Hundreds of people have attended the first day of Europe's biggest LGBT+ and inclusive rugby tournament, which is being held this year in Dublin.

45 teams from 15 European countries are competing in the biennial Union Cup at the Dublin City University Sports Campus.

It began in 2005 with just seven teams.

The two day event this year, the largest of the tournaments to date, got under way this morning.

It is being hosted by Dublin-based team, the Emerald Warriors.

The men’s teams are competing for a number of trophies including the Union Cup, while it is the first year that women’s teams are taking part in the competition.

The women’s teams are competing for the Ann Louise Gilligan Cup, in memory of the late wife of Minister Katherine Zappone.

The tournament continues tomorrow with the semi-finals and finals before it concludes with the prize giving ceremonies tomorrow evening.