Dublin is a fine city to be located in to welcome the arrival of the New Year and you’ll find plenty of things to do to celebrate on New Year’s Eve.
If you are already in the city, then be sure to check local newspapers for details, or consider going along to what we think are the three best and most memorable musical events to attend.
The Ringing of the bells at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
(Previously and sometimes still known as Christchurch Cathedral)
Built somewhere close to the year 1028, this cathedral from the middle ages is certainly something to see. It originally had close ties to Canterbury Cathedral and is the oldest structure in the city.
It’s a seasonal treat to experience bell ringing at the Cathedral. The 19 cathedral bells are reputed to deliver some of the loudest peals in the world. Six of the bells have been in place since 1670 (unfortunately the first ones cracked when there was an accidental gunpowder explosion nearby). One of the bells weighs more than 2 tonnes.
Every year on New Year’s Eve, you’ll find groups of friends and families gathering outside the cathedral to listen to the bells as they ring in the New Year.
Tips: Wear something warm and try to arrive around 10.30pm. There will also be a concert taking place inside the Cathedral by the Dublin Gospel Choir. Tickets available for the concert from the Cathedral’s website.
RTE Gala New Year’s Eve Concert
Another traditional music event that is a joy to attend is this annual concert held at the National Concert Hall. You’ll have to buy tickets early as there is never an empty seat in the house as this event is known as the flagship performance of the National Concert Hall.
Expect to listen to the RTE Concert Orchestra & Big Band pull all the fun seasonal favourites out of the hat. This year they will be accompanied by Michel Legrand the well-known French film movie composer who will be the pianist, singer and conductor.
Included in the price of the ticket is a glass of Champagne, or you can opt to take dinner.
Info: Check www.nch.ie for further info. Ticket prices vary and the performance starts at 10pm.
If traditional music and bell ringing doesn’t really do it for you, then this outdoor concert with pyrotechnics, special effects and performances could be right up your street.
Over the festive season you may have come across seasonal markets, an ice rink and many other activities that have been arranged as part of this event. On 31st December, you’ll find the streets around the city centre coming alive with performances including circus acts, street theatre and the excitement of a countdown to the special hour.
Tips: don’t miss the fireworks at 8pm in St Stephen’s Green
Tickets are €20.00 (plus booking fee)
Dublin is certainly not allowing NYE to pass unnoticed this year. Be sure to buy tickets early so that you don’t miss out on your choice of seasonal treats.