Enjoy a warm welcome to Dublin Lunar New Year 2024 from President Michael D. Higgins, Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste, our wonderful Ambassadors and Embassy Representatives.

President Michael D. Higgins

I am delighted to send my best wishes to all those participating in the Dublin Lunar New Year festivities

As we usher in the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of strength, courage and prosperity, let us embrace the spirit of this occasion, one which resonates with the inclusive values we hold dear, fostering cultural diversity and unity across our vibrant communities, in the creation of a better world and a society built on fairness and solidarity

I thank our East Asian community, and all those who join you in celebrating the Dublin Lunar New Year Festival, for your generosity and goodwill. I also thank you for the many ways in which you contribute so positively to our modern and constantly evolving Irish nation. 

May the Year of the Dragon bring prosperity, joy, and harmony to all who participate in these celebrations

I wish you all a happy, peaceful and safe Lunar New Year

Beir gach rath agus beannacht do’n Bliana Nua is do’n todchaí

Michael D. Higgins

Uachtarán na hÉireann

President of Ireland 


Daithí de Róiste

Lord Mayor of Dublin

I would like to extend my warm wishes to the Asian community in Ireland and everyone celebrating the Year of the Dragon – Bliain an Dragain faoi mhaise daoibh!

The Dragon embodies many wonderful characteristics that we can live by as we begin the new year, representing power, nobleness and honor with great social and moral values. Those born under this sign are also known for their charisma, intelligence, and are naturally gifted and lucky, making Dragons the one of the most popular of the zodiacs.

For the past 16 years, Dublin Lunar New Year has celebrated Asian culture with an array of creative events across the city for all ages to enjoy.  Exploring other cultures through food, art, film and music are invaluable sources of inspiration and connection, and this festival provides a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant cultures of Asia and foster multicultural understanding.

Guím athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise agus muid ag ceiliúradh Bliain an Dragain.

Go dtabharfaidh sé sláinte, síocháin agus rathúnas do gach duine.”


Richard Castillo

Festival Ambassador 

I am truly honoured and humbled to be nominated as this years Dublin Lunar New Ambassador. I am excited to welcome you to Dublin’s Lunar New Year of the dragon.

According to Chinese astrology, the 12 zodiac animals are each affiliated with an element-metal, wood, water, fire, and earth as they move around the zodiac cycle, and when an animal reappears after 12 years its elemental affiliation will shift. 2012 was the year of the Water Dragon, meaning this year will be the year of the Wood Dragon.Wood represents vitality and creativity, while the dragon is related to success, intelligence and honour in Chinese culture. People born in the year of the Wood Dragon are said to be full of energy and drive, good at coming up with innovative ideas and are perfectionist who will not give up on their goals easily.

I was born and raised in Dublin with a Filipino father and Irish mother. Growing up in Ireland I have got to see the amazing diversity of culture grow and merge to create a melting pot of creativity and its own unique culture within itself. There are many Filipinos who have Chinese heritage, my grandmother being one of them and I have learned a lot about the traditions and significance of food for the Lunar New Year from my family in the Philippines 

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across many countries in Asia, each with their own cultural practices, relating to a variety of things such specific types of foods that display symbolic meaning.

With the wide variety of Asian communities in Dublin, I am excited to see them all come together as one community to celebrate the New Year.

Salamat / Le buíochas



He Xiangdong

Ambassador of China to Ireland

The Chinese New Year Festival embodies Chinese people’s common aspirations for happiness, harmony, peace and prosperity. The world we live in today has undergone unprecedented changes. Facing common challenges, the future of all countries is closely connected. Inter-civilization exchanges and mutual learning are of great significance to the advancement of human civilizations and building a community with a shared future for mankind.

This is the 17th year that Dublin City Council has organized the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, which provides a wonderful opportunity for all friends to experience the joy of new year together. I believe that this year’s celebrations will further promote mutual understanding and deepen the friendship between Irish and Chinese peoples.

The year 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is considered to be a powerful and auspicious animal in traditional Chinese culture, symbolizing success, good fortune, and honour. I wish you all good health, happiness and success in the new year!

Ann Derwin

Ambassador of Ireland to China

Greetings from the Embassy of Ireland in China.

As Ireland’s Ambassador to China, I know how important a time the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is in China and indeed for Chinese people all over the world. Here in Beijing, we are very much looking forward to 2024 and the year of the Dragon. 2024 also marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and China, and we look forward to continuing to build the relationship between our two countries.

The year of the Dragon represents good luck and health, and we warmly welcome these attributes in the year ahead.

This year we have seen the welcome reestablishment of connections in education, family and tourism between Ireland and China, and we hope to see this continue in the year to come. We really value these people to people links, and I would like to thank the Chinese community in Ireland as well as the Irish community in China for their positive contributions in this regard.

Congratulations to all who were involved in organising this year’s event – it is fantastic to see the festival go from strength to strength. 

I hope that everyone celebrating, both in Ireland and in China, has a happy and peaceful Lunar New Year and enjoys the festival! My best wishes to all for 2024.


Yong-kil Kim

Ambassador of Korea to Ireland

Happy Lunar New Year from the Korean Embassy in Ireland!

In Korea, the Lunar New Year festival is known as Seollal.  This serves as a time for people to gather with their families to observe the beginning of the New Year together. It is an important time to honour one’s ancestors, eat traditional foods, and play folk games. 

2024 marks the year of the “Dragon”. In Korean mythology, the dragon is considered a significant symbol associated with power, luck, and braveness.  It also signifies success and growth, both of which I wish for the people of Ireland and Korea in the year to come.

In that spirit, I wish everyone a joyous Lunar year, and I hope that everyone enjoys the festivities as we celebrate the year of the Dragon!

Athbhliain Lunar faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.


Michelle Winthrop

Ambassador of Ireland to Korea

This Seollal (the Korean for Lunar New Year), I would like to wish all of the Korean community in Dublin 새해 많이 받으세요! This festival we welcome the Year of the Dragon. This provides some great costume opportunities of course, but more importantly the dragon represents strength, confidence, and good health. These characteristics mirror the strong relationship Ireland has with Korea (and indeed Dublin has with Seoul).

Together we are strong to face challenges ahead, and have confidence that our partnerships can really make a difference in the world. I also hope that the dragon brings you all good health this coming year, another trait of the dragon. Enjoy the party, and I hope you can spend some special time with friends and family.

Wan Aznainizam Yusri Wan Abdul Rashid

Ambassador of Malaysia to Ireland

Gong Xi Fa Cai to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year, and congratulations Dublin City Council on the 17th edition of the Dublin Lunar New Year Festivities.

The continuation of this annual festival reflects the many similarities between Irish and Malaysian cultures. I am particularly delighted that the celebration has now become a common festival for all those in Dublin and across many parts in Ireland. Much like Malaysians, many in Ireland now, regardless of their ethnic background, religion and culture, celebrate the festival together as one big family.

The year 2024 is a year of the dragon, the most favourable and revered sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac. It is a symbol of royalty, fortune and power that is also used in other cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year, including Cambodia and Viet Nam. This year also marks a new era for Malaysia – Ireland ties following the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations last year. It is my sincere hope that the already strong bond of friendship between our two countries continue to flourish in the year of the dragon and beyond.

Wishing all those celebrating the Lunar New Year in Ireland and Malaysia a very auspicious and prosperous year of the dragon. 

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè, Xin Nian Hao

Athbhliain Lunar faoi mhaise daoibh go léir

Sarah McGrath

Ambassador of Ireland to Singapore

Happy Lunar New Year from the Embassy of Ireland Singapore!!

I would like to extend a warm congratulations once again this year to everyone at Dublin City Council for organising the much anticipated 2024 Dublin Lunar New Year Festival

As we enter the Year of the Dragon, it is a very special year for Ireland and Singapore as we celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations. The symbolism of the dragon representing good luck, and strength is particularly apt as we seek to continue to strengthen and enhance the relationship between our two countries after half a century of friendship and cooperation, between two islands who while geographically distant are close in spirit. 

Here in Ireland House we wish everyone celebrating a happy, prosperous and healthy Lunar New Year, in particular those Singaporeans who are celebrating in Ireland this year. 

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Pádraig Francis

Ambassador of Ireland to Indonesia and to ASEAN

Greetings from all the team at the Embassy of Ireland in Jakarta and best wishes to all who celebrate Lunar New Year in Ireland.

Lunar New Year is widely celebrated in Jakarta and throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and increasingly throughout the world.  I am very happy that it is now established as a regular part of the Dublin calendar.

Imlek, as the Lunar New Year festival is called here, is a joyful time and I am very glad that the people of Dublin, and visitors to Dublin, can now get a taste of it.  I know that the links between the people of Ireland and the people of Asia will be all the stronger for it.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!