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17 truly joyful things that happened in 2017

The little moments that made us smile over the last year.

2017 TURNED OUT to be just as grim as we predicted it would be – a former reality star is the leader of the free world, Brexit is still woejus, Hollywood is a steaming pile of crap – but it hasn’t been all bad. Well it has, but these things were nice.

1. Beyoncé’s twins

Sir, Rumi and Serena Williams’ baby Olympia are going to take over the world in 20 years’ time. Sooner, probably.

2. This Dublin granda who always cooks a birthday fry for his granddaughter

rashers Source: Reddit/Oriel Conway

Ninety-year-old Dessie went viral in March after his granddaughter Oriel posted a picture of him frying up some birthday rashers to Reddit. She told DailyEdge.ie:

He goes out of his way to look after the six of us grandkids even though we are all in our 20s and 30s… I decided to post the photo to Reddit as I fully know how steeped in luck I am to still have him.


3. This dance party in a car park after a Steps gig

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The coordinated dance routine! All the lads giving it socks! The fact that Steps returned to save us all with their twinkly pop!

4. Korg from Thor: Ragnarok

Source: RouzCS/YouTube

Hey man. (That whole film was a joy, TBH.)

5. Paul and Gary O’Donovan meeting Michael D, Sioda, and Bród

rowing 871_90528498 Source: RollingNews.ie

The dogs are like “DAAAAAAD.”

6. The woman who rescued and befriended an injured pigeon she found on a street in Dublin

Since finding him injured on Abbey Street in September, Claire Kiely has been bringing the pigeon (called Pidge) to the vet, doing physio with him, and basically being the best pigeon mam you can possibly be.

Claire has set up an Instagram account for her unlikely pet, and told DailyEdge.ie that she wants to change people’s opinion on pigeons: “They’re so intelligent, beautiful and funny.”

7. Katie Taylor properly meeting a young fan she visited in hospital

DNqi-FfXUAE-lHg Source: Twitter/John Sherlock

Ella Sherlock first met Katie in August 2012, while she was in isolation following a bone marrow transplant – five years later, in November of this year, Ella is fully recovered, and they got to meet properly. Lovely.

8. The world discovering that this woman screams like Homer Simpson

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It’s uncanny!

9. The Waterford man who took makeup lessons so he can help his wife

des and mona Source: RTÉ Player

Mona and Des Manahan are 56 years married – as Mona is sadly losing her sight, Des is taking makeup lessons in the local Debenhams so he can help her out. True love!

10. Fiona the Hippo

She was born six weeks premature in Cincinnati Zoo in January and not only survived, but thrived – and now she’s captured the hearts of thousands of people around the world via Twitter. FIONA!

11. Barry Keoghan’s dizzying ascent to fame and acclaim

The young Dubliner got rave reviews for his performances in Dunkirk and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and landed on dozens of ‘ones to watch’ lists. SO PROUD.

12. Porgs

porg Source: YouTube

From Skellig Michael to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and straight into our hearts.

13. These grandparents who come out to wave at their granddaughter every morning as she passes on the bus

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Grandparents: Consistently the best.

14. GBBO’s Selasi and Liam meeting up to talk all things baking

Two contestants who deserved better, together at last. <3

15. The American football player who practices Irish dancing to help with his footwork

Alex Collins plays for the Baltimore Ravens and he finds Irish dancing to be a great help to him on the field.

“There’s a lot of rhythm and timing with Irish dance that there is for a running back as well,” he told RTÉ News. Amazing.

16. Bibby the cat, the real star of Gogglebox Ireland

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The boldest cat in Ireland. But doesn’t he make great telly?

17. And Donald Trump’s account being (briefly) deleted by a Twitter employee on their last day

A true triumph.

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