News Irish News

Tuesday 20 March 2018

They came, they tried, and they left truly converted

Barry Duggan

PARIS for romance, Milan for fashion, Limerick for rugby.

The Shannonside city cemented it status as a sports-mad region over the weekend by hosting the world's largest tag rugby event, The Pig'N'Porter Festival.

The popularity of tag rugby has surged over the last decade resulting in a total of 140 teams with almost 1,600 players making their way to Old Crescent club on Saturday.

"There are a lot of people with us here who aren't playing," said participant Jennifer Walsh, from Knocklyon, Co Dublin. "It is great fun and is more of a social occasion than anything else."

The family of murdered Garryowen rugby captain Shane Geoghegan attended the festival to promote the work of the trust they set up in his name.

This week, a series of street games begin across the city in a bid to steer children and youths away from the criminal path.

Shane's mother, Mary Geoghegan, explained that they are hoping to build on the foundations laid from last year's pilot project, which featured a series of games in the Kilteragh housing estate -- the Dooradoyle neighbourhood where Shane lived and ultimately died in November 2008.

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News