Welcome to the Boyne Navigation Branch website
Our parent group (Inland Waterways of Ireland) have published a book to celebrate the 60th anniversary since it's founding.To paraphrase the purpose of the group, shared aims of promoting traffic on the rivers and canals, opposing any obstructions and campaigning for the conservation and preservation of a working navigation.
Current Workparty Notice
A workparty will be held this Saturday 25th October 2014 at 09:30, Lower Newgrange section*.
Our work will be concentrated in the Lower Newgrange section (Staleen, Donore, Co. Meath).
The plan for work to be done on Saturday will be to continue restoration work (pointing and rebuilding) of the stonework on the stonewall bank which boarders the canal/ Navigation in this section. We have been working up here for the last two workparties and have completed over half this work. It is expected that it will take another two workparties before will have this particular job finished.
A new recruit (Fergal) we have gained through our Facebook page dedicated some of his Wednesday morning attempting to find barges which are located in the River Boyne, StackallenHe was blindly trying to find the boats but sadly he didn't have any success!!
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 Greenway was officially opened back in the middle of April with cyclists, runners, walkers and all others making great use of it.
Hope to see you along on Saturday!!,
Eugene Carbery, Project Manager,
Boyne Navigation Branch.
Photo: This shows the wall which forms the bank of the early Staleen section just above Staleen Lock (Lock 3) on the canal. A lovely protected structure that been a horse bridge can be seen in the distance. As you can see from the picture a stone has fallen out of the wall and sadly this is repeated in a number of section of the wall.
* Parking isn't available at the worksite so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link.
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.
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 Workparty notices for 2012 - 2014 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.
Spring/ Summer 2014
The cutting has finished once again for this part of the year but no fear we will be back at it later in the year when the directive permits it. Great work was done up at Athlumney, Navan during the two session we spent up there this year once again. That section is nearly cleared of impediments.
The big plan for this section of the year is complete the Sealock, Oldbridge. The main things outstanding to be finished are: complete paving boarding the lock, rebuild the fallen wall at the estuary entrance of the Sealock (Lock 1) and seeding of grass on the clay sections. Other works will be determined as we continue working in this area. Moorings are been integrated into the estuary wall.
Our focus has started to shift already to the Guard Lock (Lock 2). The towpath was given a good timming a few mths back and looks really the part before the seasons growth takes place. Measurements have been taken for lockgates to be installed in this lock. We are planning how we will go about doing this at the moment so keep an eye on our website so you can follow our progress verbally and visually.
Work has also begun up on the Newgrange/ Brú na Bóinne section of the canal. We will concentrate on strengthening the stonework at the initial section of this part of the canal, Staleen Lower.
Click here for our gallery of images.We must again thank our many sponsors for their several kinds of help in our efforts, particularly Chapter Paving, 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.
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.
Indepth article 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.