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Welcome to the IWAI - Boyne Navigation website

Fáilte chug suíomh Loingseoireachta na Bóinne

Our parent group (Inland Waterways Association of Ireland) have published a book to celebrate the 60th anniversary since it's founding.

We are currently experiencing problems displaying current and upcoming "Events" along with "News". This problem will either be resolved or it will be fixed on our new website. Planned events: 17th April: - Our next Workday - Guardlock - 09:30am start 31st March: Workday - 31st - 09:30am, 10th November: Our group monthly meeting - 08:00pm and 14th November: - Our next Workday - 09:30 start,.

Click on our Facebook page for additional News of work we are carrying out!!

Current Workday Notice

A workday will be held this Saturday 3rd October 2015 09:30 at the Oldbridge Sealock - Lock 1.

Due to success with retrieving dumped household appliances in certain section of the Oldbridge canal section, we are going to resume taking out more such rubbish. Water levels are extremely low (due to lack of rain) at this point so it would be a shame to not avail of this situation.

We will be getting our tools together and little boat so we won't be down at the Oldbridge Sealock until between 10:00 - 10:30.

We concentrated our group into pulling out the dumped materials the last day, our haul on the day was, 1 washing machine, 1 gas cylinder heater, 1 engine part, 1 mini gas heater, 1 car tyre, 2 traffic cones, 1 single mattress, 1 bathroom sink, 1 bed end, 1 computer from 3 level IT and two black sacks of rubbish and one Meath Co. Co. "No Dumping" sign.

We are nearing the end of our group's entered into the Tesco - Community Fund in both Drogheda Tesco stores. If you already shop in either Tescos we would appreciate if you might consider donating some of those blue widgets that you might receive at the checkout.

Hope to see you along on Saturday,
Eugene Carbery, Project Manager,
Boyne Navigation Branch.

IrishTV visited our group, aired the piece and have it available on their website Episode 16. I have a copy available to view here. It was felt that all the stops were pulled out with this production by our group. The original programme can be viewed here The programme includes interviews with our Chairman and Project Manager.

Our Facebook page has reached a milestone of 500 "Like"s and we have recently exceeded the 700 "Like"s feat, we would appreciate if people could spread the word about our group, the work we are carrying out and if the recipients could spare the time to give our above mentioned page a "Like", all the better!! We would like to thank one and all for their support in helping us reach this mark after it only been in existence since about June 2014, roll on 1000 ;-). Photos of our workparties can be viewed there along with news and additional information that takes place along the Boyne canal/ navigation section.

If anyone who we meet at either the Irish Maritime Festival or Sonáirte, Duleek, Slane, from our Open day or anyone else is interested in coming along on Saturday you are more than welcome. A free lunch is available to all volunteers (and its said such doesn't exist :-)

The Boyne Trail/ Greenway was officially opened back in the middle of April 2014 with cyclists, runners, walkers and all others making great use of it. Extensions the route are in the works but since it is separate from us you might be best to follow these guys

* Parking isn't available at the worksite/s so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link for further information.

Additional branch information

Branch Burgee - onsale

Our branch held a competition in Spring 2013 to created it's our burgee. James Leahy came up with the winning design which our branch adopted and we had a number of these burgees made. These burgees can be bought for the small sum of only €20, our branch benefits from the sale of each burgee. Enquires can be directed towards our branch email account. This burgee can alternatively be bought from the IWAI shop.

Branch visitors

Some snippets from the Powerboat visit last Spring to Drogheda town & the Boyne Navigation can be found at IWAI forum & Drogheda Life, Drogheda Independent as well as the D Hotel facebook page. Recently became aware of a presentation which was put up on youtube one of the Powerboat branch, enjoy...

Previous Workday notices for 2012 - 2015 can be viewed here.

Further details (eg driving directions, etc.) on branch events can be found at the Events & News section of the IWAI website.

Restoration Progress

Autumn/ Winter 2015

Work we have carried out so far has the clearance of dumped household appliances into the Oldbridge section of the waterway which passes behind the Battle of the Boyne Centre. Since water levels have been low we have more easily able to access such stuff.

We are due to finish up stonewall canal bank pointing and restoration in the Newgrange section of the Boyne Navigation. It would be hoped to move above the stone wall bridge in this section to clear out foilage and tree have are either growing or have fallen into the navigation.

A number of trees have fallen into the Navan/ Athlumney section of the canal so we will be due to either hold a full/ small workday up in this section to clear out these

Click here for our gallery of images. Additional photos can be found on our Facebook page.

We must again thank our many sponsors for their several kinds of help in our efforts, particularly Chapter Paving (formerly known as Oldbridge Concrete), Halco Ltd., and Larry Drew & Co. for their supply of heavy construction machinery during the past months.

The project has been in progress since 2003. The work to date has been concentrated on the canal section from the sea lock at Oldbridge to the turf lock at the Horse Bridge, approximately 0.5 miles to the east of the upstream junction with the River Boyne. This work has involved significant voluntary effort and has resulted in the restoration of a considerable length of navigable waterway.

Branch Awards

Our branch received the Ellison Award of appreciation from the Meath Association of An Taisce in 2012. We were presented with a "certificate" and plaque. The plaque is going to be mounted at the Sealock in the near future.

In 2010 our branch received an award in recognition of our Excellence in Community Commitment from Drogheda Chamber for our work.

Articles about our restoration

Inland Waterdays Association of Ireland wrote a really inciteful article about the history of the canal along with the progress the branch was making a couple of years ago, this article can be found here.

Our work gets regular mentions in local papers and other local media.

Recent mentions about our work has been covered in local papers : Completed Oldbridge Sealock, our Open day 2014 and Slane Restoration Group.

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