Every morning, Aidan and Oonagh bring you their favorite feel good stories.
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🎂🥳💚
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,”
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.
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?
How did the idea of 30 Marathons in 30 Days come about?
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A tune for a great cause
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
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Guess who’s back!
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
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
.@tomhanks has written a heart-felt letter to a young Helensvale boy named Corona. The 8-year-old was being bullied at school and decided to write to the Hollywood superstar and his wife @RitaWilson, after they were diagnosed with Coronavirus. https://t.co/6l2nzFJNn5 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/H02WF2dRCx
— 7NEWS Gold Coast (@7NewsGoldCoast) April 23, 2020
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
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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.
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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
Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 20th April
David Attenborough is your new Geography teacher!
Birthday surprise from the boys in blue
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.
“Es una sorpresa que le hemos dado a un taxista que lleva a pacientes sin cobrar al hospital.Le hemos dado un sobre con dinero y una dedicatoria.Le hemos llamado para decirle que tenía que hacer un traslado y ha sido muy emocionante. No paraba de llorar.”
Gracias a el y a ellos. pic.twitter.com/CcXX1BVfko
— #ElTaxiUnido (@eltaxiunido) April 18, 2020
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!
Fly on the wall documentary ESPN done with me for my #1000PUSHUPS1HOUR
Check out @Offtheball Friday morning at10am to catch the challenge live stream
Please donate herehttps://t.co/e6XfydeJmq
Thank you all for your kind help
— Ray Moylette (@raymoylette) April 16, 2020
Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – 16th April
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
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:
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
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Aidan and Oonagh’s Good News Desk – Thursday the 9th of April
Irish rockers raid their coffers:
The Muppets are back!
Love is in the air:
Ticking off the to do list:
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Good News Desk – Tuesday 7th of April
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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