Welcome to the Boyne Navigation Branch website
Current Workparty Notice
A Work Party will take place this coming Saturday, 22nd February, 2014 at the Ramparts, Athlumney, Navan commencing at 9.30 a.m. This will be our last workparty to be held before the habitat's directive comes into place so it will mean "all hands on deck", to borrow a maritime phrase.
People can park their car's next to the canal at the bottom of the lane.
Alot of heavy work was done last week consisting of cutting trees or branches which were either impinging on the canal navigation or had simply fallen into the canal itself, these were then removed, cut up and removed. The section is looking alot better after the work and a number of walkers complemented the work. Work will be similar to last Saturday and it is hoped to get it finished and the towpath cleaned up.
Tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches will be provided as usual.
Apologies in advance for the non-attendance of myself and Fiachra who will be sweating it out in the Park Hotel, Mullingar, on the branch's behalf !!!
Our branch welcomed along a number of new workers, one of them been the infamous "RampartsBoyneRiver" (Adrian, I think), he has been documenting changes that have been taking place along the Navan section of the canal over the last while. It was great to have him along and he sounded enthusiast to join in on the work we are doing down the other end of the navigation at the Sealock, Oldbridge. He has some really nice photos of the Boyne canal and River.
Hope the guys are as successful this Saturday!!,
Seamus Costello, Secretary,
Boyne Navigation Branch.
Photo: The above photo shows the "carnage" and "treasure" we reeked and found respectively during our two stints up at Athlumney last year. More pictures during those workparties can be found here, including one of our cake monster ;-)
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 2013 & 2012 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.
Our Summer stint ended with the historic demolition of the concrete barrier which was in front of the Sealock Breastgates. The Oldbridge section of the navigation is now almost fully accessible to traffic which might travel up from Drogheda or further afield.
We are all set for a busy 2nd part to our year. Some work needs to be finished up at the Sealock site e.g. complete paving along the Sealock, sealing up the Tailgates and complete gaskets on the lock gates. We will move our initial focus after this to a range of possible works on this section those being possibly the next lock chamber on the canal, the Guard lock beside the Battle of the Boyne Centre or continue our work to clear the Towpath between the Guard Lock and Lower Staleen.
We have plans to make an appearance above Athlumney once again to continue our clearance of the canal, we are getting ever closer to Navan town. We organised two consecutive workparties before the Habitat's Directive came into force last Spring and made amazing progress after such a short time.
Initial clearance work maybe carried out on the Slane section of the canal at some point over this period.
Keep checking back for further news about our above progress throughout the year. The photo section of our website contains photographys that were taken in each of those locations.
Click here for our gallery of images.We must again thank our many sponsors for their several kinds of help in our efforts, particularly 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.