For those of you not familiar with it...to begin with, Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, but a city in its own right with a population of over 30,000. The festival began in 1987, celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Baile atha Cliath (that's the real
Dublin!) and the first anniversary of Dublin, Ohio becoming a city (up from a village). The 2007 festival hit attendance records with over 93,000 visitors (more than 50,000 on Saturday alone!) and we had a total of 10,036 people all dancing an Irish jig at one time, beating the Cork city record by over 3,000. (You betcha I was dancing! Amazing how long 5 minutes seems....) For more on the Festival, see the website at www.dublinirishfestival.org
I have been a storyteller at the festival since 2000, hosted an Irish Wake (more on that to come) there since 2001 and been a Cultural Committee member since 2002.