On cue, pair break snooker record

Two exhausted and aching amateur snooker players have celebrated a new Guinness world record after completing the longest ever match by racking them up and playing again.

On cue, pair break snooker record

DCU psychology student Gordon O’Loughlin and truck driver Kieran Ferns, both from Ennis, smashed the previous record by almost eight hours and are now in the frame for a new Guinness World Record.

The duo completed three days and three nights of snooker, a total of 191 frames over 83 hours, but will have to wait for confirmation from the Guinness officials that they have beaten the current record.

That was set in June 2013 by Englishmen Nick Barrett and Andy Osborne, who played 75 hours and 13 minutes.

This was smashed by the Ennis lads when they potted their last ball at 12.10am yesterday — despite a few scares when it was feared they couldn’t complete the challenge.

After being congratulated by family and supporters, the pair celebrated by continuing to play for another 80 minutes.

The lads finally downed cues at 1.30am yesterday and celebrated with champagne and cupcake snooker balls.

Event organiser Gerry O’Loughlin, of Ennis Snooker and Pool Club, said: “I am so proud of them. It looked really bad on Monday morning and I really thought It was over.

“We could only imagine how they were feeling and could see ourselves they were beyond tired. I felt so bad because I knew that it meant so much to both of them and there was very little I could do to help them.”

On Sunday, Kieran struggled with severe cramping and a public appeal was made on local radio station Clare FM for a physiotherapist to make themselves available to help.

On Monday morning, Gordon was close to collapsing but after a quick power nap was back in action again.

Following strict rules and guidelines set out by Guinness, Kieran and Gordon were entitled to a five-minute break every hour and could pool those breaks and take a longer one if they wished.

A CCTV system, with a back-up, recorded the event so that it could be verified by Guinness while a live video stream was broadcast.

Money raised from the event will be donate to Sláinte an Chláir, a cancer support centre based in Clare.

“There are no words to describe how grateful we all are. This record would not have been possible without all the volunteers,” said Mr O’Loughlin.

Former world snooker champion Ken Doherty visited the lads on Sunday night to offer words of support and play an exhibition match.

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