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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 18 June, 2019
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PICS: Here's how Ireland welcomed in 2014

How did you usher in the New Year?

New Year's Eve fireworks in Dublin
New Year's Eve fireworks in Dublin
Image: Tony Kinlan

ALL AROUND THE island of Ireland, people gathered to welcome in the New Year last night.

2014 appeared with a bang, thanks to the plethora of fireworks that lit up the sky around the island, and the champagne corks popped from chilled bottles.

In Limerick City, it was a time to mark the beginning of its year as National City of Culture, with events taking place throughout the day leading up to the big moment at midnight.

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries made a trip back to her home town to play at the NYE celebrations, while other acts including the Strypes, the Coronas, Maverick Sabre, SOAK and locals Leading Armies also took to the stage in Merchants Quay.

The weather wasn’t a deterrent to those who came out to hear the bells of St Mary’s Cathedral mark the turning of midnight.

In Dublin, the countdown concert featuring Madness and the (extremely busy) Strypes took place at College Green, while other events included a procession of light, and a brunch event in Temple Bar.

The event marked the end of The Gathering 2013 as much as it did the beginning of a new year. Seven million people visited Ireland this year, thanks in large part to the Gathering initiative.

In Waterford, the dawning of a new year also marked the beginning of the town’s 1100th year. The city was founded by Vikings in 914 and is planning more than eight months of celebrations for Waterford1100.

The night saw a New Year’s Eve party take place in Cathedral square, while celebrations will continue this Saturday for Vadrarfjordr!, an outdoor ‘fiery spectacle’ celebrating Viking life in Waterford.

How did celebrate New Year’s Eve? Tell us in the comments.

PICS: Here's how Ireland welcomed in 2014
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  • Dublin: The clock strikes 12 at the Countdown Concert

    Source: Tony Kinlan
  • Limerick celebrations

    Source: Ken Coleman
  • Limerick celebrations

    Source: Ken Coleman
  • Limerick: Dolores O'Riordan performs

    Source: Ken Coleman
  • Dublin: The Three NYE Dublin 'People's Procession Of Light'.

    Source: Tony Kinlan
  • Dublin: Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn and Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar

    Source: Tony Kinlan
  • Dublin: The Three NYE Dublin 'People's Procession Of Light'.

    Source: Tony Kinlan
  • Dublin: The Three NYE Dublin 'People's Procession Of Light'.

    Source: Tony Kinlan
  • Dublin: The Three NYE Dublin 'People's Procession Of Light'.

    Source: Tony Kinlan
  • Dublin: The People's Procession of Light

    Source: Tony Kinlan/Patrick O'Leary
  • Dublin: Seo Linn perform on stage at the Three NYE The Countdown Concert in College Green.

    Source: Tony Kinlan/Patrick O'Leary
  • Dublin: Seo Linn perform on stage at the Three NYE The Countdown Concert in College Green.

    Source: Patrick O'Leary/Tony Kinlan
  • Limerick: Preparing Lanterns at the Milk Market was Taila Veilande, 4, Limerick City.

    Source: Alan Place
  • Limerick: Dolores O'Riordan rehearsing with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

    Source: Alan Place
  • Dublin: The crowd at College Green

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Dublin: Suggs from Madness and Laura Whitmore ringing in the new year at the NYE Dublin Countdown Concert

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Dublin: Liz and Noel Kanavan from Tyrone ringing in the new year

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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