Saturday 24 February 2018

Revellers spoilt for choice with events to ring in New Year

Nadia Forde promoting the festivities in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography
Nadia Forde promoting the festivities in Dublin. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Jane O'Faherty

Revellers across Ireland will be spoiled for choice this New Year's Eve, as towns and cities get ready to ring in 2016.

Several locations are pulling out all the stops for the celebrations, promising events for all ages ahead of the countdown.

Dublin will kick things off with a 'Procession of Light' as part of its New Year's Festival (NYF) .

Street performers, dazzling light installations and special NYF lanterns will guide onlookers around St Stephen's Green from 6pm, starting at Fusilier's Arch.

Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer with Dublin City Council, said last year's procession had attracted between 3,000 and 5,000 people.

"It's the time when families all come out to get into the New Year spirit," he said.

The procession will be followed by an ambitious world record attempt for the largest-ever bodhrán session.

"It's more about the amount of bodhráns than the playing," he said. "There were over 900 registered last time we checked.

"If everyone shows up, we might break the record."

Later events include the NYF Street Fest in St Stephen's Green South from 8.30pm, while Fatboy Slim, The Coronas, Kíla, Ryan Sheridan and Little Hours will headline the Three Countdown Concert in the 3Arena.

Elsewhere, Limerick will mark the New Year with a gig from The O'Malleys in Dolan's Warehouse from 9pm.

Other concerts include a set from Daithí in the Róisín Dubh in Galway, and Mick Flannery will play Cork Opera House at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, Dingle will host a fireworks display from 10pm, followed by a procession through the Kerry town with the Dingle Fife and Drum Band from 11.30pm until midnight.

Irish Independent

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