Saturday 24 February 2018

Fair and fowl honoured as Guinness record-breakers

John Spain

Vincent Pilkington is still a record-breaker, 30 years later.

On November 17, 1980, he plucked a turkey in one minute 30 seconds on RTE television and despite several attempts, no one has bettered that time in the 30 years since.

The now 60-year-old Cavan man's record is still documented in 'Guinness World Records 2011'.

The Christmas favourite has been in the Irish Top 10 chart for weeks, selling 15,843 copies up to December 11 and likely to get near 20,000 by Christmas Eve.

Mr Pilkington's record for turkey-plucking is one of the longest-lasting in the book, which also mentions that he killed 100 turkeys in seven hours and 32 minutes on 15 December, 1978 -- an average of one bird every four and a half minutes.

A number of more up-to-date records by Irish people are also in the new edition of the book.

The world record for the largest internet audience for a live concert goes to U2. On October 25 last year U2's concert at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena in California was streamed live on YouTube and watched over the web by nearly 10 million people.

The record for the most heads shaved in one hour is also Irish. The charity event organised by Today FM on February 18 this year saw barber John Maguire shaving the heads of 60 people in one hour.

All kinds of records are accepted once they are verified. The record for the most champagne bottles sabered simultaneously -- the necks chopped off with a blade -- was achieved by 152 participants in Portarlington, Co Laois, on July 18 last year.

And the record for the longest stand-up comedy show was set at Easter last year by Tommy Tiernan who did 36 hours and 15 minutes of non-stop comedy at a show in Galway.

Irish Independent

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