Riverdance Premieres at 1994 Eurovision Song Contest – Today in Irish History

April 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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Michael Flatley Riverdance

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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1795: United Irishman Supporter Rev. William Jackson

Death of United Irishman supporter Rev. William Jackson. Jackson had liaised between France and United Irishman leaders in an effort to get support for an Irish rebellion. Betrayed by a colleague, Jackson was arrested and tried for sedition. On this in 1795, just prior to an inevitable sentence of treason, he ingested poison and dying actually in the courtroom. His death, prior to sentence meant that his possessions could not be seized by the state.

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1923: Anti-Treaty Forces Ceasefire

Eamonn De Valera

Eamonn De Valera

In the Irish Civil War, the anti-Treaty leadership authorizes Eamonn De Valera to declare a temporary ceasefire. A violent civil war will shortly end.

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Click for YESTERDAY in Irish History: 1916 Surrender

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1994: Riverdance First Performance

Riverdance is performed for the first time during the interval of the 1994 Eurovision song contest in Dublin. Initially commissioned as a once off featuring dancers Michael Flatley and Jean Butler with music composed by Bill Whelan, the seven minute piece was an immediate sensation.

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RIVERDANCE – Eurovision Song Contest 1994

A full length show debuted in Dublin in 1995. Seventeen years later, Riverdance is still touring.

The page below is from For the Love of Being Irish, an A-Z of Ireland featuring history and humor via limericks and lyrical prose by author Conor Cunneen. Buy author signed copies at My Irish Gift Store.

Riverdance in For the Love of Being Irish

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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