Allianz Hurlers Break World Record

Guinness World Records come in many shapes and sizes but are always a bit special.  Last week adjudicators were on hand at St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School in Belfast to recognise a new record set by 577 pupils who took part in a mass hurling coaching session.

The event was organised by the school as a way of celebrating the hurling and sporting associations of St Mary’s and to promote a healthy and positive lifestyle among the pupils of the west Belfast school.

The school was assisted by Allianz, local GAA coaches and other voluntary organisations including the St John’s Ramblers.

“We are delighted to be officially recognised as Guinness World Record holders,” said School Principal John Martin.

“This was a big logistical undertaking by the staff and the pupils who have prepared very well over the last two weeks. We also received support from the local community and the school family including the parents. St Mary’s is very much a part of the west Belfast community and today’s achievement is a reflection of that.”

Glenn Pollard is the official adjudicator for Guinness World Records. Glenn praised the efforts of the school,

“A mass participation event like this one is a difficult and detailed undertaking,” said Glenn Pollard who recorded the record.

“I travel the world on behalf of Guinness World Records to witness first hand record breaking attempts and I was very impressed at the efforts of the school today, including the staff and the pupils. They have earned this award and I am delighted to declare that St Mary’s is an official holder of a Guinness World Record.”


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