Newbridge native, Brenda Donohoe has done some wacky and wild things in her radio career but last weekend the gutsy lady spent over 24 hours going around and around the big wheel at the Point Village in Dublin.
Brenda officially broke the Guinness Book of Records title for the longest marathon on a fairground attraction and it was all in aid of The Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust. Last Monday October 24, a hoarse Brenda explained that the time flew by during the day but flagged as it got later.
“I was making a radio documentary for the radio show so I had lots of celebs coming in to see me. I had Rob Kearney and Tommy Fleming popping in. The time flew by but I found the hours between 4am and 6am very hard,” explained Brenda.
Brenda entered the pod on Saturday. One thing that did cheer her up was a surprise visit from her Celebrity Banisteoir team, Kilcullen.
“They were brilliant. Some of the players came up. I didn’t know they were coming. They decided to come around 12am as they thought that might be a time where there wouldn’t be as many people around. I thought that was very thoughtful of them. I got on very well with them during Celebrity Bainisteoir and felt I really bonded with them. Dessie the manager came up for the finale, they were great.”
Luckily the wind and rain that hit Sunday night didn’t arive a night earlier.
Brenda said was also entertained by students in the other pods on the wheel as they did karaoke and other novelty activities. Brenda took on the challenge for the Mooney Radio Show and emerged after 24 and a half hours on Sunday morning at 10.40am. Her two eldest children, Ali (11) and Robyn (9) were there to cheer her on. Harvey (2) was being minded by his Newbridge grandparents, Michael and Mary Donohoe.