THE countdown to the eleventh staging of the Pig ‘n’ Porter tag rugby festival is nearly over, with more than 4,000 people and 130 teams expected to travel to Limerick this weekend.
One of the great success stories among annual events in Limerick, the event is the biggest one day tag rugby festival in the world and, as befitting its status, will boast some of the world’s top ‘taggers’ also.
Many of the top Australian players involved in the Tag Rugby International Cup have put their name down for the Pig ‘n’ Porter as part of their preparation for the World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand this December.
And hoteliers are expecting a bumper weekend for the festival, with more than 70% of the expected 130 teams registered coming from outside the Limerick area for the Old Crescent based event, which runs this Saturday.
“We’re very excited about this weekend with some of the world’s best tag rugby players en route to Limerick and fingers crossed as it looks like the sun might even be shining,” said Padraic O’Connor, organiser.
“It’s hard to believe we’re into our 11th year and we’re thrilled that once again the event is a sell-out. The Pig ‘n’ Porter has something for everyone, whether you’re a player, spectator or want to enjoy a great day out and we’re delighted to be firmly a part of the Limerick sporting calendar,” he added.
Up to five teams are to travel all the way from Australia, while a large number from the UK and France are expected to take part in the event.
Jerry Flannery’s Bar on Catherine Street will host a welcome party for players this Friday night, while a massive festival marquee is erected in Old Crescent for post-tag entertainment on Saturday night.
Some of Ireland’s top rugby players travelled to Limerick for the event last year and are expected to do so again this Saturday.
A fantastic fun filled day is planned with lots of children’s entertainment, the iconic pig on a spit BBQ and lots more.
Held in association with the Irish Tag Rugby Association, the event is supported by Heinz Tomato Ketchup, whose marketing manager Maresa Cagney praised it as being “an international festival that the whole family can enjoy”.
The event celebrated its tenth anniversary last year and has racked up some incredible figures since its formation in 2002, boasting 35,000 attendees, 830 teams taking part, 19,800 pork baps consumed, washed down by a whopping 66,000 pints, while four marriages have arisen from flirtations on the grounds.
Spectators are welcome to attend. For more information on the Pign’Porter festival and tickets visit www.pignporter.com.