Hi there Ronnie,
Call me slightly biased (clue in our name 😂) but you should definitely look at Doolin for New Years. Well, for anytime of the year really...
Our ferry does not run to the Aran Islands or cruise to the Cliffs of Moher in January (March to October due to weather/sea conditions). BUT Doolin is absolutely buzzing at this time of the year, with a fabulous mix of local residents, homecoming visitors for the holidays and lots of people visiting because the like the atmosphere in Doolin at this time of the year.
There is nothing quite like layering up in chunky jumpers, hats and scarves, getting out in the wild weather, looking at that Wild Atlantic ocean, and then settling in at the fires in the cosy pubs, listening to some fantastic Irish trad, filling up on hearty chowders and stews...
Doolin is definitely open for business at New Years so check out www.doolin.ie
for more details.
Hope this helps you make your choice, in the words of Donkey from Shrek - Pick Me!!!
All the best, Joan and all at Garrihys Doolin2Aran Ferries