Cliffs of Moher to stage Lord of the Dance

AN open-air dancing extravaganza featuring Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance is to take place at the Cliffs of Moher in September.

10,000 people are expected to attend the performance on two dates on September 1 and 2 and the performances are to coincide with the Cliffs of Moher entering the final stage of the global campaign to be selected as one of the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’.

The official list, which also is subject to a worldwide poll, will be declared on 11 November (11-11-11).

The show features 40 precision dancers acting out the mythical Irish folk story of a battle between Don Dorcha, the Lord of Darkness, and the Lord of Light, also known as the Lord of the Dance.

Local musicians Michael O’Connell, Hugh Healy and friends with special guest, folk legend Finbar Furey and the famous Kilfenora Ceili Band, will share the finale with the Lord of the Dance troupe at the Cliffs of Moher.

Announcing details of the event yesterday, Cliffs of Moher sales and marketing manager, Geraldine Enright, said the upcoming performances will provide an opportunity for people to witness one of the most talked about entertainment shows being performed at a unique Irish location.

She said: “The Lord of The Dance performances take place less than two months before the announcement of the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’.

“The Cliffs of Moher has been shortlisted along with 27 other sites around the world, including, the Amazon Rainforest (South America), Table Mountain (SA), Black Forest (G), Vesuvius (IT), Galapagos Islands (EC), The Great Barrier Reef (AU) and The Grand Canyon (USA).

Billed as “The Edge Of The World Experience”, Oliver O’Connell of MPO Promotions Limited said: “These unique, open-air performances will give families an opportunity to enjoy probably one of the best shows in the world in comfort close up to the stage at the iconic Cliffs of Moher.”

“The Performing Arts are the most productive vehicle for promoting tourism-related products in Ireland, and the benefits for the local economy from this once-in-a-lifetime production are significant.”

He added: “It is envisaged that all hotels, guest houses and hostels in the region will be fully occupied and already there are groups in America and Canada preparing holiday packages in Clare to coincide with this iconic event. We have received interest already from two groups planning charter flights to Shannon for this concert.

The tickets are priced at €75 and Mr O’Connell said: “Tickets going on sale will be limited to 5,000 patrons per night. Due to the international interest in this concert, it is advisable that anyone who would like to attend should purchase their tickets immediately once they go on sale next Tuesday.”

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