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20 Years On – Riverdance & Its Origins in Mayo 5000
By Bernie Byron
18, Sep 2014 - 21:05


National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar

Friday 19th September at 7.00pm

Did you know that Riverdance can trace its origins to the ‘Mayo 5000' celebrations in 1993?  To coincide with Riverdance's 20th anniversary this year, the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar and Irish TV will host an evening of conversation, reminiscence,music and dance as part of Culture Night. This will take place  tomorrow evening, Friday 19 September at 7.00pm.  

The Museum's Culture night event will commence with Irish TV in conversation with Des Mahon, Brian Quinn, Sheila Coll and other key players from 1993. They will take us through the fascinating story of how Riverdance found its origins in the Mayo 5,000 & "Spirit of Mayo "celebrations. Entertainment will be provided by guests including musician Robbie Harris who regularly performs with Riverdance around the globe.  The audience will also be entertained by the Nolan Bailey School of Irish Dancing featuring Jordan McCormick, a local world-champion Irish dancer, and friends.


The Museum Shop and Café will remain open until 9pm. Why not take the opportunity to have your dinner in the Museum Café before attending the Culture Night event?

The event, which is being kindly supported by Irish TV, will be broadcast in early October 2014 on County Matters on Sky 191, Freesat 400;

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