Costa Cowen's visit to Spain hailed a coup as he enjoys sunny St Patrick's Day parade
It may have rained on the parade in parts of Ireland, but former Taoiseach Brian Cowen wasn't letting anything dampen his spirits as he enjoyed the sunshine as the Grand Marshal of the annual St Patrick's Day parade on the Costa Blanca in Spain.
His visit was hailed as "a major coup" by the local Cabo Roig committee. Cowen was joined by former Minister Frank Fahey and former Galway city Mayor, Martin Quinn.
Wearing a green tie, a large bunch of shamrock on his lapel and the Irish colours adorned around his neck, the former Taoiseach posed for photographs with babies, a local St Patrick's Day Saint and showed off a sign for the Costa Blanca Irish Caravan and Camping Club.
He also watched from the sidelines as local businesses, clubs, charities, and groups competed in the parade for a €500 prize for the best float.
The Offaly man was said to be in jovial form after cutting the ribbon for a local pub last Friday night. He visited the popular local Irish bar Trinity and enjoyed a round of golf.
A local onlooker said: "Brian was in great spirits. The locals loved him and we were all delighted to have him here. He is a great name to lead out the parade. Everyone loved him." Another said: "He was invited to become the parade marshal 11 months ago and said 'yes' without hesitation."