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Welcome to the IWAI - Boyne Navigation website

Fáilte chug suíomh Loingseoireachta na Bóinne

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

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

Current Workday Notice

A workday will be held this Saturday 18st April 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 - Lock 2 (back of Battle of the Boyne Centre) 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 to add additional gravel to the towpath (walkway next to the canal) to fix potholes along with drainage problems on it. There is also a tree stump in the humpback bridge just above where we are working and it is hoped that it can also be removed. There was three bags of litter thrown in midway in the section we are working, with great effort and alot of hassle we managed to remove one of these, it is hoped that we can remove the remaining two this Saturday.

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.

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 2015

Our main focus is the install a set of lockgate into Lock 2 up at the Oldbridge Guardlock. These gates will be fabricated and we will fit them. It would be hoped to have them in place by our Heritage Week event. Once these gates are in place it would allow craft to navigate from Drogheda all the way up the estuary up to the Oldbridge Sealock - Lock 1, travel up this section of canal, pass through Oldbridge Guardlock - Lock 2 and back out onto the River Boyne. People could then travel as far as the start of the Newgrange section of the canal/ Navigation. The route would be approximately 6 plus miles.

We are planning to continue work up at the Newgrange canal/ Navigation section. We need to finish pointing the canal bank wall which we nearly completed last winter. Work also needs to be carried out on the lock chamber of Lock 3 where capstones need to but back in place. The bridge on this section also will need some point work to be carried out along with ivy removal.

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, 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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