Dublin 29th June 2017


Text   Help CF to 50300
to donate €2 to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Text costs €2. Cystic Fibrosis Ireland will receive a minimum of €1.63.
Service Provider LIKECHARITY Helpline 076 6805278

The Riverdanceathon in support of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

The Riverdanceathon is back again after last year’s amazing debut.  This year’s event runs from 10am to 10pm on Thursday 29th June featuring the Riverdance cast and 500 Irish dancers from dance schools around Ireland. Our chosen charity for the year is Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) to support their amazing work assisting and supporting those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.

Everybody is welcome to join in the fun on the day itself. So if you have some time please come over to the Gaiety Theatre South King Street, Dublin. It is a Family Friendly Free event and we would be delighted if you could be part of it.


Thursday 29th June 2017 – 10.00am to 10.00pm
Outside The Gaiety Theatre, King Street South, Dublin 2
FREE Event. All Welcome

Riverdanceathon Running Order

09:58 am  | Riverdanceathon launched by John McColgan and CFI
10:00 am  | Riverdance performs three numbers
10:19 am | Lee-Byrne Irish Dance Academy
10:50 am | Herlihy-Doyle School of Irish Dancing
11:21 am | Cabe Academy of Irish Dance
11:52 am | Deirdre Furlong Scoil Rince
12:23 pm | Watson Twin Academy
12:54 pm | Chef Adrian Ryan Straw Challenge
1:00 pm | Riverdance lunchtime performance 
1:35 pm | Callanan School of Irish Dancing
2:06 pm | Murphy Gray Academy of Irish Dance
2:46 pm | Hennessy McVeigh School of Irish Dance
3:02 pm  |  McNelis Cunningham Boyle School of Dancing
3:33 pm | Blathnaid Treacy, (Dancing with the Stars) Straw Challenge
3:42 pm  |  McGee School of Irish Dance
3:30 pm | McNelis Cunningham Boyle School of Dancing
4:12 pm | Jessica Cassidy
4:24 pm | Elaine Kavanagh School of Irish Dance
4:55 pm | Dr Eddie Murphy (Operation Transformation) Straw Challenge
5:03 pm | Dunphy School of Irish Dancing
5:34 pm | Zara Curtis Academy of Irish Dance
6:05 pm | Curley Brennan Irish Dance
6:36 pm | Scoil Rince Cosceol
7:09 pm | Scoil Rince Seoige
7:38 pm | Fegan Academy of Irish Dance
8:08 pm | Nina Burke School of Irish Dancing
8:39 pm | Scoil Rince Lar na Tire
9:10 pm | Feely Bates Academy
9:45 pm | Riverdance performance closes the Riverdanceathon

Across the 12 hours of the Riverdanceathon, over 500 Irish dancers from 20 Irish dance schools, as well as members of the Riverdance cast, will perform outside the Gaiety Theatre to raise funds for CFI.

The young dancers will be joined throughout the day by members of the Riverdance cast to pass on tips and encouragement and there will be special Riverdance performances at 10am, 1pm and finally to bring the event to a close at 10pm.

As well as fundraising on the day, the 500 young dancers are busily raising sponsorship from friends, family and their fellow dancers in between preparing for their performance in the Riverdanceathon.  The 20 participating schools are based in Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Tipperary, and Wexford and of course include dancers from many neighbouring counties also.


Text   Help CF to 50300
to donate €2 to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Text costs €2. Cystic Fibrosis Ireland will receive a minimum of €1.63.
Service Provider LIKECHARITY Helpline 076 6805278

Katie’s journey to joining Riverdance

Katie Murphy on the Gaiety stage

Katie Murphy, a person with Cystic Fibrosis (PWCF) has used her passion for Irish dance since childhood to maintain her physical fitness to fight CF.
By year’s end Katie will be a qualified Irish dance teacher as well as realising the lifelong dream of gracing the Riverdance stage.
To mark this summer’s partnership between Riverdance and CFI, Katie will perform as a member of the Riverdance Irish dance troupe on Opening Night at the Gaiety Theatre – 22nd June and on 29th June

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1200 children and adults in the Ireland (70,000 worldwide).

A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections
  • obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

CFI provides advice and other supports, advocates to improve services and supports research.

Funds raised by or on behalf of CFI are used for the following important work:

  • Funding towards new Cystic Fibrosis units around the country.
  • Advocacy to shape government policy
  • Funding for medical and scientific research
  • Funding for specialist Cystic Fibrosis multidisciplinary posts in hospitals throughout Ireland
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