Tyrone men aim to break GAA World Record

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

SIXTEEN Tyrone men will take part in a GAA Guinness World Record attempt.

A total of 42 players will compete in what is hoped will be the longest Gaelic football match in history and will be played in Tyrone GAA's home, the Garvaghey Centre.

The 'Marathon Match', ran by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and the Michaela Foundation in partnership with O'Neill's International Sports, takes place on Saturday/Sunday, 7/8 January.

The record-breaking attempt will see two teams go head to head for a total of 24 hours - a world first.

Included in the selection are no less than 16 Tyrone natives, namely; Niall Mulrine (Augher), Chris Gallagher (Tyrone Masters), Brian O'Neill (Cookstown Fr. Rocks), Benny McDevitt (St. Eugene's), Michael Gallagher (Carrickmore), Darragh Begley (Dungannon Clarkes), Ronie O'Neill (Derrytreask), Eugene Liam McCarroll (Fintona), Shane Mc Keown (Moy), Stephen McCann (Clonoe), Pauric McAnenly (Errigal Ciaran), Liam Rafferty (Gallbally Pearses), Paul Lavery (Eoghan Ruadh), Damian Gormely (Trillick) Paul Donaghy and Peter McAtasney (both Edendork)

Eoin Treanor, Community Fundraising Officer for Cancer Focus NI said: "We are delighted to announce the 42 players that are going to take on this huge challenge.

"We had huge interested from throughout Ireland, with over 170 players expressing an interest in playing. The rules set by Guinness World Records meant we could only select 42. In the end we selected players of all ages, from a total of 12 different counties throughout Ireland."

Darragh Begley from Dungannon Clarkes said "I'm delighted to be selected to play a part in what could be Gaelic football history; however the main focus for me and the other players is to raise as much money and profile for these two amazing local charities as possible.

"The work and services provided by both Michaela Foundation and Cancer Focus NI to the people of our communities is exceptional, and if me and the 41 other players can help sustain those services, then we'll have played our part in something much greater than a Guinness World Record."

If you would like to donate to the Marathon Match, go to or text MTCH24 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70071.

The Marathon Match throws in at 11am on Saturday, 7 January, 2017 in Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone GAA and will play will last for 24 hours.


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