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Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin To Return

By Robert McHugh
Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin To Return

Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin 2023 was officially launched this week by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD.

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 €8 million in tourism revenue and additional economic activity.

This year, for the first time, the festival will be delivered in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW).

'Economic Benefits'

“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," said Minister Martin.


"This will drive important economic benefits for the city and enhance the work of the Night-Time Economy taskforce.”

The Divine Comedy

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.

Events will be hosted across three 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.


"This will be key in supporting jobs and generating revenue for local businesses and communities during the shoulder season," said Orla Carroll, head of product development at Fáilte Ireland.


"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."

Countdown Concert

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).

Tickets are on sale now at (all events subject to licence).