Finn Valley RFC look for place in the record books

Alan Foley


Alan Foley

A Donegal rugby club is hoping to pass its way into the Guinness Book of Records.

A Donegal rugby club is hoping to pass its way into the Guinness Book of Records.

Finn Valley RFC will attempt to set a new world record for the most consecutive passes on Bank Holiday Sunday, May 5. The current record is 279 set by Welsh side, the Newport Gwent Dragons, in 2010.

“We were wanting to do something like this to put ourselves on the map,” said Paddy McMenamin, chairman and coach of Finn Valley RFC. “We considered doing a train of linked people right the way through Ballybofey and Stranorlar but when we got in contact with Guinness, they suggested we try and do something that has been done before.

“Therefore, we hope to beat the record set by the Newport Gwent Dragons. There’s a lot of stipulations in something like this but we need to pass the ball more than 280 times successively, without the ball hitting the ground, to break the record.”

IRFU President Billy Glynn has been invited to the occasion, which will form part of a day of fun, and other dignitaries are expected to be announced in due course.

Those who participate in the record attempt needn’t have a rugby background as the club are encouraging anyone who wants to get involved to join in the fun. Monies raised on the day will be halved between the Sean O’Hare Unit in Stranorlar, a residential care centre, and the rugby club itself.

Finn Valley RFC was founded in 2008, starting off with mini-rugby for six to 12-year-olds. This broadened to juniors, from 12 to 18-year-olds and participation in summer tag blitzes.

The senior team first played in the Minor League North in 2010 and currently sit in fourth place in the table. Michael McColgan, Aaron O’Hare and Aidan Dullaghan are youngsters on the club’s books who have been called up to the Ulster Development Squad.

Last Friday, at half-time in the RaboDirect PRO12 meeting of Ulster and Cardiff, Finn Valley RFC was represented on the Ravenhill pitch by its underage starlets.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the world record attempt or help out in any way can contact Paddy McMenamin on 083-1407761 or can contact the club through its facebook page - Finn Valley RFC.