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# good-news - Saturday 4 March, 2017

App that encourages children with autism to make eye contact wins at BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp

The winners were selected by a judging panel of business professionals following an intensive four day workshop at NovaUCD.

# good-news - Friday 3 March, 2017

iTunes visionary praises Irish pledge to give all children access to arts and coding

Project to roll out free tuition in arts, drama, music and coding is attracting international attention.

Over €200 million invested by EU bank to build 1,400 new social houses here

Over 700 houses are also to be renovated under the scheme.

7,000 fathers have taken paid paternity leave since it was introduced

The initiative allows fathers to take two weeks off work to help care for their babies, if they have enough PRSI contributions.

# good-news - Thursday 2 March, 2017

Eir is looking for people who passed their Leaving Cert to become apprentices

The telecommunications company has 50 positions.

Open thread: What's the most inspiring book you've ever read?

We’ll tell you ours…

# good-news - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Disney airs its first same-sex kiss Breaking New Ground This post contains videos

Disney airs its first same-sex kiss

An episode of Star vs the Forces of Evil features same-sex couples kissing at a concert.

Are you on a job hunt in Dublin or Louth? New jobs are on the way

A mobile tech company and a courier company were behind the latest jobs announcements.

# good-news - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Prescriptions are going to be cheaper for over-70s with a medical card from tomorrow

Those eligible are advised to make themselves known to pharmacy staff so they can benefit from this reduction.

# good-news - Monday 27 February, 2017

It's Pancake Tuesday tomorrow - get some inspiration from this master crêpier

Ready to rush out for the pancake mix?

Mahershala Ali's Oscar win last night was a truly historic one Breaking The Mould This post contains videos

Mahershala Ali's Oscar win last night was a truly historic one

The actor became the first Muslim actor to win one.

Back from the dead: Nokia relaunches the iconic 3310

The iconic phone was relaunched alongside three new smartphones from Nokia.

# good-news - Sunday 26 February, 2017

Double burials and dead parrots: Strange and unusual stories from Glasnevin Cemetery

A range of untold, fascinating tales are told on the new Dead Interesting tour at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Landing a 737-800 is really hard - here's what happened when we tried

We just avoided the grass.

Ireland's first sneaker label launches this week

King of Soles is the brainchild of Glenn Heaslip.

There's a bid to let Swedish workers go home and have sex on their break

A councillor is proposing a paid sex break for workers to spend with their partners.

# good-news - Saturday 25 February, 2017

260-year-old map shows plans for avenue to Dublin Castle

Dublin City Council published archived photos and pictures of old documents – this map is the oldest of them.

Our President on a BMX? Here's the story behind that famous photo

One of the all-time great Irish photos.

Ireland's Heritage Hero spent 10 years selling lottery tickets to raise funds

Matt Farrell from Co Longford was named Ireland’s Heritage Hero at an awards ceremony this week.

'Retirement should be an option' - plan to abolish retirement age welcomed

It has received widespread welcome from older people’s’ groups.

# good-news - Friday 24 February, 2017

For the first time, a Maeve Binchy novel will be performed on the stage

Minding Frankie is coming to the Gaiety Theatre this June for two weeks only.

'Drive-thru' ashes coming to Galway for the start of Lent

People will be able to drive in one church gate, get their ashes, and exit out another gate at Glenamady Church.

'It's a vote of confidence': A major Wicklow film studio plans to grow five times in size

Work at Ashford Studios, which has hosted shows like Vikings, could create hundreds of jobs.

# good-news - Thursday 23 February, 2017

Four identical calves have been born in Co Clare. The farmer couldn't be happier

The odds of four identical calves born are estimated at around a billion to one.

Next in line: Children's self-portraits take professionals' place in Merrion Square

The organisers had hoped to display 100 submissions, but due to the number of responses have decided to increase that over 250.

Starving teenage boy rescued 'by chance' after nearly two weeks at sea without food

The boy was found along with three fishermen in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

David Bowie's son paid an emotional tribute as his iconic father cleaned up at the Brit Awards Blackstar This post contains videos

David Bowie's son paid an emotional tribute as his iconic father cleaned up at the Brit Awards

Duncan Jones dedicated Bowie’s two awards late night to “all the kooks”.

Over 100 new tech jobs announced in Dublin after €6.5 million investment

The positions will be filled over a three-year period.

The five Operation Transformation leaders have lost a lot of weight in eight weeks

And plenty of us tuned in to watch them do it.

# good-news - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Pictures: New online archive gives public access to Dublin's visual history

Dublin City Council have published their archives online, in the hope it would help members of the public access records they need.

Tech and media companies have announced 153 new jobs for Dublin

Four technology companies have announced jobs for the capital.

In major announcement, Nasa confirms seven Earth-like planets have been discovered

“We will never be completely sure” if there’s life there without going to these planets, researchers said.

# good-news - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Leo Varadkar hails 'results of government policies' as unemployment rate dips below 7%

The number of unemployed is down to 147,400, people a drop of 21.4% over the last 12 months.

# good-news - Monday 20 February, 2017

Over 200 jobs to be created at two new motorway service stations

Both will be open 24 hours a day.

# good-news - Sunday 19 February, 2017

Man rescued after being found clinging to his kayak off Cork coast today

The kayaker was in the water for 45 minutes before he was rescued.

Galway mathematicians have found a way of making Batman's cape

NUI Galway mathematicians’ research makes Batman that bit more real.

# good-news - Saturday 18 February, 2017

'The walls talk' - Dublin city is getting a new tenement museum this summer

14 Henrietta Street will showcase the long and pockmarked history of Dublin’s tenements.

'Thanks to books, I feel free': The man with the most degrees in history

“Thanks to books, I feel free. After all, the words share the same root,” he says, referring to the Italian words libro (book) and libero (free).

GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'

From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly.

# good-news - Friday 17 February, 2017

Looking for a new job? Microsoft says it is hiring 600 people in Ireland

The tech giant has big plans.