Callan seeks to break Guinness World Record

The town of Callan will attempt to raise funds for two causes by shattering a world record for the most people performing the ‘Rock the Boat’ dance together this summer.

The town of Callan will attempt to raise funds for two causes by shattering a world record for the most people performing the ‘Rock the Boat’ dance together this summer.

‘Rock the Boat’ is a 1974 song by the Hues Corporation. It is accompanied by a dance that involves people sitting along the floor in rows, simultaneously rocking and swaying to the music.

The current record as it stands is 1,428 people – set by Armagh last September. However, Callan event organiser Teckie Brett feels that this is beatable.

“It is very possible – 1,500 isn’t a lot of people to get together on this,” she said.

The fundraising effort is for two causes: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, and locally, the King’s River (Abhainn Ri) Development Project.

The record challenge is to take place on July 29 during the third annual Abhainn Ri Festival in the town.

The 10-day festival has already established itself as a staple of the Kilkenny festival calendar, with a variety of art, concerts, dancing, poetry and seminars scheduled for this year.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the attempt and have a hand in setting a new record. There is no need to register for the event; people can simply turn up on the day and get on board the ‘boat’.

MC on the day will be the inimitable George Candler, with local DJ Mark Fitzpatrick looking after the music and organiser Teckie Brett co-ordinating the rhythm and rocking.

“There is such doom and gloom around at the moment,” says Ms Brett.

“This will be a fantastic event. It is a fundraiser as well as a really fun family day out.”

For more information, email teckiebrett@yahoo.ie.