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Bank holiday weekends might mean lie-ins, beer gardens and general laziness to most of us but this one will be different.

We all the know Grand Canal for being a stunning part of Dublin city but it is also covered in litter, affecting the environment and by extension, our planet.

So this Bank Holiday, why not team up with Deliveroo to help with its canal clean-up initiative?

Taking place on Saturday, May 4 at 10am to 6pm the volunteers will get a €10 Deliveroo credit voucher. 

Win-win, right? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The initiative, which was a great success in 2018, will be held along Charlemont Mall and aims to get more people involved with clean up activities.

Volunteers are invited to spend a small part of their Saturday picking up rubbish around the canal areas of Charlemont Mall.

Buckets, litter pickers, and gloves will be provided. 

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With the Bank Holiday Weekend fast approaching, rubbish along the banks of the canal and other public areas will have reached an all-time high.

Deliveroo has taken many strides to reduce its carbon footprint, with the introduction of sustainable, non-plastic, eco-friendly packaging over the past year as well as opt-in cutlery options.

A Spokesperson for Deliveroo said, ''It’s fantastic to see Irish people enjoying this spell of good weather as people eat and drink outdoors, but in doing so we must be respectful of the local environment.”

Sounds great to us, we'll see you there. 

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The fun is over guys, it's time to face reality. 

The entire country is suffering from a serious dose of the Bank Holiday blues and if you struggled to get out of bed this morning, you can take solace in the fact that you are not alone. 

Here's a comprehensive list of all the ups and downs (mostly downs) you will likely face today. 

 

1. How many sick days have I taken this year?

Y'know I think I could be coming down with something.

2. The silent commute

We're all in the same boat. Lets keep our heads down and get this over with.

3. ALL the coffee

Keep it comin'. 

4. Open your emails – and immediately regret it 

It's been THREE days!?

5. At last! Lunchtime

Maybe I just won't go back? 

6. Is that clock even working?

No, seriously. Has anyone checked the batteries? 

7. Home time

Sweet, sweet freedom! 

8. Finally back in bed

…Only to realise you have to it all over again tomorrow. 

It was fun while it lasted guys.  

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This news is set to brighten this miserable and cold Thursday. Rumour has it Ireland is about to get ANOTHER bank holiday. There are currently nine bank holidays throughout the year but we’re set to be enjoying a tenth one very soon.

The new bank holiday would be on May 9, meaning we will be revelling in two bank holidays during the month of May.

This bank holiday will be known as Europe Day. The aim of this new bank holiday will be to streghten European sentiment across EU state members.

Croatian MP Ivan Jakovčić said: “Having 9 May as a public holiday is not for the sake of holidays but so that we can show our unity and fight for our values."

The chances of this holiday being passed are quite strong with Spanish Liberal MEP Maite Pagazaurtundua saying it "will most probably be passed" next month.

It is understood that there’s huge support behind the idea of making May 9 an official bank holiday.

May is going to be one hell of a wonderful month.

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Met Éireann has given us some chilly news today: cold and frosty winds could pair with low temperatures to give us a bitterly frosty Bank Holiday Weekend.

Forecasters are now saying that this arctic weather could go on until the end of the month, so prepare yourself for an emotional goodbye to the recent warm tropical spells.

Daytime figures look like it will be a struggle to stay above zero, while the nights will see temperatures drop to minus two at least.

The big chill is predicted to arrive on Thursday night, with Met Eireann claming that "The cold and bright weather continues through the weekend with daytime temps of 7 to 9 degrees; the nights will be frosty with temperatures falling to between -2 to +2 degrees.

Met Eireann also added that temperatures for the long October Bank Holiday weekend will be “below average” and that we might get pelted with hail showers throughout.

"Early indications suggest it will be cold and windy over the weekend with a mix of sunny spells and showers, some of the showers will be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder. Daytime maximum temperatures will be in the high single figures and with the risk of frost at night, especially on Sunday night."

This is going to be a shock to the system, to say the least.

The chances of an early Halloween bonfire are looking fairly slim, put away those fireworks lads.

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Our advice is to arm yourself with some hot water bottles, fluffy socks and a onesie.

Winter is coming, people. Even Jon Snow is wrapping himself up, burrito-style.

 

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Irish Water Safety has issued an appeal for the August bank holiday to prevent drowning.

The summer month is the most popular for open water swimming.

However, this year alone 49 people have lost their lives due to drowning.

Irish Water Safety has advised the public to reduce the risk of drowning by swimming at lifeguarded waterways and within your depth.

 

This has been the busiest bathing season in living memory, says the water organisation.

Lifeguards have saved 149 people since June 1.

Another 1,189 people received First Aid and 113 children were reunited with their parents.

Irish Water Safety warns that drowning occurs quickly and silently.

 

Eighty percent of incidents happen in the victim's own county, with alcohol factoring into one-third of the fatal cases.

Their statistics also show that from 109 drownings that happened last year, 84 were male and 25 were female.

According to the water organisation, this is because "males overestimate their skills and competencies and underestimate the risk and danger."

 

The bank holiday is predicted to be dry and sunny.

Here is how you can enjoy the water safely and prevent drowning, according to Irish Water Safety:

Always swim at lifeguarded waterways, which are listed here.  

Swim only within your depth, stay within your depth.

 

Swim with others in areas that are traditionally recognised as safe. Check to see if a Ringbuoy is present.

Never use inflatable toys in open water or swim out after anything drifting.

When angling or boating: Wear a Lifejacket. Find out what device suits your needs here

Always supervise children at all times near water, this is crucially important as thirty aged fourteen and under drowned in a decade says the Water body.

 

The advice given if you see someone in trouble is to shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough.

Reach out with a long object such as a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself.

Additionally, throw a Ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard.

For more information, click here.

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The long weekend is almost here – and after a week of work, you don't want toscroll aimlessly through Netflix this weekend.

We have your binge organised with all their newest releases. 

Kicking off your Friday night, Netflix has announced a number of new seasons from their original series. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, season four is now live, as well as the third season of You Me Her

Arrested Development fans rejoice as season five has arrived. The first-half of the award-winning comedy will consist of eight episodes. We won't give you any spoilers, so you'll have to tune-in to find out what happens in the aftermath of the last season.

The Break with Michelle Wolf will have you laughing all weekend with half-hour episodes bursting with jokes, sketches and team-ups with celebrity guests.

New episodes of the series will be airing Sunday.

 

 For all the zombie lovers, iZombie will have another episode for you to devour on Monday. The series follows an over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore. During a party, a zombie feeding frenzy casually breaks out (as they do), and she ends up joining the ranks of the living dead.

Despite her pale appearance and love for brains, she attempts to pass as human.  Liv devises a plan to resist her drive to consume fresh human brains (gross) by taking a job at a coroner's office.

Eating on the job, she secretly snacks on the brains of corpses there. During one of her brain binges, she discovers she has been absorbing the memories of those she feeds on. 

This leads her to pose as a psychic and work with a detective to help solve their murders.

Available from today, you won't want to miss this three-part documentary on that fateful night in Paris on November 13.

The 9/11 directors, Jules and Gédéon Naudet, tell a human account behind the terrorist attacks, which happened in the capital city in 2015. 

The story shares testimonies of the people brought together by tragedy, from the survivors, the fire department, the police and the leaders of the French government.

Another new documentary features one of the most talked about people in the world. Taking a seat in the oval office and infamous for his bizarre behaviour and tweets, Trump takes centre stage in this story. 

Season one of Trump: An American Dream will follow Trump's rise in the 1970s, his expansion into the casino industry in the 1980s, his financial problems, and turning his attention to politics in the 2010s, which will feature his decision to run for the White House.

The four-episode series shows how he has embodied many of the movements that have shaped American society since the 1960s, including capitalism, political disenfranchisement, reality TV and social media. 

All you have to do now is get some tasty treats at the ready. 

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It may have been pretty chilly out this morning, but fear not, the warm weather is finally on its way.

It looks like the warm weather is set to make a very welcome return to Ireland this weekend as forecasters are predicting temperatures of 20 degrees and plenty of sunshine for the bank holiday weekend.

We will finally experience some good weather after what felt like the longest winter in history. Forecasters have said temperatures could reach up to 22 degrees.

Met Éireann stated that temperatures will be highest in Leinster, Munster and east Ulster.

You can put away the raincoats and umbrellas for the weekend because the rain is set to stay well away for the May bank holiday.

“A warm front will move up over Ireland on Thursday bringing in milder weather for the rest of the week and over the weekend,” said Met Éireann.

We’ll have to put up with the cooler weather for another couple of days, but the sunshine is on its way.

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Thanks to the fine weather we’ll be able to leave the house this bank holiday weekend. It’s time to put away the blankets and enjoy the sweet sunshine for a change.

Spending time outside is bound to put a spring in your step. Head out to your local park, or maybe brave the beach. Just make sure you make the most of the sunshine this weekend.

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At last! 

The long weekend is just around the corner and with so many amazing events due to take place around the country, staying in is not an option. 

Here are our top five picks.

GAZE LGBT Film Festival 2017

Celebrating the best of LGBT storytelling the 25th annual GAZE LGBT film festival kicks off at the Light House Cinema with a 7:00pm Gala followed by a screening of The 34th – The Story of Marriage Equality in Ireland.

The festival will run right across the Bank Holiday weekend (August 3 – 7), showcasing a whole host of Irish and international films, as well as discussions, walking tours of Dublin and after parties.

For more information about tickets and screen times, click here.

Galway races

The Galway races have earned their place in the calendars of some of the most stylish ladies in the country, and it's not hard to see why.

Now in its fifth year, ‘Friday’s Fair Lady Competition’ celebrates the best of Irish style, with an emphasis on how the complete look is put together as opposed to where it's from.

Renowned racing fashion expert Marietta Doran will be joined on the judging panel by Snapchat Sensation, Doireann Garrihy, and Jane Swarbrigg, Managing Director of Inglot.

But don't worry if you can't make it for Ladie's Day. The festival will run until Sunday August 6.

Admission prices vary on each day, but you can find more information about tickets and race times here.

Beatyard

The Dun Laoghaire music festival returns with a bang this Bank Holiday weekend with Air and Mark Ronson set to headline.

But Beatyard isn't all about the music. Festival-goers will be able to grab a bite at over 50 food stalls, take a stroll around the pop-up markets and even participate in a number of workshops, talks and demos taking place over the weekend.

Weekend (€89.00) and single day (€59.00) tickets are available here.

Happenings presents: Dirty Dancing in Merrion square

This Friday, August 4, Happenings, in association with 7UP Free will transform Merrion Square, Dublin 2, into a spectacular outdoor cinema for a special 30th anniversary screening of Dirty Dancing.

So, grab the girls, pack a picnic, and settle in under the stars to celebrated this Hollywood classic in all its 80s nostalgic glory.

It all kicks of at 8:30pm but early arrival is advised to get the best seats in the house!

Tickets are priced at €5.80 and are available to book here.

POCO pop-up shop

Cork fashion lovers listen up!

Pippa O'Connor is bringing her signature denim collection to Cork City this weekend, and if the success of her previous pop-up shops are anything to go by, the new store is sure to be a hit with customers down south.

The pop-up will open in the Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork city on August 4.

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The August Bank Holiday is coming up, and there is nothing more sinful than wasting a Bank Holiday doing nothing. 

If you don't already have plans, don't worry, we have you covered. 

If you're a fan of gin, like most of the country has become, you may want to check out this epic gin festival happening at House Dublin. 

The Great Gin Fair is kicking off on August 6, and the entire place will be transformed into a 'marvellous gin emporium.'

It kind of sounds like we're about to feel like kids in a candy shop with the vast selection of gins which are set to be on display.

There will be a series of bespoke gin bars scattered around House, and we can't wait to sample them all. 

Entry to the fair is free, but you will have to purchase a special currency to trade for gin samples.

The currency is called junipers (how cute) and will be available to swap for cash on the day. 

We'll see you there…

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There is nothing better than a bank holiday, but those three-day weekend feels can be marred by heavy traffic.

Motorists are reminded to pay extra attention while driving over the weekend due to the bank holiday traffic. 

AA Roadwatch is reminding drivers that there will be tourists on the roads as well, who will be driving unfamiliar routes. 

'Well we expect traffic volumes to pick up earlier than usual in the cities as people leave work early for the Bank Holiday,' AA Roadwatch's Lauren Beehan told Breaking News.

'It's likeliest to be busiest around 1pm and 6pm, as well as the commuter routes in the cities you can expect delays in places like Naas, Adare and Carrick on Shannon,' she said.

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Long weekends are our favourite weekends. Not only do we get three days off work, but there's also so much time to squeeze in trips and activities.

And this May Bank Holiday will certainly not disappoint with markets, music, and more.

Here are five fab things to do this weekend:

1. Designer Mart, Cow's Lane

If you have a quirky and unusual style then you'll love the Designer Mart in Temple Barm which opens on Saturday from 10am – 5pm.

All made by Irish designers, you can get your hands on photography, paintings, handcrafted bags, sculptures, jewellery and more.

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2. Whelan's

You can always trust Whelan's to bring you some great gigs on a Bank Holiday, but this one will seriously bring out the nostalgia in you.

Wheatus are performing in the venue on Monday night at 8pm and tickets are a total steal at €18.

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3. Live Well 

Taking place tonight from 6pm to 11pm, Live Well Dublin is an evening full of wellness, nutrition, fitness activites and mental health advice.

With a series of work shops and live demo, the Chocolate Factory will be full to the brim of all things thought-provoking and inspirational.

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4. Film time

The Irish Film Institute is hosting a Mystery Matinee and it's pretty much what it says on the tin.

You buy a movie ticket, but will have no idea what movie you're going into until you're sitting down in the cinema.Tickets are €9.50 and you can find them here.

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5. Theatre action

The stage adaptation of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is taking place in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this week.

The play runs until Sunday with tickets ranging from €15 – €55 and you can get there here.

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The long weekend is just around the corner and with so many amazing events due to take place around Dublin, staying in is not an option. 

Here are our top five picks.

Ebow Gallery – ‘Bowie by Duffy’ photography show

Calling all Bowie fans, this one’s for you.

The Ebow gallery will open its doors to the public this Saturday for their first show in five years.

Bowie by Duffy has been described as ‘A celebration of the dynamic relationship between two of the century’s greatest artistic innovators.’

The show gives an insight into the relationship between photographer Brian Duffy and David Bowie. Brian snapped many iconic photos of the legendary artist, including the Aladdin Sane album cover.

Curated by Brian’s son, Chris Duffy, the show features a host of rare and previously unreleased images

Bowie by Duffy will run for three weeks in the Ebow gallery Castle Street, Dublin 2, and entry is free.

You can find more information about the event here.

Cruinniú na Cásca

A nationwide arts and culture festival is coming to Ireland this Easter Monday and it's completely free. 

Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative is a free public event, taking place in cities and town across the country on Easter Monday.

Four zones across Dublin’s city centre will come alive between 11am and 6pm with celebrations of contemporary culture and creativity through live music, art workshops, talks and tastings.

Some highlights of festival include live performances from The Academic and Jack O’Rourke in Smithfield square along with special screenings of The Young Offenders and Room in the Lighthouse Cinema.

But if that's not your thing why not try a slam poetry workshop, learn how to DJ with RTÉ Pulse or stop by the science gallery and meet their pet robot?

Although all the music, performance and orchestral events are free of charge, event organisers recommend the talks, film-screenings, workshops be pre-booked to avoid disappointment. 

You can find more information about this nationwide festival here

Film fatale events – Masquerade ball at the RDS concert hall

This Saturday April 15, let Film Fatale Events transport you back in time with their most lavish masked ball yet.

Waltz to the sounds of the La Fete Quartet before dancing the night away as some of Ireland’s best vintage DJs take to the stage.

As this is masquerade event, face-masks and fancy attire are essential!

Tickets are €39.00 and are available here.

Morning Gloryville's rave with the Easter bunny

Morning Gloryville are changing the way we party. Born in London in 2013, they are the self proclaimed 'pioneers of sober morning raving'.

Described as an 'immersive morning dance experience', this alcohol free event is sure to kick your Saturday off to a great start. 

Here's just some of what you can expect:

  • Free Yoga
  • Free Massage
  • Roaming Haiku Station (Get a poem to take home)
  • Dublin Biggest DJ’s
  • Face Painting
  • Easter Egg Hunts

Ravers are advised to wear their most outrageous attire (think bunny ears and neon tutus).

So, why not try something different this bank holiday weekend and dance the morning away to the sounds of DJ Marcus Olaoire, who will be sporting a very large Easter bunny costume for the occasion.

This alcohol free event takes place from 9am – 12 noon, Saturday April 15 at 22, South Anne Street, Dublin, 

Tickets are €11.23 – €19.74 and are available here.  

Back to the Heart outdoor yoga, St. Stephen's Green Park

What better way to cure a sore head than some Sunday morning yoga? 

Head down to St. Stephens Green Park this Sunday (and every Sunday) for a communal outdoor yoga session followed by a picnic. 

Don't worry if you don't own a yoga mat, a beach towel will do the same job.

So g'wan, give your mind and body some love this weekend. Who knows, you might even make a few friends while you're at it. 

The session runs from 11.15am – 12.30pm and a minimum donation of €5.00 is required to participate.

You can find more information about the event here

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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