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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 Grand Canal is the perfect place to watch the world go by and soak up the sun with a beer or two. 

However, no one wants to chill-out in an area that is covered in rubbish – and, wow, was that place left in a right state a few weeks ago.  

So in a bid to clean up the area, Deliveroo are hosting a canal cleanup on Saturday, August 4th.

Following on from their recent launch of their extreme kayak delivery, Deliveroo is inviting volunteers and passersby to give up a few minutes of their Saturday to clean the areas around the much loved Grand Canal.

Deliveroo will give out buckets, gloves and litter pickers to participants, and those who return buckets filled with rubbish will be rewarded for their efforts with Deliveroo Credit to enjoy some great food.

"It’s rare that we get this much sunshine in Ireland," Deliveroo Spokesperson Bobby Burns said. 

"These moments are special and deserve amazing food and drink to go with them but it’s equally important to safeguard the local environment and play our part in ensuring we keep the Grand Canal clean."

Today's announcement is the latest step in Deliveroo’s commitment to ensure that great food can be enjoyed in a sustainable manner.

It follows measures announced earlier this year designed to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used when delivering takeaway meals, including immediate steps to curb plastic cutlery use.

*Weather permitting. Check out Deliveroo social channels for updates.

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According to emerging reports, a bodyhas been recovered from Dublin's Grand Canal this afternoon.

Gardaí are currently at the scene of the discovery near Leeson Street Bridge in the capital.

The sex of the deceased has yet to be established.

We will provide further details as they are released.
 

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The body of a man found dismembered in the Grand Canal over the weekend has been identified as 33-year-old Irish man Kenneth O' Brien. 

Kenneth was a mechanic and JCB driver and had no known connection with crime or criminal networks. 

Father to a little boy, the Dubliner had just returned from a period working in Australia in December. 

Kenneth was last seen on Friday evening heading out for work and his body was found in Grand Canal the following day. DNA results identified his body yesterday afternoon. 

Investigators believe that Kenneth may have fallen victim to "someone with a grudge to bear" and are looking at suspects with a history of violent crime. 

"It is rarely that we come across such savagery and we will be looking at people known to us with a history of violence as we sift through possible suspects for this awful crime," said a police investigator to the Irish Independent. 

The family based in Clondalkin have been described as respectable and hardworking.

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It's what a load of international cities have been expertly doing for decades: chic cafes, bars and restaurants nestled amidst the banks of urban canals. 

Tantalising close to home, London and Manchester have some of the fantastic examples – but who can forget Paris, Stockholm, Bruges, Amsterdam, or Hamburg (to name just a few)?

And while the Fair City has previously been rather lacking when it comes to our own offerings, in the last six months a handful of seriously impressive Grand Canal-located eateries have cropped up.

Indeed, here at SHEmazing! we reckon that now is just about the perfect time of year to explore the locale – meaning you'll be armed with invaluable insider knowledge once the warmer summer months roll on around.

That and spending a winter's evening snuggled up warm inside an atmospheric waterside venue tucking into great food and drinks is tough to beat.

Here, we bring you the four absolute best Grand Canal spots that you may not yet know about:

 

1) The Charlemont Bar & Bistro

This just opened its doors last week – but we’re already BIG fans (we’re quick off the mark like that). Featuring oodles of outdoor terraces, it has perfect views of the canal on Charlemont Place. In fact, you’d be hard-pushed to find a nicer outdoor dining space in Dublin.

Rumour has it the new owners have spent more than €1m designing and fitting out the place (seriously, it's gorge)… we say get in now before the crowds follow.

What to eat: Choose from Kilkeel mussels, Chulchoill goat’s cheese and Kilmore Quay scallops. The lunches start at just €12.

What to drink: A dozen wines are available by the glass, with prices from €6.50. Otherwise try the classic €8-a-pop cocktails.

 

2) Angelina’s

Another brand new addition to the Grand Canal scene, this restaurant serves up gorgeous Italian lunches and dinners – not to mention a pretty legendary brunch at the weekends.

Describing itself as “laid back and informal atmosphere,” this Percy Place (just off Baggot St) spot has “perfect people-watching zone,” written all over it.

What to eat: Grilled octopus salad, bruschetta with a twist, or smoked beef brisket. Otherwise you can’t miss out on the handmade pizza, with prices from €12, which is cooked to order in wood-fire ovens.

What to drink: Cocktails include grapefruit fizz and garden smash, or else there are a load of craft beers and wines (bottles from €26) to choose from.

 

3) Canal Club/Lock 6 Cafe

A funky little venue that's as cool as they come. During the day, it's known as the Lock 6 Cafe (think breakfast, lunch, coffee, and snacks). Then at night it REALLY comes alive with the arrival of the Canal Club – complete with live tunes.

Situated right across the road from the always-popular The Barge, since opening its cottage doors over the summer it has rapidly become an established favourite among locals in Rathmines, Ranelagh and Portobello.

What to eat: For €7, O’Flynn’s flame-grilled foot-long sausage is sourced from Cork’s English Market. Otherwise the winter menu offers three incredibly delicious courses for a reasonable €35.

What to drink: Bring your own for a corkage fee – alternatively, glasses of wine are a fiver and bottles (including bubbly) are €20.

 

4) I Monelli

An Italian eatery that earlier this month swapped from its original Rathgar location to Portobello. And it’s already feeling perfectly at home by the leafy waterside.

This is authentic Italian food at its best: simple dishes, cooked well and paired with great wine and expertly-brewed coffee. Patrons are ordinarily seated upstairs too – allowing you to have a decent gawk at the passing canal walkers below.

What to eat: The traditional pasta and bean soup is divine at €7 for a starter. Or for €16, tuck into the paccheri pasta with fresh monkfish, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and white wine in light cherry tomato sauce.

What to drink: Bottles of house red and white are €21, with glasses available too for €6.

 

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