Dublin organizers plan ‘Shamrock Drop’ for New Year’s Eve

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dublin leaders are looking to do something different for New Year’s Eve, that’s why they’re planning a “Shamrock Drop” to celebrate 2015. 

“We’re Dublin. We’re known for shamrocks. Why don’t we drop a shamrock,” Tara Bradshaw, the Main Street Dublin Director, said.

At least that’s how she sees it. She’s putting the final touches on the Emerald City’s take on a New Year’s Eve drop.

Plans are in place for the first ever Shamrock Drop right in the heart of downtown, bringing back some of Dublin’s history.

“They had a clock there. They would hang out in the streets, and have live music, and really have a good time,” Bradshaw said. 

Officials are planning on putting a shamrock on the Fred Roberts building, and dropping it on the stroke of midnight to bring in the new year.

“The Fred Roberts building is one our most prominent buildings in downtown and it’s also one of our tallest,” Bradshaw said. 

Volunteers from the Oconee Fall Line Technical College campus in Dublin are building the shamrock as well as designing the mechanism for the drop; all for free.

“We did a little teaser a few weeks ago through our social media and we’re expecting well over 1,000 people. We could push 2,000,” Bradshaw said. 

Her teams plans to set a place for vendors, kid activities, and a live band to keep everyone entertained while they count down the seconds to 2015. 

“We’re inviting everyone from Dublin, Laurens County, all surrounding cities to come here, bring your families. It’s going to be a fun evening to ring in the new year,” Bradshaw said. 

The 2014 Shamrock Drop is New Year’s Eve in Dublin’s Bicentennial Plaza. Festivities are set to being at 8 p.m.

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