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Current Workparty Notice

Work Party will take place this coming Saturday, 19th April, 2014 commencing 9.30 a.m. at the Sealock, Oldbridge.

The focus this Saturday will be to finish preparing the kerbed area between the Greenway cycle track and the Sealock paving. We have topsoil on site but its just a matter of clearing the area of rubble and spreading out the topsoil. If we have more than enough volunteers I am sure they could be set to painting the lockgates.

Our branch decided at our last committee meeting to adopt a Facebook page, this has since been implemented and has grown to one hundred friends already, not bad considering it has only been setup since last Friday!!!

Six extra steps were added to the stairway of the estuary wall at the mouth of the Sealock, Oldbridge. The Sealock is shaping up nicely for an imminent opening.

Additional boardwalk was completed at the Greenway section in the area between the end of the sheephouse rd and Rathmullen road. None of the boardwalk including this section is open to traffic due to the ongoing work but its opening will be imminent.

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

Photo: Six additional steps were added at the last workparty, this is a photograph taken at an earlier part of the day, landing jetty can been seen in this photo. Note the cleaner stone was added on the day verus darker stone indicating stone built up at the previous workparty.

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 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.

Restoration Progress

Autumn/ Winter 2013

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.

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.

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.

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