Fireworks to be highlight of Irish Coffee Festival

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Five contenders will vie for the title of Powers Irish Coffee Making Championship this year. Pictured is last year's winner, Colm Whelan of House Hotel, Galway
With robots, clowns, buskers and fireworks, not to mention plenty of Irish Coffee, Foynes is the place to be this bank holiday weekend.

With robots, clowns, buskers and fireworks, not to mention plenty of Irish Coffee, Foynes is the place to be this bank holiday weekend.

The Foynes Irish Coffee Festival kicks off this Friday and runs throughout the weekend, with a host of events for all the family.

This year’s festival will include live music, a clowns and robots fancy dress, a food and craft fair, busking competition and many more events on the streets of Foynes.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the spectacular fireworks display which is set to light up the estuary on Sunday evening and is always a hugely popular event. It gets underway at 10.30pm.

“The one thing that everyone loves is the fireworks. They come in their thousands to see it and this year we will be having a fire show with Wobbly Circus beforehand,” said Margaret O’Shaughnessy of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

Before that, however, the title of Powers Irish Coffee Champion 2014 will be up for grabs. On Friday evening, five expert Irish Coffee makers will be putting their skills to the test at the Irish Coffee Championship which takes place in the Flying Boat Museum.

The winner will walk away with a prize of €500 cash along with two tickets on United Airlines to New York, a Bewleys hamper and a bespoke crystal trophy.

This year there is one local contender for the title in Richard Costello of the Locke bar who will be hoping to bring the title back to Limerick for the first time in three years.

For those who can’t make to the event on Friday, there will be plenty of opportunities to sample some Irish Coffee - and even learn how to make it like the experts - with demonstrations taking place in the courtyard of the Flying Boat museum at 2pm and 4pm on the Saturday.

Other events taking place during the day include a Sail and Splash at Foynes Yacht Club at 3pm, Feile na Fainge Irish Dancing Feis at Foynes Community Centre at 4.30pm and a Disney disco with Giggles and Disney friends at 7.30pm in the community centre car park.

That night, Christy Moore tribute act Liam Byrne will play a concert in the community centre car park.

On Sunday, June 1, there will be an opportunity to work off some of that Irish coffee with a 5K run and 4K walk in aid of TLC4CF starting from the community centre at 12pm.

Foynes Search and Rescue will host an open day from 1pm to 3pm and there will be a boat race at Foynes Yacht Club at 2pm.

The food and craft fair will run from 12pm to 5pm, while there will also be a birds of prey exhibition. Later that night, there will be a busking competition on the streets before the fireworks display lights up the night at 10.30pm.