Ireland broke the Guinness World Record yesterday 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 participants, who gathered from as far away as Mexico, Uzbekistan and Australia 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.
The Longest Line record breaking attempt was part of 'Riverdance – The Gathering', a one-off Gathering event in a year that will see over 4000 events, big and small, take place throughout Ireland as part of the Gathering Ireland 2013. It is a celebration of all things Irish – its people, its unique culture, heritage and rich history! It is about the people of Ireland throwing open their arms and inviting anyone who feels a connection to Ireland to come and visit in 2013.
See the event below:
Did You Know
Since Riverdance began performances in Dublin 1995, the show has…
• Played 10,000 performances
• Been seen live by over 23 million people in over 350 venues world-wide, throughout 45 countries across 6 continents
• Travelled 600,000 miles (or to the moon and back!)
• Played to a global television audience of 2 billion people