Volunteers sought for world record bid

Up to 1000 people will gather in Carrick-on-Suir at 2pm on Saturday in a bid to break the world record for the longest human thumb wrestling chain.

Up to 1000 people will gather in Carrick-on-Suir at 2pm on Saturday in a bid to break the world record for the longest human thumb wrestling chain.

The novel world record attempt that will involve a human chain circling the area around Carrick’s two bridges is being organised to raise money to assist 47 year-old mother-of-four Carmel Nolan Burns, whose left leg was recently amputated from the hip to treat cancer in her pelvis.

The Carmel Nolan Burns Cancer Support Fund committee is calling on all groups and organisations in Carrick-on-Suir and its hinterland to support their fundraising appeal by joining in this Guinness Book of Records registered world record attempt.

John Maher, world record attempt co-ordinator, said they have contacted a host of local sporting, youth and social clubs and voluntary organisations over the past few weeks and all have agreed to send groups to join the human chain.

There will be a lot of children taking part, he said, and all participating groups are being encouraged to wear their club colours or uniforms.

“The current record is 957 people participating in a 5 minute simultaneous thumb wrestle and we are trying to get 1000 people together,” he said.

The human chain will start at Main St., go down Bridge St. over Old Bridge through Carrickbeg, over Dillon Bridge and end at Main St. Participants will chant “1,2,3,4 I declare a thumb war” to begin the record attempt.

All money raised will go to the assist Carmel Nolan Burns and her family pay for her medical, rehab and care costs. Carmel, a native of Main St., Carrick, was diagnosed with Chondroscarcoma, a cancer in her pelvis in February. The only treatment option open to Carmel was to have her left leg amputated. She underwent the operation at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham earlier this summer and is now recuperating.