No match for village of Meelin as it nets world hurling title

It holds the record as having the highest GAA pitch in Ireland and can now add hosting the biggest hurling match in history to its credits.

The tiny village of Meelin, on the Cork/Limerick border, was celebrating yesterday after Guinness Book of Records confirmed that a marathon match which took place on Aug 25 last was going to be added to its official records.

On that day a total of 916 people togged out to play matches which lasted six hours. The previous record of 250 was set by a club in London.

Each person who participated was presented with a certificate by the Meelin club.

Among those who took part were former Cork greats Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Ben O’Connor. MEP Sean Kelly also togged out and Millstreet’s Joanne O’Riordan competed in her motorised wheelchair.

They came from far and wide and age was no barrier.

The oldest participants were Tess Buckley, 88, who led out a team representing Meelin Active Retirement Group, and her first cousin, Pat Burke, also 88, who played for the San Francisco All Star Hurling Team in 1959.

Kieran Lehane, who was one of the GAA club’s main organisers of the event, said the record was confirmed through an email sent by the Guinness Book of Records American office.

The email said: “We are delighted to confirm that you have successfully achieved a new Guinness World Record title for ‘most players in a hurling exhibition match’. We would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement. You are officially amazing. Your official Guinness World Record certificate confirming your world record is being created and will be sent to you within 10 working days.

“We gave certificates on the day to everybody we could. We did run out at one stage, but we have since tried to make sure everybody has one. If anybody has been overlooked they should contact the Meelin GAA Facebook page,” Mr Lenihan said.

He said he expected other clubs to try and beat Meelin’s record but added that the club was not intent on sitting on its laurels and was prepared to retake the record if necessary.


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