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Welcome to the IWAI - Boyne Navigation website

Fáilte chug suíomh Loingseoireachta na Bóinne

A new book was launched earlier in 2017 titled "The River Boyne". It documents the authors journey down the course of the Boyne (from source to sea) by boat. It heavily features the Boyne Navigation on this trip and includes some insightful information (historical and current) about it. Its available to purchase here.

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

We are currently experiencing problems with our group's website. These problems will either be resolved or it will be fixed on our new website.

Planned events - 2017: (see further down for additional information)

22th July: - next workday - Oldbridge - 09:30am start, 29th July: - next Workday - Oldbridge - 09:30am start 12th August : next Workday - Oldbridge - 09:30am start 26th August: - next Workday - Staleen - 09:30am start and 27th August - Heritage Week event (T.B.C.). 9th September: - next Workday - Staleen - 09:30 start, 12th September: Monthly Meeting - Newgrange Lodge - 08:00pm. Additional dates to be added over time or can be viewed here

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

Current Workday Notice - 22nd July 2017

A workday will be held this Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 10:30 Oldbridge Guard Lock - Lock 2 (side of Battle of the Boyne Centre)*.

Fitting of on the lockgates at Oldbridge Guardlock - Lock 2 is set to continue. If we have the crew, work might start on removing the concrete barrier underneath the bridge.

We brought Howth Sailing and Boating Club on a up the Boyne, up through the Oldbridge Sealock - Lock 1, up as far as the Oldbridge Guardlock - Lock 2. We then walked up to the Battle of the Boyne Vistors Centre took a tour. If we had more time the fabulous gardens would have been explored but we had to get back onto the water to ensure we made the tide be water levels weren't too shallow. The group were brought back down to the Oldbridge Sealock - Lock 1 and back out onto the Boyne. They were left back down to the new platform, Fiddle Case Pier in Drogheda Port. It was hoped to cover the days going on via our Facebook and Twitter page but sadly mobile coverage failed these efforts.

We provide free magazines, producted by our parent group to all takers, drop by if such might take your fancy.

Hope to see you along on Saturday,
Eugene Carbery, Project Manager,
Boyne Navigation - I.W.A.I.


IrishTV visited our group, aired the piece and have it available on their website Episode 16. 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.

Boyne Boat trips

A great new boats trip service called Boyne Boats operates trips along the Oldbridge section of the Boyne Navigation. They also operate trips along different sections of the River Boyne.

We have broken the 1,000 "Like" Milestone on our groups Facebook page and approaching the 1,100, feel free to add your "Like" to keep this number growing. Photos of our more recent workdays 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 Boyne Trail/ Greenway was officially opened back in the middle of April 2014 with cyclists, runners, walkers and all others making great use of it. Extensions the route are in the works but since it is separate from us you might be best to follow these guys

* Parking isn't available at the worksite/s so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link for further information.

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 Workday notices from 2012 - 2017 can be viewed here.

Restoration Progress

Storms over the winter had taken down some tree up at Athlumney, Navan section of the Navigation. We carried out a days worth of work there to remove these along with a minor restoring of growth back to the boundries of the waterway edge.

Our main focus for the last while has been planning and preparing for the installation of lockgates and removal of contrete barrier under the bridge at the Oldbridge Guardlock - Lock 2, which is located to the side of the Battle of the Boyne Interpretive Centre. Height clearance has been achieve for the machinery which will be needed to carry out this work. Most of the growth which was out in the waterway (river side of the Guardlock) has been cut back to the boundaries of the waterway. All work on the ground has been suspend on the Lower Newgrange section (Staleen), while we have focused on the Oldbridge section. Once water levels drop to the required level we'd hope to install the lockgates and remove the concrete barrier.

It is hope to continue work on the Lower Newgrange section at some point over this period.


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 (formerly known as Oldbridge Concrete), 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 about our work has been covered in local papers : Completed Oldbridge Sealock, our Open day 2014 and Slane Restoration Group.

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