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    MICHAEL MEANEY, 33, AN EX-GRAVE DIGGER FROM COUNTY CORK, IRELAND, WILL CLIMB INTO A 6 FT 3 INCH (JUST UNDER 2 METRE) COFFIN NEXT WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 21) TO BEGIN A RECORD "COFFIN SITTING" ATTEMPT.

  • Description


    COFFIN THROUGH WINDOW; INSCRIPTION ON COFFIN; LANDLORD BUTTY SUGRUE SPEAKS (SOF); COFFIN LID LOWERED; BOLTS TIGHTENED; SUGRUE HANDS DOWN BEER AND SPEAKS (SOF); CROWD SING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: "YOU KNOW MICK, WE'RE NOT DOING THIS FOR OURSELVES YOU KNOW. WE ARE DOING THIS TO HONOUR THE GREAT IRISHMEN WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US. TO BRING A WORLD RECORD TO IRELAND, THAT IS OUR AIM. AN ENDURANCE TEST THAT NO MAN EVER, IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE, DID LONGER UNDER EARTH THAN YOU DID. WE'LL DO A BIT OF TRAINING NOW FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FRIENDS AWAY BACK IN NEW YORK, AND OUR OLD PALS JOE LOUIS AND BILLY CONN THEY'RE ALL LOOKING IN TONIGHT. AND THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND, MR EAMONN DE VALERA WILL BE WATCHING YOU AND APPLAUD YOU, SO WILL SMITHY, CAMDEN TOWN, BUTCHER WELSH AND ALL....(LAUGHTER). YOUR TIME HAS NOW COME. PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US DOWN - BUT IF YOU DO WE'LL TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR BODY AND THE LORD WILL TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR SOUL




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    Background: MICHAEL MEANEY, 33, AN EX-GRAVE DIGGER FROM COUNTY CORK, IRELAND, WILL CLIMB INTO A 6 FT 3 INCH (JUST UNDER 2 METRE) COFFIN NEXT WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 21) TO BEGIN A RECORD "COFFIN SITTING" ATTEMPT.

    MICHAEL HOPES TO STAY IN THE COFFIN FOR 60 DAYS TO BEAT THE RECORD OF 45 DAYS SET BY AN AMERICAN.

    THE COFFIN, WITH MICHAEL INSIDE, WILL REMAIN IN AN UPSTAIRS ROOM AT THE "ADMIRAL NELSON", A PUBLIC HOUSE IN KILBURN, LONDON, RUN BY LANDLORD BUTTY SUGRUE, REPUTED TO BE ONE OF THE STRONGEST MEN IN THE WORLD. MICHAEL WORKS AS A BARMAN FOR MR. SUGRUE.

    ORIGINALLY MICHAEL INTENDED TO STAY IN THE COFFIN FOR ONLY 30 DAYS TO BEAT A RECORD OF 11 DAYS SET BY ANOTHER IRISHMAN, TIM HAYES. BUT WHEN HE HEARD OF THE AMERICAN RECORD HE DECIDED TO EXTEND HIS " COFFIN SIT " TO 60 DAYS.

    FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS MICHAEL HAS BEEN TRAINING FOR HIS RECORD ATTEMPT, SLEEPING IN THE FOAM-LINED COFFIN EVERY NIGHT.

    AT A DRESS-REHEARSAL FOR THE START OF THE "COFFIN SIT "HELD AT THE "ADMIRAL NELSON" YESTERDAY(SATURDAY), MR SUGRUE GAVE MICHAEL SOME ENCOURAGEMENT. HE SAID

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    Film ID:
    VLVA61G0N4OKD4INXBVFQIMPA7TB1
    Media URN:
    VLVA61G0N4OKD4INXBVFQIMPA7TB1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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