Plenty of local backing for Eamonn’s tractor record bid

An All-Ireland-winning footballer will today aim to set a Guinness World Record for completing the longest journey reversing a tractor and trailer.

Eamonn Hickson, aged 27, plans to drive backwards from Dingle to Annascaul in Co Kerry, a distance of 17.5km.

“I think the event is unusual as no one has attempted a world record tractor and trailer reverse,” he said yesterday.

Eamonn, winner of All-Ireland under-21 and junior medals with Kerry, is taking on the challenge to raise publicity for an annual charity event, Annascaul Beerfest, which is raising money this weekend for the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

A digital media student at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, he reckons the attempt will take about three hours.

He got the idea while working on a farm in New Zealand in 2012, and applied to Guinness World Records (GWR) for an official record attempt.

A minimum distance of 15km has been set by GWR. The guidelines allow for multiple stops and breaks to enable traffic to pass.

Traffic is expected to be busy during the bank holiday weekend, but Eamonn pointed out that most of it will be heading towards Dingle — in the opposite direction.

He said safety is a top concern and gardaí have approved a stewarding plan.

Last year, Annascaul Beerfest, which promotes craft beers, raised €4,200 for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and is hoping to do even better this year for Kerry Cancer Support, with Mundy performing in a concert tonight.

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