Deb Papesh Named Grand Leprechaun of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

(Dublin, Ohio) — The City of Dublin is pleased to announce the selection of Deb Papesh as the 2023 Grand Leprechaun. Former City of Dublin Grand Leprechauns, Mayor Jane Fox, and City Manager Megan O’Callaghan, selected Papesh in recognition of her generosity and continuous efforts supporting numerous Dublin-based organizations and schools over the years. In this role, Papesh will lead the City of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11.

Papesh moved to Dublin in 1995 with her husband Brian and has been very involved in the community ever since. They have two daughters; Dr. Ashley Papesh, Place of Legacy Family Dental, and Katie Papesh, 4th grade Hopewell Elementary teacher. Both are graduates of Dublin Scioto High School. Deb and Brian are also proud grandparents of 4-year-old Jaxon and 18-month-old Mason.

Papesh is committed to supporting Dublin City Schools and ensuring food security in our community. Currently, her efforts are focused on supporting the Dublin Food Pantry’s Capital Campaign and starting the endowment process for the Dublin Education Foundation. Deb was inducted into the DCS Hall of Fame with the “Outstanding Service Award” in 2020 and was the Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club Gala Honoree in 2022.

Papesh has supported the development of the first OCLC School Partnership to match company tutors with Riverside Students. In addition, she has sat on multiple district-level committees, including Strategic Planning and levy teams. Deb and her husband Brian continue to support the Ohio Stadium Cake Scholarship endowment fund, which awarded $15,000 in scholarships in Fall 2022.

“Dublin has been an incredible community to call home and I am honored to be chosen as the 2023 Grand Leprechaun! I support the accomplishments of past, present and future community members with me on March 11 in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” she said in reaction to her new title.

For more information on the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a complete schedule, visit

The City of Dublin will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Greenest, Grandest Parade on Saturday, March 11. Dublin’s Irish attitude will be on display, as more than 100 participants travel from Metro Place through Historic Dublin. After the parade, enjoy Irish entertainment at Dublin’s restaurants and pubs.

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