29 September 2010

Rathcoole Makes it into Guinness Book of World Records

Local Senator Unveils Plaque in Rathcoole Park to mark the achievement

Local Senator Frances Fitzgerald unveiled a plaque in the Rose Garden of Rathcoole Park at the weekend. The plaque marks the achievement of the 4 Districts – Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart and Brittas, who made it into the latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for their record breaking largest charity walk in 2009.

“It is a real honour to be part of this initiative which has already turned into an annual community event,” said Senator Fitzgerald who unveiled the plaque to mark the achievement last weekend.

“In 2009 Michael Ryan and his friends decided to attempt a world record and asked us all to walk a mile for charity. The new Guinness Book of World Records – hot off the press – features our fantastic achievement on page 100 so children all over Rathcoole, Newcastle and Saggart are already world record holders before they graduate from Primary School,” said the Senator who was joined by children from Holy Family NS, St Martin’s NS and St. Finians NS, as she unveiled the plaque in Rathcoole Park.

"This year we were only 16 people short of breaking our record and again vital funds were raised for the Irish Cancer Society. A group of young people spearheaded by Michael Ryan came up this clever initiative that tapped into the local community spirit here and raised money for a fantastic cause. The fact that we got recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records was a great boost but really we need to remember that the walk was much more than a world record attempt – it was an event that brought the whole community together and that raised money for a worthy cause,” said Senator Frances Fitzgerald.

“This plaque is not just a testament to those who took part in the 2009 walk but a tribute to all those in our community who have suffered cancer and to the fantastic community spirit here in Rathcoole,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.