October 2008

Congrats to Rose Wallace for her winning post (The Mouse on the Barroom Floor) in our Irish contest.  She’s the lucky recipient of a basket of goodies from Dublin, Ohio’s own Sisters Sweetshop, plus a gift certificate to the Dublin Village Tavern.  Thanks to all who posted. We enjoyed reading them all. Check back often … we’ll have another contest again soon!

Ohio Magazine just announced that Dublin is one of the magazine’s 5 Best Hometowns in Ohio for 2009! (November issue) The article talks about how the city has embraced the “Irish is an Attitude” brand – including how many restaurants, including Dublin Village Tavern and The Brazenhead, have added Irish food. It also mentions our truly unique Irish golf course (….with an irish pub, of course). Check out ohiomagazine.com for the complete list of hometowns. Then tell us what you like best about Dublin!

-Post by Scott

Dublin (OH) Irish Festival Dancers

Dublin (OH) Irish Festival Dancers

Exciting day .. we’re doing a trial run of one of our new Irish Experiences for group tours. (We love experiental travel. Helps make a trip more memorable-don’t ya think?) Anyway, we’ve drafted members of our local Dublin, Ohio hotel sales teams and some meeting planner friends to be our guinea pigs. We’ll be partnering with the folks at our Dublin Whole Foods. They’ve created this fun program that pairs samplings of Irish cheeses, butters, teas, etc. with a little education about the process of making these Irish products. Afterwards, we’ll get them to do an evaluation.

We’re in the second wave of these Irish experiences, developed initially for motorcoach groups. Since then, we’ve expanded these offerings to corporate groups, associations, meeting planners, spousal groups–and some even for leisure visitors.  People love ’em. We’re having lots of fun with this.  People told us, “Your name is Dublin. We want more Irish.” We listened (and still are).  We are not Dublin, Ireland. Don’t pretend to be. Irish is an attitude here. 

We’re always looking for new “Irish Experience” ideas.  Enlighten us. What kind of Irish experience would YOU like to do (in Dublin, Ohio)?

A hundred thousand welcomes … to our new blog. We (Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau) Golf Club of Dublin (OH)thought this would be a good way to share some insider tips and start a conversation about our cool city. If you’ve ever been here, we hope you’ll let us know your impressions. 

Although our roots are not exactly Irish (legend has it that the town’s Irish surveyor was given the honor of naming the town) … our attitude IS Irish!   So, let’s start this blog off with a contest. In honor of it being (more or less) half way to St. Paddy’s Day, he/she who posts the best Irish toast/Limerick/proverb or story (by Oct. 28) wins an Irish gift basket including local goodies from The Sisters Sweet Shoppe and a gift certificate from Dublin Village Tavern. (C’mon, you know you want to try an Irish egg roll.)