We are delighted to welcome back the Munster Championships Tug of War. This year the Munster Champion of 2016 will be held on the show grounds on the Sunday 26th of June. The Championships consists of two weights a heavyweight and a lightweight in which all the teams from both Munster and further afield will be competing to see who will be the champions of Munster for 2016. On the day to cheer on the competing teams. Only the the strongest and fittest teams will survive.More information can be found on the Munster Tug of war facebook page here and their website here.
Origins of the sport
Tug-of-War is a competitive team sport in England, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, and many other countries around the world with a sea-faring tradition. For that is where the sport of Tug-of-War comes from. It originated in the great days of sail when teams of men were required to tug on lines to adjust sails while ships were underway or even in combat. The first land competitions are thought to have been held in India after British Army officers observed seamen at this sport during their free time at sea. The officers thought it would be a good way to keep their own men fit during the long sea voyage from England to India. They enjoyed it so much that they continued the competitions on reaching their destination. The sport was part of the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920 but has not been included since. The Tug of War event was thought to be part of the track and field event. The Olympic gold medal winners for Tug of War are Sweden in 1900 & 1912, USA in 1904 and Great Britain in 1908 & 1920