FOUR in the morning was like the middle of the day for the hardy group of organisers and supporters of the marathon 24 hour auction in Julian’s of Midfield at the weekend. When they crossed the “finishing line” at 6pm on Sunday, they did so in the knowledge that they had secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records … auction sales of over 500 items in a 24 hour period.
The venture, which attracted great support from over a wide area, was a runaway success and helped raise substantial funds for Midfield National School. Numerous items of interest were auctioned off and among the more novel was a punch-bag used by former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson. This was purchased by Shane Campbell from Swinford and it will take pride of place in the family pub in the town.
Swinford councillor and auctioneer, Joe Mellett, presided at the opening and closing of the marathon auction, expressing delight that they were all part of a very special weekend. It was the second “Four in the Morning” weekend for Joe and much less stressful that the previous one at the election count centre in Castlebar!
Carmel McHale-Roe says they were exhausted but delighted and thrilled at the end of the venture. “It was absolutely brilliant. Some of us went around 36 hours without sleep. The place was never empty and the selling went on every hour during the night. The goodwill was tremendous. Two adjudicators had to be present at all times to verify our record attempt. We achieved our goal for a spot in the Guinness Book of Records. It is a great achievement for a small place by Midfield.”