The 2016 All Ireland Irish Dance Championships, or “Oireachtas Rince na h-Éireann“, have kicked off at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. More than 2,500 Irish Dancers from around the globe are expected to compete in the week-long event.
The week-long Irish dance competition is organized by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the Irish Dancing Commission. It is expected to bring more than 7,000 spectators to Belfast, Ireland. The Irish Dancing Commission maintains regional councils across the world which promote the preservation of Irish heritage and language through dance.
The competition sees dancers as young as nine years old performing in solo and group categories. The event was established in 1932 and is the longest running major competition in the Irish dance calendar.