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London To Host The World Irish Dancing Championships

Following a lengthy and hotly-contested bid process, Hilton London Metropole, one of Europe’s largest hotel and conference centres, has been announced as the host of the World Irish Dancing Championships for 2014. The event will mark the first time that London has hosted the Championship, which will welcome between 15,000 – 20,000 people to the city over Easter 2014, bringing an economic benefit of approximately £3.8 million to the capital.

The bid was submitted by Hilton London Metropole, in partnership with London & Partners, the official promotional agency and convention bureau for the UK capital. The bid beat off stiff competition from Glasgow and Belfast with support from the Mayor of London and partners across the city, who offered value added discounts for the delegates during their stay.

The eight-day event will bring together over 4,500 competitors for the international competition of the An Coimisium Le Rinci Gaealcha (Irish Dance Commission).  In addition, approximately 20,000 of the competitors friends, family and teachers are set to descend on London to watch the competition.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “It is brilliant news that this globally admired and historic aspect of Irish culture is dancing right to our doorstep in London. With thousands of people expected to come and soak up the atmosphere, the Championships will be a fantastic jamboree of dance and a vital boost to London’s economy. We look forward to extending a really warm welcome to all those who will compete here in 2014.”