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Here's what to do in Dublin on New Year's Eve

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 17/12/2015 | 11:40

Dublin city is getting ready to light up in the coming weeks as a series of New Years Eve events prepare to take over the capital.

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The three day New Year's Festival, taking place in the city centre from December 30 until January 1, will include a procession of light, a world record attempt, street performers as well as the hugely popular Countdown concert, where top DJ Fat boy Slim will take to the stage.

Fatboy Slim will perform in Dublin as part of the capital's New Year's Eve celebrations
Fatboy Slim will perform in Dublin as part of the capital's New Year's Eve celebrations

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, was on hand this morning to launch the Procession of Light for this year's festival and she is urging families to come into the city for the walk, describing it as a highlight of this year's festival.

More than 10,000 people are expected to turn out for the procession and lanterns will be available to light up the route and donations for the lanterns will go to Focus Ireland.

Dublin's Procession of Light New Year's Eve celebration
Dublin's Procession of Light New Year's Eve celebration

For the first time this year, revellers can ring in the New Year in Dublin's first Street Fest, with performances from the likes of Le Galaxie.

The Lord Mayor told the Herald she thinks this could be the best year yet as "the festival is getting bigger and better".

"There are so many different events taking place so there really is something for everyone and I think the Procession of Light is a great one for families," she said.

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