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Welcome to the IWAI - Boyne Navigation website

Fáilte chug suíomh Loingseoireachta na Bóinne

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 - 2019: (see further down for additional information)

9th November: - next Workday - Staleen (Lock 3) - 09:30am start, 11th November: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm), 12th November: Bi-monthly meeting - Newgrange Lodge - 08:00pm, 16th November: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start, 18th November: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm), 21st November: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start, 25th November: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm), 30th November: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start, 2nd December: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm), 3rd December: A.G.M. - Newgrange Lodge - 08:00pm, 7th December: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start and 14th December: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start Additional dates to be added over time or can be viewed here.

Note: Our Navan group have started back after their Summer holidays, since the first Monday of September.

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

Current Workday Notice - 30th November 2019

We will be holding a workday this Saturday 30th November 2019 from 10:30 at Oldbridge Sealock - Lock 1*.

Our planned work: We will continue cutting overhanging growth up from Lock 1.

Cutting of overhanging growth above Lock 1. We are roughly half ways along the route at this stage. A litterpick was carried out just at the start of the towpath (walkway). The biggest majority the items recovered were recyclable (plastic bottle, glass bottles, drinks and food cans).

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

Hope to see you along on Saturday,
Kevin Fullam (Project Manager)
Boyne Navigation - I.W.A.I.

Books of possible interest:

A 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 (Link updated - May 2018).

Our parent group (Inland Waterways Association of Ireland) have published a book (Updated in May 2018) to celebrate the 60th anniversary since it's founding.

The Boyne Currach is a local group who have published a book about the traditional boat to the Boyne area, a Coirce.

T.V. appearances

We had RTÉ's Nationwide programme along for a day back in 2016. They based their programme from the Oldbridge Sealock - Lock 1. They filmed our group working there and took trip up to Oldbridge Guardlock - Lock 2. The programme aired in the lead up to Heritage Week 2016. 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 group's contacts webpage. 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

Spring/ Summer 2019

Our group hopes to install the Lockgates which have been made up for Lock 3 - Lower Newgrange section. We are awaiting for river levels to drop before we can hope to do this. We will continue on our ongoing maintenance of the Oldbridge section during this period. Our Navan group will continue their clearance work on the Navan section, of fallen trees into or across the water up there. They will continue their upkeep and maintenance from Navan down to Bridge of Boyne.

Click here for our gallery of images. Additional photos can be found on our Facebook page.

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 insightful 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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