Dublin to host the 50th Anniversary of the World Irish Dancing Championships in 2020

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DUBLIN – 15 February 2018 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) is set to welcome the World Irish Dancing Championships for its 50th anniversary in 2020. The 10 day spectacle is the largest and most coveted Irish dancing contest on the global circuit.

The prestigious event is expected to attract over 5,500 competitors across solo, céilí, figure-choreography and dance drama categories as well as 15,000 spectators, comprising teachers, family and supporters, generating in the region of €14 million for the local Irish economy.

James McCutcheon, Championship Chairman, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) commented, “We are especially delighted that our flagship event is returning to the capital city, exactly 50 years after our inaugural championships in 1970 in Coláiste Mhuire in Parnell Square Dublin. The event attracts every top flight dancer from across the globe, each hoping to be crowned World Champion. We certainly look forward to the wonderful welcome that awaits us at Easter 2020, when all roads will certainly lead to Dublin”.

Adrienne Clarke, Head of Conference Sales at The CCD added, “We are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious event, particularly on the 50th anniversary. Our purpose is to ‘set the stage to welcome the world to Ireland’ and the World Irish Dancing Championships is a very fitting event to showcase this. We look forward to extending a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ to competitors and attendees in 2020.”

The World Irish Dancing Championships was previously held in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, London, Philadelphia, Boston and Montreal and Dublin saw off stiff competition from Glasgow, Belfast, Kerry and Montreal to secure the highly sought after 50th anniversary event.


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About The CCD

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) opened in September 2010 and is Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre. Located in the heart of Dublin city, just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, The CCD has won a total of 37 industry awards since opening including ‘World's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2017’ at the World Travel Awards.

About An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG)

An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (The Irish Dancing Commission) is the oldest and largest governing body for competitive Irish step dancing globally. CLRG is responsible for creating a standardised system of Irish dance, music and competition for its member organisations in countries across the world.