On Saturday, 6th July 2013 in Moyle Rovers GAA Club Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football attempted a world record, the largest football mosaic.
Over 300 people arrived at Monroe to help achieve the record.
The mosaic was built with footballs and involved each ball being placed side by side to make a picture of the words “The Horse & Jockey” who were the main sponsor of the event and who also, are sponsors our the Tipperary Ladies Football intermediate team.
Yellow balls were used for the wording and blue balls were used for the background colour and at 12pm sharp the first yellow ball was laid by Ladies Football Chairman, Tommie Campbell.
Once the first row was complete anyone could partake in building the mosaic by laying a football into the mosaic. Everyone young and old in Monroe that day partook in the event and got a football and certificate.
Gerry O’Hagan, Vice Chairman of Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football oversaw the laying of the footballs ensuring the correct colour ball was placed in the correct position while Anthony O’Brien, Secretary of Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football was busy building the Mosaic with the help of Tommie Campbell and all the other stewards.
Liam Butler, Will McGarry Engineers and Keith Delahunty, Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football Referee were witnesses to the building of the Mosaic and Mr Enda McDonnell, President of the Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Association was in attendance.
The previous record for the largest football mosaic was measured 9.75 m (32 ft) in length and 5.94 m (19.5 ft) in width giving a total area of 57.92 m² (624 ft²) and was achieved by BMO Bank of Montreal (Canada) at Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada, on 5 July 2012.
On 6th July Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football built a mosaic of approximately 22.25m in length and 3.44m in width giving a total area of approximately 76.9 m² and using approximately 1530 footballs.
As the mosaic was being built in the Moyle Rovers Sports Hall there was a blitz for Under 10 and Under 14 Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs. This was a free non-competitive blitz for the enjoyment of all the members of the clubs and ran very successfully with the supervision of the organisers Siobhan Condon, Development Officer, Karl McCarthy and Edmond Burke. A great day was had by players, mentors and parents.
This was a very special day for Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football and we would like to thank Moyle Rovers GAA Club for the use of the Sports Hall and all its facilities.
A special thanks to Pat O’Connor (Caretaker of Moyle Rovers), Karen Barry and Vendula Macková who were available to help at any time.
Thanks to the Moyle Rovers members who assisted us Patty Campbell, Anne Keating, Pat Fahy, Kay Lyons, Paddy McMeel, Seamus Delahunty, Aine Cullinane and Edmond Burke and Mark Campbell who got the footballs ready.
Thanks to Mr. Tommie Campbell, Chairman of Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football who thought of the idea and all Tipperary clubs and Executive members who helped in any way in this world record attempt.
Finally, thanks to everyone who placed a ball in the Mosaic and all the sponsors of the event.