Go Fest: Dublin Irish Festival

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

What You Need To Know

When: Thursday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 2

Where: Coffman Park, Dublin

Web: dublinirishfestival.org

Cost: $10

Hours: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; Dub Crawl is 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Thursday

Parking: Free parking is available at nearby businesses and schools, including OCLC, Dublin Coffman High School, Dublin Schools Administrative Building, Verizon, Cardinal Health and Fiserv.

Why you should go:

Dublin Irish Festival revolves around two things we can definitely get behind: beer and rockin' bagpipes.

Starting with Thursday's Dub Crawl through local bars and restaurants and continuing through Sunday evening's festival finale, it's a celebration of all things Emerald Isle - Celtic art and shopping, Gaelic games, bog ponies for the wee ones, and plenty of pints.

What's new:

Street Dogs, newly signed to Hellcat Records, are one of eight new musical acts on this year's lineup. Frontman Mike McColgan draws from his experiences as a Gulf War veteran and Boston firefighter as inspiration for the band's brand of working-class, punk-tinged rock. Think Dropkick Murphys with a little less rage. They'll hit the Celtic Rock stage at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

What to eat & drink:

All the traditional Irish comfort food your heart desires - bangers 'n' mash, fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie - will be available.

Local restaurants dishing out Irish faves include Hey Hey Bar & Grill (sauerkraut balls, Irish potato pancakes), Old Bag of Nails Pub (fish 'n' chips) and Whole World Natural Restaurant (lamb, beef and veggie Irish stews).

The much-loved Dublin Irish Fest Stout is back this year for washing down your grub. Killian's, Blue Moon and Coors products will also be available, and whiskey and beer tastings will be held throughout the festival. Check the Bushmills Whiskey Snug for times and registration.


Three days, 65 acts, seven stages. Here are some highlights:

* The Prodigals, dubbed the "ambassadors of the festival," play traditional Celtic hymns with a raucous panache. They play 9 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Saturday on the Celtic Rock stage.

* Columbus' own Drowsy Lads play bookend sets at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the Dublin stage and at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Ceili Dance tent. Their brand of traditional Irish folk is wildly popular in local pubs.

* Salsa Celtica combines some of Scotland and Ireland's most exciting traditional musicians with world, jazz and salsa musicians to create an energetic live show(10 p.m. Friday on Thunder & Theater stage).

* The Young Dubliners blend traditional Celtic and anthemic pop to create everything from ballads to barn-burners (6 p.m. Saturday on the Celtic Rock stage).

Don't miss:

The Celtic Sports area. You'll get to watch traditional manly man competitions like caber tossing (contestants throw a wooden rod the size of a telephone pole) and sheaf tossing (they use a pitchfork to hurl a burlap bag), as well as sheep herding demonstrations.