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PEI smashes Guinness World Record

After weeks of planning and careful preparation, PEI yesterday broke the "Guinness World Record" for the world’s largest rain dance. The event took place at Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare on Sunday May 29th 2011, beating the previous record which was achieved on the 28th September 2008 at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong, Australia.

PEI managed to assemble a crowd of 395 participants beating the previous record by a staggering 161 people (verified by Katie Forde, an adjudicator from the Guinness World Records organisation).

According to Robert Keily from PEI, “This is a very exciting achievement for us, not alone the World Record, but moreover the opportunity to work with such a worthwhile charity as Focus Ireland and the excellent work they do in Aylward Green”.

Helen Connolly from Focus Ireland added, “This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this. It’s a really novel way to raise awareness for the charity and we’re very grateful to everybody in PEI for making it possible”.

The event was held primarily to raise awareness and much needed funds for Focus Ireland and, in particular, a project of theirs in Aylward Green, Finglas, Co. Dublin which provides emergency family accommodation.  

Thanks to everyone who participated on the day, those who contributed so generously and special thanks to Carton House for providing the venue and Xtreme for stage managing the entire day so well. If you would still like to contribute/donate to Focus Ireland, its not too late - please click here for further information.