Monkstown meet up with old friends

Rugby clubs in Ireland have faced many challenges over the years. Time and again the clubs have risen to these challenges through the support of their loyal members. A loyalty borne out of the unbreakable bond of friendship found uniquely in the club game.

Monkstown FC, based in the heart of Sandymount in Dublin, is one such club and boasts one of the longest and richest rugby traditions in the country spanning the last three centuries.

Hundreds of friendships have been formed on its hallowed turf, and many more in the club bar and on the famous Sydney Parade dancehall floor.

On Sunday, February 10, before the Ireland v England match, Monkstown FC hosted a Matchday Reunion Lunch to reconnect old friends. Unsurprisingly, the lunch was oversubscribed and the clubhouse packed with representatives from teams covering the last seven decades.

"Members are lifelong friends and the reunion is a great opportunity for the club to help maintain and strengthen the friendships that define us as a club," says communications director Christian Kinnear.

In addition to a number of Monkstown legends, Leinster and Ireland legend Victor Costello was guest of honour.