Students create a stir to set first Irish ‘spooning’ record

Students created quite a stir yesterday by setting what they believe is the first national record for spooning.

You could have cut the tension with a knife at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) as organisers of the “spoonathon” set out to break the world record for the most people spooning simultaneously.

Spooning is defined as two people lying side-by-side — like, well, spoons.

The official Guinness Book of Records guidelines state the spooning must occur with the arm of one participant underneath the head of the participant in front, with each participant holding the official position for five minutes.

The current spooning world record of 529 is held by the students of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, on Jun 4, 2010.

However, when it became clear yesterday CIT was going to fall well short of the numbers needed to break that record, they set their sights on setting Ireland’s first national spooning record.

Students, college staff and even two gardaí drafted in to monitor the record-breaking attempt held their positions on the floor of the college’s West Atrium for five minutes to set the Irish record at 202.

“There is currently no Irish record for spooning so no matter what we did, we were going to set the first national record,” said organiser Marco Quatrana.

The event was devised as part of course work by the college’s marketing students to help raise funds for the Cork division of the Teen Parents Support Programme (TPSP).

Third year marketing students were given a live case study based on the TPSP for an event management module, with the aim of both promoting the organisation and raising funds.

“I came up with the spoonathon because it seemed like a low-cost event to run, very unique, inclusive to all and would be a great sight to see,” Mr Quatrana said.

He admitted that spectators were “bemused and amused” but added that spooning may become an annual event at CIT.

The TPSP is a support service for young fathers and mothers and their families, which helps them through the pregnancy until the child is two.

Picture: CIT students and staff taking part in the Spoonathon during Rag Week in aid of Teen Parents Support Programme. Picture: Denis Minihane

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