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

This Saturday marks an important day. The St. Patrick’s Parade in Dublin (OH)  is a big part of our family tradition.  Whether it’s with the cub scouts, neighborhood association, church or the Dublin CVB’s entry–you’ll always find the Rich family in the Dublin Parades!

Dublin OH St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Dublin CVB has been a part of the St. Patrick’s Day parade for more than 10 years.  In earlier years, one of our board members would drive “Skelly the Leprechaun” (the official Dublin CVB Mascot) in a convertible.  It wasn’t elaborate, but it sure was fun to see the kids smile at a the “real-life” leprechaun!

For the past few years, we (the Dublin CVB staff) have created a float.  The theme always reflects our Irish Attitude and it’s fun to tweak it from year to year.  The first year that we took on the challenge of building a float, we stuffed tissue paper squares (pomps) into chicken wire sprayed with adhesive.  After one garage wall became permanently sticky from all the glue spray, we decided a different approach was in order!

Last year’s float featured a rainbow made out of Christmas tinsel garland and a pot o’ gold. This year it will feature … well, I’m not telling.  You’ll have to come to Dublin to see it on Saturday.

One key component of our float is the fun time we share with our families and friends.  The comraderie that comes from rising early on a cold Saturday morning to hurry and get in line for the parade–(only to stand for 1–1/2 hours eating doughnuts)–is unparalleled.  But walking the parade route more than makes up for the wait time because you get to see all your friends and neighbors. (It’s amazing to see how happy people become when you hand them a string of green beads!)

Will we see you on Saturday?  Look for the (hopefully) award-winning DCVB float in position #9!

(Note: The Dublin Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010. It begins at Metro Center off Frantz Rd. and heads east along SR 161/Bridge St. into Historic Dublin, then south on High St.)

-Post by Katie

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, today’s post is written by Cathy Jo Smith–co-chair of the Storytellers of Central Ohio, a member of the Dublin (OH) Irish Festival Cultural Committee since 2001 and mourner-in-chief of the Irish Wake Tent at the festival since 2000.

They say the whole world is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s only fair–since Patrick, himself, wasn’t Irish either. He was the son of a Roman magistrate living somewhere along the British coast (let the historians fight over exactly where). He St Patrick in Dublin, Ohiowas kidnapped into Ireland as a slave. He did manage to escape and return home, but (like so many of us) he’d fallen in love with the Irish land and its people.  So, he returned to spend the rest of his life bringing his faith and love to the Emerald Isle.  He is credited with doing many good things, but he did NOT drive snakes out of Ireland. There were never snakes in Ireland to begin with–nor toads or lizards.

St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to add a little Irish to your language. Here are a couple of phrases that might come in handy.

  • You can wish someone Beannachtaí na Féile Pádriaig (ban-AWK-tee nah FAY-luh PAWD-rig): “Blessings of the feast of Patrick.” Or just wish them, Árd na nÉireannach (ahrd nah NAIR-in-ach): “the luck of the Irish.”  After all, if you’re Irish, you’re lucky enough!
  • A favorite Irish toast is Sláinte, which literally means “health!”  Another option would be to say, Sláinte is táinte (Slawn-sha iz TAWN-sha): “to health AND wealth!”

I’ll leave you with an Irish blessing …  ”May you be poor in misfortunes, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends!”   Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin, Ohio! 

(To learn more about the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Dublin, Ohio– visit or  


The countdown to St. Patrick’s Day is ON! Are you feelin’ the Irish Attitude yet? Then POST your favorite Irish saying, toast or Limerick on our blog.  We’ll pick the best four and send you a Buy-One-Get-One-Free coupon for Graeter’s delicious Shamrock Sundaes! (Think mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles and green mint whipped cream.) YUM!