Limericks Pig'n'Porter Smashes Record

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Limerick's Pig ‘n’ Porter Tag Rugby Fest

Ireland’s largest tag rugby event brings boost to Limerick hospitality sector


A record 100 teams have registered for Limerick’s Pig ‘n’ Porter festival, Ireland’s largest and best Tag Rugby Event.

Organisers are astounded by the level of interest in this year’s festival with the majority of teams registered coming from outside the Mid-West providing a great boost to the local hospitality sector.

The event being hosted by Old Crescent RFC in association with the Irish Tag Rugby Assocation (ITRA) is expected to attract in excess of 3000 people to Limerick for the largest Tag Rugby event in Ireland this year.

It takes place in the Old Crescent RFC grounds in Rosbrien, Limerick between Friday, July 17th and Sunday, July 19th.

The festival has proven so popular, there’s even a waiting list for entry with 20 more teams already signed up hoping to play in the tournament.

“We are delighted with the level of interest shown with still three weeks to go,” said organiser, Paidi O’Connor. “We’re confident that the three day 2009 Pig ‘n’ Porter will be the best yet. It’s always a great weekend in Limerick and non Tag Rugby players are welcome to attend on the day, tickets will be available on the gate for €15.”.

Pat Daly, Tourism & Marketing Division Manager with Shannon Development said he is delighted to support the Pit & Porter Tag Rugby Festival.

“Sporting festivals like the Pig & Porter Festival provide a welcome boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors in Limerick including accommodation providers, bars, restaurants and visitor attractions,” he said.

Local hoteliers say they are thrilled with the upsurge in bookings for the Pig ‘n’ Porter festival weekend.

“The pig n porter tag rugby fest has been of great benefit to us in the Absolute Hotel,” said Donnacha Hurley, general manager, Absolute Hotel.

” We are delighted to support it and the people who come to Limerick for the festival bring a great vibrancy to the city which is great to see during the summer months. There is a real energy over the festival weekend as a whole and we hope it continues to develop and attract teams from far and wide so that our business can benefit during these difficult economic conditions,” he added.

Jury’s Inn Sales Manager, Sinead O’Donnell added:

“Our rooms are almost full and the Pig n Porter will also benefit our bar and restaurant sales. We have witnessed the event grow year on year and it is fast becoming one of the main events in the city. It has done much to strengthen the profile of Limerick and its sporting roots.”

The 2009 Pig ‘n’ Porter has been extended into a three day extravaganza and kicks off with a welcome party, featuring a Red Hot Chilli Peppers cover band and a festival BBQ in Clohessy’s Bar, Howley’s Quay, Limerick on Friday, July 17th.

Everyone is welcome to attend and the party kicks off from 8pm.

There will be special guests attending on the night helping to build the spirit of rugby in Limerick, the rugby capital of Ireland.

On Saturday, July 18th, the main event, the Pig ‘n’ Porter Tag Rugby Festival gets underway contested by 120 teams from the UK/Ireland.

Throughout the day, the iconic pig will be roasting on a spit ahead of the legendary Pig ‘n’ Porter BBQ.

When the prizes have been handed out and the weary bodies have had a chance to recover, the festival continues into the early hours with Noel McLoughlin’s live ballad sessions in The Piggery festival marquee which will also feature top band Whitewater, a bouncy castle, rodeo bull and a disco.

On Sunday, July 19th, a new addition of the Pig ‘n’ Porter Super Tag will take place as will Pig ‘n’ Porter Frisbee Tag featuring 20 teams from Ireland/UK.


The Pig ‘n’ Porter has always had a partner charity on board throughout its existence and this year’s charity is The Brothers of Charity, Bawnmore, Limerick.

Advance tickets are available from the organising committee or from

Further information is also available from the same website.

Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100

Last update:19/02/2014