Foynes festival to mark 70 years of Irish coffee

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Will Morgan, winner of the 2012 Irish coffee making competition at the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival. This year's event begins this Firday night. Picture: Sean Curtin
FOR 70 years the Irish coffee has given a delicious kick to people around the world, and this Bank Holiday weekend its history will be celebrated back where it all started – in the West Limerick village of Foynes.

FOR 70 years the Irish coffee has given a delicious kick to people around the world, and this Bank Holiday weekend its history will be celebrated back where it all started – in the West Limerick village of Foynes.

The Foynes Irish Coffee Festival will provide a delectable mix of live music, entertainment and more Irish coffee than you can shake a spoon at over three days, beginning this Friday night.

The festival will be the first of a number of planned celebrations in the famous port village this year, as it marks the 70th birthday of a drink first created by chef Joe Sheridan in October 1943.

Margaret O’Shaughnessy, director of the Foynes Flying Boat Maritime Museum and a member of the festival organising committee, said that with good weather and a lively mix of events, Foynes should be everyone’s destination of choice this weekend.

“For us, the main element has always been to give as much family entertainment as we can. It’s three days of free events, that’ll have something for all the family. Times are tough, so we want to let people know that they can come back and have as much fun as they want”.

The highlight of this year’s festival will be the Powers Irish coffee making championship at the museum on Sunday. The all-ticket event will this see four finalists compete for a cheque for €500, two return tickets to New York, and the prestigious title of the world’s foremost Irish coffee craftsman.

Comedian Alan Shortt will MC this and a number of other events in Foynes across the weekend. The festival will also see a performance by Hermitage Green on Friday night; a festival parade through the village on Saturday night; a children’s fancy dress event at the Coillte Woods on Saturday; a 5km charity run on Sunday; a food and craft fair, street entertainment, a spectacular fireworks display and more.

For more information or to view the schedule, log on to www.foynesfestival.com.

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