Fáilte Ireland’s biggest ever New Year's Festival Dublin concludes today after 4-day event

Fáilte Ireland’s biggest ever New Year

  • Biggest ever city centre celebration with over 40 acts playing across the four-day festival.
  • Festival estimated to generate €8million in tourism revenue and additional economic activity.

Fáilte Ireland’s biggest ever New Year’s Festival Dublin concludes today [1st Jan 2024] with a family friendly day of free events taking place in Dublin City Centre.

This year, NYF Dublin ran over four days for the first time, with over 40 music and entertainment events taking place across three iconic Dublin venues, Dublin Castle, the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, and Meeting House Square. The festival is expected to drive an estimated €8million in tourism revenue and additional economic activity for the city.

The festival, which opened on 29th December in the National Museum of Ireland Collins’ Barracks, was delivered in association with the Office of Public Works (OPW) and produced by MCD Productions. Part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Winter in Dublin’ programme, NYF Dublin aims to position the capital as a must-visit destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve and is an important driver for tourism businesses during the shoulder season.

The celebrations continue today at Dublin Castle and Meeting House Square, Temple Bar with the New Year’s Day Celebrations Concerts. These free, family friendly event will feature live performances Jerry Fish, Dublin Gospel Choir, Code of Behaviour, and The New Brass Kings in Dublin Castle, and Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O’ Reilly, Dani Larkin, Sola and Niamh Bury in Meeting House Square.

Speaking on the success of the New Year’s Festival, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD said

“Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin has brought a fantastic programme of arts, music and events to our capital city over the past four days. This festival is an important driver for tourism in Dublin, welcoming domestic and international attendees to experience the best of Irish music, culture and entertainment while celebrating the New Year. The festival brings significant economic benefits to businesses and communities across the city and also plays an important role in enhancing the work of the Night-Time Economy taskforce.”

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

“Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival returned this year with our biggest New Year’s celebration yet. It’s a fantastic to see so many local, domestic and international visitors to our capital city, which helps strengthen Dublin’s position as a must visit destination to ring in the New Year. Festivals like NYF Dublin are essential for the tourism and hospitality sector, supporting jobs and driving economic benefits for businesses in the city during the shoulder season. Working in association with the Office of Public Works, we have hosted a spectacular four-day programme of music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The festival is a flagship event in Fáilte Ireland’s Winter in Dublin programme, and we encourage everyone to continue their celebrations in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar today.”

Rosemary Collier, Head of Heritage & Capital Works Delivery, Office of Public Works added:

“The OPW was delighted to support the production on the New Year's Festival at both Dublin Castle and Collins Barracks. The Castle, in particular, is such an important location for civic celebration and it is wonderful that the Castle plays host to this vibrant live event to mark New Year's Eve in Dublin for both Irish citizens and international visitors.”

Picture This headlined the Countdown Concert last night at Dublin Castle, while The Scratch, Sharon Shannon and Gemma Dunleavy rang in the New Year at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks and Capel Street, Dublin was home to the NYF Festival hub featuring free music and entertainment for attendees on the 31st December. Dec Pierce’s Block Rockin’ Beats headlined the 30th December event in Collins Barracks, with Chasing Abbey and Ryan Mack, while Tolü Makay, Robert Grace, Fia Moon, Rachel Mae Hannon took to the stage at a free family-friendly event in Dublin Castle. The Divine Comedy headlined the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks venue on 29th December with special guests The High Kings.

NYF Dublin is part of the Winter in Dublin Programme, an initiative of Fáilte Ireland. Winter in Dublin will run until the 31st January. 

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

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