The community in Leap, Co. Cork are reviving the old custom of dancing at the crossroads. Local man, Grant March spoke to RTÉ LifeStyle about the family friendly event.

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How did the event come about?
The Dancing at the Crossroads event was the idea of Toni McDermott and was supported by the local businesses in Leap who helped with the costs of organising the event. 

How long has it been running? What is the inspiration behind it?
The idea is to basically revive the old tradition of Dancing at the Crossroads event. The event portrayed in the video was held on Sunday 4th June 2017. It was the first event.

Dancing at the Crossroads

What's the goal of the event?
The idea behind the event is, on the one hand, to generate community spirit and also generate some business in Leap. 

How successful was it? What did it achieve?
It was a great success even though rain forced the event to end a bit earlier than anticipated. I reckon that there were 200 to 300 people present (not all of them dancing though).

What are the plans going forward?
The idea will be to have this Dancing at the Crossroads event three or four times during the summer, in particular during the Community Festival on the August bank holiday weekend.

Dancers in Leap
Dancers in Leap

Any other details that show the personality of the lovely event?
Young and old were present and it was a great way of getting the local community together for a bit of craic.

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