The internet can bring you down these days, but here are some moments of joy and positive updates not to miss
Staying positive is proving to be quite a challenge, but thankfully there are lots of people doing wonderful things to make us smile.
Hollywood actor John Kransinski started a YouTube channel to share some good news and it is lovely.
Here, we’re going to share some more good news too from around the country.
We’re hoping to share some smiles by shining a light on some of the good stories of the week, be they heartwarming videos or positive initiatives.
An Irish woman has raised over €4,000 for Women’s Aid by shaving her head
Aimee Crawford is a beauty, inside and out.
A huge special thank you to @aimeecrawford_1 who raised almost €4,000 for @Womens_Aid by shaving her head to raise awareness of domestic abuse during this crisis. If you would like to donate you can do so here: https://t.co/apeo5HVWbA #COVID19ireland pic.twitter.com/8JjXh74ry8— Women’s Aid Ireland (@Womens_Aid) April 2, 2020
A brilliant invention ensures MS patient Rosie can continue to paint
Our amazing colleague Rosie Farrell featured on Big Life Fix on RTÉ this week. She was presented with an amazing tech set-up to help her continue to paint, something living with MS has made painful and challenging for her otherwise. It is a really heartwarming episode and so lovely to see she can continue to create beautiful art. Watch the full episode on RTÉ player here.
I will never have the words to thank @trevorvaugh and @dj_mckeown and all the team at @KiteEnt – so humbled by my experience on the #BigLifeFix and so blown away by what they’ve designed for me #geniuses https://t.co/qEXVErfh1R— Rosie Farrell (@RosieMcCormack) April 1, 2020
Irish nurses rally to join the frontline
Over a thousand nurses returned or newly joined the register in just one month to fight Covid-19.
1,169 nurses have joined the register to fight #COVID19.— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) April 2, 2020
👨⚕️👩⚕️ 784 restored to the register.
👩⚕️👨⚕️ 385 are new on the register.
78,000 nurses and midwives on the list for the very first time. pic.twitter.com/KdLr0aLHec
You can help your community, wherever you are in Ireland
The Government has launched a nationwide campaign called The Community Call, which will see the 31 local authorities across the country teaming up with voluntary groups and organisations to support the vulnerable and elderly in Ireland’s towns and villages.
#CoronavirusIreland: The Government has launched ‘The Community Call’ to support the vulnerable and elderly in Ireland’s towns and villages@PaulQuinnNews has the details⤵️#VMNews | #COVID19pandemic | #COVID19ireland | @MichaelRingFG pic.twitter.com/vyK1j7TfAr— Virgin Media News (@VirginMediaNews) April 2, 2020
Relive your youth and watch talented kids take part in a virtual Feis
Feis Ceoil is running a virtual Feis with would-be competitors this week 3 April. Look how talented this pair are!
This morning we have Anita Han and Ryan Keogh- and they are dressed to impress!— Feis Ceoil (@FeisCeoil) April 2, 2020
They were entered in the Junior Piano Duet (C) Competition and will be performing Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms.
Wonderful performances! 🎹@RTElyricfm @TheRDS pic.twitter.com/FL7sf1NvOr
Is your partner starting to annoy you? This podcast could help
Relationship therapist Esther Perel is sharing advice for couples living under lockdown in a new podcast. It could be just the content needed right now!
Around the world, families are in lockdown. So I have decided to meet couples where they are.— Esther Perel (@EstherPerel) March 24, 2020
Listen to Couples Under Lockdown: Sicily, Italy on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. 🎧 #WhereShouldWeBegin https://t.co/dwadAkwAc3
Indulge in culture for a moment
You can now take a virtual tour of some of the rooms at the National Gallery of Ireland.
⚡️Virtual Tour Update⚡️— National Gallery of Ireland (@NGIreland) April 2, 2020
We’ve added a new virtual tour to our website this week!
Now you can take a look around Room 21, and explore our collection of Irish art from 1670 to 1835, including old favourites like Danby’s The Opening of the Sixth Seal. https://t.co/A5l2USrxVm
Artwork for Alone
This artist has created stunning work to raise funds for Alone, the charity that helps older people in need to age at home.
Artist/activist Amelia Caulfield has created a limited series of hand cut lino prints to raise money for ALONE and Focus Ireland. Please consider sharing, browsing, or purchasing to show your support. https://t.co/peC3kY9Oai #YouAreNotAlone #COVID19ireland— alone_ireland (@ALONE_IRELAND) April 2, 2020
A little reminder to keep your distance
Staff at Marymount Hospice in Cork are keeping spirits up.
The nurses, health care assistants, catering staff and ward managers on Marymount’s St Catherine’s palliative care ward sang their own version of Nancy Griffith’s ‘From a Distance’ practicing social distancing. We hope you like it. #COVID19ireland #InThisTogether #cork #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/35N7qW30ly— Marymount Hospice (@marymountcork) March 27, 2020
You can now buy late journalist Lyra McKee’s book
Lyra McKee’s book, Lost, Found, Remembered, features celebrated investigative work alongside previously unpublished articles by the Northern Irish journalist murdered in Derry last year.
Released in time for the anniversary of her death, this book lets her spirit live on in her own words.
Thankfully everyone seems to be getting the hand hygiene message
Even this chimpanzee!
Sandra the Orangutan started washing her hands after observing her caretakers doing it.— Akki (@akkitwts) April 1, 2020