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Riverdance's revenue stream

Published 09/11/2012 | 05:00

RIVERDANCE is jigging all the way to the bank.

The dance phenomenon is still netting millions of euro 18 years after it wooed audiences at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The show has grasped the imaginations of the powerful.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is due to be elevated to the top post in the Communist country during the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition this week, is a fan.

Mr Xi was given a private Riverdance show, costing the taxpayer €60,000, when he visited Ireland in February.

And Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed that he weeps when he sees the power of the performance.

Although revenues have fallen in the "old world", the emerging economies will be a new stream of income for the founders.

So more millions on the way for John McColgan and Moya Doherty, which will no doubt have them weeping with joy.

Irish Independent

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