Tag Archives: Ireland

Highest paid dancer

Michael Flatley (USA), the star of Lord of the Dance, earned $1.6 million (£1 million) a week for his Irish style dancing at the peak of the show’s success. This included profits from ticket, video and merchandise sales. The Chicago born star first found international fame when he performed at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Sourced from GWR book 2000

Largest mirror made from metal

The largest metal mirror is a 183-cm (72-in) reflector, made by the third Earl of Rosse (1800-67), and set up at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, Republic of Ireland in 1845. The mirror was made of speculum metal (an alloy of copper and tin). With it, Lord Rosse discovered the spiral forms of the galaxies. It was last used in 1909, but was restored with a mirror made of aluminium in 1998.

Largest rock the boat

The largest rock the boat consists of 1,701 participants and was achieved by Stephen Murtagh, Brendan Kieran and the Carrick Carnival 400 Committee (Ireland) in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, Ireland, on 2 June 2013. Funds were raised for the Irish Cancer Society.