Parties across the land will make it a New Year's Eve to remember
AFTER a year many of us might like to forget, it's all over bar the singing of a few rounds of 'Auld Lang Syne'.
While more than a few might be tempted to stay at home by the fire, others will be painting the town red.
Those in the capital can celebrate with Dublin's inaugural New Year's Eve Festival.
The Dublin Gospel Choir is to perform a special choral recital, followed by the traditional ringing of the bells in Christchurch Cathedral.
The choir will begin its recital at 8.45pm.
Tickets, at €30, can be booked through the website dublinnewyearfestival.com or by calling 01-2500066. For an extra €9, you can enjoy a glass of bubbly.
Meanwhile, a massive party covering all the floors of the Guinness Storehouse is being billed as the hottest ticket in town.
For €79, guests will enjoy a complimentary drink, a supper plate and musical entertainment provided by the Republic of Loose, the Knights of Leon and The Joshua Tree. Call the ticket hotline at 01 250 0066.
At the other end of the country, Dingle in Co Kerry will be hosting its annual knees-up, with fireworks at 10pm and a performance by the Dingle Fife and Drum Band at midnight. For details see discoverireland.ie/kerry.
In Cork, revellers at the Pavilion in the city centre can lose themselves in nostalgia, as The Lynch Mob play covers of 1960s favourites. See Pavilioncork.com.
The Saw Doctors will be revving up the crowd at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Doors open at 9pm and tickets cost €25. See sawdoctors.com for details.
Harvey Nichols in the Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin, is hosting a New Year's party, which includes a three-course dinner. Tickets are €80. To make a booking, call 01 291 0488.
Meanwhile, one of the festive traditions, Funderland at the RDS, Dublin, will continue to thrill funseekers of all ages until January 9.
Elsewhere, Jedward fans received an unexpected Christmas treat last night when they were joined on stage at Christmas panto Cinderella in The Olympia, Dublin, by 'X Factor' singing sensations Mary Byrne and One Direction's Niall Horan.