HISTORY was made in Dunnamaggin last Sunday when 696 ride on mowers simultaneously took to the local GAA field cutting grass.
Around 3,000 people descended on the rural village for the novel event which raised over 40,000 euros for the Camphill Community in Ballytobin and the Dunnamaggin GAA club. Mowers began to gather at the GAA field on Friday evening and by Saturday there were over 300 lawnmowers on the pitch ready to go. “The rest of them came on Sunday. They came from all over with one man travelling down from Tuam for the event. It was a great day,” said James Rossiter who was on the organising committee.
“We always knew we were going to break the record, because the previous one, set in Australia, was only 86 mowers operating at the same time. But this went a lot better than expected,” said organiser Maura Long.
The team prize on the day went to Carrick Shock GAA club who entered a team of ten mowers. The individual prize went to John Joe Burke who entered fifty mowers and the individual prize was handed out to Ormonde Organics.
“There was a bit of drizzle early on in the day but it turned out to be a glorious day.
“We had huge support from the local community and from our sponsors, Husqvarna. We were delighted with the support we got,” added Mr Rossiter.
The traditional fun day also took place at the GAA grounds on Sunday and was ‘a huge success’