St Patrick's Day: 10 incredibly Irish world records

St Patrick's Day: 10 incredibly Irish world records

The annual Irish national holiday for Saint Patrick's Day has often inspired Emerald Isle-themed record attempts to mark the occasion.

What started as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland - St Paddy - has become a global celebration of Irish culture including partying, dancing and a lot of people wearing green.
 
To honour the occasion, here are a few of the most extraordinary Irish achievements…

1. Largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns

On St Paddy's Day 2012, an incredible 1,263 people attended an event organised by Bandon Town (Ireland) in Bandon, Ireland wearing full leprechaun fancy dress.
 
Largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns

 

2. Largest St. Patrick's Day celebration (multiple venues)

The largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration taking place at multiple venues was promoted and monitored by the Irish drink Guinness, and was attended by 361,077 individuals around the world on 17 March 2012. The attempt was part of Guinness' 'Friendliest Day of the Year' campaign, which also saw of 70,000 people pledging to celebrate the day with their friends.
 
Largest St Patrick's Day celebration

 

3. Largest Irish dance

The largest Irish dance involved 10,036 participants at the Dublin Irish Festival organised by the City of Dublin in Dublin, Ohio, USA on 4 August 2007.
 

4. Largest gathering of people dressed as St Patrick

On 14 March 2013, Saint Brigid’s National School in Castleknock, Dublin celebrated the opening of a large extension to their school building by inviting students to dress as Saint Patrick himself. An amazing 882 people took part!
 
Largest gathering of people dressed as St Patrick main

 

5. Most players in a hurling exhibition match

Hurling is an outdoor team game that began in Ireland and is massively popular there. Meelin GAA Club and Meelin Carnival (both Ireland) set a record when 911 people took part in a huge hurling exhibition game in Meelin, Cork, Ireland on 25 August 2013.
 
Most players in a hurling exhibition match

 

6. Most international appearances in Rugby Union

Irish former professional rugby union player Brian O’Driscoll made 141 international appearances from 12 June 1999 to 15 March 2014, playing for Ireland a remarkable 133 times and eight times for the British and Irish Lions (2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 tours). O’Driscoll’s record breaking doesn’t stop there – he also holds the record for Most international Rugby Union caps won as captain (84) and Most appearances in a Five-Six Nations Championship career (65).
 
Most international appearances in Rugby Union - Brian O'Driscoll

 

7. Largest attendance at a Rugby Union World Cup match

The largest attendance at a Rugby Union World Cup match is 89,267 for the pool match between Ireland and Romania at Wembley Stadium in London, England, UK, on 27 September 2015.
 

8. Most 1-2-3 Irish dance steps in 30 seconds

The most 1-2-3 Irish dance steps in 30 seconds is 43 and was achieved by Ben Carolan (Ireland) on the set of 'Elev8' (for RTÉ) in Dublin, Ireland, on 3 August 2012. The record attempt was staged as part of a segment called '101 Things To Do Before You're A Teenager', number 1 of which was breaking a world record!
 

9. Largest gathering of people dressed as nuns

Largest gathering of people dressed as nuns landscape image
 
The largest gathering of people dressed as nuns was 1,436 and was achieved by Nunday Listowel (Ireland) in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, on 30 June 2012. The attempt was organised to raise funds for charity Pieta House.
 
Largest gathering of people dressed as nuns 
 

10. Most jump racing Champion Jockey titles

Among his many claims to greatness, Tony McCoy holds the record for the most times a single jockey has been named jump racing Champion Jockey – 19 times between 1996 to 2014.
 
AP McCoy - Most jump racing Champion Jockey titles