August 2010

It’s been three years in the planning. Now, it’s finally here. In just a few days, 750 police, fire and law enforcement officials from around the world will come to Dublin Ohio to compete in the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games (Aug. 15-21).  They will be coming from as far away as New Zealand and Bulgaria and as close as Columbus, Gahanna and Dublin–representing 38 states and provinces and nine countries. They will face-off against fellow public safety service personnel in 45 Olympic-style events including Police K9, SWAT and Toughest Firefighter Alive.  They will generate approximately $3.5 million to the local economy.

The free, family friendly Opening Ceremonies (4:30-9 pm Sunday, August 15) will offer the public the opportunity to come out to honor and support these dedicated men and women. The event will be held on the South Lawn of Coffman Park (5200 Emerald Pkwy) in Dublin OH.  Activities will include touch-a-truck, police cars, motorcycles & EMS vehicles, SWAT displays, antique fire engines, a free concert by Phil Dirt and the Dozers, inflatables for the kids, Medflight & Ohio State Patrol helicopters, a police K9 Demo, a Police vs. Fire tug-o-war, Cyrill-Scott Pipes & Drums, Washington Twp. Color Guard, a welcome from Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider, singing of the National Anthem, an appearance by the Grand Leprechaun AND food and drink.  Community groups of 6-8 people can (for a donation) face-off in the tug-of-war agains the Police or Fire teams.

The best thing that the Can-Am Games will bring to Dublin? Lots of camaraderie–amongst competitors, fans and the community. Don’t miss this exciting event.  Visit or call 800/245-8387 for details.

-Post by Mary

1200 runners.
9 years.
5 kilometers.
3. 1 miles.

A whole lot of Irish Attitude!

In 2002, the Dublin Irish Festival 5k became the Thursday “Kick-off” tradition for the now 23-year old Dublin Irish Festival. The first 5K was completed by a little less than 400 participants and now has registered 1200 runners from around Ohio.

Including yours truly.

I will be running my first-ever 5k this evening. Why? Maybe it’s because I like a challenge, maybe it’s because registration includes a free festival ticket, maybe… just maybe the Irish Attitude has overtaken my thought process.  Either way, I’m excited to see the community get together for such a great event.

And it doesn’t stop at the 5k.

If you don’t want to run tonight, then you should crawl! Our Historic Dublin District is hosting the annual Dub Crawl from 5 p.m. – Midnight. Merchants have extended their hours and are offering special promotions as well as featuring the following bands at these select BriHi venues:

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland
The Kells – 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Dublin Village Tavern
Ceol ‘n Craic – 7:30 – 10 p.m. 

Homeland – 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

BriHi Square Plaza
Dublin Cornet Band – 6:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Capital City Pipes & Drums – 7:30-8:15 p.m.

And don’t forget about all of Historic Dublin’s dining and treat shops:

  • Oscar’s
  • Tucci’s
  • La Chatelaine
  • J. Liu’s Resaurant
  • Starbucks
  • Tehku Tea Company
  • Jeni’s Ice Cream
  • MJ’s Candy Bar
  • Sister’s Sweet Shoppe
  • Our Cupcakery
  • Sugar Inc.

After my Irish warm-up tonight, I’ll be heading to the world-renowned festival tomorrow. The Dublin Irish Festival is now the world’s second largest celebration of its kind. More than 100,000+ guests are expected this year.

With 7 stages, 65 acts and over 535 performers, there is going to be non-stop action. I’m looking forward to seeing The Tartan Terrors, Lunasa, Feis Adult Dance Competition, and Cyril Scott Pipe & Drum. Not to mention shopping at the merchant tents while sipping a cold Dublin Irish Festival Stout (only available this weekend!)

Festival gates open Friday, August 6 at 4 p.m. on 29 acres in Coffman Park. Enjoy music, dance, shopping, culture, art and more. It’s fun for all ages and those who aren’t Irish, but do like to have a great time. See you there!

-Post by Allison