An enclosed order of nuns in north Dublin have become the latest group to take on the Jerusalema dance challenge.

The Redemptoristine Nuns, who range in age from 28 to 92, can be seen dancing in the halls, rooms and grounds of the monastery of St Alphonsus in Drumcondra and in one scene are holding two dogs as part of the dance routine.

The 13 sisters began practising the viral dance last week and uploaded the video to their social media channel this morning where it has already received more than 10,000 views.

Sister Lucy Conway told RTÉ News that they had made the video to cheer people up and it was their way of offering a prayer for those suffering due to Covid-19.

"We wanted to cheer people up, it's been a tough time."

She said they had been challenged to do the dance by their fellow Fathers and Brothers and it had taken them a number of days to master the routine.

Ten of the sisters can be seen dancing in the video, while three other members of the congregation are filmed clapping them along.

Sister Lucy said that like everyone, the sisters have been finding the third wave of Covid particularly hard and taking part on the dance video "lightened our hearts".

"It's built up our community and brought unity," she said.

She said they are currently writing icons as part of Lent and that a young Romanian videographer who is helping them with that project filmed and edited their dance routine.

It is one of a number of ways the sisters have diversified during the pandemic.

The order usually raises income through the production of altar bread, but with masses not allowed under Level 5 restrictions and demand for altar bread in decline, the sisters have begun knitting, candle making and producing cards to supplement their income.

Sister Gabrielle Fox she did not mind taking part in the challenge because she saw it as a prayer initiative.

"It's not just a gimmick. It was purposely done as a prayer," she added.

The Redemptoristine Nuns have been in Dublin since 1859 and are an enclosed order who limit their interactions with the outside world and devote their lives to prayer.