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Workparty Notice - 6th December 2014

A workparty will be held this Saturday 6th December 2014 at 09:30.

Due to the recent mixed wet spell it hasn't been decided what work will be carried out tomorrow. We will meet up at "Our compound" (near the Lower Newgrange section.) and volunteers will be issued work. Steady work continued on the pointing and rebuilding of the bits of stonewall which borders the Lower Newgrange section during the last workparty.

Our Facebook page has reached a milestone of 500 "Like"s, we would like to thank one and all for their support in helping us reach this mark after it only been in existence in April 2014, roll 1000 ;-). I put up photo of how the mass of rain effect various stretch of the Boyne Navigation/ canal and I have kept a couple as it would be hard to get perspective on the area when against them not been flooded, I will put these photos up early next week!!

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.

Workparty Notice - 22nd November 2014

A workparty will be held this Saturday 22th November 2014 at 09:30.

Due to the recent mixed wet spell it hasn't been decided what work will be carried out tomorrow. We will meet up at "Our compound" (near the Lower Newgrange section.) and volunteers will be issued work. Steady work continued on the pointing and rebuilding of the bits of stonewall which borders the Lower Newgrange section during the last workparty.

Our Facebook page has reached a milestone of 500 "Like"s, we would like to thank one and all for their support in helping us reach this mark after it only been in existence in April 2014, roll 1000 ;-). I put up photo of how the mass of rain effect various stretch of the Boyne Navigation/ canal and I have kept a couple as it would be hard to get perspective on the area when against them not been flooded, I will put these photos up early next week!!

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.

Workparty Notice - 25th October 2014

A workparty will be held this Saturday 25th October 2014 at 09:30, Lower Newgrange section*.

Our work will be concentrated in the Lower Newgrange section (Staleen, Donore, Co. Meath).

The plan for work to be done on Saturday will be to continue restoration work (pointing and rebuilding) of the stonework on the stonewall bank which boarders the canal/ Navigation in this section. We have been working up here for the last two workparties and have completed over half this work. It is expected that it will take another two workparties before will have this particular job finished.

A new recruit (Fergal) we have gained through our Facebook page dedicated some of his Wednesday morning attempting to find barges which are located in the River Boyne, StackallenHe was blindly trying to find the boats but sadly he didn't have any success!!

Workparty Notice - 11th October 2014

A workparty will be held this Saturday 11th October 2014 at 09:30, Staleen Lower*.

Our work will be concentrated in the Lower Staleen area.

We have nearly had a mths break since a paint brush has been raised, shovel has dug, stone has been lifted, mortor has been moved, our voluntaries must have experience great boardem over the last so get ready for some hard labour this Saturday ;-)

We had great success of the last while at our various publicity event we attended. We received great interest from the public and generous donation. We also held our Open day at the Oldbridge Sealock for the first time in about 4 years. It was estimated that 100 people availed of the opportunity to have a spin on the Boyne Navigation - Oldbridge section. Photos from these various events can be found on our Facebook page.

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 that been a horse 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.

* Parking isn't available at the worksite so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link

Current Workparty Notice

A workparty will be held this Saturday 27th September 2014 at 09:30, Staleen Lower*.

Our work will be concentrated in the Lower Staleen area.

We have nearly had a mths break since a paint brush has been raised, shovel has dug, stone has been lifted, mortor has been moved, our voluntaries must have experience great boardem over the last so get ready for some hard labour this Saturday ;-)

We had great success of the last while at our various publicity event we attended. We received great interest from the public and generous donation. We also held our Open day at the Oldbridge Sealock for the first time in about 4 years. It was estimated that 100 people availed of the opportunity to have a spin on the Boyne Navigation - Oldbridge section. Photos from these various events can be found on our Facebook page.

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 that been a horse 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.

* Parking isn't available at the worksite so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link

Workparty 16th August 2014

A workparty will be held this Saturday 16th August 2014 at 09:30, Staleen Lower*.

Our work will be concentrated in the Lower Staleen area.

Our workparty was cancelled on the 2nd August so our voluntaries must be chomping at the bit for some hard labour ;-)

Our awareness campaign took a break from the River Shannon but will be re-established once again as of today so Shannon boaters be warned as a Boyne leaflet and a friendly chat maybe coming your way. We have noticed an noticeable increase in enquires or a number of additional "Like"s to our Facebook page. She will be given the same wage on offer to workparty regulars that been a free lunch (sandwiches, tea/ coffee and cake). An optional extra will also be extended to her of an morning and afternoons workparty.

If anyone who we meet at either the Irish Maritime Festival or Sonáirte 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 that been a horse 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.

* Parking isn't available at the worksite so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link

Workparty 2nd August 2014

A workparty will be held this Saturday 2nd August 2014 at 09:30, Staleen Lower*.

Our work will be concentrated in the Lower Staleen area.

Our awareness campaign has moved to the River Shannon a mother of one of our has kindly taken up the cause of raising awareness of our restoration efforts of the Boyne Navigation. We have noticed an noticeable increase in enquires or a number of additional "Like"s to our Facebook page. She will be given the same wage on offer to workparty regulars that been a free lunch (sandwiches, tea/ coffee and cake). An optional extra will also be extended to her of an morning and afternoons workparty.

If anyone who we meet at either the Irish Maritime Festival or Sonáirte 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: The finished steps and rebuilt wall looks as so at the Oldbridge Sealock.

* Parking isn't available at the worksite so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link

Workparty 19th July 2014

The Boyne Navigation Branch will be holding a workparty this Saturday 19th July 2014 at 09:30, at the Oldbridge Sealock

Work plan for the day:

  • 1. Painting of the Sealock gates.
  • 2. Erection of the sign at the Oldbridge Sealock.
  • 3. Additional work to be decided on the day and weather dependent.

    A further steady increase in "Likes" has been experienced by our Facebook page. Articles added to it since the last workparty, Fallen tree at Athlumney, video of boat trip from Mary Mc Aleese bridge to Oldbridge Sealock and Photos of work done at the last workparty.

    If anyone who we meet at either the Irish Maritime Festival or Sonáirte 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.

    Workparty 5th July 2014

    A workparty is going to be held Saturday 5th July 2014 at 09:30, at the Oldbridge Sealock and Staleen Lower*.

    Work scheduled for on the day:

  • 1. Continue work at the stone canal wall at Staleen Lower.
  • 2. Erection of the sign at the Oldbridge Sealock.
  • 3. Possibly painting of the lockgates at the Oldbridge Sealock.

    If anyone who we meet at either the Irish Maritime Festival or Sonáirte 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 :-)

    Our Facebook page has increased in people viewing articles at a steady pace. Photos of note are, work we carried out at our last workparty, previous workparties and our presence at the Irish Maritime Festival. Popular articles so far have been about the proposed Marina/ mooring at Drogheda, Bovinda - The Newgrange Currach and our stand at the Irish Maritime Festival.

    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: The finished steps and rebuilt wall looks as so at the Oldbridge Sealock.

    * Parking isn't available at the worksite so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link

    Workparty 28th June 2014

    The Boyne Navigation branch will be holding a workparty this Saturday 28th June 2014 at 09:30, at the Staleen Lower* (location change).

    Our branch has been involved five public awareness events since our last workparty, three days at the Irish Maritime Festival, 1 day at Sonáirte and late evening at the Navan Course Angling Clubs Athlumney event. We gained a very positive response from the public at one and all. New leaflets were published in advance of these events. We received generous donations and made interesting contacts. We will look forward to meeting any of the people who we interacted with and would be interested in coming along to a workparty day.

    Photos of our presences at the Irish Maritime Festival can be found on our branch Facebook page.

    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: The finished steps and rebuilt wall looks as so at the Oldbridge Sealock.

    * Parking isn't available at the worksite so please contact us on either our Facebook page or using the above link

    Workparty 5th June 2014

    Workparty to be held Saturday 7th June 2014 at 09:30, at the Oldbridge Sealock. Our work will be focused on both the Oldbridge Sealock (Lock 1) and Staleen (Lock 3). It is planned to once again erect the sign which was formerly at the Oldbridge Sealock. We haven’t done any work up at Staleen Lock and environs in over 18 months so some of us will be going up there to see what work needs to be done.

    As planned the last day topsoil was laid and grass seeds was spread over the Estuary wall section of the Oldbridge Sealock. The railings on the Estuary wall steps around that section of the wall was installed.

    Photo of the installed railings at the Estuary steps and wall can be found on our branch Facebook page, Facebook page.

    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: The finished steps and rebuilt wall looks as so at the Oldbridge Sealock.

    Workparty 24th May 2014

    The Boyne branch are holding a workparty Saturday 24th May 2014 at 09:30, location: Oldbridge Sealock. The Sealock is pretty much finished, work planned to take place on the day: spreading of topsoil on the last section, spreading grass there then, installation of railings on the Estuary wall steps around that section of the wall. Other work maybe done depending on the number of people that show up.

    Some of our members took place in a Volunteer Ireland open day in Drogheda last Saturday. The great work which has taken place at the Sealock in the recent past can be found on our Facebook page.

    The Greenway was officially opened 2 Wednesdays back and going off the traffic I need before it was in place it going to be one busy passage way with cyclists, runners, walkers and all others that may use it.

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

    Workparty 10th May 2014

    Workparty is due to take place Saturday 10th May 2014 at 09:30, location: Oldbridge Sealock. The schedule on Saturday is to continue working on the Estuary end of the Sealock to finish off paving and continue to build up the Estuary wall.

    After a false start with our Facebook page our new page after 2 weeks has gotten 149 "like"s. Our most popular entry so far are the photos from our last workparty thanks to our mechanical man.

    The boardwalk is now open for cyclists, walkers and all others to use. It isn't officially open yet but that is imminent I am sure.

    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.

    Workparty 26th April 2014

    Boyne branch are planning to hold a workparty this coming Saturday, 26th April, 2014 commencing 9:30 a.m. at the Sealock, Oldbridge.

    Work planned to take place this Saturday continuation of building up the wall at the estuary end of the Sealock. Topsoil is also expected to be spread at the area above the estuary wall which is been built. A call once again for all available volunteers and members to come along.

    Our branch branch Facebook page has already gained 120 friends not bad going considering it is less than 2 weeks old.

    An extra three steps were added to the stairway of the estuary wall at the mouth of the Sealock, Oldbridge. The correct step level has now been reached. The level of the walkway leading to the steps was been built up also the last day. The soil areas between the canal end of the lock and area next to the Sealock chamber have now been cleared of rubble and topsoil was spread on both. Grass seed was then spread on these areas.

    The boardwalk is now open for cyclists, walkers and all others to use. It isn't officially open yet but that is imminent I am sure.

    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.

    Workparty 19th April 2014

    Work Party will take place 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.

    Workparty 29th March 2014

    Work Party will take place this coming Saturday, 29th March, 2014, commencing at 9.30 a.m. at the Sealock, Oldbridge.

    Possible planned work will consist of finishing the paving, stonework on the steps, estuary entrance wall and painting if the weather permits.

    A great start was made on the estuary wall the last day, as can be noted from the photo. The paving on the canal end is pretty much complete with the slabs needing to be laid. Measurements were been taken up at the Guardlock.

    The Greenway now is bordered with railings between the Ramparts and the estuary end of the Sealock. The contractors were even working on Saturday during our last workparty thus showing how dedicated they are to the project. The boardwalk wasn't open as parts of the surface were lifted and barriers placed across it at stages.

    Hope to see you along on Saturday!!,
    Seamus Costello, Secretary,
    Boyne Navigation Branch.

    Photo: is of Fiachra in thinking mode!!! A suggested comment for the photo already has been "This is what's known as a Hard Hat lads. Very useful when you're working with lots of big, heavy rocks." :) I won't repeat what the other suggested comment was but it involved a telling off from "the boss" and been hung off the nearest tree.

    Workparty 25th Febuary 2014

    A Work Party will take place 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 ;-)

    Workparty 15th Febuary 2014

    Workparty to be held on Saturday, 15th Febuary starting at 09:30. Sadily this has been only our second workparty this year due to the heavy rain over the last number of weeks. We will be based up in Athlumney, Navan. Lots of work is planned for the day so we hope as many volunteers that are available will give a helping hand. To quote the former boss "the Boyne canal rats are back at work".

    The proposed work will comprise:
    1. The cutting of over growth: trees, foliage that overhangs the canal.
    2. The clearance of fallen trees and other such dead growth in the canal.
    3. Once this is brought onto the bank, it will be loaded onto transport and removed from site.

    People can park their car's next to the canal at the bottom of the lane.

    See ye on Saturday,
    Eugene Carbery, Project Manager,
    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 ;-)

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