Sunday 23 November 2014

Around the world in just one song - three lads Irish dance in 23 countries

Freya Drohan

Published 28/05/2014 | 13:16

Twenty years after the iconic Eurovision Riverdance performance, three lads are aiming to bring Irish dancing to a new global audience.

Last year Kevin Cobbe, Chris McGrath and Iain McNamara, three 26-year-old men from Lucan, Co. Dublin, made the unanimous decision to quit their jobs and travel the world.

The childhood friends aspired to promote Ireland to young people as a location to study or emigrate to and set up their blog www.thewirld.org to document their travels and “instill Irishness abroad”.

In their around-the-world tour they took in 23 countries. Not content to send a postcard from each location, they decided to get creative.

With the help of a cheap camera and a tripod, they filmed themselves doing some heel toe 1,2,3 routines at each landmark they visited.

They edited the footage on the road, and uploaded the video to Youtube when they arrived home, with Bill Whelan’s 1994 score as backing music.

Demonstrating high kicks and side steps against stunning backdrops ranging from Vietnam to Brazil and Sydney to Hong Kong, the video has now gone viral.

In the last 24 hours, it has amassed almost 100,000 views.

Interviewed on the Ryan Tubridy show this morning, Iain told the presenter about their highlights including visiting an Irish dancing school in Argentina.

The lads, who have no Irish dancing training, said they just went with the flow and improvised the moves.

After arriving home last week from the once in a lifetime opportunity, Iain, Kevin and Chris are back on the job hunt.

Fáilte Ireland, sign them up!

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