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Chinese New Year in Dublin

Irish Celebrations for the Year of the Horse (2014/2015)

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Chinese New Year in Dublin - Lion Dances

Chinese New Year in Dublin - Lion Dances

© 2009 Bernd Biege licensed to About.com, Inc. Chinese New Year in Dublin - A Blessing for the Incoming Year

Chinese New Year in Dublin - A Blessing for the Incoming Year

© 2009 Bernd Biege licensed to About.com, Inc. Chinese New Year in Dublin - Everybody is Kung-Fu-Fighting (Huh-hah!)

Chinese New Year in Dublin - Everybody is Kung-Fu-Fighting (Huh-hah!)

© 2009 Bernd Biege licensed to About.com, Inc.

Chinese New Year in Dublin has become a fixed spot in the Irish capital's event calendar – well, as fixed as a moveable feast can be at least. After all, the Chinese community is one of the strongest immigrant communities in Ireland.

Irish Celebrations for the incoming Year of the Horse (2014/2015 or 4018, and to be precise it is the year of the Wood Horse) will run in January and February . A very accessible highlight will be the Chinese New Year Carnival in Meeting House Square (Temple Bar) on Sunday, February 2nd.

This will include art workshops, Chinese food and craft stalls, dragon and lion dances, tai chi and martial arts displays. Unfortunately, Meeting House Square seems to be a less suitable location than Wolfe Tone Square ... used until 2011 is offered more space and a much less cramped atmosphere.

Also in recent years a trend has been observed that non-Chinese seem to dominate the festivities both on and off stage, making the carnival somehow less attractive than genuine, ex-patriate community led events in other cities around the world. The adjustment of the carnival to cater for the Irish weekend (and often not holding it on Chinese New Year proper) also seems to jar a bit.

See the full programme at the Dublin Chinese New Year website.

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