Village now king of the sandcastles
BEACH-GOERS armed with buckets and spades broke a world record in Duncannon, Co Wexford, yesterday.
Thousands flocked to the seaside village over the course of the weekend for the Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival, where the beach became a blur of sandcastle-building action.
The aim of the mission was to break the existing world record of 539 sandcastles built in one hour.
A huge number of families attending the festival availed of the buckets and spades handed out and got stuck into the large piles of fresh sand that had been readied by local man Martin Foley and his JCB digger.
The Guinness Book of World Records' invigilators for the day were Garda David Ryan and beach warden Turlough Marshall. Requirements included that all the castles were two feet high and two feet wide at the base. Four visible turrets were also essential.
After the invigilators had checked each castle, it was announced that Duncannon, and all those who participated, were now proud holders of the world record, thanks to their 573 sandcastles.