By Michelle Crean

It’s been all the rage in the past week so it was no surprise that locals would take on the new dance craze sweeping the Internet – the Jerusalema Challenge.

On Friday last staff from the Aghadoe Heights Hotel released their video, then it was the turn of the staff at Kerry Airport, The Brehon and The Gleneagle hotels – followed by Jimmy Brien’s Bar who posted up a lively and fun filled video which features locals who also mastered the steps – and has reached almost 28,000 views since.

The craze started off as a hit South African house track by DJ Master KG and Nomcebo, and then blew up as the Jerusalema went global.

Filmed by Richie Kelly and Lucas Machowski from L&M Videography, various popular spots in Killarney are featured in all their glory with a total of 18 taking part including Alan Breen, Clare O’Meara, Declane Riordan, Pat Culloty, Philip O’Connor, Kevin Griffin, Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Marian O’Callaghan, Dotie O’Callaghan, Christina Tangney, Hazel Doyle Deegan, Pat O’Neill, Marie Carroll O’Sullivan, Barry Slattery, Gavin O’Leary, Lisa Sheahan, Mags Brosnan and Max McCarthy.

Popular barman at Jimmy Brien’s Bar Declan O’Riordan came up with the idea and it was filmed on Saturday and Monday – although the weather didn’t play ball, Alan Breen explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We only decided last Wednesday and we said we’d try and get a few people together,” he said. “It’s a way of getting people out and putting a smile on people’s faces. We even had Pat Culloty who is 75, and a legend, take part.”

They practised in a safe and socially distanced manner at Fitzgerald Stadium before filming began.

“It went off very well. It’s just great to get people out of the house and have a bit of fun.”