Tag ruby is huge in Limerick, now gaelic gets in on it!

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Launching the tag gaelic tournament to be held in UL in aid of Milford Care Centre were, from left, Cllr Michael Sheahan, organiser; Con Enright;, Milford; Sean Herbert, Limerick hurling star James Ryan and Ollie Coffey, far right, all Limerick GAA development officers; Laura Bourke, Masterchefs; and Sean Madden, organiser.Picture: Mike Cowhey
LIMERICK’S first ever charity tag gaelic tournament is to take place in UL.

LIMERICK’S first ever charity tag gaelic tournament is to take place in UL.

That’s not a misprint - it’s tag gaelic, not rugby.

It is a new and exciting field sport where enjoyment is the name of the game. Hybrid in nature, it combines the tagging element of tag rugby, the fielding mark of Australian rules and gaelic football’s main skill set of hand passing and kicking.

All these components come together to form a truly unique non contact team game, says one of the men behind it Cllr Michael Sheahan. He and Sean Madden, Ahane, set up the enterprise to provide a social opportunity for young people with sporting interests.

“Tag rugby has been very successful so we couldn’t see why tag gaelic couldn’t be as well. It is a simple game as well,” said Michael.

As this is the inaugural tournament men and women over 18 are welcome to take part and it is all for a very good cause - Milford Care Centre. The fun begins at noon on Saturday, March 22 at the Pavillion Sports Complex in UL.

Michael says there is a maximum panel of 12, seven on the pitch at any one time with minimum two females.

“If you are an individual or don’t have a full team register and we will organise a team for you,” said Michael, who stresses that you must register on the website www.taggaelic.com As Sean is a former u21 hurler with Limerick and plays with Ahane, he has plenty of GAA knowledge. Michael hopes the event will blossom to become a popular and regular social and sporting outlet with competitions.

He wanted to thank Castletroy College PE teacher Trish Jones and her pupils who helped with training their referees.

“They are now starting to play the game as well. It is one of the few sports that boys and girls can play together on the same team,” said Michael. They are also planning to develop second level inter colleges tag gaelic competitions.

To find out more log on to www.taggaelic.com to register for what will be another addition to the sporting capital of Ireland. Closing date for registration is three days before the event which is on Saturday, March 22.