Today saw the newly-named Kingspan Stadium play host to Ireland's biggest ever display of Tag rugby for people with learning disabilities as over 400 players attended the eighth annual Wooden Spoon International Tag Rugby Festival.
Despite the poor weather for most of the day, 26 schools and clubs from around the UK and Ireland played at the revamped stadium, including 13 teams from Ulster, and really enjoyed the occasion.
The local teams were: Ballymena Bears, Cedar Lodge (Belfast), Clare Hares (Ballyclare), Coleraine Chargers, Errigle Eagles (Letterkenny), Glenveagh School (Belfast), Harberton Seahorses (Belfast), Killard Cougars (Donaghadee), Newforge Taggers (Belfast), Now Project (Belfast), Portadown Panthers, Seaside Sharkies (Donaghadee) and Stevenson Sharks (Dungannon).
Spectators were entertained throughout the day with live music and dancing, face painters and circus acts.
The RBS 6 Nations trophy, won by Ireland in March, was at Kingspan Stadium all day, allowing fans to pose for photos with the historic piece of silverware.
The Wooden Spoon International Tag Rugby Festival represented another significant investment from children's charity Wooden Spoon, which has contributed over £600,000 to projects that have benefited disadvantaged or disabled children in Ulster - Wooden Spoon Ambassador Willie John McBride is pictured below at today's event.
Wooden Spoon is one of the largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory enhancement therapeutic facilities, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and community-based programmes in the UK.
So far they have granted over £20 million to these fantastic projects. Inspired by their rugby heritage, their values of passion, integrity, teamwork, and fun have so far helped over 1 million young people and children in need.
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), Belfast City Council and a number of local businesses also gave their backing to the event.
Looking forward to the three-Test series against South Africa, Ireland's new defence coach Andy Farrell said: "We fly on Sunday and we need to make sure that we create this bond and belief that we're going to go to South Africa and be very determined to create history over there."
Head coach Nigel Carolan talks about the squad selection for next month's World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, while captain James Ryan is looking forward to leading the side against pool rivals Wales, New Zealand and Georgia.
Ireland Women's captain Niamh Briggs spoke about her excitement for the Women's Rugby World Cup as the official tournament logo was unveiled in UCD today. She is also looking forward to facing England, Canada and New Zealand in November this year as part of the build-up to #WRWC2017.
Ireland Women's Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall is in Langford this week for the Canada leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. Following Ireland's Bowl win in Atlanta, Lucy previews our prospects this weekend.
Ireland Women's Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall speaks about the build-up to the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The girls in green begin the pool stages against France at 12.52pm local time/5.52pm Irish time today.
IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee reflects on the Easter matches played by the Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 teams, which ended last weekend with wins over the England Counties U-18s and France U-19s.
Watch highlights of the Ireland Under-18s' seven-try 43-0 victory over Scotland during the inaugural U-18 Five Nations Festival in Caerphilly, Wales. Number 8 and captain Caelan Doris scored a hat-trick of tries and winger Daniel Hurley bagged a brace.
Railway Union's Kim Flood made her debut at full-back for the Ireland Women in last weekend's 14-3 Six Nations win over Italy. She is looking forward to experiencing the partisan crowd at Donnybrook again this Sunday when Scotland are the visitors. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.ie.
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek spoke to Irish Rugby TV on the eve of the final round of the RBS 6 Nations Championship. He is happy that the team are focused but warns that it will be a tough encounter with Scotland tomorrow.
Looking forward to the lineout battle with Scotland, Ireland lock Devin Toner said: "We went well again Italy, I think our set piece went well. If we can just build on that and build on the positives then I think we'll be okay."