Tipperary born Michael Meaney was buried alive for 61 days in Mitchelstown, County Cork in 1968.

Despite this feat and being internationally acclaimed in newspapers and on television at the time, Michael Meany's achievement was not recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

You were down for sixty one days in all.

 The highlight of his sixty one days below ground was beating the Americans. He describes the conditions and the "plumbing situation" underground.

Michael Meaney, standing at 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighing in at 13 stone, makes a public challenge to Cobh man Tim Hayes, who achieved public acclaim when he spent over 100 hours underground.

TimHayes  had previously attempted to undermine Michael Meaney's achievement by describing his coffin as a bungalow.

This episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' was broadcast on 25 April 1974.