The sound of folk dancing rings in the air as dancers from 10 countries travel to the harbour town of Cobh in Cork.

The 29th edition of the Cobh International Folk Dance Festival opened on 8 July 1990 with a colourful display. Among the countries taking part were Russia, India and British Columbia. One of the biggest contingents came from Yugoslavia.

Cobh had built an international reputation for promoting folk dancing since the festival began in 1961. It was worth close to a million to the local economy and one of the highlights to those participating was being the guests in the homes of Cobh families.

Tom MacSweeney reports for RTÉ News on 8 July 1990.