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


By Erin Lindsay
30th Apr 2020
Penguins and dance-offs: some good news to soothe your soul this week

When you’ve had enough of Covid-19 for one week, some good news from around the country is just what the doctor ordered


In need of a smile this week? While the news may be grim during these times, there’s no reason to not embrace the good — the little good news stories we share and love, and that bring us a little relief from everything that’s going on.

At IMAGE, we’ve been paying attention to the good news stories across social media this week, and keeping them around for when we need a smile. If this Thursday morning is feeling like a drag, here are some great news stories to turn it around.

Saturday night in Ringsend

By far my favourite video of the week (captured by Rebecca Larkin and viral on Facebook), was this flashmob outside the Canon Mooney Gardens flat complex in Ringsend. Saturday Night by Whigfield is always a major bop, but when it’s done by all of your neighbours as a way to keep up spirits while social-distancing, it’s made even more brilliant.

 

Teeling Whiskey’s ‘fastest ever sale’ for frontline workers

Dublin-made Teeling Whiskey made a lovely gesture lately when they did a special online sale in aid of front-line workers. Partnering up with Celtic Whiskey, the companies supported four charities with the proceeds, and 300 bottles were sold in two hours. According to Stephen Teeling, “it was the fastest ever sale for Celtic Whiskey”.

Tom Hanks’ ‘you’ve got a friend in me’ moment with a bullied young boy

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In typical Tom Hanks fashion, the actor responded with such kindness and compassion to a young boy on the other side of the world who reached out to him. Eight-year-old Corona DeVries from the Gold Coast in Australia had been bullied for his name ever since the pandemic started, and reached out to Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson when he heard they were recovering from the virus. Hanks took the time to reply to Corona’s letter with a heartwarming message, saying “thank you for being such a good friend — friends make friends feel good when they are down.” Also included in the package was a vintage typewriter, which Hanks collects; a Corona brand antique that Hanks said “would suit” the eight-year-old.

Circle K’s community outreach service

Circle K, who we always rely on for pitstops and petrol, have really shown their community spirit under current measures, offering a free next-day delivery service to those cocooning in the community. All you have to do is call your local Circle K and place your order, pay over the phone, and it will be with you the next day.

New arrivals at Dublin Zoo

Baby animals make everything better, right? The new arrival of two Humboldt penguin chicks in Dublin Zoo this week sparked joy with us, especially when we heard the names of the family. The first chick was born to parents Monica and Joey, and joins siblings Chandler and Phoebe, while the second was born to parents Magdalena and Patrick (who are Monica’s parents). The Humboldt colony in Dublin Zoo now boasts 16 members, and you can watch them all live for a bit of stress relief via the Zoo’s webcam in the coming weeks.


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