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Deenihan attends special performance of Riverdance

Monday 17th June, 2013 - Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will this afternoon attend a special performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, in honour of the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

Minister Deenihan said that he was delighted that Mrs Obama and her daughters would have the opportunity to attend this uniquely Irish cultural event during their visit:

"One of Ireland's strongest calling cards internationally is our culture. Our music, dance, art and literature are known the world over. Riverdance is an excellent example of this, and I'm delighted that the First Lady and her daughters will attend a special performance this afternoon.

"I know from my visit to China in late 2012 the extent to which Riverdance captivates and excites audiences, and adds to international interest in Ireland and in Irish culture. Ireland's cultural and creative industries play a major role in defining a positive image for Ireland abroad whilst at the same time demonstrating Ireland’s dynamism, innovation and creativity."