The best ways to spend New Year's Eve in Ireland

We've broken down some of the biggest and best events to head to this New Year's Eve
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

11.00 30 Dec 2023

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The best ways to spend New Yea...

The best ways to spend New Year's Eve in Ireland

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

11.00 30 Dec 2023

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When the countdown starts to usher in another year, you don't have to be sitting at home on the couch.

There are lots of different things happening around the country this December 31st.

We've broken down some of the biggest and best events to head to this New Year's Eve.



This year, Dublin New Year's Festival goes big across four days and in multiple venues around the capital.

The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks and Dublin Castle are festival ground zero, while on New Year's Day the party extends to Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.

Elsewhere, the city is buzzing with club nights, gigs and parties. There's also plenty to keep you occupied on New Year’s Day, whether you want to fill your lungs with fresh air or take in some classical music.

New Year’s Festival Dublin runs from December 29th to 31st with a mixture of free and ticketed events.

December 29th 

The primary focus for the whole celebration is the NYF Dublin Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. The party officially kicks off at 6pm and runs until 11pm with three stages and a host of live performers.

The Divine Comedy will headline the main stage, with special guests The High Kings. The other two stages will host sets by All Tvvins, Lucy McWilliams, Big Sleep, Aonair and DJs Ed Smith, Sally Cinnamon and Kelly-Anne Byrne.

Tickets cost €39.90.

December 30th

At Collins Barracks, the Festival Quarter continues with performances by Chasing Abbey, Ryan Mack and Jen Payne, while DJ sets by Emma Power, Shelly Gray and Dec Pierce's Block Rockin' Beats will ramp up the energy

Tickets cost €29.90.

December 31st

A family-friendly celebration at Dublin Castle has all the fun of the midnight countdown, but with an earlier finishing time, kicking off at 4pm.

Tickets start at €7.90 (or €22.90 for families).

When it’s time to see in the New Year for real, your masters of ceremony will be Picture This, who'll be making the crowd feel good from 8pm alongside Moncrieff and Lea Hart.

the skies will light up as the clock strikes midnight into 2024.

Tickets for the gig are €49.90.

Over at Collins Barracks the Festival Quarter runs until 12.30am, with main stage headliners The Scratch with special guests Sharon Shannon and Gemma Dunleavy.

Tickets here are €29.90.

Galway City. Galway City. Image: Hemis / Alamy


Head to Galway most weekends of the year and it’ll feel like a night out to rival most New Year’s Eve parties.

Work your way along High Street and through the Latin Quarter to sample the atmosphere in famed Galway pubs such as Taaffes, Tígh Coilí, The Kings Head and The Quays.

There are also ticketed events for New Year’s Eve in the city.

Renowned music venue Róisín Dubh will be hosting its GASS event from 9pm with entertainment, music, and a vibrant atmosphere.

The night kicks off with not one but two drag shows.

As the clock inches closer to midnight, the energy ramps up with Kiki, who will take the stage at 11:30pm to lead the countdown.

Tickets cost €20.00.


Why not see off the the last sunset of the year at Achill Island in Co Mayo?

As one of Ireland’s most westerly points, Achill is where you can watch the sunset on Europe for the very last time in 2023.

A stunning observation point overlooks Keel and Achill Head, and is a beautiful spot to watch the sun disappear and dusk arrive.

Crowds flock to see the sunset, which should happen shortly before 4.30pm.

That still leaves plenty of time for partying and celebrating the imminent arrival of a new year and new possibilities.

Keem Beach on Achill Island, Co Mayo is seen in 2014. Picture by: Trish Punch/Zuma Press/PA Images


Watch the New Year's fireworks display in Dingle, Co Kerry.

Festivities begin at the pier at 8pm for "the best fireworks display in Kerry."
A collection will be taking place at the pier to raise funds for the fireworks.

You can then make your way into town and ring in the New Year with thousands of people on Main Street.

A countdown clock is also projected onto a building by the old bridge in Annascaul Village, where everyone is invited to join in the New Year Celebrations.

Main image: Fireworks explode over the River Liffey, 12-03-2004. Image: Fran Veale/RollingNews

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