Eurovision Finals 2013

Riverdance in Court over Unauthorized Russian Shows

Riverdance - The Interval Act from Eurovision 1994. Photograph courtesy of

Riverdance – The Interval Act from Eurovision 1994. Photograph courtesy of

The most successful Interval Act at Eurovision history – Riverdance – find themselves in court. Riverdance founders John McColgan and Moya Doherty, have gone to court in Ireland to stop an “illicit, unauthorized” Riverdance show that is currently selling tickets for a large tour taking place in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

The producers of this tour are calling their show “The Riverdance Tribute Show” and have begun to sell tickets for the shows online. Furthermore it is alleged that they are using  materials taken directly from the official Riverdance site according to Riverdance attorney Brian Kennelly.

The Irish Examiner reports that Judge Paul McDermott ordered Michael Carr and his company “Ceol Chiarrai Teoranta” (translated as Kerry Music limited) to appear in court to explain their position on the “Riverdance Tribute Show”.

The judge said he would not grant a temporary injunction until he heard from the defendants who did not show up on Wednesday though they had a lawyer present.

The issue came to light when Russian fans began emailing the Official Riverdance web site saying how excited they were to be seeing the show later in the year.

“Since Eurovision in the mid 1990s, Riverdance has continuously toured and been on show somewhere in the world.” said Kennelly. “Riverdance has plans ..which include Russia in June 2014.”

He claimed “the Riverdance tribute shows being presented by Carr were fake and using the name illegally. They had not been  licensed by Riverdance even though they had a website established”.

Judge McDermott adjourned the case until Thursday saying “In fairness the defendants should be entitled to come to court with an affidavit setting out whatever opposition and defense they say they have to these proceedings.” he stated.

More to follow

Have you seen Riverdance? It still is spine tingling today as it was back in 1994.

Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source – The Irish Examiner and Eurovision Ireland


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