Published Tuesday, 22 October 2013
The All-ireland Irish Dancing Championships will begin this weekend. (© Pacemaker)
Competitors as young as nine will take part in solo and group events which will run from 27 October to 3 November.
Launching the event on Tuesday, Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Mairtin O'Muilleor said: "The calibre of competition at the All Ireland Dancing Championships is always fantastic. Dancers from all over the world travel to compete in this prestigious event.
"The Belfast Waterfront is an excellent venue to host some of the world's top Irish dancers. I would encourage everyone to get down and show their support to all of our local dancers as well as those from further afield. Let's give our visiting dancers a warm Belfast welcome."
Dearbhla Lennon from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (the Irish dancing commission), said Belfast has proven to be "an excellent host city" in previous years.
She added: "Competition will be fierce and will act as good preparation for the up and coming World Championship event.
"The people of Belfast are always exceedingly welcoming to our international visitors and help make the event a week to remember."
The World Irish Dancing Championships will be held in London next year.
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