2018 Remembered – Meet the Portarlington woman with five grandchildren representing Laois

first_img Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Meet the incredible Portarlington granny In June, we did a lovely story about one special granny who had five grandchildren representing Laois this year.It was a dynamite year for the family, may they have many more like it. Grandparents are always proud of their grandchildren no matter what they do – but this Portarlington granny is especially chuffed with the exploits of five of hers.87-year-old Christina Bennett has five grandchildren who are representing Laois at various levels and codes this year.One of her grandsons, Diarmuid, lined out at full back for the Laois U-20s this year in their games against Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.Laois defeated Wicklow but losses to Kildare and Meath saw them fail to progress from the group.His younger brother Cathal is vice-captain of the Laois U-17 team where he is joined by first cousins Mikey Bennett and Daragh Galvin.The Laois U-17 team are unbeaten so far in their Leinster championship campaign.They defeated Wexford and Longford in their opening games before drawing with Carlow before the break for the exams.The U-17s face Kildare tomorrow night in Newbridge where a win will see them reach the Leinster semi finals.While Christina’s granddaughter Eva Galvin is currently gearing up for the Leinster Ladies Intermediate football final on Sunday where Laois will face Wicklow.Eva has represented Laois at all grades and has been recovering from a serious ankle injury she sustained over the winter.The forward had a huge impact on the Leinster semi final comeback win over Wexford two weeks’ ago.Eva came on at half time and scored a great goal with her first touch as Laois came back from six points down to win by one.The Bennett’s have a strong football tradition in Portarlington. Evan, who is Cathal and Diarmuid’s dad, represented Laois at all levels from minor to senior.He won two club championships with Portarlington in 1988 and 1995 – and now coaches within the club.His wife Janet is of course one half of our ‘Port Women’ duo with her sister Ashling.While Mikey father, also called Mikey, represented Portarlington too.Daragh and Eva’s dad Pat, who is originally from Dingle in Kerry, won a Munster minor title with his county in 1982.In 1985, Pat was on the West Kerry team that defeated Feale Rangers to lift the Kerry senior football championship title.Pat then moved up to Laois where he transferred to Portarlington and was also part of the victorious 1988 and 1995 teams alongside Evan.Christina is extremely proud of all of her grandchildren and is gearing up for a very big week.On Wednesday she will shout on her three grandsons in Newbridge and then on Sunday she will be off to Netwatch Cullen Park to support Eva.Daragh Galvin, Cathal Bennett and Mikey BennettEva Galvin Diarmuid Bennett 2018 Remembered – Meet the Portarlington woman with five grandchildren representing Laois By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd December 2018 Christina BennettSEE ALSO – Laois footballers “just weren’t prepared” for Leinster final, council hears Pinterest Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Home We Are Laois 2018 Remembered – Meet the Portarlington woman with five grandchildren representing Laois We Are Laois Pinterest TAGS2018 RememberedLaois GAA Previous articleIn Pictures: Mountrath primary school get into the Christmas spiritNext articleMan (31) killed in early morning Laois car crash LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Community Facebook Community Twitterlast_img read more

Heinrich Votes For $484 Billion Interim COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package For Small Businesses And Hospitals

first_imgU.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichWASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this afternoon after voting for the interim COVID-19 emergency relief package, which passed the Senate today. A summary of the legislation is available here.“This stopgap legislation is designed to quickly shore up the economic relief programs targeted for small businesses, provide more funding to our health care providers, and set the foundation for a much larger, national testing infrastructure that is absolutely critical to restoring confidence and reopening our economy. Resuming normal life relies on making COVID-19 testing readily available in every single community in every corner of the country, and ensuring that data is accessible and transparent.“It was clearly urgent to get more funds into programs like the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans that can serve as critical lifelines for small businesses and nonprofits. I am disappointed and deeply frustrated with the shortcomings in the delivery of these programs by the Trump administration. I hope the additional funding and key fixes to these programs in this legislation will allow the small businesses who need help–not just those who are well-connected–to finally receive it.“We still need to do so much more to invest in a broader public health response that’s rooted in science, and a strong long-term economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic. I am not done fighting for New Mexico’s priorities as the negotiations continue between the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House on the next major bill to protect our health and rebuild our country.”last_img read more