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Logboats Spotted by Drone in River Boyne Confirmed as New Discoveries

11th May 2021
An image captured by drone of one of two logboats spotted in the River Boyne by Anthony Murphy on Sunday 2 May
An image captured by drone of one of two logboats spotted in the River Boyne now confirmed to be new discoveries Credit: Anthony Murphy/Mythical Ireland

It’s been confirmed that two of three logboats spotted by drone in the River Boyne in recent weeks are new discoveries, and could date from medieval times.

As previously reported on, citizen archaeologist Anthony Murphy captured the first of his unique aerial images while searching for a dolphin that’s been delighting Drogheda’s denizens.

Over subsequent days he spotted the outlines of two more logboats in close proximity, though he presumed they were among a number of such vessels already known to the National Monuments Service (NMS).

But as RTÉ News reports, the NMS has now confirmed that the first and third boats spotted by Murphy are indeed new discoveries — and could date from the Norman fortification of Drogheda.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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