Saturday 22 November 2014

Leinster Rugby Ball: Players and partners celebrate at Mansion House

Kirsten Blake-Knox

Published 03/05/2014 | 20:45

Leinster rugby players and their partners celebrated the years achievements in style at the exclusive black tie Leinster Rugby Awards Ball in the Round Room at Dublin's Mansion House.

Eoin Reddan, Devin Toner, Ian Madigan and Leo Cullen were all in attendance but insisted it would be an early night.

"It won't be too wild," Madigan said. "There's a big match in Edinburgh next weekend so we can't stay up too late but it should be a lot of fun."

Eoin Reddan said it would be an emotional night. "With Brian and Leo leaving there will be emotional moments. They have both contributed so much to Leinster."

Cian Healy arrived with his girlfriend Holly Carpenter who wore a blood red Starla dress.

Players enjoyed a drink or two in Sam's Bar on Dawson Street before heading into the Mansion House for a champagne reception.

3 May 2014; Leinster's Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball.  Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster's Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Mike and Kimberley Ross in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Darragh Fanning and Katie Flanagan in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster's Jack McGrath and Sinead Corcoran in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster's Jordi Murphy and Laura Finnegan in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster branch President Paul Deering and Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster's Martin Moore and Lona O'Connor in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Sinead and Eimear Coffey of Leinster Rugby in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster's Noel Reid and Ian Madigan in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Sean Ahearne and Collie Joyce Ahearn from Wexford CBS in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Jim Dowling, Aoife Dowling, Cepta Dowling, Caroline Chambers and Darragh Dowling, from Suttonians Rugby Club in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014;Leinster branch President Paul Deering and his wife Joyce in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Professor Arthur Tanner and his wife Ann in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Darragh McGinley and Nicola Long in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Leinster's Brendan Macken and Charlotte Cunningham in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2014; Rosanne Phelan, from Ballacolla, Co. Laois, left, Elma Beirne, from Naas, Co. Kildare, and Carrie Atkinson, from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, right, in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Guests were treated to a Parma ham and grilled peach salad for starters, free range chicken breast wrapped served with truffled gnocchi and spinach pesto as a main.

Finally, the Leinster squad tucked into a cuinneog buttermilk pannacotta with poached rhubarb and strawberry compote dessert.

 

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