Countdown to new year party begins
THE countdown to the new year has begun, as the capital gets ready for the biggest party of the year.
Dublin's College Green was illuminated in preparation for tomorrow’s festival, which will see a procession of light, street performers and dancers parade through the city.
The 'Three New Year's Eve' celebrations will culminate in a televised concert, with the best of Irish talent taking to the stage, including Ryan Sheridan and teen rock outfit The Strypes.
They will also be joined by the popular English band Madness.
The concert, which is set to be hosted by RTE's Daithi O'Se and Sinead Kennedy, is expected to attract 10,000 people to the city centre, and will see Trinity College lit up by 3D projections.
Also on hosting duties on the night will be MTV star Laura Whitmore, who is set to help introduce the acts to the stage, including Youtube sensations 'Seo Linn'.
The 'People's Procession of Light', is free to attend, and kicks off at 6.30pm at St Stephen's Green.
The 'Three NYE Dublin Countdown Concert' is set to begin at 8.30pm, and tickets cost €25.
The concert draws the successful year of The Gathering to a close, which lured 275,000 additional visitors to Ireland in 2013, and provided a windfall of €170m for the economy.
Festival organisers are also preparing to welcome 2014 in with a family friendly 'Big Brunch' in Temple Bar on Wednesday morning.