which collapsed because of something to do with fuel-burning grants and ‘The Gaeilge’ question. Now we have a reflection of that here.
Note; Even if the parties agree this weekend, as is suggested, then they have to go to ‘their party constituencies’ to have it ratified which is not a given at all. This has to be completed by June 29th. It seems as if vital legislation is due to be ratified into law then and can only be done by a full legitimate Government.
Another thing that will happen is the probable replacement of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach by Micheál Martin. Mister seems a nice reasonable man with ability but is this the time to change the captain of the team? I think not. Then what genius can Fianna Fáil bring to the Cabinet? The only stand out person there, that I can see, is Michael McGrath. Just Google the Fianna Fáil panel. Not many all-stars there!
Declan Mullaney R.I.P.
Every season brings its tragedies and sadness and no district is immune to them. We hear of them nationally nearly every day. The death of a young person is especially sad. Boyle has had more than its share in recent times. This week we laid Declan- Mullaney- to rest in Assylinn cemetery. He was approaching his 40th birthday. I have known Declan since he was a boy and his dad, Tom, before that. Declan was part of a very good under-age football team in the Boyle GAA club in the nineties. I remember those times clearly when the sun seemed to shine immeasurably. I was the coach with assistance from a brains-trust of advisors which included Owen Garvin, Martin Henry, Nicholas Feighan, Michael Brennan, and Tom Mullaney himself. On balance we won more times than we lost and captured a few county titles. We lost some big games too but that is part of it. Abbey Park was our cathedral and Declan was ever-present. He was a good strong player and his position generally was wing-back. After our wins and before entering Boyle we assembled at Egans opposite the Golf club and began our victory parade through the streets of the town with the theme tune/song of ‘Simply the Best’. Those were the days.
Declan was also a good student of mine at St. Mary’s College and I remember him as Prefect of the Student Council which was an endorsement of the respect he was held in by his colleagues, the school principal, and staff.
Declan will leave a legacy of many happy memories. Those memories will not grow old now. Declan too showed courage in his struggle with illness and confidence in his faith as represented in his regard for Knock.
As he passed the Abbey Park for the last three flags hung at half-mast limply as if representing our sorrow. They were those of Roscommon, Boyle, and Shannon Gaels showing the diversity of places which are so dear to Declan and the Mullaney family.
On a personal note, I was so sorry that I could not be closer support to my good friends because of the issues of these times.
Declan you have certainly fought the good fight and you can rest in peace now.
The Death of Canon Kevin Earley
I have just heard of the death of Canon (Father in my knowing) of Kevin Earley. All people have the nuances of difference and Kevin was different. He was a big man with a big heart who drove a small car. He came to St. Mary’s College as Principal a period after Canon Lavin became a parish priest in Boyle. Like many smart intelligent men, he might have seemed causal and earthy but the reality was that he was very aware of what was happening in his domain. This, of course, is a necessary quality in a School Principal! He seemed to ‘amble’ in gait, was affable, generous, and good company. I remember a Jubilee celebration of his ordination with mass in Ballymoe after which we all retired to the lovely Forest Park Hotel in Boyle for ‘refreshments’. The refreshments were the full menu and it turned into the real celebration that he wished for and enjoyed. He wasn’t long in Boyle, coming from a long stint in Summerhill. Then he was posted to various parishes and we lost contact for the most part. I did come upon him on a long walk in Lough Key Forest Park afterwards and he made in-depth enquiries about Boyle, its people, students and staff. It was like I was ‘briefing’ a field commander. In remembering Father Earley in St. Mary’s I smile at the memory of slight misunderstanding between him and my friend James Woods. I remember Canon Kevin as perhaps a link between the ‘old school’ parish priest and the new and I’m sure he will have many friends who will echo his many positive qualities and be grateful for his guidance and generosity. He was a sound man by me.
Global Rossie Day Sunday June 21st
I know very little about this but I saw it referred to in Canon Liam Devine’s column last week. I presume that this idea was put in motion a good while before the Covid tragedy and will be a muted affair now.
I remember the very successful ‘Back to Boyle’ event in the town on August 2nd 2008. There was a great social in St. Joseph’s Hall with many families having their re-unions as part of the greater re-union. I remember the McDermott family in particular and Austin Biesty and his daughter being there from New York. As it transpired James Drury aka ‘The Virginian’ was in Boyle’s Royal Hotel that Saturday evening also which added to the whole razz mates.
Ireland took on board a national re-union called ‘The Gathering’ in 2013 which was very, very successful. Forest View had its own very pleasant and enjoyable re-union on September 14th of that year with some visitors from New York synchronising their holidays to be part of it.
On one of the few fine days in the summer of 1988 in August we had a memorable event with the return of the actress Maureen O’Sullivan to Boyle. This turned out to be a major success and was liberally documented on national media, papers, magazines, radio and television. It added an extra string to the bow as it were of people and places associated with Boyle. The recent June 9th edition of ‘Irelands Own’ magazine published a decent article on that visit indicating that the interest is still there.
The Pandemic Covid19.
I will not say much about this as I have not the competence to do so.
There are a couple of things that confuse me though.
1. There was an early mantra regarding its containment and in the primary list was ‘test and trace’. I remember a picture, in the first days, of army cadets around a big table ready and waiting to ‘track and trace’ those who might have been in contact with someone who was tested as positive. This programme seems (I could be wrong of course) to have stumbled on with varying pronouncements on its evaluation.
2. Regarding face masks the advising authorities need to come down more clearly on what they think the practise should be here. Mandatory v best voluntary practise. It seems as if it is kinda mandatory (Ireland you know) on public transport and in shopping and enclosed business premises. Do you wear them generally out and about as it were? Maybe!
The recent marches (legitimate as they have been) will test the Covid picture and its possible spread. The idea of ‘social distancing’ was certainly strained and regularly ignored there.
You know that exclamatory puzzled phrase; ‘What was that all that about? “. Well I have a nagging in my head regarding a scene from over a month ago. In Minneapolis there was a rally putting pressure on the authorities to ‘open up’ the state, forget this lockdown, that is unnecessary. O.K. On the steps of a civic building a couple a men were out front and centre with ‘flak’ jackets and what appeared to me as sub machine guns or some such genre. Now I ask you; ‘What was that all that about?’
I rarely mention President Donald Trump much here but it is hard to resist and he gives scribblers so much here so I decided to give him a break this time. He’ll be happy with that. I haven’t the energy.
The Bog Essays
There was nice response to my two essays on my adventures on the plains of Tonroe, in the bog. A very compelling one came from my friend John Austin Biesty formerly of Carrick Road now New York. It has a lovely nostalgic paragraph including a phrase that I will store. I trust that he does not mind me quoting it here
Tony. “You raised my melancholic level as I read about your turf-saving endeavors. You rekindled many happy memories of my bog days. In my boyhood days, I would spend four or five weeks with my aunts and uncles in Ballyhaunis during the summer. There, I spent many carefree, happy days working alongside my cousins and their neighbors, all of whom have passed on. Precious memories, how they linger, how they touch and flood my soul. The late John Healy, of Western People fame wrote a book, I believe it was titled "Seventeen Acres.' In it, he has some great and funny stories about his turf cutting days in Mayo. The book itself is a great read”. (Thanks for that Austin.
I have, as you can gather, highlighted the powerful sentence.
John Healy was also a contributor to The Irish Times. There is an iconic scene in the coverage of Italia 90 after David O’Leary scores the deciding penalty v Romania. It is of John Healy sobbing with joy in a crowded tent (I think). This was replicated by John (the) Bull Hayes before the historic Ireland v England rugby match in Croke Park in February 2007.
John Healy wrote two telling books one as Austin writes and the second ‘Nobody shouted Stop’. The death of an Irish town. The town in question was Charlestown. I had both of these books a long time ago but I gave the loan of them and I don’t have them anymore!
The Business Emperors make inroads in the Second and Fourth Estates.
A writer before the French Revolution framed society in The Ancién Regime of France as divided into three sections or estates, they being; 1. Clergy. 2. Nobility and 3. Commoners. These have been updated as four estates currently, as 1. Executive. 2. Legislature. 3. Judiciary. 4. Media.
Pat McDonagh regularly injects himself into the 4th estate. Recently I heard him wax lyrical about ending some Government supports so that his employees ‘can’ return to work. To work especially in his low wage economy to bolster his gung ho business. (Pat forgot that there was a way of doing this by himself paying his employees a tad or more than the Government supports.) But maybe we should just pass on that. If you read this Pat take a break as these are shaky times and your statue could easily come into the sights of the emerging anarchists which are such a force in the U.S.
Add in the facts that people are now getting on their bicycles and weighing scales and going through a period called ‘Operation Transformation’ and questioning a phenomena called DIET. And Pat if Diet becomes populist and the anarchists look around for targets then Supermac’s may need to rebrand to ‘Superman’s’ to fend off the jokers. Take a few months in isolation from the 4th estate in your own estate. It is also called cocooning and maybe you could emerge as a butterfly.
While I’m at It
Another Estate i.e. number 2 -the Legislature- also had an incision from the ‘Emperors of Business’ or their Bismarck. Lazily looking at some discussion in the Dáil who do I see, comfortable and very much at home, in the Taoiseach’s seat only Daniel McCoy? Who? I hear you ask. Maybe you’ve mistaken him and it is Micheál Martin. No I reassure you it was the real McCoy. Well Daniel felt as much at home as he might be in the Horseshoe Bar in the Shelbourne. I was there once for educational purposes. I walked in pre rugby match as smartly as the throng allowed, hung a left took a kind of forced twirl and out again.
Well I did not linger with McCoy who now has a story to tell of his day in the Dáil. I expected to see Tom Parlon but he was probably out enforcing social distancing on building sites. Anyway being in the Dáil wouldn’t be news to Tom, just another brick in the wall.
The View’s Poem Selection for this time.
The birds seem to be having a decent time as they have pretty audible these past months. While on the bog the call of the cuckoo resonated. It reminded me of another of the great nature poems of Wordsworth and I add it here. It is a bit long (I get paid by the word) but you do not have to read it all!
To the Cuckoo
O blithe New-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice.
O Cuckoo! shall I call thee Bird,
Or but a wandering Voice?
While I am lying on the grass
Thy twofold shout I hear;
From hill to hill it seems to pass,
At once far off, and near.
Though babbling only to the Vale
Of sunshine and of flowers,
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours.
Thrice welcome, darling of the Spring!
Even yet thou art to me
No bird, but an invisible thing,
A voice, a mystery;
The same whom in my school-boy days
I listened to; that Cry
Which made me look a thousand ways
In bush, and tree, and sky.
To seek thee did I often rove
Through woods and on the green;
And thou wert still a hope, a love;
Still longed for, never seen.
And I can listen to thee yet;
Can lie upon the plain
And listen, till I do beget
That golden time again.
O blessèd Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be
An unsubstantial, faery place;
That is fit home for Thee!
Take care and may your gods go with you.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Boyle GAA would like to extend deepest condolences to the Mullaney family on the sad passing of Declan. Declan played underage for Boyle GAA and will be sadly missed. We are particularly thinking of his parents Tom and Joey, his sister Sarah and his extended family and friends at this sad time. Funeral details are below. Gone too soon, may he rest in peace!
Congratulations to everyone who took part in our challenge. Together, we ran/walked a total of 5,822.79 km. Most importantly, we managed to raise a huge €5,204.00 for the Brothers of Charity. A sincere thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause. A special thank you also to Jackie Valentine who calculated the mileage daily throughout the month. At the start of the month, we set an initial target of raising €750 and walking/running 1,900 kms. We underestimated the generosity and dedication which exist in our great community.
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