We’re at the midway point in August and officially counting down the remaining days of summer here in the Midwest.  So … carpe diem!  Its’ time to slaintetake advantage of all of those summer activities that you wanted to do (in May/June) but just didn’t get to yet.  Mark your calendar for Sláinte Thursday  (8/20) next week. This month’s multi-sensory art, music, shopping and grazing event offers the perfect end of the day/week/summer opportunity to just …slow… down. 

These fun events are held every 3rd Thursday, May through September in Historic Dublin Ohio. They offer ample opportunity to explore the shops and restaurants of Dublin and discover great local talent.  The Thursday, August 20th celebration begins with a Bike Race starting at 6 p.m.  Live music starts at 7 p.m. at the “Frog Park” on S. High St. (between Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and the Dublin Village Tavern) with Jared Mahone.   Lydia Brownfield will perform at the Blarney Brothers offices at 53 N. High St.  Concerts are free and open to the public.

In addition, you can pick up some Blarney Bucks and take advantage of special offers at local restaurants and shops. So put on your Irish Attitude and come join in the fun!! For more information, call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387 or the Historic Dublin Business Association at 614/766-6250 .

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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:

Sláinte Thursdays are back!!!  What is it, you say? Well, the name Sláinte (pronounced “Slon-sha”) is a Gaelic toast similar to saying brazenheadslainte“Cheers!” or “To your health!”  The third-Thursday events in  Historic Dublin, Ohio (also known as the Bri-Hi District) offers a special evening out to celebrate good friends, community, music and local arts.

This week, Thursday, May 21 marks the first  Sláinte Thursday of the season.  Enjoy live outdoor music starting at 6 p.m., near the Dublin Village Tavern, The Kelly Gallery and The Brazenhead. Experience a silent art auction at Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland. Enjoy discounted shopping, dining specials and taste testing and a stone carving demonstration by Dan Roth. CD 101 radio will broadcast live on the Blarney Brothers front porch (53 N. High St.).  

New this year – Blarney Bucks!   These universal coupon cards are provided to visitors, residences and advocates of Historic Dublin.  How do they work (and where can you get one)?  Do business with a Historic Dublin Business Association member anytime during the month and receive a Blarney Buck card–good for special discounts and event participation during Sláinte Thursdays. Check out www.brihidistrict.org to learn more.


WOW!!! What a difference a couple of days makes. Dublin patios are really hopping today in this fabulous weather, Oscar's-Historic Dublin OHafter a long winter’s sleep. The Dublin Village Tavern (which I can see from my window) has been full today. And I can tell from the parking lot that La Chatelaine’s patio is busy as well. J Liu’s and Oscar’s also offer outdoor seating. So, come on over to the BriHi District in Historic Dublin, Ohio this weekend for great relaxation and food (after all that yard work).


By the way …. do you know what “BriHi” stands for? The first person that posts the correct answer to this question on our blog wins a fun Irish-inspired prize!  (Really!)  Sorry, but City of Dublin employees and Historic Dublin merchants can’t enter! 🙂


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You’ll find plenty of good cheer for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow in Dublin, Ohio. Mary Kelley’s in Muirfield will be serving Irish St Patrick's Day in Dublin, OHfare with Irish entertainment in the late afternoon and evening.  Digger & Finch on Riverside Drive will feature an Irish Buffet, with Irish music and dancers in the evening.


In the Historic Dublin area, The Dublin Village Tavern is serving Irish Food including Corned Beef and Cabbage, along with beer specials.  And of course, not to be outdone, The Brazenhead Irish Pub will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (March 17) with door prizes and giveaways all day long. The Cap City Pipe & Drummers will perform along with Irish dancers. Other live music includes Celts Crossing at 12 noon, Punch the Monkey at 4 p.m., and Shucking Bubba at 8 p.m.


Sounds like plenty of choices for a wee bit o’ Irish Fun, huh?  And, may the road always rise to meet ya!!


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Our 2009 Official Dublin, Ohio Visitors Guide is (finally) under production. (Woo hoo!) We should have Slainte Thursdaysthe proof back soon to double check everything before it goes to the printer.  The guide has the distinct honor of being our most requested publication–with 45,000 copies being distributed each year.  

Since you’re among our favorite peeps, we wanted to give you a sneak peak at a little of the content … some fun “Insider Tips” known mostly only to locals.

These establishments offer some great deals (since we’re ALL about a deal in this economy), plus a little Irish attitude to go with your “green” experience.  As always, we want to know if you have uncovered a great little gem in town that we’ve overlooked. Share and share alike. (For addresses, phone numbers, etc., check out our official web site: http://www.irishisanattitude.com 

The Brazenhead 56 N. High St. Historic Dublin $3 Burger night – Wednesday 4-9 p.m.  Happy Hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. 

Digger & Finch Scottish Grille & Pub 6720 Riverside Dr.  Happy Hour M-F: 4-7 p.m. Drink specials, plus fried pickles & chicken wings


Dublin Village Tavern  27 S. High St. Historic Dublin. Great Happy Hour specials; Live Entertainment 8 p.m. Tues. & 7 p.m. Thurs.


BW-3 Buffalo Wild Wings 6595 Perimeter Loop Dr.  Wednesday Family Fun night. $1.99 kids meals. Balloon guy.


LaTavola 6125 Riverside Dr.  Half-price appetizer and drink specials during Happy Hour, M-R. (Not to mention the awesome patio view overlooking the quarry.) Live Jazz Quartet on Sundays.  


Sisters Sweetshop 45 N. High St. Free Shamrock Snack for first time, out-of-town visitors.


Audacious 4365 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. (Cool chick gifts. Purses, jewelry, etc.) Girls’ Night Out specials. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.


Graeter’s Ice Cream Dublin  6255  Frantz Rd. The local favorite is the “Shamrock Sundae,” created at the Dublin location.


Sláinte Thursdays Historic Dublin. Third Thursday celebrations (during warmer months). Named for the Gaelic term for “Cheers!,” these multi-sensory grazing events include live music, pub specials, extended shop hours, etc.  


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