Enda helps trumpet city's jazz festival
HE has become a dab hand at keeping his backbenchers on song, so it was no surprise that Taoiseach Enda Kenny helped launch the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
Thousands of jazz fans from all over the world will descend on Leeside this weekend for the festival, which is now in its 35th year.
Yesterday, marching bands played on the streets as the annual celebration, which began last night and runs through to Monday, was launched at the city's Opera House.
Festival programme director Jack McGouran said the atmosphere around the city was "electric".
"There's no sign of a recession in Cork this weekend," he said.
The festival features more than 1,000 musicians from 22 countries in at least 50 venues throughout the city.
Among the headline acts will be De La Soul, Gregory Porter and British-Scandinavian trio Phronesis.