Black lipstick: Here’s how to pull it off
Black lipstick: Here’s how to pull it off

Jennifer McShane

‘Meghan is right. Working mothers do have to choose between being present or being paid
‘Meghan is right. Working mothers do have to choose between being present or being paid

Amanda Cassidy

What to try this weekend: Gluten-free vegan churros with a caramel dipping sauce
What to try this weekend: Gluten-free vegan churros with a caramel dipping sauce

Meg Walker

How to increase your confidence and why it’s crucial
How to increase your confidence and why it’s crucial

Niamh Ennis

The scariest thing about Halloween? Competitive parenting
The scariest thing about Halloween? Competitive parenting

Sophie White

Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs
Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs

Megan Burns

Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge
Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge

Holly O'Neill

Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween
Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween

Lauren Heskin

This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million
This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million

Megan Burns

Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal stranger to my son’
Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal...

Amanda Cassidy

Image / Editorial

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more


by Shayna Sappington
08th May 2020
4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more

From star-studded Harry Potter readings to seemingly endless charitable donations, this good news round-up reminds us why it’s so important to stay optimistic


Nowadays, news feeds are flooded with startling statistics, business closures and an ever-present global-wide uncertainty.

But it is so important to remain positive. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve seen an influx in charitable donations, communities coming together and a more healthy work-life balance for most.

Here are some great things going on in the world right now.

Cases of Covid-19 are the lowest ever in over six weeks

From the HPSC

In a medical briefing yesterday evening, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said there’s been a continued pattern of improvement in fighting Covid-19 in Ireland.

“It is giving us reason for encouragement,” he said. “We have made great progress as a country.

“If we can keep this level of behaviour up as a country, I think we are increasingly hopeful we will get to where we want to be on the 18th of May. If we keep it up we have good reason to be hopeful.”

Daily hospital and ICU admissions have dropped and the number of reported daily cases has decreased consistently since they peaked two weeks ago.

Complimentary services for frontline workers

On Wednesday, The Westbury’s bistro Balfes offered free meals to essential workers. From 8am – 1:30pm, frontline workers were able to take advantage of their drive thru service and have a free breakfast or lunch.

Dog’s Trust is also offering a free dog-minding service for essential employees and encouraging others to become doggie foster parents. Frontline staff simply have to sign up for the service online, then Dog’s Trust starts the foster process, choosing the best match for pups.

Our favourite stars are leading Harry Potter storytimes for children

Last month, we were delighted when J.K. Rowling launched a Harry Potter Hub — a scholastic and entertaining resource with child-friendly activities, puzzles, illustration tutorials, quizzes, games and more.

And now, it gets even better. “Amazing friends of the Wizarding World are going to take turns reading Harry Potter book one,” the hub announced on Twitter.

First up is Daniel Radcliffe reading chapter one of The Philosopher’s Stone, followed by promised readings from Eddie Redmayne, Dakota Fanning, Stephen Fry and David Beckham.

Charitable donations are restoring our faith in humanity

Poverty-stricken Native Americans have been hit harder than ever, and they were eternally grateful when Irish donations started pouring in. The Hopi and Navajo nations set up a GoFundMe to purchase life-saving supplies for their people. Now, over $3 million has been raised, much of which came from Ireland. 

Native Americans donated what little money they had to the Irish during the Great Famine, and now Ireland is reciprocating the love. Many captioned their donations: ‘Ireland remembers’. 

L’Oréal Ireland is doing their part as well, donating over 50,000 hygiene products and hand sanitisers to frontline healthcare workers in Ireland and over 27,000 hand sanitisers to frontline pharmacy and grocery staff.

“The frontline healthcare workers and retail staff are doing an incredible job looking after the sick and providing essential products and services to communities,” said Vismay Sharma, L’Oréal UK and Ireland Country Managing Director. 

“We believe in the beauty of community and are proud to contribute to the needs of our heroic NHS and HSE staff, and those on the retail frontlines across the UK and Ireland.”

Read more: This is how gardening can help your mental health

Read more: Penguins and dance-offs: some good news to soothe your soul this week

Read more: Comforting classic series we would definitely binge if they were on Netflix

Also Read

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more
EDITORIAL
‘Meghan is right. Working mothers do have to choose between being present or being paid

Not everyone was happy about the Duchess of Sussex getting involved in US politics. But her letter on behalf of...

By Amanda Cassidy

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

4 reasons to stay optimistic: Declining Covid-19 cases, Harry Potter storytime with Daniel Radcliffe and more
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy