‘Sam’ joins GAA record attempt

MORE than 2,000 people turned up in Letterkenny at the weekend to attempt to break the record for the largest GAA training session.

MORE than 2,000 people turned up in Letterkenny at the weekend to attempt to break the record for the largest GAA training session.

Organisers of the attempt were delighted with the turn out at O’Donnell Park for the attempt which fell just short of the target. St. Eunan’s GAA club, which organised the attempt said 2002 people turned out, 184 short of what was needed to break the record.

Sunny weather and the presence of Sam Maguire and some of the members of the victorious All Ireland team helped draw a massive crowd for the world record attempt. The attempt was organised by St. Eunan’s GAA Club in conjunction with local schools in the greater Letterkenny area.

All-Ireland WINNERS Kevin Rafferty and Rory Kavanagh from St. Eunan’s and Frank McGlynn from Glenfin BROUGHT THE Sam Maguire Cup and children queued for hours to get their photograph taken with their heroes who were coming to the end of the most gruelling week of their lives.

The attempt was the brainchild of Alma Kavanagh, sister of Rory. “It was a terrific day and we’re just hoping now we have done enough to break the record. It doesn’t matter what happens though because sports, the GAA and the children are the real winners. Hopefully we can do it again next year when the boys bring home the Sam Maguire cup once again,” she said.

St. Eunan’s club PRO Paul McGovern said the club were delighted with the turn out and are contemplating an another attempt. “We have ruled nothing out. It was always going to be a big ask to break the record but to come so close shows that it can be done and we want Sam Maguire to come back next year to help us.”

He said it was a fantastic day for all the children who took part. “Many of those attending today had never been in O’Donnell Park or any GAA ground before today so hopefully after last week’s magnificent victory in Croke Park by the Donegal team, more and more children will be inspired to take up our national games. We would like to thank all the schools that participated to make today’s event such a big success,” he said.

See our two page spread in today’s Donegal People’s Press and Donegal Democrat.