Minister Paschal Donohoe officially announces New Year’s Festival (NYF) Dublin

3rd November, 2014

  • The new and exciting 3-day citywide festival featuring the NYF Dublin Countdown Concert & music trail, plus free family friendly events including Love Dublin, Luminosity NYF Food Village,  The Procession of Light and Resolution Day


  • Tickets for the NYF Dublin Countdown Concert go on sale this Friday at 9am with headliners Kodaline and very special guest James Vincent McMorrow


Today, Minister Paschal Donohoe officially launched NYF Dublin, a new and exciting 3-day citywide festival filled with Arts, Culture and Live Entertainment. For the first time, the New Year’s Festival will run across the city over three days from 30th December 2014 through to 1st January 2015 and is set to be the best New Year’s celebration that the city as ever seen.


Speaking at the launch Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe T.D., said,

“Dublin has the potential and the charm to compete with any city when it comes to celebrations. For that reason, we have invested in developing a ‘must-visit’ end of year festival to offer even more reasons for overseas visitors to choose Dublin as the place to be over the New Year and we look forward to welcoming many thousands of them to join us in celebrating the arrival of 2015. The New Year’s Festival has grown and grown over the last few years and I am confident that this year’s event will build on that progress”.


Explaining the importance of the festival, Orla Carroll, Director – Dublin Programme, Fáilte Ireland emphasised:

“This year’s New Year’s Festival, over three days, promises to be the most impressive end of year celebration the city has ever seen. With a mix of music, comedy, culture and craic, Dublin is extending an invitation to the world to come and mark the arrival of the New Year in one of the friendliest cities in the world”.


“The festivities also give us an opportunity to raise the profile of Ireland and Dublin as a destination and, along with the thousands of overseas visitors who will arrive, we will be inviting a variety of international journalists and bloggers from all over the world to Dublin to ring out the old, ring in the new and really experience what a vibrant and exciting place Dublin is”.


Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said,

“Dublin City Council is delighted to be supporting the New Year’s Festival (NYF Dublin). This new 3-day citywide festival of arts, culture and entertainment will showcase Dublin as the premier location in which to celebrate the New Year. Events include the Procession of Light, the Countdown Concert on New Year’s Eve, a Music Trail across the city, a Food Village and much much more. This year’s NYF programme includes lots of free, family friendly events so I encourage Dubliners to come in to the city over the weekend and enjoy the great events.”


Gather together in the heart of the Dublin with your family and friends as the city comes alive over 3 day’s for fun filled New Year’s festivities. Bringing together some of the country’s best talents, NYF Dublin offers you  a host of free and family friendly activities and events guaranteed to engage, entertain and excite.


Ring in the New Year with headliners Kodaline and very special guest James Vincent McMorrow at The NYF Countdown Concert at College Green; treat yourself at the NYF Food Village in the iconic grounds of Dublin Castle; join the magical Procession of Light from Stephen’s Green to Dublin Castle for your special family ‘Mini Midnight Moment’. Enjoy live gigs across the city at the NYF Music Trail. Watch Luminosity bring the city streetscapes to life with cutting-edge 3D animations, discover the city with Love Dublin at the Spoken Word Festival or follow the NYF Arts Trail or Dublin Discover Trail. Get up, get out and get active on Resolution Day by kicking off 2015 with the New Year’s Day Fun Run from Dublin Castle, or take part in free exercises classes in Dublin city parks and fitness clubs. For full details for each event visit


The NYF Dublin Festival is an initiative by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Dublin City Council and produced by event organisers Holohan Leisure and MCD Productions.



Love Dublin: Various Locations – 30 December & 31 December 2014

Discover the city with Love Dublin on the 30th and 31st December. Experience a host of cultural events across art, spoken word and live entertainment. Follow the NYF Arts Trail as Dublin’s galleries present new and established artists and feature special NYF guided tours, talks and pop up performances. They say the Irish have the gift of the gab; come experience the talent at the NYF Spoken Word Festival, which brings together the best of Irish wit, poetry slam, literature, with lively discussion and debate.


Only visiting Dublin for a few days? Explore the city with the NYF Dublin Discovery Trail and experience the city over 2 days.  Pick and choose from the list of Dublin city’s top 20 cultural venues offering special NYF discounts and guided tours. Full details on

Luminosity: Dublin Castle, Wolfe Tone Square and Trinity College – 30 Dec 2014 to 1 Jan 2015

Prepare to be WOW’d as 3D light projections will bring to life the facades of some of Dublin’s most iconic buildings and statue – Dublin Castle, Wolfe Tone Square and Trinity College. Watch in wonder as Luminosity springs these buildings to life, telling they’re unique story with cutting edge 3D digital displays. The family friendly spectacle takes place daily from 5pm to midnight over 3 days.


NYF Food Village: Dublin Castle -30 December 2014 to 1 January 2015

The exquisite grounds of the iconic Dublin Castle will be transformed into the NYF Food Village over 3 days from 12noon until 7.30pm. Treat yourself to delicious artisan food and enjoy the stunning setting in Dublin Castle, as it becomes a hive of activity filled with free family-friendly entertainment plus performances in contemporary music and spoken word.

NYF Dublin will launch the ‘Irish Year of Design 2015’ at Dublin Castle, experience an exciting exhibition featuring, “In the making”, curated by award-winning British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and captures twenty-four objects mid-manufacture. Further details on


NYF Music Trail: Various Locations -30 December & 31st December 2014

Experience Live performances across the city as bands, DJs, and Choirs play in a host of city centre venues as people gather from all over the world to countdown to 2015 in style.

Follow the trail which includes Live performances from La Galaxie at Meeting House Square, Ruby Works Sessions at Chapel Royale in Dublin Castle, the Dublin Gospel Choir at Christ Church and Live Music and DJ sessions across Dublin pubs and bars.

Some of the events are ticketed so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!


The Procession of Light: From Stephens Green to Dublin Castle – 31 December 2014

Be enchanted as some of Dublin’s most well loved streets erupt in a stunning procession with dazzling light installations, music and dance performers. The Procession of Light journeys from Stephens Green  to Dublin Castle lead by Luxe, Ireland’s leading specialists in visually stunning spectacles Journey with us towards 2015 and share a  magical Mini Midnight Moment with family and friends of all ages at Dublin Castle. Kicking off at 7pm, the Procession of Light is a fantastic free family-friendly event. The magic is unmissable.


NYF Countdown Concert: College Green – 31 December 2014

Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert with headliners Kodaline with very special guest James Vincent McMorrow plus Dublin Legends, Walking On Cars and The Whereabouts. Celebrate in the heart of the city at College Green from 8pm – 12.30am and be part of an unforgettable New Year’s Eve! Tickets for the over 18’s event are priced €25.40 including booking fee and go on sale nationwide on Friday 7 November at 9am from the following outlets:

In Person:      From Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
24hr hotlines: Tel: (ROI) 0818 719 300 (NI) 0844 847 2455 (International) 00 353 1456 9569
Buy online:


Resolution Day: Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park, Dublin City Parks – 1 January

Get up, Get Out and Get Active! Kick off the New Year as you mean to go on, Resolution Day will bring you a host of free activities for all ages so you can start your year on the right foot. Join the New Year’s Day Fun Run starting at 12 noon from Dublin Castle. Join the fitness fun as green spaces and fitness clubs in the city are set to become a hub of activity with free exercise classes for everyone!

Ireland biggest New Year’s event, NYF Dublin is set to turn the city into a bustling hive of activity with something for all ages and tastes from the NYF Dublin Countdown Concert, Procession of Light, Luminosity, NYF Food Village, NYF Music Trail, Love Dublin to Resolution Day. Don’t miss out on your chance to join in with the celebrations!


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