The 2014-2015 Waterford Crystal Times Square New Years Eve Ball. Image: timessquarenyc.org.

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Times Square’s Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball

For the 16th year in a row, Waterford Crystal will be the focal point for over one billion pairs of eyes as the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Years Eve Ball begins its descent at 11:59 New Years Eve. The ball, the current iteration of which has been in place since the 2007 centenary of the Times Square ball, is a collaboration between Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting featuring 2,688...

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Dublin's Funky Seomra New Years Eve Party. The party is a drug- and alcohol-free alternative to more traditional New Years Eve parties around the city.

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Ireland (Photos)

When thinking of the ultimate travel destination for New Year’s Eve, Ireland may not immediately come to mind. However, from Dublin to Dingle, options for ringing in 2016 range from the more traditional dancing and fireworks to listening to the beats of one of the 90s’ hottest D.J.s and maybe even breaking a world record. Dublin’s New Year Festival St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin The...

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Ambassador Anne Anderson speaks at the 18th Annual Irish America Wall Street 50 earlier this year. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

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Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Inducts First Female Member

Two hundred and forty five years after it was founded, the Philadelphia chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will induct it’s first female member, Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson. Anderson will become the chapter’s first female member, an honorary role, at a St. Patrick’s Day dinner next year, where she will also be the guest speaker. “I am delighted by this decision,...

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The Ballyhea protest, which is marking it's 250th week this Sunday, seeks a better deal for Irish citizens and Irish debt. (Photo courtesy Diarmuid O'Flynn)

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Longevity Is Power for Small Irish Protest

A small Irish protest called Ballyhea Says No has been marching every Sunday for nearly 5 years straight, in opposition to what it sees as the bailout of the creditors over Ireland following the 2008 economic crisis. Sunday, December 13th marks their 250th consecutive march. ℘℘℘ Back in January 2012, at the height of the worldwide Occupy protests, Diarmuid O’Flynn, organizer of...

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Michael Flatley performs at the Irish America Business 100 Awards Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan December 3. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to Irish music and cultural diplomacy. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

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Michael Flatley receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Riverdance and Lord of the Dance superstar Michael Flatley received a lifetime achievement award from Irish America magazine December 3 at the 30th annual Business 100 Awards Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Flatley, who is also a Golden Gloves-winning boxer and world-class flutist, received the award for his contributions to Irish dance, music, and cultural diplomacy. Jim...

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