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Friday 18 April 2014

More than 10,000 people expected to attend NYE concert in Dublin

*Tickets are still available for Three NYE Dublin Countdown Concert

Crew set up the stage at College Green in Dublin.
Crew set up the stage at College Green in Dublin.

The country is set to welcome 2014 with a bang.

Celebrations to ring in the New Year are to be bigger than ever this year as several cities plan a series of events.

As the year of The Gathering draws to a close, an extensive programme of events will see out 2013.

This afternoon, Dublin will come alive as hundreds of theatrical street performers take to the streets to provide a visual and musical spectacle as part of the People's Procession of Light at St Stephen's Green.

Taking over this evening is a line-up of Irish and international acts, who will take to the stage at College Green for the official Three NYE Dublin Countdown Concert, presented by MTV's Laura Whitmore and RTE broadcasters Daithi O Se and Sinead Kennedy.

Tickets for the Three NYE Dublin Countdown Concert are priced at €25 and are on sale from www.3nyedublin.ie, www.ticketmaster.ie and from Three stores.

Over 10,000 people are expected to turn out for the festivities and avail of a chance to see British band Madness, singer Ryan Sheridan and The Strypes entertain the masses in the final hours of 2013.

And award-winning band Kodaline are rumoured to be lined up as a special guest act for the evening.

"The excitement has been building for week,s and we just can't wait for celebrations to begin," concert producer Paul Davis said.

Dublin is not the only city offering an outdoor spectacle today.

WEATHER

Simultaneously marking its 1100th birthday, Waterford will kick off eight months of celebrations this evening.

City Hall is the location for 'The Big Birthday Bash' New Year's Eve party, where more than 600 locals will raise a glass of champagne, before descending upon Waterford's famous Cathedral Square for the countdown.

In Limerick the celebrations will include a pageant, fireworks display and concert, beginning at midday.

Punters are being advised to wrap up warmly and have their umbrellas on hand, as Met Eireann is predicting mixed conditions as the day progresses.

"There will be plenty of showers expected throughout the day, it is very unsettled right across the country, but it is looking like that rain will clear for a few hours in the late afternoon, especially on the east coast of the country," Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx told the Irish Independent.

Tonight is expected to be cold, with wet and windy weather continuing into New Year's Day.

This year has seen the biggest build-up to countdown ever.

As part of NYE Dublin, #LoveDublin Day took place yesterday, staging a string of free cultural events.

The History Ireland Hedge School held an interactive talk on Dublin's Literary Past and Present in The Little Museum, while the Smock Alley theatre played host to some of Ireland's literary greats, with panellists, including Christine Dwyer Hickey, Michael O'Loughlin and Dermot Bolger, participating in a series of live discussions.

"It's nice that there is so much happening, because Christmas used to happen in a day," Mr Bolger told the Irish Independent.

"Nowadays the cusp period between Christmas and New Year's has been filled and there are events happening, people can reflect upon the arts and the city."

Irish Independent

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