Boston’s long, storied connection to the Emerald Isle is about to get even stronger when the World Irish Dancing Championships come to the city for eight days, March 24-31. It marks only the second time in the prestigious international competition’s more than 40-year history that it has been held outside Ireland or Scotland. Organizers say they expect the competition, the largest of the four major international Irish dance events, to draw as many as 20,000 people from across the globe.
For dance fans, the excitement is in the opportunity to see some of the finest Irish dancers in the world. Sponsored by the Irish Dancing Commission (An Coimisiún le Rinci Gaelacha), the World Irish Dancing Championships are the Olympics of the art form, often launching young performers into careers with popular touring shows like “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance.”