New Year’s Eve can be an exciting time of year but for many, it can often be a headache deciding where to roll in the new year. Instead of stressing out at home about who to invite over to the house or what party to go to, why not take yourself off for a staycation this new year and make the most of your time off? Whether it’s a city break with a delicious meal and rooftop drinks with fireworks thrown in or a relaxing spa break in the middle of nowhere, Ireland has many places to go to for a new year to remember.
Find below a list of 7 top locations to enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations.
1 Dunfanaghy, County Donegal
The new year is a special time to be in Donegal when crisp winter walks and cosy pubs will be the order of the day. Plus, in villages like Dunfanaghy, there will be plenty of opportunities to dip into celebrations in one of the town’s great bars or pubs. Alternatively, many of the local hotels will be putting on celebrations of their own, where a meal and drinks will be possible and, in most, a roaring fire so guests can have a wonderful nightcap before heading to bed. In Dunfanaghy, you can start your New Year’s Day with a generous breakfast and a long blissful walk along the town’s stunning Killahoey beach.
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2 Galway City and Connemara
For anyone who has been to Galway, it goes without saying that any night – never mind New Year’s Eve – will be a night to remember. Start in one of the city’s mid- to high-end restaurants before settling into one of its quaint pubs for the evening. Here you will be entertained by local traditional musicians and locals singing along. Journey on to the spectacular Connemara to blow away any cobwebs from the night before. Here you can also enjoy long walks along the beach and spend a relaxing night to ensure your new year starts well.
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3 Belfast, County Antrim
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For those looking for a more lively new year, Belfast could be the place to get the partywear on and enjoy fireworks from one of the city’s many great heated rooftop bars. From black-tie balls to quirky events, Belfast is sure to entertain this new year. Come 1 January you can then indulge in some of the January sales that will be happening the city before or after a tasty brunch to settle any partying the night before.
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4 Dublin City, County Dublin
Dublin puts on an incredible party on New Year’s Eve with its New Year’s Festival. The free festival at the 3 Arena will start with a family-friendly event with street performers and music to keep all entertained. In the lead up to midnight, a lineup of music acts provide an exciting buildup before the final countdown. Spend the next morning enjoying one of Dublin’s great brunches and shopping along Grafton Street, before heading back home filled with lots of good memories from your visit.
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5 Carlingford, County Louth
Another relaxing option, Carlingford, a quaint village located between Belfast and Dublin, is a lovely spot for some peaceful walks along the lough, followed by pub lunches in one of the village’s great watering holes. Be warned, however, that come nighttime Carlingford comes alive, with pubs packed with party-goers and those looking to soak up all the craic on new years. We will leave you to decide whether to retreat to your chosen hotel or join in on the celebrations on New Year’s Eve night.
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6 Cork City, County Cork
It’s no surprise to hear that Cork City will be going all out for New Year’s Eve. Across Cork will be a variety of different musicians playing in some of the city’s much-loved venues right up until midnight. Cork’s GLOW festival, a festive market with Ferris Wheel, food stalls and entertainment will be going strong right up until 4pm on New Year’s Eve for families finding themselves in the city during the day. At night, the city’s hotels and bars will be hosting various banquets, parties and balls for those keen to celebrate the new year in style. Once the countdown begins, just make sure you’re near a window, balcony or rooftop to watch the city light up with fireworks.
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7 Dingle, County Kerry
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The jewel in Kerry’s crown, Dingle is one of the prettiest places and on New Year’s Eve there is sure to be a lot of craic in its quaint and lively pubs, or even out on to its streets. From 10pm you can watch the beautiful firework display from the village’s pier, then be led by a brass band back into the town for a few celebratory pints to welcome in the new year. The following day why not take a road trip along the wonderful Dingle Peninsula, where epic landscapes and beautiful sea views lie waiting.
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