Kilteely’s hand/heart world record attempt

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Clionas Foundation patron Leanne Moore and young models Cail�n  and Cara. Picture: Brian O'Carroll/Mr Sputniks
EVERYTHING is in place for what could be a world record breaking weekend in Kilteely-Dromkeen.

EVERYTHING is in place for what could be a world record breaking weekend in Kilteely-Dromkeen.

The annual festival kicks off on Friday evening with a fancy dress parade through Kilteely and the fun continues until Monday evening.

Prior to the fourth soapbox rally on Sunday, July 19 they aim to put the parish in the Guinness Book of World Records and support Cliona’s Foundation.

They are inviting as many as possible to come to Kilteely for 1.30pm on Sunday to help form the most people in one venue to make the heart shape using both hands.

The current world record stands at just over 550 said Tom Jones, chairman of the festival committee, who has been in correspondence with the Guinness Book of World Records.

Tom thought up the idea as it is something that all ages can do - from toddlers to centenarians. The symbol of love will reflect the feeling for the charity that supports families struggling to cope with financial pressures incurred while caring for a critically ill child.

If they can get over 650 they will break the record.

“The foundation is appealing for funding now more so than ever given the increased number of families that they are helping, ” said Tom, who asks those who are attending to register by texting their name to 087 3996562.

Leanna Moore, ambassador for Cliona’s Foundation, has lent her support. So too has Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath on a recent visit to the GAA club. Donations can be given on the day or in advance by texting CLIONA to 50300.

After the attempt the attendees can enjoy the fun fair and thrills and spills of the soapbox derby as Kilteely village is transformed into a race-track. The chequered flag falls at 4pm.

GAA and soccer tournaments are on Saturday afternoon before their first bachelor competition that night. John Ahern, John O’Dea, Bobby Ryan or Micko Connell could walk away with €300 and a suit from Tony Connolly. Hanly’s and Ahern’s have entertainment every night.

Another new event is a boccia tournament including their own local man Fergal Cagney at 4pm on Saturday in the hall in Kilteely.

Fergal was paralysed from the waist down in a car crash and is one of the most inspirational men you could wish to meet.

Rosemary Ryan, of Cerebral Palsy Sports Ireland, said Fergal introduced boccia to Kilteely and there will be four teams competing. The hectic festival schedule finishes up on Monday night with the hotly contested skittles final and brings to a close another great weekend of community spirit and endeavour.

For full details and times of all the events log onto Kilteely-Dromkeen Community Festival Facebook page.