Aiming For World’s Largest Shamrock

An aerial view of the painted shamrock. (Photo courtesy of Mike Deery)

‘A third of a football field in size’

Unofficially, the world’s largest painted shamrock is currently set in concrete the small town of O’Neill, tabbed “Nebraska’s Irish Capital” by a governor’s proclamation in 1969.

Though the Guinness Book of World Records does not currently have such a listing for the symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day, it did not stop Milleridge Inn owner Butch Yamali from trying to get into that venerable book.

Those in attendance included, from left: Jeff Clark, president of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens; Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito; Butch Yamali, owner and president of the Milleridge Inn; Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker; Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin Don Clavin; and Nassau County Legislator James Kennedy. They are surrounded by the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums. (Photo courtesy of Mike Deery)

Yamali and elected officials gathered at the Jericho catering business on Monday, March 15, and helped color what they claim is the world’s largest image of the sprig of a clover flower. Workers from the Inn did most of the labor, painting an 1,100-square-foot image.

According to a press release, “In addition to the world record attempt, guests will be treated to live Irish bagpipe music from the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums and other entertainment. Don’t miss the fun at this celebration of Irish culture and salute to the patron saint of the Emerald Isle.”

Yamali was joined by Nassau County Legislators James Kennedy and Rose Marie Walker; Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin and Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito; and Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Vicki Walsh.

Milleridge Inn representative Mike Deery said, “We submitted all documentation and filing fees to Guinness. The documentation consists of video and recorded measurements. We are not sure when we will hear [from Guinness].”

The Milleridge Inn had signs ready for the big event. (Photo from Facebook)

According to the Guinness website, “Our Records Management Team reviews each application individually and the process can take up to 12 weeks.”

The site also noted that “To become a record-holder requires determination, extraordinary skills and commitment. Before applying for an existing record, check the current information and make sure you’ve got what it takes to break the record. If you are suggesting a new record idea, we recommend that you spend some time searching our current records to see what may already have been achieved in your area of expertise. Every newly approved record idea has to be significantly different from existing records and demonstrate a completely new skill. Being the first to suggest a record does not immediately qualify for acceptance, with around 60 percent of applications for new records being rejected. However, we are always looking for new exciting ideas to reflect the world’s diversity.

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