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Details Of Dublin's New Year's Festival Have Been Announced And There's Loads Going On

By James Fenton

October 23, 2017 at 7:10pm


Halloween hasn't even passed yet but it won't be long before you start getting those "what are we doing for New Years?" texts from your mates. That's if you haven't already. 

Sometimes making plans for December 31 can be a bit of a grind and when all's said and done it's often a bit of a damp squib. After all, a week of festive eating and drinking can take a lot out of a person.

This year, it might be an idea just to head into our fair city and check out what's going on at the Dublin New Year's Festival, details of which were announced today. 

This year's spectacular is jammed-packed with family-friendly events so you can ring in the New Year with friends and family in style. 

The line-up consists of:

Liffey Lights Midnight Moment 

This is a high-flying, aerial and aquatic spectacle with a dazzling light show of over 100 aqua beams and spotlights. The stunning, free event will start at 11.30pm with excitement building to a crescendo as the clock strikes midnight.

Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee 

For the first timefamilies and friends of all ages can ring in the New Year together. Entertainment will start at 6.30pm building to the earlier countdown celebrations at 7pm. This colourful event features aerial, aquatic and  street acrobats and performers taking to the streets, the sky and the River Liffey.

3Countdown Concert

Headlined by Kodaline with special guests Hudson Taylor and Keywest. Tickets for this cost €45.05 including booking fee go on sale this Thursday October 26 at 9am. Get fired up for 2018 as Dublin’s national landmark the Spire beams light into space as the clock strikes midnight. 

Keelin Fagan, head of the Dublin Programme for Fáilte Ireland said:

"We have been working with Dublin City Council to ensure that this year’s festival delivers a fresh and exciting 2 day programme for all visitors whether from home or overseas. In particular, this year’s new Midnight Moment, a free spectacular, will help us to truly emphasise why Dublin is a top city destination to ring in the New Year.

 "Dublin’s NYF is a key strategic festival for Fáilte Ireland as it showcases our rich culture and vibrant creativity –promoting Dublin as a fantastic visitor destination and at the same time, enhancing our reputation as a friendly, warm and welcoming place to visit at the end of the year.”

Sounds like a good bet to us.

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