July 2009

We’re now counting down the hours  …. until the 22nd Annual Dublin (OH) Irish Festival (DIF) kicks off!  Woo Hoo!  The unofficial start begins this DIF-Bandevening in Historic Dublin with the Pub Crawl and 4-Miler. The gates to the Festival (held at Coffman Park) open at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday). The event runs through Sunday evening (8/2). 

I can hardly wait!  You ARE going to be there–right? (Act fast and you can still book your Dublin Irish Festival Hotel Getaway Package online and take advantage of 50% off tickets.) Look for me at the Fest.  I’ll be the one with the green volunteer t-shirt on. (Ha ha!  Me and about 1,000 of my  friends!)  Okay, I’ll be the one with the green volunteer t-shirt on AND the video camera. Don’t worry. If you are dressed for the occasion and showing some Irish Attitude, I’ll find YOU!   To get you in the spirit, I’m going to share a few of my favorite things about  DIF.  You, too, can join in the fun by singing along …

      My Favorite DIF Things!
(Sung to the tune of “My Favorite things”)

Dub crawl, 4-miler, bog ponies and jigs,
Ladies of Longford, scones and curly wigs,
Darts, freckle contests, stout and Celtic rings,
These are a few of my favorite DIF things …

Bodhrans and bagpipes, giant iced teas,
Wake Tent and kilts, and fun for the “Wee,”
Stories and dancing, and jewelry galore,
Prodigals, Street Dogs and Celtic Tenors …

When the dogs bark—
When the heat hits–
When I’m feeling mean …
I simply remember my favorite DIF things …
Then I always feel SO GREEN!!

-Post by Mary


Have you ever wondered if taking small children to the Dublin Irish Festival (DIF) is a good idea?  Have your parents or grandparents been visiting and DIF-Craftsmanyou wondered if they would enjoy the Festival?  The answer to both of these is YES!! 

It’s an annual tradition for us to bring my grandparents here from Virginia to enjoy the fresh veggies from the garden this time of year, but the highlight of their trip is always the Dublin Irish Festival.  We usually go as soon as it opens (at 11 a.m.) and enjoy walking around the exhibits, watching the dancers. Grandma always shops the Marketplace for a gift for the people who watch over their place back home.  The kids enjoy seeing the sand sculpture, play-acting in Brian Boru’s Ireland and completing a Wee Folk Area craft. 

We all like to stop at the Ceili Dance Tent for a breather in the shade and marvel at how fast those dancer’s feet move!  Then we work our way back towards the North Entrance (strollers and wheelchairs can navigate the roads pretty easily) and find a table near the Trinity or Dublin stages in the shade.  Lunch is family-style for us because no one can decide on just one item!  Fish and chips, corn dogs, lobster rolls, BBQ, fresh squeezed lemonade, kettle popcorn, a few pints of beer and we finish it all off with a funnel cake.  All this while listening to great music and cooling off in the shade.  Then it’s back home for naptime and we make sure to have our hands stamped so we can come back at night — without the kids — to see our friends and neighbors.  It’s a blast and everyone has a great time — hope we see you there!

-Post by Katie

You may have heard something about this little annual event we have coming up, here in Dublin, Ohio.  It does draw a few people to town. Okay, DIFboatenough of the downplay. The HUGE annual event that I’m referring to is, of course, the Dublin Irish Festival.  And–after 21 years–it has grown into such an AMAZING event, that it draws nearly 100,000 people to town for its 3-day run. 

If you’ve never been, you really need to put this on your bucket list. Lucky for you, this weekend (July 31-August 2) marks the 22nd anniversary of the Festival.  It features 7 stages of nonstop music, Irish dance, a Marketplace with imported goods, cultural activities (bet you’ve never been to an Irish Wake before–circa 1800s?!), food, drink and much more.  The Dublin Irish Festival  has TWICE been named a “Top 100 Event in North America” by the American Bus Association (2005 & 2009)–and for good reason.  You’ll be hearing more about DIF (as we’ve come to refer to it) this week … here on our blog, on the Festival’s blog, and in the local and regional media.

Now that you have DIF on your calendar–we want to remind you to bring your camera.  Not just for the many great photo opportunities, but because one of your shots just might earn you a free weekend getaway in Dublin or some other cool prizes.  Our “Capturing the Irish Attitude” photography contest ends next Monday, August 3 — giving you time to send us your top photos from the event or from any place in Dublin, Ohio.  You can submit up to 5 entries per person.  See additional contest rules.  (Entries should be emailed to: piccontest@irishisanattitude.com.)  Check out the entries we’ve received so far.  Need more incentive? Here’s what you could win:

Grand Prize:
-Weekend overnight stay for two at the Hilton Garden Inn Dublin (plus breakfast)
-$20 gift certificate from Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland
-$20 gift certificate from MJ’s Candy Bar
-A Dublin Irish Festival T-shirt and visor ($32 value) from Two Rivers Logowear, LLC

Individual prizes for Honorable Mentions:
-A gift card to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
-A gift card to Sisters Sweet Shoppe
-A gift card to TehKu Tea Company
-A gift card to Our Cupcakery


-post by Mary


Hope you all have had a great summer so far, I know ours has been busy, but we’re having a lot of fun! This Sunday is the last Sunday at SSundays at Sciotocioto concert featuring British Invasion — a British Pop/Rock Band. If you haven’t been to a concert yet, do try this last one. This is one of the most popular groups—so plan on arriving early, and carpool if at all possible.

We like to sit in the shady area at the top of the hill — far away enough so that the kids can run around and not bother the serious listeners, but yet close enough that we get to enjoy the music as well. If you arrive early, kids can enjoy the playground area down by the river to run off some steam before you enjoy your picnic and the music.

Another great family activity is to go to the Columbus Zoo on Wednesday nights. They are open ’til 8 and each week has a different sponsor. We love to have a later dinner and take it out to the River’s Edge Water Park area. It’s a beautiful site right on the river and there are plenty of tables. You can also usually hear the gibbons becoming more vocal as the heat goes down and be sure to look for the catfish at the edge of the river. They’re huge!

-Post by Katie

Sláinte Thursdays (Historic Dublin Ohio’s third Thursday celebrations) keep getting better and better–and this week’s July 16 event has lots of OscarsPatioentertainment and activities to offer.

In addition to three live bands performing, there will be lots of fun activities including:

  • Dating Directions will be hosting a “Love Fortune Teller” next to La Chatelaine French Bakery
  • Schade Photography is hosting a community collage unveiling (shots from the July 4th  Blarney in the Alley, the Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump and more)
  • Face Painting
  • Art Stroll Scavenger Hunt – Win free Dublin Irish Festival tickets
  • Arts Auction at Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland
  • Band competition with CD101

Don’t forget to stop by participating businesses to collect Blarney Bux for these specials:

If you’re coming to the Independence Day parade in Dublin on July 4, you won’t want to miss Blarney in the Alley. This great event is in its second year, and is bigger and better than ever. blarney

The family-friendly street fair will be held from 10am to 4pm – before, during, and after the parade . There will be about 40 booths ranging from pottery to psychics. The event will also feature food vendors, artists, music, lots of kids games, ice cream, a dunking machine, and much, much more!!!

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Miracle League of Central Ohio. Location is in Darby Alley from Bridge Street to the Dublin Library in Historic Dublin.

-Post by Kay