RECORD BREAKING RIVERDANCE ALONG THE LIFFEY IN DUBLIN CELEBRATES IRELAND'S 2013 GATHERING
1,693 people kicked up their heels in Dublin to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest Riverdance Line of Dancers
(Toronto ON, 22 July 2013) -- Ireland broke the Guinness World Record this weekend when 1,693 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 Dublin’s 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.
The Ha'penny Bridge crossing the Liffey River in Dublin
The participants, who gathered from as far away as Mexico, Uzbekistan and Japan to take part in this once in a lifetime event, were led in their performance by Jean Butler and 100 members of the Riverdance troupe. Following a starting signal provided by the LE Niamh, the Irish Navy ship, the banks of the Liffey came alive to the iconic sounds of Bill Whelan’s Riverdance, and the 1,693 dancers began the very special Riverdance - The Gathering performance, and in doing so set a new Guinness World Record on Sunday 21 July.
Photos copyright Anne Gordon
Post from Tourism Ireland on Monday, 22nd July, 2013