Friends of beloved Portarlington teen to run marathon in her memory

first_img WhatsApp Friends of beloved Portarlington teen to run marathon in her memory By Alan Hartnett – 25th April 2018 Facebook Previous articleGolf Classic in aid of Cuisle Centre aiming to raise much needed fundsNext articleLaois woman recalls her own personal story as she campaigns for Yes Vote 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. Rugby Friends of Rachel Flanagan to run Women’s Mini Marathon in her memory A group of friends of a young Portarlington woman who passed away last month are to run the Women’s Mini Marathon in her memory.Rachel Flanagan lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis in March.But now, in her memory, a group of 15 girls are doing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.Gráinne Smyth, Katie Lawlor, Sarah McLoughlin, Róisín Costello, Catriona Gallagher, Clíodhna Murphy, Rebecca Browne, Emma Murphy, Katie Higgins, Aoibhínn Dixon, Kayleigh Stapleton, Katie Pigott, Lily Cunningham, Rebecca Hogan and Sylvanna Sammy will all run in June.The girls set up a fundraising page yesterday and it has raised almost €800 already.One of the girls, Gráinne Smyth, recalls Rachel as a bubbly person with a contagious laugh.She said: “It is safe to say that Rachael had a major impact on all of us, and anyone who knew her.“She was the bubbliest girl with the most contagious laugh, whenever we talk about her we always talk about her laugh and everyone goes into stitches laughing. Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Home News Friends of beloved Portarlington teen to run marathon in her memory News Community “This is the least we can do in her memory.“Rachael was the recipient of a double lung transplant. How much Rachael’s life changed when she got that lung transplant was so amazing.“As well as creating awareness for Cystic Fibrosis we are also urging people to become organ donors because it changes people’s lives.”Anyone wishing to donate to the girls can do so by clicking here.The girls asked us to publish this part of a poem to help remember Rachael:The most beautiful little bird with tired little wings, and a gorgeous smile that made every heart sing.A love for life that just beamed from within, the strongest fighter that just would not give in.Be proud that you touched so many lives and hearts, we’ll think of you every single day apart. WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 of 6 Council Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding SEE ALSO – Experimental Laois footballers go down to Meath in Graiguecullen Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Pinterest TAGSRachel FlanaganWomens Mini Marathon last_img read more