Four years ago: Dublin Green (now named something else) was the long-time arch nemesis of my summer swim team, the Annehurst Piranhas.

Three months ago: I venture out of Westerville, where I was raised and never had to leave because honestly, I thought it had everything, to begin an internship with the Dublin CVB.

Today: I am wrapping up my time here to return to OU for one more year of youthful escapades before entering the real world and putting my skills to good use.

YIKES! Time sure flies. Three years ago I would be what some might call an elitist. My pride for my neighborhood bound me to a “hatred” (you all know the high school rivalry feeling) of Dublin. My town was so awesome that I never had to, nor had the desire to, go to other Columbus suburbs or learn anything about them. So this spring when I got hired to be the summer intern at the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, naturally I was a little nervous.

How am I supposed to attract people to this place I know nothing about? Ok the Memorial Tournament is huge, but that will be over by the time I get there! Oh no… what else? Oh yea! The Dublin Irish Festival! But that is only 3 days out- how do I stretch that the whole summer??

 As my starting date loomed closer I began to become more nervous. Alas, the day arrived and I soon realized I had nothing to worry about. Dublin is awesome!

My co-worker Allison and I enjoying some Jeni's in Historic Dublin.

Besides the two obviously huge events that I have already mentioned, Dublin has a plethora of other great attractions. For example, Historic Dublin is absolutely adorable. It is filled with tons of shops, from cute boutiques to yummy candy stores, as well as food choices from all around the world!  (Seriously there is French, Irish, American, Asian, English and more!) Also, the third Thursday of every month is Sláinte Thursday, during which the shops stay open late and there is live music at many of the restaurants. Additionally, the Dublin CVB has partnerships with the Columbus Zoo, Zoombezi Bay, and COSI Columbus; places I recall greatly enjoying as a kid and still wish I had more time to visit as an adult.

Those are only sampling of the great things Dublin to offer! So turns out I had nothing to worry about, and now as a pro at all things Dublin, I encourage everyone to visit. With your choice of 14 great hotels and many package deals throughout the year, how can you say no? And don’t forget, you don’t need Irish in your blood, just in your soul!

For more information, please visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call 614-792-7666.

 

~ Post by Lexi.

Today, the Dublin (OH) Convention & Visitors Bureau became a little greener. We launched our new Web site (www.IrishisanAttitude.com) … infused with lots of Irish Attitude.  Not only are we excited about the site because of the cool new design, but because there are several cool new features.  These include …

  • A new search function. Seek (your word) and ye shall find.
  • Easier navigation.  Across the top. Down the side. Everywhere you look.
  • Irish inspired itinerary ideas. You’ve heard us talk about our Irish Attitude. Now, we’re offering itinerary ideas so you can come sample some of the tastes, visit the attractions and see the (green) sites.
  • Insider tips. We found the deals, specials, hidden treasures and favorite local spots–(and we’re sharing the info).
  • An expanded section for Event Planners. Looking for some specific tools to help you plan your next event?  We can help there, too.
  • A new dynamic map of Dublin. Find detailed location info on Dublin attractions, hotels, restaurants, golf courses, shopping, city and more.
  • A Plan Your Visit Section offering quick access to all the tools visitors will need to plan a Dublin getaway (maps, itineraries, Visitor Guide, etc.)

 AND (drumroll, please) … perhaps the most exciting feature of the site is the NEW “Dublin Live” page. Created to resemble a bulletin board, the page contains “live” news feeds and recent updates on things that are happening in and around Dublin. These include recent Dublin blog posts and “Tweets,” video and photo uploads, as well as getaway packages and restaurant deals.

We’ll be adding to the site daily … enhancing the restaurant, shopping and attraction sections and more. So, stop back often. You never know what you’ll discover!

-Post by Mary

Last night, central Ohio celebrated the Spirit of Innovation with the Tech Columbus Innovation Awards–honoring individuals, companies and technology teams who made notable strides in technology during 2009.

Chery Herbert -Dublin Methodist Hospital

We are proud to congratulate our own Dublin CVB Board President–Cheryl Herbert for receiving the Outstanding Woman in Technology Innovation Award.

Cheryl was honored for her work with Dublin Methodist Hospital — the first fully digital, wireless hospital in Ohio, and the first hospital in the nation to integrate a fully digital environment with evidence-based design principles that promote and enhance healing. The “high tech, high touch” hospital opened in 2008. Congrats, Cheryl!!!

Whew … things are really happening around here! From the pre-planning excitement of Dublin’s 2010 Canadian-American Police-Fire Games to following developing news of the city’s hottest restaurants/shopping AND putting together upcoming getaway deals, the Dublin CVB staff has been busy. Want to keep up with us? We’d love it if you’d join one of our social networks so we can keep you in the loop (and treat you like a VIP). In fact, we’re going to sweeten the deal.

Follow us on one or more of these Social Media sites listed below (before 9/21) and you’ll be automatically entered in our contest to win a $40 Gift Certificate from J. Liu Restaurant in Historic Dublin, Ohio!  (You know you’re craving some of their famous Phad Thai!)  Best of all … the more places you follow us—the more chances you have to win. Winner will be notified by email on Monday, September 21, 2009.

It’s easy to enter. (Pick one or more …)

1) Follow us on Twitter (or Tweet a message with @dublincvb in it—if you’re already a member)

2) Become one of our Facebook Fans

3) Leave a comment here on our Blog.

4) Or join our Destination Dublin e-Travel Club

See you around!!

-Post by Mary

Well … things were definitely green around here last week. The City of Dublin (OH) hosted around 23,000 spectators for the Dublin OH St Patrick's Day Parade 2009fabulous St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities.   Of course it helped that the weather was nice (and our float won an award for being the best of its category)!   Judging from the photos I snapped, people were having lots of fun being Irish … or … Irish-for-a-day (depending).  To check out some fun pictures from the event, check out our Flickr link here or at the bottom of this page.  You can also visit (or join) the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio USA group on Flickr.   If you missed the fun … don’t worry.  The City will be getting its green on for the annual Dublin Irish Festival in just 142 short days. (Tip: Reserve your hotel room NOW.)  Watch the official Festival web site for updates. More soon!

-Post by Mary

I brought my family down to the Dublin Historic District for dinner last night and ran into a family Dublin Ohio Visitor Centerthat was looking for information on Dublin and central Ohio. They were visiting friends and family for the holidays. So, I walked them over to the Dublin Visitor Information Center (9 S. High Street).

 

The facility offers a free resource for visitors and residents alike – with weekly events listings, brochures on attractions and events in Dublin and around the state, maps, city information, phone access, hotel reservation capability, etc. (Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily). Feedback from out-of-town visitors tell us they see it as a great resource; this past year alone the Visitors Center hosted visitors from 46 states and 12 countries.  Next time your in town, stop in. Be sure to play with the cool interactive Kiosk as well!

 

 

-Post by Scott