Video of Boyle, County Roscommon, Republic of Ireland
On 15 August 1599, the Battle of Curlew Pass between English and Irish forces was
fought in the Curlew mountains during the Nine Years' War, between an English force
under Sir Conyers Clifford and a rebel Irish force led by Aodh Rua Ó Dónaill. The
English were ambushed and routed while marching through a pass in the Curlew Mountains,
The English forces suffered heavy casualties. Losses by allied Irish forces were
not recorded but were probably minimal. The Queen's principal secretary, Sir Robert
Cecil, rated this defeat (and the simultaneous defeat of Harrington in Wicklow) as
the two heaviest blows ever suffered by the English in Ireland.
Boyle suffered considerable hardship during the famine years (1847–49). The following
quote from the novel Woodbrook is one example: A retired herd, Mick Maxwell, speaking
to Thompson about his grandfather during the famine, related the following: 'when
his grandfather, the only man strong enough, brought fifty and sixty corpses on a
barrow, one by one, two miles from Cootehall near his home to the graveyard at Ardcarne.
By 1881 Slater's directory reported the town had a dispensary, three banks, three
hotels and two newspapers, Boyle also had a post office, 40 grocery shops, 25 pubs
(sixteen of which were also groceries), 12 bakeries and an assortment of businesses
including fire insurance companies, booksellers, ironmongers and hardware stores,
butchers, an auctioneer and churches for both Protestants and Catholics.
Boyle Arts Festival is a highly regarded event, considered the best small-town arts
festival in Ireland. The Summer event has been held since c. 1990 and has established
an impressive reputation for excellence. The festival has been the winner of several
national awards and welcomes new and innovative contributions. Events include a major
art exhibition of works by contemporary Irish Artists, Classical and Traditional
Music, Poetry, Drama, Lectures and Children's events.
The 5-arch bridge across the Boyle river known as Abbeytown Bridge was built in the
late 12th Century, and could well be the oldest surviving stone bridge in Ireland
Boyle (Irish: Mainistir na Búille) is a town in County Roscommon, Ireland. It is
located at the foot of the Curlew Mountains near Lough Key in the north of the county.
Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery, the Drumanone Dolmen and the popular fishing lakes
of Lough Arrow and Lough Gara are also close by. The population of the town was 3000