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OHIO 2017

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34 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e each show. Special group dinners with the cast can also be arranged, and several caterers are available. VIP IRISH EXPERIENCES DUBLIN Bridging the gap between Dublin, Ireland, and Dublin, Ohio, this community on the northwest side of Columbus touts a spunky Irish attitude. Dublin's three-day Irish Festival, held in early August, draws upward of 100,000 people and features cultural events and Irish song and dance on seven stages. Other happenings include a summer Sunday concert series cul- minating with an Irish band, professional storytellers who recount an Irish wake experience and several talks that detail the saints or Irish Christmas traditions. e Fairy Door Trail off ers seven stops that feature doors created by Dublin's Irish Fairy Door Company; participants receive a T-shirt. If a group opts for private dining, Irish musicians can play background music, or an Irish dance performance can be scheduled after dinner. "By far, one of our best group experiences is Irish Dance 101 at the Richens Timm Academy of Irish Dance. Owner John Timm won the Senior Men's World Championship in Irish dancing in 1993," said group sales manager Amanda Mikkelson at the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau. " e hourlong class hosts a demonstration, brief history of Irish dance and the opportunity to attempt step dancing, which is fun for those who try and those who simply opt to watch." For groups staying overnight, Mikkelson off ers a complimentary, one-hour step-on tour and a two-hour Four-Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt. Divided into four smaller groups, the hunters rotate through four Dub- lin establishments: Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Our Cupcakery, TehKu Tea and e Sisters Sweet Shoppe. At Ha'penny Bridge Imports, the owner enjoys tailoring talks around Irish celebrations such as Irish weddings, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween and Christmas. " e perfect amount of time for a group itinerary in Dublin is three days and two nights," said Mikkelson. "We also partner with Experience Columbus when planning itineraries." H E R I TAG E Courtesy Dublin CVB Shopping in Dublin Slainte Band Dublin Irish Festival dancers "THE HOURLONG CLASS HOSTS A DEMONSTRATION, BRIEF HISTORY OF IRISH DANCE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEMPT STEP DANCING." — A M A N D A M I K K E L S O N , DUBLIN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

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