Limerick tag rugby event to aid South Africa

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

FUNDS raised at an upcoming tag rugby festival in Limerick will go towards a township building programme in South Africa later this year.

FUNDS raised at an upcoming tag rugby festival in Limerick will go towards a township building programme in South Africa later this year.

The festival is the brainchild of four local stalwart volunteers with the Niall Mellon Township Trust, which builds houses in the townships of South Africa.

Pat Durkan, a member of UL Bohemian RFC, has worked with the charity for the past two years, and this year’s trip will take volunteers to Witsand, which had an unemployment rate of 100 per cent in 2005.

Mr Durkan said apart from the birth of his three children, his time with the Niall Mellon Township Trust has been ‘the best chapter of his life thus far’.

“I heard all the stories before I travelled but nothing could prepare you for the absolute poverty and misery you are met with, where even a freshly emptied paint bucket or a simple safety pin can help make a difference,” he said. Ireland and Munster rugby player Paul O’Connell has lent his support to the upcoming tag rugby festival. The sporting legend recently launched the official website of the Hammer & Trowel Charity Tag Rugby Festival, which will be held on June 11 at the grounds of UL Bohemian RFC in Annacotty.

UL Bohemian RFC agreed to allow use of their grounds in Annacotty to run the event.

A team of up to 15 people can be enter the tag rugby festival at €200.

For more details see www.limericktagrugby.com