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Watch: Christmas Carol singers missed out on a world record attempt at Croke Park

Sam Griffin

Published 18/12/2013 | 15:51

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IRELAND’s largest gathering of Christmas carol singers missed out on a Guinness World Record with over 11,000 bearing the cold weather as Croke Park was transformed into a winter wonderland.

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The record for largest ever Christmas choir was missed out on by some 4,000 carollers tonight.

Ireland’s largest choir began their quest today at 6.30pm.

Miriam O’Callaghan hosted the magical evening of carols which aimed to break the Guinness World Record for the most carol singers in one area, and Independent.ie streamed the event live.

'Stars, Choirs & Carols' saw stars Louis Walsh, Lisa Hannigan, The Celtic Tenors and Irish singer Celine Byrne join Tallaght Choral Society, the Army School of Music and more join in on the attempt.

As well as a night of fun and festive tunes, much-needed funds were raised for critically-ill children and charities such as Cliona’s Foundation which gives much-needed financial assistance to critically-ill children and The Sanctuary.

“This is great for the two charities because it raises their profile,” organiser Richard Mulcahy told the Irish Independent.

Carol singers from Corus gather on Grafton Street in Dublin for the launch of Stars, Choirs and Carols which is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the most carol singers under one roof.
Carol singers from Corus gather on Grafton Street in Dublin for the launch of Stars, Choirs and Carols which is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the most carol singers under one roof.
Carol singers from Corus gather on Grafton Street in Dublin for the launch of Stars, Choirs and Carols which is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the most carol singers under one roof
Carol singers from Corus gather on Grafton Street in Dublin for the launch of Stars, Choirs and Carols which is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the most carol singers under one roof
Carol singers from Corus gather on Grafton Street in Dublin for the launch of Stars, Choirs and Carols which is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the most carol singers under one roof.
Carol singers from Corus gather on Grafton Street in Dublin for the launch of Stars, Choirs and Carols which is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the most carol singers under one roof.

Speaking about the event earlier, host Miriam O’Callaghan said, ''Stars, Choirs and Carols promises to be an unforgettable festive evening of carols and fun while at the same time helping to support the work of two unique charities.''

''Cliona’s Foundation which gives a financial lifeline to families with a critically ill child and the Sanctuary which brings peace, calm and hope to the lives of thousands of people including the most vulnerable young people in our society,'' she said.

Richard Mulcahy who appeared on RTE’s Secret Millionaire in 2012.

''This is a perfect ending to the Year of The Gathering. We are a nation of storytellers and songwriters. No other medium brings hope and raises the spirits like the power of song. I hope people will partake in this worthy event,” he said.

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