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World Record: 454 players in one football game

29 July 2013

What a crowd at Croke ParkA world record was broken at the weekend with 454 people the largest number of participants ever to play in one Gaelic Football game. 

The organisers of the world record event are awaiting verification from the Guinness Book of World Records on their achievement. 

The record attempt was organised by the Irish Community in Britain in conjunction with the GAA against the backdrop of the GAA's All Britain Competition at the Tir Chonaill Gaels GAA grounds in London over this weekend. Over 1500 children from across Wales, Scotland, and England participated in the tournament, which is now an annual event in the GAA calendar.

Ulster GAA President and GAA Vice-President Martin McAviney who is representing the GAA Central Council at this weekends games said: "This event coupled with the ongoing progress of the London football team at the moment is a real success story of the Irish abroad. I am delighted to be present at the games representing the GAA.

"I was also pleased that I was able to participate in the recording breaking game alongside Ulster GAA Past President Aogan O Fearghail who is also at the games underlining Ulster GAA's continued support to our twinning Partners the Council of Britain GAA. 

"The GAA in Britain have shown great leadership in the organisation of this weekends games and I commend them for their continued work and ongoing development."

Brendan O'Brien President of the Council of Britain GAA said: "It was wonderful to see so many people come out and support the recording breaking GAA attempt last night. I am also delighted that again we have had a strong representation from the GAA right across the world at this weekends Youth Games.

"This competition is now a major event in the GAA calendar and I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved in particular our twinning partners in Ulster GAA and the Central Council GAA both of whom are represented by Martin McAviney this weekend."
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