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Sunday 20 April 2014

Gathering is second to 'nun'

Peter Sugrue and Stephen Clarke get into the spirit of Nunday in Listowel last year.

IT'S official - Listowel's 'Nunday' was the biggest gathering of people dressed as nuns the world has ever seen!

As final proof of this fact, it is now included for posterity in the newly-published Guinness Book of World Records 2014.

Organiser Cora O'Brien, husband Martin and committee members have been celebrating all week since learning of the new inclusion.

"It's fantastic! We're delighted with it. When we didn't see it in the 2013 book we figured it wouldn't appear, but it's there in the new Guinness Book of World Records on page 106 accompanied by a Brendan Landy photo of solicitor Maurice O'Sullivan dressed in the habit!" Cora said.

They are also delighted with the fact that Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, was also acknowledged in the book as the beneficiary of the massive fundraiser when 1,400 people dressed as nuns flocked to the Emmet's sportsfield in Listowel on Saturday, June 30, of last year.

Cora, who lost her son David in 2007, was blown away by the response as north Kerry answered her call to Nunday in their droves.

Today, Pieta House is on the cusp of establishing a dedicated centre in Kerry thanks in no small way to the efforts of Cora and her committee, which included husband Martin, Billy Keane, Liz Horgan, David 'Classy' Fitzmaurice, Pa Sheahan, Christy Walsh, photographer Brendan Landy, Sharon Farrelly and Martin and Eileen McCarthy.

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