2014 Entertainment Application
The Festival receives hundreds of applications this year but we are able to only book approximately 80 acts per year. Of those, many spots are already committed to our local acts who will continue to showcase as we have for the last 26 years.
If you are interested in submitting your band for consideration, please apply here.
Meet the Events team that manages the Dublin Irish Festival – they have a heart for events and lots of Irish attitude! In addition to managing a number of additional events for the City of Dublin, the Dublin Irish Festival is a year round focus for the City of Dublin Events Administration team.
Alison LeRoy has worked for the City of Dublin since 1998 and continues to be an integral part of planning Dublin events. Alison received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and furthered her study of communications at the University of Michigan where she received her master’s degree. Before coming to Dublin, she worked in public relations and event planning in both the not-for-profit and corporate sector.
As Event Manager, Alison oversees the division and coordinates logistics and safety planning for events. She also manages entertainment booking for Independence Day and the Dublin Irish Festival, as well as coordinating the vendors and the cultural education areas of the Festival. Alison has been involved in organizing special projects, including the Grounds of Remembrance memorial commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Mary Jo DiSalvo
Mary Jo DiSalvo has served as an Event Administrator for the City of Dublin since 2000. Having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Dayton, she has spent the past twenty five years working extensively in media relations, marketing, and promotions.
As an Event Administrator, Mary Jo manages marketing, media relations, promotions and corporate sponsorship for City of Dublin sponsored events. Mary Jo also manages all three VIP Club areas of the Dublin Irish Festival, and oversees the selection of VIPs and dignitaries such as the Dublin Irish Festival Honorary Chair, Independence Day Grand Marshal and St. Patrick’s Day Grand Leprechaun, among many other roles that help market and promote City of Dublin events.
Trish Lackey has worked for the City of Dublin since 1999, and the Events Administration division since 2010. Trish is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Education and Sports Leadership. Prior to her employment with the City of Dublin, Trish worked in hospitality management at Marriott International, as well as in retail management.
Trish manages both the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day and the Independence Day parades. She also coordinates beverage logistics for the Dublin Irish Festival, which includes the Sharing o’ the Green Program. In addition, Trish oversees parking and transportation, the Dublin Irish Festival/IGS Energy 5K and Kids Dash, and as an avid dog lover, oversees the Celtic Canines Committee.
Carina Dacierno started her event planning career in 2008 when she joined the City of Dublin Events Administration team. Having received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance from Otterbein University, Carina maintains excellent customer service for Events Administration, acts as an office manager, processes payroll and organizes work orders for staff.
Currently as a Staff Assistant, Carina also oversees specific aspects of Dublin events, including Chair Committee members, Festival Operations, vendors, credentials and city staff support for the Dublin Irish Festival. She processes applications and participant line-ups for the parades, and manages crafts for Spooktacular and the Wee Folk Area at the Dublin Irish Festival.
Jeremy Gerstacker joined the City of Dublin Events Administration team in February 2013. In 2011, Jeremy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Business from the University of Mount Union. In 2012, he finished the Sports Administration program at Xavier University to receive his Masters of Education. In his five years of experience within the events industry, Jeremy has interned as a Team Leader and Head of On-Court Operations for the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio known as the Western and Southern Open. He has also coordinated on-course entertainment for the American Heart Association’s Heart Mini-Marathon, also in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As Event Coordinator, Jeremy continues to manage signage for City of Dublin events. In addition, Jeremy coordinates the Sunday services, sports programming, the Wee Folk area, and guest services for the Dublin Irish Festival. He is also responsible for teen outreach and contests at events year around.
A self-proclaimed “lover of logistics,” Libby Montgomery has been a part of the Dublin Events Administration family since April of 2011. Libby earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Management from the Ohio State University, where her interest in marketing was formed through her work in the undergraduate admissions office. Prior to accepting her position at Events Administration, Libby helped market the Ohio State University to prospective students, helping to organize one of the largest university visit event days in the country.
At the Dublin Events Office, Libby uses her marketing expertise to assist in brand management, and to oversee logo usage and print pieces for events. She also helps coordinate beverage logistics for the Dublin Irish Festival and assists with the Dublin Irish Festival/IGS Energy 5K and Kids Dash, and more.
Sara O’Malley joined the City of Dublin Events Administration staff in May 2012 as an expert in public and media relations. Having received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from Bowling Green State University, Sara has spent the past nine years working in public and media relations, social media and event planning. Her career portfolio includes experience working for a small non-profit, to a small business, to a multi-million dollar corporation and currently city government.
Utilizing her background in technology and social media, Sara aids the Events team in media relations, social media content creation and promotion, various writing tasks, and more. She is also involved in sponsorship assistance and event photography for each event. She is a self proclaimed “utility player” that as a life-long Dublin resident has a passion for the Dublin Irish Festival.