Offaly's Guinness-loving and record-breaking hen passes away

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Offaly's Guinness-loving and record-breaking hen passes away

Offaly's Guinness-loving and record-breaking hen passes away

An Offaly farmer has expressed sadness after his prize-winning and record-breaking hen passed away in recent days.

Banagher's John Dolan made headlines last year when he told RTE News that his hen, Marmalade, is a record-breaker and that she should be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. 

The half-bred Red Mottled hen had hatched an astonishing 107 chickens in two years and John Dolan, who runs a small farm near Banagher, put the success down to a combination of breeding, ‘hen whispering’ and porridge.

In her four and a half years, Marmalade delivered over 180 chickens.

John told RTE News that a hen like her "will not be seen again" in the world. John succeeded and Marmalade is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her incredible breeding feat. 

The hen was a fan of the black stuff from time to time and even led the Banagher St. Patrick's Day parade in 2018.

The prized hen had survived a crash on the way to the Tullamore St. Patrick's Day parade in 2017, but sad news came this week when John confirmed Marmalade died in his daugther's arms.

John said he didn't have the heart to bury his family's beloved pet on his farm and instead plans to have her stuffed and displayed in a glass case.