March 2009

With the days becoming longer, the grasses growing greener, Spring has definitely arrived here in Dublin.  Soccer starts on Saturday, so watch for all those kids to be running off their winter blahs at local parks like Avery and Darree fields.  The City of Dublin is sponsoring their annual Eco-Dublin Day on April 11 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-12 noon.  Recycle and shred unwanted items, learn about composting and selecting correct trees for your own habitat, meet Ohio animals and learn about how to co-exist with them nicely!  Be sure to get there early so you’ll have time to walk over to Coffman Park for the 20th annual Dublin Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt.  It starts promptly at 10 a.m. and is usually over by 10:10 a.m.!  It’s a wonderful green time of year here in Dublin.


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Spring is finally here and the weather is beautiful………just the time to get outdoors and start working off all that extra winter Bike Ride in Dublin, Ohio Park poundage. Dublin (OH) offers 88 miles of bike paths and 1,500 acres of parkland to enjoy walking, biking or just wandering and exploring. What fun to walk through parks, wooded areas and river frontage looking for all the spring buds coming alive.

Enjoy the Dublin Arts Council’s Art in Public Places in many of the parks. For the adventurous, walk to the beautiful Indian Run Falls (park at the Dublin Post Office on Shawan Falls Drive) or go to the O’Shaughnessy Dam, walk down to the bottom and look up at the huge structure. Awe-inspiring! The Dublin Kiwanis Riverway Park (off Bridge Street and Riverside Drive) is home to the Dublin Spring and walkway along the Scioto River. (Be sure to wear your boots!) So dust off that bike or those walking shoes and get moving.


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Well … things were definitely green around here last week. The City of Dublin (OH) hosted around 23,000 spectators for the Dublin OH St Patrick's Day Parade 2009fabulous St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities.   Of course it helped that the weather was nice (and our float won an award for being the best of its category)!   Judging from the photos I snapped, people were having lots of fun being Irish … or … Irish-for-a-day (depending).  To check out some fun pictures from the event, check out our Flickr link here or at the bottom of this page.  You can also visit (or join) the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio USA group on Flickr.   If you missed the fun … don’t worry.  The City will be getting its green on for the annual Dublin Irish Festival in just 142 short days. (Tip: Reserve your hotel room NOW.)  Watch the official Festival web site for updates. More soon!

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You’ll find plenty of good cheer for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow in Dublin, Ohio. Mary Kelley’s in Muirfield will be serving Irish St Patrick's Day in Dublin, OHfare with Irish entertainment in the late afternoon and evening.  Digger & Finch on Riverside Drive will feature an Irish Buffet, with Irish music and dancers in the evening.


In the Historic Dublin area, The Dublin Village Tavern is serving Irish Food including Corned Beef and Cabbage, along with beer specials.  And of course, not to be outdone, The Brazenhead Irish Pub will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (March 17) with door prizes and giveaways all day long. The Cap City Pipe & Drummers will perform along with Irish dancers. Other live music includes Celts Crossing at 12 noon, Punch the Monkey at 4 p.m., and Shucking Bubba at 8 p.m.


Sounds like plenty of choices for a wee bit o’ Irish Fun, huh?  And, may the road always rise to meet ya!!


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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, today’s post is written by Cathy Jo Smith–co-chair of the Storytellers of Central Ohio, a member of the Dublin (OH) Irish Festival Cultural Committee since 2001 and mourner-in-chief of the Irish Wake Tent at the festival since 2000.

They say the whole world is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s only fair–since Patrick, himself, wasn’t Irish either. He was the son of a Roman magistrate living somewhere along the British coast (let the historians fight over exactly where). He St Patrick in Dublin, Ohiowas kidnapped into Ireland as a slave. He did manage to escape and return home, but (like so many of us) he’d fallen in love with the Irish land and its people.  So, he returned to spend the rest of his life bringing his faith and love to the Emerald Isle.  He is credited with doing many good things, but he did NOT drive snakes out of Ireland. There were never snakes in Ireland to begin with–nor toads or lizards.

St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to add a little Irish to your language. Here are a couple of phrases that might come in handy.

  • You can wish someone Beannachtaí na Féile Pádriaig (ban-AWK-tee nah FAY-luh PAWD-rig): “Blessings of the feast of Patrick.” Or just wish them, Árd na nÉireannach (ahrd nah NAIR-in-ach): “the luck of the Irish.”  After all, if you’re Irish, you’re lucky enough!
  • A favorite Irish toast is Sláinte, which literally means “health!”  Another option would be to say, Sláinte is táinte (Slawn-sha iz TAWN-sha): “to health AND wealth!”

I’ll leave you with an Irish blessing …  ”May you be poor in misfortunes, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends!”   Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin, Ohio! 

(To learn more about the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Dublin, Ohio– visit or  


Our staff checked out the NEW Jason’s Deli in Dublin (OH) for lunch today. We went early because lines have been long all week. There’s a huge room for indoor dining or you can carry-out your favorites. (This new place is not to be confused with the established local fav, Jasons Restaurant in Historic Dublin–which has recently been renamed J. Liu.)


I ordered the special Manager’s Half Sandwich Deal and enjoyed the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich and cup of Chicken Chili soup – yummm. Others in our group had tomato basil and chicken tortilla soup (big kick!!).  The wraps and club sandwiches were very tasty. Our meals came with chips or fruit, and a pickle. There is a huge variety of choices, including Ciabattas, Clubs, Wraps, Soups, Salads, Po’boys, Pasta, Muffalettas, Paninis and Wrapinis, and build-your-own Sandwiches. Or you can choose to make your own meal at the soup, fruit and salad bar featuring fresh-cut vegetables, select organics, homemade potato and pasta salads, gingerbread muffins, garlic toast, etc.


Everything made is free of artificial trans fats and MSG, and they are happy to make half-sandwiches and reduced portion potatoes – all you have to do is ask!! And Jason’s is happy to provide your catering needs too.  Of course we topped our meal off with complimentary low-fat ice cream. Hard to choose between chocolate and swirl. It’s easy to see why this already has become a hot local lunch spot. I must say we were all very pleased with our lunch outing … and will be back soon!




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Dublin, Ohio

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Dublin Ohio’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is just NINE DAYS AWAY (Saturday, March 14, 2009)!!    Lucky you … there’s still Dublin, Ohio St Patrick's Day Celebrationtime to book your St. Patrick’s Weekend escape  to enjoy plenty of green fun for everyone. But don’t take just our word for it. Need a little more persuasion? Check out the great article about our Irish getaways that just appeared on and in the Akron Beacon-Journal.  Or take a look at some fun photos from last year’s celebration.  You know you want to be here.

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