Published 19/06/2013 | 05:20
Good weather and a lot of hard work were the makings of the Roche Emmets very successful world record attempt as they made history on Sunday in Parc Roiste.
Organiser Alan O'Connell was delighted as Roche managed to beat the world record of 1,189 people for the most people to take part in a GAA training session by just 15 people, with a final count of 1,204 eager GAA players on the playing field.
'It was great craic! It took a little bit of time to get everyone on the pitch but everyone was patient and it was a great success,' said Alan.
'We stopped a few people on the road outside that hadn't originally intended to come to get the numbers up, but we got there anyway!'
Adjudicators Pat McEneaney and Jim Gonnelly had the difficult task of recording the numbers and videoing the event, with official confirmation of the new world record expected to come through during the week.
There was a great atmosphere around Pairc Roiste as the Roche Emmets found many creative ways to raise funds for their chosen charity SOSAD on the day, with their Celebrity Bainisteoir and Dragon Gavin Duffy on the receiving end of a large number of wet sponges over the course of the afternoon!
A GAA blitz for children earlier in the afternoon proved great fun as the stars of the future pounded the grounds of Parc Roiste wearing their local colours.
'It was a brilliant day. The weather was good, people turned out and the kids enjoyed the blitz, and a new world record as well!', said a delighted Alan.