1988 – 1992

Dublin Roots

Dublin, Ireland’s millennium marked a new beginning in Dublin, Ohio – the Dublin Irish Festival. The Festival introduced dancing, musical performances, and other entertainment to celebrate Irish history and tradition.

1988 – 1992

Dublin Roots

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1988

Planning for the first Dublin Irish Festival was a cooperative effort between the Columbus Feis Committee and the 1/1000 Committee. The Festival was part of a year-long celebration of Dublin, Ohio’s, first year as a city and Dublin, Ireland’s, 1000th year as a city. There were musical performances, Irish wolfhounds, dancing and dart competitions.

Attendance:
500
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1989

Greenfields of America was the first national band to play at the Festival. Attendees circled their cars around the tennis courts and turned on their headlights so dancing could continue into the night. A mass was held in the Irish language and there were competitions in Irish language and hurling. The City of Dublin became a financial supporter. No alcohol was sold due to liability insurance regulations.

Attendance:
500
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1990

Inisheer and Greenfields of America entertained attendees. The first Ceili dancing and Ceili band competition was held. A quiet corner was introduced for harpists, storytellers and other musicians in the Dublin Municipal Building.

Attendance:
500
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1991

A full-color reproduction of the Book of Kells and an illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels were displayed. There were demonstrations in wood carving, calligraphy, hurling and photography. An Irish baking competition was held and kids’ activities were introduced.

Attendance:
500
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1992

The City of Dublin became the lead sponsor of the Festival. Skelly the Leprechaun made his debut. The Festival added a Wee Folk area, a Cultural Corner, the Irish Café, and a pub, along with an Irish bread competition, a limerick contest, and an Irish trivia contest. De Dannan flew in from California to perform, but the airline misplaced their luggage, causing Dave Murphy and Pat Mogan to use loaned instruments in their performance.

Attendance:
500
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Accelerated Growth

1993 – 1997

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Thank you for taking part in this celebration. Now we invite you to join is in continuing the tradition.

Dublin Irish Festival 2022

August 5–7, 2022
Coffman Park
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