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Listowel Celtic and friends set new world record for penalties

Marisa Reidy

Published 10/07/2013|15:02

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LISTOWEL Celtic Football Club, with a little help from their friends, broke the world record for kicking penalties during their 50th anniversary celebrations in Tanavalla at the weekend.

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LISTOWEL Celtic Football Club, with a little help from their friends, broke the world record for kicking penalties during their 50th anniversary celebrations in Tanavalla at the weekend.

Among those who helped set the new world record was Tarbert woman Martina Sweeney who was out on her hen party. Martina and her 17 chicks made a quick pit stop at the Listowel celebrations on Saturday en route to the real party in Dingle and, in true sporting spirit, each put the boot in to aid the club's world record Futsal penalty attempt - which they smashed! Given the special occasion, the ladies were allowed to skip the queue to take their shots, with Hen Martina getting huge applause when her strike got past goalkeeper David Mulvihill and hit the back of the net. Afterwards, Martina told The Kerryman she was friends with club member Dominic Scanlon and wanted to lend her support to the record attempt.

The competition was officially opened by Club President Martin Hickey who took the first shot - followed by 1,103 other enthusiastic penalty kickers of all ages. Subject to confirmation, it looks like the Listowel club have indeed made history, surpassing the present record of 931 penalties, which was set by a Japanese team.

The 50th anniversary celebrations proved a massive attraction for families not only from Listowel, but from across north Kerry, with some superb free entertainment on offer for children. Among the top attractions was the hilarious, life-size Subbuteo game, as well as a 'bumpers' soccer game where children played soccer inside huge air filled bubbles.

Amid the hundreds of fans enjoying the celebrations at the club grounds were best friends Jayne Houlihan, Evelyn Watts and Clodagh Buckley from Cahirdown, Listowel, who came to help the club celebrate. Although the young women hadn't yet tried their hand at any of the sporting entertainment on offer, they were hopeful of being part of the Futsal attempt that afternoon. The girls agreed it was a brilliant day for the people of the town and a huge occasion for the club.

Mary O'Donnell and her son Rory (7) from Tralee were also taking in the sunshine in Tanavalla on Saturday afternoon, with the youngster gearing up for his turn at the bumpers when The Kerryman approached. His friend Malcolm had just finished his game, which he described - rather breathlessly - as 'deadly.'

There was fierce activity on the playing field too, as eight teams took part in a highly competitive soccer blitz, among them Cllr Mikey Kennelly who was swapping the more familiar football for the soccer ball on Saturday. After a gruelling competition in high temperatures, it was Nora Lynch and her team mates who were victorious.

Club Chairman Aidan O'Connor said the club was overwhelmed by the support the event received, not only from the people of Listowel, but north Kerry, Tralee and even west Limerick - many of whom were amazed at the level of entertainment bring provided free of charge.

"We can't thank them enough for their support, which made for a fantastic day," he said.

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