Go home early, Cowen jokes to jazz revellers
Published 23/10/2010 | 05:00
MORE than 50,000 jazz revellers got heartfelt festival advice yesterday from the Taoiseach himself -- who urged them "go home early".
Now able to crack a wry smile over his infamous 'Morning Ireland' interview, Brian Cowen wished Cork well with its 2010 Guinness Jazz spectacular this weekend, but confirmed he wouldn't be remaining in the city to join in the party.
"I have been here (for the jazz) before but I cannot stay this weekend unfortunately," he said.
When asked what message he had for jazz festival revellers, Mr Cowen replied with a grin: "Go home early."
It was advice that went largely unheeded last night as Cork hoteliers, restaurant owners and jazz club officials reported a bumper trade with revellers seemingly intent on partying away the economic doom and gloom.
The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival officials were encouraged by the number of overseas visitors -- particularly from the UK -- and ticket sales were up 10pc.
The festival, headlined by the legendary Herbie Hancock, is now worth €6m to the greater Cork economy and attracts more than 1,000 musicians to Leeside every year.