Monday, March 19, 2012

Mon. 11 pm.

I am just summarising, here, relevant (to Boyle) fixtures for the coming week.
Wed. U 21 Connacht C’Ships Roscommon v Mayo, I think it is in Kiltoom.
Thursday: Boyle minors v Clann away @ 8pm.
Saturday Connacht Minor League at Carrick on Shannon @ 5pm. (Ros. 2.6 Mayo 0.4 was a very good win last week).
Sunday U 16 League B. v St. Brigid’s @ Boyle @ 12.
Sunday, also at 12 (!), O’Gara Cup League, first game, v St. Barry’s away @ 12.
ALSO: Friday night keep in mind the ladies Fashion Show fundraiser. (For those interested in quizzes there is one in Daly’s, also on Friday night, in aid of Boyle Girl guides). Also on Friday it is Daffodil Day and a very attractive effort was made to promote it by Taylors Stores and they are hosting a Tea Day on Friday. So check that out.
Tickets will be on sale shortly for the Club’s spring fundraiser. You might have seen a part of the prizes in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade i.e. the load of timber.
It was a great win for Lougheil Shamrocks of Antrim on Saturday in the All-Ireland Club hurling final.
I just saw briefly the unveiling of a memorial to the great Nicky Rackard of Wexford. He scored if I remember rightly 6.6 in an All-Ireland Semi-Final v Antrim.

Ntdowgaa all; I was reflecting on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade a little today. There was a number of disappointing no shows from groups/sections/areas that one might have expected which is a pity, as I believe this year was regarded as one of the best parades. It would be nice to have the Parade as a MUST rather than a maybe. This is because there were a number of very good floats from groups who obviously went to a lot of trouble. The young Cubs and their mentors with the Gulliver float were just great. Boyle Rambling Anglers put a lot of work into their Moone Fish filming representation. Boyle Ladies GAA had a vibrant, lively and good fun float and they seemed to be really enjoying it. Cloonloo School put their message, re. losing a teacher, really out there as did the Girl Guides. Lisbeg Pipe Band really added to the occasion and was clear and just very good. Keith Conroy did great with the sound as I knew he would. The Canon Dogs did their bit with gusto. As did C.T. I don’t know where the Police sent the traffic but they did the necessary also, fair play to them.
Next year, if I’m involved, I must do better myself as I missed making meaningful comments or ‘getting’ a number of floats as they cascaded into view like Trojan’s I.T. entry and also there was a very good colourful float from Croi na Nog titled Spring Garden. I also forgot to mention the Ploughing Championships on April 1st. Now that was a group who might have had a float. There was a nice snippet of Boyle on the R.T.E. News round-up of the parades. Of course there is only a small committee of Maura Clarke, Alice Mattimoe, Dennis Dodd, Eddie Creaton and Sean O’Dowd. They were responsible for a good day and certainly a number of businesses did well that evening. There were also a number of Canadian and American visitors who happened on Boyle and had a great day because of their general reception plus a small but thoughtful, gesture by a business man, a friend of mine. I believe that 2012 will be a very good year for tourism. While Boyle has an obvious deficit, it has, nonetheless, a lot to offer and it is up to all of us to talk our place up and be positive about it. Please do not ask visitors ‘What are you doing in Boyle, sure there is nothing here?’ The primary attraction of this country to visitors is ‘THE PEOPLE’. I feel confident about this. Boyle can be conscious of this in their relationship with visitors. Small things, small courtesies, helpfulness (not overpowering of course), manners, good morning, thank you, you are welcome, smile, ….the basics. This can be done by all of us but especially by people in the service industries. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
(I did not mean to go on so !!!....sin e).

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