One of many highlights during Dublin Irish Festival is the array of cultural activities. Four stages allow attendees to step back in time, explore their heritage, and learn new skills. This year’s celebration features new and returning experiences.

At the Irish Traditions Tent, visitors can discover Irish history and uncover their genealogy with the help of noted researcher Dwight Radford, Irish Roots Café host Michael O’Laughlin, and representatives from the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society. Many of the works from the American Celtic Art Exhibition (new this year!) can also be found here.

Irish wake demonstration

The Cultural Workshop Area holds some of the Festival’s favorite activities. Here, attendees can experience a traditional Irish Wake complete with authentic representations of mourners and the deceased. Also in this area, Tim and Kathleen Nealeigh will demonstrate how to produce Irish linen and wool. Finally, visitors can travel back in time to the medieval age when visiting Brian Boru’s Ireland.

Those feeling more melodic can check out the Music Workshop Tent where you can find Burke Whistles, Copley & Boegli Flutes, Dunham Harps, Gibson Bagpipes, Sweet Woods Instruments, and the W.A Petersen Shop. Also on hand is Michael Vignoles, maker of Irish Bodhran drums and Uilleann pipes. The Ward Irish Music Archives will present an exhibit highlighting “Irish in Film”, and musician Robert Mouland will present the “Legacy of the Irish Harp”.

Featuring the brand-new Irish Authors’ Corner, the Spoken Word Stage brings Irish lore and mythology to life. Authors will conduct live readings, participate in meet-and-greets with guests, and sign autographs. Books will be available on-site for purchase.

For more information on these and other activities, visit the Dublin Irish Festival website:

Announcement: Want another chance to win a two-pack of tickets to the Dublin Irish Festival? Leave us a comment describing DIF in one word by 9 a.m. tomorrow! The winner will be announced in tomorrow’s blog at 10 a.m.!

~ Post by Dawn

Dance and music combine on the Dublin Irish Festival’s seven stages – Ceili Dance Tent, Celtic Music House, Celtic Rock Stage, Dublin Stage, Shamrock Stage, Thunder Stage, and Trinity Stage-bringing audiences the best in Irish entertainment. The weekend’s lineup will feature a mix of returning favorites and fresh, new additions. Perfect for a party 25 years in the making!

Gaelic Storm

 At the Ceili Dance Tent, audiences will be wowed by the performances by the Willis Clan, The Kells (also playing at the Celtic Music House) Dublin Singers, Kate Power, Regan-Rankin Academy of Irish Dance, Columbus Celtic Dancers, and many more. Changeling, Charlene Adzima, Craig & Kara, and others can be found on the Celtic Music House Stage throughout the weekend. If you’re looking to rock, check out Gaelic Storm, The Mahones, Black 47, the Young Dubliners, the Prodigals, and additional acts on the Celtic Rock Stage. Ten different performances are scheduled to appear on the Dublin Stage, including Eileen Ivers, T with the Maggies, General Guiness, the John Whelan Band, and others. Headliners for the Shamrock Stage are Aisling, Bob Ford & the Ragamuffins, Clear Blue Sunday, the Hooligans, and more. The Thunder Stage will showcase some of the finest Irish dancers and musicians like The Atlantic Steps, Columbus Feist, Cyril Scott Pipe Band, and Brigid’s Cross. Last, but certainly not least, acts such as the Tannahill Weavers, Slide, Old Bay Ceili Band, and Vinegar Hill can be found on the Trinity Stage.

Cyril Scott Pipe Band

A special musical treat is the Bagpipe Showcase on Saturday. Some Ohio-based groups like Capital City Pipes & Drums, Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, Cincinnati Caledonia Pipe Band, and Cleveland 87th Pipe Band can be found here.

For a complete schedule, visit the Dublin Irish Festival website:

*Note: Congratulations to Dana Remaley – our winner from yesterday’s blog contest! The Dublin CVB would also like to thank everyone that left comments about their favorite Irish Festival memories!

~ Post by Dawn

You may have heard. In Dublin, Ohio we like to say we have “Irish Attitude.” No, the city doesn’t sit along the banks of the River Liffey(it’s actually the Scioto River).  And our roots aren’t really Irish. In fact, legend has it that our city’s name originated with an Irish surveyor who was a wee bit homesick for his motherland.  But research (conducted by an independent agency) shows that we’ve embraced our name in a BIG way.

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau launched Dublin’s new destination brand in January, 2007 in an effort to raise awareness with the traveling public by positioning the city as a unique and desirable destination for leisure, business, athletic and group travel. The DCVB logo and positioning line, Irish is an Attitude, makes use of the “Irish” equity that exists in the Dublin name and promotes the idea that you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy Irish fun.

And we do LOVE our Irish fun. Let’s see … there’s the annual Dublin Irish Festival (celebrating it’s 25th anniversary Aug. 3-5 this year with three days of crazy, non-stop music, dance and revelry) and the miles-long St. Patrick’s Day parade (held on Saturday, March 10 this year because we are SO excited for the holiday that we can’t help but start a week early). There are the Irish pubs and themed restaurants in town–places where you can find the traditional fish & chips and Guinness.

But THEN, there are the hidden Irish-inspired treasures that you can only find, taste, do and experience in Dublin, Ohio! And these are MY favorite things to share with visitors to Dublin, Ohio.  Each year since 2007, the Dublin CVB has been honoring local businesses that embrace our “Irish is an Attitude” brand slogan. On their own initiative, these folks create products, services and offerings that enrich the visitor experience with a little Irish ‘tude.  Thanks to these folks, visitors to Dublin Ohio can now stay at select Dublin hotels and enjoy a fun wake-up call voice sporting an Irish brogue, attend a meeting in a room named for Irish counties and sample culinary tastes including  Irish eggrolls, Pot o’ Gold tea, green scones, Shamrock Snacks, Bailey’s Cheesecake and more. Group visitors can go on a Four-Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt, take an Irish Dance 101 Class, attend an 1890s style “Irish Wake” and learn about Celtic Collectibles. And the list goes on.

The Dublin CVB just announced the 2011 winners of the “Living the Irish Attitude” award. They are:

  • Sunny Street Café (Hospital Drive location)– For creating customizable Irish themed dinner menus and events to appeal to the group tour and meetings markets
  • 1 Stop Bead Shop – For creating Irish jewelry making classes for groups and a special section in the store dedicated to Irish-themed beads
  • The Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon – For creating an Irish themed event in Dublin that draws visitors, participants, media attention and benefits local charities

To these folks–and all our previous “Living the Irish Attitude” winners–we extend a huge THANK YOU!  You help our destination to deliver a visitor experience that not only meets their expectations, but  usually EXCEEDS them.  Sláinte!

~Post by Mary

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 or call 614-792-7666.


~ Post by Lexi.

I remember it well. The warm, August evening. One. Year. Ago.

Four hours until the big race, I google: “What to eat before a 5k.”

Oatmeal. Hmmm… I sat at my office desk perched above the Town Center Parking Lot watching the City of Dublin and IGS Energy prepare for an event, the Dublin Irish Festival 5k. You know, because hosting one of the world’s largest Irish festivals isn’t quite enough for this City.

In 2002, the 5k became the Thursday “Kick-off” tradition for the now 24-year old Dublin Irish Festival. (Like OMG I’m as old as the Irish Festival.) The 5k has grown from 400 to 1400 runners from around Ohio.

I always wondered why people run 5k’s. I had never run one before and I wanted to unveil the mystery.

I am here to tell the tale—and how you too, can survive the 2011 Dublin Irish Festival 5k.

1.       Feel comfortable. Wear your favorite spandex outfit or running gear if you prefer to not say “spandex.” I actually bought new sneakers in preparation for the event. Not necessary for everyone, but I had convinced myself that I would run faster with new shoes from the Columbus Running Co.

2.        Make your music mix. What gets your body moving? Some Gaelic Storm? (Shameless Irish Festival entertainment headliner plug) Some heart-pumping music can help you get through a gradual, yet surprisingly grueling hill.

3.       Talk to people. I signed up for the 5k without forcing any of my friends to join. Participants congregate in the Historic Dublin Town Center Parking Lot. One lady I met was a marathon runner. I learned she runs 5k’s to help her “kick.” I immediately felt worse about myself, but she had some great running tips.

4.       Choose your balloon. I was worried about setting my pace, but guess what? There are people you can run with that are pace setters- genius! They run with a balloon tied to them and it lists their distinctive minute per mile pace. I chose a balloon that had my 9 minute mile pace and it immediately took away stress I had about reaching my goal.

5.       Be a water diva. The “grab a cup of water while you’re running” technique is quite difficult. This is no time to be polite. Spot your water cup person on the side of the road, go in for the chug, and slam your cup on the ground. You’re an athlete today. (But don’t forget to gasp a ‘thank you.’)

6.       Maintain your bubble. A lot of people are running in front, beside, behind and maybe slightly on top of you. Break off from those runners that have no sense of personal space. I developed the ‘juke and sprint’ move to swiftly secure my bubble and my pace. Please contact for a diagram and/or lesson.

7.       Finish strong. If the large “FINISH” sign isn’t enough motivation to run faster, a crowd of people cheering you on will certainly help. I personally tricked myself into thinking everyone was there for just me. It worked!

8.       Reward yourself. It’s a fact: After a 3.1 mile run your body is dehydrated. That’s why there is an opportunity to replenish. This opportunity is known as The Dub Crawl. The Dub Crawl starts at 5 p.m. in Historic Dublin. Right where the race ends, how convenient! So drink up and say Slainte! (Cheers) you just notched a ticket to the Irish Festival, a T-shirt and talking points for a few days, “Hey guys… Yeah I ran the Irish Fest 5k… and I SURVIVED.”

Other important tidbits:

The Irish Fest 5k begins at 7 p.m. in Historic Dublin. You can register online or at the event. To register or learn more visit:

Live entertainment throughout the Historic District includes:

  • The Kells (5:30 – 6:45 pm) Ha’Penny Bridge Import Shop
  • Capital City Pipe & Drum (6:30 – 7 pm) Dublin Cornet Band (7:45 – 9 pm) BriHi Square Plaza
  • Two Too Many (7:45 – 9 pm) Dublin Village Tavern
  • Brigid’s Cross (8 – 11 pm) Brazenhead Irish Pub

Shops will be open with extended hours and many offer Irish Festival specials.

I’m highly favored to place first in the men’s and women’s divisions within all age groups.

-Post by Allison

Is it the first time you and your family will be joining us at the Dublin Irish Festival? Here are some great tips to help you enjoy all the Festival has to offer!

  • Buy your tickets early. Visit prior to August 4 to receive a great discount on your tickets. Pay online, print at home and just bring the paper to the Festival!
  • Kids 12 and under are free! The Wendy’s Wee Folk Area is filled with free crafts and entertainment while the Pot O’Gold Playland area requires a $10 wristband to enter. Inflatables, a climbing wall and mini-Gaelic games will be fun!  Be sure to bring some spending money for treats and souvenirs.
  • Park in Metro Place and enjoy the shuttle! Take 270 to exit 17A and turn right onto Frantz Road and right into Metro Place. You’ll see the signs for the shuttles and they run on a continuous loop so you’ll be having fun in no time! The Dublin Irish Festival also offers a Bike Valet service in two locations — so enjoy some of Dublin’s great bike paths and come on two wheels!
  • Beverage tokens are sold in different lines that the actual beverages. Soda, wine and beer all require tokens — with the exception of the Whiskey Tasting Sessions. You are allowed to bring two sealed non-alcoholic beverages (up to a total of 1 liter) per person in a soft-sided cooler into the Festival.

    Sand Sculpture being formed.

  • Seek out the quieter spaces at the Festival. Enjoy petting a Celtic Canine, listen to a traditional Irish story, strum a harp or watch the Sand Sculpture evolve before your eyes!
  • Be sure to watch some Irish Dancers! Consult the map at the Festival for times and stages and watch the feet fly to the rousing music. (Yes, those ARE wigs the girls are wearing!)
  • Save enough time to listen to some impressive music – at each stage! Usually in the shade, these music tents are fantastic places to sit awhile, enjoy some Festival food and hear a variety of music. With multiple performances throughout the Festival, there is music for everyone!

Come join us and have fun at the Dublin Irish Festival August 5-7!


~Post by Katie.

The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau has just launched our Capturing the Irish Attitude Photo Contest and we need YOUR help! Now through August 12, we are looking for some awesome photos that reflect our destination’s Irish Attitude! Photographers may be amateur or professional, but photos must reflect a Dublin Ohio location and can include people, local attractions, parks, events, shops, restaurants, pubs or signature Dublin sites. (Our 2007 winner can be seen below.)


Previous Winner of "Capturing the Irish Attitude" Photo Contest

Not feeling very creative right now, but still want to enter? Here is a list of a few places that would make for some great photo opportunities!

Images will be judged on (1) quality (2) of the brand (3) storytelling ability (4) impact (5) subject matter (6) composition and (7) creativity. All entries must be high resolution images and must be emailed to info (at) no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 12. A complete list of rules can be found on our website.

The Grand Prize is a weekend getaway for a family of 4 to Dublin, Ohio. Includes a 2-night weekend stay at the Holiday Inn Express Dublin, 4 passes to the Zoombezi Bay Water Park and the Columbus Zoo, 4 passes to COSI Columbus, 4 passes to SportsOhio and 4 Graeters Ice Cream Sundae Coupons.

Additionally, 1-4 honorable mentions will be rewarded (depending on entries), and winners will receive two passes to the Zoombezi Bay Water Park and the Columbus Zoo.

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity! Be sure to get your entries in today.

~Post by Lexi