Record-breakers are a class act
STUDENTS at a rural primary school had more to celebrate than the last day of school yesterday when they broke a Guinness World Record for the world's largest bead mosaic.
Sixth-class students at Scoil Naomh Iosaf in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, "blew away" Guinness adjudicator Daniel Sharkey when he visited the school to judge their creation.
Their masterpiece -- a colourful mosaic featuring famous Irish faces -- also blew the current record holder -- the Development and Reform Commission of the city of Fuxin in China -- out of the water.
The new record-breaker is composed of 410,000 colourful beads that measures 112 square feet.
Among others it features the faces of stars including rugby's Brian O'Driscoll and Declan Kidney, footballer Shane Long and golfer Shane Lowry.
"I couldn't believe how intricate it was. It really looks like a photograph," Mr Sharkey told the Irish Independent yesterday.
"When I first saw it, I knew they had it," he added.
And breaking China's world record -- a 72-square-foot mosaic composed of 30,000 beads -- was the icing on the cake for the kids who took part, he added.
The project's mentor, teacher Brian Flood said he and the students were ecstatic over the win.
"They never lost any enthusiasm. They were really determined," he said.
Each student will get his or her own official Guiness World Record-holder certificate while the creation itself will be entered into the famous book of records as well as its website.