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# Optimism

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# next year
Irish people are feeling pretty optimistic about 2016
It looks like we’re bucking the trend worldwide.
'When I left Ireland there was a sense of fear, now it's a different place full of optimism and change'
The former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh writes about how Ireland is experiencing a time of great change.
# Optimism
Squeaking past Carlisle can unite Liverpool says Gary McAllister
Liverpool’s first-team coach sought to put a positive spin on Liverpool narrowly avoiding an upset last night.
# Optimism
'They have some really ordinary players' -- Dunphy insists Ireland can beat Germany
The pundit says the retirement of several stars has weakened Joachim Löw’s side considerably.
# Optimism
Raheem Sterling fee not a concern for Manchester City - Pellegrini
The Chilean is confident the attacker will justify the £49 million expense.
# Optimism
'I am the best coach in the Premier League'
In Thursday’s press conference, he also produced a letter, said to be from club captain Fabricio Coloccini.
# sure why not?
The world could be booming again by the end of 2015
This is according to UK think tank the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr)
# Optimism
Liverpool can finish in top four, says Lallana
The Reds stormed to an impressive 4-1 win over Swansea City on Monday.
# Optimism
Commander Hadfield is here to make you feel a whole lot better about 2015
“Our world is a better place than we often claim it to be.”
# Optimism
Liverpool on track for top four, says Rodgers
Martin Skrtel claimed an equaliser with an emphatic late header against Arsenal yesterday.
# Optimism
'We've got to keep fighting' - Doak refusing to give up on Ulster's Champions Cup dream
The Ulster boss thinks his side still have a chance to progress.
# Optimism
Liverpool can beat Manchester United again - Allen
The Wales international was involved as the Reds crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
# Optimism
Most Irish people think they could have more money in six months' time ...
… and at the very least think they won’t have any less money.
# Optimism
Construction work was on the up again last month (and firms are hiring)
Some firms hired new staff to prepare for further growth in work.
# Optimism
Luke Shaw to miss 'a few weeks' says Van Gaal while Falcao could feature against Hull
Argentine defender Marcos Rojo could also feature for Manchester United tomorrow.
# Optimism
Ireland have nothing to fear against Germany - Robbie Keane
“There is no reason why we can’t go there and get something out of the game,” he said.
# Optimism
Man United can still win Premier League title - Young
Louis van Gaal splashed the cash in the transfer window in a bid to revive the club’s fortunes.
# Optimism
5 reasons why England will win the World Cup
The lack of great teams and more signs that the Three Lions will triumph.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have a more optimistic outlook now than before the election?
The make-up of many councils has drastically changed and there are new people off to Europe. Feel better?
# Optimism
€2 billion budget cuts can be avoided* says ESRI
*If economic growth stays strong.
# Vroom vroom
Good sign for 2014? Car sales zoom ahead by 33 per cent
SIMI says that the upsurge in car sales has brought a sense of optimism to dealerships.
# Optimism
Don't write off United in title race, says Alex Ferguson
United are languishing 14 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and face a battle just to finish in the top four.
# Remember when
8 reasons you can't stop thinking about the joys of summer
Remember summer? Wasn’t it SO GREAT?
# blinkered
9 reasons why Ireland can beat New Zealand on Sunday
We’ve been softening this particular Kiwi up for 108 years and now its ripe for the plucking.
# Positivity
25 good things that have happened since the last budget
No matter how grim things seem today, there are still good things ahead.
# Optimism
The warm weather has been good for business, says IBEC
A group representing Irish businesses has said there are clear signs that the economy has picked up in recent months.
# Optimism
Irish investors 'feeling more positive about global economic outlook'
Survey of RaboDirect customers shows upswing in confidence about their personal and global financial situation – but they are slightly less sure about the Irish economy.
# Optimism
6 positives that can be taken from Ireland’s summer fixtures
The side’s recent games have ultimately been a worthwhile experience.
# pic of the day
This photo sums up everything you need to know about Irish weather
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# Optimism
Jose Bosingwa was laughing as he left the field today, despite QPR's relegation
The club’s manager, Harry Redknapp, also didn’t look too disappointed.
# be grand
12 reasons Ireland is the world’s most optimistic country
No really, we are, research says it.
# Optimism
Keith Wood 'impressed' with interviewees for Ireland job
The former Ireland star described how he was called by the IRFU “out of the blue”.
# Optimism
Rafa Benitez still thinks Chelsea will win at least one trophy this season
The Chelsea boss is remaining upbeat after yesterday’s defeat to Southampton.
# Optimism
15 reasons to be cheerful about Trap staying on as Ireland manager
The Italian coach is here to stay, whether Irish fans like it or not.
# Optimism
London 2012: 8 reasons why the Olympics will be awesome
There have been some less-than-glowing remarks made about the event of late, but here are some reasons to be positive.
# Optimism
O'Driscoll expects heroism in Hamilton
The Ireland captain is determined to put the painful lessons of Christchurch to good use during his side’s final encounter with the All Blacks.
# Optimism
No doubts for Guardiola ahead of Chelsea tie
Barcelona enter tonight’s Champions League fixture with Chelsea at risk of losing their third game in succession.
# Optimism
Domenicali: Bahrain GP must proceed
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes Formula One can help ease tensions in the troubled state by setting a positive example at this weekend’s Grand Prix.
# Happiness
Ireland comes 10th in UN's first ever 'World Happiness Report'
An aggregated index of international polls published by the UN shows we’re happier than people from the US or UK.
# Optimism
Do or die: Els set for Masters qualification bid
The veteran golfer insists he’s playing “good golf now,” as he seeks to secure a place for the tournament in August.