Everyone in Ireland remembers the moment during the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 that Jean Butler burst onto the stage. In just seven minutes Riverdance was born; Irish dance was brought into the 21st century and has never looked back.
Do you want to see Irish dancers? There are festivals, fleadhs, céilís and Irish dancing championships held all round the country in all seasons, as well as shows like Trad on the Prom, based in Galway.
Maybe you want to take part in céilís or set dancing or get Irish dancing lessons yourself? Find out more from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (the Irish Dancing Commission), from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the organisation for promoting traditional Irish music and culture, or from Oideas Gael, which offers Irish dancing workshops as one of its cultural activity holidays.