LIMERICK is braced for an influx of tag-crazed rugby players this weekend, as the Pig ‘n’ Porter roars into life.
Held in association the Irish Tag Rugby Association, the Old Crescent festival claims to be the “largest tag rugby event in the world”.
Up to 145 teams will take part in the three day event, which begins this Thursday, the 13th staging of one of the biggest festivals on Limerick’s calendar.
Eighty tag aficionados have already arrived from Australia, keen to get their hands on the Tri-Nations cup this year, while the best of Ireland, Great Britain and Australia will go head to head on Friday for the right to be crowned ‘best tag nation in the world’.
But in the main the event is a social one, with the bulk of teams taking part on Saturday, while thousands will dance the night away in a marquee at the club.
Limerick can expect a huge swelling of visitors, with a high percentage of those taking part - upwards of 80% - coming from outside the region. Last year’s event boasted overall numbers that were among the biggest yet seen, with over 5,000 through the gate.
“Over the course of the three days, there will be 7,000 or 8,000 people. It is huge for Limerick,” said Eugene O’Riordan, chairman.
“We have about ten teams from the UK , teams from Dublin, Galway, Belfast, everywhere really.
“That is, by any stretch, absolutely massive.”
Tickets for Saturday are available at www.pignporter.com.