Dixieland jazz band to play festival sessions in memory of old friends
Drummer Des Hopkins will again lead an all-star Dixieland jazz band to headline the Cork Jazz Festival programme at The Clarion Hotel on the October Bank Holiday weekend.
The band features top traditional jazz musicians from Ireland and the UK, performing the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Eddie Condon and the hits of the trad boom years.
The Sunday session will as usual be dedicated to the memory of two former colleagues, stride piano legend 'Professor' Peter O'Brien, who passed away soon after his final performance with the band, and musician, band member and brother of Des, Billy Hopkins, who died last year from motor neurone disease. The IMNDA charity is supported by the band.
The Des Hopkins Dixieland Band will perform at the Cork Jazz Festival with two shows daily at 5pm and 10pm, in the popular Kudos Bar of the Clarion Hotel.
CIF calls for scrapping of stamp duty
The Government should scrap stamp duty, spend €6bn between now and 2014 on major capital projects but should not interfere with upward-only rents in the Budget, the country's builders have told the Coalition.
In its pre-Budget submission to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), which is headed by former government minister Tom Parlon, has also stated boldly that the "resurgent" black economy in the construction industry is now costing the State €2bn a year.
The CIF is calling on stamp duty to be abolished on commercial property deals. It is also looking for a "shrewd investment" of an additional €2bn a year between now and 2014 under the public capital building programme, as well as a range of incentives for home improvements to act as a "major employment and economic stimulus".
Gardai to turn out in force for Michael
Hundreds of gardai are expected to attend the funeral of the remarkable "Chief Inspector" Michael Edmonds, the man with a mental disability who was adopted as a child by guards in Dublin's Kevin Street station and who died last week. Michael, who was 53, died suddenly at St Raphael's Centre in Celbridge, which he attended daily, on Tuesday morning last.
Superintendent Thady Muldoon said yesterday that Michael's death had come as a great shock. "He has been a constant presence here since he was five or six and was very special to us," he said. His removal takes place to the Church of St Nicholas in Francis Street tomorrow, with the funeral on Tuesday morning.