Northern Ireland

In Pictures: All Ireland Dance Championship in Belfast

A line of competitors await a result, All-Ireland Dance Championship, Belfast, 1 November 2016 Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption The event was established in 1932 and is the longest running major competition in the Irish dance calendar

The 2016 All Ireland Irish Dance Championships have kicked off at Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

Some 1,600 Irish Dancers from all around the world are competing in the week-long Oireachtas Rince na h-√Čireann.

The competition sees dancers as young as nine years old performing in solo and group categories.

Some 7,000 spectators are expected to cheer the competitors on during the spectacle.

The event is organised by the Irish Dancing Commission, which has regional councils across the world promoting the preservation of Irish heritage and language through dance.

The event was established in 1932 and is the longest running major competition in the Irish dance calendar.

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