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Rhode ready to "Rock the Boat"

Story by Laura Ryder

Wednesday, 27th February, 2013 2:19pm

Rhode ready to

Rhode residents are getting ready to rock the boat for the Gathering 2013, and they’re hoping their efforts will set a new world record. On May 3, organisers are planning for some 2,000 people to simultaneously take part in the famous “Rock the Boat” dance while sitting on a one kilometre stretch of footpath leading from the village’s Gathering office to the parish hall.

The planned world record attempt is part of the line-up for Rhode Parish Gathering 2013, which takes place over the May bank holiday weekend. Other events planned for the festival include school olympics, a donkey derby, the Croghan Hill Challenge and a Beat on the Street.

Speaking to the Offaly Independent about Rhode’s ambitious “Rock the Boat” plans, Niall Murphy said the current “Rock the Boat” record is 1,428 people at the Mall in Armagh City on September 26, 2011. Rhode is hoping to blast past that number of participants on May 3 and reach the 2,000 mark at some point between 4.30pm and 6pm on the day in question.

The Guinness Book of World Records team has already been contacted and the job for Rhode residents now is to attract the necessary numbers to the village for May 3. Up to 500 children taking part in school olympics the same day are already on board, and it’s hoped they will bring with them parents, relatives and friends in large numbers. Visitors are also welcome to visit the north Offaly village on the day and take part in the record attempt.

More details on this event and others are available by searching for “Rhode Parish Gathering 2013” on Facebook.

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