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Irish dancing gala belongs to Glasgow

By Conor Riordan

Glasgow has been announced as the host of the World Irish Dancing Championships in 2024 for a record sixth time.

The competition is the largest and most coveted contest of its kind on the global circuit, running for almost 50 years.

Having become the first city outside of Ireland to stage the event in 2002, by 2024 it will have held it more times than any other destination outside of the island.

James McCutcheon, championship chairman of the Irish Dancing Commission, praised Glasgow's qualities.

"The warm welcome that our competitors, coaches and supporters receive in Glasgow is second to none, which is why they just love coming back," he said.

"Around 20,000 people are expected to attend, bringing the city an economic boost of £10m."

The city previously welcomed the event in 2007, 2010 and last year, and will deliver next year's championships at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in March.

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