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Moment in Time: Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in 2000

At the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. From left, back: Pat O'Keeffe, Johnny Delaney, Denis O'Sullivan, Charles McCormack, Philip Meagher and Paraic Whelan. Front: Dympna Delaney, Monica McCormack, Sylvia Whelan, Annette O'Sullivan, Noreen Meagher and Anne O'Keeffe. Photo: Alf Harvey.

It seems a long time since any of us have been able to dress up and go to an event.

So these photos from a Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance 21 years ago in 2000 will surely feel like a lifetime ago for those featured.

Yet there’s something classic and timeless about the style at a black-tie event.

The dinner was hosted in the old Killeshin Hotel on the Dublin Road.

Pints and bow-ties, rising stars of the club and former greats – it had all the makings of a great event.

Sadly, some of those pictured are no longer with us, like Joe Ramsbottom, who passed away prematurely in 2006.

You can check out a selection of Alf Harvey’s photos below.

And let the years roll by!

Cora Maher and Bridie Keenan at the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. mPhoto: Alf Harvey.
TC Keenan, Denis Aldritt, Bob Hovendon and Nigel Peavoy at the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey.
Harry Nicholls, Roland Bradley and Paul Hyland at the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey.
Louise Fitzgibbon, Susan Lenihan and Linda Rigney at the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey.
Liz Conroy, Bernie Aldritt and Ita Kavanagh at the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey.
At the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. From left, back: Pat O’Keeffe, Johnny Delaney, Denis O’Sullivan, Charles McCormack, Philip Meagher and Paraic Whelan. Front: Dympna Delaney, Monica McCormack, Sylvia Whelan, Annette O’Sullivan, Noreen Meagher and Anne O’Keeffe. Photo: Alf Harvey.
Joe and Kate Ramsbottom at the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey.
Coleman Young, Tess Walsh, Olive Ryan, Noel Ryan, Anne Young and Pat Walsh at the Portlaoise Rugby Club Dinner Dance in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey.

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