World Irish Dancing Championships hoping for a leg-up with TV coverage
The organiser of the World Irish Dancing Championships has appealed for more local support for the competition.
An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha said there was a lot to celebrate about the event and was "holding out hope" that TV broadcasters would cover the event, which is taking place in Dublin's Citywest Hotel until Sunday.
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain Uí Ruairc said she would like to see Irish dancing becoming more celebrated here. "We have a lot of competitors coming home from places like America, Canada or New Zealand," she said. "We need to make our community more aware of it again."
She added that she would love to see TV stations in attendance for coverage.
"We're going to have 25,000 visitors here in the space of a week, celebrating Irish music and culture - I think that's newsworthy," she said. "I think sometimes the prophet isn't appreciated in their own land, when we go to Montreal or Scotland or wherever, people are breaking down the doors to get in, perhaps because it seems more exotic.
"It'd be great if the national broadcaster was here, but there's still time."
An RTÉ spokeswoman said that unfortunately it could not cover every event.
Meanwhile, a book telling the story of the choreographer behind the Riverdance line at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest has been launched.
The autobiography of Marie Duffy - who Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley described as "one of the best choreographers in the world" - was unveiled at the Citywest Hotel by author Eddie Rowley.
'Lady of the Dance' was the brainchild of the 'Sunday World' showbiz editor, who has followed her career.
"She is a remarkable woman," Mr Rowley said.