NORTHERN IRELAND: In Dublin Kicking up their heels!

A new Guinness World Record when 1,693 people from 44 countries performed the Riverdance in Dublin.

Ireland broke the Guinness World Record today when 1,693 people from 44 countries gathered on the banks of the River Liffey to perform the Riverdance–The Gathering Longest Line. The event was watched by an audience of thousands, who lined the quays from Dublin’s Samuel Beckett Bridge to the Sean O’Casey Bridge, cheering on the participants as they danced into the record books. The previous record of 652 people dancing in a continuous line was held by Nashville, Tennessee.

The participants, who gathered from as far away as Mexico, Uzbekistan and Japan to take part in this once in a lifetime event, were led in their performance by Jean Butler and 100 members of the Riverdance troupe. Following a starting signal provided by the LE Niamh, the Irish Navy ship, the banks of the Liffey came alive to the iconic sounds of Bill Whelan’s Riverdance, and the 1,693 dancers began the very special Riverdance–The Gathering performance, and in doing so set a new Guinness World Record.

 The participants were led by acclaimed dancer, Jean Butler. A New Yorker with Irish roots, Jean took the world by storm 19 years ago at the first Riverdance performance in the 1994 Eurovision Finals. Jean said “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to celebrate The Gathering through Irish dance with thousands of people over the course of this weekend. Riverdance has played a big role in my life but it has also played a big part in bringing the joy of Irish dance and music to many people throughout the world. It’s an honour to be among so many of those people here in Dublin to celebrate this Gathering.”

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