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Here's to a happy and healthy New Year


New Year's Eve 2014 in Dublin.

New Year's Eve 2014 in Dublin.

New Year's Eve 2014 in Dublin.

THERE'S not many more hours left before we consign 2014 to history.

And as we count down to the birth of the New Year it is only natural that we look back to the high and lows of the past 12 months.

We remember the great joyous family occasions like births, marriages and birthdays. And of course we also remember sadder times, the loss and desolation of losing loved ones.       

Each New Year's Eve truly makes for bitter-sweet revelry, but it's a revelry we must all endure. However, tonight let us be optimistic for the future and thankful for small mercies. Here we all are, we have survived another year, we are still standing.      

Tonight I'll celebrate the coming of the New Year as I always do, in the company of my family. We'll stay at home, relax and enjoy each other's company.     

I hope all Herald readers have an enjoyable evening, with family, with friends, however you like to usher in the New Year.      And may all your troubles be few and your happy moments many. Here's to a good 2015.