Coronavirus: UK household finances in worst state since 2011

first_imgWith a great deal of uncertainty about how long the coronavirus lockdown will last, households were deeply pessimistic about the future. The gauge of future financial security hit its lowest level in more than eight years. As coronavirus battered the economy, UK households reported the biggest fall in income since 2009 in March (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: UK household finances in worst state since 2011 Monday 20 April 2020 11:55 am Show Comments ▼ As companies laid off workers in March, incomes plunged at the fastest rate since 2009 “by a wide margin,” IHS Markit said. whatsapp As coronavirus battered the economy, UK households reported the biggest fall in income since 2009 in March (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: UK household finances in worst state since 2011 The household finance index from data firm IHS Markit – which measures households’ views of their financial wellbeing – plunged to 34.9 in April from 42.5 in March.  It was the fastest fall since records began in 2009 and took the gauge to its lowest point in almost nine years, showing the intense strain UK households are under. Coronavirus: UK household finances in worst state since 2011 Households showed signs of severe stress in March despite unprecedented interventions in the economy from the government. Treasury schemes include a promise to support £330bn of lending and to pay 80 per cent of the wages of workers that would otherwise be laid off. As coronavirus battered the economy, UK households reported the biggest fall in income since 2009 in March (AFP via Getty Images) Despite the job retention scheme, which launched today, households’ perception of job security fell at the fastest rate since records began, IHS Markit said. Hundreds of thousands of people are already thought to have lost their jobs, judging by benefits applications. Households with members working in media, culture and entertainment were the most concerned. Those working in education, health or social care were the least downbeat. UK households said their finances were in the worst position since 2011 in March as coronavirus battered the economy, according to a new survey. whatsapp “The latest data were compiled during the first week of April and therefore give an early indication of the severe impact on household finances from the public health emergency,” said Joe Hayes, economist at IHS Markit. He said there was some positivity in the survey data, however. “Overall measures of cash available to spend and household debt [are] proving much more stable than workplace incomes.” Households also reported that their income from employment plunged at the fastest rate in at least 11 years and fears about job security spiked. The dire survey data came a week after the UK’s budget watchdog said the economy could shrink by 35 per cent in the second quarter and 2m people could lose their jobs. Share Harry Robertson last_img read more

Number of foster kids at record high, caseworkers overloaded

first_imgFamily | HealthNumber of foster kids at record high, caseworkers overloadedApril 25, 2016 by Anne Hillman, KSKA Share:Nearly 3,000 children are in out of home care in Alaska – an all-time high – and as a result, caseworkers are overburdened and can’t give foster kids or foster families the attention they need.“If you give a worker twice as many cases as is reasonably able to be done, the entire system is going to suffer,” said Travis Erickson, the operations manager for the state’s Office of Children’s Services.Erickson has been with the agency for 17 years and says the problem isn’t new. “I could have given the same speech five years ago, ten years ago, and 15 years ago. The only thing that’s different, really, is that we’re doing a better job at keeping children safe, and the system is being taxed harder than it has been probably ever.”Erickson said multiple factors are driving up the numbers statewide. One is OCS is screening more reports of abuse to see if the government needs to intervene sooner. They are trying to reduce rates of repeat maltreatment, and keep children safer.Substance abuse is the number one reason kids end up in foster care, “but it’s really not clear how much the heroin growth and these designer drugs are really affecting the numbers,” he said. “But we’re concerned about it.”He said heroin could be adding to the numbers or could just be taking the place of other drugs. They’ll have new data analysis tools available in a few months to make that determination.The end result is the court system is determining that more kids should be placed in out of home care. And with incoming case numbers increasing, it’s harder for caseworkers to look after the kids who are already in foster care and see if they can safely be reunited with their parents or sent to another long-term family. Caseworkers just don’t have the time, so the kids just stay in the system longer.“If you were to go and interview anyone of our workers and say, ‘Hey are you keeping up on your workload?’ You’d probably get some gasping, some bewildered looks, and then something along the lines of ‘No, I’m not keeping up. I’m trying my best but no, I’m not keeping up.”The agency is seeing similar problems in both rural and urban Alaska, according to Director Christy Lawton. In rural areas, especially western Alaska, it’s exacerbated by smaller offices and an inability to recruit local people in small communities to work with an agency that’s often mistrusted.Lawton said they end up hiring people from outside of Alaska who don’t stay long enough to really build trust with the communities. “And that, then, really decreases our ability to have the most successful interventions and to work with the community in a way that’s going to produce better results all around. So it’s, unfortunately, a really vicious cycle, and we’ve been stuck with trying to find real solutions that work.”For Erickson, the solution is ultimately preventing child neglect and abuse instead of just reacting to it. In his view, that’s not solely the job of government, it’s up to the whole community.“I would really like us to wake up as a state and say we’ve gotta do something different, and that’s going to take some radical thinking.”Share this story:last_img read more

Insurance firm FBD sees earnings hit by increasingly difficult claims environment

first_img Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Monday 24 August 2015 9:08 pm whatsapp Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Insurance firm FBD sees earnings hit by increasingly difficult claims environment whatsapp Share IRISH insurance group FBD yesterday reported a pre-tax loss of €96m (£71m) for the first six months of 2015, on what chief executive Fiona Muldoon called a “difficult day” for the firm and its shareholders.The company said in a statement: “The previously signalled claims uncertainty in Ireland has continued and deteriorated further. The existing business strategy has not delivered profitable growth and, given the significant losses reported today [Monday], the group has reviewed its strategic direction”.The firm is to embark on a process of “significant reserve strengthening”, and has already strengthened prior year reserves by €88m.According to the company, “the adverse case reserve development experienced in the first half of 2015 has been worse than any previous periods.” It attributed this deterioration to legal changes around claims which have taken place over the past 18 months.Meanwhile, the company is also moving to a focused business strategy, concentrating on its farming and agri book, and plans to divest its stake in FBD Property and Leisure.“These results reflect very serious increased claims costs in our industry,” said Muldoon.“We are taking decisive action now to de‐risk our strategy and return to profitability by the end of 2016.” last_img read more

News / ACG eyes bumper business this year and new aircraft for passenger charter market

first_img AirCargoGlobal, the carrier born from the ashes of Air Cargo Germany, is eyeing the passenger charter market as it looks to acquire a new aircraft.The news, reported by Austrian site, follows an interview with ACG shareholders Slovakian tycoon Igor Bondarenko and former Aeroflot-Cargo boss Andrey Goryashko, who has a minority stake.Operating for more than a year, ACG flies two 747-400Fs mainly on behalf of the UK’s Magma Aviation on scheduled services out of Brussels and offers ad hoc charters, with the main focus on Africa. It has also carried out several humanitarian flights, in particular for the UN.A source at the carrier told The Loadstar ACG was “still doing OK”. This year it expects tonne-km to triple those of the previous year. Magma said it had blockspace agreements booked throughout the year and expects to break even this year. By Alex Lennane 19/11/2015 Despite its AOC being registered in Slovakia, earlier this month it had its first flight into Bratislava, according to local media, but there is lack of adequate infrastructure at the airport for 747s.Now ACG is considering diversifying and adding a passenger aircraft to its ranks.The carrier wants to fly charters between Chinese cities and Bratislava, after Chinese authorities thought there could be as many as 1,000 passengers a week making up demand. Negotiations are at an “advanced stage” apparently.last_img read more

Premium / Analysis: Expeditors the next takeover target for DP-DHL?

first_img New Premium subscriber REGISTER Please Login LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* Password* Please either REGISTER or login below to continue << Go back Premium subscriber LOGIN By Alessandro Pasetti 10/03/2017 Reset Your Password Reset As I ponder whether any freight forwarder – apart from Panalpina – could be poised for a change of ownership, more evidence emerges in the annual results of market leader DP-DHL that major asset-light logistics operators have arrived at a critical juncture.Market conditionsOh yes, I am looking forward to sifting through the full financial results of the German behemoth next week. But briefly, it is important to flag certain warning signs in its trading update, dated 8 March, which shows ... Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premiumlast_img read more

Premium / Market Insight: Has MIQ Logistics put the For Sale sign up?

first_imgBy Alessandro Pasetti 03/01/2019 New Premium subscriber REGISTER Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Reset Premium subscriber LOGIN Please Login Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Rumoured takeover target MIQ Logistics has attracted a lot of interest from the executives in my network in recent weeks.Many have pointed out the US-based 3PL is a palatable bolt-on for asset-light logistics providers – not only for rumoured buyer Noatum Maritime, but also for larger would-be suitors.The dealThe target – a YRC Worldwide spin-off from August 2010 – is private, so only few headline financial details are available, but it could well be a smaller, revisited version of the 2005 OHL takeover by France’s … Email* Password* LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Reset Your Password Email* << Go backlast_img read more

$731.1 million Powerball ticket sold in Maryland

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments One ticket sold in Florida wins a $238 million Powerball jackpot March 29, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: jackpotMega Millionspowerball RELATEDTOPICS A person in Maryland matched all six numbers in the Wednesday night Powerball drawing, winning the estimated $731.1 million jackpot. The winner will have the choice between an estimated annuity of $731.1 million, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment of $546.8 million. Both prize options are before taxes.Wednesday night’s jackpot was the fourth-largest in Powerball history.The winning numbers in the Wednesday, January 20 drawing were white balls 40, 53, 60, 68, 69, plus Powerball 22, and Power Play multiplier 3X. AdvertisementPlayers are being reminded to check their tickets for one of the nine ways to win. In Wednesday’s drawing alone, more than 4.4 million tickets won prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million.According to Powerball, 12 tickets matched all five white balls but missed matching the red Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. The $1 million-winning tickets were sold in California (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (2), Maine, Michigan, New Jersey (3) and Oregon. One other ticket, sold in Maryland, matched all five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million, because the ticket included the Power Play option for an additional $1. Wednesday’s jackpot win capped what has been the longest jackpot run in Powerball history.On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Powerball jackpot resets to $20 million. Winning ticket for $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Michigan January 24, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Central Florida man claims $235.4 million jackpot prize April 16, 2021 Estero man wins $500,000 Powerball prize with fortune cookie numbers March 1, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Calls for safety measures near GAA Club to be carried out

first_img Pinterest Home News Council Calls for safety measures near GAA Club to be carried out NewsCouncil By Siun Lennon – 21st November 2018 Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, November 21, 2018Next articleLaois GAA Fixture Review Committee proposes changing hurling championships to old format Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. TAGSBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick MunicipalCllr James Kelly Community Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Council Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Facebook Calls for safety measures near GAA Club to be carried out One Laois county councillor has called for road safety measures to be carried out in a GAA club in the county.Cllr James Kelly raised the issue of carrying out road safety measures at Trumera Cross and the nearby GAA club.He stated that from last year’s budget €30,000 should be available at the latest Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting.“That area is very busy,” he added, highlighting the new national school beside the community centre adding to the numbers travelling to and from the area.Senior engineer Stan Cullen said, “This location will be assessed. Any road safety issues will be referred to Road Design.”The motion was seconded by cllr Brendan Phelan.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Laois competitors soar at Leinster Irish dancing championships Twitterlast_img read more

CEO of National Roads Authority contacted over bus services in three Laois communities being cancelled

first_imgHome News CEO of National Roads Authority contacted over bus services in three Laois… NewsPolitics TAGSBrian Stanley TDJJ Kavanaghs Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest GAA CEO of National Roads Authority contacted over bus services in three Laois communities being cancelled Today the news broke that the JJ Kavanagh’s bus service from Dublin to Limerick will no longer be stopping in Borris-in-Ossory, Mountrath and Castletown.They will stop servicing the areas on Tuesday, April 16.Speaking to LaoisToday, a spokesperson from JJ Kavanagh’s said duration of the route and feasibility are two of the reasons the three above stops will be removed from the Dublin-Limerick route.JJ Kavanagh’s have said that it is not feasible to service these areas, due to the small numbers of passengers there.Laois TD Brian Stanley has since said that he has made representations to the CEO of the National Roads Authority on the matter.“The huge loss of 8 daily services through the towns, leaves these areas without any connecting bus to Kildare, Dublin City and Dublin Airport.“These services are well used and will have a major effect on people who have weekly and monthly tickets.“If these service cuts go ahead the only service going through these towns from April 16 will be Townlink, which offers 3 services per day. This is not enough as these towns are growing and need at least the full eight services,” said Deputy Stanley.No alternative service has been announced as of yet, but local councillors have previously mentioned their wishes to see Laois Local Link services expanded, which are currently trailing a new successful nighttime route in some towns around the county.The JJ Kavanaghs service will continue to operate to and from Portlaoise.SEE ALSO – Two communities in Laois without water this afternoon Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp GAA By Siun Lennon – 5th April 2019 Previous articleTwo communities in Laois without water this afternoonNext articleChildren with additional needs given the opportunity to ‘Rock’ by local GAA community Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

Six Laois football teams set to go for All-Ireland Feile glory in Connacht

first_img GAA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleWarm welcome to the news that Portlaoise Mail Centre is here to stayNext articleOur guide to what’s on this sunny June weekend Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp GAA GAA Home Sport GAA Six Laois football teams set to go for All-Ireland Feile glory in… SportGAA Twitter Six Laois football teams set to go for All-Ireland Feile glory in Connacht WhatsApp TAGSFeile football Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results By Alan Hartnett – 27th June 2019 Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Pinterest This year six Laois teams – four in football and two in ladies football – will be heading to Connacht for the Feile na nGael.Portarlington, Ballyroan-Abbey, The Harps, O’Dempsey’s in football and St Conleth’s and Ballyfin in ladies football camogie are all representing Laois in their respective codes and divisions.The weekend begins on Friday the each team playing two matches in the evening.On Saturday morning they play the remaining team in their group, which will decide if they reach the Shield or Cup competitions.Quarter-finals in both the Shield and Cup take place on Saturday afternoon with different venues hosting the semi-final and finals on Sunday.Here is a run down on each of the teams:Portarlington – FootballDivision 2 Group APortarlington claimed their first ever Laois Feile title following an eight point victory over Portlaoise in the LOETB Centre of Excellence in April. Captain Corey Geoghegan led a second half comeback which saw him score a brilliant goal and set up another as Portarlington turned a four point deficit around.Portarlington’s achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that they went through the entire weekend with just 15 players.They defeated Stradbally Parish Gaels, Killeshin and Ballylinan on their way to the final with the minimum amount of players as a rugby trip to England took away a number of players who would have been available to them otherwise.PORTARLINGTON: Patrick Bennett, Kian Barry, Ben McEvoy, Jack Murphy, Fionn Ryan, Sean Michael Bracken, Hugo Emerson, Corey Geogheon Lyons, Conor Weldon, Daniel Stanfanov, Jordan Downey, Sean Bennett, Eoin McEvoy, Luke McEvoy, Kailyn Flood, Matthew O Sullivan, Ben McCann, Conor Maher, Tom Corcoran, Sean Michael Ward, Fionn LyonsManagement: Dermot Weldon,Damien Ryan, Mick Murphy and Mick MurphyPortarlington Feile 2019 winnersFIXTURES: FRIDAY:Portarlington v Ballinasloe (Mayo) 5.30pm in BallinasloePortarlington v Four Masters (Donegal) 7pm in BallinasloeSATURDAY: Portarlington v St Michael’s (Galway) 10.45am in WestsideBallyroan-AbbeyDivision 5 Group BBallyroan-AbbeyBallyroan-Abbey defeated The Harps by a single point in the LOETB Centre of Excellence to claim the B title back in April.There was little or nothing between these two teams at the end of the game as The Harps came back from a seven point deficit at half-time to come up just one shy by the final whistle.It was the second weekend in a row that The Harps have experienced final heartache after losing the hurling decider to Camross seven days previous.This was the first silverware this particular group of players from Ballyroan-Abbey have ever won and they will look to add an All-Ireland title this weekendBALLYROAN-ABBEY: Jake Keane, Rian O’Mahoney, Daniel Cass, Luke Byrne; Tommy Ward, Tom O’Keeffe, Cormac Byrne; Darren Mulhall, Kyle Mullen, Jack Finlay, Fionn Delaney, Eli Quinn; Kallum Fitzpatrick, Ted Whelan, Stephen O’Donnell, Lee Palmer, Adam Jones, Ben Meredith, Ethan Robinson, Eoin Prendergast, James Walker, Tommy Ward, Colin Scully, Billy O’Sullivan, Cormac ByrneFIXTURESFRIDAY:Ballyroan-Abbey v Clifden (Galway) at 5.30pm in IslandeadyBallyroan-Abbey v Castlemitchel (Kildare) 7.30pm in IslandeadySATURDAY:Ballyroan-Abbey v Crossmalina Deel Rovers (Mayo) 10.30am in CrossmalinaThe HarpsDivision 10 Group BThe Harps are one of two boys teams that have received invites to compete in the competition this year.After being beaten in both the hurling ‘A’ and football ‘B’ deciders, this is some reward for the players who competed valiantly in both finals.THE HARPS: Lochlan Curran, Rory Walsh, Mark Downey , Donal Deegan, Will Duggan, Liam Kirby, Eoghan Murphy, Neil Stanley, Ciarán Flynn, Cole Brennan, Darragh Townsend, Jack Dunphy, Cormac Dunne, Bobby Murphy, Justin Duggan, Martin Drennan, Shane Shortall, Aaron Holohan, Simon Comerford, Tom Kennedy, Ross Deegan, Ciarán Walsh, Ethan Lafferty, Ross DeeganFIXTURESFRIDAY:The Harps v Stokestown (Roscommon) in Strokestown at 4.45pmThe Harps v St Joseph’s (Cavan) in Strokestown at 7pmSATURDAY: The Harps v Kilglass/St Barry’s in Tarmonbarry at 10.45amO’Dempsey’s Division 13 Group DO’Dempsey’sThe second of the invited teams are O’Dempsey’s who will play in Division 13.Their host team are Moycullen GFC which is 12km outside Galway city. There are a total of 21 players traveling to the Feile with a good mixture of 13 and 14 year olds that have played with each other up through the years.The players are really looking forward to the whole Feile experience and to making new friends and new memories.The club would also like to wish Portarlington Gracefield and St. Conleths the best of luck in the Feile over the coming weekend.O’DEMPSEY’S: Diarmaid Fallon, Conor Kearney, Eimhin O’Neill, Lorcan Coleman, Alex Craig, Daragh Fox, Adam O’Leary, Sean Gutierrez, Eddie Bale, Ryan Phelan, Joe Finn, Seanan Fitzpatrick, Cian Byrne, Owen Bale, Darren Keogh, Nathan Duffy, Daniel Donoher, Eoin Garry, Aaron Costello, James Byrne, Dan PunchMANAGEMENT TEAM: Eamonn Fitzpatrick, Paul Byrne and Tommy FallonFIXTURESFRIDAY:O’Dempsey’s v Claregalway (Galway) in Moycullen 5.30pmO’Dempsey’s v Clashmore/Kinsalebeg (Waterford) in Moycullen 7pmSATURDAY:O’Dempsey’s v Moycullen B (Galway) in Moycullen 10.15amSt Conleth’s – Ladies FootballDivision 2 Group CIf there was ever a club making huge strides at underage level, it’s St Conleth’s. Their progress and focus on underage football has shown to have reaped rewards of seeds long sewn. One particular group of skilled St Conleth’s players is their U14 panel. St Conleth’s defeated Portlaoise in the Laois ‘A’ Feile final this year, 1-4 to 0-4. On their path to that final St Conleth’s came up against a determined St Brigid’s side but showed great character to win out by two points.Portlaoise fought until the very end but sheer resilence and only allowing The Town kick two points in the opening half meant St Conleth’s saw this final out as Feile winners for the second year in a row.This wasn’t the only trophy this young St Conleth’s side picked up this year. In a second meeting of the Feile finalists, St Conleth’s emerged on top of the Town – 3-9 to 2-5. They are now placed in group C of division two against teams from Galway and Wicklow. ST CONLETHS: Eibhinn Hodgins, Aoibhe Hoary, Siofra Dillon, Hayley Murray, Ciara Doyle, Aoibhe McMahon, Alice Kerins, Mellissa Donnelly, Sarah Hynes, Holly Hanway, Neala Byrne, Aoibhe Byron, Aoife Cummins, Rachel Donagher, Megan Murray, Ava Luttrell, Sarah Hyland, Saoirse Booth, Laoise Cooper Keogh, Orlaith Cooper Keogh, Aoife Donohoe, Susannah Hoey Moore, Eimear Gildrea, Sinead Slevin, Niamh Fenlon. Management: Stephen Hoary, Pat Cummins, Siobhan Hanway, Tyrone Murray, Lisa Doran, Brian Donagher.FIXTURESFRIDAY:Glenamaddy Williamstown (Galway) v St Conleth’s 5.30pm in GlenamaddySt Conleth’s v Tinahely (Wicklow) 7pm in GlenamaddySATURDAY:Annaghdown (Galway) v St Conleth’s 10am in Annaghdown Ballyfin – Ladies FootballDivision 7 Group B BallyfinBallyfin emerged victors in a very exciting affair against Mountrath in Laois ‘B’ final.Both Ballyfin and Mountrath played very tough semi finals, with Ballyfin defeating Killeshin in the semi-final to emerge to the grand finale.Both teams left it all on the field but it Ballyfin who finished victors on a scoreline of 5-4 to 3-1.BALLYFIN: Aoife Brennan, Kacey Hogan, Ella Ryan, Eva Timmons, Blathin Smyth, Chloe Bergin, Deirbhile C-Fennell, Sally Horgan, Emer Dunne, Cara Goode, Hannah McEvoy, Ciara Meade, Ella Dunphy, Alannah Culbertson, Erinn Feighery, Kim Fitzpatrick, Abigail Culleton, Kelly Lalor, Niamh Goode, Sophie Culinan, Niamh Heffernan, Amy Moore, Isabel Conroy.Management: Fergal Feighery, Anne-Marie Lloyd, Damien Cullinan, Kirsten Dunphy ClasseonFIXTURESFRIDAY: Claregalway B (Galway) v Ballyfin 4.45pm in Kilconly (Galway)St Kevin’s (Louth) v Ballyfin 7pm in KilconlySATURDAY:Kilconly v Ballyfin 10am in KilconlySEE ALSO – Laois hurler who won a Leinster football title in Croke Park hoping to emulate success this weekend 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more