LISTOWEL'S bars were buzzing as the plains of north Kerry revolved with the rest of the planet into a new year.
While there were lots of house parties, people made their way into town for the big countdown and the bars of the north Kerry capital were packed out.
In John B Keane's famous pub, revellers joined in a rendition of Auld Lang Syne on the stroke of 2013 before receiving a very welcome treat from the lady of the house.
"My 83-year-old mother made chicken curry for 60 people!" Billy Keane said. "She's a mighty woman and it was a lovely touch as we began celebrating the New Year in John B's." Town was busy across the board. "The bars of Listowel were packed. There were a lot of house parties but most people made their way into town in time to ring in the New Year and it was a great end to the festive season," Billy said.
It was also proved one of the most peaceful New Year's in Listowel and the rest of north Kerry for some time, with gardaí reporting very few public order disturbances across the district.
Listowel Vintners' Association Chairman Christy Walsh said the town was very pleased with the New Year's Eve celebrations: "It was a very good night for Listowel and marked the end of a particularly long Christmas period this year, with New Year's Eve falling on a Monday night this
"We had a great crowd in The Well and it appears to have been busy across the rest of town."
New Year's Eve was the culmination of a fantastic Christmas, all-in-all, for the town.
"We had the Christmas in Listowel Festival, the Sporting Festival and the North Kerry final on Sunday was amazing with a huge crowd in. Every credit is due the Emmets for the fantastic work they did and we're looking forward to the replay now on Sunday," Christy said.