Always Brighter Stories celebrates people doing kind, inclusive work in their communities.

From volunteer groups to disability activists, social enterprises, charities and more, we’re spotlighting these stories to thank all Dubliners who make a positive impact in our city and county.


Always Brighter Stories: Bull Island Action Group

Bull Island Action Group are a collective of volunteers who organise monthly beach clean-ups on Dollymount strand. For over 20 years, the group has been meeting on the third Saturday of every month year-round, no matter the weather.


Always Brighter Stories: Little Fitness

Social entrepreneur Sinéad Ryan founded Little Fitness to provide physical activity to children and families living in emergency accommodation, family hubs and where children may come up against barriers within their community.


Always Brighter Stories: St John Ambulance Volunteers

Mick Cardiff has volunteered with St John Ambulance Ballyfermot for a remarkable 48 years, ever since the branch was established. He has been the division officer in the area for many years and had a decades-long career as a paramedic with the National Ambulance Service.


Always Brighter Stories: James Casserly

James Casserly is a disability activist from Lucan, County Dublin. He runs ‘Jimbo’s Accessible Adventures’ on social media and his blog, advocating for better accessibility across Ireland.


Always Brighter Stories: Sanctuary Runners

A solidarity-through-sport initiative which uses running, jogging and walking to bring together asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and Irish residents across the country, promoting social inclusion and integration.


Always Brighter Stories: Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird is a renowned journalist and broadcaster. In 2021, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and ever since has been campaigning to raise awareness for the condition, and funds for the charities who support sufferers and their families. Charlie continues to extend the hand of friendship to as many people as possible across the country as he lives with his terminal illness.

We’re calling on all Dubliners to spread kindness in their local communities in any way they can – whether it’s by signing up to volunteer with a local charity, or by joining activities in your area with a sports club or arts organisation, there’s so many ways to engage in our city and county to make Dublin a brighter place.

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