Tuesday 24 January 2017

Lord of the Romance: 120 members of Riverdance have married – resulting in 92 babies in 22 years

Geraldine Gittens

Published 03/08/2016 | 11:20

Niamh O'Connor and Padraic Moyles on their wedding day
Niamh O'Connor and Padraic Moyles on their wedding day
Riverdance has been responsible for 60 marriages
Karen Bolton and Anthony Ferguson
Karen Bolton and Anthony Ferguson on their wedding day
Andrea Curley and Martin Brennan
Andrea Curley and Martin Brennan on their wedding day
Niamh O'Connor and Padraic Moyles
Susan Ginnity and Ryan Sheridan with baby Toby
Susan Ginnity and Ryan Sheridan on their wedding day

The legendary Riverdance has been a “love machine” as well as a hit show, its creator has said.

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In the 22 years of the show's run, some 120 members of the cast and crew have married and produced 92 babies.

The show’s director and producer John McColgan told RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey yesterday that romances have bloomed during the more than 11,000 Riverdance performances which have been seen by 25m people around the world.

Padraic Moyles met his wife, professional dancer Niamh O’Connor, on tour. They married in 2008, and now they have a one-year-old daughter Juliette-May.

In 2014, Moyles told the Irish Independent: “Riverdance has given me the best 17 years of my life and I have met so many talented friends along the journey. There have been 60 Riverdance weddings and I am proud that my wife, Niamh O’Connor, and I were couple number 39.

"There have been 86 Riverdance babies and this June there will one more to add to that list when Niamh I become proud Riverdance parents."

He added: "Riverdance changed the landscape of Irish culture by putting it on the world stage and creating the opportunity for almost 1,000 performers to continue to live their dream. A unique and proud achievement!"

The show is currently running at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

Riverdance burst onto the international scene with its jaw-dropping debut - the interval of Eurovision in April 1994, when it was held at the Point in Dublin.

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