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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Our canals are set for a major spring clean

IT'S not just homes that are getting a spring clean over the coming weeks as Dublin City Council (DCC) announced that it plans to spruce up the capital's canals.

DCC is looking for volunteers to jump on board with the initiative and offer their help for the official Canal Clean-Up Day next month.

Both the Grand Canal and the Royal Canal will be de-littered as part of the programme on April 25, with the council joining forces with other waterway organisations for the major clean up.

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Launched yesterday at the Grand Canal on Mespil Road, the clean up will be part of events organised by An Taisce as part of their National Spring Clean.

DCC's Sid Daly urged city residents to get on board with the initiative, saying, "the canals belong to everyone in this city.

"The idea here is to build on the work carried out voluntarily by existing clean-up groups on both canals and to bring all canal lovers and users together on one day to do a general clean-up on the canals," Mr Daly said.

Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has also pledged its support for the large clean-up operation, after volunteers dedicated their time to cleaning the canals on a smaller scale for years.

"Volunteer clean ups have been taking place for seven years on both the Royal and Grand Canals in hail, rain or shine," said Mick Kinihan of the IWAI.

Joan Wadsworth of Friends of the Grand Canal added that while it is a pleasure to keep the canals clean, Dublin City residents should never take the waterways for granted.

"I know I speak for all of the Friends of the Grand Canal, it's a pleasure to clean our wonderful Grand Canal each month," she said.

"Both canals are such assets to the community. We should never take their beauty and usefulness for granted."

Those interested in taking part in next month's Canal Clean Up Day can sign up on www.volunteer.ie.

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