Ennis men complete Guinness record

Ennis men complete Guinness record

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Kieran Ferns and Gordon O’Loughlin celebrate their amazing achievement – Photo: Tony O’Loughlin

Two exhausted amateur snooker players have smashed the existing world record for the longest snooker match.

DCU student Gordon O’Loughlin and truck driver Kieran Ferns, both from Ennis, broke the previous record by almost 8 hours and are now in the frame for a new Guinness World Record.

The current record was set in June 2013 by English men Nick Barrett and Andy Osborne who completed 75 hours and 13 minutes.

However, the Ennis duo completed three days and three nights of snooker, a total of 191 frames over 83 hours, but will have to wait for confirmation from the Guinness scrutineers that they have beaten the current record.

The Ennis lads who potted their last ball at 12.10am this morning despite a few scares when it was feared they couldn’t complete the epic challenge.

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Money raised from the event will be donate to Sláinte an Chláir, a cancer support centre based in Clare.

Event organiser and owner of Ennis Snooker and Pool Club, Gerry O’Loughlin said: “The support we received was amazing. There are no words to describe how grateful we all are. This record would not have been possible without all the volunteers.  It honestly would not have worked. The lads broke the record but the volunteers made the record possible.”

Former world snooker champion Ken Doherty visited the lads on Sunday night to offer words of support and play an exhibition match.

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