Carrick-on-Suir celebrated too firsts last weekend - the breaking of a world record and the first exhibition outside of the National Musuem of a significant treasure hoard discovered in the town earlier this year.
The world record for the longest human thumb wrestling chain was smashed in Carrick-on-Suir last Saturday when
1599 men, women and children from the town and its surrounding communities linked thumbs in a circuit of the town centre that spanned the town’s two bridges.
The following day, the people of Carrick-on-Suir and it hinterland turned out in force once again, this time to view the precious hoard of 17th century gold coins that went on display in Ormond Castle for a day.
It was the first exhibition of the hoard outside the National Museum in Dublin since they were discovered under the floor of Cooney’s Pub on Carrick’s Main Street by building workers in January.
The “Bridge Link” world record was organised to raise funds for the Carmel Nolan Burns Cancer Support Fund. The fund was set up to help cover some of the medical, rehabilitation and care costs of 47 year-old mother-of-four Carmel Nolan Burns, a native of Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir whose left leg was recently amputated from the hip to treat cancer in her pelvis.
The huge turnout to the event comfortably surpassed the world record of 957 set in Osaka, Japan in August last year and raised
several thousands for the cause. Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Kieran Bourke said the turnout highlight the huge community spirit of the people of Carrick-on-Suir and its hinterland.
Meanwhile, South Tipperary County Museum reported that 1240 people flocked to Ormond Castle to see the gold coins on display. The queue stretched out the front gates of the castle at one stage on Sunday. County Museum curator Marie McMahon of said they were thrilled with the public response to the exhibition.