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.

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.)

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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) IrishisanAttitude.com 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

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 .

-Post by Kay

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.