THE MEMBERS OF An Garda Síochána responded to a viral dance challenge with undeniably impressive effort.
Swiss police last month challenged their Irish colleagues to a dance as part of the viral #Jerusalema Dance Challenge which went viral on social media.
Swiss police video showed dozens of officers across the country performing a choreographed dance, with police dogs and some of Switzerland’s incredible landscapes also appearing.
You can check out this video below:
The Swiss police then challenged An Garda Síochána to ‘rise up’ and perform their own dance – and it is safe to say that the Irish police service rose to the challenge.
In a video posted to social media yesterday, dozens of uniformed Gardaí across Ireland danced to the popular song without moving a foot, dancing on beaches, rooftops, roads and in the shade of mountains.
Where the Swiss police video featured trained dogs, the Gardaí brought in some magnificent Garda horses – and the result is phenomenal.
We have stepped up the Swiss police @fedpolCH #JerusalemaChallenge. Gardaí across Ireland has answered the call to give a boost to the public we serve in these difficult times. #To stay together #homeStaySafe pic.twitter.com/sbLdkk54hB
– Guard Info (@gardainfo) February 2, 2021
The video immediately went viral, having been viewed on Twitter and Facebook over a million times and garnering thousands of messages of support.
“Gardaí across Ireland has answered the call to give the public we serve a lift in these trying times,” a Garda spokesperson said upon the video’s release – and it appears to have had the desired effect.
Many thanked the officers involved for boosting morale with the light video at a time when many are fighting for the third nationwide lockdown in cold, gloomy weather.
The Gardaí involved have now called on the audience to show off their own dancing skills, challenging Irish citizens rather than a new police force.
To get involved, create your own dance video – while staying at home and in your household or in your bubbles – and upload the video to social media using the hashtag #GardaJerusalema.