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An Alternative Guide to New Year's in Dublin

If you want to squeeze the very last drops out of 2013, Dublin City has a packed-out cultural program to pass the final hours away.


30th December - #LoveDublin Day

Show your affection for the capital, and discover reasons to love it even more, at #LoveDublin Day (Monday, December 30th), with FREE arts, culture and music events at some of the coolest venues in town.

  • NYE and the City music trail (taking place on the 30th and 31st Dec)

Dublin City New Year's Eve 2013 Music Trail

Imagine landing in Dublin Airport on the eve of New Year’s Eve to find the sound of 2014 serenading your arrival. That’s just what NYE and the City has planned for you. This two-day music trail organised by the great people who brought you the innovative Hard Working Class Heroes festival, will showcase some of the best new bands in the country. Over the course of two days there will be 34 acts taking over the city’s coffee shops, restaurants, book shops and pretty much anywhere they can fit their instruments in to sing the city into the New Year. In a year that’s seen the breakthrough of acts as diversely excellent as Hozier and Little Green Cars, the opportunity to see a showcase of the city’s finest bands in some of its quirkier venues for free will let you get to grips with the sounds and sights of Dublin straight away. Previous Hard Working Class Heroes alumni include Cavan wunderkinds The Strypes, so don’t miss your chance to hear the next Next Big Thing!

  • Dublin Genius, A Day of Ideas

NYE and the City isn’t the only free event to introduce Dublin’s thriving culture to the New Year’s season visitors. Dublin Genius, A Day of Ideas, will celebrate some of Dubliners’ best known talents: literature, comedy, and non-stop talking!

Dublin City Genius, Festival of Ideas - NYE Dublin 2013

(Image Source: Richard Walshe)

The must-visit Little Museum will be hosting a History Ireland Hedge School, which will cover the breadth of Ireland’s literary history. Taking in Joyce, Stoker and Roddy Doyle, some very special guests will be on hand to underline why Dublin has historically been such a city of words. Writers carrying that torch into the 21st century, such as Dermot Bolger, will be reading their works and starting conversations in Smock Alley Theatre (the city’s oldest theatre). Nearby in Dublin's Twisted Pepper, the irreverent political cabaret that is Leviathan will be examining the role Ireland’s great writers have played in the political life of the country in its usual enlightening manner, while the Irish poetic tradition gets the slam poetry treatment in a swathe of pubs across the town.

One of the most venerable of those pubs frequented by the literary classes is the International, the long-standing comedy club which in its 30 years of business has seen the genesis of comedians like Dylan Moran and Dara O’Briain. The new school of stand-up will take over the pub for the evening of the 30th to get the countdown rolling. 

New Year’s Thieves

On the auspicious Eve of New Year’s Eve, Happenings present an inspired collaboration of events and artistry, hosted by Donal Dineen with Dublin based music blogger Nialler9 curating music.

Surprises and delights from Simon and Al of Synth Eastwood, yummy Irish artisan food offerings throughout from Gruel Guerilla and whiskey and craft beer offerings too. 

The event will run from 7pm with a screening of the 1960 Jack Lemon classic “The Apartment” followed by live music from Chequerboard, Lisa O’Neill and Come on Live Long.

Then into the night with Donal Dineen and Sorca Lou grooving some serioos toons. The venue for this unique event will be The Sugar Club. The Sugar Club is an intimate, 1930s-inspired club which hosts everything from cabaret to cinema to hip-hop to en masse soccer debates - always eclectic, but always perfectly curated.

New Year’s Thieves offers you the perfect evening to steal away from the Christmas stupor and lose yourself in a very special, cosy and intimate movie and music experience

Dublin City New Year's Eve Happenings

Expect to be enthralled throughout the evening and allow this chilled festive gig to set you up for the turn of another great Dublin year.

And if that’s not enough….to mark #LoveDublin Day, Dualway, who operate the red Dublin City Sightseeing Tours, are also offering a massive 50% discount on all city and day tours giving you every opportunity to get under Dublin’s skin and see why everyone really “Loves Dublin”.


31st December – Countdown

The big day. After the success of last year’s People’s Procession making its way through the city like a day-glow snake, the come-one-come-all march is looking for people to take part in the magic (keep up to date with registration over here). The city will then gather in front of Trinity College for a 3D projection-mapped countdown. The soundtrack will be provided by teenage garage-rock sensations the Strypes, who certainly have a big 2014 before them, the original Sugababes, Mutya Keisha Siobhan,  singer-songwriter Ryan Sheridan, and ska icons/renowned party-starters Madness  - you’ll be ringing in 2014 in the best company in the world.

Dublin City New Year's Eve 2013 - The Strypes