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Forget Gangnam, now we're all shaking it Harlem style...

GANGNAM Style is dead as Irish people go crazy for the Harlem Shake.

Bono's daughter Eve Hewson and her actor boyfriend James Lafferty, Facebook's Dublin employees and Dublin Bus commuters are just some of those people shaking their stuff Harlem-style online.

The latest viral dance craze was created by a group of bored Australian men.

Worldwide, the Harlem Shake now features in some 4,000 videos uploaded daily.

The craze involves one person dancing in a public place before others join in and is often accompanied by crazy costumes, props and pelvic thrusting, all to the music of New York DJ Baauer.

Little Green Gallery in Dublin claims to be the first group to bring the Harlem Shake to Ireland.

A video of a group of men doing the Shake on the top deck of a Dublin Bus is heading towards half a million views on YouTube.

Meanwhile, workers in Facebook's European HQ in Dublin stopped work to have a Shake complete with clowns, jugglers and bananas in pyjamas.

She may be away in America, but Bono's youngest daughter Eve Hewson is also showing off her Harlem Shake skills. The actress uploaded a video with her boyfriend James Lafferty performing the dance.

DCU's Media Production Society held one of the largest Harlem Shakes in Ireland, with hundreds of students abandoning the lecture halls in order to gather for the Shake earlier this week.

"Everyone was just in a world of their own," said Franky Harte, one of the organisers of the event. "We had all sorts of costumes like the cookie monster, and all sorts of props like umbrellas and trampolines – that's what's great about the Harlem Shake."

In spite of its popularity, it seems that the Harlem Shake has failed to interest minds in Leinster House or, more specifically, in Kerry.

When contacted by the Herald last

night, Kerry South TD Michael Healy Rae said he had been too busy to look at any videos of the dance. "Forget about the Harlem Shake," he said. "I just do the work shake."

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