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New Year's Eve in Dublin: What to do and where to celebrate!

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Published 31/12/2015 | 02:30

New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Procession of Light route map. Graphic:
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
NYF Dublin music trail. Graphic:
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Dublin New Year's Festival , Festival of Light. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2014
Trinity College was lit up as part of the Luminosity light show.
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

New Year's Eve has blossomed from a single night into three days of festivities in Dublin. Here's your guide for 2015.

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December 31st

Street Fest (6.30-12.30am)

New to NYF Dublin for 2015 is a Street Fest starring Le Galaxie, All Tvvins and Wyvern Lingo. The 18+ event kicks off on Stephen’s Green South (Between Leeson St. and Harcourt St.), with proceeds going to the National Centre for the Blind of Ireland. Tickets €7.50 inc. booking fee at

Three Countdown Concert (8pm-12.30am)

Wanna weather-proof your New Year's Eve? Then pick up a ticket for the Countdown Concert at the 3 Arena, where The Coronoas, Fatboy Slim, Kila, Ryan Sheridan and Little Hours will be ushering out 2015 with a bang. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets from €34.50 at

Procession of Light (6.30-7.30pm)


One of NYF Dublin's most evocative events sees a dazzling procession of light installations, performers and music make its way through the city from St. Stephen's Green. You can watch or participate - grab one of the special NYF lanterns available from 10.30am-6pm at the Dublin Town Kiosk on St. Stephen’s Green. Free

World's Largest Bodhrán Session (6.30pm)

The Procession of Light also includes a world record attempt - with organisers aiming to recruit more than 980 people (the current record) for the world's largest bodhrán session. Register your interest on

NYF Music Trail (11am onwards)


Spread across 15 venues in Dublin, New Year's Eve Dublin gigs include the best new artists Ireland has to offer selected from the hip n' happening Hard Working Class Heroes line-up. The music trail is free, it's rainproof (apart from the dashing between venues), and it supports local artists. What's not to like?

#LoveDublin events (various times)

New Year's Eve 2015 has its flagship events and Countdown Concert, but it also has a pretty snazzy fringe programme - ranging from street entertainment to cultural trails and even disco lunches. Highlights include free walking tours with the brilliant Pat Liddy (see here for details), craft beer tastings at Porterhouse Central (€20pp), and Mummery (3pm; €5pp;, a performance piece set in 1912, the year of Joyce's final visit to Dublin.

Masquerade Ball at the Mansion House (7pm)

Ring in the New Year in style in the Round Room of the Mansion House with a wine reception, live entertainment and five-course meal - followed by dancing and a late bar until 2am. What's the catch? €95 is what. Tickets at

Spoken Word Festival (1pm-3.15pm)

The NYF Spoken Word Festival is back in 2015 with a children's poetry event featuring Paul Timoney at Smock Alley Theatre (12-1pm) and Lingo Bingo, an open-mic event with a twist at The Workman's Club from 2pm-3.15pm. The latter is hosted by Carl Plover, aka Wasps Vs Humans.

Luminosity (5pm-midnight)

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Previous NFY Dublin events featured spectacular 3D light projections on Trinity College. 2015 sees projections of Irish sporting, musical and arts heroes onto Iveagh House at St. Stephen's Green. Also available January 1. Free.

January 1st

Resolution Day

Many of us may begin 2016 with our heads beneath the covers, but Resolution Day is taking a more pro-active approach - featuring a host of fun activities focusing on Fun, Fitness, and Mental Wellbeing.

Highlights include the New Year’s Day 5k Run at Phoenix Park (12pm), children's storytelling and art workshops at Smock Alley (12, 2pm, 4pm), and Flying South, a community-based, open-mic night centred around positive mental health (Filmbase, 7pm).

Handel's Messiah (2.30pm)

Everyone knows Handel debuted his Messiah on Fishamble Street. But did you know you can hear an on-street musical performance at Parnell Square this Friday, featuring up to 120 singers from Our Lady’s Choral Society? Well, now you do...


#LoveDublin Events

Highlights include free walking tours with Pat Liddy (see here for details), the Dublin Discovery Trail with special NYF reductions on attractions including City Sightseeing and Malahide Castle (see here), and a NYF Art Trail in some of the city's top galleries, including the Hugh Lane and Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Proclamation (7pm)

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, but this particular proclamation features a host of well-known faces gathering at Christ Church Cathedral for an event of talk and music on the theme of mental health. Participants include Diarmuid Gavin, Mary McEvoy and Chris Donoghue, with tickets from €15 at

Luminosity (5pm-midnight)

More 3D light projections of Irish sporting, musical and arts heroes on Iveagh House at St. Stephen's Green. Free.

For more New Years Eve Dublin 2015 events, see

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