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St. Patrick's Day staple in Medina: Sully's Irish Pub

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    It was a packed house for St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday at Sully’s Irish Pub, 117 W. Liberty St., Medina.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    It was a packed house for St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday at Sully’s Irish Pub, 117 W. Liberty St., Medina.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Patrons celebrating “The Luck of the Irish” at Sully’s Irish Pub in Medina had to contend with a packed house during St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday.

Patrons lined up outside the doors at 117 W. Liberty St. for a chance to enjoy a cold beer or Irish whiskey, waiting to be admitted as people slowly trickled out of the pub.

Owner John Sullivan said St. Patrick’s Day is one of his busiest days of the year. The bar has an occupancy of 114, Sullivan said Sunday.

Medina residents Seth and Kelsey Gaede took a seat on the patio at Sully’s, where the party was substantially quieter than inside.

“We are Medina residents, typically we go into Akron when there is fun stuff happening,” Kelsey Gaede said Sunday.

Gaede said a friend told her that the Irish pub, which will celebrate 11 years in business this year, is considered one of the top 15 bars in the greater Cleveland area at which to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Doug Blackhall was celebrating his 85th birthday at Sully’s on Sunday.

Blackhall said his niece plays drums in the Celtic band at Sully’s and he decided it would be fun to come out and support her.

Blackhall said he had just enjoyed a corned beef dinner, a St. Patrick’s Day tradition for many.

Sully’s Irish Pub sustained significant water damage following a water main pipe bursting at the end of January, and reopened last month in time for the annual Medina Ice Festival on Public Square.

According to The Library of Congress, St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish and Irish-American holiday observing the death of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland circa 492 A.D. Early American celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day include a New York City parade in 1766 and a Boston parade in 1775.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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