Dublin, Ohio Opens Nation's First Irish Fairy Door Trail

In the city where "Irish is an Attitude," tiny fairy doors delight visitors

Mar 10, 2016, 10:30 ET from Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau

DUBLIN, Ohio, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that it has welcomed seven new residents – the tiny fairies of the nation's first Irish Fairy Door Trail.

The "Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin Trail" will be launched as part of The Irish Fairy Door Company's official U.S. debut on Saturday, March 12 – in the midst of Dublin's already festive St. Patrick's Day celebration. Launched in 2013, the Irish Fairy Door Company has enjoyed rapid growth and many accolades from toy industry and parenting organizations in the UK and beyond. Based in Dublin, Ireland, the toymaker selected Dublin, Ohio as its official launch location in North America.

In keeping with the belief that Irish is an Attitude, the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau worked with seven Dublin businesses to install custom-designed, green fairy doors fit for seven new fairies to move in. These doors were made by carpenters in the workshop of a 200-year-old cottage in the heart of Ireland. One by one, the keys to each fairy door disappeared, meaning the fairies were all in place.

Starting with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, March 12, the Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin Trail will open to visitors, who are encouraged to pick up a passport-style trail guide and map to facilitate their travels through Historic Dublin. Guides are available at the Dublin Visitor Information Center or via download at http://www.irishisanattitude.com/fairytrail.

Along the way, visitors will record the names of the magical fairies who live along the trail. Those who complete the passport with all seven fairy names can return to the Visitor Information Center or mail in their passport to the Dublin CVB to receive a complimentary Fairy Doors of Dublin t-shirt. On March 12, one lucky participant will be awarded a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a donation of Irish Fairy Doors in their name to a children's foundation.

"The spirit of Ireland is alive in our community, and our visitors come here seeking Irish-themed experiences," said Scott Dring, executive director for the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Fairies are part of the cultural heritage of Ireland, and the Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin Trail offers a one-of-a-kind, new activity for families to enjoy."

Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin Trail Locations in Historic Dublin:

  • Chelsea Borough Home (54 S. High St.)
  • Winans Fine Chocolates (52 S. High St.)
  • Terra Art Gallery (36 N. High St.)
  • Boho 72 Boutique (72 N. High St.)
  • Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland (75 S. High St.)
  • The Sisters Sweet Shoppe (55 W. Bridge St.)
  • Dublin Visitor & Information Center (9 S. High St.)

The new Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin Trail (#FairyDoorsofDublin) is one of many Irish-themed activities visitors can enjoy in Dublin, Ohio. For more information, visit http://www.IrishisanAttitude.com. Additional photos available upon request.

A portion of the proceeds from the U.S. sales of Irish Fairy Doors will be donated to Starlight Children's Foundation, a global non-profit organization that partners with experts to improve the quality of life and health for children and families. For more information about The Irish Fairy Door Company, please visit www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com. Follow on Twitter: @IrishFairyDoor or Like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheIrishFairyDoorCompany.

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit organization with the mission of identifying and pursuing opportunities to attract, service, and retain overnight visitors to the City of Dublin.

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SOURCE Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau