Kildare theatre company’s rag doll world record attempt

Raggie Maggie at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin.
Kildare street theatre company, Artastic are in the running to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever rag doll.

Kildare street theatre company, Artastic are in the running to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever rag doll.

Raggie Maggie made her debut at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin last Sunday along with 140 members of the group.

“We don’t know yet if we will get it. We have notified them that we are doing it and we have to send in a lot of evidence and other information to back it up.

“It could be months before we know if we have it or not. They are very strict on the criteria,” explained Artastic director, Vijaya Bateson.

This is the group’s 11th year to take part in the capital’s parade. The theme of their entry was centred around Raggie Maggie. “It was a story about old toys and about children losing their imagination by playing on electronic toys too much and forgetting about their old toys. This was a story about a great gathering of toys,” he said.

It took Vijaya six weeks to make the giant rag doll, which is 7.7 metres in height. The current record is set at 4.6 metres tall.

However, the doll proved too big to stand so she had to sit on a chair for the parade.

The group’s entry was made up of people from Ballitore Youth Theatre, Celbridge Youth Theatre, Dublin groups and friends of the participants.