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New Year's Eve in Ireland

Quick Facts

New Year's Eve is the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It serves as an occasion for parties and celebrations.

Local names

NameLanguage
New Year's EveEnglish
Oíche Chinn BlianaIrish
SilvesterGerman

New Year's Eve 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015
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New Year's Eve (Oíche Chinn Bliana) is the last day of the year in Ireland. People mark the occasion by cleaning their homes, stocking up on supplies and holding parties.

Fireworks blended over large clock face

New Year's Eve is celebrated with fireworks.

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What do people do?

Many people go to dinners, parties or galas in private homes, pubs or hotels in the late afternoon or early evening. Many of these events feature some kind of countdown to midnight and the New Year. At the stroke of midnight, there may be fireworks, short parades or performances by traditional musicians. Many parties then continue into the early hours of January 1.

Although people generally have to work on New Year's Eve, many take some of their annual leave on this day and the days surrounding it. Hence, it is a popular period to visit relatives and take a short vacation in Ireland or abroad.

According to old tradition, people in the past cleaned their homes, put fresh sheets on their beds and stocked up on food and other household supplies in the last days of December. They hoped that this will give them a fresh and prosperous start to the New Year.

Public life

New Year's Eve is not a public holiday. However, banks, post offices, stores and other businesses may close earlier than usual. Many restaurants, pubs and clubs are only open to people with invitations or tickets. People wishing to spend some or all of the evening in a particular venue are advised to check details of the event and reserve a ticket well in advance. Public transport services generally run as usual. However, they may be reduced or stop in the late afternoon and evening.

Background

Winter celebrations have been held in Ireland for thousands of years. These marked the end of the fall harvest season and the darkest part of the year. People celebrated by holding feasts, social events and lighting fires to bring light into the dark. These customs are still seen in modern New Year's Eve celebrations in Ireland. Now, December 31 is also the last day of the tax year in the Republic of Ireland.

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New Year's Eve Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonDec 311990New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 311991New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 311992New Year's EveObservance
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FriDec 311999New Year's EveObservance
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