Irish Police dance challenge exceeds 1 million views

A video of Irish police performing a socially remote dance challenge has gone viral, exceeding one million views.

n Garda Siochana filmed the Jerusalema dance in various locations across Ireland after being challenged to do so by Swiss police.

The video shows officers dancing two meters apart to the song Jerusalema by South African musician Master KG, which is part of a viral trend performed by various companies and collectives around the world, from police Swiss to Austrian Airlines.

The Gardai version features Irish dancing and even police horses, and was curated by Garda Mary Gardiner from Tralee, County Kerry.

“I don’t know why (Swiss police) challenged Ireland, but we thought ‘of course we’re going to go,” “Ms Gardiner told RTE Radio One’s Ray D’Arcy show.

“The point is to put a smile on your face – even while listening to this song, you can’t help but smile.

“There were guards from Thomastown, Sligo and Garda College – where you see the fabulous Irish dancer, who I believe was a former member of Riverdance.”

The video was shared widely on social media, garnering over a million views on Twitter alone and over 100,000 likes on Facebook.