Internet issues halt Rory Gallagher's world record attempt

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Internet issues halt Rory Gallagher's world record attempt

Rory Gallagher - still smiling

An Irish musician's attempt to set a new world record on Saturday evening ended in disappointment.

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Donegal native Rory Gallagher was hoping to earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records by singing online for the maximum eight hours permissible on a facebook live stream! No solo acoustic artists have played the entire eight hour digital time window allowed on facebook. 

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But a wifi issue curtailed his bid! Nevertheless, when it came back, the Kilcar native kept playing. Over 50,000 people tuned in at various times - and many stayed on to watch him as he played on after the internet connection was restored.

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He has stated he might try it again - and hopefully nobody else will try it in the meantime.

Originally from Kilcar, Rory now lives in Scotland where he has bar with his wife Cara.

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Despite the frustration and disappointment tonight, he decided to keep playing when the internet connection was sorted.

And he received a flood of support by followers on facebook.

He has around 25,000 followers.

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Gallagher is particularly well known for his "Jimmy's Winning Matches" hit GAA anthem back in 2012.

"I tried, and I might try again if nobody steals the idea," he said.

He actually broke his own record as he had never gigged before for more than six hours!