An international dance-off is in full swing as gardaí respond to a dance challenge set by their Swiss counterparts.
Gardaí across Ireland took to roofs, beaches and bogs, and even got some four-legged officers involved, to record a video of them taking part in the 'Jerusalema Challenge' which was kicked off in Switzerland by the Zuger Polizei.
We have stepped up to the Swiss police @fedpolCH #JerusalemaChallenge. Gardaí across Ireland answered the call to give the public we serve a lift in these challenging times. #StayTogether #homeStaySafe pic.twitter.com/sbLdkk54hB— Garda Info (@gardainfo) February 2, 2021
After posting their video showcasing their best moves online, the Swiss Federal Police were quick to extend the challenge to our shores.
"We are looking forward to the performance of the @gardainfo," they posted on Twitter, while saying they doubted their steps could be topped "in terms of precision, discipline and perfectionism."
The gardaí didn’t shy away from the challenge and said they hoped it could "give a lift to the public we serve in these challenging times".
Swiss police told RTÉ News that it is a "great honour for the Swiss police that the Irish police accepted the challenge and published their brilliant video today".
Which country’s police force will get involved next, is the big question.
For now though, gardaí are encouraging people to get out and record their own videos "at home and in your bubbles" and to post them online using the hashtag #GardaJerusalema.
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Garda Mary Gardiner, who organised the #GardaJerusalema dance video has said a longer version will be posted online later this week.
In the video, Garda Gardiner can be seen with her colleagues dancing on the roof of Tralee Garda Station where she is stationed.
Speaking on RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy Show today, she said gardaí from across the country took part including in Kilkenny, Sligo, Kerry and the Garda College in Tipperary which included a garda who is a former Irish dancer with Riverdance.
Garda Gardiner said it is all about putting a smile on people's faces and if the video has done that, then it is "mission accomplished".
Last year, Garda Gardiner took part in a music video of the song Amarillo to raise funds for medical treatment for one-year-old Dan Donoher who was born with a rare genetic disease.
She also organised a performance of Uptown Funk involving gardaí, the Fire Service and the Ambulance Service, to raise money for a young Kerry girl's specialist treatment.