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Cork Hellhounds to Host Pride Tag Rugby Tournament At Musgrave Park

Cork Hellhounds RFC, with the support of Munster Rugby, will host their second annual Cork Pride Tag Rugby Tournament on Saturday, July 23rd from 12.30pm in Musgrave Park.

We are inviting individuals or groups to take part in a fun afternoon of tag rugby, where you will be put into teams to play non-contact rugby with members and friends of the Cork Hellhounds. 

Whether you are new to rugby or have played tag before, you are welcome to try tag rugby with the Hellhounds and friends from across the LGBT+ and Munster Rugby communities. Supporters are also very welcome to come along and get behind the event where refreshments will be provided on the
day. 

If you have never played tag rugby before and don’t know the rules, please note that tag rugby is non-contact and Munster Rugby Development staff will be available also to conduct a 30-minute ‘Intro to Rugby’ workshop on the day. 

Munster Rugby’s Rugby Participation and Operations Manager, Damon Urlich, said:

“We are delighted to support the Cork Hellhounds as they host their second annual Pride Tag Rugby Tournament. With both the Cork and Limerick Pride festivals taking place in the month of July, we are very happy to be able to help the Hellhounds with their own celebrations in the province. Community and inclusivity are at the heart of what we do in Munster so we are really looking forward to the 23rd of July in Musgrave Park which is sure to be a memorable day.”

Scott De Buitléir, Vice-President of Cork Hellhounds RFC, said:

“We are delighted to have this year’s Cork Pride Tag Rugby Tournament in Musgrave Park, and to be supported so proudly by Munster Rugby. It’s a great way for the local rugby community to have some fun playing tag as part of the Cork Pride festivities, but also to show that a warm welcome awaits LGBTQ+ people in Cork to get involved with the sport. Rugby is an inclusive sport at heart, and we’re proud to show that with our partners in Munster Rugby.”


How To Register

Register as an individual or a team by clicking here.

  • If you sign up as an individual, you will be assigned a team on the day.
  • If you are registering a team, please contact hello@corkhellhounds.ie after you receive your
  • Eventbrite ticket and confirm the number of players in your group.
  • Please present your Eventbrite ticket upon arrival to Musgrave Park.
  • Don’t forget to tag @Corkpride, @corkhellhounds and @munsterrugby when posting on social media.

Cork Hellhounds Win First Away Game in Belfast

Members of Cork Hellhounds RFC at University of Ulster Jordanstown

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The Cork Hellhounds RFC had their first win in Belfast last weekend against the Belfast Azlans, part of Ophir RFC. In Saturday’s Challenge Match, held at the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus, the Cork-based LGBT-inclusive rugby club won 41-27.

“The win over the weekend really showed us how far along we’ve come,” said Adam O’Brien, Founder and President of the Cork Hellhounds. “It shows that the hard work does pay off. We are going to use this boost of confidence towards future games and welcoming more players and supporters to the club.”

Established in October 2020, the team aims to encourage and promote the benefits of rugby among the LGBT community and their allies. Last year, the club became officially ratified by Munster Rugby & the IRFU, and they are also members of International Gay Rugby, a global association of gay and inclusive rugby clubs which compete in tournaments around the world. They have also hosted a tag rugby tournament during Cork Pride last year, and have played full-contact games and joint training sessions with the Sunday’s Well Rebels mixed ability rugby team, part of Sunday’s Well RFC.

LGBT-inclusive sporting groups in Cork have continued to grow over the last number of years with groups such as the Cork Hellhounds RFC, Cork Rebels FC, and Frontrunners Cork offering weekly training sessions to their growing amount of members.

The Hellhounds are also launching their Intro to Rugby series this Sunday, 6th February, at 11am at their Mahon Rugby Grounds. The club welcomes anyone who is curious about rugby to try out this 6-week training series in a welcoming environment, especially for those who have no experience playing the sport and want to try something new.

The Cork Hellhounds train twice weekly at both the Glen Resource & Sports Centre on the and at their pitches in Mahon, and continue to actively invite new players regardless of previous rugby experience. For more information, you can email hello@corkhellhounds.ie or follow @corkhellhounds on Instagram or Twitter.

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Notes to Editor:

Adam O’Brien is founder and President of the Cork Hellhounds RFC. He is available for interview.

Scott De Buitléir is Vice President of the Cork Hellhounds RFC. He is available for interviews in either Irish or English.

Cork Hellhounds RFC is affiliated with and supported by The Gay Project, a Cork-based community organisation that works to ensure that gay, bisexual, trans and queer men are enabled to participate fully in Ireland’s social, economic, cultural, political and artistic life.

CORK LGBT-INCLUSIVE RUGBY CLUB LAUNCHED

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Cork Hellhound kicks off new inclusive team in Leeside sport

CORK, IRELAND – A new rugby club has been founded in Cork which seeks to invite and include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) players in the sport, as well as their straight friends and allies. 

The Cork Hellhounds were founded this month in association with the Gay Project, a Cork-based LGBT community organisation, and training has begun already with a mixture of new and experienced players. 

Cork is no stranger to gay-inclusive sports and athletic teams, with both the Cork Frontrunners and Cork Rebels FC catering to running and football enthusiasts respectively. The new rugby team, however, is a first for the province, and the Hellhounds intend to take part in the Munster domestic league over the coming months. 

“This is a great moment for sport in Cork,” explained club founder, Adam O’Brien, “as there is still a perception, despite recent years of social progress on LGBT issues, that sport is one area which can be exclusive to LGBT people. Other cities have LGBT-inclusive rugby teams, including in Dublin and Belfast, and they have seen great participation from both gay players and straight friends who wish to support and get involved. We’d love to see the same experience available in Cork, and we’re already off to a good start.” 

The Cork Hellhounds also intend to become members of International Gay Rugby, which organises several league competitions, including the Bingham Cup, also known as the Gay Rugby World Cup. 

The Cork Hellhounds train weekly at the Glen Resource & Sports Centre on the northside of the city, and are actively inviting new players regardless of previous rugby experience. For more information, you can email hello@corkhellhounds.ie or follow @corkhellhounds on Instagram or Twitter. 

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Notes to Editor: 

  • Adam O’Brien is founder and President of the Cork Hellhounds RFC. He is available for interview.
  • Scott De Buitléir is Vice President of the Cork Hellhounds RFC. He is available for interviews in either Irish or English. 
  • The Gay Project is a Cork-based community organisation that works to ensure that gay, bisexual, trans and queer men are enabled to participate fully in Ireland’s social, economic, cultural, political and artistic life.