It's so important to spread some cheer and put a smile on somebody's face whenever you can! So we put together a round up of Good News every Wednesday to put a pep in your step
If you have a local good news story and want to spread the word, send it our way! But without further ado, here’s your weekly reminder that it really is a wonderful world out there...
HERO RAT AWARDED GOLD MEDAL
Magawa, the rat who sniffs out land mines, has been given an award for bravery. He received a tiny prestigious gold medal for his work in sniffing out undetonated landmines in Cambodia. He can search an area the size of a tennis court in 30 minutes, whereas a person with a metal detector would usually take four days to search an area of that size. When he is not in the minefield doing life-saving work, he likes snacking on bananas, peanuts and watermelons, and taking a spin on the running wheel. Hopefully after all his work he will be getting a few extra treats.
MODERN DAY LOVE STORY
Who doesn't love a happy romance? Italian neighbours who met through their balconies during months of lockdown are engaged! In lovely Verona we lay our scene, Paola Agnelli and Michele D'Alpaos first noticed each other from their balconies, and eventually met properly online. Love at first sight! The couple finally got to meet in person in May at a park and they have been inseparable since. They plan to get married, where else but on the rooftop of their building!
ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST! DAVID ATTENBOROUGH JOINS INSTAGRAM
David Attenborough broke the world record on Instagram for fastest time to reach 1 million followers as he launches his new Netflix documentary 'A Life on Our Planet'. He plans to use the platform to tackle these environmental crises and share potential solutions, saying "together, we can inspire change". Go on and give him a follow to show some love to our favourite environmentalist!
LOCAL GAELTACHT CYCLING PROJECT ANNOUCED
The project aims to encourage people to participate in the sport, as well as develop gravel bike routes. Gaeltacht.cc wants to provide a club for Gaeltacht-based cyclists and multisports athletes, and will work towards developing outdoor recreation infrastructure in all Gaeltacht areas. A fun way to get people of all ages onto bikes and to make this fun and healthy pastime accessible to everyone.
EMBRACING THE CHANGES OF UNIVERSITY
September 28th marked the start of the new college year. The university are doing their best to help students get back into the swing of things. The student Union at NUIG are giving out packs of 3 free reusable face masks to all of their students. Students having difficulty accessing laptops can avail of the new laptop loan scheme to assist with the online learning. While campuses looks a little strange, and many students are remote learning, it's good to have this core part of Galway's culture back.