New Year’s Eve is a night out that takes a certain amount of planning and forecasting in order to be successful. While the rest of us are only just starting to finalise where we’ll go or what we’ll do to welcome 2015, the people of Dublin have been hard at work since January arranging the three-day annual fiesta that is Dublin’s NYF.
This vibrant and ever-changing city has pulled out all the stops this year, and you can expect more music, lights, comedy, food, drink and art than ever before. Starting on 30th December and ending on 1st January, the city streets will be taken over by performers and entertainers, and every pub and venue in town turns into a bustling hub of trading, drinking, eating and dancing.
Some of Dublin’s most famous landmarks will be brought to life by Luminosity – an innovative company that use intricate and unusual 3D light shows to animate and enliven buildings. This year’s locations include Wolfe Tone Square, Trinity College and Leinster House, with displays happening nightly at around 8pm.
College Green will see the return of the NYF Dublin Three Countdown Concert – a few tickets are still on sale here, and this gig is set to be a corker. Alternative bands and underground DJs will rule the stage, and this definitely isn’t a concert of the ‘pop’ variety – get your rave gear on, wear your wellies, and get ready for a night of brain-pounding glory.
The Festival Food Village is well worth a look, and since it follows no particular theme, you’ll find weird and wonderful produce from all corners of the earth here – as well as a fair few of our favourite traditional treats.
The fireworks at midnight are best taken in from the banks of the Liffey, where you’ll also get a good view of the Procession of Light. This wonderfully pretty parade sees locals and tourists carrying torches and lanterns through the city and down to the river. It’s an epic spectacle indeed, so make sure your phone is fully charged – you’ll be wanting a LOT of pictures of this charming and magical sight.
By far the easiest way to get to Dublin is by taking the ferry from Holyhead or Liverpool. You’ll have a tricky time booking flights now (although it is still possible), and if you have a car with you, you have the freedom to go and explore some more of this incredibly beautiful country.
If you do plan on taking a drive over to the Connemara National Park (pictured here from our last visit), the Ring of Kerry or some other mythical and enchanting land, be warned. It will be f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g there in January. We can tell you first hand that hiking boots, waterproofs and all manner of woolly underclothing is essential – but we can also guarantee that all the cold and wet will pail into insignificance when you lay your eyes upon this truly astonishing corner of the world.
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