Building on the success of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in the past seven years, we are delighted to launch our 8th Festival which will celebrate the Year of the Sheep in 2015. DCNYF is committed to celebrating Sino-Irish relations showcasing Chinese culture and heritage to a new and wider audience while promoting integration. As we say farewell to the Horse, we enter 2015 with hope and encouragement for positive developments and improvements in the year ahead.

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This is your Festival. This is your city. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2015 Dublin Chinese New Year Festival . May the year bring you blessings of great fortune! From all the members of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Committee … Xin Nian Hao!

Michael D. Higgins Uachtarán na hÉireann President of Ireland

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I am delighted to send my best wishes to all members of the Chinese community in Ireland as you celebrate the commencement of the Year of the Sheep.

A highlight of my presidency last year was my State Visit to China. I was greatly moved by the warm welcome extended to me and to my wife Sabina by the Chinese people. It was an uplifting reminder of the close connection and friendship that our two nations enjoy.

The Sheep is a symbol of peace and harmony. The Chinese community in Ireland makes a great contribution to our country, and I am confident that you will continue to play an important role in building and enhancing the warm and harmonious relations which exist between our two nations.

May I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke

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As Lord Mayor and First Citizen of Dublin, I extend my best wishes for a Happy New Year to the Chinese Community in Ireland. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep and considered to be very lucky as we celebrate both our eighth festival this year and the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar.

Dublin City Council is delighted to be hosting this festival which showcases how Dublin has become a dynamic, inclusive and intercultural city. I want to acknowledge the valuable contribution our Chinese community has made to the city and invite everyone to enjoy the Chinese New Year Festival activities which offer us all a chance to celebrate and to learn about the wonderful traditions of a very ancient culture.

I look forward to enjoying the celebrations together and wish you a happy and prosperous Year of the Sheep!

His Excellency Ambassador Jianguo Xu

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Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year, equivalent to Christmas in Ireland, is the most significant festival for Chinese people. Celebrating the advent of spring, the festival is a special occasion for family reunion, friend gathering, exchanging blessings, and articulating aspirations and resolutions.

2015 is a Year of the Sheep. Ireland is a country rightfully boasting millions of high-quality happy sheep. With a traditional Chinese belief that “three sheep bring peace and opulence,” I am hopeful that in auspicious 2015 Ireland and its adorable people will achieve greater success and the friendly China-Ireland relations will continue to grow and bear fruits. May the Year of the Sheep bring serenity, prosperity and felicity to not only the Chinese community but also other ethnic groups in Ireland.

Xin Chun Ji Xiang (新春吉祥) and Happy New Year!

Paul Kavanagh, Ambassador of Ireland to the People’s Republic of China

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I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to this highlight of Dublin’s annual events calendar and testament to the strength of the relationship between China and Ireland, and between Beijing and Dublin.

The Year of the Sheep opens at an exciting time for relations between our two countries, governments and peoples. In December President Michael D. Higgins visited China on a highly successful State Visit. He met with the President and Prime Minister of China, and presided at events which highlighted the strong political relations between our two countries as well as our growing links in trade, investment, agriculture, education, science and technology, culture and tourism. Dublin will continue to play a full part in this.

My congratulations to all who have been involved in organising this year’s festival – to the City Council and especially to the Chinese community in Dublin. My best wishes to all who come to enjoy the celebrations.

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Committee