It’s always a struggle to make plans for New Year’s Eve. People are often torn between heading out on the town, throwing a gaff party or just winding down with the family after a busy festive season.
If you’re thinking of plumping for one of the above options, you’re missing out on the real meaning of December 31 – hitting the road and having the craic in a random small town somewhere in Ireland.
Instead of closing your eyes and pointing at a map, we’ve done the hard work for you to by compiling some of the best little spots in the country to ring in 2019.
Get the gang together and take your pick from any of the following.
1. Dunmore East, Waterford
One of the most picturesque towns in the country and a popular spot for New Year revellers.
2. Kinsale, Cork
The colourful buildings and cosy pubs make Kinsale the ideal winter getaway location.
3. Banbridge, Down
A great little town with a selection of fine pubs and cocktail bars.
4. Clifden, Galway
Regular readers will know all about Clifden’s charms and while it’s a bit of a stretch to get there, it’ll be well worth it once you arrive.
5. Rosslare, Wexford
Ring in the New Year with a sea breeze and some great restaurants and pubs
6. Lahinch, Clare
The more adventurous types can work up a thirst by partaking in some surfing during the day while others can just chill and and get ready for the big night ahead.