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