Can’t get enough Irish Attitude? If you wish the Dublin Irish Festival (August 5, 6 & 7) lasted all year long, take the opportunity to enhance your experience with the Irish Academy. In its 8th year, the Academy will play host to a wide variety of classes that highlight Irish music and culture. A brief description of the classes can be found below, with more details on the website.

  •  Beginning Bodhran: Learn this classical Irish instrument from a true Irishman and internationally known instrument maker. Bodhrans will be provided or available for purchase. Instructor: Michael Vignoles. Cost: $50.
  • Tin Whistle (Beginner Level): Who better to take lessons from than a multi-winner of the Irish Music Competitions in the United States? Instructor: Brian McCoy. Cost: $50.
  • Storytelling: Help preserve an old tradition from someone who experienced the seanachie (Storyteller) tradition firsthand when he lived with his grandfather in the Hills of County Kerry (Ireland). Instructor: Batt Burns. Cost: $50.
  • Bodhran, The Melody and Us (Intermediate/Advanced Level): Learn the master exponent of a subtle and sympathetic emphasis to bodhrán accompaniment from an original member of Téada. Instructor: Tristan Rosenstock. Cost: $60.
  • Flute (Intermediate/ Advanced Level): This founding member of the band Dervish and Irish music maven from a very young age is sure to teach all you need to know about one of the cores of Irish music. Instructor: Liam Kelly. Cost: $60.
  • Singing Workshop in English and Gaelic: A class with one of the most popular Irish traditional musicians and son of one of the most musically acclaimed Irish families is sure to be a surprising treat! Instructor: Séamus Begley. Cost: $60.
  •  Stylistic Features of Irish Fiddling (Intermediate/Advanced Level): An exploration of some of the techniques and traits associated with Irish fiddling, demonstrated with the aid of archival recordings taught by founder of noted group Téada. Instructor: Oisín Mac Diarmada. Cost: $60.
  • Fiddle (Intermediate/Advanced Level): A fantastic class from an Irish-American and National Heritage Fellowship Award-winning fiddler is sure to make you want to dance! Instructor: Liz Carroll. Cost: $60.

Classes will be held on Friday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with a one hour break for lunch, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin. Classes range from $50-$60 per person and all students must be 12 years or older to participate.

To register for classes, you will need to print off the registration form and mail it in with a check or your credit card information.


~ Post by Lexi

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:  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