There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.”  Well, as you may know by now–in Dublin, Ohio we’re not really Irish. But we do have Irish Attitude, which is why we prefer this Irish quote: “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”  And it is a little growin’ we intend to do on Saturday, March 13th.   That’s the day that the City of Dublin celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, it’s a a few days prior to the official St. Patrick’s Day, but we’re rather fond of getting the party started early here.

Waiting for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio

The city will be rollin’ out the green … and all-things-Irish. From the Pancake Breakfast that starts at the crack of dawn to the toe tappin’ fiddle music of the Celtic band Mythica, the City will be reverberating with Irish Attitude.  Below is information on some of the many events happening throughout the City on Saturday (March 13). Plan your agenda, put on your green sweater, t-shirt, hoodie, hat, tattoo and/or nail polish and come join the fun. Bring your camera. Bring the wee ones.

Start your day at the Lion’s Club annual Pancake Breakfast   at Sells Middle School. 7-11 a.m. (150 W. Bridge St.) $6 adults; $4 children (under 12) You’ll need the bulky breakfast to keep you warm during the awesome  City of Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade   It starts at 11 a.m. and heads east on Bridge St. (SR 161) through Historic Dublin. Look for the sea of green!

After the parade, think food and fun … with an Irish flair.  Visit  Whole Foods Dublin (3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.) between 12-2 p.m. for an “Irish Tasting” event with live music. Enjoy Irish tea & scones with Cindy Thomson, author of Brigid of Ireland  at TehKu Tea Company (55 S. High St.) from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

 The American Cancer Society Blarney Hop will be held at The Shoppes at River Ridge from 12-4 p.m. (6436 Riverside Drive) with family friendly activities for all ages. Speaking of family fun, visit  Sugar, Inc.  (36 N. High St.) immediately after the parade. The kids can decorate a holiday cookie while the adults savor Chocolate Guinness cupcakes and St. Pat’s decorated treats.

From 4-7 p.m. at The Brazenhead Irish Pub (56 N. High St.), the east coast band Mythica takes the stage to heat up the celebration with some of their signature Celtic music.  (It’s sure to be standing room only–so arrive early!)  If you’re a lad with great legs (and a kilt), then don’t miss the St. Patty’s Kilt Contest at  Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland at 6:45 p.m. Contestants will then parade through the Dublin Village Tavern (75 S. High St.) where a winner will be chosen.

AND there’s more! Visit the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Web site, sign up for our Destination Dublin e-Travel Club and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the insider scoop on March events in Dublin, OH. And, remember one more thing. You don’t need Irish in your blood. Just in your soul.

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As you may have realized by now, we’re big on “Irish Attitude” around here.  So, July was a good month.  Not only because Dublin was abuzz in winning-pic-web-versionpreparation for our world-famous Irish Festival–but we (the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau) were accepting submissions for our photography contest. So, every couple of days, new entries would land in my email box. Then I’d open them and smile. Really. Those images made my day(s).

We ended up with 51 entries, in all.  And they were exactly what we had hoped for. Beautiful scenic park shots.  Silly, toothy kid-grins. Snapshots of people having tons of fun at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the Kiwanis Frog Jump or the Dublin Irish Festival. And that’s just it–they were shots of people having fun!  The best part of the entire contest (for me) came after all of the final decisions had all been made by our judges. As I sat down to contact the winners, I discovered they were from all over … Columbus, Dresden, Michigan, South Carolina, etc.  Like I said … exactly what we had hoped for, when planning the contest.  These were visitors (and residents) who had snapped images of Dublin with their cameras while having fun here. Goofing around with their kids at an event. Taking in the quiet green serenity of one of our parks. Smiling for the camera with friends.  See for yourself– check out the winners here.  We’re hoping to repeat the contest next summer. So, be sure to bring your camera to Dublin on your next visit.  You just never know where you’re going to find a little Irish attitude around here.

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st-pats-girl3The green countdowns have begun. First, there’s the countdown to Dublin (Ohio’s) St. Paddy’s Day celebration … just 12 days away. (March 14.) No matter what the weather, it’s greener in Dublin … especially during the miles-long parade when hundreds of marching units, floats, clowns and other entries hit the streets of Historic Dublin. (In fact, one can usually find a little green ON the streets of Historic Dublin.) It’s a great, inexpensive day of family fun that offers a break from the winter blahs.

Additionally, we’re counting down the days to the 2009 Dublin Irish Festival! Named to the American Bus Association’s list of Top 100 Events in North America for 2009, the event is not to be missed. To get an idea of all that’s included in this three-day Irish celebration, visit the event’s NEW web site. Check out the list of great entertainment scheduled … and you’ll  begin to see why attending this needs to go on your “Bucket List.”

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The “wearin’ of the green” is fast approaching, and where better to spend the weekend than Dublin, Ohio? During our Dublin, OH St. Patricks Day Celebrationannual St. Patrick’s Celebration (Saturday, March 14, 2009), everything is a little greener. And we do mean EVERYTHING. From the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast to the huge community parade, to the Irish entertainers and the Blarney Hop at the Shoppes at River Ridge. Aside from the fact that most of the family friendly activities are free, our hotels are offering some great getaways. So, if cabin fever (or the economy) is getting the best of you … recharge with an economical weekend escape that will save you some GREEN. Here are some special deals:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Dublin (Fri, March 13)  8 p.m. Irish Reception including Bailey’s coffee, hot chocolate, shamrock cookies and an Irish atmosphere. (Not to mention a Half-Off Happy Hour with appetizers and drinks.) Receive a complimentary Irish souvenir upon check in. Before heading out to the parade on Saturday, enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast. $99/night. 500 Metro Pl. North. 800/600-1550 www.columbusdublin.gardeninn.com
  • Envision yourself in Ireland with the Irish décor and music of the Chase Suite Dublin Hotel.  Relax in a cozy suite and receive a warm Irish welcome and a Shamrock luggage tag. Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast with special Irish menu items. Add an Irish themed basket (with Baileys Irish Crème, crackers, cheese and chocolate) to your stay for an additional $25. 4130 Tuller Rd. 614/766-7762 www.chasehoteldublin.com
  • The award-winning Embassy Suites Dublin offers a location in the heart of the parade route. Overnight in a large two-room suite and enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast and cocktails at the evening manager’s reception. Special weekend getaway rate: $89.99 plus tax per night. (Based upon availability. Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.)  Call 614/790-9000 and mention code “WKN.” www.embassysuitescolumbusdublin.com
  • Both Dublin Extended Stay America locations offer great rates for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebration.  The Columbus/Dublin location (450 Metro Pl. North.) offers queen-size studios starting at $64.99, plus free access to Metro V Athletic Club. www.extendedstayhotels.com  614/760-0053. The Columbus/Tuttle hotel location (5530 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.) offers studio rooms starting at $79.99 with free coffee bar, fresh fruit and bagels in the morning. Book online: www.extendedstayhotels.com or by calling 614/760-0245.
  • Save some green by taking advantage of the Marriott Bonus Bucks Promotion when you stay at the Marriott Columbus Northwest Hotel over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  Stay two nights and receive a $50 Bonus Buck Certificate, good toward a future two-night stay at all Marriott Hotels and Resorts located in the United States.  The Bonus Buck promotion rate is $119.94. Book online: www.marriott.com  5605Blazer Pkwy.

-Post by Kay