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Welcome to the Boyne Navigation Branch website

Fáilte chug suíomh Bhrainse Loingseoireachta na Bóinne

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.

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: 10th March: Group Meeting - Newgrange Lodge - 8pm, 20th March: Concert in aid of our restoration aims - Droichead Arts Centre - 8pm and 21th March: - Our next Workday - Guardlock - 09:30 start. Click on our Facebook page for News of work we are carrying out!!

Current Workday Notice

A workday will be held this Saturday 07th March 2014 at 09:30. at the Oldbridge Guardlock (back of Battle of the Boyne centre)

We will meet up down at the Oldbridge Guard Lock (Green tick mark) and volunteers will be issued work. there isn't any parking at the area but people might be able to park in the Battle of the Boyne Centre/ Oldbridge House car park. The plan for Saturday is for work to continuation of build the flight of steps and additional preparatory work for when the lockgates will be installed at the Guardlock.

The 1st 5 steps were put in place the last day which will lead people from the humpback bridge just above Lock 2. These steps will eventually lead down to the lock chambers on this side of the canal. Our "big cut" started out well and we were making good headway until the weather turned for the worst. A new tool in our armour for cutting problematic tree was given a trail run/ cut, tree better watch out as its an animal for cutting!! Additional clearance of ivy on the humpback bridge also took place.

As per my message the last time about IrishTV visiting our group they aired the piece and their website two Thursday back and 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.

Work planned this Saturday will be to concentrate of clearance of as much foliage as needed before the Habitat's directive comes into force, we won't have another workparty before enforced starts at the start of March. Depending on the number of volunteers that come along additional work maybe carried our on planned steps area.

Our Facebook page has reached a milestone of 500 "Like"s and is getting closer everyday to the 600 mark, 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 April 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 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 of a hump back 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. About 1/2 of the stone wall has been repointed and repaired at this stage but due to the change in weather we may not be able to do any further such work until the Spring.

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 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.

Restoration Progress

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.

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 our work has got in local papers are: Completed Oldbridge Sealock, our Open day 2014 and Slane Restoration Group.

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