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Monday 23 April 2018

Goodbye to all that - and hello, 2011

Dubliners David Power and Ciara Stone at the Grafton Lounge last night. Photo: Collins
Dubliners David Power and Ciara Stone at the Grafton Lounge last night. Photo: Collins

Edel Kennedy

FEW were sorry to say goodbye to 2010 last night, with revellers packing out pubs and clubs throughout the country to give a warm welcome to 2011.

Massive fireworks displays also took place in cities across the globe, with Sydney harbour one of the first to light up the night sky and bid farewell to 2010.

Closer to home the first Dublin New Year Festival managed to sell out its two ticketed events, with a number of free events also taking place today.

Almost 550 people packed out Christchurch Cathedral to hear the Dublin Gospel Choir and the ringing of the bells at midnight.

One of the organisers, Ciaran Flanagan, said the festival sold more tickets than expected through the tourist office.

"It's over-capacity but we can cater for everyone with some extra chairs," he said.

"The (Guinness) Storehouse is a bigger venue so 900 tickets were sold for it."

The Storehouse featured DJs and a number of bands, including the Republic of Loose and the Joshua Tree.

Today there will be a free circus workshop at Wolfe Tone Square as well as street entertainment on Grafton Street.

"Hopefully it will get bigger and better from here on in," said Mr Flanagan, adding that sponsorship was proving their biggest problem.

But a lack of cash didn't prevent pubs from having one of their busiest nights of the year.

Publicans had breathed a sigh of relief that snow and ice kept away, with taxi drivers also enjoying a busy night of ferrying revellers around towns and cities across the country.

However, many households and businesses were still without water last night. In major towns any water restrictions were lifted for the night but many will be put back again today.

On Achill Island, Co Mayo, the traditional pipe bands struck up at midnight while scores are expected to take part in the traditional New Year's Day swim at Dugort.

In Dingle, Co Kerry, thousands took part in a street festival which kicked off with fireworks over the bay at 10pm. A large digital clock was projected on to the face of a building near Mall Bridge to count down the final few seconds of 2010.

In Limerick a reformed Frank and Walters and Sultans of Ping took to the stage in Dolan's Warehouse for a retro 'Reverberation Tour', while local trad band The O'Malleys hosted a party Upstairs in the Dock Road venue.

Irish Independent

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