Brendan O’Carroll and Conall Cooney helped break the world record for “The most nationalities on a theme park ride” while in Gothenburg for the Gothia Cup football tournament
The successful attempt to set a new world record for “The most nationalities on a theme park ride” took place on Monday afternoon, after people from 72 different nationalities took a spin together on the 60-metre high Ferris wheel at the Liseberg theme park.
The 72 record holders included Gothenburg residents, as well as players from teams which participated in the Meet the World and Gothia Cup football tournaments.
The record attempt was arranged in conjunction with the 38th annual Gothia Cup football tournament and organized by ball bearing manufacturer SKF and Liseberg theme park.
The two local players were in Swedan with their team Seatown FC’s U18 and played a total of four games before leaving the Tournament after being beaten by IF Elfsborg.
Brendan O’Carroll told the Dundalk Democrat that himself and Conall Cooney stumbled upon the opportunity by chance while they were walking through their hotel lobby and a representative for the Gothia Cup approached them and asked if they would like to represent Ireland in the world record attempt.
The two young footballers jumped at the chance and later found themselves, along with two other Swedish representatives, in one of the 42 gondolas on the 275 tonne Ferris wheel at Liseberg Park.
All participants had to register for the event using their passport number so that their nationality could be verified.
Dennis Andersson, General Secretary of Gothia Cup said that the occasion was more than a world record attempt and that:
“By bringing different nationalities together on one ride we want to show our borderless world and our common responsibility for its future, regardless of nationality, religion, sex or colour.”
The previous world record had been 50 nationalities on a ride.