Now it’s Riverdance on the bridge

Jennifer and Caoimhe McMilligan.
Jennifer and Caoimhe McMilligan.
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First it was Annies, then it was brides - but now the people of Derry are bracing themselves for a third world record breaking attempt during the City of Culture year.

Local Charity Children in Crossfire has teamed up with the Fleadh to break another Guinness world record.

At 12 noon on Sunday, August 18, Children in Crossfire will bring 2013 dancers together across the Peace Bridge into Ebrington Square to break the World Record for the Longest Riverdance.

The current record is held by JIG : The Irish Dancing Documentary (USA), Nashville, Tennessee, USA and was set on 3rd July 2011. They achieved the record with 652 participants, and the record had been previously been broken in Derry on 9th May 2010 with 392 dancers.

The date also marks the final day of the 2013 Fleadh Cheoil celebrations and Children in Crossfire have teamed up with The Fleadh Committee to help make the record break an all Ireland celebration.

John Ryan McLaughlin of Children in Crossfire said: “We have the amazing support of all the local schools and we are now inviting parents of dancers and ex dancers who thought they would never dance again, to take part and come to our practice sessions.”

Already signed up are best friends and cousins Caoimhe and Jennifer McMilligan.

Jennifer is from Calgary Canada and dances for Irwin Irish Dancing School, however she will be in Derry on holiday in August and can’t wait to take part in the event.

Caoimhe was also born in Canada, but moved home to Derry last year. She previously danced in Canada with Irwin along with Jennifer however currently dances with Rosetta and Elan at Scoil Rince McConomy Bradley (SRMCB).

There is no age limit though those under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. A basic understanding of Irish dancing is necessary, but training classes will be held. For further details you can email: