Friday 18 April 2014

Thousands descend on Dublin to welcome 2014

Celebrations across the globe ongoing as millions ring in the New Year

Madness in performance during the Three NYE Dublin Countdown Concert at College Green, Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Madness in performance during the Three NYE Dublin Countdown Concert at College Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Happy New Year!

Dublin was rocking tonight as Madness and revellers in the city centre rang in the New Year at the Three countdown concert.

The 1980s legends kicked off their performance with hit "One Step Beyond" as thousands of reveller rocked to the beat.

And the crowds lapped it up as they belted out numerous other hits.

They were joined on stage by MTV presenter Laura Whitmore to ring in the New Year.

Earlier, Seo Linn took to the stage and warmed up the crowd with their Irish language version of Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' causing thousands of toes to tap.

The crowd continued to grow in numbers and enthusiasm as The Strypes took to the stage playing rocking tunes such as Mystery Man and She's So Fine.

After the set the four-piece from Cavan headed to a New Year's gig in Limerick.

Special musical guests Walking On Cars - hailing from Dingle - then played songs including the soulful melody Tick Tock to the ever-growing and cheerful crowd who clutched their plastic cups of beer or wine in glove-clad hands.

Earlier, Dublin’s streets ware illuminated as hundreds of street performers, musicians and dancers made their way through the city as part of the People's Procession of Light to mark the closing of The Gathering 2013.

Other celebrations were taking place around the country including the City of Culture Limerick.

Crowds, including many families, gathered to watch the river of light wind from College Green up Grafton Street ending with a performance extravaganza at St Stephen’s Green and stood in awe at the daring displays of acrobatic feats and tottering stilt-walkers. Bands playing live music dotted the procession route.

The procession ended with a jaw-dropping acrobatic show at Stephen's Green as two performers dangled from a crane over the awe-struck crowd.

The atmosphere was festive and although the night was chilly those out for the evening bundled-up to ward off the cold.

Many stayed warm, however, by dancing along to the procession - a very well received part of the colourful parade was a full brass band playing and dancing to the cult hit Gangnam Style amongst other favourite tunes.

Up to  6,000 people were expected to attend the events this evening.

Traffic restrictions are in place in some parts of the city.

In Australia this evening, more than one million people crammed the Sydney Harbour foreshore on a warm summer night to watch the pyrotechnics show that appeared to live up to its billing as the most extravagant of Sydney's already renowned annual display. Dubai will later try to create the world's largest fireworks show to ring in 2014.

Closer to the edge of the International Dateline, New Zealand bid farewell to 2013 two hours before Sydney with fireworks erupting from Auckland's Sky Tower as cheering revellers danced in the streets of the South Pacific island nation's largest city.

Dubai, home to world's tallest tower, is known for its glitz, glamour and over-the-top achievements, and this New Year's Eve the city is planning to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show ever.

Fiona Ellis

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