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Happy New Cheer Deirdre Reynolds: 22 reasons to cheerful(ish) in 2022

Brazilian psychic Nicolas Aujula - who previously claims to have foreseen Covid-19 and the downfall of Donald Trump - has predicted “some kind of miracle” in 2022.

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Country music star Garth Brooks on the roof of Croke Park in Dublin (/PA)

Country music star Garth Brooks on the roof of Croke Park in Dublin (/PA)

Country music star Garth Brooks on the roof of Croke Park in Dublin (/PA)

As we get ready to say good riddance to 2021, here are my top reasons to welcome in the New Year.

1. The ghost of ‘Garthgate’ will finally be exorcised when the Stetson-loving crooner plays five nights at Croker next September.

2. OK, so it’s not exactly up there with Nostradamus, but Brazilian psychic Nicolas Aujula - who previously claims to have foreseen Covid-19 and the downfall of Donald Trump - has predicted “some kind of miracle” in 2022. The €19m Lotto jackpot actually being won, maybe?

3. Let’s see the anti-vaxxers whinge about the first WHO-approved malaria jab, Mosquirix, hopefully being rolled out in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of next year.

4.There’s great news for those still in single digits in 2022 as the world’s first Peppa Pig theme park, complete with muddy puddles, opens its gates in Florida in February - Mummy and Daddy Pigs, not so much.

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Peppa Pig (John Stilwell/PA)

Peppa Pig (John Stilwell/PA)

Peppa Pig (John Stilwell/PA)

5. The Brits aren’t the only ones getting an extra bank holiday for Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee next year, with our own bonus banker - to acknowledge frontline workers and remember those who died during the pandemic - expected to fall around Paddy’s Day. Hey, it’s better than claps.

6. An Ipsos survey has found that 77pc of adults across 33 countries are optimistic that 2022 will be a better year for them than 2021 - that’s the spirit!

7. Forks given: plenty, with Scotland, Canada, India and South Australia all poised to join the war on single-use plastic by banning things like plastic cutlery and straws in the coming twelve months.

8. Whatever about anyone else, it’s cheering news for Miley Cyrus anyway, as mullets and mohawks are tipped to make a comeback amid the rise of ‘pandemic breakup hair’ in 2022.

9. Northern Ireland’s new Game of Thrones studio tour, opening in February, and TV prequel House of the Dragon, debuting on HBO sometime next year, should help Thronites everywhere get over that series finale.

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Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House Of The Dragon (HBO)

Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House Of The Dragon (HBO)

Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House Of The Dragon (HBO)

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10. Due to launch ahead of the US midterm elections in November, if nothing else, Donald Trump’s new social media platform Truth Social should help keep all the tin foil hats off Twitter and Facebook.

11. With Belfast stars and Oscar shoo-ins Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Balfe flying the flag on the red carpet this awards season, Ireland is about to suddenly become very popular on Tinder Passport.

12. Global sporting spectaculars including the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, UEFA Women’s Euro in England and Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics in Beijing guarantee 2022 will continue to be a load of balls - but only in the best way possible.

13. Fur play to designers Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Valentino for committing to phasing out the cruel trend by the end of 2022, when Ireland’s fur farm ban will also come into force.

14. It’s the Year of the Tiger, which, if the Chinese zodiac is to be believed, spells a year of positive changes in everything from finances to love - sure it’s not like it can hurt.

15. Continuing the 63-year-old pageant’s efforts to move with the times, married and trans women will be able to enter The Rose of Tralee for the first time in 2022 - provided they have a lovely bottom, that is.

16. Come on - with Jamie, Paul Mescal and Aidan Turner to choose from, how could the next Bond, likely to be named during the superspy’s 60th anniversary year, not be Irish?

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Jamie Dornan (Ian West/PA)

Jamie Dornan (Ian West/PA)

Jamie Dornan (Ian West/PA)

17. Potato milk flat white, anyone? Irish spud farmers could be on the pig’s back after the vegan drink was named among the hottest food trends for 2022 by UK supermarket chain Waitrose, which will stock Swedish brand Dug from February.

18. You shall not pass? Not anymore, as New Zealand prepares to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from April 30, coincidentally just in time for the 20th anniversary of Lord of the Rings.

19. Listen, just be grateful that the double-denim ‘Canadian tuxedo’, 2022’s top fashion trend as rocked by Charlotte Gainsbourg at Cannes, isn’t a suit and tie.

20. Never mind Robert Pattinson’s Batman - it’s the return of Reese Witherspoon’s iconic ‘bend and snap’ in Legally Blonde 3 that’s sure to draw movie-goers back to cinemas in May.

21. If Rage Against the Machine, Mötley Crüe, Fugeesand Abba (if you count digital avatars) are all going on reunion tours in 2022, then there’s still hope for Noel and Liam “F**k Oasis” Gallagher.

22. After two long years, Covid-19 could be downgraded from pandemic to endemic status in 2022 due to rising vaccination rates and the development of a game-changing anti-Covid pill, experts say - bring it Omicr-on.

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