Achill hopes to enter the Guinness Book of Records this Sunday, July 15, with the largest number of people to take part in a ‘Rock the Boat’ – a tradition of many a good Irish wedding.
The organisers need over 1,702 to take part in the world record attempt, which is being held to raise funds for the Achill Island Lifeboat.
Scheduled as part of the annual Dooagh Day ‘Rock around the Dock’ event, it marks the island’s second attempt to break the world record. Last year inclement weather conditions put paid to any realistic attempts of breaking the record.
However, with weather conditions forecast to be warm and dry for the weekend, the organisers are confident.
“Last year’s attempt, despite it being a rainy day, was very successful and great craic. It complimented Dooagh Day, which is centred on the old Achill currach-racing tradition.
“This year we are hopeful that we will break the record and more importantly that the heatwave will hold out for us,” said Kate O’Malley, Secretary of Dooagh Day.
The world record attempt is free to take part in, but this year Achill RNLI have purchased limited-edition wrist bands for €2 to commemorate the event and raise funds on the day.
Visitors to Achill are invited to Dooagh to help the island break the record. There will also be plenty of entertainment for all the family to enjoy.
Kate O’Malley also highlighted that all attendees will also be supporting the Achill RNLI, which provides an importance service to the whole community.
“Being an island community and a fishing village like Dooagh our community is well aware of the importance this service is here in Achill. A voluntary crew leave their home and families at the call of the beeper and make their way to Cloughmore, all year round, at all hours of the day and night.
As you can imagine all fundraising is of great importance to the committee and crew of the Achill Island Lifeboat.”
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