Portmagee

Traditional Old Year Celebration

Date
Dec 31 2014
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Address

Portmagee, Kerry, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)669477108
E: enquiries@moorings.ie

For over a century and a half, the arrival of each New Year is celebrated in Portmagee with a unique custom called The Old Year.

For over a century and a half, the arrival of each New Year is celebrated in Portmagee with a unique custom called The Old Year.

The event centres on a street parade led by a piper with blazing turf torches and a local man dressed as the Old Year. The old man becomes increasingly decrepit until, on the stroke of midnight, a shot rings out and he disappears. A vibrant young man depicting the New Year appears and takes over the parade – greeting all the locals as he passes. The identity of the New Year is kept secret each year to add to the excitement!

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