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Dublin is a small village in Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, located on Highway 8 between Seaforthmarker and Mitchellmarker. It is from Mitchell, and from Seaforth. Years ago, Dublin was known as Carronbrook. It is inhabited by approximately 400 people. G.G. Geottler's Fine Furniture of Dublin is part of Ontario's furniture village located on Mill Street, also the Dublin Mercantile is located there. St. Particks Catholic Church, St. Patricks Elementary School, The Huron-Perth catholic District School Board Office the Dublin Lion's Pavillion are all located in Dublin. Sofina Foods is the largest employer in Dublin, they provide quality turkey products. The Dublin General store is a variety store located right on Highway 8.A wee bit of the past

The following is taken from Pioneers of Blanshard by William Johnston and published in 1899.

Dublin Ontario Muster 1860's

In Training Day 1860 we attempted to describe a gathering of the militia on the flats in St Marys. The meeting we are now to describe was one of the same description, but in a much more grand and expanded form. The gathering in St. Marys embraced the military men of Blanshard and St. Marys only. In this case seven townships were concerned, and the camping ground was at Carronbrook, or what is now known as the village of Dublin. The Blanshard and St. Marys contingents were to rendezvous at Skinner's Corners, and march on foot from that point to Carronbrook and join the men from the north and west. The troops were commanded by Major John Sparling and Mr. David Cathcart as captain.

On the day appointed, William Gunning repaired to the mustering place with the usual supply of pork and bread stowed on his person. Of the gentlemen who composed the commissariat department no record can be obtained. The cuisine was, however, of the simplest description, although somewhat of an indigestible character. For breakfast the men had bread, pork and whiskey; dinner, whiskey, bread and pork; supper, bread, whiskey and pork. This bill of fare was simple indeed, but it was marvellous the effect it had on the men. Each repast was followed by an exhilaration and exuberance of spirits among the troops, which an ordinary spectator would have considered incompatible with a ration of bread and pork. As to the quantity of each served, we cannot after an interval of fifty years exactly say. It is reasonable to suppose, considering the manners and the state of society at the time, that whatever the allowance may have been of the solids, the fluids were unstinted and plentiful. The order was at length given by the Major, "Forward, march!" and away trudged the old pioneer settlers through the dust and heat on their long, weary march of twenty-five miles, to learn the way in which fields were won. The summer sun swung low over the dark forest away to the west, and flung deep, dark shadows over the leafy woods as the men from the south, tired and dust-covered, drew near the camp at Dublin. Early in the afternoon the various corps from Hibbert, Logan and other townships had arrived and were bivouacked on the west side of the village, and were lounging in groups at their ease, discussing the events of the day.

FIGHT ON DUBLIN BRIDGE

The township of Blanshard was settled largely with emigrants from the North of Ireland. Many of these old settlers were members of the Orange order before they came to this country, and those who were not actual members were strongly in sympathy with the Orange body. On the other hand, nearly the whole of the northwestern portion of Hibbert, a large portion of Logan, as well as the village of Dublin itself, were settled with members of the Roman Catholic Church. Unfortunately for both parties, the feuds that existed between the admirers of the Prince of Orange and the sons of those men who had followed the fortunes of Brian Boru, had been brought with them to Canada and still burned fiercely in their bosoms. The Blanshard men, as a testament to their loyalty, had brought a flag on which was imprinted the hero of "pious, glorious and immortal memory." As might be expected, this was most distasteful to the sons of the Church, and aroused their deepest indignation. The old settlers, as a class, were not slow in showing their approval or disapproval of anything, in a manner most emphatic, and in this case the resentment of the Hibbert pioneers soon manifested itself in unmistakable demonstrations. On a bridge over the creek that flows past the village on the Huron road, along which came the Blanshard corps, a number of the Hibbert men soon motioned themselves, to dispute the passage into the camp of the troops from the south. This looked ominous to the southern contingent, but on they came like dauntless heroes to the fray. They had no sooner gained the bridge than they were met with a volley of stones, and the application of their stout cudgels by the Hibbert men soon brought to a stand the champions who were guarding the flag. Still they pressed on; as one warrior we placed hors de combat another stepped into his place. A small party of the invaders moved up the stream for the purpose of crossing to attack the enemy in the rear, but as it was somewhat swollen they had to relinquish the attempt. Meanwhile another party had descended the creek for the purpose of crossing to operate on the right flank of the enemy, but they also failed in the attempt. Being thus unable to cross either on the right or the left, the whole force concentrated on the bridge, where the fight still raged with unabated fury. The noise, the shouting, the imprecations of the contending factions were terrific. Men were knocked down, trodden upon and cudgelled, until both parties retired completely exhausted. The Hibbert men still held the bridge. Mr. Gunning, who was not at all an excitable person, stood at some distance with a number of others and surveyed the field. A short time ago the writer had occasion to visit Dublin, and was introduced to an old gentleman who was present and took part in the fight on the bridge. His account of the affair was substantially the same as that which we have given - with this important difference, that while Mr. Gunning claimed a victory for his party, my Dublin friend says that his party "knocked the devil out of the Blanshard fellows."


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