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Off the record - upcoming Irish world record attempts

Sowing, mowing and shape throwing… some of the record-breaking bids YOU can get involved in this summer.

World Record for people dressed as Leprechauns, set in Dublin in November
World Record for people dressed as Leprechauns, set in Dublin in November
Image: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

HIGH ACHIEVERS LIKE four-time world champion Katie Taylor can make us wonder what we’ve been doing with our time but there are easier ways to become a world beater.

This summer there are dozens of world record attempts taking place around the country and they all need your help. Here’s a sample of how you can get your own slice of world record glory:

The most people sowing seedlings at the same time

Bloom takes place this weekend in the Phoenix Park and as part of the Grow It Yourself initiative a world record attempt is taking place tomorrow. The record currently stands at 904 people – set in Thailand.

WHY: For the craic.  And to show the record holders in Suphanburi Province, Thailand that the Irish can sow seeds with the best of them.

WHEN: 4 June

WHERE: Bloom in Dublin’s Phoenix Park

The most different makes of motorcycle in a parade

As part of Motorcycle Safety Week in the UK, motorbike enthusiasts will descend on 22 June.  The current record is 138 different makes at an event organised by the Killspills Campaign (UK) in Leicestershire in 2007.

WHY: To  encourage motorcyclists to complete the IAM’s advanced Riding Test and BikeSafe’s FREE rider assessment by the PSNI.

WHEN: 22 June

WHERE: Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast

The most combine harvesters working simultaneously in the same field

The record was set in Ireland in 2009 but snatched cruelly away by Canada last year.  The new target is 300 combines with at least one from every county in Ireland.

WHY: To raise €30,000 for Barnardos, Self Help Africa, The National Rehabilitation Trust and the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre

WHEN: 21 July  from 1pm – 6pm, the record attempt will take place approximately at 3pm

WHERE: Platin, Duleek, Co Meath

Here’s the previous Irish triumph of 175 in all it’s majestic glory:

(via bmeegan/YouTube)

The longest continuous game of tag rugby in history

This event will see two teams – The Mengal Taggers and The Tropics – play for 30 hours in memory of family and friends they have lost to cancer.  It will be done in a relay style.

WHY: To raise money for Cancer Research UK

WHEN: 9 and 10 June

WHERE: Banbridge Rugby Club, Co Down

The most people dancing the Thriller dance at the  same time

The ‘Thrill on the Hill’ aims to lure 15,000 Michael Jackson enthusiasts to Castlebar in July.  They’re hoping to beat the record which currently stands at 13, 597 which was set in Mexico in 2009.

WHY: To raise money for the in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis  Respiratory Unit in Mayo General Hospital

WHEN: 29 July

WHERE: Elvery’s McHale Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

If you fancy it, here’s a video with some of the moves you need:

(via WhitehornMedia/YouTube)

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