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‘Riverdance’, which has played to more than 25 million people, celebrated a quarter of a century by going back to where it started – now the 3Arena. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

‘Riverdance’, which has played to more than 25 million people, celebrated a quarter of a century by going back to where it started – now the 3Arena. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

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‘Riverdance’, which has played to more than 25 million people, celebrated a quarter of a century by going back to where it started – now the 3Arena. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

'Riverdance' marked the 25th anniversary of its first ever show with a gala performance at the venue where it all began.

It first appeared as the interval act at the 1994 'Eurovision Song Contest' in Dublin to great acclaim, and was then developed into a full show that made its debut on February 9, 1995 at The Point Theatre before going on to tour the world.

'Riverdance', which has played to more than 25 million people, celebrated a quarter of a century by going back to where it started - now the 3Arena. The show took place exactly 25 years to the night 'Riverdance' opened, marking a significant and defining moment in Irish culture.

To celebrate the milestone, the show's composer Bill Whelan re-recorded his Grammy Award-winning soundtrack, while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan updated the show with new lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.

Ms Doherty said the return to the show's birthplace was "an exciting and reflective moment", adding: "It is said that travel broadens the mind. The global journey which 'Riverdance' took us on since 1995 is one which would change not just our lives but the global understanding of the culture and imagination of Ireland."

Irish Independent