Bruff prepares for Bull ‘n’ Booze tag rugby festival

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Ciara Hogan and Eileen O'Sullivan look forward to last year's Bull 'n' Booze tag rugby festival in Bruff
PLENTY of sport and craic are guaranteed to be on the menu at Bruff Rugby Club on Saturday, August 10 when over 1,000 people are set to descend on Kilballyowen Park for the eighth annual Bull ‘n’ Booze tag rugby festival.

PLENTY of sport and craic are guaranteed to be on the menu at Bruff Rugby Club on Saturday, August 10 when over 1,000 people are set to descend on Kilballyowen Park for the eighth annual Bull ‘n’ Booze tag rugby festival.

According to the organisers, there is huge interest in the event with people set to travel to the village from all over the country.

“We will have teams from all over Ireland. They are coming from as far away as Donegal, West Cork, Dublin and Galway, so we will have a good spread,” explained Gerard Hehir, assistant treasurer of Bruff RFC.

The day-long tag rugby tournament will start at 1pm on Saturday, August 10 and will run on until 8pm.

“We have 40 teams – that’s guaranteed, with around 600 people taking part. You will have anything up to 1,000 people around on the day,” continued Gerard.

The organisers of the festival say the day-long tournament is open to players of all skill levels.

“The Bull ‘n’ Booze is perfect for amateur and seasoned players alike with plenty to do on and off the pitch,” said Gerard Hehir.

In addition to the friendly-but-compeditive on field action during the day-long tournament, there will be other attractions on the day. For those who want to make a weekend of it, camping facilities will be available beside the rugby grounds, free of charge, on both the Friday and Saturday nights.

There will also be a bar a specially erected marquee, and breakfasts and evening meals can be purchased in the clubhouse throughout the weekend.

In addition, there will be an all-day barbecue on the Saturday for all of the contestants and later in the evening, after the awards ceremony, there will be live music by Hot Fuss.

This will be followed by a disco with tickets available for non-players.

“Some of the teams are arriving on Friday night, they are camping out or staying locally. Everything is based at the rugby club in Kilballyowen,” said Gerard, who added that the festival, which is one of the biggest of its kind in County Limerick will give a boost to the local economy.

“There will be a good spin-off for the local area including the B&Bs in the Bruff and Kilmallock area and the local publicans,” he said.

Anybody interested in taking part in this year’s event can register up until this Saturday, August 3.

“There are 12 on a team and to enter a team it costs €200,” Gerard explained.

“Teams are mixed. There has to be three females playing on the pitch at all times. They are all guaranteed four games and each match goes on for 20 minutes.”

Entry forms and details are on bruffrfc.com or contact 0863796918/0861717535 or email: brufftagrugby@gmail.com.