The 2018 World Irish Dancing Championships – held in Glasgow this year – are drawing to an end this week.
Irish dance became popular around the world in the mid-1990s, with Riverdance, and thousands of people compete at Worlds every year (and they are just the dancers who qualified and could afford to go!).
You can look at some pictures HERE. It’s a very shiny discipline these days, and this year there’s a fashion for towering wigs, but if you watch them dance (that is a video from a competition in America), you can appreciate the hard work that goes into it.
There are very few fiction books about Irish dance, compared to – say – ballet. However, you can find some HERE.
For St Patrick’s Day:
The difference between the real Irish symbol and the one people incorrectly think is the Irish symbol! A shamrock has three leaves. It is NOT the same as a four-leaf clover:
Irish dancers in Waikiki, Hawaii, USA during the St Patrick’s Day parade in 2012.