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Fun and games at PLAY Tag Festival

It was all fun and games in Carlow at the weekend, as celebs and tag rugby players ignored the weather and took to the pitch for a bit of healthy entertainment.

International rugby players, TV personalities and politicians braved the elements and got tagging for charity at the festival’s opening match. The celebrity match kicked off the tag rugby and music event and raised money for the ISPCC and IRFU Charitable Fund.

After the celebrity match, it was back to the 90’s dance floor, as Pump Up the Jam brought their 90’s nostalgia to the festival and got celebs, tag-players and non-players in dance mode.

The celebrity taggers were:

Celebs at PLAY Tag Festival

Celebs get ready to tag!

Back – Martin Heydon (Politician) – Paul Clinch (LeinsterRugby Player) – Niamh Cavanagh (Irish Rugby Player) – Willie O’Brien (Sean O’Brien brother) – Marian Hynes (Carlow Rose) – Caroline Mahon (Irish Rugby Player) – Mick Galwey (Irish Rugby legend) – Vivienne Connolly (Model and TV) – Pat Deering (Politician) – Stephen Smith (Leinster Rugby Physio) – Sarah McGovern (Irish Model) – Brent Pope (Rugby Expert)

Front – Jane Sheppard (Carlow Rose) – Elaine Jones (Carlow Person of the Year) – Fiona Coughlan (Irish Rugby Player) – Mark Graham (A year of Festivals journalist) – Marietta Doran (TV personality) – Heinke van der Merwe (South African and Leinster rugby star)

George Hook at PLAY Tag FestivalOn Saturday, it was time for the 50 teams registered (unfortunately no World Record! but good fun) to take to the pitch.

Rugby fan George Hook was seen having a look at the sport action and supporting the tag rugby players too.

The overall tournament winners were the Athy Rugby Club taggers, with captain Stephen Ashmore leading the team. Congrats!

And roll on next year’s PLAY!

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