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'Brush dancers' sweep to world record victory

Published 23/08/2011 | 05:00

VISITORS to this year's Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann got swept away as they attempted a world record breaking 'brush dance'.

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The 2011 Fleadh finished last night but not before Frankie Gavin performed on the Cavan streets where 592 trad lovers, above, danced their way into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest ever gathering of brush dancers.

It's been an eight-day marathon 'seisiun' at Ireland's second biggest festival, with tens of thousands of locals, tourists, 'staycationers' and musicians taking part.

The brush dance is an informal style of solo Irish dancing. There are lots of stories about how the dance originated. One version is that men polished up their skills at home using the broom as a partner.

Once they mastered the dance, they'd go to the dance hall to show off their skills in the hope of impressing a woman.

Another version is that Irish Travellers would perform the dance to get attention and make it easier to sell their wares like brooms, tools and pots.

Irish Independent

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