Dublin Villager

Convention and Visitors Bureau awards 'Irish Experience' grant

Money has been passed out to continue the inaugural year of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau's Irish Experience Grant Program.

The program, created to bring more Irish activities to the city, began this year with $15,000 in funding from the bureau and bed tax funding from the city.

For the first half of the year, $7,075 in grants were given out to four businesses for Irish-themed dinners, musicians, storytellers and other events.

Five recipients were chosen for the second round of 2013 grants and include:

* The Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library received $200 for Irish Dancers for a scavenger hunt and Irish storytellers for the November Jig.

* A $2,100 grant went to the Historic Dublin Business Association for the Practice Patrick's scavenger hunt, chili cook-off and Holly Days celebration.

* Brazenhead snagged a $950 grant for Irish music on Practice Patrick's and the week of the Presidents Cup.

* Oscar's of Dublin will also provide Irish music when the Presidents Cup is in town with a $1,200 grant.

* An $1,800 grant went to Ha'Penny Bridge Imports for Irish music during Practice Patrick's and an Irish Christmas celebration during Holly Days.

For a complete list of Irish experiences around Dublin, look online at IrishApproved.com.