Dancers set Riverdance world record in Dublin

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Media captionThe performance was led by Jean Butler, the lead dancer in the first ever Riverdance show

Irish dancers have set a world record in Dublin for the longest Riverdance line.

More than 2,000 people from 163 dance schools in 44 countries gathered on the banks of the River Liffey on Sunday.

The previous record of 652 people dancing in a continuous line was held by Nashville, Tennessee in the United States.

Dancers from as far away as Mexico, Uzbekistan and Japan took part.

The Dublin performance was led by New Yorker Jean Butler, the lead dancer in the first ever show of Riverdance in 1994.

The world record attempt was organised as part of The Gathering, a year-long tourism drive to encourage people from around the world with Irish links to visit the country.

Locally organised events have been held in villages, towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland throughout the year.

"I am delighted to have had the opportunity to celebrate The Gathering through Irish dance with thousands of people over the course of this weekend," Ms Butler said.

"Riverdance has played a big role in my life but it has also played a big part in bringing the joy of Irish dance and music to many people throughout the world."

The exact number of dancers who lined the River Liffey around the Samuel Beckett Bridge was verified by Guinness World Records.

A spokeswoman for the organisers said more than 2,000 people were on the streets dancing but invigilators could only process the 1,693 in time for the record attempt.

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