Farmers from around Ireland set a new world record and raise tens of thousands of euro in the process.
The record, was getting 208 combine harvesters working in one field at the one time on the Louth Meath border. This is the second time the Combines 4 Charity group have set this world record.
Andy O'Connell sacrificed a day's work and left home at 4 am to participate in the world record attempt. Speaking to RTÉ News, he commends the work of all the participants and says,
I'm just glad to be a very, very small part of it.
Combines 4 Charity was set up by a group of Meath farmers who set the world record in 2010 and raised nearly €400,000 for charity in the process. Having lost the record to a Canadian group of farmers, they needed 200 or more combine harvesters working in one field at one time to regain the title. While a total of 211 lined up, technical difficulties meant that 208 was the final number to take part resulting in a new world record.
Combines 4 Charity are delighted with the world record and expect it to stand for some time.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 July 2012. The reporter is Richard Dowling.