World Record broken ahead of Offaly Kilkenny clash

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

9 June 2013; Taking part in the Carrolls ham sandwich world record attempt  in aid of Irish Autism Action are, from left, Brian Duignan, age 12, from Durrow, Co. Offaly, Offaly's Joe Dooely, Offaly's Brian Whelehan, Ann Purcell, from Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny, and Kilkenny's DJ Carey. A new record of 3,140 sandwiches in 37 minutes was set. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Offaly v Kilkenny, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Tullamore GAA club was the venue on Sunday June 9th for the achievement of unique world record where 50 upbeat volunteers made 3,145 Carroll’s ham sandwiches in 37 minutes.

Tullamore GAA club was the venue on Sunday June 9th for the achievement of unique world record where 50 upbeat volunteers made 3,145 Carroll’s ham sandwiches in 37 minutes.

The event took place pre the All Ireland hurling championship meeting of Offaly and Kilkenny at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Once the world record was achieved, the sandwiches were donated by Carroll’s to Irish Autism Action volunteers who distributed them to hungry match supporters which raised nearly €2,700 for the charity.

This was supplemented with an additional €500 donation to Irish Autism Action from Carroll’s bringing the overall total raised for Irish Autism Action to €3,200.

The Sunday Game’s Michael Duignan was on hand with other ex-inter county players including Eddie Brennan and DJ Carey from Kilkenny and Joe Dooley and Brian Whelehan from Offaly to help make some sandwiches for the world record attempt. They also engaged in a pre-game Questions and Answers session with inquisitive fans from both counties organised by Club Faithful.

A dedicated kid-zone with a kicking cage, face painters and lots more provided some sun drenched entertainment for the whole family.

Niall Murphy of Autism Action Ireland said: We are absolutely thrilled that we broke the world record. We had great fun doing it and we are extremely thankful to all the volunteers who chipped in to assist us on the day. We especially want to thank Carroll’s for their generous donation of over 3,000 world record sandwiches which helped us to raise much needed funds to support our mission of bringing positive change into the lives of those affected by autism. We would also like to thank the Offaly County Board, Club Faithful and Tullamore GAA for all their assistance to help bring this unique event to fruition.