Reins and a parade: Chinese Year of the Horse is on the way
THE year of the horse is fast approaching - and who better to mark it with than Oscar from the Garda Mounted Unit, pictured with siblings ZeJin Qu and ZeKai Qu from Clare Hall, Dublin.
Friday January 31 marks the Chinese New Year 2014, and Sino-Irish relations will be celebrated again in style.
A whole host of events are planned for the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, which will run from January 30 to February 14.
It's the seventh year that it has been held here, and one of the flagship events is a carnival, which will take place in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, on Sunday, February 2.
Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn said: "Our twinning relationship with Beijing continues to flourish and we aim to build and develop this in the coming year, especially in the area of cultural exchange."
He said he wanted to acknowledge the positive contribution made to the city over several years by the Chinese community.