Megan Brady (18), who will  compete in the 44th World Irish Dancing Championships, which begin in London today. File photograph: Jimmy McNulty/PA Wire

The “Olympics” of Irish dancing is set to attract thousands of elite dancers and supporters from around the world this week. The 44th Wor(...)

The 44th World Irish Dancing Championships open in London tomorrow. Different styles of dress at An Comhbhail World Irish Dancing Championships last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The “Olympics” of Irish dancing is set to attract thousands of elite dancers and supporters from around the world this week. The 44th Wor(...)

Dancers line out in an array of dress styles at An Comhbhail World Irish Dance Championships at City West Hotel yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was grey and bitterly cold outside the Citywest conference centre in Dublin, but the riot of colour inside offered an uplifting contrast. (...)