Good news stories to lift your spirits

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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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Indulge in culture for a moment

You can now take a virtual tour of some of the rooms at the National Gallery of Ireland.

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.

A little reminder to keep your distance

Staff at Marymount Hospice in Cork are keeping spirits up.

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!