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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.

All our work has been suspended due to the conoravirus - Covid-19 virus. This matter is been kept under review.

Planned events - 2020: (see further down for additional information)

27th January: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm), 28th January: Bi-monthly meeting - Newgrange Lodge - 08:00pm, 1st February: - next Workday - Staleen (Lock 3) - 09:30am start, 3rd February: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm), 8th February: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start, 10th February: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm), 22nd February: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start, 24th February: - next Workday - Navan section (11:00am - 01:00pm) and 29th February: - next Workday - Staleen Lower (Lock 3) - 09:30am start. 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!!

Cancelled: Current Workday Notice - 21st February 2020

We will be holding a workday this Saturday 21st February 2020 from 10:30 at Lower Newgrange (Staleen, Donore, Co. Meath)

We have had to call off work for the last two weeks, due to Storm Ciara (8th) and Denis (15th February). Water levels on the River Boyne have been deemed to be too high so we have had to cancel planned work this Saturday.

We fitted walkboards to the Lockgates at Lock 3. Work was finished cutting ivy on trees down on the Oldbridge section.

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


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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