Dance like you’re breaking a world record

Local people taking part in the rehearsals for the Riverdance World Record.
Local people taking part in the rehearsals for the Riverdance World Record.

The oldest participant is 86, the youngest is just 4 but hundreds are expected to turn out at Ebrington Square on the last day of the Fleadh (August 18).

Spearheaded by charity Children in Crossfire, local people are being encouraged to sign up for the world record attempt which will see dancers to perform a light jig for 5 and a half minutes in Ebrington Square and break the Guinness Book of Record for the Longest Riverdance.

The record which was originally set in Derry 2010 has now been broken twice. In Nashville Tennesse with 690 and just two weeks ago in Dublin by The Gathering with 1693.

JR McLaughlin from Children in Crossfire said: “If we were staging the event in any other city at any other time we would have cause for concern with the high number of dancers now needed to break the record, but we live in a special place . Our community has a real knack of showing the world how positive we can be.

The event will be very special and an opportunity for people in the city to take meet visitors who come to the city our Fleadh.”

Dance lessons and registration are available this weekend.

Come along and try it out and collect you event t-shirt:

Sign up at the Richmond Centre tomorrow from 2pm- 4pm, Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre tomorrow 5pm – 7pm and Culturlann on Sunday from 2pm-4pm

For more details phone 02871269898 or log onto The event will take place on August 18.

You must register before. People are asked to assemble at 10.30 at Ebrington.