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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Dublin Irish Festival

Good news! You don’t have to travel to Dublin, Ireland, to shake your shamrock. This party takes place in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Touted as the largest three-day Irish festival in the world, this is one summer event you don’t want to miss out on.

Did you know that according to Forbes, Ohio ranks 6th in the nation for the most people of Irish descent? And the US Census Bureau reported in 2021 that there are 31.5 million Americans of Irish descent nationwide. That means there is a good chance many of us may have a wee bit of Irish in us—all the more reason to visit Dublin, Ohio, for this family-friendly event.

The Dublin Irish Festival is spread across 38 acres at Coffman Park on August 4-6 and pays tribute to Ireland by celebrating its culture, music, dancing, and food.

Always popular are the Irish dancers representing over 1500 of the nation’s best Ceili dancers. They will compete in the Columbus Feis (Irish dance competition) to the sounds of pipe and drum corps from around the state. The participants showcase precise footwork, athleticism, elaborate costumes, and unparalleled skill while entertaining and enriching the audience with their abilities.

Musical acts range from haunting sounds of Irish ballads that tell stories passed down through generations to the high-energy more contemporary sounds of Celtic rock playing on numerous stages throughout the festival.

Bring your appetite. Irish fish and chips, and lamb stew are always crowd favorites but don’t worry if you want something more American. Plenty of food trucks, pizza, and the usual festival favorites are available.

The festival includes storytelling and hands-on workshops; you might even learn to play a little fiddle. Visit a replica of an Irish village from the 10th century, enjoy Celtic sports competitions, and meet Celtic dog breeds bred and trained for specific purposes such as herding, hunting, and guarding. A few pups that may be on hand are the Irish wolfhound and the Welsh Corgi. 

Leave time to explore the Emerald Isle and Marketplace. The perfect place to get your next kilt and crowns and shop for jewelry, art, handmade instruments, and more Irish souvenirs.

Remember, the festival is in Dublin, Ohio, not Dublin, Ireland. I hope to see you there. Visit Dublin Irish Festival for all the details.

Erin go Bragh: (Ireland forever)

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