The Meath Association AGM took place on Tuesday 29 th April at 7:30 pm in Slane Castle. The meeting was preceded by a talk by Alex Earl of Mount Charles on the ‘Proposed Distillery at Slane’.

The Ellison Awards for 2014 will be launched at the AGM. An information sheet is attached and further details can also be obtained by emailing [email protected]. The closing date for nominations is 5 pm Friday 5 th May 2014. See the Ellison Awards 2014– Information Sheet.

This year properties from county Louth are included. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday 1 st November in Killeen Castle, Dunsany and Mary-Rose Carty, main author of ‘Killeen Castle’ will give a talk on the history of the castle and the family who built it.

The date of the Boyne walk at Oldbridge estate has been changed from the 17 th of May to Saturday 10 th May. The event will start with a picnic (self-provided) on the grounds of Oldbridge house. John Ducie will then give a guided tour to the Glenmore section of the Boyne navigation, along which he will identify and discuss the various habitats. All are welcome to attend and view one of An Taisce’s finest trust properties and the new Greenway. Please be advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rain gear just in case the weather is unfavourable.

The Boyne Navigation Group work party have completed the steps at the retaining wall on the Sealock and the paving is nearly complete despite delays due to the construction of the Boyne Greenway. There will be an opening day later in the summer and we will keep members informed. The BNG are also now casting their minds on restoration of the Turf Lock at the Horse Bridge.