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Good News Stories To Brighten Up Your Day

Good News Stories To Brighten Up Your Day

Sophie Coffey

On a good day scrolling through social media can feel like you are tumbling down a black hole.
With the current volume of upsetting updates and worrying news encompassing every media outlet, that black hole can seem like a devastating descent. However, there is still plenty of good news around to keep your spirits up.
Here are 6 good news stories to put a smile on your face.

Street parades

The coronavirus may have cancelled the St Patrick’s Day parades but around the world local estates have been creating their own parades to celebrate the best of one another.
In Los Angeles an entire street took part in a socially distanced parade to celebrate one teenager’s final chemotherapy session.
You can read more here.
In England an estate came out to cheer paramedic Tayla Porter as she headed off for another day at work battling the coronavirus.
You can read more here.
Closer to home Sligo birthday girl Katie had a drive by of cars to wish her a happy birthday after she was unable to have friends over.
You can read more here.

So my daughter, Katie, had her 12th Birthday today. She couldn’t have any friends over so we arranged a birthday drive by with all her friends as a surprise for her. Best bunch of friends ever!! #rathcormac #sligo #ireland #socialdistancing #COVID2019 pic.twitter.com/G0sV2zGPXU

— Katie (@katiekins76) March 26, 2020

Positive Action

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To keep the most vulnerable in our society connected, Vodafone Ireland Foundation is providing older people in isolation with 1,000 new smart phones, along with 2,000 x €20 credit top ups, pre-loaded with essential apps for communication and emergency services through @alone.ireland #KeepingIrelandConnected

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This situation has brought out the best in some people and also some companies. Among those are supermarkets Tesco and Aldi who are offering 10% bonuses to their staff to recognise and thank the dedicated work of their employees.
Other companies are also stepping up with O’Neills Sportswear now manufacturing scrubs to provide to healthcare workers. Vodafone Ireland has donated 1,000 new smartphones and 2,000 credit top ups worth €20 to Alone in order to alleviate loneliness among the vulnerable and elderly.

Showing our appreciation


There is no doubt that it is the tireless and extraordinary work of the healthcare workers that is keeping our country afloat right now. “Feed the heroes” was established to fund hot and healthy meals for frontline medical staff. So far over half a million euro has been raised!
You can donate here.

Clap for the HSE

👏👏👏

Outside the Department of Health#ClapForCarers #clapforourcarers pic.twitter.com/pvVpJuo3bf
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 26, 2020

At 8pm on Thursday evening thousands of people around Ireland stepped out onto their doorsteps to applaud the incredible work of the HSE. There were emotional scenes all round as estates, neighbourhoods and apartment blocks all came together to demonstrate our gratitude and clap for the amazing people working day in and day out to protect our country.
You can read more here.

Keeping spirits up

Ringsend flats nailing the old isolation bingo! pic.twitter.com/e7Z9c0XRij

— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) March 20, 2020

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From exercise classes on rooftops to music sessions in gardens, communities have been coming up with creative ways to stay communicated while still abiding by the government’s measures. In Ringsend this block of flats found a way to keep its residents amused with balcony bingo.
You can read more here.

Fantastic news for our furry friends

Good news stories + animals = the best!
Animal shelters have found that their occupants have been more popular than usual and plenty of dogs and cats have now found homes.
Dogs are also benefiting from the increased periods of time their owners are spending at home with one dog even managing to sprain his own tail due to “excessive wagging”!
You can read more here.

So my dog has been so happy that everyone is home for quarantine, that his tail has stopped working, so we went to the vet and the vet said ‘he had sprained his tail from excessively wagging it’ 😂😂😭😭💔💔

— Emma smith (@Emmasmith77xx) March 20, 2020

Have you any good news stories to share?
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