A Celtic Heart in Ohio
By Arthur Cola
In the heart of America the Emerald Isle will soon be transported as if in some magical manner the likes of which even Finbar X, King of the Leprechauns in my book, would marvel. For come Friday, August 3rd the transformation takes place on the fields of Dublin Ohio as it prepares for its Silver Jubilee. Celebrating 25 years of bringing the best of Irish Culture and Celtic Legends to the heartland of America in the form of Music, Dance, Song, Food, and Art. The Dublin Irish Festival will this year for the very first time add Literary works. Five authors, among whom I am honored to be a part, will come together to share their stories with the throngs of Festival goers in the Literary Tent. Located next to the Chase Bank Trinity Stage and Emerald Club visitors may have a chat with the authors and listen to scheduled presentations each day by each of them.
Enjoy their tales on the grounds not far from the Dublin Community Recreation Center, as it becomes an Irish “GLEN” filled with seven stages of musical, dance and song entertainment, vendors with Irish flair and food fit for the High Kings of Ireland of old. And what stories you will hear as these authors give you a glimpse into the spirit of their books.
Meet Mary Carter as she presents her book “The Pub Across the Pond,” a journey across Ireland by a woman who learns about luck, love and courage.
Delve into Irish American History with Jay P. Dolan as he introduces you to “The Irish Experience in America.” From famine days to the glory of the Kennedy Presidency he will share the story of the Irish in America.
Listen to the story of Iconic Irish musicians who made the world wide phenomenon of Celtic sounds sought after throughout the world. In his book, “Festivals, Legends, Songs and Stories,” you will meet those legends such as Tommy Makem, The Dublin City Ramblers, Cherish the Ladies, Makem and Spain Brothers, to name a few.
Laugh ‘til your sides ache with Kevin O’Hara as he introduces you to his two books. The often poignant story of growing up in 50’s-60’s Massachusetts in his new book,
“Lucky Irish Lad” will make you giggle, laugh out loud and cry. His delightful true adventure retold in “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims” will bring you throughout the Emerald Isle as he retells of his travels on a cart pulled by a rather unique Donkey named Missie.
Then of course, there’s me, Arthur Cola. I hope to bring my legendary tales to life for you as I share how the history, faith traditions, legends and mystical spirit of Ireland inspired me to write my tales. “Papa and the Leprechaun King” will hopefully take you on an adventure throughout present day Ireland with American tourists on a quest to solve a 1500 year old mystery. In “The Shamrock Crown” the most famous of Celtic legends comes to life as a mid-western family is summoned to discover and save the most precious symbols of ancient Camelot. My recent novels of “The Stone Cutter Genius” and “The Brooch” will also make their debut. Not quite Irish as these more PG13/adult mysteries take you from Ireland to the UK and onto Italy in stories of legends coming to life, revenge and the power of love.
Plan your days and visit with us all and in between enjoy the sites and sounds of Dublin Irish Fest’s 25th Anniversary.
Visit their site at www.dublinirishfest.org and your eyes will be filled with those very sites and musical sounds. Visit an author and attend the performances of such luminary names in Irish Entertainment as Gaelic Storm rockin’ on the Killian’s Celtic Stage as will The Prodigals, the Young Dubliners and the Elders among many others. If the more traditional telling of the story of Ireland and its people in music is more to your liking then go on to the Chase Bank Trinity Stage next to where the authors are located. Makem and Spain Brothers will perform on the Trinity Stage as will Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Then again, perhaps ‘tis the dancing of the jig that is more your style; take a stroll amongst the trees to the Cardinal Health Ceili Dance stage for traditional Irish music such as that of the Old Boy Ceili Band. If you go to the Giant Eagle Irish Thunder Stage, you’ll hear the big sounds of dancing groups, bagpipers and Celtic entertainers such as Brigid’s Cross. On the Allstate Dean Insurance Shamrock Stage you will find the likes of Arsling and Drowsy Lads to add to that sparkle of magic in the air with their Pub songs.
From literature to music to the songs of IrelandDublin…Ohio that is…is the place to be from August 3-5.
Visit www.dublinirishfest.org for ticket information and to plan your menu as well as to see what to expect at Irish Fest. And it’s perfectly located for a day or week-end trip.
(Arthur Cola is an author of 4 novels and screenplays. Film Producer/director Ron Kolman is developing his screenplay “Ring of the Magi.” He writes a column for www.itsfilm.com. Visit amazon.com/kindle and www.feedaread.com to view highlights of his books.)