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New Year loses its spark as Covid rules out annual Dublin festival

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Huge crowds traditionally enjoy New Year’s Eve in the capital

Huge crowds traditionally enjoy New Year’s Eve in the capital

Huge crowds traditionally enjoy New Year’s Eve in the capital

Dublin's spectacular New Year's Eve festival has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fáílte Ireland said the decision was made in conjunction with Dublin City Council due to public health guidance.

"In line with the Government's current Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 Plan, Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Dublin City Council and its event partners, has taken the decision to cancel the New Year's Festival (NYF) in Dublin," the statement read.

The tourism body said 110,000 people took part in last year's festival across three days, with the fireworks display in particular proving a popular element, attracting up to 80,000 spectators.

Congregate

"Given these numbers, it is clear that the event would not fall within current government and public health guidance and it would not be appropriate to encourage people to congregate in these numbers," Fáilte Ireland said.

The news will come as another blow to the tourism and hospitality sectors in the capital, which have been severely damaged by the pandemic.

"Fáilte Ireland's focus is now on working with government, industry bodies and tourism businesses on the ground to support them to survive and recover in the months ahead," a spokesman said.

"As part of this, Fáilte Ireland has, in collaboration with local authorities, public bodies and industry, established a Destination Recovery Taskforce in Dublin that brings together tourism stakehold- ers from across the region to form a co-ordinated and sustained collective response to the crisis.

"The Destination Recovery Taskforce is looking at ways to bring life back into Dublin city in a controlled manner that meets public health guidelines while helping businesses to survive and is exploring opportunities to drive footfall in Dublin during the winter months."