Irish dance contest is another positive step for city
It is certainly one of the most colourful spectacles to be seen in Belfast at any time of the year.
The All-Ireland Irish dancing championships features intricately embroidered costumes, wigs, fake tan and diamantes, but behind all the glitter is huge dedication and enormous skill.
Many of those taking part – and the 3,000 competitors come from all around the world – have been honing their skills for years, training several times a week. Spectacular shows like Riverdance and the Lord of the Dance have continued to entice new recruits, but most still favour the traditional outfits and dance moves. And the huge influx of entrants and their families for at least a week's stay means that Belfast is the real winner.