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Celebrate New Year in Dublin

We have a suggestion for you; if you don't have anything planned yet for New Year can we suggest that you use our hotel as your base for a really spectacular beginning to your 2014? Dublin really goes to town (or should that be city?!) when it comes to New Year entertainment. We like to kick up our heels and paint the town a brighter shade of red, but the city also caters for different kinds of tastes – from the cultural to the creative, there's an event for everyone. Book in with us and we can point you in the direction of whatever New Year entertainment you want, but here are some ideas for what to do in Dublin. First of all, there is the Three NYE Dublin, four days of festivities which celebrate and show off the best of our city. Starting on 29 December, The Gathering at Leopardstown is a day at the races but it also includes musical performances from traditional Irish artists such as Finbar Furey and Mary Black. madness1 image via www.3nyedublin.ie Love Dublin Day 30 December is Love Dublin Day which celebrates Dublin's long associations with music, theatre and literature (as well as buzzing bars and sumptuous restaurants, and 31 December is billed as The Ultimate Gathering with a procession of light through historic Dublin and an outdoor countdown concert by the gates of Trinity College. Confirmed acts include Madness and Ryan Sheridan. It certainly promises to be a night to remember. Big Brunch On 1 January, the Big Brunch in Dublin's Temple Bar will blow off the cobwebs and give people the chance to celebrate the year gone by and look forward to the year to come. For more information about this event, please see the Visit Ireland website. Of course, whilst you are in Dublin for New Year you might want to check out some of the ongoing exhibitions and there are plenty of them. The Shackleton Exhibition at the Dun Laoghaire, for example, tells the story of the Shackleton Endurance, the most famous rescue in all of maritime history. It includes 150 pictures and text boards of the men's 22-month survival struggle in the Antarctic and is well worth visiting. Modern Art Exhibition Another on-going exhibition is the Leonara Carrington exhibition which takes place at the Irish museum of Modern Art and runs until 26 January 2014. This is the first major retrospective of Leonara Carrington's work in Ireland and the exhibition firmly establishes her role in the Surrealist art movement. It features 50 paintings, eight sculptures and 20 works on paper. Of course, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a pantomime and Dublin is no different in that respect. This year's "Oh yes he is" offerings include Beauty and the Beast at the Olympia Theatre, featuring Ireland's most famous twins Jedward, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at the Gaiety Theatre, and The Sleeping Beauty at the Helix. Book now to ensure your New Year in Dublin will prove a fun and stress-free experience (our rooms at the Sandymount Hotel tend to get booked up pretty quickly over the festive period.