Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

13.53 17 Mar 2021


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Irish dancing group Cairde performed on the biggest breakfast show in the US, Good Morning America, for St Patrick's Day.

The performance by the group of seven experienced dancers from across Ireland was broadcast to millions today.

They rose to fame on TikTok in the past year and their performance was also projected on the big screens of Times Square in New York City.

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Cairde has already more than two million followers on the social platform after one of their first videos went viral last year.

The group's members are: Dara Kelly, Francis Fallon, Stephen McGuinness, Seamus Morrison, Brian Culligan, Ethan Quintan and Ronan O'Connell.

Three of the lads are from Galway, three are from Clare, and one is from Cork.

Ronan joined Clare McKenna on Lunchtime Live today straight after the performance to discuss the amazing experience.

He said the group were "buzzing" after today's appearance, describing it as "incredible".

"It's mental, we got a chance to look at the stream and we saw ourselves on a massive screen in Times Square, it's the stuff of dreams really," he added.

Cairde streamed their St Patrick's Day performance from the Cliffs of Moher to the Good Morning America studios in the US.

It was at the Clare landmark that the group first came together last July and "put their dancing shoes to use" while competitions were suspended.

Ronan said a video of them doing a TikTok trend went viral just a month later, attracting over five million views.

From there, the account received 50,000 extra followers overnight, and it was onwards and upwards after that.

Their next video, shot in Co Galway, currently has over 90 million views which is "unreal", Ronan said, and brought them up to their first million followers.

Cairde hope to take their act global, have their own show and tour the world as Riverdance did.

The group had recently signed with a talent agency in Dublin and soon after that, the call came from Good Morning America to be one of the show's guests for St Patrick's Day.

Ronan said they are making a "little bit" of money from the dancing group at the moment, but they hope to make "a lot more" in the near future.


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