Nadia Forde shines at launch of Dublin's New Year's Eve Festival with impressive lights display
Dublin city came to life with an impressive display of lights and colour as the New Year Festival (NYF) was launched.
A large crowd braved the cold weather to attend last night's opening of this year's festival as Luminosity - a 3D animation show titled Loving Dublin - lit up Iveagh House at St Stephen's Green South, to the delight of festive revellers.
Model and singer Nadia Forde braved a bumpy flight home from the UK where she spent Christmas with her rugby player boyfriend Dominic Day, to launch the show in aid of charity.
"I had a lovely Christmas with my family and boyfriend in the UK, but I need to get my Christmas fix at home with my friends and grandparents, so I'm delighted to be back," Forde told the Herald.
It was also a special night for Chantelle Cronje from South Africa and Joe Kingslake from England, who celebrated their engagement in Ireland at the show.
Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the three-day festival with plenty of family-friendly activities taking place, including the Procession of Light through the capital's streets, a world record attempt for the world's largest bodhran session, street performances as well as the Street Fest, taking place tonight at St Stephen's Green.
Last year, 10,000 spectators turned out for the Procession of Light and it is hoped that wet and windy weather conditions will not keep crowds away from the event, kicking off at Fusilier's Arch, Grafton Street from 6pm.
A first-ever NYF Street Fest will hit Stephen's Green South from 8.30pm to ring in the New Year with performances from music acts including Le Galaxie.
For those looking to ring in the New Year indoors, last-minute tickets are being sold for the Countdown Concert at the 3Arena, which is headlined by The Coronas and features DJ Fatboy Slim.