From a ukulele group's upbeat support of local businesses, to a stunning online photography exhibition, here are 5 positive things happening now:
1) The RUGS Ukulele group are encouraging people to support local shops and businesses as lockdown eases. Their take on the classic song Make Me Smile shares the message 'come up and see them, make them smile'. The video shows the large group performing from their separate homes, but are all united in celebrating certain restrictions being lifted.
2) Superintendent Pat Murphy got Margaret Byrne smiling on her 100th birthday. He delivered a letter and cheque from President Higgins to her at St Theresa’s nursing home in Thurles, Co Tipperary.
3) An online photography exhibition 'A New Normal’ is immortalising lockdown with a series of images showing moments of joy, hope and change. The exhibition is a collaboration between District and Junior magazines, and Photo Ireland, and highlights the power of photography to transform the ordinary into something bigger. The photographs can be viewed online and there is also an accompanying poem by Malaki that can be played while enjoying the exhibition.
4) Charities Institute Ireland and JustGiving are launching a fundraiser to help Irish charities struggling during Covid-19. ’Challenge Thirty-Two’ will encourage people to think up activities based around the number 32 that can help to raise funds for the charity of their choice. Whether its a personal challenge, or a socially distant group event, if there can be an association with the number 32, then it will fit the bill.
5) In another musical treat, 25 Irish buskers and musicians joined together virtually to sing We Are The World. There is a lot of talent on display in the video.