LIMERICK barman Will Morgan is one of four finalists who will be competing for the title of Powers Irish Coffee Champion early next month.
Mr Morgan, who works at Jerry Flannery’s bar in the city, beat off competition from a dozen other bartenders to take his coveted place among the final four.
And he will demonstrate just how good his Irish Coffee-making skills are on the June bank holiday when the Foynes Irish Coffee festival gets underway. The other finalists are Karina Malinovska from the Meyrick Hotel, Galway, Philip Corbett from the Corbett Court Restaurant outside Charleville and Michael Griffiths from the Maryborough Hotel and Spa in Cork city.
Comedian Alan Shortt will compere a gala evening at which the 2012 Irish Coffee Champion will be selected and the winner will receive a cash prize, along with flights to New York, a hamper and a trophy.
The gala evening which will take place in the Foynes Flying Boat Museum will include music and supper as well as comedy and is billed as one of the highlights of the three-day festival. The festival will kick off on Friday, June 1 with a colourful floats parade and the programme includes free, outdoor entertainment, a ceili and fireworks.
The Irish naval flagship, L.E. Orla will pay a courtesy visit to Foynes during the festival and will be open to visitors throughout the weekend.