GOOD NEWS DESK -6th August 2020

‘SMILE WITH YOUR EYES’ RAISES OVER €7000

The fundraiser  “Smile With Your Eyes” has been set up by Lorna Winters to help raise money for the NETs clinic in St Vincents Hospital. Lorna’s husband Justin is currently fighting his second battle with NETs ( a rare cancer of the hormone system) and Lorna and her kids aged 11 & 17 are trying to raise awareness and funds for the NETs clinic in St Vincents Hospital and to help Justin’s ongoing treatment.

Tommie Gorman from RTE who also was diagnosed with NETs and is still battling it, telephoned Lorna and Justin on Saturday evening delighted with the fundraising’s success and giving his full support.

 

HOW CAN I DONATE?

‘SMILE WITH YOUR EYES’  (Take a selfie!)

To help support this very important fundraiser Please share a Mask Selfie, tag 4 friends and donate 4 euro to this fantastic cause or feel free to make a personal donation if you so wish and share the GoFundMe details which links to the donation page.

To donate CLICK HERE  or head to https://www.gofundme.com/f/smile-with-your-eyes?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Tommie Gorman from RTE who also was diagnosed with NETs and is still battling it, telephoned Lorna and Justin on Saturday evening delighted with the fundraising’s success and giving his full support.

 

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About  The’Smile With Your Eyes’ Fundraiser

 

We found a tumour and it’s cancer” were the words we never wanted to hear but in October 2017 we were dealt the devastating news that my husband Justin had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer  – a Neuroendocrine Carcinoid Tumour on his bowel and we were immediately referred to the amazing team at the Neuroendocrine Tumour Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin under the medical care of Professor Dermot O’Toole and his team.

We were still reeling from the diagnosis and had no understanding of this form of cancer but on arriving to St Vincent’s we were provided with the highest standard of care and expertise by the Neuroendocrine Tumours team (NET).  The NET team consists of a dynamic multidisciplinary team and is now the National Centre of Excellence in this field and with their ongoing research aim to improve the outcome for patients with NET.  Scopes (internal cameras) and ultrasound scans rarely detect these type of slow growing tumours and unfortunately this form of cancer is quite difficult to diagnose and is commonly known as the “quiet cancer”.

Justin was assessed and underwent major surgery in January of 2018 including a right hemicolectomy with further surgery in October 2018 and prognosis was slow but steady with him returning back to work in June 2019. 

In February this year, Justin went back for his routine check-up and where once patients have been sent abroad for this scan, the NETS clinic proudly had the new Gallium PET Scan installed and he was able to have the scan completed in Dublin.  Unfortunately once again, he has been diagnosed with a carcinoid tumour on his spleen, two on his liver and one close to his pancreas and has now been scheduled with further major surgery in the coming month. 

As the cancer is rare and there is little publicity about it together with a large number of Irish people having to travel to Uppsala in Sweden for treatment to fight this form of cancer, we want to raise the awareness of NETs and above all help to raise funds to enhance the research and equipment for the National Centre of Excellence. 

As a father of two (11 & 17)and husband of one! – we laugh and cry daily, keep positive and have all our faith with Prof O’Toole and his team and we would love you to join our fun selfie campaign “Smile with your Eyes” wearing your face masks and donating to this worthy cause.

Please share a Mask Selfie, tag 4 friends and donate 4 euro to this fantastic cause or feel free to make a personal donation if you so wish.

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Thank you in advance for all of your support   xx

GOOD NEWS DESK – 31st July

Bank Holiday Friday is officially* Paul Mescal Appreciation Day! Hear all about his gig with Dermot Kennedy in London last night. And, ITV have some good news about I’m a Celebrity.

Check out today’s Good News Desk stories in the podcast link below

GOOD NEWS DESK – 30th July

Derry Girls confirm they are releasing a book and a principal in Kildare has a genius invention to make sure students aren’t on their phones in class.

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GOOD NEWS DESK – 29th July

Normal People heartthrob Connell aka Paul Mescal gets nominated for an Emmy.

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GOOD NEWS DESK – 28th July

A shopkeeper in the UK is finally retiring after working 7 days a week for 38 years straight – that’s 13,416 days straight since 1982! The IRFU have also confirmed details of an international rugby tournament that Ireland will take part in alongside Japan and Fiji at the end of the year.

Check out today’s Good News Desk stories in the podcast link below

 

GOOD NEWS DESK – 27th July

A St Bernard dog was rescued from England’s highest peak over the weekend. The 55kg pooch called Daisy had to be lifted down the mountain by a team of 16 rescuers.

Check out today’s Good News Desk stories in the podcast link below

 

GOOD NEWS DESK – 22nd July

Great news this morning for  teenage goalkeeper Ivan Zaborovsky who is back playing football again after being struck by lightening on July 4th.  As Ivan was training with his team, he was struck by lightening leaving him unconscious. After his coach performed First Aid on him he was rushed to hospital and has since had a successful recovery.

 

Watch the incredible footage in the video below

(Credit: RTE NEWS)

GOOD NEWS DESK – 16th July

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Tom Cruise’s helmets are heading to auction and six year old Bridger Walker has been hailed a hero after protecting his four year old sister in a dog attack.

 

GOOD NEWS DESK – 14th July

Shifting Scenes To Be Allowed Under Guidelines Published By The BBC & Other UK Broadcasters

 

 

New safety rules published by the BBC and other UK broadcasters could see actors filming kissing scenes once again in soaps and TV shows in the UK.

Safety measures include actors taking swab tests for COVID-19 in scenes which unavoidably require interaction.

According to media reports, these safely rules relating to close proximity could also apply to shows such Strictly Come Dancing, which is returning this year with a shorter series.

For more on this and Center Parcs reopening, check out the podcast link below

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS DESK – 13th July

Brooklyn Beckham Puts A Ring On It

Congrats to Brooklyn Beckham who  has confirmed he is engaged to American actress Nicola Peltz.  To hear more on this GOOD NEWS story and how The Church are to consider Sunday wedding in order to ease the backlog of postponed weddings, check out the podcast below.

 

got engaged to Nicola Peltz over the weekend! To hear mroe on this story and how The Church are to consider Sunday wedding ni order to ease the backlog of postponed weddings, check out the podcast below

GOOD NEWS DESK – 8th July

 

Liverpool manger Jurgen Klopp wears an Irish Tri-colour in support of Sean Cox. Source: Independent.ie

 

WITH HOPE IN YOUR HEART

Martina Cox has written a book which will tell the story of husband Sean Cox’s life featuring a foreword from Jurgen Klopp, who is the Liverpool FC Manager.  The book is called With Hope In Your Heart and to hear more about this story,  click on the podcast link below

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS DESK – 7th July

 

Dr. Tony Holohan’s to be awarded the Freedom of Dublin following last night’s City Council meeting.

The motion, which was made by Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, was agreed unanimously.

Last week he announced he was temporarily stepping away from his role as Chief Medical Officer to spend time with his family, as his wife is receiving palliative care.

Social Democrats Councillor Tara Deacy has paid tribute to Dr. Holohan’s calmness in steering the response to Covid-19:

DERMOT KENNEDY’S ANNOUNCES SPECIAL CONCERT PERFORMANCE

WITH SPECIAL GUEST PAUL MESCAL

 

 

Fans of Dermot Kennedy (and Paul Mescal) will be delighted with the news that the singer is to perform a special concert from The Natural History Museum in London on July 30th. Not only that but actor Paul Mescal will be joining Dermot for a special performance too. No word as of yet whether Paul will be wearing his infamous gold chain but we sure hope he does!

 

 

 

 

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Thank you so much @dermotkennedy….cannot wait for the 30th! Tickets on sale very soon x

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GOOD NEWS DESK – 1st July

 

Every morning Aidan and Oonagh some of their favorite stories from Ireland and around the world. Check out the podcast below to hear today’s top Good News Desk stories including a heart-warming tale about Gucci the cat who was reunited with its owner Louise after 12 years!

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS DESK – 22nd JUNE

Aidan and Oonagh shared their excitement this morning about a new TV series –  Perry Mason –  which will be hitting our  screens tonight at 9pm on Sky Atlantic/ NOW TV. This series is a  re-imagining of the classic 70s detective drama and has a stellar line up. Set in depression-era American, lead actor Matthew Rhys fits the role of the mournful sexy defense attorney who is called in to investigate a kidnapping and is supported by John Lithgow

 

Check out the trailer below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids vote on favourite jokes to compile the Beano top ten list of hilarious one liners

 

Beano Comics recently asked 2,000 children to name their top rib-tickler and found the old ones were still the best ones. The research also found 90% of kids reckon they are funnier than grown-ups, and 33% of kids picked up the best one-liners at school. Watch out though, because 25% thought their mums told the worst jokes and 40% said their dads made them laugh the most.

 

Top 10 Funniest Jokes According To Kids

1. Why was the sand wet? Because the sea weed!

2. What do you call a blind dinosaur? Doyouthinkhesaurus.

3. What did the policeman say to his tummy? Freeze you’re under a vest.

4. Doctor, Doctor! Help, I feel like a pair of curtains! Pull yourself together then.

5. What’s the fastest vegetable? A runner bean!

6. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite!

7. What’s brown and sticky? A stick!

8. What do you call a blind deer? No eye deer.

9. Why be careful when it’s raining cats and dogs? You might step in a poodle!

10. Do you want to hear a joke about pizza? Never mind, it’s too cheesy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th JUNE – Look at what we can do when we come together!

Marcus Rashford is to return to action on Friday night for Man United and if there could be a crowd at the match we’re sure they would give him a standing ovation! Thanks to his valiant campaign efforts, around 1.3m children in England will be able to claim free school meal vouchers in the summer holidays.

During the Covid-19 lock-down the government was providing vouchers to families whose children qualify for free meals. However Boris Johnson said the scheme would finish up once school term ended. This would’ve left up to 1.3 million kids at risk of going hungry due to food poverty.

This announcement prompted Marcus to take action where he penned an Open Letter to MPs asking for a U-Turn.

 

 

 

 

 

Food Voucher U-Turn

Thankfully, due a lot of pressure and support from the general public, the decision to end the food subsidy during the summer was reversed.

This announcement was celebrated by Marcus on his official Twitter Page as he tweeted ‘Look what can happen when we all come together’ 

 

 

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June 12th Good News Desk

 

Irish supergroup comes together to raise money for nursing home PPE

A super-group of Irish artists have joined forces to record a cover of Bill Withers’ classic ‘Lean on Me’ to raise money to help provide PPE for charity-run nursing homes. The idea was initiated by the owner of Hot Pres/IMRO-award winning venue Mike the Pies, Aiden O’Connor and Paul Linehan of The Frank & Walters. Together they brought together some of the most popular names in Irish music to record the track and a unique Zoom video set for release this Friday.

Despite the challenges of remote recording due to the COVID19 lockdown, Aiden and Paul managed to gather the vocal talents from various locations (including Power of Dreams’ Craig Walker in Berlin), to piece together a fantastic version of the classic tune.

“When I heard that a local Nursing Home Aras Mhuire weren’t receiving any PPE because they’re a charity I thought I might be able to do something through music,” explains Aiden. “I started texting around and got a great response. Paul Linehan was one of the first to respond but he made it more professional. A month later we have the finished product, with 15 bands/artists involved. Paul put the track together, mixed by Ber Quinn, mastered by Richard Dowling.”

Paul Linehan picks up the story: “This was all done by remote recording and we didn’t see each other for the whole time. When the backing track was in a rough stage I sent it to each artist to sing it and to send me a dry vocal. Most artists sang the whole song, I then put what I thought were their best parts on the song. It was like a jigsaw puzzle, but I did my best to make it sound as if we were all singing in the same room, coming from the same direction.”

The result is a superb version of the Withers’ Number One hit, first released in 1972. The track is  available to purchase on i-Tunes and other online platforms.

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June 11th: The world’s largest aircraft is on its way to Shannon Airport!

 

 

The world’s largest aircraft is on its way to Shannon Airport it’s due to land in Shannon at around 2pm.

The Ukraine-registered Antonov AN-225 has a wingspan of 88 meters – the same as the width of the pitch at Croke Park. It’s delivering a cargo of PPE, and took off from Baku in Azerbaijan this morning.

 

Shannon Airport tweeted their excitement ahead of the plane’s arrival

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9th June – Tayto Park To Reopen With limited Capacity from Thursday 18th June

 

(Image source: thejournal.ie)

 

Aidan and Oonagh in the Morning shared the exciting news just in that Tayto Park will open its doors with limited capacity from Thursday 18th June.

Admission with a pre-booked ticket will be capped at 1,450 entries per day which is 10% of usual capacity.

Tayto Park says there will be no admission without a pre-booked ticket

For more info, CLICK HERE 

Turkish Airlines To Offer Worldwide Discount to Health Care Workers

Turkish Airlines is offering a 40 percent discount on flights for health care workers around the world.

The firm says it’s aimed at people “working selflessly to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The airline resumed some flights last week, with international services gradually starting again from tomorrow.

 

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Local schoolboy Cathal McDonagh from Lisacul in Co. Roscommon made an unusual discovery after he was paddling in his local lake in Co. Roscommon. Cathal discovered the 17 foot long logboat whilst he was paddling on the local lake and experts believe the boat which was buried in mud could be there for thousands of years.

According to media reports, a team of experts will travel to the site to examine this amazing find and they have instructed the family to leave the boat back in the water to help preserve it.

Hear the full story below

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5th June – Derry Girls Receive BAFTA Nomination For ‘Best Scripted Comedy’

 

 

The nominees for the BAFTA TV Awards 2020 have been announced and Derry Girls has been nominated for a BAFTA  in the ‘Best Scripted Comedy’ category, where it will go up against shows like Catastrophe and Fleabag.

This will mark the second time which Derry Girls has been nominated for a BAFTA.

 

The Reaction From Derry Girls Cast

 

Show writer Lisa McGee tweeted her thanks

 

Actress Nicola Coughlan shared a hilarious quip about the fact the BAFTA’s will be online this year

 

 

 

 


 

 

Josh Gad Has Some Positive Thoughts on Olaf’s Return!

 

Frozen fans will be excited by comments which Josh Gad made recently about the possibility of Frozen 3 being in the works. The actor who plays adorable snowman Olaf in the movies has recently returned with the ‘At Home With Olaf’ shorts which provided fans with something new. Gad was keen to make it clear that the announcement of a Frozen 3 movie is above his pay grade but went on to say he remains hopeful of a 3rd movie returning. I guess we’ll see!

 

Check out his statement below.

Josh Gad said “Wouldn’t that be a great, non-sequitur just amazing announcement to make? I don’t know. I mean, here’s the deal. Frozen II wasn’t Frozen II until there was a reason to exist. And similarly, I don’t know if and when there will be a Frozen III. That’s way above my pay grade, but what I can tell you is this: There was an opportunity to take these characters and bring again a sense of hope and inspiration. And it’s why the team at Disney and I teamed up on the past couple of weeks to do At Home with Olaf […] And so the Frozen saga continues, even if it’s not necessarily in the form of a third movie. But we’ll see! If there’s always a story worth telling, I’m sure that Jennifer Lee and the incredible team over at Disney animation will tell that story one day.”

 

 


 

Every morning, Aidan and Oonagh bring you their favorite feel good stories.

Comedian Stevo Timothy Completes Cycle Charity Challenge In Memory Of His Mother

 

 

A huge congrats to Comedian Stevo Timothy who successfully completed his 5K charity cycle on Saturday in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The Galway comic, (who is known for his Farmer Michael sketches) has incomplete paraplegia following a motorbike accident in 2015, uses a wheelchair and walks with the aid of crutches.

Stevo undertook the cycle on a 400m track on Saturday, and smashed his fundraising target of €50K and has raised over €60,000 so far!

Watch the Incredible Moment Stevo Crossed The Finish Line!

 

How Can I Donate?

 

Click Here To Donate To Steve’s GoFundMe page

 

About The Charity Cycle

Recently, Aidan and Oonagh In The Morning caught up with Stevo Timothy who undertook the charity cycle for the Irish Wheelchair Association in memory of his mother and in order to raise some vital funds for all the good work they do.

In Steve’s own words “as you may or may not know I use a wheelchair and crutches to walk so this will be a challenge to cycle 5k on an actual bike. But we can do it!!”

About The Charity Cycle

 

Stevo is going out on a limb! He is going to cycle 5K for the first time ever on a real bicycle to raise vital funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association. Stevo suffered a spinal injury in 2005 which left him using a wheelchair and crutches for life. Irish Wheelchair Association delivers vital services to people with physical disabilities who due to their disability, are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Irish Wheelchair Association employees are among the many heroic frontline healthcare staff who are courageously committed to reaching the most vulnerable during this very difficult time. Their assisted living workers are visiting people’s homes, helping them to live independently and to carry out vital everyday tasks such as personal care, cooking and household chores. Their community outreach team is providing social support for people who may be alone or isolated during social distancing measures. They are delivering care packages to those, who need it most, setting up Skype accounts to connect people with their families, hosting virtual tea parties and online dance classes and taking the time to make sure people feel less alone. Their small acts of kindness like daily phonecalls, friendly visits and even singing songs from across the street, make all the difference to their service users who are very isolated during COVID-19 Each year Irish Wheelchair Association needs to raise €2million over and above our HSE funding to keep vital services running. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, they have been forced to postpone their nationwide fundraising activities and close their charity shops. They need your help to support over 4,000 people with physical disabilities every week during this challenging and stressful time. Please donate what you can.

 

Listen back to the Podcast Of Aidan and Oonagh’s Chat With Steve

 

 

Robbie Keane Surprises A Fan Ahead Of His Birthday

Aidan and Oonagh shared a heart-warming story this morning about a very nice deed done by footballer Robbie Keane.

Robbie posted on his own instagram page, explaining why he reached out to football fan Philip.

“Philip Walsh who loves Sport & especially wrestling has Down’s Syndrome and is turning 27 on the 23rd May. This is a tough time for him as his dad died suddenly 6 weeks ago and his Mum is going through chemotherapy.
Philip has been reading in the paper about people who can’t have a Birthday party but are getting 100s of cards in the post. Philips birthday wish is to get as many Birthday cards as possible. I would really appreciate it if you could spread the word around the nation to send Philip a birthday card and help make his wish come through. Philips family reached out to spread the word and asked if anyone could send him a card it would mean the world to him. Today, I dropped over some Birthday cards and an Ireland jersey to Philip💚Lets try to make Philips birthday a special one, and help make his birthday one to remember.”

If you would like to send Philip a letter, the address can be found in the post on Robbie Keane’s page and his family have given permission for the address to be made public.

 

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Philip Walsh who loves Sport & especially wrestling has Down’s Syndrome and is turning 27 on the 23rd May. This is a tough time for him as his dad died suddenly 6 weeks ago and his Mum is going through chemotherapy. Philip has been reading in the paper about people who can’t have a Birthday party but are getting 100s of cards in the post. Philips birthday wish is to get as many Birthday cards as possible. I would really appreciate it if you could spread the word around the nation to send Philip a birthday card and help make his wish come through. Philips family reached out to spread the word and asked if anyone could send him a card it would mean the world to him. Today, I dropped over some Birthday cards and an Ireland jersey to Philip💚Lets try to make Philips birthday a special one, and help make his birthday one to remember. His family have asked to share his address; 5 Seabury Walk Malahide Co.Dublin K36 AY60 Please pass on to everyone you know – help break a birthday card record🎂🥳💚

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Man Marries his cat for Charity!

A California man is seeking to raise money for an animal shelter by holding a wedding ceremony to marry his pet cat. Scott Perry said he adopted his cat, Olivia, from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary back in 2015, and she has since become his constant companion. He said the past two months of Coronavirus quarantine inspired him to plan a wedding to his pet, complete with a Zola page. The big day between him and Olivia also has a “registry” that’s actually just a fundraiser for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Perry said the wedding will be livestreamed Saturday on his Instagram page, and he is hoping to raise $5,000 for the shelter.

Tinder introducing video dating:

Tinder will make dating in the time of coronavirus a lot easier. The company have announced that it will add a video dating feature to its app by the end of June. The dating giant said “Social distancing has required adaptations and pivots and has impacted our business because the manner in which singles engage with our products and start relationships has quickly evolved. We know that singles are adjusting their behaviours, and many are shifting to having dates virtually via phone or video,”

 

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Aidan & Oonagh’s Good News Desk – May 20th May

Every morning, Aidan and Oonagh bring your their favorite feel good story

 

Are you having a starter?

Can you imagine sitting down to lunch with Roy Keane? Would you be nervous or thrilled to break bread with the sporting legend? Well, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is offering two winners and four friends the opportunity to dine with Keano, and it’s all for a great cause.

To enter, just donate a minimum of €10 to the Irish Guide Dogs on www.guidedogs.ie by Friday 29 May. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charity dedicated to helping people living with sight loss or autism improve their mobility and independence.

Roy said, “Talking to many Guide and Assistance Dog owners over the years I have seen first-hand how these amazing dogs change lives. Guide Dog owners feel more independent and confident and the parents of children with autism are more relaxed because their child is calmer and safe. I’m delighted to do my bit for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind so please support if you can.”

 


 

Aidan & Oonagh’s Good News Desk – May 18th May

 

Comedian Stevo Timothy Raises €32,000 Ahead Of His Cycle Charity Challenge In Memory Of His Mother

 

Stevo Timothy  is doing a charity cycle for the Irish Wheelchair Association in memory of his mother and in order to raise some vital funds for all the good work they do. Ahead of Stevo’s charity cycle on Saturday May 30th, people have already donated €32,000. To help Stevo hit his fundraising target please check out Steve’s GoFundMe page and donate what you can.

 

About The Fundraiser

Stevo is going out on a limb! He is going to cycle 5K for the first time ever on a real bicycle to raise vital funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association. Stevo suffered a spinal injury in 2005 which left him using a wheelchair and crutches for life. Irish Wheelchair Association delivers vital services to people with physical disabilities who due to their disability, are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.    Irish Wheelchair Association employees are among the many heroic frontline healthcare staff who are courageously committed to reaching the most vulnerable during this very difficult time.    Their assisted living workers are visiting people’s homes, helping them to live independently and to carry out vital everyday tasks such as personal care, cooking and household chores.   Their community outreach team is providing social support for people who may be alone or isolated during social distancing measures. They are delivering care packages to those, who need it most, setting up Skype accounts to connect people with their families, hosting virtual tea parties and online dance classes and taking the time to make sure people feel less alone.    Their small acts of kindness like daily phone-calls, friendly visits and even singing songs from across the street, make all the difference to their service users who are very isolated during COVID-19   Each year Irish Wheelchair Association needs to raise €2million over and above our HSE funding to keep vital services running. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, they have been forced to postpone their nationwide fundraising activities and close their charity shops.    They need your help to support over 4,000 people with physical disabilities every week during this challenging and stressful time.

 

 

Virtual pub quiz sets new world record!

 

A pub quiz host who took his games online during the coronavirushas set a new Guinness World Record when 182,513 people played along. Jay Flynn, who hosted trivia quiz nights at pubs in England before the crisis took his games online for the Virtual Pub Quiz.
Guinness said the Virtual Pub Quiz set a record for the most viewers of a quiz on a YouTube live stream when 182,513 households logged on. His games have raised more than £165,000 for the NHS.

 

 

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Aidan & Oonagh’s Good News Desk – May 7th May

 

 

30 Marathons in 30 Days Fundraiser For Pieta House

 

Aidan & Oonagh in the Morning spoke with Jack McCarvillle who along with his five friends is looking to raise money for a great cause during these troubling times. With all that is going on and the pressure people are going to be under with the added burden of the financial stress due to the loss of jobs, many people are going to be in need of reaching out to organisations such as Pieta House for support.

Jack and his five friends are more than half way through running  30 marathons in 30 days in aid of Pieta House. This equates to running 7km a day per person for 30 days in a row.

 

Their journey across the month can be followed on  social media where they will  share their progress and journey.

You can visit our Facebook page 30in30 for pieta house and/or our Instagram page @30in30forpietahouse for updates of our journey.

 

How Can I donate?

You can donate directly though their Just giving page. Click here to donate

How did the idea of 30 Marathons in 30 Days come about?

Due to the postponement of Darkness into light which was meant to happen this weekend – May 9th –  the six lads decided to take on a challenge which would be good for their mental health and communicating with each other and keeping each other motivated through physical sport whilst practicing physical distancing from each other.

Listen Back To the Full Chat With Aidan and Oonagh Below

 

 

A tune for a great cause

COVIDAID Ireland have launched a special charity song to hep Age Action Ireland’s COVID-19 hardship fund. The fund provides support for the elderly who may have been hit with financial issues. The track is called  ‘On Horseback’ and features RTE’s Health correspondent Fergal Bowers!
All funds raised through the download sale of the specially recorded cover song, will go to the charity, Age Action Ireland and its hardship fund, which it has established with the Irish Red Cross.

How To Build The Perfect Wildlife Garden

 

Attention all garden and wildlife enthusiasts. If you would like to learn how to build your own birdbath or would like to know the right way to set aside a piece of your garden for wildlife, you need look no futher!

The  Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,  have launcheda new booket online which aims to promote wildlife in gardens at home, with tips for beginners

You can avail of the online booklet online by clicking here or by emailing [email protected]

 

 

Listen Back To Today’s Good News Desk

 

 

   Aidan & Oonagh’s Good News Desk – May 1st

Guess who’s back!

 

Tom Cullen, the star of last years Toy show is back on the Late Late tonight. The 8 year old from Leitrim  will be chatting about how his keeping in touch with Nanny Pat, and how much he is missing her while she is cocooning. Also tonight, Aisling and Niall Donoher share their story on the campaign that raised 2 million Euro for their son Dan, Picture This perform and rising star Paul Mescal will be talking about those scenes in ‘Normal People’.  Stick the kettle on.
To hear Aidan and Ooangh discuss the other amazing guests involved in tonight’s Late Late Show, listen to the Good News Desk segment below.

 

Aidan & Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 30th April

 

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday To You!

 

Tom Moore is celebrating his 100th birthday today and is living his best life. Having raised £29 million for the NHS, Tom scored a number 1 song in the UK charts and is being honored today with a letter from the Queen and a promotion to the rank of Colonel. He also received more than 150,000 birthday cards!

 

Bored of your home workout?

 

 

If you’re sick of doing jumping jacks in the living room a new fitness app is the boost you may need. Apocalypse Survival training is a story-based fitness app which turns you in to a secret agent trying to save London from an alien invasion!

Founder Adele Anderson said, “You don’t need any equipment to do the workouts, and they are seamlessly integrated into a comedy, action adventure story where you join a quirky bunch of survivors to help try to save the planet.”

The story takes place with three types of exercise: Running, bodyweight circuits and yoga while you try and survive the alien invasion.

Aidan & Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 29th April

*** NO REPRODUCTION FEEE *** DUBLIN : 16/4/2019 : Looking PAWsome and ready for Guide Dog Day Friday 10 May is 12-week-old Puppy-in-Training, Oonagh. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charity dedicated to helping people living with sight loss or autism improve their mobility and independence. Guide Dog Day will focus on the organisation’s clients, their families and volunteers sharing their stories about the difference Guide and Assistance Dogs have had in their lives and community. The public can help by giving 2 hours of their time on May 10th , buy a Guide Dog Day pin or donate online at www.guidedogs.ie/donate. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
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So today is a day to celebrate our fury friends and PAW-fect companions

It’s international Guide Dogs Day today and we’re being urged to show our support where we can to these amazing fur-babies and the wonderful people who train them.

These guide dogs provide such an important and essential service to people who are visually impaired – they are literally their lifeline to the outside world.

These doggies bring independence, mobility and hope to the people who need it most.

Please  donate if you can help support this important cause .

Head to guidedogs.ie and all the info on how we can help is up there as well as pictures of Roy Keane with all the dogs which is also super cute as well.

The laughs are on me!

“What’s red, white and blue?”

. . .

Wait for it….

“A sad candy cane.”

 

That’s one of the many jokes from 6 year old Callaghan Mclaughlin who lives in Canada.For the past week, the youngster has been running a joke stand at the end of his driveway. “There’s a lot of stress in the world,” he said “and I kind of want to get some smiles on people’s faces.” Each day, he opens his stand at 10 a.m. and manages about an hour of wisecracks before taking a lunch break and then comes back for a second round in the afternoon. And it’s all for free. Callaghan said “I want people to save their money for other things, some people need the money for groceries now instead of jokes.”

 

 

 

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Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 28th April

 

Psychic Donegal  Postman Predicts Good Weather This Summer!

 

Every morning, Aidan and Oonagh bring you some of their favorite stories from Ireland and around the World which will hopefully put a smile on your face and here are today’s top picks.

Everyone is buzzing at the recent good spell of weather in Ireland. It’s known that the weather definitely affects our moods and things always seem better in the sunshine – and according to the very famous Donegal Postman Michael Gallagher – we can expect the sun to be splitting the stones this summer.

Michael has predicted we are going to have a really lovely lovely summer. Michael has been eerily accurate with some of his weather predictions in the past – forecasting the big freeze of 2010 as well as the scorching summer of 2018.

So here’s hoping Michael is on the ball again this year and we can look forward to better days in the sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 27th April

 

‘DO IT FOR DAN’ RAISES HITS TWO MILLION EURO TARGET

 

The family of a little boy with a genetic disorder say they’ll never be able to thank the public enough for helping them raise 2 million euro for their son.

One year old Dan Donoher from Laois has spinal muscular atrophy and scoliosis and needs life-saving treatment in America.

A ‘Do it For Dan’ gofundme page was set up and raised the cash in 49 days.

Boxer Eric Donovan was one of the many sports stars who helped the family reach their fundraising traget when he successfully completed his Five Hour Skipping Challenge on Saturday to raise over €5000 for ‘Do It For Dan’. Well done Eric!

 

 

Dylan Moran Cycles A Marathon And Raises over €20,000 For Hospital Staff

 

 

On yer bike son!

A big congratulations to Dylan Moran from Galway who completed a marathon cycle to raise funds for Frontline workers.

Eight-year-old Dylan from Tuam, who is a pupil at Sylane National school, hopped on his bike on Saturday and cycled 42.2 KM, while staying inside his 2km permitted radius for exercise. Ahead of his challenge he said “ I have been cycling a lot the past few weeks since school closed so I decided I would like to cycle a marathon distance of 42.2km near my house around Tuam on Saturday 25th April.  My sister Faye who is 7 will support me some of the way and my Dad will do it with me to cheer me on!”

Dylan hoped to raise €250 but he has already raised over €20,000 and the figure continues to climb.

 

For more info on how how you can donate click here 

 

 


 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 24th April

Tom Hanks offers friendship to bullied boy named Corona

You’ve got a friend in me!

Tom Hanks has written to a young boy who was bullied because his name is Corona.

America’s dad received a letter from 8-year-old Corona De Vries from Australia when he and his wife Rita Wilson were in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19

The boy had written to Hanks saying: “I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus,” Channel 7 News reported. “Are you OK?, I love my name but at school people call me the coronavirus, I get very sad and angry when people call me this.”

Well Tom, being a lovely human being wrote back to Corona and also sent him a Corona brand typewriter. He said ”your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful!  You know, you are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona – like the ring around the sun, a crown ,I thought this typewriter would suit you, ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.” Hanks hand wrote at the end: “PS You got a friend in ME!”

Read the letter from Tom Hanks below

 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 23rd April

Every morning, Aidan and Oonagh bring you some of their favorite stories from Ireland and around the World which will hopefully put a smile on your face and here are today’s top picks.

 

T-Shirts thanking frontline workers with Pieta House

 

Gregory Murphy is  23 years old and organising a #ThankYouFrontline project selling t-shirts (thanking  Irish frontline staff, with all profits donated to Charity Partner, Pieta House.

Gregory was planning to be packing his bags to head off on a graduate visa to New York, having graduated from Law in Trinity College Dublin last November and then working as Head of Sales and Business Development for an environmental start up called 2GoCup. Instead, locked down in the pandemic he wanted to spend his time doing something worthwhile.

Gregory’s goal is to show massive support all over the country for our incredible frontline staff by wearing #ThankYouFrontline t-shirts whenever we can get out and about, or while zooming or chatting online. We think this captures the national mood, and lets people show solidarity in their everyday lives.

Pieta House is a charity that has helped many of Gregory’s friends and family members in the past, and he hopes Irish people will also be keen to support them in this difficult time.

 

How Can I purchase a Ti-shirt?

The link to purchase the t-shirts is here: www.thankyoufrontline.etsy.com
Our Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/ThankYouFrontline/
Our Twitter Page is here: https://twitter.com/TYFrontline
Our Instagram page is here: @tyfrontline
Our official email is here: [email protected]
Our hashtag is #ThankYouFrontline

 

Listen back to Aidan and Oonagh’s Chat with Gregory

 

 

April 22nd – Good News Desk

Galway Entrepreneur Baking Bread From His Apartment In Salthill

In these strange times we find ourselves in people are staying at home and one man in Galway has put his time in quarantine to good use. His name is Andrew Ishmael and he actually grew a business out of  boredom. The Imperfect Bakery is taking orders through Instagram and is operating out of an apartment in Salthill. The idea came from a New Years Resolution to bake bread once a week – and now they are operating at capacity.

Andrew Ishmael is the owner and baker – he hopes to expand once life gets back to normal.

 

Everybody needs good Neighbors

 

Aussie soap opera Neighbours is going back into production after filming stopped last month. But new rules will be in place to ensure the safety of the cast and crew. Social distancing will be in place as well as no physical contact like kissing and instead of having extras, crew members will appear in the background. The Neighbour’s studio will be split into “quadrants” when filming resumes next week and camera trickery will be used to make physically-distanced actors look closer than they are.

 

Listen Back To Today’s Good News Desk

 

 

 

 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 21st April

 

Irish Man Part Of Winning ‘University Challenge’ Team

 

 

A Dublin student is part of a four-man team that has won the final of BBC quiz show, University Challenge.

Conor McMeel is studying for a PhD in computer science at Imperial College London but is from Lucan.

The final of the 49th series aired last night.

 

Wedding Bells Ring For Laura Whitmore

 

From ITV Studios

Laura says yes!
Congratulations to Laura Whitmore who’s got engaged to comedian Ian Sterling. Iain asked Laura to marry him when the pair headed off on holiday together after the final of winter Love Island. The loved up couple have been dating for two years  and it’s reported that he asked for her hand in marriage by presenting her with a yellow diamond ring he had designed.
Meanwhile ITV bosses are trying to figure out how Love Island could go ahead later this year. As the summer version of the show is filmed in a villa in Majorca, bosses are considering filming the show in the UK. They are also looking at the possibility of filming I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here closer to home too.

 

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Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 20th April 

 

David Attenborough is your new Geography teacher!

Sir David Attenborough is taking to the class room to educate students about oceans and animals. The legendary presenter is helping pupils on the BBC’s home schooling programme. There will be six 20-minute programmes each day, aimed at different age groups. There will also be a maths and English lesson every day for different age groups. Other stars who will teach different subjects include Manchester City star Aguero, who will help you learn to count in Spanish,  Professor Brian Cox will teach you about the solar system solar system and get this, East-Enders actor Danny Dyer, who is a direct descendant of King Edward III, will provide a history class for five to seven-year-olds on Henry VIII!

Birthday surprise from the boys in blue

Shout out to the Guards who are doing great work at the moment, and in particular to two guards in the midlands who made a surprise visit to a 12 year old birthday boy, who’s struggling with the restrictions.
Daniel Laurences’ mam organised a drive by party outside their house with friends and family and Garda Fergus Collins and his colleagues also showed up with presents for Daniel, who was thrilled by the surprise.

 

Spanish cab driver receives standing ovation from hospital staff

A taxi-driver was surprised with a standing ovation and a lump-sum of cash from doctors at a hospital in Madrid after giving patients free rides to and from appointments amid the  covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

LISTEN BACK: Aidan and Oonagh’s GOOD NEWS DESK – April 20th 

 

 

 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 17th April 

 

An Irish man is set to become the sixth chaser on The Chase

Darragh Ennis appeared on the quiz show as a contestant in March 2017 and banked an impressive £9,000 for his team. However, his teammates went with the lower offers and depleted the final cash prize by £2,700.

The episode went viral with many viewers expressing their frustrations for Darragh’s efforts. The Chase fans launched a #JusticeforDarragh campaign at the time as well as a crowdfunding page to help him reclaim his losses.

Three years on from that episode, Darragh has joined the show as a sixth chaser and will join the likes of Anne Hegarty, Shaun Wallace and Jenny Ryan in the hot seat.

 

What will his nickname be?  Oonagh reckons he could be called ‘The Don‘ whereas Aidan is betting he’s be branded ‘The Menace From Ennis’ 

 

Push ups not punch ups!

 

Champion boxer Ray Moylette will attempt a 1000 push ups in 1 hour challenge this morning. The Islandeady man is raising funds for HSE frontline staff and Pieta house. Ray said ‘Some of you will know I have a love for boxing, challenges, and playing pranks. So I have decided to combine all three and help fight the battle against Covid-19’.
If yo’d like to support Ray’s incredible challenge check out https://www.gofundme.com/f/one-thousand-push-ups-in-1-hour

 

 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 16th April 

 

dog

 

In dogs we trust!

 

THE DOGS TRUST charity has launched a new initiative offer temporary foster care for the dogs of frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 crisis. They announce the initiative saying ‘While you’re looking after us – you may be worrying about looking after your best friend at home. Let us help you. While you’re fighting on the frontline for those who have fallen ill, or you’re working tirelessly to keep essential services open, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your dog is being lovingly looked after.

 

LEGO break the mould

LEGO are the latest company to turn to making personal protective equipment. Their factory in Denmark has reworked some of their machinery to make more than 13,000 plastic masks per day. LEGO also announced this week that they would be donating 500,000 brick sets to children in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

 

 Do you believe in fate?

 

A woman who was at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas has married the man who saved her life on that terrifying night.

Chantal Melanson met Austin Monfort just hours before the mass shooting in October 2017. She said’ I went by myself while my friends went shopping for a bit. Austin who I had met the previous night met up with me. We tried to go as close to the stage as we could. The rest is a blur. Bullets we’re flying and we were all trying to get out of there alive. I’m so thankful that Austin never left my side that night. He’s my hero. He kept me calm, took my hand and told me we were running to safety while bullets raining down. .
He’s from California and me Canada. Little did I know this was just the beginning of our story! 2 years later, lots of traveling we are engaged, I’m moving to California and we are planning a wedding.’

Everyone has a story about how they met their other half!

 

 

Answering the call

 

Almost 72,000 people have applied to ‘Be on call for Ireland’ since the initiative was announced by the HSE in March. Thousands of healthcare professionals  including nurses, doctors, porters and cleaning staff who are not already working in the public health service have to registered should they be needed.

 

LISTEN BACK TO THE GOOD NEWS DESK – April 16th

 

 

 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 15th April 

 

 

Hozier

Raise a glass to Hozier:

Wicklow singer Hozier is set to release his spine tingling cover of ‘The Parting Glass’ in a bid to raise funds for charity. Due to the phenomenal reaction to his performance on The Late Late show he has revealed that his version of the song will be released digitally with all proceeds set to go to ISPCC Childline. You can get it on all streaming services this Friday, April 17.

 

Watch Hozier’s performance of The Parting Glass on The Late Late Show

 

 

 

Captain Tom Moore’s 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS

 

 

 

What a hero!

 A 99-year-old war veteran who challenged himself to walk 100 lengths of his garden has raised more than £4 million for the NHS in Britain and the figure is still rising rapidly!

Tom Moore set out to raise £1,000 but a burst of donations so far have taken the total to over £4 million and it is likely that he will reach £5 million later today.

Mr Moore is aiming to walk 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden before he turns 100 on April 30.

 

To donate or to follow Captain Tom’s fund raising efforts – head here

 

Robin’s a great sport:

Shout out to Connacht rugby star Robin Copeland who very generously offered his apartment in Galway to HSE frontline staff. Copeland put the offer out on social media earlier this month and now 3 lads who work for the HSE are using the property and able to self isolate while they carry out their amazing work. Fair play!

 

Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 14th April 

 

Bono on the blower:

 

The U2 front man has been in contact with the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in and Apple’s CEO Tim cook to help source urgent medical supplies for Ireland. He has also reached out to other international corporations in an effort to secure personal protective equipment. Bono said “I just don’t think this is the moment for U2 to be doing a sort of Kumbaya thing. It just doesn’t feel right for me – it feels like a time for action rather than words.” U2 have already pledged 10 million euro to support healthcare workers in Ireland

It’s good to talk, GAA:

Former Mayo footballer David Brady is doing a really kind and generous act to help elderly GAA fans in isolation. If your older relatives are in need of a chat and a pick me up Brady will give them a phone call and be a friendly voice on the other end of the line. It started when the Mayo man was approached on social media to contact a fan, Brady enjoyed the chat so much he put a shout out for anyone else who would like a call. He’s made more than twenty calls since Saturday and plans to keep going. Former Dublin footballer Alan Brogan has joined in too. For more see #goodtotalkgaa

Have you got good news you’d like to share? Just email: [email protected]

 

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Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – Thursday the 9th of April

 

 

Irish rockers raid their coffers:

U2 have donated 10 million Euro to support health care workers in Ireland. The donation  is being used to buy personal protective equipment including  60,000 goggles, 20,000 face masks and 40 ventilators.

The Muppets are back!

Elmo and Cookie Monster will return to our screens next week with a special Sesame Street episode called Elmo’s Playdate. The Muppets will be joined by A- list actors to reach out to young children confused at being stuck at home during the pandemic. They’ll also find new ways to play and learn together though songs, games and sill dance breaks.

Love is in the air:

 

A pair of Pandas in  are making good use of their private time at a zoo in Hong Kong. Ying Ying and Le Le are getting to know each other in new ways to keep themselves occupied. It’s the first time they’ve mated in 10 years!

Ticking off the to do list:

New research shows that over a third of us are using this time to complete things we’ve put on the long finger. Puzzles, crosswords, and Monopoly are also back with a bang as we look to entertain ourselves at home, and a fifth or Irish parents have also described the quality time they have with their children as great.

 

Listen back to Aidan and Oonagh’s  Good News Desk below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good News Desk – Tuesday 7th of April

 

 

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Every morning, Aidan and Oonagh bring you their favorite stories from Ireland and around the world.

 

Lady Gaga’s ‘Together at Home’ Global Concert

Lady Gaga being the big legend that she is has only gone and raised 35 million dollars to fight the coronavirus. Not only that but Gaga along with advocacy organization Global Citizen  will launch a TV special featuring  Elton John Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder Andrea Bocelli  Billie Eilish and loads loads more
Its called One World: Together at Home’ global concert. The concert will pay tribute to healthcare workers on the front-line of the coronavirus pandemic and will air around the globe on television and online on April 18th. This big event has a local connection.  Declan Kelly who is a brother of  The Labour party’s new leader Alan Kelly, is  an executive producer of the concert! The event will be supported by communications and advisory firm Teneo, where the Tipperary man is CEO and Chairman.

Facebook Clonee Data Centre announces recipients of  2020 Community Action Grants

 

Facebook’s Clonee Data Centre is delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Community Action Grants. This is the second year of Facebook’s Community Action Grants in Meath, a program created to support the community by putting the power of technology to use for community benefit, connecting people online or off, and improving STEM education.

Funding was granted to 14 community organisations and schools in Meath to support their work in the community, including the development of a board game with a mental health awareness theme by Involve Youth Project Meath, a critical IT upgrade for Meath Women’s Refuge and the purchase of IT equipment for Dunboyne Senior Primary School’s local, national, and European STEM projects.

The grant will support the purchase of computers and IT equipment for students and teachers at the local primary school, including their first interactive board and teacher laptop for their special education room.

Applications for the 2021 programme will open later this year, check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/CloneeDataCenter for more information

 

McDonald’s released the recipe for Sausage and Egg McMuffins, and we’re delighted

 

As was reported on iradio.ie this morning, anyone who may be craving a McDonalds breakfast while in isolation has had their prayers answered, after the restaurant chain released the recipe to it’s famous Sausage and Egg McMuffin.

To see the sacred Egg McMuffin recipe  CLICK HERE

 

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