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Since a young age, Orcun Turkay knew he would work in the hotel industry. But he didn’t want to be just anyone; he wanted to be at the top. Growing up in Turkey, Turkay and his family went on vacations to Marmaris, a beautiful resort city on the Turkish Riviera, also called the Turquoise Coast. The holidays weren’t just getaways though. Turkay’s brother worked in various hotels there, so the family would visit him while also relaxing. “We would go on vacation and stay at the hotels he was working in, and I was like, ‘Man, this is a lot of fun. I think I want to be in this,’” Turkay says. “So that’s what drove me.” When high school rolled around, Turkay decided to attend a specialized school that focused on tourism and hotel management. He was able to take his typical classes while also learning specific skills in his dream field. He started out as a busser, and through hard work and taking on every opportunity, Turkay continued to move up the ladder. Today, Turkay is the general manager for the new AC Marriott Hotel in Bridge Park, a position he had his eye on for some time. Getting to the Top The journey to GM was not an easy task for Turkay, but it was a fun one. While attending college in Turkey, Turkay took multiple opportunities to travel to the U.S.; a thrilling experience where he worked in hotels while also sightseeing with his colleagues. “A couple of my friends had experienced the program in the U.S., and they were like, ‘It’s amazing, it will help you further your career,’” Turkay says. “It helped me see how the operation was in the U.S.,

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it helped me with my English and so many other things. It was an amazing, amazing experience.” Participating in two work-travel programs in college, Turkay realized his future was in the U.S. So, he gathered his things and said goodbye to Turkey. Since the mid-2000s, Turkay has worked for Hilton, W Hotels, Westin and St. Regis. While working as the director of food and beverage for a Marriott in Buffalo, New York, Turkay got the promotion to manage the Dublin hotel.

“This is what I was working toward my entire life, and my mom reminds of that,” Turkay says. “She said, ‘When you were going to high school, the first day you told me you want to be a GM.’ My family was the biggest supporter.” Being the Boss Turkay moved to Dublin in fall 2016, and immediately got to work. He contributed to the hotel’s contemporary design, helped hire and train the staff, and now oversees just about everything at the AC.

“We’re not just an establishment of ourselves, but we’re representative of Dublin, we’re representative of Columbus. And anything that we do, we always keep that in mind.”

His primary concern: making sure his employees are happy, thus creating a standout hotel. “What makes a difference in our hotel is our staff,” says Turkay. “We have an extremely accommodating, hospitable, friendly and professional staff. … My priorities are my employees. I take care of them, and they take care of my guests. That’s how I work.” Turkay also enjoys making sure the rooftop bar is in tip-top shape. Vaso, a Spanish tapas bar overlooking Historic Dublin and the Scioto River, is the gem of the hotel. From an operational standpoint, Turkay helped bring the sleek bar, modern décor and large patio to life for a wow-factor venue. “Rumor has it this is the best rooftop bar amongst all the AC hotels in the company,” says Turkay. “What we did here is something special, so I’m very proud of that. And obviously I didn’t do it myself. I had an amazing team.” Making Central Ohio Home Having lived near the hotel during the construction period, Turkay now lives in Hilliard with his wife, Heather – who also works in the hotel industry – and their 4-year-old daughter. The family often tries local restaurants and visits parks within the Dublin community. His favorite part about working in Dublin is experiencing the tremendous growth. “Dublin is a cool place. I really like Dublin,” says Turkay. “I think being in the development of Bridge Park, having everything around the hotel plus having worked with some of the best people I have ever worked with in my career, is my favorite part about being the GM.” Turkay adds that Heather has been a huge supporter, which allowed him to open the hotel smoothly by working long hours. With his new job comes bigger and more exciting opportunities. Turkay says the hotel is always thinking of ways to better the guest experience, but in the end, it’s all about representing Dublin and Columbus in an accurate and respectful light. “What we do here is something that we’re very proud of, and we hope is a value for the city,” he says. “We’re not just an establishment of ourselves, but we’re representative of Dublin, we’re representative of Columbus. And anything that we do, we always keep that in mind.” Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Smooth Sailing on the Scioto River By Sarah McQuaide opening of the new Riverside Crossing Park in 2020 will draw even more activity to the water. “We’re fortunate to have this natural resource in our back yard, and we encourage people to get out on the water to experience it for themselves,” says Matt Earman, parks and recreation director for the City of Dublin. “That’s why we offer formal access points in some of our parks, and recreation opportunities like kayaking.” The river has been an important resource With so much happening on the river, throughout the years; from Dublin’s earliest water safety is more important than ever. inhabitants, the Adenas and Hopewells, to That’s why the City is working with Dublin’s first settlers and beyond. Washington Township Fire Department, It’s also been a popular attraction. From Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commisthe 1800s through the 1950s, “the Ol’ sion, Ohio Department of Natural ReRock” drew swimmers to the river, serving sources (ODNR) and other partners on a as a diving platform into a pool about five safety plan for the river. feet deep. It wasn’t legal to swim there in One thing the plan will include is a map later years due to safety issues, but many of entry points for water rescues. still did. “We average probably five to eight waToday the river continues to draw visi- ter rescue events annually in the Dublin tors, and it’s become even more inviting area, and that doesn’t include mutual thanks to the addition of formal river aid runs with other dive teams,” says Daaccess points for canoes and kayaks at lan Zartman, a water rescue specialist for Amberleigh Community Park, Dublin Washington Township Fire Department. Spring Park, Scioto Park and one near In his 18 years with the Township, Zartthe Emerald Parkway bridge. And the man has seen plenty of enjoyable days on the river go wrong. “What typically happens is the water is moving faster than people are aware of, they get swept up into the body of the river, and get hung up on an object like an island or other strainer.” A strainer is any obstruction in the river that allows water to flow through it but blocks, or “strains,” people and boats. This could be an overhanging branch, log jams or a flooded island. A strainer is just one of Louise Geese and Flossie Luton on The Ol’ Rock circa 1930 many things to look out for. Courtesy Dublin Historical Society To avoid a potentially le-

Dublin is home to the Scioto River, spanning the entire city from north to south. Its headwaters begin in Auglaize County in northwest Ohio, flowing south through Dublin, past Columbus and into the Ohio River.

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Formal river access points in Dublin

thal scenario, Zartman has two key safety tips for boaters to remember. No. 1: Understand the hazards inherent with the water conditions. Boaters should always check water conditions before going out. The U.S. Geological Survey provides real-time streamflow conditions on their website, Rainfall can majorly affect water conditions, so check the forecast, too. “When you have significant rainfall up north, the dam allows that water to flow through,” says Zartman. “Wherever there’s a constricting point, that’s where you’ll get really fast moving water, and lots of debris.” No. 2: Make sure you’re dressed appropriately with a suitable flotation device. On a warm summer day, you might not think of hypothermia as a threat. But due

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Canoers and kayakers on the Scioto River

to cooler water temperatures in Ohio’s waterways, it’s important to wear layers yearround, and even bring a change of clothes in a waterproof bag. Choose the right personal flotation device (PFD). Flotation, also known as buoyancy, is the force in pounds required to keep a person’s head and chin above water. An average person weighs around 10 pounds in the water with buoyancy, so look for at least 10 pounds of buoyance when buying your PFD. What else can you do to be prepared? Educate yourself. The ODNR offers a series of education courses including general boating education.

If you do get into an emergency situation and you need to call 911, try to identify landmarks on the bank so rescuers can deploy at the appropriate place. We’ve learned a lot about safety since the days of the Ol’ Rock. While jumping off a rock into the water is no longer anyone’s first-choice activity, water sports like canoeing and kayaking are only growing in popularity. No matter your skill level, challenge yourself to get out on the water this summer – safely. Sarah McQuaide is public information officer for the City of Dublin. Feedback welcome at The Ohio Department of Natural

• Never boat alone. • Wear a lifejacket at all times, particularly in moving water. • Be prepared to swim. • Dress properly and bring an extra change of clothing with you in a waterproof bag. • File a float plan with a reliable person indicating where you are going and when you will leave and return. • Do not overload or unevenly load your boat. • Always maintain three points of contact (for example, two hands and one foot touching the boat) while moving around in the boat. • Watch for river and lake hazards. • Never mix alcohol and boating. • Should an immersion occur, try to get out of the water as quickly as possible. • Know your abilities. • Carry a rescue throw bag with sufficient line. For more information visit Upcoming activities offered by the Dublin Community Recreation Center: Level 1 Kayak Skills Training with HERO USA Twin Lakes June 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. August 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Level 1 Stand-Up Paddleboard Skills Training Course with HERO USA Twin Lakes June 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. August 12, 9 a.m.- p.m. Paddle in the City with HERO USA Amberleigh Community Park June 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. August 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn to Stand-Up Paddleboard with H2OHM The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC) June 30, 9:30-11 a.m. August 11, 9:30-11 a.m. Stand-Up Paddleboard Boot Camp with H2OHM TAASC June 30, 8-9 a.m. Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga with H2OHM TAASC July 28, 8-9 a.m.

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A Permanent Home Terry O’Connell has left Dublin before, but he and his wife, Cindy, always seem to find their way home. O’Connell hails from Simsbury, Connecticut, and became acquainted with Ohio when he attended Xavier University. After graduation, he moved to Cindy’s hometown of Cincinnati. Then, when O’Connell was recruited by Spectrum, then Warner Communications, he and Cindy would unexpectedly find their lifelong home in Dublin. O’Connell, who is now retired, remained with Spectrum for 30 years. During those three decades, the O’Connells moved three times from Dublin to Boston and southern Connecticut. Despite being closer to O’Connell’s hometown, the couple knew they wanted to make their way back to Dublin – permanently. In fact, after moving back to Dublin for the third time, O’Connell, now an executive vice president for Spectrum, talked executives into allowing regional executives to move to the area for which they were responsible. A major reorganization, all to be able to stay in Dublin. “The third time, I knew that it would be our final move with the company,” says O’Connell. “Cindy very much wanted to come back here. … Coming back to central Ohio got us a lot closer to her family and, in particular, to her mom and dad.” Irish in Blood – and Attitude As an executive with Spectrum, a major Dublin Irish Festival sponsor, O’Connell was appointed the Irish Festival’s second-ever honorary chair in 1998. Though his position with Spectrum was important, his dedicated work in Dublin and his love for both the city and Irish Festival made him perfect for the position. And it didn’t hurt to have a last name like his, either. “Given my last name is O’Connell, I knew that if they served cold beer and had good Irish food and music, this concept would be a home run,” he says. “Because of

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By the Numbers The Dublin Irish Festival sees over 100,000 guests each year, and with the expansion of Bridge Park, O’Connell expects this number to skyrocket About 20 percent of DIF guests are Dublin residents and another 60 percent come from other Ohio cities. The remaining 20 percent of visitors come from outside of Ohio and all over the world. It’s estimated that the Irish Festival has an economic impact of more than $8.3 million on the local economy. With around 1,200 volunteers at the Irish Festival donating more than 10,000 hours to the event, you can be sure that every detail is perfect. Of those 1,200 volunteers, 130 are involved throughout the year as part of the planning committee.






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Dublin Irish Festival has become the largest three-day Irish festival on the planet. Still, he’s blown away by the amount of work put in year after year by city officials, festival affiliates and volunteers, as he and Cindy return every August to volunteer and enjoy the festival. “Under the tutelage of (city of Dublin Events Administrator) Mary Jo DiSalvo, think about it. The number of volunteers she coordinates – it’s over 1,200 volunteers working over 10,000 hours last year,” O’Connell says. “It’s just an amazing, amazing management effort to pull something of this magnitude off.” Cindy and O’Connell can be found every year at the opening ceremony, and volunteer in the Emerald Club. Now that O’Connell has seen it from both sides – first, as a corporate sponsor and now, as a volunteer – he is wholly appreciative of the effort. “We welcome all the VIPs, all the sponsors of the festival, people from companies that donate a lot of money to help pull this large of an event off,” he says. “It’s an honor for both Cindy and I to serve all these people that make this festival possible.” Here for Good For the O’Connells, it’s hard to pinpoint just one thing that makes them want to stay. With two of their three adult

children in the area, the rapid expansion of Bridge Park, and their vast network of friends and family, no other place on earth would truly feel like home. “Dublin is a vibrant, obviously growing community, and it just seems to get better and better and better,” O’Connell says. “Bridge Park has just been another example of how Dublin continues to grow and prosper, and let’s not forget the economic impact that Dublin enjoys from the festival.” Though the O’Connells had to experience the heartbreak of moving out of Dublin not once, not twice, but three times, they promise that this is the forever home. After reforming a piece of how Spectrum operates just to continue living in Dublin, the couple is here to stay. “This is a great community in which to live,” O’Connell says. “If you look at the various things (the city of Dublin) does all year long, not just the festival or the Fourth of July festivities, it’s just all those experiences that makes Dublin what it is. I think it really separates itself as a city in central Ohio.” Amanda DePerro is an editor. Feedback welcome at

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It’s a Celebration Dublin Methodist marked its first decade with a special declaration from the City of Dublin and City Council on Jan. 22, its own float at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March, and by hosting the Dublin Chamber of Commerce economic breakfast on April 24. The hospital also connected with the Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club and Dublin AM Rotary Club earlier this year. In addition to celebrating with the community, it has also been commemorating its achievements in-house with competitions, prizes and gifts for its associates. “It was very nice to see all of the teams throughout the hospital involved in decorating contests and really coming together to celebrate something so very special to all of us,” says Steve Bunyard, president of Dublin Methodist. “We really had a great time looking back at 10 great years, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it has all come together.” Milestones to Remember The most important highlights throughout the decade have been the people and the culture the hospital has formed since day one, Bunyard says. “Think about this: Since we opened the doors at Dublin Methodist, 140 associates and 12 volunteers have been with us through all 10 years,” he says. “That says a lot about the culture Cheryl Herbert started as the first president of Dublin Methodist Hospital.” Dublin Methodist has also expanded in a number of its services over the years, from adding women’s health beds to an expansion and launch of the robotic surgery lab to the recent addition of 20 beds on the hospital’s fourth floor. The Maternity Center and Labor and Delivery unit has grown to 34 postpartum rooms, nine private delivery suites and a dedicated cesarean section room, allowing the number of births to rise from 800 in year one to more than 2,400 births in each of the past two years. “Our ultimate goal when we started putting the plans of this hospital together was to bring great care closer to home for those in Dublin and in the nearby communities,” says Cheryl Herbert, OhioHealth senior vice president of regional operations and former president of Dublin Methodist. “Whether it’s the growth in our Women’s Center and Labor and Delivery Department, or our growing surgery department to where it is now, I feel we have answered the call of the community and continued to look for spaces to make it even better.” In the past decade, Dublin Methodist has also added a full-time cardiology department, offering cardiac imaging and the diagnostic catheter lab to patients. Further, the hospital has expanded its surgery spine procedures, and seen growth in foot, ankle, and general and orthopedic surgeries, says Bunyard. Not only has the hospital made advancements in medicine, procedures and technology, it has also integrated wellness-focused designs throughout the hospital to serve patients, families and employees. Features include live trees, multi-story waterfalls, natural lighting and 13 gardens throughout the campus, courtyard and rooftop spaces.

Green Thumbs By Laura Cole Dublin Methodist Hospital’s staff finds solitude and tranquility in the hospital’s rooftop garden. In 2016, Dr. Gregory C. Berlet, an orthopedic surgeon, had the idea to turn the previously dilapidated outdoor area into a garden.

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Looking Forward While Dublin Methodist has thrived and advanced significantly in the last 10 years, it shows no signs of settling or slowing down. “We have made investments in technology, we have made investments in bringing in the very best people and training those we already have in place to ensure they stay with us, and we have plans for growth at the hospital with potential expansion in some areas,” says Herbert. “We know we’ll be here for a long time in Dublin, and the next decade should be a lot of fun.” Laura Cole is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at 22 • June/July 2018

“The original goal was to make the space more functional and attractive so the staff could enjoy some of their downtime outside in the nicer weather,” says Berlet. “This original concept was a fusion of getting the staff outside and supporting a healthy eating lifestyle.” In 2017, the facility was upgraded with a grant from the Berlet Family Foundation to create permanent planters, an irrigation system, and improved tables and chairs. The improvements resulted in greater use, a calming environment and a bounty of vegetables. The outdoor garden, which complements the wellness theme of the Dublin campus, has become a favorite area to many staff members. “The operation room is a high-stress and fast-paced environment,” Berlet says. “In order to maintain this intensity and focus, the staff needed a chance to decompress on their breaks. The outdoor garden is inviting and a good place to find some tranquility. Many of the staff will help prune the plants, which can also be therapeutic.”

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Many high school students consider job interviews and career choices future obstacles. But that’s not the case for Dublin Scioto High School graduate Jasmohan Bawa, whose involvement in two student organizations has molded his professional goals beyond his high school years. As a student in Dublin City Schools’ IT Academy, Bawa became a member of Business Professionals of America during his junior year at Scioto. Through various competitions held by the organization, Bawa became a contender in the Computer Science and Advanced Interview Skills competitions. “In the category of Advanced Interview Skills, I created a resume and cover letter, while also interviewing for a computer science-related job,” says Bawa. “You can use interview skills in any setting, whether it be for a job or any other career goal.” After two years of participating in these competitions, Bawa has become a state champion. In May, he was one of just three local students to advance to the BPA National Competition in Dallas. “Last year, I didn’t make it past the regional competition for Advanced Interview Skills,” says Bawa. “This

year, I won the state competition. … I wasn’t expecting that at all.” As a member of the American Computer Science League, Bawa has competed in a variety of hackathons and computer science events. These competitions require teams of students to solve a problem through the creation of some technological device, with some competitions giving a theme to focus on and others allowing a free-for-all. “For the CBUS Student Hack, we made an android application,” says Bawa. “Before these competitions, I never knew how to create an app, and I’ve since developed that skill.” Bawa and his team have competed at The Ohio State University Hackathon, where they took first place, and in the CBUS Student Hack, where they took fourth place. Most notably, Bawa and

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his team went to the national competition in Anaheim, California in 2017. Though Bawa’s team didn’t place as highly as he’d hoped, Bawa reminisces on this day, smiling. “My favorite part of these competitions has been working with my friends,” he says. “I’ve learned a lot about working with others through these events.” Aside from these achievements, Bawa has been a driven student, involved in numerous organizations at Scioto. As treasurer for the Student Senate and National Honor Society, Bawa has coordinated major fundraisers for both the school district and national philanthropic causes, including pediatric cancer and hurricane relief. He was president of the math club, where he and his teammates competed in monthly math tests against schools across the state. Bawa has also played tennis all four years. Bawa plans to attend The Ohio State University and major in computer science and engineering in the fall. When speaking of his future career, Bawa lists service as his No. 1 career aspiration. “I would love to have my own start-up that can help people in some way,” he says. “Service is such an important aspect in my life, and I would love to own a business that helps other people.” Laura Baird is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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The Italians Are Coming! The first-ever Italian Heritage Summer Festival brings more culture to Dublin By Alex Curran-Cardarelli

Four years ago, Sostene Codispoti noticed a shortage of community events for the evergrowing Italian population in central Ohio. While Cleveland has nine annual Italian festivals, Columbus only has one. “There are a lot more Italians in the area than there ever were,” says Codispoti, “but we feel that the Italian sprit has somewhat declined. … We want to preserve our heritage, culture and traditions, and get more people involved in being Italian.” Codispoti is president of Columbus’ Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSIA). Founded in 1905, OSIA is the largest and oldest national organization for people of Italian heritage in the country. Codispoti believes it is his responsibility as president of the Columbus branch to exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian-American. With this vision of the OSIA and a mission to fill the gap in Italian events, Codispoti hatched the idea of the Italian Heritage Summer Festival, premiering in Dublin July 13-15. The festival will include a variety of events at Coffman Park, including the Meatball 5K Walk & Run, a kids’ play area and a marketplace. Leading the live entertainment is the popular Italian swing band Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms. Codispoti praises the band as “the best Italian band in the land, trust me. They play at Italian festivals across the country.” Of course, Italian food and drink will be served throughout the festival, including wine from Camelot Cellars Urban Boutique Winery and Massey’s Pizza. Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the festival is the Italian-American Cultural Heritage Experience tent. Here, you can begin to uncover the mysteries of your Italian family tree with information about the first Italians in Ohio and a map of Italy, which can help you locate your Italian ancestors. In addition, Ohio children’s book author and illustrator Davide Cuccia will be selling and signing his bilingual children’s books. Codispoti stresses that this festival isn’t just for Italian-Americans. Hoping to draw in over 50,000 people, Codispoti welcomes everyone to take part in this celebration of Italian culture and heritage. “We want to bring culture back to life,” says Codispoti. “And to do so, we want to make sure everyone can have a good time.”

2018 Festival Hours Friday, July 13, 4-11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. for Sunday church service and breakfast. Guests receive free admission Sunday before 11 a.m. with a donation of a nonperishable food item benefiting the St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center. Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Pkwy.

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Making a Family in Dublin Chitra and Satya Goyal have shaped – and been shaped by – Dublin Dublin Life’s Storyteller Series focuses on the people who make Dublin great – people who have made improving the community a part of their life, people who have been able to call Dublin home for a long time and people who have watched Dublin evolve over the years. The Storyteller Series tells the history of Dublin through his or her eyes, and sheds light on what living in Dublin was like decades ago. With the help of these special people, Dublin has undoubtedly become a better place.

The Journey to Dublin Though I am a stranger knocking on the door of Chitra and Satya Goyal, I immediately feel like I’m being welcomed home. I walk through the front door and am ushered into the living room, where everything is impeccably clean and comfortable. A plate of cook-

ies sits on the coffee table. The couple begins to ask: Would I like a cookie? Coffee? Tea? Water? I decline, not wanting to start the conversation with food in my mouth. The Goyals were married in India in 1965, and two years later on Satya’s brother’s recommendation, moved to the U.S. to pursue higher education. Satya received his degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, and the Goyals moved to Texas, then Cleveland. Then, for Satya’s job with American Electric Power, the Goyals were faced with yet another move, this time to central Ohio. With three school-aged children, the No. 1 priority for Chitra and Satya was quality of schools. They were being pulled three ways between Upper Arlington, Worthington and Dublin. More than 30 years later, I find myself sitting in the Goyals’ Dublin home. It seems they made the right choice. “The people are friendly and we are in the right location,” says Chitra. “Whatever we need, everything is here.”

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Accidental Tradition The Goyals tell me something that has been echoed by past Storytellers: Dublin made it easy to get involved in volunteer work. Though they have more time now that they’re


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retired, Satya from the Ohio Department of Travel and Chitra from Huntington National Bank, volunteering is anything but new to the couple. “It’s time for us to give back,” says Satya. “We enjoy it – we know so many people now. Any place you work, everybody kind of works together as a friendly team, having a great time with everyone else.” The couple is involved with the Greater Columbus Tourism Ambassador Program and the Memorial Tournament, and Satya is a community service officer with the Dublin Police Department and serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals with the city. However, one volunteer experience seems to rise above the rest: the Dublin Irish Festival. The Irish Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary this summer, and the Goyals have been festival volunteers just as long. They haven’t missed a year, and don’t plan to. In fact, they make sure their schedule is free for the first weekend of August each year. “We started with the first year, up until now. We make sure we are here,” says Chitra, laughing. The couple recalls the first year of the Irish Festival, when it was contained to a small area near the Fletcher Coffman Homestead, entry was two dollars and residents saw it as a quaint get-together. “People gave me an apron and said, ‘Collect two bucks as people come in.’ That’s it,” says Satya. “I didn’t know what I was doing. People asked if I was Irish, and I said, ‘Well, I live here.’” However, it’s now clear that, like the Goyals, the Irish Festival is here to stay.


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“I thought, ‘Oh, this is a one-time deal,’” says Chitra. “Now, people are coming from Ireland to here? This is a big deal.” The Same, Only Different Dublin has changed dramatically since the Goyals moved here in 1986. It’s now a city rather than a village. Dublin High School – from where their three children graduated – is now split among three high schools and the population has risen from around 5,000 to more than 45,000. However, Chitra and Satya say that much of what they moved here for has remained. It helps that their three children have stayed in the area. Their oldest, Sapna Seth, lives in Powell; middle, Renita Shah, lives in New Albany; and youngest, Navin Goyal, remains in Dublin. Each has a family of their own, and the Goyals are proud to have eight grandchildren. Chitra and Satya don’t even entertain the idea of moving out of Dublin, let alone leaving the house they bought upon relocating. They love it too much – and are too rooted here – to leave. “We have get-togethers with our friends and meet our grandkids. They come over and have sleepovers,” says Chitra. “We enjoy outings. In the summertime, we do picnics, we go to the (Dublin Community Recreation Center) and exercise, we like to have friends over.” “It’s a very, very modern city, and I think we’re just enjoying living here. I hope to continue,” says Satya, laughing. “Any time (Dublin organizations) send out an email saying they need volunteers, they’re already filled up, or people are waiting in line.” With my questions exhausted, I thank the Goyals for their time and prepare to leave. Before I can turn my recorder off, it picks up one last question from Chitra: “So now you can have a cookie?” Amanda DePerro is an editor. Feedback welcome at 32 • June/July 2018




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My maiden name is Colleen Mary Francis McDonnell, which certainly corresponds with my red hair, freckles and blue eyes. A 90-year-old Irish nun re-named me in the hospital to “Colleen,” which means Irish girl, and “Mary” after the Blessed Virgin. “Francis” was my father’s confirmation choice and the McDonnell name hails from county Sligo on the west coast of Ireland. I know a decent amount of family history; my grandfather, Michael, was born in 1904, immigrated to the U.S. in 1927, and left three brothers and a sister back on the family farm in Tubbercurry. We are still in touch with our Irish cousins and see them whenever we visit the Emerald Isle, but I’ve al42 • June/July 2018


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ways wondered how far back I could trace the family tree. Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to search your family ancestry, especially if you’re Irish. More than 2.5 million images of old documents from the General Register Office are now available for free online. Most people of Irish origin can trace their families back to the early 1800s easily, and the Irish government is encouraging people to explore their roots and visit their homeland. A good place to start, www.census. is the National Archives of Ireland census website. You can find images of the earliest censuses, 1901 and 1911, complete with signatures, family members and occupations. There are interesting questions too, like the 1930 census that asked if your family owned a radio. The next step is to search civil records of births, marriages and deaths on www. or You can see full images of the original registers of births 1864-1916, marriages 18701941 and deaths 1878-1966. For more assistance, consider consulting with professionals who have been scouring records for years and know the optimum angles and shortcuts. Help is available every year at the Dublin Irish Festival under the Ancestry and Genealogy Tent. The same qualified experts have been invited for the last 20 years to help guide visitors through their ancestry searches. Jayne Davis is a volunteer and past president of the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society. She and her husband, Dennis, use festival laptops to show you how to research your family and see what resources are available to you locally. You don’t need to be Irish to seek help as all nationalities are welcome. “It’s fun when people come back the following year to share their success stories,” says Jayne. One year, with Jayne helped a man trace his family back five generations in 10 minutes, though that is very unusual. “My advice is to be patient and don’t rush it,” says Jayne. “It usually takes months to gather all of the pertinent information.”





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Working in ethical, sustainable fashion and textiles, Celeste Malvar-Stewart sources many of her raw materials from around Columbus—from various fibers and fabrics to ingredients for dyes. Every piece she creates is handmade—whether felted, spun, woven, or embroidered. Celeste believes the collaborative spirit of our city to be one of the most unique aspects of Columbus, and something she hasn’t found anywhere else.

Dwight Radford is a professional genealogist from Salt Lake City, specializing in Irish ancestry. He can talk you through databases and find answers to valuable questions about when your relatives might have immigrated and from which port. What took them from Ireland and under what conditions? Were they willing immigrants or indentured servants? History is key in uncovering information and knowing facts about your religion, surname or location in Ireland will help. For example, in the late 17th century, some Irish Catholics went voluntarily to settle in the West Indies, but more were transported there as slaves. In 1720, New England was a more popular destination. From 1771-1773, over 100 ships left Northern Ireland ports, carrying 32,000 immigrants to America. From 1801-1921, 8 million emigrants left Ireland due to overseas demand for labor and a lack of employment and prospects in their home country. Many people are familiar with the Great Hunger, the famine of the late 1840s, because emigration became massive after that. By 1890, 40 percent of Irish born people were living abroad. “You can never predict what you will find or how long it will take,” says Dwight. Michael O’Laughlin is the world’s most published author in the field of Irish genealogy with over 60 books, 250 podcasts, 11 CDs/DVDs and 361 videos on YouTube. Topics include the Irish language, Irish in America, the old song style called Seanno’s, and Irish family names. Mike can answer your questions about the origin of the Irish flag and the shamrock, but don’t ask him about your Irish family tartan, as tartans are strictly a Scottish tradition. He has written books on all 34 counties in Ireland and The Irish Book of Arms, which displays 1,000 arms that Mike personally researched and confirmed. Many visitors to the Dublin Irish Festival want to know about their surname: what it means and where it originated. Mike warns people not to get too concerned about the spelling of a last name. “An ancestor’s name could have been altered many times over the years as it was written or read wrong.” For starters, “Mc” and “Mac” both mean the son of, while ‘O’ means the grandson of. So O’Laughlin would be the grandson of Lochlann. Kilpatrick would be a follower of Patrick and Thompson would be the son of Tom. My last name of McDonnell means son of Donald, but it’s also the anglicized form of MacDhomhnuill which is composed of the ancient

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Celtic elements “domno” meaning world, and “val” meaning rule. If you are enjoying the research so far, Mike can help you with a DNA test via a saliva swab, which can provide important information toward your family roots as well as your genetic makeup. DNA tests are becoming increasingly popular through sites like www.ancestry. com, which compares your DNA with the 6 million people in their database. If you are interested in learning more, there is a DNA interest group that meets monthly at the main branch of our Columbus Metropolitan Library. So, do your preliminary research now, make a list of questions, and seek out help from the friendly faces at the Ancestry and Genealogy Tent Aug. 3-5 at the Dublin Irish Festival. Other helpful websites (National Library of Ireland)

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Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power By Dr. Lisa Mosconi

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams By Dr. Matthew Walker

You are what you eat, and the same goes for your brain. A nutritionist and neuroscientist offer a fascinating exploration of how eating well can protect the brain, clear your mind and defend against cognitive decay.

While food and water are critical to human function, the importance of sleep is constantly overlooked. Walker examines the power of sleep and dreams, and how they impact critical thinking, emotional control and how we learn.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book By Dan Harris and Jeffrey Warren A practice used for centuries to quiet the mind, the act of meditation is laden with misconceptions and myths that drive people away. Harris provides a practical guide to meditative practices suited for anyone that seeks a moment of inner peace in a non-stop world.

The Genius Within: Unlocking your Brain’s Potential By David Adam How do we judge intelligence? Adam guides a fascinating tour of the history of medicine and brain science in order to explore our perceptions of genius and the possibilities of neuroenhancement.

Dublin Life Book Club Selection Editor’s note: To be added to the Dublin Life Book Club mailing list and for more information, email Editor Amanda DePerro at We’ll meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, 6726 Perimeter Loop Rd. Lilac Girls: A Novel By Martha Hall Kelly A book that spans oceans, borders and lives, Lilac Girls follows three women as they experience World War II from different perspectives. Caroline Ferriday, a New Yorker in France, has her life turned upside-down when the Nazis turn their sights to France. In Poland, teenager Kasia Kuzmerick finds herself in potential danger as a courier for an underground resistance movement. In Germany, Herta Oberheuser fights to break the glass ceiling as a young doctor in a male-dominated government position – and the plot thickens as she works with the Nazis themselves. Hall Kelly published Lilac Girls, her debut novel, in 2016. Within a week of its release, it was on the New York Times Best Seller list. Inspired by the true story of Caroline Ferriday and her support of survivors of Hitler’s only all-female concentration camp, the novel promises history, passion and sisterhood.

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