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Glasgow to host World Irish Dancing Championships in 2024

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 country.

James McCutcheon, championship chairman, An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG), the governing body which regulates Irish dancing worldwide, said: "The Worlds is the Olympics of Irish dance, with elite dancers from every corner of the globe competing to be crowned the best of the best.

"The warm welcome that our competitors, coaches and supporters receive in Glasgow is second to none, which is why they just love coming back. It's a vibrant and friendly city and the Scottish Event Campus will provide a truly world-class platform for world-class dancing."

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

The city has previously welcomed the event in 2007, 2010 and 2016, and will deliver the 2018 Championships at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in March.

In 2024, the Scottish Event Campus will host the week-long spectacle, which is expected to attract around 5,000 competitors and 15,000 spectators.

Aged from eight to 30, competitors travel from more than 35 countries including Ireland, England, France, Russia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Canada and the USA.

They will take part in challenges across solo, ceili, figure-choreography and dance drama categories.

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