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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Mower the merrier as village cuts a world record

Nick Bramhill

A TINY Kilkenny village made history yesterday when it smashed the world record for the most ride-on mowers cutting at the same time.

A total of 708 mowers were driven simultaneously in Dunnamaggin, all trimming grass for exactly one minute, and raising tens of thousands of euro in the process for special needs charities.

More than 2,500 spectators packed into the local GAA grounds to cheer on the cutters.

There was a slight hiccup when smoke billowed out of one the machines as drivers lined up in six rows to start the record attempt just after 3pm yesterday.

But luckily it was only a blip, as the lawnmowers -- which had been transported for the day from nearly every county in Ireland -- completed the requisite 60 seconds of cutting to a huge cheer.

"We always knew we were going to break the record, because the previous one, set in Australia, had only 86 mowers operating at the same time," said one of the organisers, Maura Long.

"This went a lot better than expected, 200 mowers arrived yesterday and another 500-odd this morning from every corner of the country. Luckily none of them broke down during the record attempt."

Awards were made for the oldest mower on show, the "furthest-away" lawnmower, as well as the best-dressed driver.

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