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Headliners announced as Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin returns across three iconic Dublin venues

The Divine Comedy, The Scratch, The High Kings, Sharon Shannon and Gemma Dunleavy* just announced as part of NYF Dublin festival programme

Biggest ever celebration with over 40 acts to play across four-day festival

Festival expected to draw almost 50,000 domestic and international visitors to Dublin, estimated to generate €8million in tourism revenue and additional economic activity

Full programme and tickets on sale at www.nyfdublin.ie

Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin 2023 was officially launched today [Friday November 10th] by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD.

The Divine Comedy and The Scratch join the line-up for the four-day city-centre celebration, which runs from 29th December 2023 to 1st January 2024. This year, for the first time, the festival will be delivered in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW). Events will be hosted across three iconic Dublin venues; Dublin Castle, the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, and Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. This year’s programme has over 40 music and entertainment events, including family friendly shows, running across the festival weekend.

The Divine Comedy will headline the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks on 29th December with special guests The High Kings. Picture This will headline the Countdown Concert at Dublin Castle on 31st December, while The Scratch, Sharon Shannon and Gemma Dunleavy will ring in the New Year at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks. Other acts just announced include All Tvvins, Lucy McWilliams, Big Sleep, Aonair, DJs Ed Smith, Sally Cinnamon & Kelly-Anne Byrne, Ispíní na hÉireann, Lemoncello, Anamoe Drive, Krea and DJs Nialler9, Claire Beck & Blood Donor (DJ set). Full details available at www.nyfdublin.ie.

Part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Winter in Dublin’ programme, the New Year’s Festival aims to establish Dublin as a must-visit destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This year’s festival is expected to attract almost 50,000 domestic and international visitors to the capital city, driving an estimated €8million in tourism revenue and additional economic activity.

Speaking at the official launch, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD said,

“I am very pleased to officially launch Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin programme today. Festivals and events are an important part of the Irish tourism offering and essential for supporting local businesses and communities all year round. These fantastic events are delivered under the strategic partnership between Fáilte Ireland and the Office of Public Works, and I am confident this year’s New Year’s Festival Dublin will encourage more domestic and international visitors to come and explore our capital city over the New Years’ period. This will drive important economic benefits for the city and enhance the work of the Night-Time Economy taskforce.”

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan added:

“We are very proud to partner with the festival, and to welcome people in their thousands to ring in the New Year in some of our truly spectacular locations. As the custodians of these historic buildings for the state, the Office of Public Works is dedicated to the care, protection and promotion of our built heritage. Being able to celebrate Christmas and New Year together again after so much time apart is so important, for children, families, loved ones and friends at this special time of year. We are committed to our strategic partnership with Fáilte Ireland and look forward to hosting more events in 2024. We value the economic driver of tourism within the economy and are eager to welcome even more people to OPW sites in the New Year.”

Orla Carroll, Head of Product Development at Fáilte Ireland, said,

“Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival is back again this year with a fantastic line up of music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Festivals are crucial drivers of tourism in Ireland and New Year’s Festival Dublin is no exception. It’s a flagship event in Fáilte Ireland’s Winter in Dublin programme as we expect to welcome almost 50,000 visitors to Dublin City over four days, including over 11,000 from overseas. This will be key in supporting jobs and generating revenue for local businesses and communities during the shoulder season. Working with our partners in the Office of Public Works, we are planning a spectacular four-day programme of events that will position Dublin as must-visit destination for both a winter break and to celebrate the New Year.”

Assistant Secretary General, Head of Heritage & Capital Works Delivery, Office of Public Works, Rosemary Collier said:

“The OPW is proud to look after Ireland’s rich national heritage portfolio and we want to share that with as wide an audience as possible, celebrating the transition from 2023 to 2024, listening to a star line-up of Irish bands and musicians. Dublin Castle has witnessed so many seminal events in Irish history. It is an iconic place where we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and it presents a great setting to gather together after such a challenging few years apart.”

New Year’s Festival Dublin will run from 29th December 2023 to 1st January 2024 and includes a host of ticketed and non-ticketed events for the whole family to enjoy across Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, and Meeting House Square. Tickets are on sale now at www.nyfdublin.com (all events subject to licence).  

New Year’s Festival Dublin is a Fáilte Ireland initiative, produced and promoted by MCD Productions, in association with the Office of Public Works.

NYF Dublin is part of the Winter in Dublin Programme, an initiative of Failte Ireland. 

Visit http://www.nyfdublin.com/ and www.visitdublin.com for more and keep up to date with news about all upcoming events and ticket details by using the hashtag #NYFDublin and following @NYFDublin on Twitter and Instagram. 

*All events subject to licence

Friday, 29th December
New Year’s celebrations kick-off at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins’ Barracks with live performances across three stages from headliners The Divine Comedy, with special guests The High Kings and performances from All Tvvins, Lucy McWilliams, Big Sleep, Aonair and DJs Ed Smith, Sally Cinnamon & Kelly-Anne Byrne.
Tickets from €39.90 including booking fee. Over 18s event.

Saturday, December 30th
Celebrate on December 30th at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks - with live performances across 3 stages from headliner Dec Pierce’s Block Rockin’ Beats and special guests Chasing Abbey, Ryan Mack, Jen Payne, HamSandwich, R.S.A.G, Sinead White, Chubby Cat and DJs Emma Power, Shelly Gray & Fergal D'Arcy.
Tickets from €29.90 including booking fee. Over 18s event.

Sunday, December 31st – Dublin Castle (Matinee and Countdown Concert)
Rising Irish artists Moncrieff, Lea Heart and Lucy Gaffney have been announced for the Midnight Moment Matinee on December 31st in Dublin Castle. Share a magical moment on New Year’s Eve together with family and friends at the very special earlier countdown event for all ages. Children will be enchanted as they ring in the new year in the stunning surroundings of Dublin Castle with some of Ireland’s best musicians.
Tickets on sale now priced €22.90 including booking fee for a family of up to 2 adults and 2 children with €7.90 for additional / individual matinee tickets.
Maximum 4 people with minimum 1 parent/guardian.

Irish band Picture This will headline the Countdown Concert at Dublin Castle as part of the New Year’s Festival. The skies above Dublin Castle will light up with an aerial visual pyrotechnics show and singers Moncrieff and Lea Heart will also take to the stage as the opening acts.
Tickets from €49.90 including the booking fee. Over 18s event.

Sunday, December 31st – National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
Ring in the New Year at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks with performances across three stages from headliners The Scratch, with special guests Sharon Shannon and Gemma Dunleavy, and performances from Ispíní na hÉireann, Lemoncello, Anamoe Drive, Krea and DJs Nialler9, Claire Beck & Blood Donor (DJ set).
Tickets from €29.90 including booking fee. Over 18s event.

Monday, January 1st
After welcoming in the New Year, make it a full day of celebrations with family and friends and hop between concerts across two venues Dublin Castle and Meeting House Square. Join the festivities at New Year’s Day Concert in Dublin Castle with live performances from Jerry Fish, Dublin Gospel Choir, Code Of Behaviour & The New Brass Kings. Experience some of Ireland’s best traditional and folk musicians in Meeting House Square at the New Year’s Day Concert on 1 January 2024 with performances from Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O'Reilly, Dani Larkin, Niamh Bury and Sola. Both of these events are free, non-ticketed family friendly events.

 

Fáilte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland’s role is to support the long-term sustainable growth in the economic, social, cultural, and environmental contribution of tourism to Ireland. Tourism is of critical importance to the national economy and to regional development and employment. Pre-coronavirus, the sector generated revenue of €7.5billion annually and supported 260,000 jobs nationwide while contributing €1.7billion to the Exchequer.    

We work in partnership with Government, State agencies, Local Authorities, representative groups and industry, to develop tourism across Ireland by creating destination development plans and networks, investing in infrastructure, activities, visitor attractions and festivals. 

Fáilte Ireland also provides consumer and buyer insights, mentoring, business supports and training programmes and buyer platforms to help tourism businesses innovate and grow. In addition, Fáilte Ireland supports Business Tourism, managing the bidding for and securing of larger conferences, meetings and events to be hosted in Ireland. We are also responsible for domestic holiday marketing across four regional experience brands: Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Dublin. Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, was established in 2003 to guide and promote tourism as a leading indigenous component of the Irish economy. www.failteireland.ie

Office of Public Works

The Office of Public Works (OPW) manages and maintains the most important of Ireland’s historic buildings and heritage. We take meticulous care of the 780 heritage sites in our charge and, at the 70 sites with visitor services, we work hard to present them to their best potential, making sure that we give visitors from Ireland and abroad the best experience we possibly can. Our sites range from Neolithic passage tombs, medieval churches and castles to Elizabethan manor houses, Palladian mansions, parks and gardens and monumental forts. As custodians of many of Ireland’s most iconic heritage sites, our role is to build a bridge between our past, present and future by connecting more people to the richness, diversity and inspiration that exist in our heritage.

Dublin Castle

Just a short walk from Trinity College, on the way to Christchurch, Dublin Castle is well situated for visiting on foot. The history of this city-centre site stretches back to the Viking Age and the castle itself was built in the thirteenth century. The building served as a military fortress, a prison, a treasury and courts of law. For 700 years, from 1204 until independence, it was the seat of English (and then British) rule in Ireland.

Rebuilt as the castle we now know between the seventeenth and twentieth century, Dublin Castle is now a government complex and an arena of state ceremony. The state apartments, undercroft, chapel royal, heritage centre and restaurant are open to visitors all year round. Plan your visit on www.heritageireland.ie.

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History is located at one of Dublin’s most impressive, historic sites. A former military barracks is home to 2 fascinating and completely diverse collections. Decorative arts encompasses silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing, jewellery & coins while the military history collection tells of Ireland’s military and revolutionary past. Admission is free.

Exhibition highlights include Eileen Gray, exploring the life and work of the iconic 20th century designer.

The museum offers a year-round programme of workshops, talks and tours for all ages and a changing programme of temporary exhibitions on historical and contemporary themes.