The International Folk Dancing Festival, now in its 30th year, is launched at the Mansion House in Dublin.

Groups from Portugal, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Austria and many Irish groups, take part in a parade through Dublin city to the Mansion House on Kildare Street.

People along the route got a taste of the music, costume and dance of the countries participating in the festival.

The folk dancers and musicians were welcomed at the Mansion House by the Deputy Lord Mayor Mary Byrne. Each evening throughout the festival, a two hour performance takes place at the Mansion House with a special matinée show on Saturday.

International Folk Festival, Dublin (1981)
International Folk Festival, Dublin (1981)

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 August 1981. The reporter is Máire Ní Chonaire.