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Huge crowds jam streets in Dublin for 26th annual St. Pat's Day festival

Irish food, drinks, entertainment and wares turn Civic Center Plaza into 'little Ireland'Road

Dublin ended its three-day celebration of St. Patrick's Day today with music, food, vendor booths, Irish dancers and more filling the Civic Center plaza.

Today's festivities wrapped up a weekend of parades, hurling contests and sheep herding demonstrations. The festival included Irish entertainment, artists' booths, commercial vendors, non-profit displays, carnival rides, food and drinks. Throughout the event, the Main Stage featured authentic entertainment including:

Molly's Revenge, Cullan's Hounds, Bog Savages and Pat Ryan and the Celtic

Junkit with a separate stage dedicated to just Irish dance.

The festival kicked off with "The Gathering," a "coming together" of folks from all corners of the land. This annual Green & White Gala, sponsored by the Dublin Sister City Association, was held at the Dublin Senior Center and included guests from Bray, Ireland.

The Firefighter Pancake Breakfast started off Saturday's program at 7 a.m. with traditional green pancakes served at Fire Station No. 16 on the corner of Amador Valley Boulevard and Donohue Drive.

The celebration then continued with the annual Dublin Lions Club Parade along Amador Plaza Road, Dublin Boulevard, Village Parkway, Amador Valley Boulevard and ending at Donohue Drive. Irish dancers, clowns and marching bands filled the parade route, with Congressman Jerry McNerney, dressed in green, and Mayor Tim Sbranti and the Dublin City Council also greeting crowds along the route.

Then it was on to the festival at the Civic Center Plaza, an area transformed for the weekend into an Ireland lookalike, with vendors offering Irish drinks and food, authentic Irish wares and crafts, and a wide range of Tri-Valley products and services.

Staffs from the Pleasanton Weekly, with its bright green booth canopy, and Embarcadero Media's newest publication, Tri Valley Views, which covers Dublin and Livermore, offered publications, prize and candy, along with photos that will appear on its online media. These can be found at www.pleasantonweekly.com and www.trivalleyviews.com.

In addition to sheep-herding demonstrations and a Village Blacksmith stage show, Sunday's festivities included the 11th annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk. The 3.1-mile certified course started and ended at the Civic Center.

This was the 26th year for the Dublin St. Patrick's Day festival.

Janet Pelletier,Jeb Bing

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 16, 2009 at 8:37 am

Thank you to the Pleasanton Weekly staff for being a part of our festivities!

One of the more funnier moments, although it could have turned out tragically if it wasn't for the old sheepherder dog to the rescue, was the "escape" by the sheep during a demonstration of sheep herding. The orange plastic fence was too flimsy for a frantic sheep. I think the younger dog was driving them nuts, and had to get away.

Fortunately, due to the many baseball fences and the experience of a veteran dog the four escapees were contained then "directed" into a waiting trailer. Now THAT was a real demonstration.


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