The Laois Republic of Ireland Supporters Club held an evening with Ireland and Liverpool legend Ray Houghton on Saturday, November 18.
The evening was held in Humes Pub and all of the funds raised went to the Cusile Centre in Portlaoise.
Fresh from being voted as RTÉ’s Ireland’s greatest sporting moment of the 80’s for his goal in Euro 88, Ray Houghton talked to supporters, stood in for photos and even posed for a picture with a poster to save Portlaoise A&E.
He talked about his playing days during the Golden Jack Charlton and Liverpool era’s and playing under Big Ron and beside the legendary Paul McGrath at Aston Villa.
There were raffles on the night with signed sports memorabilia, vouchers and hampers. There was live music afterwards and a great nights entertainment was had.
The event was a fundraiser for the Cuisle Centre which was founded in Portlaoise in 2004.
It is a registered charity offering professional support to people diagnosed with cancer and to their families.
The Cuisle Centre has both a structured and an informal approach to each person’s care. People are encouraged to use the centre on an informal basis where they are able to meet professionally trained people in a relaxed, calm and homely atmosphere.
Have a look through the photos from the event which were sent to the Leinster Express by John Paul Cushen.