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5 Excellent Last-Minute Things To Do Around Ireland This NYE

by Niamh ODonoghue
30th Dec 2017

Should we go to town?

Maybe we should throw a party?

What about the local?

While these are all very viable options, why not take the monotony and hassle out of NYE (and avoid the thousands of revellers usually stranded in the city), and instead, embark on a different NYE journey: one worth remembering. Here are five really interesting and alternative ways to spend December 31st with your nearest.

Experience The Midas Touch Here

Calling all beautiful faces, sparkly creatures, lovers entwined and mythical beings. You’re invited to journey to one of Ireland’s oldest estates for an evening of celebration, decadence, dance and gold at the Midas Touch Mansion Party. Hosted by conceptual artists and innovative storytellers Hunt & Gather Creations, the evening will bring together some of Ireland’s most beautifully creative souls around for an unforgettable, glittery night.

The evening includes a stellar lineup of storytelling (find out who is King Midas and why was he cursed with the golden touch), massages, restorative yoga, a wishing tree affirmation art installation for all your new year resolutions, plus three electrifying stages of DJs including Colin Devine, Stephen Manning and more to be announced. This is a BYOB event and transport to and from the event is included in the entrance ticket. A new year means new beginnings, so shake the dust off with a tribe like no other.

Watch The Last Sunset Of 2017 Here

This New Year’s, Smithwick’s Irish Ale has created an alternative celebration for those looking to escape the conventional New Year’s night out in the city in favour of a more laidback experience on the stunning Achill Island. From December 31st to January 1st, Smithwick’s 10° West will immerse your senses for a truly unique experience. By day, take part in nature yoga sessions, breathtaking greenway cycles and hikes through some of the most unexplored countrysides in Ireland. By night, the island will serve as the backdrop for a boutique music festival, curated by Homebeat, with the main celebration taking place in The Keel Tent featuring live performances from Daithi, Stomptown Brass, Lumo & Talos alongside acoustic and pop-up music sessions in some of Achill’s favourite locals – complete with a chilled pint of Smithwick’s for good measure. Tickets are priced €45.00 which includes two daytime activities, access to the Keel tent and a complimentary pint of Smithwick’s. For more information visit Over 18’s only. Get the facts, visit

Countdown With Kodaline Here

Dublin’s iconic landmark, the Custom House, will be the centre for NYF Dublin’s countdown and New Year’s Day celebrations. Headlining this year’s concert is the formidable Kodaline, alongside other unmissable midnight moments like aerial performers and, for the first time ever, aquatic displays in the Liffey. Dublin city will light up with imagination over two days with four spectacular events from December 31st to January 1st. Book your tickets here and countdown with Kodaline.

Go New Years Glamping Here

Welcome to life at a slower pace. Go off-grid this year and take a glamping trip with friends or family to Galway. Set in the historic Blake’s Estate, the site offers breathtaking surroundings spread across 11 acres along the banks of the serene Abbert River. Spend the night in a Mongolian Yurt and get cosy with by a toasty fire under the stars, or enjoy laughs with locals and a hot whiskey. Either way, you’re in for a memorable and enjoyable experience. Click here to inquire and book your place.

Restore Your Vitality For 2018 Here

What better way to welcome the new year in peace and tranquillity? See in the New Year at the family-run Macalla Farm in Westport, Co Mayo, for an alternative celebration of yoga and mindfulness as we leave one year and enter another. This intensive 5-night, 6-day yoga course will prepare your body and mind through specially designed yoga classes, meditation sessions, breathing sessions, and delicious meals sourced locally. Taking place on Thursday, December 28th, to Tuesday, January 2nd, this getaway is perfect for anyone with a previous knowledge of yoga but beginners are also welcome. The retreat is priced at €720 per person and includes all classes, meals, accommodation, and transport from Westport is all included. Click here for more information and to book your place.