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'Look for the helpers' - the good news stories in Ireland's coronavirus crisis

Pól Ó Conghaile


'It's surprising how uplifting these little good news stories can be, popping like spring flowers in apocalyptic social media feeds...'

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Neven Maguire and volunteers with some of the meals they prepared for vulnerable community members around Blacklion, Co Cavan.

Neven Maguire and volunteers with some of the meals they prepared for vulnerable community members around Blacklion, Co Cavan.

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

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Neven Maguire and volunteers with some of the meals they prepared for vulnerable community members around Blacklion, Co Cavan.

Fred Rogers, the chipper American TV host played by Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, once recalled a piece of advice from his mother.

In times of catastrophe, she would say: "Always look for the helpers. There will always be helpers, just on the sidelines."

In the global coronavirus crisis, those helpers are most obviously frontline healthcare workers, government and emergency services - as well as sudden, unlikely heroes like supermarket staff and postal workers.