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Dublin Says Goodbye to the Year of the Gathering

Thinking of bringing in the New Year in style? That’s Dublin style? Course you should. For if there’s one thing Dublin City does well – it’s party. And December 31, 2013 - the ending of the year of The Gathering - promises to be the ultimate in celebrations. With an extravaganza as glorious and mega as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party, the Three NYE Dublin Festival will set the city ablaze (quite literally in the case of the People’s Procession of Light). Things to do and see at the Three NYE Dublin Festival Kids in particular will love the aforementioned People’s Procession of Light. Now in its second year this huge chain consisting of thousands of adults and children clutching candles and glowing LED lanterns winding through the streets of Dublin is sure to bring a glow to any face. At the head of the procession there’ll be stilt walkers, dancers and oh, the odd musician we daresay. This is an event for all ages but it’s one children can participate in fully. To register for the procession fill in an email form. Musical Magic What would a Dublin celebration be without music? The Countdown Concert at atmospheric College Green will host an adults-only party with the grand musical line up of infamous Ska band Madness and singer and songwriter Ryan Sheridan, alongside a host of other surprise guests set to surface on the night. When it comes to the actual counting down of the clock and the entrance of the New Year, don’t be too surprised to see Trinity College lit up with the help of huge 3D visuals. Hangover Cure Not that we’re suggesting you’d ever imbibe one too many but it’s possible to indulge the social side of your nature, tuck into a hearty breakfast, and blow away a few cobwebs the following day – and all at once. How? By heading along to the Big Brunch in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on January 1, 2014. At this event you can bring the kids too as there’ll be special performances especially for little ones. The day kicks off at 11am and involves an interactive ceilidh as well as some Vintage Tea Dance lessons. Foxtrot and a Waltz anyone? The whole day’s events are free and there’s the chance to make sure 2014 is everything you want it to be by posting up your own personal tag on the Resolution Tree. And we bet you can’t resist taking a peek at a few others too. We couldn’t. You can book for the three day Dublin Festival or indeed any time between Christmas and New Year at the Sandymount Hotel. We’d advise you to do so in advance though as we do tend to get booked up pretty quickly around this time.