The Guinness World Record for the longest marathon hug was beaten in Ireland this weekend by four Mayo men.

The Guinness World Record for the longest marathon hug is coming back to Ireland after four men from Co Mayo steamed through the previous record on Saturday, May 4.

Stephen Rattigan, Brian Cawley, Nicky Kearney and Robert Tuomey previously held the title in 2017 when they broke the 25-hour record in raising $5,000 (€4,500) for the Irish Cancer Society.

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The title was taken from them a few months ago, however, by a group of students from Japan but the Mayo men were not willing to back down. Having their record broken by just 15 minutes, the Irish group gathered under a marquee in Market Square, Castlebar, Co Mayo on May 4 to hug it out for 30 hours.

Imagine how tired your arms would be after a 30-hour hug!

Image: Stephen Rattigan.

Image: Stephen Rattigan.

The group raised $7,200 (€6,500) for mental health and suicide prevention charity Peta House and for Western Care.

“We had wonderful support from everyone in the community,” Rattigan told the Irish Mirror.

“Even at 11 pm a woman pulled up in a car and she said, ‘My daughter is a harp player, she’d like to play music for you,’ and she came out and played the harp from 11 pm to 12 am and the mother sang songs.

“The following day we had a guitar player, a musician Conor Ward that played the last hour.”

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Image: Stephen Rattigan.

Image: Stephen Rattigan.

The four men, all aged 32, said that they owed their success to the support of the community at home and abroad.

“They were saying they were watching from Boston and New York, and someone else said they were watching from LA. It actually got a lot of shares!” Rattigan added.

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The four men stood in a group hug for 30 hours, raising over $7,200 for charity. Stephen Rattigan