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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 10:47am

Dublin (Georgia) Voters Buck Trend, Reject Sunday Alcohol Sales

A big winner in Tuesday's election was liquor.

Voters in more than a dozen cities and counties across Georgia decided to allow alcohol sales on Sunday.

Those include Fort Oglethorpe, Carrollton, Dacula (by just one vote), Morrow, Dawsonville, Bostwick (surrounding Morgan County also approved a distillery), Moultrie, Pendergrass, Tifton, Forsyth, Gray, Fort Valley, Paulding County and Jones County.

And these are the stragglers. More than a hundred communities voted pro-booze two years ago, after the state legislature decided to kick the question down to local governments.

But there remain holdouts, and Dublin became one of them Tuesday.

The city midway between Savannah and Atlanta is rich with Irish heritage, but a healthy majority of voters said "no Guinness on the Sabbath.”

That's just fine with Tony Ingrando, owner of Shamrock Beverage Mart in Dublin.

"I'm glad that the citizens of Dublin stood up for what they believe in, which is Sunday," Ingrando said. "It seems like our government is trying to take Sunday out of everything."

Many liquor store owners in cities that have Sunday sales say it's not worth it because there just aren't enough customers.

Joey Wozniak is a student at Mercer University in Macon, but he grew up in Dublin. There weren't many contested races on the ballot Tuesday, he said, "so maybe there weren't enough people to actually go out and vote besides the die hard people."

"There's a lot of influence from, like, the local churches and stuff in that area," Wozniak said.

Despite the city's name, Wozniak says the dominant cultural force in Dublin isn't Irish Catholic, but Methodist and Baptist.