Ireland breaks world record for longest Riverdance line
THE Riverdance phenomenon shows no sign of abating with Ireland today breaking the Guinness World Record for a Riverdance line.
A total of 1693 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 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.
Dancers from as far away as Mexico, Uzbekistan and Japan taking part in the Dublin performance were led by New Yorker Jean Butler, the lead dancer in the first ever show of Riverdance in 1994.
The record attempt was organised as part of The Gathering, a year-long tourism drive to entice people around the world with Irish links to visit the country.
"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," Ms Butler said.
"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."