A DONEGAL musician is the toast of social media after setting a new world record for singing continuously online.
Rory Gallagher from the idyllic village Kilcar in Co Donegal, is set to enter the Guinness Book of Records after completing an exhausting eight-hour long concert.
The breathless gig was broadcast online via Facebook Live, with thousands tuning in to watch the Irishman in action.
Rory went live on the platform this past Saturday, August 8, from 5pm, singing all the way through to the early hours of Sunday morning.
All told, Gallagher performed for a sensational eight hours and nine seconds.
It might have been longer, but Facebook only allows for a maximum broadcast time of eight hours – making the additional nine seconds spent online something of an anomaly.
In any case, Rory became the first solo acoustic artist to play for the entire allotted eight hours on Facebook.
The Kilcar native’s performance went down a storm too, with as many as 50,000 people tuning into the live stream at its peak.
It was a richly-deserved success too after Rory ‘s previous attempt at the record last month ended up curtailed following Wi-Fi issues.
Best known in Ireland for his viral GAA-laced hit “Jimmy’s Winning Matches” from back in 2012, Rory now lives with his wife Cara up in Scotland, where the couple run a bar together.
Flooded with messages of congratulations, the musician was quick to pay thanks to everyone who watched along at home.
“Yes!!!!” he wrote on Facebook.
“Jesus it happened! Thank you all so much!"
The plan now is to forward on all the necessary links and documentation to the people behind the scenes at Guinness World Records in order to ratify his achievements.