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5 Fun New Year’s Eve Events To Book

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“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR”! Ah yes, the countdown, that all important moment when you finally get to kiss the person of your dreams, grab your bestie for a big squeeze or awkwardly look around wondering who to nab! Trying to decide where to ring in 2016? Here’re some parties worth getting tickets for:

1 New Year’s Gala Ball

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You know that dress hanging in the wardrobe waiting for that ‘special outing’? Here’s your chance to shine some disco lights on it. Swagger into Doubletree by Hilton, Dublin for a four-course gala dinner washed down with wine, before a sparkling after-dinner toast and The Bently Boys and a DJ to keep ya shakin’ it until late. Tickets €85.

2 The Haddington

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If dancing until dawn in a ball gown isn’t quite your forté, and bopping to Abba beats in aprés ski attire is, then note Dun Laoghaire’s Oliveto at The Haddington. With a choice of rooms to mingle in, that midnight magic may just happen, especially with magician Rua meandering through the crowd. Nibble on incredible Italian-inspired food in between sips of prosecco with sea views to savour on the side. Tickets €75.

3 Dunboyne Castle

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Flapping and tapping the night away Gatsby-style is possible in Meath at Dunboyne Castle’s vintage, 1920’s themed ‘do’. It starts with a lavish dinner in The Ivy followed by a post-dinner party in the glamorous Sadlier Bar with a live band and cocktails galore. When the need to be horizontal occurs, just take the elevator to a sumptuous bedroom. Tickets €170 (including dinner, B&B).

4 Hayfield Manor

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Cork-popping is also guaranteed in, well, Cork at the Hayfield Manor’s gala event. This is a sophisticated affair so dress-up for a champagne and canapé reception but leave room for the seven-course gourmet meal paired with wine. If that doesn’t satisfy your hunger, the post-dinner artisan cheese and port reception might. Raise a glass of bubbly at midnight while enjoying elegant entertainment. Tickets €199.

5 Drive-in Movies

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Or just stay casual and park-up at Tattersalls Country House with a blanket and chomp on popcorn in the comfort of your car. With a range of films showing, it’s the ideal post-Christmas family outing or date night destination. Sick of turkey? Feast on Eddie Rockets or nosh on sweet treats – they are all available on site! Tickets €20 per car before December 18.

@NiamhWade

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