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Gardaí across Ireland respond to 'Jerusalema' dance challenge from Swiss police in bid to lift nation’s spirits

An Garda Síochána have stepped up to the challenge issued by Swiss Federal Police last month which saw Swiss forces performing a mass, socially distant dance routine set to 'Jerusalema' by Master KG.

The dance routine was designed to lift spirits of the public during coronavirus restrictions across Europe. After publishing their video, Swiss police directly challenged gardaí to respond with their own version.

There have been various sightings of gardaí dance training across the country in preparation for the response. One of those was gardaí in Tralee, who were spotted practicing on top of their station.

The official Garda video shows a socially-distanced dance routine featuring members and locations spanning the island of Ireland. From beaches, to castles, to rooftops - gardaí made sure to use Ireland’s iconic scenery to their advantage.

While for the most part they stuck to the typical dance routine for the challenge, they made sure to give it an Irish twist by throwing in a bit of Irish dancing into the mix.

After seeing the Swiss police's dance challenge effort, Irish DJ Frankie Beats took to Twitter to challenge An Garda Síochána to take part in the viral dance.

He wrote: "Police officers in Switzerland decided to do something special for its people in these dark times. Just amazing! @gardainfo? Will you accept the challenge if enough people retweet this?"

Responding to a challenge from the Swiss police, who released their own version last month, gardaí from stations across the country have released a slickly-choreographed performance to the tune of Jerusalema by Master KG.

Alongside the release of the hotly anticipated video, gardaí wrote: “Gardaí across Ireland answered the call to give the public we serve a lift in these challenging times.”

“Now that An Garda Síochána stepped up to the challenge, the public now have the floor.”

Finally, they gave a call to action to the people of Ireland to participate and help lift the nation’s mood: “So making sure to stay home and in your bubbles. Post your challenge using #GardaJerusalema we want to see what you can do while staying safe.”

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